Spring has definitely arrived in Nova Scotia and with the warmer weather, my thoughts and interests have lured me to the outdoors doing yard work and planting new perennial gardens. I must admit that gardening is another of my many passions.
Having said that, my somewhat soiled hands like to be kept busy in the evenings as well and I did manage to complete this month’s First Friday Freebie with time to spare. Indulge me by reading about how this design came to fruition.
We have three barns on our property and although we’ve lived in the country before, it never entered our minds to have any animals other than our Westie, Mac…or perhaps a cat somewhere in the future. One of our new friends who lives nearby and who farms as a hobby was over visiting a while ago and Mr. Painted Quilt took him on a tour of our property which included the barns. Evidently there is an area set up in one of them as a chicken coop and all that needs doing to the coop area is a bit of cleaning out of ‘stuff’ that was dumped there by the previous owners. Who knew?
It just so happens that Craig raises laying hens and has almost convinced us to set up the coop to accommodate 6 laying hens and a rooster that he would donate to the cause. Although we haven’t entirely committed ourselves to this new venture, it is a great way to get the barn cleaned out. *wink* And so, the idea for this month’s FFF was
“Cocks Crow In The Morn” is a hand appliquéd and hand quilted wool-on-cotton wall hanging. The rooster and stars are rendered in wool and are appliquéd using the blanket stitch but you can easily substitute cotton in place of the wool and either machine or hand appliqué as an alternative.
To download the PDF file which includes the photo, line drawings and instructions, please click HERE.
I will try my utmost to continue my FFF’s during the summer months but the outdoors is really beckoning me. One way or the other, I will keep you informed.