Rusty Crow Primitives

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bristol Motor Speedway,TN a welcomed break from the norm

Never stop playing; work is important but so are relationships and family. Find time to love, laugh, talk and share with friends and family.

6 of us took a trip to Bristol (my brother, sister-in-law, nephew and his wife) and camped in our Motor Home at a campground near the track. They told us we were walking distance to the track and a shuttle runs back and forth, no problem. .... well... going to the track was no problem but coming out of the gate "someone" took a wrong turn (who was that someone,... shh ME!)  and a 1/2 mile walk turned into a mile!!

 I have to tell you, at 5 foot (4' 11") you can not see over all those heads. 1000's of people leaving at the same time. I was walking through a crowd of people so thick I felt like a salmon swimming up-stream against all the people. We finally got to the other side and started our walk home, OH MY GOSH. Lots of hills in TN and we had to camp at the top. Just kidding, we really had a great time and I need to get back to my 3 mile daily walks when I get home.

What a great time, I haven't laughed so hard in a while, family and friends are so much fun.  

Mr. is a Civil War fan and was gifted this cannon from my brother. Corn hole was the game for the weekend. The camera caught a bag in the upper right.

Awesome brother and sister-in-law!! Love her like my sister!

Mr and myself.

My brothers son and his wife. Beautiful people, inside and out.

Going home.... really!! Did we all leave at the same time??

Friday, August 16, 2013

Stitchers Garden - Franklin, TN

5 of us met  for this trip and we left from Angie's at 8:30. It is funny how conversations in a car take place on a 2 hour road trip. You need to ask Joanna about riding the hump to Franklin (she had the middle in the back seat) I teased her about her "txt" saying she wanted to go when we were getting a head count on planning the trip. You know spell check...instead of replying  "would love to go" she texted "Wild Love"   (As Ellen DeGeneres calls it clumsy thumbsy) Mr. asked,  "Just what do you girls do on your road trips?"

Stitchers Garden is unbelievable. I have yet to find a shop in all my years of shop hopping that have so many bolts of fabric, notions, books and fat quarters.  Not all of my pictures turned out well so
for a better view of Stitchers Garden visit  Jamie Kalvestran blog Quilt Shops She has a great site on quilt shops. Thank you Jamie for sharing your blog with us.

You would not believe what lies beyond those doors!

Oh My GOSH! And this is the center aisle.

Joanna, Me, Barb L, Angie, Barb G (he who has the biggest bag wins!!)
Myra Nickolaus, the shop owner in green.  Helpful and friendly shop.

Myra told us about a place called Merridees Breadbasket and I have to admit, they make the best chicken salad and the bread is so fresh. I couldn't leave without a huge cinnamon round and a loaf of marbled rye. (Mr. will be happy, I didn't bring him home a project; OR DID I, read on) I could have brought so much more home but had to stop. Bread and pasta are like fat quarters and bolts of fabric to me. I have to have it all. Joanna and Angie having dessert on a park bench.

On our way out of town we stopped at a little shop with antiques and right next door was the cutest little coffee shop. Look what I found.... I just love it and have started my next years 127 SALE gotta have list. Oh, Mr. is going to love this one.
Wouldn't this be a great entry into a secret garden? My husband said that's why we bought a place in the woods. My yard art is for the birds!!

Only I would notice the base of the tables are made from treadle sewing machines. I like the one the girls are eating lunch at better but, as it was, they thought I was weird taking a picture of an empty table. I'll have to show Mr. this one too.

I just love Franklin, TN and will come back. I need more time to explore. Thanks girlfriends for the wonderful day.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fall is in the Air and it is August!

Weather report:
56 this morning and 75 for a high today!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I have the windows open this sunny morning and had to close them some, just a little chilly this morning.  I have been working on a couple of wall hangings for fall and wanted to add a block to my scarecrow that I have not used before.  I found "broken dishes" pattern with a star in the center in The Blue and the Gray  book by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene. They use CIVIL WAR FABRICS and you know they are my favorite.

When I stared this block I wanted it to finish about 14 inches and I need to make two for the banner/wall hanging. WHAT was I thinking? So many little  pieces for a 6 inch block. I put 4 together with a star sashing to get the look I want. I hope to have it finished tomorrow. (well, this may be on hold..... road trip with girlfriends coming up)

I need to stay home and get my work done, but.... when girlfriends call to go to a quilt shop that I haven't been to and one that has a million bolts of fabrics.... I have to go. I'll share my journey to Franklin, TN with you tomorrow.
One blue block finished, 3 more to go.

I like it so much I am going to make 8 blocks and put 4 on the top of the wall hanging and 4 on the bottom with a star sashing. Wouldn't this be a pretty table runner? Lets see, how many blocks will it take to make a runner??? BLOCKS, what about all the 1 1/2 inch pieces to make ONE block!
Can you say aww!

One of my fall favorites and one of my customers favorites too.

Lots of applique to do and more blocks for both of these.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bonnie Blue Quilts

I found this quilt in one of my old magazines (I have them back to the 90's)  and my intent was to make a table runner but I cant stop making the blocks.  I have made 18 blocks so far. The crazy part is not all of these were leftover scraps, I had to cut yardage to get what I needed to make this.

The designer of this quilt, Paula Barnes, says "It forces us to put together fabrics that we normally wouldn't." Bonnie Blue Quilts

I love what Bonnie Hunter (quilter) Bonnie Hunter- Quiltville has to say about the use of ugly fabric.  "If your fabric is still ugly after you cut it didn't cut it up small enough!" Maybe that is why I have a box of 1 1/2 inch squares. I just cant part with any of it!
This will be hard to give up, I really like how it is coming together.

Time to put this ole gal to work.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Patchwork, Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Sunfowers

The 127 Sale is over and for me that marks the end of  summer. The kids in our area start school this week and the mornings are cooler. 59 yesterday morning! Love living in this area, we have had such a wet summer but relatively cool.

Although I have been running the roads in the last week buying "gotta haves". I have been working (Sometimes ~late in the evening~) on fall "gotta haves" for my shop. I love all the rich colors of fall. Just a preview of some things to come soon to Sew Southern Quilts on ETSY

I love this pattern. I have cut 2 1/2 inch squares all day. I don't know if I'll make a table runner or lap quilt.

I made a block and love it. I'll keep going on this one.

Believe it or not, this is a Scarecrow, acorns, leaves and Happy Fall.

Just simply cute. 

Love the red, greens and tan. Not sure yet, just playing.

Can you find 3 pumpkins, 2 crows, leaves and  the word AUTUMN? Do you feel like you're in kindergarten again drawing circles around items you find?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Repurpose, Reuse, Refinish, REJOICE in the hunt

I am hopeless; this was my second day on the 127 sale route ("root" or "rout") Guess it all depends on where y'all are from.

I spent Thursday with my quilt buddy and past partner in Mountain Laurel Gift shop, Joanna W. Visit her shop and blog. Joanna is a wonderful teacher and crafts person, I love her primitive style and have quiet a few of her ornies in my home. Oh, Joanna accepts custom orders so stop in her shop or take a look around her blog. You have to see her dolls and ornies, they are adorable.

We met at Cracker Barrel and had the breakfast of champions (I bet you thought we ate grits...) then be began the "hunt" for whatever each of us had on our list.

To quote William Shakespeare:

Over hill, over dale,
Through bush, through briar,
Over park, over pale,
Through blood, through fire,
I do wander everywhere...

We had such a good day and oh my gosh, there is too much to mention so I'll share with you some photos of my finds and our visit to the General Store for an ice-cream break ( we have to keep up our strength) Stop by Joanna's blog and see what she found, you will see some of it soon in her shop.
Joanna on the hunt...

General Store, time for ice cream and I am not kidding they put a pint of ice cream on a cone!

Inside the general store. I love this place. Cumberland Mountain General Store

Joanna caught me, I'm checking out the quilts again.

Ice-cream parlor in the back of the Cumberland Mountain General Store.

(oh, and in-between all of the shopping and haggling over treasures the past two days, I managed to complete the cutest wall hanging for Autumn.)

Today (Friday) at 8:00 am  I met my good friend Barbara G for today's "hunt". Barb is an awesome quilter and has won awards for her beautiful quilts and my favorite is her Civil War Quilt; she included the battles of each block in detail on the back of the quilt. Now for the funny part, she hates civil war fabrics and is not in love with that beautiful quilt... WHAT?? It is perfect, it really is a must see and it must have given her a fit going together. Did I mention she is a new quilter and accomplished such a beautiful quilt. Well, the reason for this story is Barb gifted me with a bag full of civil war fabrics left over from that quilt. I wasn't even on the road yet for treasures and I received a beautiful treasury of fabrics. Thank you so much Barb. See Barbs Quilt- Award for Best Piecing

So, back to the story, we meet at Cracker Barrel, (I see a pattern here) but, we didn't eat. We packed our breakfast bars and cold water and we were off... We were on a mission, traveling at breakneck speed of 25 miles per hour, bumper to bumper traffic on a 2 lane road, but we were off and running on this beautiful TN morning. (Puttering along in second gear) Climbing the TN hills and winding around pedestrians crossing willy nilly  between cars. My mission today was... well, I didn't really have one, but I knew it was meant for me when I saw it. By days end... poor Barb was carrying my "treasures" and my poor little Fiat was stuffed to the hatch door with a crib mattress (for the seat of my bench my husband made me) mason jars, large pillows, enamel wear, electrical insulators (Mr. collects them) and a few more finds.
This crib mattress fits my bench perfectly! I found all these pillows for $8, mason jars, electrical insulators, enamel wear, flour sifter (I'm making something with it) and the cute little picture.

This was a find, look at the box of flowers, $3, two chicken plates, a cute little shelf I'll paint black and rough up for $1 and a cast iron corn-muffin pan. Don't you love the tied burlap and flowers, burlap must be big this year. We saw a guy selling a stack  of burlap 5 foot tall.

I have fabric to cover the mattress and the pillows. This is a big bench. I don't think I bought a twin headboard and foot board. Hmmm. Maybe it was a full. Mr. is awesome, he did such a nice job on the bench for me. I love it!!

What a wonderful few days with good friends and good finds. Time to go through my beautiful fabrics Barb gave me and begin work on a new quilt and table runner.

OH, I almost forgot. I bought Mr. something. He says I only buy him "work". Are hedge trimmers work? I thought he would like a tool.