I’m not sitting on the porch this morning – it’s only 57 degrees and breezy! We have such fluctuations in our weather – makes it hard to plan daily activities and work. Today I hope to tackle those millions of maple helicopters that are everywhere and I’ve decided to blow them into the grass so I chop them up with the mower. If they sprout into little trees I’ll mow them down the next time I mow. Wish me luck! Here’s a hint of the fun I had yesterday.
Yesterday I had some serious fun when I visited my neighbors, Tom and Kathy, who found 3 orphan baby raccoons in the loft of their shed. The mama was laying nearby dead and they estimate the babies to be 5-6 weeks old, healthy but underweight.
I still had a supply of baby animal nipples and we found one that was perfect and fit their little mouths …. and they did eat! And like all babies they fell asleep with full tummies.
It’s good to remember that these are still wild animals who will return to nature once they’re bigger. Their sharp teeth are just coming in but look at those claws! Even now they could scratch skin badly and they’ll only get stronger. I’ve seen an adult raccoon climb up the side of a corn crib!
It’s too bad these babies turn into destructive adults who kill chickens but one must always remember they are wild animals and need to remain wild animals. It remains that I loved handling these baby raccoons! Here are Kathy and Tom who have committed to raising these three babies until they’re able to be released back to nature.
When I got home I took quilt pictures and I have info on our book Sew Charming. We have over 20 of these books on hand and we want to offer a signed copy to all of you for the same price as Amazon Prime.
Amazon has our book for $14.00 and if you have Amazon Prime you’ll get free shipping. We will match that for as many copies that we have on hand. Here’s a look at one of my favorite quilts in the book.
The version in the right adds triangle squares in place of the solid squares. And here’s the one I just finished.
I wanted something very traditional for my table – you might remember when I pieced this quilt and ran out of the prominent gray fabric. Some of you were kind enough to offer fabric but I made a substitution work.
Sew Charming, quilts made two ways from charm packs or scraps, will be available for $14 to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438. Include an address label for our convenience.
I told you I have two finishes to show you. Here’s the second one, a very simple pieced quilt that could be a baby quilt, a wall quilt, a table cover, chair cover – it’s very simple making it a fun quilt to make with fabric you might not use in a traditional quilt. I used my Tula Pink cat fabric and other coordinates.
Here’s another look.
Of course I quilted it very quickly with straight lines. I really love this simple little quilt! Look again at this closeup.
Do you have our book Beyond The Battlefield?
Turn to page 16 to see the quilt called Dashed Dreams.
These two quilts are the same pattern! Instead of string piecing I cut the basic sizes from fabric and pieced it very quickly and very simply. I did this because of the many emails I received asking if the quilts in Beyond The Battlefield could be made in modern fabrics. Of course they can! I am always surprised when asked this question. You must look beyond the fabrics shown and make the quilt as you might see it.
If you are interested in the book Beyond The Battlefield the cost is $31 for a signed book. I’m still planning on making this quilt called Hiding In Plain Sight this fall when I don’t have so much yard work to do.
I really can’t wait to start this quilt along but I promised to wait till fall. I’m pulling my fabrics now so I’m ready to start cutting. Should we say September 1?
This has been a lot to take in this morning, hasn’t it? I’ll review these books for sale again this week. Last week I attended 3 funerals – thankfully this week I’m doing something very fun – going to the Minnesota Quilt Show in Rochester on Thursday, June 13. Meet me in the food court at 1:00 pm – I’ll have a Country Threads sign. Let’s have a “board meeting” for fun!
Now for a blip in the book give away. The next time we do this you will be required to sign in with a very distinct name. This time Reed picked ” Deborah” and she emailed her address to me. As the day went on I heard from 3 more Deborahs but I could locate only one in the comments section. The name cannot be a complete name or Deb or Debbie or Deb M. for example. It has to be exactly what you entered. I will not make this mistake in our next book give away.
This has been lots to catch up on. Tammy is my faithful companion as I write and I’ve been writing for the entire program of CBS This Morning!