It’s Feeling Like Spring!

I could actually reach my burn pit this morning and I hauled all the boxes from the back room that had gotten wet and are now dry as well as the carpeting – oh my gosh it feels better to get that all cleared out!

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Paula wrote and asked me when I was going to strain my orange peels for air freshener and I said I like seeing them in the jar so much that I will probably enjoy them that way for awhile longer. Don’t they look pretty with that little stuffed heart? The pieced heart was a gift from Carolee who made it from an old quilt – love that cheddar and pink together.

Debbie sent a picture of her Bullseye quilt – love the pink!

And here’s Kathy’s flannel Bullseye.

And the Quirky Little Quilts quiltalong – here are Connie’s blocks.

And this is what happened at our place yesterday when it was VERY WINDY!!!

The tree was dead but not wobbly rotten dead and I told Rick to leave it there for the goats who liked to rub up against it.

It’s down now – right on top of the fence and gate.

I’m watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon right now and loving it! Hope you’re all having a wonderful spring day wherever you are!

34 thoughts on “It’s Feeling Like Spring!

  1. Lois Ann Johnson

    It DOES feel like spring today! I think I can even see some little green shoots on the trees across the river from my house. It seems like it too early for that, but who knows? This has been a crazy weather kind of year! I live in northwest Iowa so many of us still have snow piles thawing in our yards and rivers that are at flood stage. Mary: I love your photos. I am not a quilter but I have friends who are and I appreciate their art. I especially love t o see the animals you take care for. I have an 11 yr. old black lab named “Lady.” She was a rescue a couple of years ago. She’s mine now until the end of her life.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lois Ann Johnson – Lady is a lucky girl to have been rescued by you and I’m sure she knows it. We have lots of hard piles of snow left as well – some right here in the yard and many in our grove! But I’m so encouraged by our early spring – we deserve it!

  2. Susan Burger

    I’ve never heard of vinegar and orange peels as an air freshener but I have heard of it as a cleaner. I love the pictures of the bullseye quilts. Mine is coming along and I might make another from pastel flannels for a my grand daughter. You’re right, they are addictive.

  3. Launa

    So sorry about the tree! Spring day here with SNOW coming down most of the morning!
    Am hoping to receive

  4. Sue in Oregon

    Oh My….That tree sure did come close to the corner of the goat barn. Was it the goat barn? Sorry it smashed the gate pretty good, though. At least Rick won’t have to take it down now.
    Love everyone’s Bulls Eye quilts. I need to add mine soon. We are both sick with the awful cold/flu bug going around our area. The hospitals now make everyone wear masks and they are not allowing children to visit. It’s very bad here. I think I got it at quilt retreat and then brought it home to my husband. He is not thanking me. lol The terrible coughing is what gets you the most. Stay well, everyone.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sue in Oregon – yes, it caught just a bit of the roof overhang on the Goat building and outside pen – nothing serious. Sounds like you’ve got something serious however – don’t go out, drink fluids, sit and watch tv till you are on the mend. Flu has not been bad in our area this year – at least I don’t think so – I’m glad I didn’t catch anything this winter!

  5. Launa

    Continued…Am hoping to receive Sheryl’s book and kit Monday. Had a look inside the book online and there are a few other small quilts I plan to make.
    It rained quite a bit last night. Tis 34 degrees outside up here! Nearly 2pm.
    The Quaking Aspens around our pond are starting to bud out; hope that’s a good sign!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – I agree that there are other tempting little quilts to make. One of my favorites is Prairie Patches on p. 22. Also Calico Cake Stands on p. 61.

  6. Janice

    Oh boy, that tree! Glad the damage wasn’t worse. I love all of the Bull’s eye quilts buy I can just imagine how cozy Kathy’s flannel one is! I just finished hand quilting and binding a little house quilt that someone else pieced – now to tea dye it. Then I hope to do something in spring colors. We’ve actually been raking the leaves from the stone wall in front of the house – early for us! Been very nice weather here this week. So happy! Stay healthy everyone! Janice in MA

  7. Diane in WI

    When we left the cancer center, I told my husband how nice it was to be outside and not feel cold. I’m glad the tree didn’t do really serious damage. The bullseye quilts have been beautiful. Lots of good sewers. I like both Connie’s and your color choices for the quilt. We had a pair of wood ducks in our tree the other day. They have been stopping for the last couple of years. It is strange to see ducks roosting in the tree. Enjoy spring.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane In WI – after the winter we had, the spring air feels delicious! One year I had wood ducks in my tree by the pond – good place for them!

  8. Kate

    I have used the vinegar and orange liquid as a cleaner for several years. It cuts grease, cleans windows, floors and just about anything you would clean with a spray cleaner. It smells good and is safe around animals. It’s also good to spray in chicken coops to kill lice and other bugs. Still working on my Christmas bullseye quilt and I’m loving it.

  9. Becky from TX

    That’s to bad about the tree but at least it din’t land on any roofs….
    Lovin all the bullseye quilts. It sounds like you are enjoying for day.

  10. Edie Comeau

    Never heard g orange and vinegar cleaner. How do you make it. Love your blog and your goats.

  11. mary jane

    my bullseye is done and the backing also now to take it to the quilter. But I am wondering how they were quilted. Circles, straight lines, grid, ? How did you do yours Mary?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Jane – I believe I have pictured the quilting several times but the essence of it is – don’t quilt over all this raw seams – it defeats the purpose of it being raggy. I would recommend circles only but everybody has a different opinion about this so —— whatever floats your boat!

  12. Paula Philpot

    Mary I started to open my Orange Jar to see how it smelled. I took off the ring and the flat is sealed so I am leaving it alone awhile longer. lol Worked in the scraps some more and found I large bag and don’t remember where it even came from. I will start cutting that bag Saturday. I have a couple customers that bring me their scraps since their taste is a little different than mine and it gives me more variety. Will be working at the shop tomorrow and plan to continue on my Indigo quilt binding. Very nice day in KY today and loved my walk. Little rain tomorrow and 10pm tomorrow night the Wildcats play in the tournament. Paula in KY

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Paula – I’ll be watching all the games for the next 4 days! Can’t wait! I found some more scraps to cut, too, and I just bought 4 smaller plastic containers so I can sort my 2-1/2” strips by color.

      1. Paula Philpot

        It is definitely a job but enjoying it, I can’t wait to start the quilts and I will crochet the rug with a P crochet hook. The wash and dry up perfectly. Paula in KY

  13. Diane Bauer

    So sorry about the old tree!! Glad it didn’t cause any more damage than it did.

    We had sunny, warm weather today, so I was out at the barn this morning. Christa is pleased with Pete’s recovery. Whether or not he’s ‘fully recovered’ is yet to be seen as she wants to give him at least a full 6 weeks of recovery and we’re at about 5 weeks now. She will then get on him bareback and see how he does with a human on his back again. I expect, given who he is, that we’ll still have some riding days ahead! He’s pretty special!

    Jen will be home later tonight for the remainder of her spring break. I’m sure that will mean visits with Pete. Justin and Liz will be here Saturday to drop off Riley and Ruby for two months while they are off to Asia and then Texas. It may be a bit of a circus here with 4 Goldens, but I’m looking forward to it!! Justin says Ruby is still “tiny”–I’m not so sure about that given the photos they’ve posted, but I’m sure we will have fun!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane Bauer – you know me, I always have questions. What are Justin and Liz (I assume this is your son and wife or girlfriend?) going to do in Asia and then Texas? 4 Goldens at your house for 2 months! Oh, how fun!

      1. Diane Bauer

        Liz, my daughter-in-law, has a friend who lives in Indonesia and teaches English there. The kids went there as part of their honeymoon trip and have wanted to return ever since. They figure with s friend living there, now is the ideal time. They are very much minimalists, far preferring to spend their money on experiences than stuff.
        Texas will be Justin’s Medical Officer training at the Captain level (Army), and then they will be at Fort Lee in Birginia for 5 months for his Captain Career Course. They have a contract on their house in WA and will find out sometime in the next six months where their next home will be.
        I’m actually really looking forward to my time with the pups! It’ll be a bit of a circus, but it’s nice to have the ability to help them out.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Diane Bauer – I for one, wish I had a family member willing to take my dogs for an extended time – I’ll bet they are so grateful to you!

  14. Kathy in western NY

    I am pretty excited to quilt my flannel bullseyes with variegated gray thread once I piece a backing together and get it sandwiched on some tables. My days of pinning on the floor are over! I spent the day cleaning my sewing room and it sure feels good to look around in there. I have two baskets full of scraps to cut up now. I uncovered your pattern on a laminated card called Puss in the corners, I believe. Great for scraps. We were cloudy here but it got to 55 so felt great. Dogs loved chasing each other around in their fenced in back yard so had fun watching them.

    1. Paula Philpot

      Kathy I am a long arm quilter and I baste quilts on the long arm for the hand quilters. They gladly pay $20 for this service. You might want to see if there is someone in your area that will do this. Paula in KY

      1. Kathy

        That’s an idea , Paula, I hadn’t thought about. There is actually a long armer near me I have used and love her work but I never thought to have her to baste one. Thanks for the suggestion. When I make scrap quilts I am now leaning towards the side where I want to complete it all myself. I didn’t understand that feeling before but now when I see all my scraps together in a quilt I get sentimental and remember what I used them for and hence that feeling others have said to me “ then finish it your own way and make it all you”. Thanks Paula! This is why I love to come back & read the comments again and click on more ads.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Kathy – we used to baste on the longarm for customers , too. Thanks, Kathy, for clicking ads and I also go back and re-read the comments – I learn sooooo much from my readers!

  15. Charlotte Buchanan

    Is the orange peel jar just orange peels and vinegar? I think It is beautiful just like it is!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Charlotte B – yes, just fill the jar as full as you can with orange peels and cover with vinegar – smells wonderful so I may spray some just to try it.

  16. Kathy Hanson

    Glad the tree didn’t hurt anything or anyone. Enjoying the bullseye quilts – lots of interesting colors. Fun, I have mine at the quilter now, it’s been a fun one to do. At a Quilt Retreat here in Rochester during the daytime for three days. Will go to a 5 day retreat out of town next week. I hope to get lots done – always fun. I don’t see any ads to click on anymore – would love to be able to do that.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – do you have someone to do chores for you when you’re out of town? I can’t explain the lack of ads.

  17. Judy

    The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is hilarious and I love the clothes that she wears. I am glad you didn’t have more damage from the tree.

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