Friday, June 13, 2014

Show and Tell

Or, as we called it in the quilt group I once belonged to, "Bring and Brag."

I took this quilted wall hanging down from the kitchen wall yesterday morning, and it occurred to me that I don't think I've ever shown it on the blog.

It's a "chicken" quilt I made for Papa Pea's elementary classroom years ago.  Each spring he would fill two incubators with either duck or chicken eggs and hatch them as a part of his science program.  This event was always wildly popular, and as the date came close to the eggs hatching, kids from other classrooms and many of the teachers would stop in to observe the process.

I fussy cut the chickens in the center on-point out of the over-all chicken print fabric I used for the border.

Isn't this fabric great?  How I wish I had purchased much more of it because it would make such good placemats or pot holders.

I finished the smaller second crocheted rug to match the other one in the entryroom.  (Now I see I need to get a black mat for in front of the door rather than the green one that is there.)

You can't see much of it with the dog's dishes on it, can you?

We had rain all day yesterday for a total of 1/2" in our rain gauge.  Then terrifically strong winds developed in the late afternoon and were still roaring when we went to bed last night.  I was waiting for my cold frames on top of the raised beds to blow off (they are tied down) but they held.  I did lose a few hot caps I had protecting warm weather plants.  A couple sailed over the 7' high deer fencing into the woods.  I'll be going on a treasure hunt to retrieve those this morning.

The weather this morning is still a little blowsy and not very sunny so far.  But we are supposed to have a clear day so we'll be outside working playing.  Hope you have a good one whatever you do.


Kristina said...

The rugs look great. We got rain last night too. I am enjoying the cooler weather this morning.

Sue said...

The quilt is so sweet--I love the chickens. And I could NEVER put such nice rugs be walked on! Criminey--too purty.

Send some rain. We are desperately dry. Or dry-ly desperate? LOL!

Unknown said...

How cute! Great idea hatching chicks in school. Maybe I'll try that :)

Sparkless said...

Lovely rugs! And the chicken quilt is wonderful. I don't know how you get all that work done and still have time for blogging. I should be up now doing laundry but I'm on the computer.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

Love your rugs! I'm jealous! So homey!!!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Clear skies, gentle breeze and sun all day today for us. Kinda warm though . . . nearing 80s back in the wood working area! Forecast is for rain tomorrow and HEAVY rain for Sunday. Looks like time to catch up on inside things this weekend for us.

Mama Pea said...

Sue - The heavy yarn these rugs are made of wash and dry so nicely . . . really. And you can bet we do get them dirty!

Will send some of our rain we're supposed to get Saturday AND Sunday your way, okay?

Mama Pea said...

Nancy po - Seeing chicks or ducklings hatch was something the kids had never seen and it always remained as a fond memory of their third grade!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Thank you, thank you! We sure worked today . . . did wood cutting, splitting and stacking until 4 p.m. Then hubby mowed the chicken pasture (big area) and I weeded in the garden until the mosquitoes drove me in. Feels good at the end of the day to have gotten good physical exercise!

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - Thank you! I know some people think I'm crazy for taking the time to make rugs when you can buy them, but I'm like you and like the homey look of them. Thanks again.

Sandy Livesay said...

Mama Pea,

Gorgeous rugs!! When I crochet every stitch gets to darn tight. Everyone tells me keep practicing you'll get it.....right!!!!

I love your chicken quilt, the fabric is so cool.

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Thanks! Yep, the tension thing, whether it's knitting or crocheting, is hard to get right.