All Is Well In the Barn, 2-12-21

I took these pictures during chores this morning – everybody is comfy in the barn where the heater is working well and the egg production is steady – ha!

And Hazel is sure something is down this hole in the floor!

Someone asked what she’d do if I didn’t empty the cupboards for her – she would sit there and bark which I could easily ignore but Rick can’t stand that barking so I give in to her to keep peace. Sound familiar to anyone?

Hazel is a bossy little thing, that’s for sure but she comes by it honestly as a Jack Russell Terrier or terrorist as someone called her. Here was another game of tug last night.

Here’s a finish using the X Tool that was so popular years ago.

This afternoon I’m going to bind the pink and gray quilt and take pictures for the online store where the pattern called Scrap Roll Adventure will be available. I told Kayla to wait for this new picture to post because this is the quilt that will look familiar to you.

Here is our crowded little booth at Junkin Gal – Becky added artwork and leather bracelets. It’s too cold for anybody to be out shopping however.

Stay warm, Everybody and Be Still!

36 thoughts on “All Is Well In the Barn, 2-12-21

  1. Sandy

    Hi Mary, that’s a fabulous scene, roosters on the pink chair and goats being goats in the barn! My king size hexagon top is ready for marking a cable border, then quilting, so a busy few months ahead. Happy Chinese new year everyone, best wishes from sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – that pink chair used to be Emma’s hangout. How are your little granddaughters??? (Do I have the right Sandy?)

  2. Rosalie

    What kind of heater do you have in the barn?
    Our temperature is supposed to go to single digits Monday and Tuesday so think the chickens will need some heat. They do ok in the 20s.

  3. Kathy Hanson

    Loved all the animals in the barn looking warm and happy! It is so wonderful to see! Get a kick out of Hazel looking for something in the hole, she is quite the girl! I think there is another dog that will be a pistol too! Corgis are supposed to be very intelligent, very stubborn and think they are in charge. We will have a challenge for sure. Not sure that there is much that we will be able to do to change her mind but we will try!! Her ears are starting up already but I don’t see that the other puppies ears have started to stand up yet. Hmm!!

  4. Robin Rauk

    I never thought I would see a dog as spoiled as Libby!! they are a lot a like for sure
    she hurt her back a while ago and it about killed me!! all is good now,
    she is full of @@##$ just like always
    I absolutely love that Pink and Grey quilt
    can you tell me what those fabrics are??

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Robin Rauk – hugs to Libby. The pink and gray fabrics are a new Moda line called Sanctuary. Should be available very soon – was released in January but all shipments are delayed. You think maybe Hazel could be a little spoiled like Libby? Haha!!

  5. Tanya T. in Houston

    Your booth is darling! I wish I were there to shop! It’s 34 degrees in Houston and we are hunkered down for a whole week of below freezing temps predicted. No one here knows how to drive in winter weather so that’s why you hear about wrecks on the news in Texas. Good time to stay in and sew! Thanks for keeping the ideas coming!

  6. Donna O. Cottage Grove

    Mary where is Junkin gal & is this booth open whenever the store is open? I’d like to take a road trip but I need to know more.
    Love the goats & chicken pics & Hazel focusing on that hole.
    Brrrrrrr here in Cottage Grove

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna O Cottage Grove – Junkin Gal is on Main Street Garner and is open Thursday 10-3, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1

  7. Charlotte Shira

    I’m with Hazel. I bet there is something in that hole! I find holes in my lawn all the time. I think it’s a possum looking for grubs. He’s welcome to the grubs!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Hazel just cracks me up with her attitude. I am finishing up a UFO DD and it is an X block pattern too that I took a class on. I gave up on trying to finish the border so did my own and now am binding so I can get a picture of it before I send it to a breast cancer patient. Pretty cold here too but sun is shining and roads are all salted and great for driving so getting some groceries to keep us fed for all next week when it’s suppose to be worse temps.

  9. Mrs. Goodneedle

    We’re not cold here in NC; haven’t had any winter to speak of, really; just gray and gloomy days. I’m not familiar with the X Tool, but that’s one stunning quilt; I’m going to have to research that!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Mrs. Goodneedle -I got so frustrated making it so decided it wasn’t how I wished to spend my sewing time back then when I was still working. Sorry but I ended up donating the book and the ruler to a craft thrift store or I would have gladly sent it to. Winter was a little late showing up here in NY too so I am not going to complain as February is a short month. Seems kinda cozy actually.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Mrs. Goodneedle – let me see if I can locate mine – don’t buy just yet!

  10. Ginny

    I remember Janey staring down a hole in the floor at quilt camp. She was so cute, check out the hole, run down to the bottom of the barn and back to the hole! The curiosity of a Jack Russel, so darn cute.
    Stay safe and warm.

  11. Jo in Wyoming

    Everyone in the barn looks warm and happy. Those chickens are just beautiful. Their feather colors are incredible.
    Uhhh, Tanya…I bet you are cold! This weather is normal for us. Saturday’s high, 3…Sunday -3🥶
    Stay warm, healthy and still. This all shall pass

  12. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Mary, how did that short legged goat get up on that tallish table? I love hearing Hazel stories; she is like a little kid—so funny. We have had more snow this year than in many years. It is prettier than our usual brown! Stay safe and warm, everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane and Squeak – well, she’s as wide as she is tall but she can still jump up on that table!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary Hawk – well, they don’t know it’s so cold so they just keep laying. An average laying hen has about 300 eggs to lay in her lifetime so these gals will end their laying life sooner than others who quit laying in the winter.

  13. Sue Smith

    You sure have a great place for your animals in winter. I wonder if they know how lucky they are…I think they do judging by the looks on their faces. They are saying…These digs are ours and we like ’em. Don’t mess with us! Ha Ha
    I think Hazel is right. There is something down there.
    Snow finally came to Oregon in a big way. We just saw a video of Portland and its surroundings. Yikes. It hasn’t made it in our parts, though, and hope it doesn’t. Oregon isn’t very equipped for snow and locals don’t drive in it all that well.
    We got our first shot today. My arm is not sore yet.

  14. Nancy Sturgeon

    Mary, do you use channel locks when you quilt the straight lines on your quilts while using your longarm?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nancy Sturgeon – no I just hold it steady and look at the matching place on the next block and head for it. Believe me, it’s not perfectly straight!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherrill – haha! Yes, you’re probably right! Livestock farmers think I’m crazy of course but I consider them pets. Margaret’s family raises purebred cattle and they have had 50+ baby calves in this cold stretch!!! Can you imagine?

  15. Susan K in Texas

    February is usually calving weather around here. My parents have gotten out of the cattle business – at 85 my dad finally decided to retire from the cattle. My brother still has cattle and it’s the time when they get checked twice a day. That’s before and after my brother goes to work.
    Your animals have a cozy place to spend cold days.

  16. Paula in Texas

    Mary, we Texans NEED you to come get your cold Winter weather! Winter has arrived in Texas & we do not handle it well. Our chicken houses & barns do not have heaters!! I have friends cutting ice for their cows, many inches thick. We are experiencing the longest, coldest stretch of freezing temps since 1983. If we can make it until next Thursday, a heat wave will arrive and push the cold front back. By next Saturday our temps are to be in the sixties!! Now that is will be a real Texas winter day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula in Texas – oh dear! I agree that we are accustomed to this weather and have prepared for it. When I first put the heater in the barn most of my neighbors thought I was crazy but if I could pay the bill it really was none of their business, was it? So while I live here, my animals in the barn will be toasty warm in the winter. I never have gone on vacation, I don’t yearn for jewelry and I’m generally pretty thrifty – I just can’t bear to make my animals suffer in the cold. I’m sorry you’re having to survive a cold stretch – as Jo put it – this, too, shall pass!

  17. Sandy

    Hi Mary,yes, you have the right sandy! Stella is 3 1/2 now and Luna is 10 months old, she is doing army combat crawling ,too lazy to properly crawl, but a very sweet baby. Stella is enjoying art, gymnastics and having fun, she plays well with Luna, l will get andrew to send you a photo of them soon. Take care, best wishes from sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – yes! I need some new photos of those sweet little girls – did you go visit them yet? How’s your summer going?

  18. Lorraine McGeough

    Love your pictures of your animals in a nice warm barn. You are so kind and your animals are the luckiest. I agree with Hazel-there has to be something in that hole!!! She is such a crackup and I bet she gives you so much laughter and fun.
    We are to get some snow and wind this weekend in northern Arizona. Brrrr. Nice time to stay in and sew. Stay warm during this cold snap going thru and thanks so much for your posts.

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