I have always liked working with textiles. Even when I was a little girl I wanted to sew. I made my first doll out of an old sock. I drew a face on her and was quite proud of her. I still have her somewhere. If I can find her, I will show her one day.
My mother sewed a lot while I was growing up and she taught me to sew. I also took home economics in school for six years and learned to make drapes, clothes and other things. Going to home ec. class was really fun for me because I got to do what I loved doing. Some of the girls didn’t even know how to thread a sewing machine. I remember one poor girl who almost had a dress she was making completed and she accidentally cut a hole in it right in front. My home ec teacher thought of a way to cover the hole with a fabric belt. It worked perfectly. I have had many holes happen when I have been sewing and because of that teacher, I learned you can figure out how to cover your mistake. In fact, something happened like that quite recently with something I was sewing and I covered the hole and no one will ever know.
A new fabric line came out recently called Bake Sale by Lori Holt and I fell in love with it. I could think of so many things to make with it. I am making door prizes for a family reunion and anniversary party we are having in July. I can’t show what I am making, but I can show some of the fabric I am using.
and made this.
Remember these? These cute little balls of fluff? They are getting so big now and I look every day to see if they have laid any eggs yet. They sure do eat a lot and peck and scratch all day in their yard looking for fat bugs and worms. I throw them some fresh mint out of the garden sometimes or anything with leaves and they fall on it like it was sirloin steak. I have one barred rock who races me to the gate every time I leave their yard trying to get out. She is very sly about doing it. She can be on the other side of the yard and as soon as I open the gate, she is right at my heels. I haven’t told you about Belle, our chocolate lab following me into the pen and pouncing on the lame chicken I have been babying for months. Thankfully, I got her out before she did any damage to her, but I thought for sure I was going to have one dead chicken.
This is what Freedom looked like a few weeks ago. she couldn’t move unless I moved her and I had to bring her food and water to her. After weeks of Poly Vi Sol, a couple of Epsom salt soaks and vitamins, she can now stand up from time to time and can get to the food and water all by herself. Now I am going to tell you something some of you will think is crazy, but there is a song I learned in Sunday school about Peter healing a lame man. The song goes something like “Gold and silver I’ve none, but what I have give I you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk. He went walking and leaping and praising God. Walking and leaping and praising God. In the name of Jesus Christ, of Nazareth stand up and walk!” I sang that song to Freedom every day and one day when I got to the part where I sang “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk,” Freedom stood right up on both feet. I still sing it to her and I think she understands. I don’t know if she will ever be able to walk well or be able to fly up and sit on a roost, but right now she can get around and is healthy and happy and none of the other chickens dare peck her because I poke them on the beak when they try. I just know she will be the first one to lay an egg.
Another project I almost have completed is a barn quilt for the front of our house. This is not it. Last fall when we went to Tennessee to look for barn quilts I decided then I wanted one on our house. When David and I drove to Chillicothe Ohio a week ago, we saw more barn quilts along the Ohio River than we did in all of Tennessee. I will show you our barn quilt when David gets it hung, hopefully this week.
Still getting rhubarb from the garden and instead of a pie, I made these rhubarb tarts. David ate all but one of them.
Here’s to lovely fabric, barn quilts and lame chickens who still love life. Bye.