My Book

by CountryThreads on February 23, 2018

I am too busy reading to take time to write a blog post – ha! I’ll get to finish it tomorrow – oh, it’s very good!

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

I loved a previous book by Hannah – The Nightingale — so I took a chance on her newest novel which takes place in Alaska during the mid 70’s and tells the story of a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD and his family who are victims of his domestic abuse. Living “off the land” in a remote area becomes a life threatening situation when his volatile temper cannot be controlled.

This does NOT seem like a story I would like but I have read into the wee hours of the morning just glued to this book.


A Quick Post

by CountryThreads on February 18, 2018

The minute I got out of bed last Friday I knew I had a cold – my nose was running non stop and I had a headache. Oh no – what if this was the flu? I started a Z-pack immediately and by today I was good. Wow! I’ve been taking Airborne regularly so maybe that helped.

The first sign of spring – Emma is shedding her winter coat.

Hazel loves to sleep in my lap. Can you tell?

My cat family in the barn sleeps together on a chair cushion under a heat bulb.

Remember this UFO? Vola’s quilt – my next project to finish.

We’re under a winter advisory for tomorrow – ice!


Treasures from the thrift store

by CountryThreads on February 15, 2018

It was a fun day yesterday shopping at the thrift stores in Clear Lake and Mason City.

First — books. I don’t often take the time to search the books but I found some yesterday.

I’ve listened to Pillars of the Earth and loved it. The Hosseini book is the third one he’s written and I loved the other two. Dog books, of course. Amy Tan I’ve read before as well as Sue Miller. All those books for $5.50. I gotta read faster!

This ironstone plate has those wonderful raised dots around the edge and I’ll add it to my white collection in the piano room.

This retro set is for my niece Jenny. If you’re reading this, Jenny, what do you think?

This very solid oak school desk chair was $5.00 and it will make a great plant stand!

You might remember I look for Homer Laughlin dishes in the Virginia Rose pattern because my nephew Dan Rose married Virginia last summer. I found this bowl for $2.00.

I also stopped at Walgreens to pick up this copy of American Patchwork and Quilting because Jo’s quilt is on the cover – congratulations to Jo’s Country Junction – and this issue honored Laura Boehnke’s 25 years as their quilt tester.

And last but not least I bound this UFO last night and hung it in the kitchen.


Happy Valentines Day

by CountryThreads on February 14, 2018

It was 40 degrees today! Someone mentioned to me that Valentines Day is their “marker” for all downhill to spring! I hope they’re right. I haven’t been out shopping for a long time so I went to Mason City today. For those of you out of the area, Mason City is about 23 miles away, about 30,000 population and it’s where we shop at the Big Box stores. I avoided them today just because I could and I went to the thrift stores. Got some fun stuff – I’ll take pictures tomorrow and post – right now it’s time to get supper on the table.



February 13, 2018

This picture didn’t post – the little quilt like Connie’s.

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Two Finishes

February 12, 2018

Here’s the log cabin baby quilt ready to go to a sweet baby girl in Wisconsin. And remember the little quilt that Connie made and I drafted in a post last week? Here’s mine – ready to put on my table. Here’s a job for a winter day – putting photos into albums. I’m sorta […]

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Almond a Bar Recipe

February 9, 2018

I think these are the best bars I’ve ever made in my whole life! But I can’t take credit for the recipe. It was found on I’m going to make you go to her site so she gets credit for viewers since it’s her recipe. I nearly foundered myself on these warm almond bars. […]

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Here’s what I’m working on

February 8, 2018

I’m making this baby quilt for a friend – I let her pick all the fabric. Blocks are done – now I’ll put it together and quilt it. Here’s what two lazy dogs do on a cold February day in North Iowa. Hazel comes to life when Reed arrives and is ready to help him […]

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February 7, 2018

Here’s the stack of quilts heading off to Martingale – we are done sewing! It’s so nice to think about something else again. Now what shall I sew?

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Drafting – Part 2

February 5, 2018

Here is the quilt that was photographed on Connie’s table. It’s very easy so let’s draft it and make it – I’m going to! These are going to be 1″ Squares. Twelve squares per row, two rows per section. There are 5 sections in this quilt. You will be cutting 120 assorted squares, 1-1/2″ x […]

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