first snow 2015 front driveToday marks the first snowfall for the winter of 2015.  November 22nd is late for Michigan, but I’m glad it waited….it could have waited even longer in my opinion.  I do have to admit it’s pretty, but I get really tired of the white stuff by the end of winter.  These Michigan winters are a bit to long for my taste.  The trees down our front drive were lit up like Christmas trees this morning, as you can see on the left.  The feature photo shows our pasture with the skies of the east all lit up early this morning.

Last night the snowfall was just a dusting but mother nature got busy overnight and dumped about 8 inches on us by morning.

RockyTwo days ago I got some pictures of our rooster, Rocky in the backyard while the grass was still green.  It looks like I got our little photo shoot done just in time, before the white stuff covered the ground.  He’s a beautiful rooster and is protecting his hens while they scratch around for bugs in the leaves.  The chickens are staying in their coop today, they don’t like the first snowfall near as much as some people.

Mysteriously our chickens are also laying eggs again.  I think perhaps they’ve been hiding them somewhere but we haven’t found them until today.  Since they stayed inside the chicken coop they were easier to find.  Our other rooster, Ricky, and two of the hens died in an attack a few months ago and none of the girls had been laying, or laying them in plain sight.

rag quilt pile of squaresThe colder weather kept me inside today and working on one of my quilting projects, a rag quilt.  I’ve been making some pajama bottoms out of flannel and used scraps to start making a rag quilt.  In the front row is the squares pieced together for the first row.  On the left in the back row are the square sandwiches I was working on today.  The pile on the right are the ones I’ve already prepared that haven’t been sewn into rows, as of yet.  I’m waiting on getting a good mix of material choices so the rows sport a good variety of fabrics.

squares with batting rag quiltI’ve cut the material into two 8″ squares with a 7″ square of batting in between, sewn a big X across the “sandwiched” squares.  These squares are then sewn with a 1/2″ seam allowance instead of the customary 1/4″ used in quilting.  The larger seam allows for the clipping and fraying of the seams, which in this case is desirable.

I’ve chosen a color pallete that is darker and more masculine for our king sized bed.  Hubby was asking today when I thought I would have it done.  Hmmmm……maybe next winter…if I find enough of the “right” fabrics.  I told him it would depend on how many fabric stores I visited.  How’s that for setting myself up for a great shopping season?

rag quilt closeupOn one side of the quilt the seam is neatly tucked in, as it should be.  The other side sports the raw seams which I clipped about every 1/2″ so they will fray and form a raggedy seam….hence “rag quilt”.

Two suggestions were offered to me when I asked others about making a rag quilt.  One suggestion was to clip as I go and not wait to sit and clip the entire quilt at the end.  This would spare the hands from fatigue, as would a pair of special clippers instead of regular scissors.

The other suggestion was for after the quilt is finished and ready for it’s first washing.  The advice was to empty the lint trap on my dryer at least 3 or 4 times while the quilt dries, the first couple of times the quilt is washed and dried.  There’s a whole lot of lint that will be flying around during the “ragging” process.

I like to learn from others that have worked on a similar project so I can learn from their mistakes or benefit from their wisdom.  More often than not I’m glad I did when I look back on my projects.  Speaking of looking back, I noticed the changes over the past few weeks as the seasons have evolved right before my eyes.  I have several photos of our front drive that are interesting to see in succession.  The first picture was taken October 17th, the second one October 24th, the third November 3rd and the last one was taken this morning, November 22, 2015.

Front drive October 17, 2015

Front drive October 17, 2015

Front drive on October 24, 2015

Front drive on October 24, 2015

November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015

November 22, 2015

November 22, 2015

Mick Rd pasture with sky Oct 30 2015I guess the long winter is fast approaching and it will be awhile before spring comes again.  I enjoyed the nice, warm, fall weather that we’ve enjoyed for so long.  I took a picture of this pasture on Mick Rd. on October 30, 2015 that I really liked.  The grass is still so green and the trees in the distance are bursting with fall color. Closer to me are the bare trees lit by the bright, but gloomy skies.

Dianne chocolate barI guess pictures like these will have to keep me happy until then…..or a chocolate bar named after me….wish they’d spell my name right.

I hope you stay warm this winter and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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