Friday, May 11, 2012

Sunbathing Chickens

It was 50 degrees this morning when I went to let the chickens out to free range.  Later I found them on the deck sunning themselves.  They have been so much fun to watch.  I havn't named them.  No names seem to be needed.


See the one stretching her wing?  That is something they like to do.  Sometimes they use their foot to help with the stretch.



I have included some pictures of flowers and peas from our yard.
This is one of the flowers my grandaughter planted last summer.  It reseeded itself and is adding beauty to this srping.











Daisies grow all over the backyard.  I leave some when I mow.

Every seamstress needs a pincushion flower.  When I looked at these this morning, they were laid over.  I think the chickens were in the middle!

I wish you could see the blossoms on the peas.  They are pink and magenta, very pretty.  We will be eating fresh peas in a couple of days.  Yeah!
The extra blocks in the picture are for two more raised beds with pine needle paths inbetween.

Monday, April 16, 2012









I need to correct myself. I read the following in "Gaia's Garden" by Toby Hemenway AFTER I had joyously broadcast all those seeds. "Broadcast all the seeds over the same area to create a mixed planting. Sow at a density of about one seed every couple of square inches and cover the entire bed with a light scattering of seed. Sow each seed type separarely--don't mix the seeds and toss them all onto the bed, because the heavy seeds will be flug the farthest and you'll wind up with all the radishes on one end and all the parsnips at the other." My flung seeds are now seedlings and they really don't look too bad. I have done some thining for the chicks.

Speaking of chicks, I think one is a rooster because a nice tail is forming.


The black locust is covered in sweet pea like blooms and bees.

Saturday, April 14, 2012













I tried to take some pictures of the chicks that show their adult feathers. They will have black and white bars. They love their greens and worms!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

























































I am loving this warm weather! I was outside, Tuesday, when I noticed extra activity in the bee yard. It was a swarm! One of the hives had decided to split. A queen and some drones and workers headed off for new digs. All I could do was stand and watch. To my amazement, they formed a clump around the queen in a cedar tree above the hive! Then a storm came through and I had to leave for Bee Club. The next morning Dennis and I went out to see if they were still in the tree. Sure enough, there they were. Dennis attached a five-gallon bucket to a very long pole, climbed a ladder, and successfully gathered the swarm and transfered it to a new roomy hive. Yeah!















I don't think it is a new moon yet, but crazy seems to be in the air. I stopped by a new Tractor Supply store Monday afternoon and came out with six barred rock chicks!















The week before, I joyously opened several packages of seeds, dumped them in a container and proceeded to broadcast in a bed of mulch. Then I added a light covering of planting mix. When I checked the bed, I could see many little green plants emerging.

Thursday, March 22, 2012







My sister reads a cookbook the way I read a novel. The last two books I have read are a blend of our two loves. "Girl Hunter" by Georgia Pellegrini and "The Feast Nearby" by Robin Mather are a collection of essays and recipes. Ms. Pellegrini is a French trained chef who decides to hunt her own meat. The recipes sound delicious. I would have to say Robin Mather's book is my favorite because she has good recipes and tips for eating and preserving local food. I have marked some recipes to try soon. I will let you know the outcome!

Monday, March 19, 2012







The weather here in NE TN has been about 10 degrees above normal making it really hard to do my housework! I am headed to a new friend's house to gather some of the plants she no longer wants in her yard. Yeah!





I have been working through "Cathedral Window Quilts" by Lynne Edwards. There are a couple of seams sewn on the machine but the rest is handwork. It is really fun to pick out the little piece that goes in the window. My chicken fabric has been on my cutting table so it gets first glance. I will be teaching this technique at TN Quilts Saturday, April 28th. I am thinking it will be a three hour class, 9:30 - 12:30 since people like to get outside in the afternoon and have trouble committing a whole day to a class.

Saturday, March 10, 2012







A friend stopped by and I had her look at my quilt. We decided it mushed together on the border. Who would have thought that red would have tamed the beast!

Friday, March 9, 2012







I am working on a sample for a simple Irish Chain basic block class. This pattern also has a simple star block. I fell in love with this Moda fabric. It looked great laid out on the counter at the store, famous last words! When I added the gray striped border, it wasn't strong enough to stand up to the main part of the quilt. I think adding the narrow red strip on either side of the gray border may be my solution. I am open to comments and suggestions.

Thursday, February 23, 2012













It is a beautiful day and I'm down with a bad cold. What a waste! I am sending a couple of pictures my husband took in our yard. The red twigs are Wineberry which is much like the domestic raspberry, yummy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012













I will be teaching a Dresden Plate class at TN Quilts, Thursday, February 16th. We will start the class at 10am and stitch until 4pm. We will be using Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates, The Dresden Plate Set. How's that for a mouthful! I used the shape for the 10 1/2" Dresden Plate. The pieces are sewn together by machine and then hand appliqued to the background. The pictured pillow top is for a 14" pillow form. I will give the template for the embroidery design in class and the beads.

Sunday, February 12, 2012







Some friends have started on the Block of the Month at http://www.seehowwesew.wordpress.com/. So, I thought it would be fun to use some of my fabric stash. The blocks at the top of the picture are for the Block of the Month / January and the box is me playing with perspective.





Keeping warm and hope you are too.

Saturday, February 11, 2012







Today it is snowing. My husband and I are cozy in the basement studio with the roaring woodfire. A friend gifted me with a small antique lace iron years ago. It sets on the top of the wood stove. Then it occured to me that I could use it as it was intended to be used! So, when I am piecing quilt blocks, whether by machine or by hand, I can press it with my little iron. The stove also keeps my tea warm to the last drop.