This Quilt Has A Mind of Its Own

by CountryThreads on September 13, 2017

Ok – got all the rows together, laid it on the bed and it’s not wide enough.  This is all the fabric I have left from 48 fat quarters.  Blocks are directional right and left and measure 6″x7-1/2″ finished so it’s not easy to take rows off the length to add to the width.


I think I’d like to keep the length as it is so now I will have to improvise.

I spelled a word wrong yesterday – Reed said it was the FUNNEST day at my house – not the funniest.  I hate autocorrect!

I brought some more pumpkins to the yard yesterday.


Here is a picture of the herbs and flowers Reed and I used for the chicken nests.


Here is the list of ingredients.


I made bacon in the oven the other night and when I took the pan out the corner tipped and I got a nasty burn.  Very painful but much better now thanks to Neosporin and a glove.


These days are so beautiful, aren’t they?  Wish they could last for months before the snow flies.  I borrowed this picture from a friend in Illinois – I think it could win a photo contest!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Engstler September 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

Love all the pumpkins, a delight for the eye. I agree, the deer picture should win a prize. With burns we use cider vinegar to stop the pain and keep it from blistering. If it is a hand, which I burned, we put the vinegar in a dish and put my hand in it. Amazing results.

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CountryThreads September 13, 2017 at 9:40 am

Martha – vinegar? Really? I’m going to remember that – I’m sure this won’t be my last burn – ha!

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Susan Sundermeyer September 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

It has been fall temps here in southern Ohio for the last month. We are getting a little rain now from hurricane Irma. I love White pumpkins. Reed is going to have a lifetime of memories because of you.

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Bonnie McKee September 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

Oh Mary, your poor finger! Ouch! I hope it heals quickly!

Thanks for posting the list of herbs used in your nest boxes. I’m guessing you purchased this mix? Could you please share the source?

Good luck with your quilt too improvisions…..I know it will be wonderful and can’t wait to see the completed top!
Hugs from western Oregon!

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Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts September 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

Ow! Sorry to see your burn, Mary. Take good care of that!
Could you maybe add a border down both sides of the quilt? Interspersing your leftover bits with some additional fabric in a toning colour? If you cut the leftovers with a pointy top or bottom they would echo the quilt blocks…

Love the pumpkins…I love autumn/fall, though very wet and windy here today.

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sydney September 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

great home remedy for a burn: cut in two and IMMEDIATELY apply raw white potato on the burn. Then grate or scoop out with a spoon raw potato, change out and apply. Wrap with rag if possible. Can put ice water on the rag or not. Change out three or four times as the potato heats up/starts turning brown. ALMOST ALWAYS the burn is now completely gone. HINT: Keep a couple of potatoes in the refrigerator waiting for this purpose.

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CountryThreads September 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

What a great and easy burn treatment- thanks so much!

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Kathy Hanson September 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

Wow, I hope your burn is better, that looks so painful! It is so frustrating to have autocorrect change what you are saying but I knew that’s what you meant. How fortunate for you and for Reed to have this wonderful relationship! You will have a great answe for fixing the quilt, your projects are always gorgeous! Love all the beautiful pumpkins, it looks so festive!

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Cheryl Regan September 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

Love your blog and all you manage to get done. Love the pumpkin pictures…and bummer on the burn…looks so sore! Gotta take care of those hands….no rotary cuts and no burns. Be well!

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Cheryl K September 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

I love your pumpkin display and so enjoy reading your blog.

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Beth T. September 13, 2017 at 10:07 am

Oh, darn, Mary! I just checked and I don’t have any of that fabric left. Maybe someone will see this and find some in their stash. Quilters are good that way. How much would you need, do you think?

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Ginny September 13, 2017 at 10:17 am

I had the twin to your bacon burn. I got it the same way, just have to pay more attention when hasndling bacon. It’s out to get us!!
Your yard looks amazing, love all the pumpkins.

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Launa September 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

Love the picture of the deer. Unfortunately it is bow hunting season here in the panhandle of Idaho so we aren’t seeing as many deer and elk now.
The pumpkins look wonderful and I hope your burn heals quickly. Nice to read about the raw potato therapy; always good to try a recommended home remedy.
Reed and you are quite fortunate to have each other as friends.

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Gail September 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

Pumpkins in garden look beautiful! Your burned hand looks painful. Be well!

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Paula September 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

I am so sorry about your hand, please “baby” those burns. I agree about the weather, my husband and I have been Volunteer Rangers at Grand Portage National Monument in Northern Minnesota since mid-May, this last ten days has been Perfect weather. Looking forward to seeing the quilt, I know you have a plan.

Paula from Texas

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Sue September 13, 2017 at 11:10 am

Ouch! that burn looks painful. I loved reading the home remedies for burns. I hope I can remember them. I have used a cut piece of aloe vera plant and it works wonders, too.
I have seen quilts lately with two borders instead of four and they look great. Maybe that would do it.
Love you pumpkin path. Very festive.

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MartyCae September 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

Ouch with the burn!
Love all the fall pictures! I see deer every day here! Don’t like it when they jump in front of my car!

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Carole S. September 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

First, I’m drooling over the fabric you’re using. It’s just beautiful! Second, your yard looks sooooo nice! Wish I had your ambition with gardening. If you need anything other than weeds killed, I’m your girl. Third, I have to chime in with the burn remedies. Best thing I ever used is BurnJel. I burned myself badly one night, and my hand was just throbbing, no matter what I put on it. My husband ran out and got some BurnJel, and within 5 minutes, I was pain-free. I kept my hand bandaged with BurnJel on it, and it healed completely in a few days, and the skin never peeled and there’s no scar. End of commercial. Hope yours heals soon!

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Diane September 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Ouch, Mary. That looks so sore. Do you have an Aloe plant? I used to and it worked. Could you lay out all of your leftovers to see if any of us have some? One time I mailed a lady in NY some fabric. We met in a quilt shop in central NY and I live in central Ohio. She sent me a picture of the finished product.:) I love deer even if they do eat plants. That picture is beautiful.

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maxine lesline September 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Lovely yard, and the pumpkins do add some zing. A burn can be so painful for even a tiny area. Just getting over one on a finger.. didn’t realize how much I used it..

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Ann Gupton September 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

I like how you decorated with your pumpkins
up your walk way. Very pretty. I’m not ready
for Fall but am thinking about it.
All I can say is that I dislike auto-correct
immensely. Reed would really get a laugh
out of me…🍁🎃

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mary marx September 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Love reading your blog. Mary

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Diane M September 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Hope your finger feels better soon. I wish I could save a few of these days for deep in December. The golden light just before sunset is lovely. Our Sweet Autumn bush is just about at peak blossom. The smell is spicy and wonderful. Your pumpkins look great; it makes me want to go and get some for our yard. A group of us went to Nancy Zieman’s Quilt Expo in Madison last weekend. Such sad news from her. The Expo was very worthwhile. Have a good rest of the day.

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CountryThreads September 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

It is very sad news from Nancy – I cannot imagine how she had the strength to post the details about her condition. Quite a gal!

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Kate September 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I use to use a product called Foille on my burns. Once I burned my face when I opened a wood burning stove and my neighbor brought some Foille over to my house and rubbed it all over my face and the pain just went away. Haven’t bought any in a long time so not sure where you can find it. Any drug store, I would think. I fix bacon in the microwave on layers of paper towels and it’s safer to remove and doesn’t have all the grease.

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Julianna September 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Kate – I’ve heard of this. A friend, who’s husband worked for the gas company, kept it in the kitchen for burns like Mary’s. Worked every time. Luckily, I haven’t needed in years. I’m sure mine is way too old to be useful at this point in time.
Sydney & Mary – love the potato cure. Old ideas are the best ideas!

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Tammy Guerrero September 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm

I’m wondering where you purchased all those organic items for the chicken mite/lice for the chicken coop? I would really like to make some but, wondering where to find the supplies. I’ve also been wondering how your dog situation is. Hope your dogs are doing fine. Would like to know how your puppy is doing.

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Polly Perkins September 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

If you have an aloe plant, break a piece off and put the juice on it. It fixes any burn quickly.

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terry moore September 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm

ouch.they have a creme to stop the pain.but it intells a dr visit.i did something of the dame.i feel for you.

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