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My Country House - Month 10

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October 01, 2015

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Did you play “conkers” as a child? You’d drill a hole through the center of dried conker - a chestnut. Thread a piece of string through the hole, and your conker is battle ready! Two players then take turns striking the other’s conker, until one of the conkers breaks. The best conkers were the ones we kept from one year to the next. They were very hard and strong. Our driveway was lined with chestnut trees, and my brother and I played many a game.

Squirrels nested in our chestnut trees. They would leap with amazing agility from tree to tree, and they loved to eat the conkers. The grey squirrel in my block is tackling a nut on the ground. Perhaps she is going to store it somewhere safe ready for the coming winter.

The pieced blocks I have chosen for this month are called Weathervane. According to folklore, if you see squirrels being more active than usual in the fall, a hard winter is coming.

This month we’ll also start assembling the quilt.

 

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My Country House - Month 11

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November 01, 2015

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When you live in the country, you see and hear owls - barn owls, white owls, and tawny owls, to name but a few. Sadly, the owls’ numbers have been diminishing as their habitat has been lost to development. We need to take care of the owls that remain. This appliquéd owl perched on a branch, watching over her family, safe in the hole of a tree. What country house would not be complete without an owl in residence?

Use template-free piecing techniques to stitch the Sawtooth block, and sew the remaining blocks and borders to the quilt. Your country house will be almost complete!

 

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My Country House - Month 12

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December 01, 2015

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Simple borders balance a busy quilt. With quick piecing techniques, you’ll fly through the Flying Geese.

 



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