Their youngest son Benny started this stacked stone wall when he was in sixth grade. The wall is made from the stone found in their fields each spring. The now completed wall wraps around the front and side of the house. Benny just left for his first year of college. Yes, that is a working cannon you see on the porch. Mike is a civil war buff and enjoys firing the cannon on special occasions. I have always been surprised that the old glass windows of the house are all still intact.
I decided to take a break from my fourth art quilt this weekend after two failed attempts at machine embroidery. I took a little time to work on a favorite project. I started this quilt in April of 2007. It has been pieced and basted since January of this year, but I have allowed very little time for projects of my own this year. I fell in love with this fabric line from Fun Quilts and the simplicity of the quilt pattern. This king sized quilt is going on my bed so I decided to hand quilt the top. I love the feeling of hand quilting on a finished top. I also love the relaxation and satisfaction that comes from hand work. I have one third of the quilting completed. I have vowed to get this quilt done before the first snow. Wish me luck as it snows early in Wisconsin.