Current Project: Old Fashioned “Friendship” Style Quilt

I’m wanting to start a new series on the blog for all the current projects I have going on. The big sewing related project I have at the moment is an old fashioned friendship style quilt for American Civil War reenactments. I’ve been wanting an old fashioned looking quilt for both my home and for events, and my Mum came up with an amazing idea for the quilt.

One day after I told her that I was going to make my own quilt she started telling me about friendship quilts and that she had an idea for my quilt. She came up with the idea of embroidering all the events I’ve gone to and all the events I will go to on all the quilt blocks. The quilt will keep me warm and it’s a way to remember what events I’ve been to and where they were located.

So that’s what I’m going to do! After the quilt is made of course. I’ve been working on and off on this quilt since either the end of 2017 or the beginning of last year…..I can’t remember which one exactly. I’ve decided that this is the year that I finish the quilt and my deadline for the quilt is before an event in November. I can totally finish it before then, but you know things happen, haha.

At the moment I have eight completely finished quilt blocks with borders, and about seven or eight on their way to be completely finished. I’ve sewed the majority of the quilt blocks by hand off and on and that’s what took me the longest to do. I quickly became bored and tired of sewing the blocks by hand, which is why I’m sewing the borders on the blocks with the sewing machine!

The above blocks are called ‘Calico Puzzle’ and the one below is called ‘Log Cabin.’

The next two blocks are called ‘Kentucky Crossroads.’

For the life of me I can’t remember what the above three blocks are called at the moment. I’ll have to look into that later on. I’m hoping that by the end of May I’ll have all the blocks with their completed borders sewn on! Then I can start piecing them all together! What projects are you currently working on?

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Chloe’ Mae’s Coffee Corner Talks Part 10

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well on this Wednesday afternoon! I’m writing this from my new desk at my new job….yes I have a new job!

A little over a month ago I quit dispatching and started working at the local university as an administrative assistant. At my former job I sat at a desk for 12 hours, worked a crazy rotating shift, and didn’t have a set schedule that I liked. I do miss working with my former work family, they were some of the best!

At my new job I have the freedom to move around…..a lot! The place I’m working at hosts events all the time- there’s hardly ever a dull moment around here! I also work 8-5 Monday – Friday (unless there’s an event I need to be present for) which is a plus. The thing I’m most excited about is the fact that I get to go home and do stuff. I used to come home, eat something, maybe do some school work and then go to bed. I’m able to do a lot more before going to bed…..and I’ve usually go to bed around 10 pm now. For those that know me that’s kind of a crazy deal right there, haha.

The past two days after work I’ve spent sealing the steps on my tiny house. It’s something that’s been waay over due. I purchased a sealer that had a tint to it so it sealed and stained the steps at once. Kill two birds with one stone! Eventually I’m going to seal/stain the entire porch, but with spring storms coming in this week my main focus was on the steps.

This is what the steps looked like before I started using the tinted sealer.

A “during” photo.

This is what the steps look like now! You can see a bit of the railings in this post as well. I’m quite pleased with the way they’ve turned out and can’t wait to get the rest of the porch sealed!

This is the brand and type of tinted sealer I went with, it does an amazing job! Although I do recommend wearing gloves while applying this. I wore gloves the first day and none the second and let me just give you a heads up- this stain takes a bit to come off. I still have some on my hands, haha!

Have a good night!

Jonquil Festival 2019

Last weekend I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for their annual Jonquil Festival event. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were in bloom, and we had quite a few visitors! It was a great event!

The Sanders Homestead

I gave tours in the Sanders Homestead along with 3 other ladies. The two of us that were inside the home decided to do first person impressions to make things more interesting for all the visitors. This means that we portrayed two of the daughters of the Sanders family. I portrayed Sarah Sanders Garland, wife of Augustus Garland. Fun fact! Augustus Garland became the 11th governor of the state of Arkansas! He served from 1874 to 1877. Bree portrayed Isabella Sanders, the second daughter of the Sanders family.

The beautiful flowers in front of the house! Everyone loved walking through our front gate to take pictures of them.

My reading for in between giving tours- “From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom.”

A portrait of the famous Swedish opera singer- Jenny Lind! She was often referred to as the “Swedish Nightingale.”

One of the rooms of the house is set up as the girls’ room.

Isabella Sanders (Bree) writing her latest story while waiting on visitors to come by.

The parlor of the Sanders home. Isn’t it beautiful!

The gorgeous piano in the parlor.

The parent’s room.

In the afternoon we decided to sit on the porch and watch the surrey go by and greet visitors as they came in through our front gate.

The detached kitchen behind the house.

I wore my Irish cockade from Creative Cockades! Go check out her site! I have two cockades from her (at the moment;)) and she does beautiful work! Everyone loved the cockade!  

Keep on the lookout for future blog posts! I’m in the works of writing out *several* posts and will publish them shortly! Happy Friday!