Answers to pattern questions

by CountryThreads on February 23, 2017

Quest For Freedom pattern in 2 sizes is available for $10.00.

Baby quilt cutting directions only — available for $5.00.

Quest For Freedom was originally published in our book Civil War Remembered.  We do not have this book available for sale.  Please check your local quilt shop, Martingale online or Amazon.  If you already own this book and want the cutting directions for the baby quilt, those directions are $5.00.

Since I cannot take your credit card number, snail mail is the only way you can send me your check.  Postage is included in both prices — $10 for both sizes or $5 for baby size.

Civil War Remembered is currently available – just not from me.  Do NOT order this book from me – order the patterns ONLY and you’ll have to send your check by mail.

Quest For Freedom pattern with 2 sizes – $10.00

Quest For Freedom pattern baby size only (you’ll need to have the book for layout, etc.) – $5.00

My address is shown at the top of this page.

Next question — Wildflower

The Wildflower pattern is found in this book by Kim Brackett.

Whenever I don’t know where to find something, I search for it online.

Also — if you’re reading this I have your attention.  Do you make it a habit to read the comments section?  All of these questions and answers have been posted either in a previous post or a comment.  If you have the question, it’s highly likely that someone else has the same question and might already have asked it.  And I really try to keep up with the questions posed in the comments.  When I answer the question, the reply goes back to the reader and it is also posted in the comments section.

If you have asked me a question, please check your email for the answer or read the comments.  I try to stay current.

Hope this clears up lots of questions.



by CountryThreads on February 22, 2017

Some goats have bad feet – their hooves become overgrown and it affects the way they walk and then others never seem to have a problem.  Two of the Three Amigos had become quite lame so I called Betsy and her husband and they came to my rescue.  It’s really too bad we couldn’t get a good picture but I’ll describe what was happening here.  Darwin would grab the horns and we’d lift the goat on to a table and lay the goat on her side.  Betsy would hold the head and the horns and I laid over the back half of the body to keep the goat lying still so Darwin could do the actual trimming.  Betsy took these photos with one hand up close – ha!  Too bad because it was quite a sight!

Glad that job is done!

They had no more gone than Tucker came in the house bleeding all over the floor from a front paw.  I wish I had thought to take pictures because this wasn’t just a little paw print!  It was dripping all over!  I finally got ahold of him and applied pressure to his paw and the blood just bubbled out – you should have seen my towels!  Where in the world could he have cut his foot so badly?  About that time Chuck and Tonya arrived to pick up Dakota so Tonya helped me with Tucker.  When I got the bleeding slowed up, I wrapped it with gauze and put an old sock over his foot and taped it.

He gladly laid down and rested and a couple hours later the blood had soaked through but not too bad.

I let him go outside to pee and then rewrapped the paw before we went to bed.  This morning he is favoring that paw but it’s not bleeding, thank goodness!

Tucker and Hope both went to the barn with me this morning.

I quilted the baby quilt yesterday and today I’ll bind it so I can show it to you soon.

There were so many questions in the comments yesterday that I will devote a post entirely to questions.  I won’t answer them here because then you’ll never find them.

I hope today is calmer but it’s always something, isn’t it?


Spring Tuesday!

by CountryThreads on February 21, 2017

Just a quick update – the rain stopped and it’s going to be 60 degrees today!  We better not get too comfortable however because a blizzard is forecast for Friday – ha!

Just had to post this baby quilt by Selma who went on the cruise with Connie.  It’s the small version of Quest For Freedom – don’t you just love it?  Thanks for sending this, Selma!

A reader asked about Colton – he loves the barn but he came in last night. He’s always welcome.

Here’s his favorite place to sleep – it’s a shelf in front of the window in my sewing room and the parakeets are below him.

Here’s a better picture.

Hope joined us yesterday – this is her favorite chair.

I finished this baby quilt last night and will try to get it on the quilting machine today.

Lots of cleaning I COULD do today – I might do some of it.  I don’t think the dogs are going to start wiping their feet.


Rainy Monday

by CountryThreads on February 20, 2017

It’s been raining for hours.

I think this grass turned green just today.

I love my grass but I fight a losing battle not only with the tractor and Rick but all the dogs who run through the soft muddy lawn leaving  giant paw prints!  I hate it – it makes me so sad because I love that green grass far more than flowers or shrubs and I can’t get it to thrive.  We also have lots of shade east of the house but still…..

This is what it looks like today – I just bought another bag of grass seed – guess I’ll go out and throw it around.

Hope, Tucker and Telly have been outside playing – they’re all wet and muddy – again.

Someone asked about Pammie – she’s doing well – these pictures were taken this morning.

Here’s petite little Heidi.  I think she’s about 13 years old but tiny.

Millie loves to tiptoe through the plants.

And here’s Ethel who came with Rox last May and was missing for several weeks last summer.

I spent this rainy afternoon working on a baby quilt and watching Season 5 of Homeland.  It is soooooo good!


Warm Saturday

February 18, 2017

What a day!  February 18 and I’m raking the yard, cutting back the grasses and picking up sticks.   The dogs loved it and after many hours outside, they all crashed – muddy and worn out. Bentley was sleeping outside. Our neighbor, Tim, just got a black lab puppy – meet Tim and Bo. Tim brought […]

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Connie Has Been Busy!

February 17, 2017

If you recall Connie spent the last 10 days in Chicago with Grace and Rex while Andy and AdreAnne went on vacation.  Here’s some of the projects she worked on. Kim Diehl’s Pineapple Quilt.  Connie is a Kim Diehl fan! Leftovers from the Pineapple Quilt. Here are her Gardenvale  Stars blocks by Jen Kingwell made […]

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Today’s Project

February 16, 2017

Bentley spent the night with us and he and Tucker had a big time!  Here they are looking out the door to my sewing room – too exhausted to go around to the dog door to get outside. After a good night’s rest in the kennel, they were happy to go outside to “rassle” this […]

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Playing in the Mud

February 14, 2017

Bentley came over to play with Tucker Monday afternoon – Telly was sick to death of Tucker and Bentley just can’t get enough of him!   This big puddle in our yard was irresistible to those two. And after an afternoon of tearing around the farm, this was what they all looked like. And after […]

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February 12, 2017

My sister, Becky, retired from teaching 3rd grade and this winter has taken up watercolor painting.  Look what she painted for me!  Reminds me of Janey a lot.  I love it! Finished 3 books recently – this was the best one. I also read these two but can’t rank them in my favorites. Owen was […]

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Hint Hint

February 10, 2017

The cookie container from the freezer was left out where I couldn’t miss it – hint hint.  So, with another slow day ahead of me, I baked cookies again. As I turned around, Rox was sitting there looking up at me just hoping there might be a crumb for her. I’ll bet I can find […]

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