by CountryThreads on October 21, 2016

It’s been a week of dog dreams for me.  Since spending so much time at the dog show last weekend and enjoying Tazer and Jinx,

I contacted a breeder for the first time in my life about a puppy.  After much soul searching, I decided I am still too afraid to get another dog so these two will not have to put up with a puppy this winter.

Telly in the chair and Roxie at my feet.

I finished the shirt quilt and it has a great “feel” to it.  Every piece except the binding is a shirt from the thrift store and I could not be more proud of it.  

Here is the pieced back.
Another Faye bouquet.

Another small table quilt just recently in the finished pile, too.

Can I show you some more dogs from the show?

Jenny is home from Louisville and came to see EJM – look at the size of this cat!

Next blog post I’ll introduce you to Mojo, my little Facebook and blog puppy friend who has me yearning for my own little terrier.  You’re gonna love him!

Remember — small acts of kindness could change the world.


Wall Drug Donuts by Connie

by CountryThreads on October 19, 2016

Here are Mary’s 5 “must see” tourist stops when going to the Black Hills:

Corn Palace, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Crazy Horse, Wall Drug

She was my first guide years ago when we taught a class in South Dakota so when Roy and I did the same mini-vacation, we wanted to repeat ALL the highlights.  Wall Drug was the 2nd stop – it is a huge souvenir, tourist trap but I remembered the unbelievable, delicious,great tasting donuts from years ago.  Guess what?  They are still the unbelievable, delicious, best tasting donuts I’ve ever had.  I prefer the plain but the frosted ones are also great with hot coffee.  We enjoyed 6 and brought 4 home to Rick and Mary.  We enjoyed our time out west – we would add #6 to the “must see” list – Custer State Park.  We took our dog, Hope, and she loved the nature trails.  Fun!

PS from Mary – Connie will be teaching from our book Civil War Remembered on a cruise in January and I know several of you readers will be joining her.  She’s looking forward to meeting the new gals and greeting old friends on this trip.  Since I’m not much for traveling, Roy will accompany her on this trip.


Another Day Out of My Zip Code

by CountryThreads on October 18, 2016

Rick better be careful how much he encourages me to get out because I do it pretty well.  Yesterday Connie and I went to Minneapolis to have lunch with Lynette.  Most of you know Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries fame who wrote books, patterns and designed fabric for over 30 years during the same time we were in business.  We have been friends for all those years and remain friends who touch base with lunch about once a year in Minneapolis near where Lynette lives.

She recently started designing fabric again for RJR and she brought us a gift!  Yard cuts of Garden Collage!

It’s beautiful and I’m planning my quilt – I may add some shirt fabric – hard to say at this point, but I’ll keep you posted.

After lunch we shopped there at the Galleria in a dress shop that we liked and when it came time to pay, my credit card was declined!  I have only one, a Target Master Card, and I pay the balance every month.  I insisted she try the card again.  Nope.  Give me that card, I’ll call them. (They are a Mpls. based company.). I was told to give them a phone number so they could send me a text code which I did. She called me back.  I answered a dozen questions such as -why are you not at home?  Where are you?  Why didn’t you let us know you were traveling?  Where were your most recent credit card purchases?  I nearly came unglued!  How long will you be in Mpls?  I am only 2 hours from home for the day having lunch and shopping!  They were checking for fraud but isn’t that just too too much?  Obviously I don’t get out much!  I punished them the rest of the day by paying only with cash and not using that credit card.  Ha!  I showed them!  (smile everybody)

Then we drove to Anoka, north of Mpls to Millie P’s Quilt Shop and I meant to take pictures but I was still too rattled by the credit card company and I simply forgot.  It was such a nice clean, tidy shop and of course we both found things to buy.  Like all of you, we needed NOTHING but still had a handful of fat quarters to buy.

Back on the road it was raining and rush hour so it was slow going to IKEA but we were rewarded when we got there because it was nearly deserted.  We have never been there when it was so easy to shop and shop we did. Remember the Enie Joe Mauer fabric?  They had it in stock and also had this EJM pillow.

We loaded up about 7 pm and we noted that the only thing we could add to the day would be a stop at the Mall of America which is just across the street….but I pleaded to just go home.  I was exhausted.  Home by 9:30 – a really great fun day!

As I turned out the lights to go to bed, the barn motion light came on.  As I looked towards the barn I could see that because the weather was so nice, Emma was up and planning to sleep outside on the landing.  Emma has an adventuresome spirit.

Oh, almost forgot — yesterday morning — 3 for 3.  Another opossum in our trap, 3 days in a row!


Let’s Catch Up

by CountryThreads on October 16, 2016

It’s Sunday night and I promised a chick update, didn’t I?  Chicklet seems to be very healthy and extremely active, moving around the pen with Mom and diving underneath her lap whenever cover is needed.  Chicklet isn’t as big as a quarter and doesn’t weigh as much so I’m hoping C. grows fast. C. means Chicklet.  Yes, my free chick from the hatchery was of course a rooster chick and yes, he is all grown up.  Here is Daddio today.

And here are pictures of Mom and Chicklet.Look carefully on the left side – you’ll see chicklet’s head poking up through mom’s feathers.

Can you see that little head poking out?

Thanks to these readers who sent pictures of their 1600 jelly roll quilts.

Every now and then we see signs of a predator at our bird feeder and since we don’t want them any where near the barn and the chickens, we use a live animal trap.  We got our 2nd opossum in two days – it seems they like sunflower seeds.  The critter was relocated, not killed, and we will set the trap again tonite.

From church this morning I went directly to the dog show again.  My little friend Tazor was best in his class and I got to hold his little sister, Jinx.

More wonderful dog pictures coming later this week.  After two days at the dog show, how could I possibly think I don’t want another dog?


Dog Show

October 15, 2016

This morning I attended the Mason City Kennel Club Dog Show and I was in awe at the hundreds of dogs in attendance.  I have been intrigued by pictures of dogs called Italian Spinones which are not common but I love the look of them.  There were 20 at this show!  Here are some pictures […]

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Surprise in the Barn

October 14, 2016

I could not believe my eyes!  There were two tiny baby chicks!  What?  Some hen has been setting on eggs but where?  I have searched every inch of the barn floor for eggs.  How could I possibly have missed her?  On further investigation I found the shells on this overhead shelf next to a support […]

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1600 Quilt

October 13, 2016

The 1600 quilt was very, very popular about 5 years ago and we made dozens of them. This quilt is made from a jelly roll and all you have to do is look online for 1600 quilt.  I cannot give you all the directions here.  It is very easy and very fast.  Basically you are […]

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My Next Obsession

October 12, 2016

If you know me at all, you know I can never do anything halfway.  If  I like something, I love it.  If Becky has 2 plants, I think 20 would be better.  My next obsession is going to be New York Beauty.  I’m ready to make something hard and I’ve always disliked foundation piecing so […]

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The Last Bouquet

October 11, 2016

My mother-in-law, Faye Etherington, gave me the seeds for the miniature hollyhocks, actually prairie mallow and today they grow all over our farm.  They are a sweet reminder not only of Rick’s mom but of her namesake, Faye, our little dog who died last May.  With a hard frost coming soon, I picked what is […]

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AQS Show in Des Moines

October 8, 2016

I was pretty bummed when I realized I would miss the quilt show on Friday because of that darned root canal….until Rick asked why I didn’t drive to Des Moines afterwards.  Drive 2 hours at noon to a quilt show that closes at 6 pm?  How spontaneous!  How irresponsible!  How fun!  So I did!  But […]

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