No more quilts! Please!

by CountryThreads on August 22, 2014

Please accept our deepest apologies for no longer accepting quilts for machine quilting. Two weeks ago we were caught up and did not have enough machine quilting for 2 quilters but since we announced our closing we have gotten more quilts than Ina can finish before October 31. We are so sorry but we can no longer accept quilts – you will just have to pay the shipping to get them back. Do not send anymore quilts to us for machine quilting! Brandi is starting her own quilting service and you can call her at 641-430-3405. She will honor country threads punch reward cards and has other specials , too. Call her.
We are sorry we have to announce this but we are swamped.

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Farm News

by CountryThreads on August 21, 2014

It’s been three days since we told you we are closing our store at the end of October.  We have had dozens and dozens of emails from you that have thanked us, congratulated us, reminisced with us and agreed with us that we deserve some time off.  Thank you to each and every one that wrote – there are too many for me to answer personally but I loved reading them all.  Gosh, where did 32 years go?

The main request from most of you was that I continue to write the Farm News.  When our website goes down, our email will also disappear and the program that we use to send Farm News will no longer be available.  That means I would have to continue Farm News on the blog and for those of you who have not signed up for Chicken Scratch, you would need to do so.  Farm News as you know it now will continue through October and then I will have to decide if I will continue to write.

One thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned is that we have a new book coming out with Martingale next April called “Civil War Remembered”.  Our most recent book, “The Blue and the Gray” has been very popular and this one is even better.  Connie has outdone herself with these quilts and now even I will have time to make some of them.  We hope to continue sewing for other publications if the opportunity arises.

Connie and cover of new book

And now for the Farm News:  Susannah continues to improve although after hearing from my vet friend, Bill in Montana, I have not gone ahead with the amputation.  He suggested I take her to Iowa State and I’m thinking that might be best.  Rick will be home next Monday and I’m hoping I can get an appointment then.  The drain seems to have helped and her lameness has even improved but she’s still got a swollen udder and I’m not sure what to do next.

Susannah and Faye

And within 5 days of hydroseeding my lawn, I began to see green grass.  Look at it now!  Green!!  The dogs have run through it several times which is unfortunate but I’ve been too busy to put up any kind of barrier.

Good grass

And look at Colton!  Do you think he seems at home?  You people who said you couldn’t adopt another cat because you have 6, or 3, or whatever – you’re lightweights!  I don’t need Number 16 either but it will soon be 2 weeks since he arrived and I guess he’ll have to go to the vet for his shots and neutering.  Pretty soon I’m going to love him and not want to find him a new home.  Why, oh why, do all these cats find me?  Yes, I’m a good person who loves animals but I simply cannot take in any more cats.  I moved him to the main quilt shop because we have a group of gals sewing in the classroom and they didn’t need a pesky kitten to help them.  Last night I brought him to the house and he acted terrified so after an hour I returned him to the shop where he seems quite comfortable.

Colton sitting pretty Colton Lounging

These gals flew from Ohio and drove from Minneapolis to meet here at the farm and sew in our classroom for the next few days.  I think they’re sewing up a storm so they can leave their tops for Ina to quilt before we close.  We had no idea we would be so busy since our announcement.  Internet orders and walk-in customers have kept us all working in the shop from 9 – 5 and the sale doesn’t even start until September 11.

Retreat Girls

Thank you again for your support of our decision to close – who could ask for more from their friends?


Scenes from the farm and shop:

Look at this herd Ina with Faye



Country Threads Quilt Shop is Closing

August 17, 2014

Country Threads Quilt Shop Is Closing August 18, 2014 Written by Mary Etherington Country Threads Quilt Shop is closing on October 31, 2014. Connie and I are both looking forward to retirement so we can sew for fun and our families, decorate our houses, work in the garden, take in more dogs, paint some furniture, […]

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August 17, 2014

Mastitis is apparently a hard condition to cure in a goat because after 2 weeks of milking her every day, Susannah still has it. The vet inserted a drainage tube last week which has helped but he has also recommended amputating the udder. After researching online, I have discovered that it’s more common than you […]

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August 16, 2014

Bentley arrived this morning to spend a week with us and tonite as we enjoyed a beer outside, he met the goats up close and personal. Here he is with Susannah and Emma. He thought they might like to play like Telly!

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Iowa State Fair

August 16, 2014

I had not been at the state fair for over 30 years but I had a tremendously fun day yesterday. I’ll be back next year!

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Farm News

August 14, 2014

Farm News August 14 2014   The Anderson Reunion was held at the farm last Saturday.  My mom had 5 sisters and 2 brothers which accounts for so many cousins and those cousins now have grandchildren.  It was very fun!  The kids had a blast driving the golf carts through our grove and we all […]

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August 13, 2014

This friendly kitten showed up in our yard last Friday night so I put him in the civil war building where the kids could play with him during the reunion. I would like to find him a home – he appears to be healthy and extremely friendly – a very loud purrer!

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Anderson Reunion

August 12, 2014

I think I survived having this group of relatives here last Saturday. It was really a great day – food was delicious and plentiful, weather was 75 degrees, and the kids had fun driving the golf carts through the grove on the “wilderness trail”. I loved it but I’m still recovering – ha!

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August 7, 2014

One gosling hatched this afternoon and since I know what poor mothers geese are, I picked him up and brought him to the house. Guess I now have a pet goose! Getting ready for about 70 relatives coming Saturday after the Hobo Day parade in Britt.

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