Big Things Are Happening Today, 6-30-2020

Yes, we’re filling in the ditch! No more mowing the sides of the ditch with a push mower! I presented my case to the county supervisors and said I intended to live here another 20 years! My old knees just couldn’t mow the ditch anymore and they agreed and let me hire an excavator to fill it in. Hazel and I have spent the afternoon on the porch watching the activity.

More tomorrow. Here’s the 9-patch zigzag quilt – simple picture taken on the clothesline because it’s soooo windy!

Here’s another picture when I was trying for a different setting – not good.

Dirty Dozen quilts

And a gift from my friend Carolee because I gave her the striped wool blanket – a sweet little tree!

Tomorrow is July 1 – DIRTY DOZEN DAY!

35 thoughts on “Big Things Are Happening Today, 6-30-2020

  1. Diane Bauer

    Glad you’re getting the ditch filled in!!! That should make mowing much easier!!

    I LOVE your zig zag 9-patch!! So pretty!!

  2. Mary

    Love your zigzag quilt, Mary. It is always windy, it seems. Good deal on no ditch mowing.
    I just had my 2nd wrist surgery last week and am sick of being one- handed. I sure miss sewing.
    I remember making the acorn quilt at camp- I still have mine!
    The flower gardens have performed well with the big rains we have had. Our yard has never looked better, due to all the time at home.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary – is this Mary Hawk? So you’ve had your second surgery? Did you know that both Pat Sloan and Bonnie Hunter have broken BOTH wrists????? What are you doing with your time if not sewing?

      1. Rosalie

        I know that Pat Sloan broke her wrists but rechecked Bonnie Hunter’s Facebook and blog and not seeing any notice of injuries.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Rosalie-hmmm, wonder if I got that mixed up! I’ll look again.

        2. CountryThreads Post author

          Rosalie – I stand corrected! I can’t find anything either – maybe someone told me – now this has become a mystery!!!

      2. Mary Hawk

        Yes. Had plate and 8 screws taken out,causing problems.tendons were scarred down. I read, read sewing blogs, weed one handed. Everything is hard to do. My husband has gotten a workout.
        I did see Pat Sloan broke both-how awful. Hadn’t heard of Bonnie’s. I hope to get moving soon. Been 9 weeks.

  3. Jo in Wyoming

    What creative dd’s. Love ‘em.
    It’s fun to see a pile of dirt make a grown woman happy!!!

  4. Launa

    Nice you could watch the work on the old ditch, Mary!
    Your Zig Zag quilt is indeed wonderful. Nice to see the big black dog getting into a photo op!
    Rain has been my friend all day off n on. My husband hasn’t been able to test the new Husqvarna ride on mower yet.
    No snow today…yet! 48o outside now. Anything weather wise is possible up here!

  5. Pat Smith

    I love the zig zag quilt! I bet it’s not on the funeral pile anymore. Mowing on a slant is terrible. I can remember mowing on a side hill with my John Deere mower and having to stand up on my left foot to keep the mower from rolling over. What was I thinking? I was in my 50’s then—not as protective of myself as I am now in my 70’s. Looking forward to seeing the filled in ditch.

  6. Ginny

    Look carefully at the first dirt pile. Do you see the dog face at the top of the pile or am I am seeing things?

  7. Ellie

    Lovely DD quilts! Good by ditch! The zigzag nine patch is great! I may have to copy that one!,

  8. Sue

    So great to have you back up. I really feel inspired by the zig zag quilt. Thank you for doing all the work putting on the blog.

  9. Janice Hebert

    Our whole property is on a slant, some of it pretty scary to mow. I have my husband do those parts, lol. Love, love the zig zag quilt! And all of the finishes look great. Jan in MA where it’s been raining off and on for a few days. We really needed it though!

  10. Jean

    Mary! That red zig zag quilt turned out!! It’s lovely. It can’t go into the funeral pile. No way. Please tell us so.

  11. Sandy

    Hi Mary, I had to go back and have a closer look at the dirt piles for the dog, not there,he is on the chair with the star quilt! Lovely big boy! It’s 1st July already in New Zealand, we are17 hours ahead of you.hsve a great day,best wishes from sandy

  12. Dee

    Your zigzag quilt is pretty. Just wondering if you heard how the dog that tested positive for heartworm is

      1. Dee

        Glad he was adopted. I was hoping you got to foster and see his adventure with Hazel

  13. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I love both of your zig zag quilts( they are beautiful! So glad your ditch will be gone. 🤗

  14. Donna in Kentucky

    Yes, I see the dog face! Very appropriate, since we know who it’s for.

  15. Linda in So Cal

    Definitely a dog face in the dirt pile. Love your red zigzag quilt. Hope you keep it. Still finishing DD….binding on a king size quilt! Trying to finish it before bed tonite. Look forward to your blog.

  16. Diane and Squeak

    See, your red zig zag turned out great! I love it. My husband used to mow our hill in baseball cleats. When he had back surgery, we hired a guy to do just that part so I wouldn’t roll down the hill. Then, we filled it all in with Flowering Sumac and Winterberry. He also fired me as the back up mower because I was too “ creative”. Huh. The DD’s are very pretty.😃😃

  17. Mary Hawk

    Yes. Had plate and 8 screws taken out,causing problems.tendons were scarred down. I read, read sewing blogs, weed one handed. Everything is hard to do. My husband has gotten a workout.
    I did see Pat Sloan broke both-how awful. Hadn’t heard of Bonnie’s. I hope to get moving soon. Been 9 weeks.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Hawk – I feel very bad for you, Pat and Bonnie – I don’t know what I’d do if I were in your position. Weeding one handed can’t be easy! Hang in there – this, too, shall pass! How soon to get your cast off? Any new pics of Ada?

  18. Sunflower from Michigan

    Your reaction, and those of other blog readers, to the pile of dirt makes me laugh because I feel so happy when I see a pile of wood chips! This spring one of the local tree trimmers gave me a load of wood chips for my garden. I was one happy gardener!!
    That red zigzag quilt is stunning. You did a wonderful job. The pictures of finished projects are beautiful, too. I’m looking forward to the next year of UFOs and the push you give us to finish. I am very happy with the projects I completed. Retirement probably helped too! Take care, and I’m anxious to see what Connie does with the leaf and acorn pattern.

  19. Susan Sundermeyer

    Mary, your red quilt is just gorgeous! There most definitely is a dog face looking straight out of the first dirt pile picture!

  20. Charlotte Shira

    Love the quilts and DDs. So glad you are getting the ditch filled in. Don’t we love the little things that make our lives easier!!

  21. Sue in Marion, IN

    Love, love, love the zigzag quilt! I love Connie’s current project too…I have that pattern! Better get it out!

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