(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

      I must say, I feel a little silly entering this quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I mean, after reading Erica's post over at craftyblossom, I almost perished the thought of entering at all. I mean, my quilt is about....chickens. A far cry from the kind of heart and meaning in so many of the other quilts in this festival. But, then, a very different urge took shape, and I realized that, in the spirit of our bloggy community, this is not about comparing, but about how All Things can have heart and meaning.

And, after all, it's not just about chickens.

It's about beauty.

And growing. . .

. . . and growing.

And the miracles of Mother Nature.

It's about my kids, who LOVE these hens.

And yes, as my husband might insist, about re-living a bit of my childhood.

It's about remembering my mom, Marie Louise Linder McKey, who would just stand beside the (much bigger) coop we had growing up, happily watching her brood.

About finding a whole new way to quilt...with wood! and circular saws! and hardware cloth! and TufTex roofing!

and awesome barn red paint! Who-da thunk?!

This quilt is a fun celebration of all these things.

(and, of course, about re-discovering these fun fabrics I've had for YEARS, now that I've organized my stash....)

It is a sweet quilt.

It reminds me of things in my life that have heart and meaning. And it reminds me of how grateful I am to have found this blogging community. For instance, Ashley at filminthefridge inspires me daily, as her design did here.

So that's my entry. Hope you like it. Oh, and if you think I'm in love with my hens now, wait til they start laying (late summer...)!

Why don't you give it a try?


  1. I'm proud of you and your quilts and, oh okay, the chickens.

  2. Love the quilt and love the blog post about it.

  3. This blog is heavenly! What a joy to see such beautiful people and quilts and chickens all in one place. wow.

  4. This is a lovely story about your quilt! Thanks for sharing it. My sister has some chickens she loves as well-- they are getting older and we call her coop the "rest home for chickens."

    Love your blog name, BTW.

  5. Hens are good. I like reading about their antics !!! Very pretty quilt too :)

  6. GREAT quilt!

    But, um, what exactly is that thing in the coop with the chickens in photo #4?