Mill Book Circa 1852 Kit Winner

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2014

On April 4th we sent out an email newsletter saying that any member of a Country Threads Club would be eligible to WIN a Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series Circa 1852 KIT.  The deadline to sign up for a club was April 21st and we have picked a winner!  Luann D. from Palos Heights, IL is a member of our Civil War Club and she has won this wonderful kit.  If you don’t receive the email newsletters be sure to sign up for them on our Homepage.


Farm News

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2014

It’s been a week filled with yard work …. until today when it turned cold and very windy and rainy. After clearing all the dead pampas grass and then all the leaves around the quilt shop, I was so ready for a rainy day. I need a rest.

Pampas Grass Pampas Grass & Rocks Susannah Watching

Since I’m into finishing projects right now, I decided to finish all the rugs, runners, placemats and stair treads that I have started. The first rug I finished is this red, tan and brown rug that has been nearly finished and still on the frame for months. We wrote the book “Rugs From Rags” about 18 years ago and added the DVD several years after that. An old lady taught me twining about 35 years ago and it is just the best way to make a rug out of leftover fabric, used clothing, linens, t-shirts, sweatshirts, denim, drapery, terrycloth and any other textile that’s washable and easy to work with. The fabric is cut into strips and “woven”, actually twined, back and forth across the frame. The directions to build your own frame are included in the book but we also offer them for sale. Once I get started making rugs and runners, I really love it but my first choice is always piecing at the sewing machine. These rugs will last for many years and can be washed many times – I know because I use these rugs throughout my house and with dogs and cats there’s always a rug in the laundry. Twining is very easy and the only trick is listed in the book as “very important”. If this step is not done correctly, the rug will come apart and after all that hard work, you don’t want that to happen. The rug book, DVD and frames are all listed on our website.   Watch the blog for more rug progress.

Rug on Frame Rug Close Up Rug Close Up 2 Finished Rug on Frame Mary with finished rug

Aidan is enjoying his cookie from Kathy while Telly hopes for a cookie, too.

Kathy, Telly, Aiden and Cookie

Ina and all of us at Country Threads would like to thank everyone who sent cards for her birthday. She has received cards every day for a week now and we are thrilled for her. She has enjoyed hearing from many of you and we so appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Ina Looking at Birthday Cards Ina with Birthday Cards Ina with Cards

I took Telly and Faye to the vet yesterday for heartworm, rabies and microchipping. Telly didn’t much like it and Faye shook like a leaf. I gave them treats when we got home and I hope they’ve forgiven me.

Faye at Vets

That’s it for this week, folks!



We received this from one of our customers.

Here is a picture of my first twined rug–love the loom and the video was great!  All things considered, it was a quick project and I’m looking forward to many more rag rugs.  Loleen S.



Noah, the movie

April 22, 2014

I went to Noah tonight and whoever commented that the movie is not Biblical was absolutely right! Parts of the movie were nearly mythical and almost amusing. Was I entertained? I certainly was but I’m also disappointed that the wonderful story of Noah wasn’t what I saw tonite at the theatre.

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Visitor to the Shop

April 22, 2014

We had a visitor today who brought in a Dear Jane quilt.  Ann P., from Blair, NE, told us that she has finished two of these quilts!  Years ago we held a class and she attended.  She took three years to finish the quilts.  She plans on hand quilting it with a beautiful Reproduction fabric for the […]

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New Quilt and Yardwork

April 22, 2014

Here’s the newest crib quilt – a farm scene panel with pieced blocks all around. Backing fabric will be included in kit because it matches and it’s just so darned cute! Call Mary Baker for price of single panel or complete kit. More cleanup outside – this is the area by the entrance gate. The […]

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Ina’s Front Page Article

April 21, 2014

Last week Ina was interviewed by the Mason City Globe Gazette, the largest paper in the North Central Iowa area, for her 85th Birthday.  This morning her article was featured on the front page!  Here’s a link to read the article for yourself: .

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Woodlands Collection by Jo Morton

April 21, 2014

Jo’s newest fabric line called Woodlands has just arrived and Mandy is busy cutting fat quarter packs of 30 pieces, the entire collection. Normal price of this fat quarter collection is $90 but if you order this week, you’ll pay only $75! This special price expires Saturday, April 26 at 5 pm CDT. Online orders […]

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He Is Risen

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! Baking cinnamon rolls for breakfast at church – they look yummy! Don’t be too impressed- they’re frozen rolls with caramel in the bottom of the pan, baked and turned out. Lightly raining here which means 6 more Sundays with rain.

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$8.00 Worth of Fun!

April 19, 2014

Stopped at a favorite thrift store today and had a great time shopping for these treasures—-all for only $8.00! This summer I am planning to sort my treasures and sell some of them that are either duplicates or not my all time favorites. How can I part with any of them?

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Good Friday

April 18, 2014

Remember how great those red chairs looked yesterday? This is the reality of today – chairs covered up and cats sleeping in both. Thanks for all your comments about the chairs – I like them better each day. Some dogs are just lucky, aren’t they? Mine included. This came to mind as I fed them […]

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