Monday, May 3, 2010

How Was Your Weekend?

Little Miss Fluff is happy. Her new eggs are all fertile!

First I have to tell you that my grandson and I went down into the little Milk Barn this weekend to candle all the eggs that Little Miss Fluff is setting on. To explain what candling is. The room has to be dark. Take a flashlight and set the egg on top of flashlight you can see through the egg and you will see red veins and a black spot. This does not hurt the egg at all, but it is so neat that you can look into the egg at something very special that is going on. In my words, Precious LIFE! All the eggs were fertile. That means baby chicks and 2 ducks. Miss Fluff really likes her new home and she is so safe now. We are still waiting for the two that were saved from the snake, but so far nothing. She lets me pick her up off the nest and check everyday. She really is a sweet little momma. Here is a video of what it looks like when you candle an egg. Usually you can see the little baby swimming around inside the egg. LOVE IT! God is so amazing isn't HE?! I am sooooo thankful that I believe that God created life. It makes me feel so much more loved!

This video is so interesting. Thought you would like to see the inside of an egg that is fertile.

I want you to meet "Red Hen" she is adorable. She is not very big, but she is really a smart chicken. She, another hen and rooster used to stayed in the Milk Barn all winter but I had to move them out when I moved the baby ducks and baby chicks in. The three of them just roam around the farm and sleep on the steps of the milk barn at night. Anyway Red Hen wanted to come in the day I was moving Little Miss Fluff into safety. She sat on top of a bale of loose hay and I thought that maybe she wanted to start sitting because she made a nest. Ended up that she just wanted to lay an egg. It started to be really funny, because each day I would go down to check on the chickens and ducks and she would come right up to me. I would put her in the little cage (if I let her go free Little Miss Fluff attacks her. Really kind of funny to see those two little hens in a big fluff)! I let Red Hen lay her egg and then she starts squawking to be let out. I will see if I can video it some time. It really is getting to be neat how she lets me know she wants to lay an egg. This morning she found me in the yard. I picked her up and took her so she could lay her egg. I always leave an egg in until the next day so she will see it is her egg. You can see the egg she laid yesterday. She takes her beak and tucks it under her usually. Love the farm life!

Just for fun I am posting this tutorial for you, if you would like to join in!
I belong to a quilter group called A Dozen Quilters. It has been a really fun group to belong to. If you go to the site you will find wonderful ideas. Every month a different lady comes up with a block for the rest of us to do. May is my month!!!!!! I wanted to do a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. After they send me the 11 blocks back I will be taking the blocks and be making a new pattern called "My Grandmother's Flower Garden Lap Quilt". If you want to follow along with us, you will need a 1 yd. piece of muslin, each block measures 8 x 8" and 1/8 yd. each of 12 different fabrics you could use only 6 if you would rather. You could make only one block and make a simple pillow if you like. Use scraps if you like for this quilt.

Follow the instructions below to make Grandmother's Flower Garden flower.

You will need

7- 1" paper hexagon pieces

1- 2 1/2" square of muslin

6 -2 1/2" square of printed fabric.

1- 8" x 8" square of muslin for each block

Thread and needle

1. Place paper hexagon template *(we have 14 available, see below)

on top of 1 piece of 2 1/2 square of muslin for

the center and wrong side of 6 2 1/2" printed fabrics.

2. Cut off the corners of square.

3. Fold fabric around the hexagon paper and pin in place. Miter

each corner. With needle and thread tack the corners at each


Starting at one point with needle and thread. Sew together one light and printed fabric hexagon. Sew across tacking both. Sew up one

side of flower before you add another hexagon (look at last photo)

Do the same for each flower until you have complete flower made.




Press flower with iron after you take papers out.

Pin and CENTER flower to 8" x 8" muslin block. Quilt around 1/16” inside each hexagon.

I just love making these flower blocks using the paper hexagon pieces.
They make up perfect every time! I have a baggie with all the items
I need to work on while I am sitting.

If you are interested in trying this and you would like to buy 14 paper hexagons
(the papers are reusable),

please pay:

$2.00 USA
$2.25 CANADA

Please email me, if you are interested and I will send out an invoice,
if you choose to pay by paypal.


check payable to:

Prairie Flower Farm
8319 N. Sterling Rd.
Sterling, Kansas 67579


Pattern will be for sale and available in June sometime.

Last night a storm was coming through. The sky kidding a blood red.
It truly was kind of creepy!! We have never seen anything like it before.

Have a Blessed Day! Just know that you are loved, by me and JESUS! What a deal! smile



  1. OH Linda, I think I have definitely found a "kindred spirit as Anne Shirley would you and your blogs :) :) I don't know how you come up with the different ideas..wait, God is our inspiration :) :) I love the quilting idea. I"m still working on a grandmother's flower garden quilt out of flannel fat quarters I bought years ago. As for a paper backing/pattern I use freezer paper..because when I use a low setting on the iron it sticks to the fabric. It peels off very easily and is reusable :) :)
    I like your idea too. That's a great idea. I'll have to check out that website. I've been looking for something like that. I read about the Kansas City Star newspaper that used to print daily quilt patterns. Now they do it in their Sunday magazine. I'm trying to get my local newspaper here to do something similar help/encourage local people here. Oh I guess I better stop writing while I'm ahead:) Yes, I think I will try and follow along because I have lots of free time at the moment and fabric that needs to be put to good use :)
    I hope Miss Fluff and the other hen are doing well. Oh, and I'm looking forward to hearing Miss Clarice's reaction to all the posts and the cards she'll receive :)
    Have a blessed week :) :) Love and liquid sunshine (rain) from Oregon :) :) :)

  2. I love this pattern and makes for a beautiful quilt! My mother had one mde for herself just a few years before she passed away, she was so proud of it! I gave it to my daughter and she too just loves it.

    I love to hear all about your chickens, aren't they amazing? We raised them for years, I remember Mom candleing the eggs, wahsing them, and taking them to the store for money to help buy our groceries! Great memories.........

    xoxo Gert

  3. Everything is so beautiful, Linda! I've spent some time catchingup, and love what you did with the milk shed. You make everything look so peaceful :)
    Blessings to you!

  4. Good Morning - I'm supposed to be getting ready but I HAD to comment on that sky! Wow! I would've loved to have seen that :)
    I enjoy ALL your posts...thanks so much for taking the time to blog.
    Have a Happy day :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your chickens with us. I so enjoy chickens. We do not have any now so I really enjoy seeing yours and how they are doing. Sweet setting hens are sometimes hard to find. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  6. Hi Linda,
    I just now saw that I won - thank you so much!
    I don't see how to contact you by email to send you my address. My email is All God's blessings to you! Jeannie

  7. Oh I just love you and your blog, you certainly a girl after my own heart, I love your hens, they look like mine, and I dearly love mine too, mine are laying daily now, and our Miss Esther always wanting to sit on her throne, lol I have to shew her off, of course I do not have any roosters, so no babies in my eggs, but blood spots do appear if you leave them for them to sit on long.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog, it really makes my day when I can here.
    Lots of Hugs, Barbara


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