A Big Thank You on Monday

I’ve had a few days to enjoy all your comments and oh how I loved them! To hear what you’re doing and what’s going on in your lives is such fun – I suppose that’s how you must feel about reading this blog. I also appreciate knowing where you live – Connie said the same thing.

Here’s the view of the cornfield from my porch this warm September morning – the field corn is drying and turning into golden stalks.

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Miscellaneous Thursday Update

While so many are awaiting the hurricane, here in the middle of the country we are having beautiful weather — sunny, 80+ degrees and breezy. If you live in the path of the hurricane, please be safe and let us all know in the comments what it’s like where you are.

Here’s another bee photo from Connie – look at all that pollen on the legs! Wow!

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Who doesn’t remember where they were 17 years ago this morning? I’m watching the memorials on TV and remembering that Country Threads was beginning camp that day and our quilters that left from Logan Airport near Boston had to land in Detroit and drive to the farm. Some of those gals are reading this blog today.

I also just watched the ceremony from the field in Pennsylvania where the plane went down. One of those brave men who said “Let’s roll!” was Roy Tesene’s cousin Tom Burnett.

Think of all the families who lost a parent that day.

Stop and say a little prayer for them. Thank you.

More later on a happier note.


It is such a beautiful day here in Iowa but I just got an alert about Hurricane Florence upgraded to a Category 4 storm. For those of you who are reading this from the Carolinas and the east coast, be safe and hope for the best!

We are finishing up the book proof today – what a wonderful feeling to have it all done! Which led me to looking through this book again.

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Tuesday Update

I feel like Collin and Michael on Saturday Night Live when I announce an “update”! Haha!

It’s September, kids are in school, Connie is home from the lake and it was time to introduce Hazel and Betty. Neither one walk too good on a leash but we did it anyway.

They are true to their breed – the competitive terrier trots out front with the lab casually strolling along behind – haha!

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Another Fall Pattern For You

It’s a dreary rainy Labor Day in North Iowa and since I forgot to take that picture of the couch quilt yesterday, I remembered today. The first time we made this quilt it was made with patriotic fabric – thus the “flag” at the bottom of the quilt. If looking from the back of the couch, it will also read as a flag. Here it is on the couch in my porch – wow, does it look good with that rug! That was accidental, for sure.

And today we’re offering a hand appliqué pattern for fall. This is Oak Leaves and Acorns from our regular line of pre-published patterns, normally $10 but from today till October 1 you can buy it for $3.00.

This was originally done with hand appliqué but if that’s not your idea of fun sewing, these motifs could be fused and stitched by machine to speed up the process.

Okay – that means thru the month of September you can order Sugar Maple and Oak Leaves and Acorns for $3.00 each which will include shipping. An address label is so helpful -please and thank you!

I’m heading out to the shop to finish up another project that I’ll be showing you. Had a message from Connie this morning that said Betty slept thru the night! We are as excited as if this was a baby child! I can’t wait till Betty comes back to Garner! Here’s Betty with Ben riding in the convertible VW.