Friday, November 18, 2011

Breakfast and dinner will be served here in the kitchen. Lunch will be served in the Quilting Barn.

There is also a large room upstairs with 3 twin beds and 1 double bed. There is a complete kitchen that is available, although we will provide food if it is requested.
This is the upstairs bedroom that is located in a darling "cubbyhole" room that is nicknamed the "birthing room". Evidently my ancestors used this room because the chimney goes straight up the center and keeps the room warm. The walls are the original brown ash and very beautiful.

Two twin beds are also on the ground floor next to the kitchen. There are two full baths on the ground floor.
Our 1790 guest house sleeps 8 comfortably. This is the downstairs bedroom with a double bed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mike and his Dad, Frank moving an old saw rig.
Well we're filling this building up fast....guess we need to start building another one. Where's Mike?
This is one of antique farm rigs that he will store in the carriage house. He has always wanted to have a museum to display the old farm implements.
This is the new "carriage house" with a little snow. Dad put his tractors and old machinery inside.

Friday, October 14, 2011

We probably had about 400 people coming and going between 12 and 5. There was plenty of room inside as well as outside.
My dad was in his element! Notice the glass of red wine...I think it was blackberry. Our friend Lee Glynn made the wine and it was superb! I hope someone got a video of my dad dancing to the band......too funny.....He loves to dance!
This is the band that played.......we have a perfect place tucked under the new bedroom loft. Everyone really enjoyed the music.
Alberta Currier of New Sharon, Maine made this wonderful cake. You can't see in the picture, but she did little heart patterns on the icing so it looked like white fabric with embossed was also yummy.
On Sunday, October 9th we had a "barn warming". We invited many of our friends and neighbors for lunch and a tour of the barn. Kel-Mat, a great restaurant in Skowhegan, catered and we even had a wonderful little band thanks to Christine Beuuwekes.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mike got the shingles up on the roof of the "cidah haus". He did it in a pouring rainstorm. But it is now nice and dry underneath. It will make a great place to press cider....Can't wait!
This is one of the first "hide a beds". My dad thinks it belonged to his grandmother and that she probably ordered it from the Sears catalog.
It looks like a chest when you fold it up. I will probably keep it folded up, but it looks so cool I have decided to leave it down for awhile.

Mike finished the molding in the bath and he planed off some of that molding with my dad's help.
Had a wonderful group of ladies spend the day quilting in the barn this week. Thanks to my friend, Evelyn Charles, we all had a fun day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My wonderful Maine friends, Janet, Eleanor, Ellen, and Evelyn helped me iron out the kinks in creating a quilting retreat. I am now all set to open this spring. I plan on limiting the retreat to 8 women at a time. Later on there will be room in the barn for more, but I want to start small. It was such a fun weekend. The girls are all going to put their Friendship Fans together and we will display them at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the barn on Oct. 9th.
Designing the setting.......
Sewing up those blocks.
Here they are cutting out the blocks for our Friendship Fan Quilt.
Welcome to the first session at THE QUILTED APPLE RETREAT!!!!!
Four of my favorite Maine friends came by this weekend for some quilting fun. Here we are on the deck having lunch.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

This is the cider house......we plan on putting our cider press underneath and out of the weather.
This is the inside of my Cidah House.......Mike has made it out of cedar logs. He went down in my dad's woods and cut them down.
This is the quilt I made for the Mercer Meeting House. It is a Lone Star pattern and was designed by Jan Krentz. I pieced it and Sylvia Fox quilted it.
I just love the pine floors. They are so shiny and smooth. We left one area with the original wooden plank floors.

This is my grandmother's sewing machine and this is my new Janome 6600.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I went to the quilt show in Augusta and took a brochure with this picture! It was lots of fun. Jan Krentz did a workshop!

Well I am finally back in Maine and updating my blog. It has been a TON of work, but I am loving it. Here is the "sitting area". I got the furniture from my cousin and the two quilts are from Anna Mae's vintage quilt collection.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This is the back loft. Mike built stairs that go up to the loft. He used an old piece of wood as the newel post.
The back loft has 2 rooms. We hope to put beds in the back loft for guests.
Sitting on one of my favorite benches. I'm so glad Mike has used so many of the original wood from the barn.

All great artists make a mess!!!!!!

Mike made me a cutting table...isn't it fantastic? He made it with 7 different woods. I only remember cherry, butternut, and oak. I can't wait to cut my first quilt on it.
New bed in front loft. It took me a whole day to put it together. The mattress is so comfy.
Mike filled in the area between the beams with wallboard and then made a special plaster and painted it "Mercer White". I really like it!
Well I went back to Maine April 13th. Dad couldn't wait to get back, but of course there was SNOW!!!!! We had several snowstorms...I loved it!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mike finished the shingles on the front end of the barn. He also built a closet up in the sleeping loft.
March 16th....Back to the farm! Lots of snow.....I shoveled a trench from the house to the barn. It was so crisp, clean and really bright!

Monday, January 31, 2011

This is the new bench that Mike built into the center post of the barn. That back piece is from my great grandfather's house across the road. We are going to call that house the "Quilter's Quarters". I'm traveling to Maine March 9th to visit and bring my dad back to San Diego for a month. Can't wait to see all the new surprises inside the barn.