Saturday, June 13, 2009


Everyone loves giveaways and I've got a couple to tell you about. First, Tonya is giving away lots of goodies including FQs and your can find out more about it here Check out splitting stitches for a great fourth of July giveaway. And if you just love the new honey bun packs that have started to come out, check out ranettes daily stitch Finally is having a tell a friend giveway with a frosted memories FQ bundle in the offering. till next time.....

Notes from the River House

I thought you might like to see some pictures of what’s growing here at the River House.  Here are my beans and peppers.  And the second picture is our tomato patch.

 peppers and beans tomatos

This is our dill.  And our patch of grapes.

dill   grapes

Here is the punkin patch and I wanted to show you the empty space.  Well, it’s not really empty, it’s waiting for tobacco seedlings to come from Tennessee.  They were supposed to have been here about a month ago, but the grower had terrible weather so they are running behind schedule.  But the good news is they are promising shipment next week.  Why grow tobacco, you ask.  Well, how many people can say they grow tobacco?  Besides it has purty flowers. 

pumpkins emptyspace

Next time I’ll post some pictures of the flowers.  They are getting a slow start, like Tennessee, our weather hasn’t been perfect.  Lots of cool days and nights.  Since it’s technically still spring, I guess I can’t complain.  I’m sure come this time next month, I’ll be getting cabin fever because I’ve had the house closed up with the air on for waaay too many days.

Till next time…..

Monday, June 8, 2009

Chicken coop quilt is finished

finished coop quilt totalview

I am so pleased with the way this turned out I just had to post a picture of the completed project.  I really love it! 

Till next time…..

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My weekend…so far

This weekend at The River House has been another busy one. DH worked hard all day

rain2rain1yesterday and got my rain barrels set up. You can see here how they look. We saw a set in a catalog and they had this nifty gauge thingy on the side so you could always tell how much water was in them. He said he would add that for me. Now I’m just waiting for the next rain for free water, whoo hoo!

While DH was busy with rain barrels I was busy with a project of my own. If you look at my side bar you’ll see a link for info about quilt barns in Ohio. Well, not to be outdone, I decided to do my own version of a quilt barn. Mine is a quilt coop! I have been working on painting a hens and chicks block on the back of the chicken coop. I need some

coop quilthelp though. I had originally planned for a navy blue border around the block, but I kind of like it the way it is now. (Ignore the blue painter’s tape, the red still needs a second coat.) I’d like to know your opinions.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m going to head out to the strawberry patch and see if I can beat the chipmunks' to the ripe ones this morning.

Till next time…..

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Twiddletails is having a teenie giveaway

Just head over to twiddletails and post a comment under her "just because" post to be entered in her giveaway. Till next time.....

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm baaack!

Sorry it's been such a long time since I posted. Spring is a very busy time for us here at The River House. We got the garden in, mostly. Still waiting for our tobacco plants to come. Seems the grower down in Tennessee has had lots of rain and then frost so we're not expecting our plants until mid month. Which for us here in Northeast Indiana means, we'll probably not get much in the way of harvest. I told DH we would have to build us a greenhouse around them come October. But the tomatoes are in, the peppers are in, beans, cukes, squash, onions, and pumpkins are all up. I picked strawberries today and had them for breakfast. All the flower gardens are planted and have started blooming and the chickens have started going broody. Dear Hubby has also been busy fixing up some rain barrels for me. We drove to Lima OH to get the barrels and he's been busy building a stand for them. Once done, I will be able to attach a hose to them or set a bucket under a spout. Can't wait till they're finished. They each will hold 55 gallons of water and later this summer when the weather turns dry they will come in pretty handy. I haven't had a lot of time to sew, but did get the second half of the Lone Star put on. I'm floating the star and now all it needs are the borders and off to the quilter it will go. Also got a couple of sets of 9 patches done that I'm doing for a quilt along that crazymomquilts is doing. I also managed to get a schlep bag finished. Got the pattern here . I bought some oriental FQs to make another one. The one shown here is quilted. The next one I make won't be. Just the thing for shop hops, don't you think? Speaking of which, if you live in NE Indiana there is one coming up this month in and around Shipshewana, June 26 and 27, nine shops total and all in beautiful Amish country. If you smell burning plastic around that time, don't fret, it's just my credit card overheating from over use! Well, guess that's it for now. Time to go out to the coop and gather eggs. I promise not to be so lax in posting now that things have settled down. Till next time.....