Connie’s Quilt

I played and played with Connie’s sweet little quilt today. I tried it out on my table with various Antiques from my cupboards.

Three white figurines of little girls, two with umbrellas.

I added an old white milk pitcher.

A shallow painted wooden bowl in coral and turquoise blue – same colors in quilt! Lovely!

What could be more traditional than blue canning jars?

How about a Fiesta ware turquoise water pitcher and a blue canning jar?

And I knew you’d appreciate some close ups.

It was just a treat for my eyes to place these antiques on Connie’s quilt. We can send you this pattern for $3.00. There will be no photograph but you can download and print your choice of the ones I just showed you. We cannot be in the pattern business with pictures and bags anymore but I think this is a pattern many of you would like to have in your to-do file. I know it’s in mine!

Please request the pattern Cobblestone when you mail your check or cash for $3.00 to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave, Garner, IA 50438.

Rain is moving in for Sunday so I won’t be able to spend any time here in the porch, my favorite room in the house – if only for 3 months a year!

Spring Planting

Finally – yesterday and today the farmers got in the field to work ground and start planting. Rain is forecast for Saturday night so they are working hard to get as much done as they can before it rains again.

Here’s the view from my porch – which I’ll be showing you throughout the season as the corn grows. It’s really pretty exciting to watch the farmers and the fields come to life!

I mowed every place I could and remowed the ditch. I mowed it yesterday and the grass was so tall it laid in clumps! I no more than put the mower away and went in the house than I heard thunder and it started raining!!! Oh, the poor farmers! They finally got one really good day and now it’s wet again – not inches of rain but enough to keep them out of the field tonight and probably tomorrow. Ugh!

I hate autocorrect – when I read the title of the last post I couldn’t understand why it said “more”. I meant to say “Moe”. Ugh again!

I have accomplished many things this week- several really big jobs – I won’t bore you with the details – but I just have screens to get on and I’ll feel like I really can get back to my sewing. Tomorrow I’m going to get a picture of Connie’s newest quilt which just might be my next project. Maybe yours, too. Until tomorrow……..

Our Visitor, More

Hazel’s BFF, Moe, is here for a few days and I’ve got three happy dogs.

Moe is a golden doodle who has stayed here many times – Hazel loves her!

Yesterday was porch cleaning – all screens, walls, floor and furniture were scrubbed with the power washer and after it dried I started moving the furniture back in. I no sooner covered the couch with this clean cover than I had two muddy footed dogs laying on it.

Our power gate continues to be abused by visitors who think they should try to push it open! Pushing on a power gate only takes the “spring” out of it so it won’t close tightly and the bigger the gap in the opening, the more likely Hazel will find it and sneak out. I do not understand why anyone would try to get through the big gate when there’s a walk through gate clearly marked. Ugh!

Are you getting up early on Saturday to watch the royal wedding? I am!

More yard cleanup and mowing for today – there is no end!

Tuesday

Just in case you readers think I’m filling the need of a grandparent to Reed, here’s a picture of his two wonderful but camera shy grandmas who both live within 10 miles of Reed. He also has a grandpa and 3 great grandmothers and Reed describes them all as being beautiful and amazing. I’ve always said I’m the lucky one – Reed has grandparents aplenty but I’m the one who loves chickens.

Yesterday Becky and her friend Jeanne entertained the toddlers at Concord during Nursing Home Week.

Karla, Reed’s mom, brought June and Vera, his little sisters, to listen to the music. Vera liked doing the actions.

I promised pictures of the chicks but they’re very hard to photograph because they dart here and there so fast.

Today Reed and I are going to open up their space and give them the whole pen. They are going to love it!

Hazel and Ernie Joe Mauer.

Pam and Ethel – almost twins!

And today it’s finally sunny and warm – I’ve been working on moving the plants from the basement and the shop outside. I stand by my rule not to move plants outside till Mothers Day. I had already moved some outside last week when it was so warm and they suffered in 40 degree weather last weekend. Never again.

Many of these are going to the Farmers Market. I have not moved my big plants yet – soon.

Now what have I forgotten? I am looking into putting advertising on the blog. I spend lots of time doing this and hope we can both benefit from advertising.

Connie has a new quilt finished – picture coming soon. We will make this pattern available for a very reasonable price in the near future.

I am binding the blue squares table mat – I actually got it quilted. Now it’s on to a new project!

Flowers

I hate it when a picture doesn’t post and I miss it! Here are the flowers Reed brought me.

Our book club met last Wednesday – Connie listened to the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and loved it. I passed my copy on. And … I’m watching the Handmaid’s Tale in the shop. Whoa – now there’s a captivating story line!

I took a picture of yesterday’s eggs because they looked so pretty.

And Hazel has claimed my red chair as her own.

Does anyone get the magazine Quiltmania? Our friend, Scott Hansen, was featured and we were so excited for him!

Sorry – can’t get it to turn!

An Update

The biggest news around the farm is the flock of orioles in my yard. I had only one small feeder that held grape jelly

but I had to get creative and add two more feeding spots. Of course it was raining when I took these pictures – it’s been raining for days.

Remember the egg apron that my friend Linda crocheted for me as a Christmas gift? Reed gathered the eggs – he loved the apron!

Rick has started home physical and occupational therapy and he has made real progress this week – he can now get himself in and out of bed which is a huge help to me. This picture is a familiar sight throughout the day.

I cannot concentrate on starting a new quilt project – I’m not sure why because I really want to be able to sit down and sew just to rest. Today I spent the afternoon straightening up in the quilt shop and trying to gather fabric for a specific project. For those of you who visited the shop before we closed, here’s Jackie – still keeping me company. Maybe you remember our shop cat, Jackie. She is still a loud meower! Ha!

Yesterday I helped Reed and Myra finish their twined rugs – here is Reed weaving the ends back through the twining to secure them while Vera looks on.

Reed presented me with these gorgeous flowers and a sweet card for Mothers Day. As someone who wanted only to be a mother but was saddled with primary infertility, Mothers Day is painful even at 70 years old.

No field work has been started in North Iowa and all the farmers are nervous and anxious to get started. We’ve had over 6″ of rain in the past couple weeks and more is predicted for the coming week. If it’s not raining tomorrow, I’ll be mowing!

Connie’s Houses

Connie loves house blocks of any kind and she had her Bernina humming while she was in Florida last March. I simply do not know or understand how she combines these fabrics. The blocks are wonderful and I could never do it. I wish I had a little stash just like this to make house blocks with – of course, what am I thinking? I don’t have time to sew right now.

Don’t you just love it? I do! Here’s a close up of a section.

And here’s a photo of two blocks that I teased you with yesterday.

Isn’t this the wildest collection of fabrics and they all work together so well. I am jealous of the ability and confidence to put them all together.

The pattern is by Miss Rosie – called Village. Love her colors, too.

I’ll add this to my wish list – how about you?

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Time for a chick update – they are getting their feathers and getting so big! They are ready to start roosting at night because they like to sit on a cement block in their pen. Watching these little girls grow has been amazing. Reed came to do chores tonight.

Just look at this assortment!

Reed’s hens, Debbie and Delores, went home with him tonite. His coop is ready and the baby chicks just aren’t old enough to survive without a heat lamp. When they are and can move to Reed’s house, Debbie and Delores will have to come back here. They are somewhat aggressive and will peck at the babies.

Oh, it’s been a busy day – as usual. Lawn mowing will start full time this week and then it will soon be time to till the garden.

A Little Sewing

Hardly any time to sew but a few weeks ago I simply had to sit down at my machine. I pulled out the box of 2″ squares and sorted the blues and neutrals because I remembered a quilt I really liked in this book.

I just sewed blue and light squares together – with this quilt in mind.

The outside work has dominated my life for the past two weeks leaving me no free time. When I went back to look at the quilt, I decided I didn’t need this bigger quilt. What I really wanted was a red, white and blue table topper for Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July.

I didn’t know just where this was headed but at least I was sewing – and relaxing and resting my aching body.

This is not what I thought I was making when I started sewing squares together but I’m going to quilt it, bind it in red and put it on my table.

Tomorrow I’ll show you another one of Connie’s “Florida” quilts – she made them while on vacation. Connie loves house blocks. Wait till you see this new quilt! Here’s a hint.

Thursday Miscellaneous

This was my goal today after lunch – clean the hydrangeas.

The leaves were packed in solid and they were wet besides but I got it all cleaned and the fence put up.

Thank goodness I didn’t give up in the middle because it started to rain.

And rain.

And continued to rain!

We got over 2″ and it’s still raining lightly. It was not pretty at the door to the quilt shop – so much water all at once that it flowed over the sidewalk and into the front door.

I have been soaked to the skin twice today – just unplugging gutters, etc. I wonder what the weather will be like this summer?????

Yesterday Rick had an appointment at Mayo. Here’s a view from the lobby overlooking a waiting area where people take turns playing the grand piano. You may have seen a video on YouTube – one in particular is an older couple playing a duet – standing up!

And here’s the view from the 15th floor.

Good news – Rick MIGHT get his walking cast a couple weeks early. And then there’s my shoes – they match!

Reed did the baby chick chores for me – here’s an update to show you how fast they’re growing.

See the feather duster hanging up? I saw this idea on Facebook – the chicks run under the feather duster as if it’s their mom who would sit on them – isn’t that sweet?

HOPE

The amazing story of the owl is one side of our daily lives – actually saving a young creature to live it’s life to adulthood. On the other side of the coin comes sorrow that hits hard. Hope, Connie’s sweet black lab mix dog crossed over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. She was getting old and her health was failing yet she traveled to Florida with Connie and Roy in March and enjoyed warm walks on the beach although they were slow walks.

Hope stayed here with us many times over the years and she was a gentle soul. She loved doing chores and roaming around the barn having a bite of chicken poop now and then. She was always glad to come here and when I’d open up their house door and she heard me, she came trotting down the stairs. She couldn’t wait to get in my van and come to the farm. She snored loudly at night, sometimes so loud I could hardly sleep – ha! She loved to clean up everybody’s food bowl and I usually allowed it – keeping Hope was like having a grandchild stay overnight. She could do no wrong.

I took this picture of Connie and Hope right before they left for Florida. It’s soooo hard to take a picture of a black dog, isn’t it?

To all of you who have loved a dog as a member of your family, you know this doesn’t get easier. I know Hope is running with our other dogs and feeling no pain. Rest In Peace, Hopey!