Rainy Friday

by CountryThreads on August 28, 2015

The weatherman predicted an all day rain today so I hurried to pick some nice pampas grass yesterday before the rain pretty much ruined it.  Thank goodness I did because it has been raining all day.  If you look to the outside beyond the table, you can see water standing in the lawn.  Now that’s a lot of rain!

Millie says “hi”.

And then dogs began arriving until I had Gus, Bentley, Toby and Dakota.  Nobody would pose, of course.

Gus has been having a good time in the feed room and biting at the irrigation water.

Here is a short review of the book I just finished called “Olivay”.  A couple spent the night together after just meeting casually in a restaurant.  The next morning a terrorist attack takes place right outside the apartment building where they remain injured and trapped.  They don’t know each other well and the story unfolds of their past secrets and the ending could not have been more surprising!

This book has intrigued me since it came out in 2013.  I’m going to start making some blocks just for fun when I am watching TV so I’ll show them to you every now and then – no deadlines.  Here are the first 3 blocks.



Pumpkin Patch Update

by CountryThreads on August 26, 2015

   Pumpkins are looking good!  A couple of vines do not have one single pumpkin however – what’s with that?  I planted varieties that did not get over 25 lbs. or so the package said but I have a couple of jumbos out there – Rick will have to pick those.  I love the small round white ones – I hope there’s lots of those hiding in the vines.  I go out nearly every day and weed and it looks pretty good.  If you live in North Iowa, don’t forget Pumpkin Day, September 19, 9 am – 3 pm.  
I mowed today and here is Gus waiting patiently.

Then I sat in a lawn chair and finished this book – excellent read!  Gus stayed close by. 

Then it was chore time and Gus enjoyed looking for mice in the feed room with Telly and Faye.


And tonite when I was quilting the Granny Square quilt, I went looking for Gus.  I found him in the living room – wiped out.

And so my day goes – telling all of you about it is my social life – by choice.  Thanks for listening.


Tuesday on the Farm

by CountryThreads on August 25, 2015

This was my big job today – cleaning and sorting in the garden shed.  Lots of things were sold at the sale in June and I finished sorting it out today for Pumpkin Day.  Now the marking begins once again.

The things that remain are what I want to keep for now.  I have gotten rid of so much stuff – this room was so full, the door wouldn’t even open all the way.  What a wonderful feeling!

Here is Jane’s block that I forgot to post last night – I love this block! 

And my day was filled with Gus, one of the sweetest puppies I’ve ever known.  Since he is going to be here 2 weeks, we had to start teaching him certain routines.  Last night at midnight, Telly and Gus were still out in the grove playing and I had to go out after them in the golf cart – in the dark, in my bathrobe, with a big flashlight.  Ha!  Even though I was ready for bed, they were not.

Gus needed a couple naps today.  And tomorrow will be more of the same.

Remember the Granny Square quilt?  It’s finally on the quilting machine.

I’ve mailed out quite a few rug books with DVDs – watch your mailbox.  If anybody else wants a Rugs From Rags book and DVD, mail $20 to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave., Garner, IA  50438.  We will finish Gypsy Wife before we start the “rug along” where we will all make a rug one step at a time.


Gypsy Wife, Week 11, August 24

by CountryThreads on August 24, 2015

Old Maid Puzzle – another easy block found on page 17 of your booklet.  Two blocks are required and it’s helpful to look at her finished block on page 18.  I tried to be brave again this week.  What do you think?

This completes the major blocks.  Next week we will start making the filler blocks, multiple simple blocks.  After these blocks, we start on the strips and putting the sections together.

Hope everybody is caught up – I can see how helpful a design wall is going to be when sewing the strips with the blocks.

And here’s what Connie’s been working on.  Laying rock along her walkway at the lake will keep the dirt from washing away.  I have the supply of rocks and they have a no return policy.

Meet my boarder, Gus Larson.  He’s an 8 month old English Labrador and he’ll be here for a couple weeks.



It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

August 22, 2015

Warm, windy, low humidity and sunny – it feels like September and this day reminds me of many past Open Houses that we had over Labor Day weekend.  It’s a perfect porch sitting kind of day.  The pampas grass is in full bloom – another reminder of fall.     There was a recent Facebook post […]

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Rugs From Rags by Country Threads

August 19, 2015

   Last week I posted this picture of a twined rug I’ve been working on.  We published the book “Rugs From Rags” in 1997.    This is my picture on the opening page.    Here is a picture of the inside – all pictures are in color and show each step of making a twined […]

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Gypsy Wife, Week 10, August 17

August 17, 2015

Oh, this is an easy week!  Half square triangles in a 16 patch block and you’ll be making 2 blocks.  Find this pattern on page 16.  I have a box of half square triangles, cut 2-7/8″ but they’re all Civil War fabrics.  Too bad I can’t pass these to you, Fiona!    And so it […]

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August in Iowa

August 15, 2015

   It’s sweet corn season in Iowa!  Look at these beautiful ears of corn!  Ours is not quite ready so I bought these from a roadside vendor.  We are going to a potluck tonight and I am making Lori’s recipe called Frito Corn Salad.    Frito Corn Salad 2 cans corn, drained OR 4 c. […]

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Something Else I’m Working On

August 14, 2015

      This is a Civil War table runner from Charm School.  I am re-making it in contemporary fabrics and colors.  I’ll be showing it to you next week.  Regarding the rug book, I will do a rug post next week, too, and give you all the info. I have 3 dogs today.  Hope and […]

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A Musical Afternoon

August 13, 2015

   This is Blanche, my mom’s younger sister and her daughter Jill.  We had such a nice time catching up over lunch on the porch and then Jill and I played piano duets.   Becky came, too, and brought her guitar for a couple songs.  Jill and I played through several duet books, one song […]

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