There is a Red tailed hawk hanging around the Farmlet – I chased it away yesterday. 

Today I have had to chase it away three times! 🤬 First time it swooped in and tried to haul away my favorite hen, Little Red. It came down less than four feet from me to get her!  The second time the geese alerted me that it captured and killed one of my Japanese Bantams. I did not let it keep the carcass. Now I have had to go out and chase it away again! Lucky for the second little Japanese hen I got out there in time and she only lost a few feathers.
It was amazing to see all the hens up in the branches of the large bush by my bedroom window.  Thinking all was well I went inside, but came back about a half hour later to see where the other half of my flock had disappeared to.  The stragglers followed me to the hen-house and I found the rest all hiding in the there and squished up against the farthest wall. I came out in time to see the last two little black Silkies making a break for it and the Silkie Rooster standing at the half way point calling to them.  He herded them into the shelter once they passed by.
That Red tailed hawk was pretty brazen. On the second encounter I came up behind it and it turned its head to look at me… it didn’t budge. I nudged it with my boot, it leapt  up, landed about 8 feet away, skittered to a stop, then turned and caped its wings to stare me down. I walked right up to it and it gaped its beak at me and fluffed up as big as it could make itself. I nudged the bruiser a bit harder (no, not hard enough to injure it) and it finally took off.

Waiting for sunset and hoping it finds a squirrel or something in the meantime.   😦

This has happened before back in January of 2011.  You can read about that episode and see a picture of the hawk – HERE   –  You can also see a picture of my little hen Tippy, who got free and then flew all the way across the pasture!   (Til then, I hadn’t known that chickens could really FLY.) –  HERE 

Before the month closes…

I want to share the first block in a series for Bee, Myself and I

The idea behind BM&I is to do a bit of sewing just for ourselves each month.  And like so many other quilters out there I often find that hard to do, as I feel that it is selfish to spend the time, energy and funds on me.   Thanks to Granny Maud’s Girl and Kate Chiconi from Tall Tales at Chiconia, I have had the prompting to begin.  Thank you both!

I had a few false starts last month when I listened to the lady at the quilt shop on background choices for my Hat Boxes blocks.  She didn’t understand how Kaffe Facet works: bright colors, wild florals and prints.  In a word bold.   And of course I had forgotten to pick up my book on the way out the door.  I got home and tried to make them work, but they simply were not right.  They were pale, insipid, uninspired.

I had to wait for the next payday, and then went out yesterday to shop for new backgrounds.  I love the new fabrics, but again made a wrong choice for the box I had already cut out.  The banding on the box is too close in value and print.

Having worked so diligently on the Y seam involved on the background I was loath to disassemble the block

and just made a new one.  This is much better!

Color is washed out due to flash, sorry.

The block is done!

Last thoughts:   It was frustrating to have picked wrong fabrics initially, and to have again made the same mistake this month with assembly.  However, I have learned how to make a very good “Y” seam and now have another background all ready to go for another hat box in the future!  That said, after all that trouble to make a perfect “Y” seam it was rather disturbing to realize I would be cutting it off the back to reduce the thickness of the layers for quilting!

I just have to remind myself that it was all worth the effort, because now I have a new skill in my arsenal



Carolina Hurricane Project

Today’s post is informative, but brief, as Carole has posted all the details for this project on her website.

Carole, at From my Carolina Home, is organizing a quilting project for those who were hardest hit by hurricane Florence this month.  The blocks are scrappy, feature  jewel or earth tones, are surprisingly versatile 9 patch blocks, and in a word – beautiful!

She is accepting 12 1/2 inch blocks, whole quilt tops (queen sized) or finished quilts.

If you are moved to help please visit Carole on her blog  to read all the particulars and to get your copy of the block directions as well as where they are to be sent .

You will find all of her information here:

Carolina Hurricane Quilts

Thank you!


Not scrap happy but not idle either

The title says it all.  I have been very busy repairing, making and finishing.


My purse/backpack which was coming apart on the upper left corner.

I used 40-year-old fishing line that I collected somewhere along the way from my family. 

The stitching went into the old holes, but I had to back track to get a continuous looking line of stitching.  I then used a suture knot on the inside to tie it off.  For your interest; these are very good knots for quilters who hand tie their work.  The extra twist locks the thread so it stays put while you finish the tying.  Oh yes, and no need to ask for someone’s finger, because the knot is good for package tying too!

LINK:  Not to worry;  it’s only thread and diagrams.


Bob’s Moreno wool socks

The toes go first, note the repairs on the two laid out, and then the heels.  This one may be too far gone, but at the price of Moreno socks I will give it a try!


You saw these doll quilts/table toppers in a previous post but here is a closer and clearer look. 

Every once in a while I lose my mind and do a bit of hand quilting. 

This one was small and I took lots of breaks to save my eyes from strain.


Nope, not done – yet.

Machine quilted straight line and stitch in the ditch

I had to go Frogging on this one twice!  First on the center blocks because I let intuition take over instead of referencing the pattern.  I was so proud of my work until I looked back at the pattern picture and realized it bore no resemblance to the original!  And again when I realized that two setting blocks, one each on the  center sides of the bottom, were sewn incorrectly.  I think I saved its looks by picking the stitches to release the seam and pressing it to the outside.  I then restitched and quilted just to the outside corners of the blocks. This one is waiting for the fabric I had to order for the binding.  It may be here today!

OK, back to work, but before I leave I will mention that I am joining up with Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl  in the Bee Myself and I group.  They post progress at the end of the month on projects that are made just for themselves.  It gives us permission to be just a bit selfish and make for ourselves and not everyone else.  Feeling guilty about making if it isn’t for someone else or for sale is really stifling to the creative process sometimes.

Granny Maud's Girl: Bee, Myself and I

~*~   V@_

CREDITS:  Mini quilt patterns are from the Temecula Quilt Co. in Temecula, California.  The line is “Mini a Month – 2018”.  For those interested, there will be a new set available for 2019.