Friday, May 29, 2015

To The Birds

We have been visited by a pair of Roadrunners. They have a nest and are raising their brood somewhere in our woods.

These are Rouen ducklings at 2 weeks of age. They were hatched under a reluctant hen, so they became indoor babies. But as all things go on the farm,they needed to be put outside.

Here they are outside in the bunny yard for a few days to acclimate. Now they are outside full time in the big coop with the adult poultry. They are holding their own. They like us but they like being free range more.

It Bleeds no More.

As a quilter I always buy fabrics when they are on sale. But, as you know some cheaper fabrics do bleed in the prewash. I always pre-wash my fabrics to remove the resin/sizing. I throw in a Shout Color Catcher and wait to see the bleed. If it bleeds you can still save the fabric with Retayne. A teaspoon per yard in warm water does the trick. I re-wash the fabrics again with a Color Catcher after treatment and no more bleed. Amazon sells this at a good price. Worth it to save the fabric you bought.
I bought a lot of red cotton yardage from a bargain bin and it bled. But just one wash with Retayne and it is now usable and I can trust no more bleeding in the future.