Picking the Pumpkins

by CountryThreads on September 11, 2017

Reed and I started picking the pumpkins today.  He said it was the funniest day he’s ever had at my house.  We also cleaned the chicken nests,  put in new bedding and added some dried herbs to kill the lice and mites on the chickens – if they have any and it  smells fabulous!

Reed and I each picked 10 pumpkins and called it a day.


We also visited the kittens who are so entertaining and cute.  Here is Darla in the bucket with Reed nearby.


And then Danielle took a turn in a bucket.


Rick helped me hinge these doors together today.  I’ve had them for years and have never used them so he put hinges on so they could sit together at an angle.  Here are pictures in progress.  More as I get it done.


And remember the Mountain Majesties quilt I’ve been working on?  Good Grief!  I started with a Moda bundle of 48 fat quarters from many years ago and I just wanted to learn Bonnie Hunter’s technique making this quilt.  I had no idea I was making a queen size quilt!  So much sewing!  So much pressing!  Here’s a picture of the back on the ironing board.


 I have felt like quitting many times but I have too much time invested to throw in the towel – ha!  So I continue to sew rows together, matching every seam.  I hope by tomorrow I can show you a finished quilt top.


I will forge ahead and hope I can finish the top soon.  Then I’ll have to piece a back and get it quilted.  This has been a major project that I had not planned on but I AM NOT A QUITTER!  Ha ha!  

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Martha Engstler September 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Love the picture of Reed and the pumpkin, you are lucky to have a helper like him and he is lucky to have a friend like you. Always love to see pictures of the kitties. They are so cute. Look forward to seeing your quilt top finished.

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Janelle Bucher September 11, 2017 at 8:46 pm

I have sure learned a lot about chickens reading your blog. Wouldn’t have thought about then getting lice and mites. What are your plans for the pumpkins? I normally cook mine and then make pie and bread. Hate to see people throw away pumpkins. My problem is that now I don’t have any kids at home to eat all of the stuff I make, so, guess who eats it and definitely doesn’t need it. Ha!

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Mary Etherington September 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm

Janelle – after enjoying my pumpkins for decorating, I feed them to the goats and chickens. I throw them down to the ground as hard as I can to break them and the goats eat the pulp and the chickens eat the seeds. It’s a win- win for all of us!

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Susan Thompson September 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Can’t wait to see the quilt.

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Nancy Broers September 11, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Is that little Hazel with Reed? I have been wondering how she is doing – So cute! Kittens are growing! Can’t wait to see the Bonnie Hunter quilt!

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mary jane September 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Mary thank you for showing us the kitties and Hazel, we haven’t seen the animals for awhile and I miss that…anxious to see the other side of this quilt..alot of spools of thread……and now the trees are turning colors it is almost time to decorate with the pumkins, bittersweet, leaves and etc.. thanks again…love to open my computer and see something from Country Threads….

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Kathy Hanson September 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm

My goodness, you are certainly NOT a quitter!! Can’t wait to see the finished top! Always love seeing your pictures, amazing!

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Colleen September 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

I love seeing your pets/animals and hearing what they are doing
Your helpful neighbor is so darn cute
I have figure out how my neighbor boys 9&7 brothers can help me they are also very sweet

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Charlotte Barnard September 11, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Mary, I love seeing Reed at the farm with you. A fine young man and a fine assistant! Clearly he loves the farm with you also. The back of the quilt is gorgeous. Such fine sewing. Really looking forward to seeing the front!

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Betty Klosterman September 11, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Don’t the birds and chickens take the dust baths to get rid of the lice and mites? At least that is what Mom said???

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Peggy September 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Oh, my goodness, Mary. . . So happy to see Hazel again. Have been so afraid to ask since the last post I saw about a big decision you needed to make. . . Love seeing pictures of all the critters & the doings around the farm. Pumpkin time is my very favorite time of year. . . Fall!! Not sure of your weather, but “way up north” here in “the cities” we’re lookin’ at 80’s this week. . . Not exactly fall temps!! Keep up the good work girl!!

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Carol T September 11, 2017 at 11:29 pm

I too am happy to see Hazel again…..afraid to ask also!

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Kathy September 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Definitely you are not a quitter! I love the way you tackle any difficulty and then find a solution that is a win-win for you and family. This is what I’d call “true grit.” Can’t wait to see the completed quilt as it looks very complicated and will make a stunning covering. Pumpkin time already here and I wish I’d have put a few seeds out to grow some. I always had a big garden when my boys were young and we’d harvest the pumpkins and put up some to save for pumpkin pies. I haven’t baked in over five years due to my need to cut down on sugar. I miss those days. Hope you have a wonderful time with the doors as well!

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Beth T. September 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Boy, Reed is sure a good worker, isn’t he? It’s pretty clear he loves to spend time with you.
Your Danielle is darling–she looks exactly like a cat we had for many, many years who was my dear companion. Seeing that tiny face filled my heart with such sweet memories.
And what fun to see your quilt! Even from the back I could see that you’ve used many fabrics that I’ve quilted with also. Why is that always so pleasing? It makes us feel a connection, I guess. I look forward to seeing the front side of the quilt.

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Candy September 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Your Mountain Majesties quilt back is so neat! I’ve done Bonnie Hunter’s last two mystery quilts, and I find all those little pieces make for a very messy back (lots of fraying edges). I never know how fussy to be about cleaning up all those threads, without being too ‘anal’, LOL. Can’t wait to see your finished top! Candy

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Paula September 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Looking forward to seeing the front of the quilt. I have a tendency to make large quilts because I love the “whole” fabric collection. I love your pictures of the kittens! Please tell Red that he makes a handsome pumpkin farmer!

Paula in Texas

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Janet Snyder September 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

What beautiful pumpkins with an exceptional looking boy holding them. And the kittens are beautiful. If I lived near you I would be so tempted to beg you to let me have one.

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Debbie Archer September 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Mary what herbs do you use in your nesting boxes? I really enjoy your blog.

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Jean Elliott September 12, 2017 at 1:15 am

Oh the kittens are so cute! Wondering if you will keep all of them. That quilt…wow! I love it. Can’t wait to see the top!

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Jean Elliott September 12, 2017 at 1:17 am

I totally missed Hazel..was looking at Reed and his pumpkins!

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Diane September 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

I am along with Michelle N Joanne remembering 16 years ago. Very emotional day.

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Mary Etherington September 12, 2017 at 7:43 am

Diane – when 8:45 am approached, I also relived that terrible day. Thought about how I miss camp and all of you. Oh how we worried about you guys and where you were – to think you drove from Detroit! It’s a day none of us will ever forget! How are your doggies?

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Diane September 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

Well …Otis is 11.5 now and has vision problems & arthritis. The girls (Scarlett-O’Hara & GretaGarbo) are fine. I just have to say that Camp was one of those life experiences I will never forgot. Thank you for the memories.
D😀😎🌞

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Marilyn September 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

Hi Mary I would like to grow my own pumpkins and yours are beautiful.. The pictures are great and I really like the doors they are wonderful. What a good help Reed is for both of you.

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Kathy September 12, 2017 at 7:20 am

Yesterday was too emotional of a day to sit down and read my email so happy to see a pumpkin post from you to brighten today up. And that Reed! How wonderful he has you and you have him to share in all that your happy home offers to keep him busy and a life so many wish they had away from crime on streets. Love seeing those kitty faces and good thing I live in NY and not there to bring one of them home,. Anxious to see where your doors will be used cause your decorating style is very warm and cozy.

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Marie J September 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

Hi Mary! Like most everyone else I love seeing a new post from you!! I too am wondering what dried herbs you used for the chickens. My daughter has a dozen hens aand she and her husband are in the process of building them a new coop! Since we get the benefit of fresh eggs, I’d love to help her any way I can and a fresh herb smell in the coop seems perfect!! Thanks bunches!!

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Gloria September 12, 2017 at 8:12 am

Your quilt back looks better than many of my quilt fronts. A work of precision! Thanks for sharing your pics of Reed (a fine young man), Hazel (love that pup) and Autumn’s glory(my favorite season).

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Maryann September 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

I noticed you pressed the connecting block seams open
Is there a reason for doing so? I have that pattern in
progress and it’s fun to watch it come together
Thanks for the farm animal updates.

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Mary Etherington September 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

I want to eliminate as much bulk as I can

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Dee T. September 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

It takes a lot of patience and time to make such a large quilt. But, you said you sew fast, Looking forward to seeing it finished. I need to make another king sized one and cringe to do it.
Wish I could have one of those kittens, but my dogs would not get along with one.
After seeing your succlents I went out and bought some. They will probably die. No indoor green thumb. We’ll see. I might send them to you.
I look forward to seeing what you will do with those doors. I can’t save things like that. My husband throws everything out. I haven’t seen pumpkins here yet.

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Mary Etherington September 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Just remember not to be too kind to them and overwater – they like to dry out completely between watering.

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San September 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

My pumpkins are slowly turning from green to cream color. I’ve decided to leave them on the vine a bit longer and hope that the deer don’t come hunting for lunch. Very glad to hear some of your plants survived the big hail storm.

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Jane b. September 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

It Looks like the end is in sight. I can hardly wait to see the final product. Bonnie’s quilts usually require a lot of sewing but ate worth the effort.

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Diane September 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Happy to see Reed helping you with the pumpkins:) He is a cutie and such a good help. Also, who can resist a man with a drill and hinges! I’m anxious to see what you do with the doors and I’m anxious to see the quilt top. The colors are gorgeous even from the back!! Those kitties are so cute!!

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Becky from IA September 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Reed is such a good helper for you! Those kitty’s are so cute! Wish that I could take them…..

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Judy Holcomb September 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

I was so happy to see Hazel in the pumpkin patch.

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Jo Kramer September 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Mary…you are so funny. Just think of it as four small quilts. You could have them done in no time!!! Of this is spoken from me who always enlarges every pattern. You can do it!! Cheering you on.

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Janice Brown September 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

I had a few long and hard days so it is a treat to see your latest posting. Thank you for covering several topics in it. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the doors . . . looks interesting. Our local food co-op got in baking pumpkins on Monday, and after seeing Reed with the pumpkins I’ll have to go over and buy one.

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Joann Hansen September 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Hi Mary, did Reed tell you he picked some pumpkins at our house on Sunday? The kids had a fun time . We have a lot of varieties big and small. Reed enjoyed touring my flowers also. You are doing a great job with him. He asked about my succulents and what I was going to do with them this winter! Neat boy. Joann

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CountryThreads September 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Hi, joann! Yes, I heard all about your pumpkins and flowers – he had a great time at your house and he showed me the big ones they brought home – wow! Next year he and I will plant in a bigger spot so we can plant more varieties. I am lucky to have Reed as a young friend!

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Felicia Hamlin September 12, 2017 at 9:52 pm

It is so nice to see Hazel and those sweet kitties, they are so cute! Reed is learning so much from you and I am sure you do learn from him. I am sure those doors will look fabulous after you decorate them. I can’t wait to see your quilt.

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Ginny September 12, 2017 at 11:06 pm

When I was Reeds age I had an adult friend that I helped. I still cherish those memories and use things that I learned way back then. You are giving Reed an invaluable life lesson every time he visits you and both of you share each others wisdom. What a wonderful friendship.
Your kitties are adorable, wish I could take one home.

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