The trip to Metamora to visit Martha & deliver the barn-ette quilt was a lot of fun packed into a short time. I don't think we stopped talking the whole time - lots to catch up on. Her house is so pretty, situated at the top of a small rise, with cornfields behind. Unfortunately, they had a predator move into the area that wiped out their small flock of chickens and inflict damage on their neighbors flocks as well - so no chicken visit. Martha & her DH are planning the new larger chicken yard as free ranging is not an option any longer. In the meantime, the two of us were hatching even larger plans for converting an existing shelter into a more all-weather mini barn for an few alpacas (fiber boys) and the necessary fencing. Not entirely sure her DH was thrilled at all the work we were planning for him. We were so busy chatting that I forgot to take pictures! Martha promised pictures once the barn-ette quilt gets installed.
We even managed a visit to the Metamora courthouse right on the village square.
The first floor is the local historical museum including the history of Abraham Lincoln practicing law in the second floor restored courtroom.
The trip continued and allowed me to find the solution to the design brick wall I've hit with the Summer Stripes quilt.
YES - the answer to my dilemma - more fabric!! Stay tuned
And finally, yesterday - a different kind of sewing. Horse blankets! It will be winter before we know it so it was time to shake out all the horse blankets, inspect the damage, repair & waterproof everything. My friend Pam & I set up two machines and out of 27 blankets, 12 needed repairs. Most were minor repairs but one of the horses (Bob) managed to rip clear through both layers in a most interesting way - requiring an inner and outer patch!