Just a quick update

by CountryThreads on May 29, 2015


The lawn is mowed AGAIN!  With our steady rains, the grass grows fast and when it stops raining, I know it’s my chance to mow.  I’ve been mowing twice a week for several weeks now.  Good thing I don’t have a job, huh?

Just a quick word about the Gypsy Wife sew-along.  I will be posting inspiration only and hope to learn how to post your photos to the blog as well.  No pattern will be given – everyone will need to have their own booklet and I hope to start at the beginning and simply follow the book.  If you’re going to sew along, you are welcome to work ahead if I’m too slow for you.  The cheapest I have found the book is $23 plus $3.00 shipping.  I am still looking but will post that link for you later.
Bernadette Jackson – I have answered your question, given you a second email address as well as my cell phone number.  The only way I have to contact you is via the comment section  so you must read those to see my response to your questions.

And here is my “action” shot today.  Here are Bentley, Ezra and Leo coming in the house.  Faye and Telly are with Rick.  I am off to Concord Care this afternoon for the monthly birthday party.   It’s raining  again.



Wednesday Update

by CountryThreads on May 27, 2015


This ad will appear in our local papers this weekend for those of you who live in North Iowa.  Connie and I have nearly finished marking everything in the old semi-trailer and this afternoon we will wrap up the sorting and marking in the shop.  What a great feeling!  We are almost ready and praying for nice weather because as the ad says, this is a yard sale – stuff will be in the yard so we’d really appreciate it, God, if it didn’t rain or be windy.  We have had so many rainstorms on big event days over the past 30 years!  I wish we could have made these things available online for those of you who can’t attend but the task was so monumental that we just couldn’t.

Marty went home last night, dirty as a little pig but happy as can be.  Today it’s just Telly, Faye and Bentley but 2 more dogs are arriving on Friday.   

 Look what the UPS man brought me today – “New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection”.  My goal is to make a New York Beauty quilt – it looks beyond my ability but I’m going to give it a try.  I have always admired this type of quilt and simply cannot imagine how a woman could make this intricate quilt in 1850, for example.  Like Connie says, “she couldn’t have had good light”.  Ha!  No, I’m sure she didn’t yet the quilt is stunning.

As soon as the dust clears however I am going to start Gypsy Wife – I have all the fabrics in a tub just waiting for me so after the sale, I’m going to jump right in.  Anyone else want to sew along with me?  You’d have time to purchase the pattern and gather your fabrics.  Here is a picture of the quilt by Jen Kingwell.

I’m not quite sure how a “sew along” works but I guess I’d make the block and post a picture of it and give you a few days to make your own block using your own booklet.  Any ideas?

It is a beautiful day in North Iowa – no rain and everything is a vibrant green!  Hope all you folks in the Houston area are surviving all that rain.


Tuesday at Lucky Dog Day Camp

by CountryThreads on May 26, 2015

It continues to rain even here in Iowa just making things wet and miserable but not life threatening like in Texas, OK, KS and others.  Marty arrived this morning just for the day and overnight and he is having a great time – with Bentley mostly. 

He is ordinarily a beautiful white fluffy dog but in this weather and in my care, playtime is more important.  



I decided to post these blurry pictures so you get the idea.  And after everybody was worn out, Marty had to go to the kennel for rest time.  He did not like it.


I neglected to say we will accept checks at the sale.  Hours of the sale again are June 4, 9-6, June 5, 9-6 and June 6, 9-4.  Marking things that will need to be sold outside is a real challenge in this weather.

If you have questions, email me at maryecountrythreads@gmail.com. 


Update and Answers to Questions

by CountryThreads on May 25, 2015


While the dogs were here, I worked outside and sweeping up the “helicopters”  was on my agenda.  Honestly, I have never seen so many and they become little trees in nothing flat!  I swept up tubs of them!

After Biscuit and Sassy were here for a couple of days, they finally wore down and grabbed cat naps wherever they could – even in the driveway.


Bentley loved the golf cart ride with Rick and Faye – he is a great dog and easy to have around.


Some answers to posted comments:

Yes, the hops vine can be divided – mine spreads everywhere.  There are no hops on the vine at this time of year – it’s like any other plant, the fruit appears at the end of the growing season and there are always lots of them on my vine.  Guess that’s how it spreads around the yard.

Carol:  How is LuluBelle after her week on the run?  I’ll bet I’m not the only one who would like to know.

Bernadette:  You must not be entering my email correctly because I get email every day at that address.  You could try my gmail address if you like.  maryecountrythreads@gmail.com

The SALE is approaching fast.  The hours are:

June 4, 9 – 6

June 5, 9 – 6

June 6, 9 – 4

We will be able to take credit cards but if you want to check out faster, bring cash.  We will have 2 separate checkouts to hurry things along.  If you are coming to the sale, you might want to bring your own large tote bag to put your purchases in.  We will not be able to “guard” your potential purchases but you are welcome to put them on the lawn north of the house if you want to continue shopping.  Friends could take turns watching the purchases but if honesty is the best policy, we can all relax and lay our choices aside so you can continue shopping.  Otherwise you will need to pay and deliver your items to your vehicle in the field south of the barn.  We will have a golf cart available to run you back and forth to your car.

We will have quilts for sale in the barn, in the classroom on the second story of the Civil War building and in the quilt shop, south end.  Garden junk will be in the north yard, free books and patterns will be in all locations, and restrooms will be 2 portable units by the gate.  No food will be available during this sale.  Bring your own water or preferred drink.

I will continue to answer questions and concerns regarding the sale.

Now it’s back to the garden shed to mark more yard art!


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