Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Horse Feathers!

My mother was pretty much a saint! :-)  She didn't smoke, cuss or chew, and she didn't run with men who do! :-D  Well, actually she did. Daddy was a chewer, and they both, under extreme duress, of course, could be heard to use the occasional "blackguard" (a word to describe a not-so-nice word just a tad shy of an actually curse! :-D), in spite of Daddy being a Baptist deacon and Mom teaching Sunday School.

One of Mom's favorite epithets was "horse feathers!!"  I have no idea where it came from. I have no idea what it means.

But I've been saying it alot in recent days, as I work on the Princess Feather block of the Circuit Rider.  This is what Block #25 is supposed to look like:

Sigh! The space between the feathers looks huge in the picture.  But it's not.  My needleturn applique skills are not up to turning one or, at most!, two threads under for seam allowance.

So I redrafted the pattern.  And my NEW feathers look like they belong on, well... a horse.

Or maybe a horse FLY.  Or maybe it looks like the fern that Sea Horses hide behind in the aquarium.  (All we need is a little water and some bubbles and they will sway back and forth like Julia Roberts in front of the fan in Runaway Bride!)

Do they look weird to you?!
Horse feathers!!
Or (as my Dad used to say) horse hockey!!

I don't know what that one means either.
What I do know is that the Circuit Rider quilt that I'm making is MY quilt and I can put horse feathers in it if I want to.  Sue me. :-D

I asked God what He wanted to teach me in this.  He just laughed at me. So I used my Strongs Exhaustive Concordance to find these:

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge... Psalm 91:4

Good words!  They remind me that I have a Block of the Month with horses on it languishing in my closet, but that is a blog for another day. :-D 

And, Lord help me, I trust God's horses and feathers will keep me from blackguarding while I finish this ....(bleeping) block!!!!

Mary Lou


farmhousequilter8 said...

I meant to tell you I like your horse feathers just as well as the original ones!! Can't wait to see what you do with the new patterns horse legs!!!haha It is so amazing, no matter what your little head comes up with there is always a scripture we need to hear....I love our new Bible Study.

Rhonda M said...

I am amazed at your applique! It is absolutely beautiful. I have also heard the phrase "horse feathers." Maybe it is a Kentucky thang, lol. The block is gorgeous.

Barb said...

I think your feather look great, even if they do look a bit ferny - It's amazing how much we lose with the turn under isn't it?
Your colors are great