Silence of the Blogger

by CountryThreads on August 25, 2016

I’m still here – just under the weather.  Last weekend I felt that nasty cough coming on and prayed it would hold off until after my fun day at Connie’s lake home.  By Mondy night the handwriting was on the wall so to speak and Tuesday morning I had to call Connie and tell her I was too sick to come.  Oh but I was disappointed!  Went to the clinic but was told I probably had allergies.  Really?  So now I’m just hoping I can get well on my own.

Someone asked which Bernina we bought – here it is – a 740 and it stitches beautifully.  See the wide throat area for machine quilting?  It also has a scissors.  It does so much that I will want to take the class this fall at Calico Hutch in Hayward where we bought them.  One of our customers, Kathy from Rochester teaches the class – can’t wait!  This machine is so solid I can’t explain it – it’s quiet – like a Lexus compared to a Chevy.  Ha!

Just talking about it makes me want to go visit it.


Ben’s Birthday

by CountryThreads on August 19, 2016

By Connie

Ben is turning 4 on Saturday the 20th!!!

First let me thank each of you who has kept Ben in your prayers over the past 5 months.  I truly believe it has helped both him and his family.  On the whole he has been such a trooper through his chemo treatments — he is currently in the hardest 2 months of the 3 year leukemia protocol.  The worst (in my mind) is the strongest dose of steroids that he has just completed.  Aside from being hungry all the time it messes with his energy and mood.  Nina said he will get a monthly “boost” of steroids but it shouldn’t have this dramatic effect on Ben.

I want to give Nina loads of credit for keeping Ben healthy and fever free.  Lots of hand sanitizer, a clean house, and being very mindful about outings!  We were talking about how difficult it would be for those parents who have to work full time…and the challenges of finding daycare on top of all the clinic visits, etc.  Not easy!!!

I made a “race car” quilt for Ben’s birthday (that was the theme) along with toys and clothes.  I followed the pattern with the exception of adding side borders.  I wanted it to be more square than rectangular.  The pattern called for a charm pack but I have loads of fabric so once I had those collected,it was off to the races.  I even quilted it on my new Bernina with straight lines.  The coolest fabric is found on the back.  This Happy Birthday fabric came from a quilt shop in Ames, Iowa.  I love the fact that it could be used as a tablecloth – or whatever.

It is raining today so no work in the garden area!  It is also Roy and my 44th wedding anniversary.  We were babies when we said “I do”!  Tonight we celebrate with his sisters and husbands.  Enjoy your weekend and keep prayers coming Ben’s way.



Iowa State Fair

by CountryThreads on August 18, 2016

Our big day at the fair started with a big mistake – we left home too late and we just happened to go on Senior Day!  We waited in traffic 1 hour and 50 minutes to enter the fairgrounds!  We were having State Fair Rage!  Car after car zoomed around us and crowded into our line of traffic – infuriating us!  Good thing we didn’t have a gun!  (just kidding)

And it was HOT!  Very hot!  And we felt rushed because we had lost 2 hours waiting in traffic so we walked fast and looked fast.  And then we were further disappointed because evidently the chickens had gone home as well as the goats and the draft horses.  Darn!  

We were so hot we didn’t even do the fair food justice – we only had a milkshake, a ribeye sandwich,fries, a lemonade and a beer.  BUT —- we saw so many great things!  I was too busy looking and forgot to take pictures.  I loved this Indian corn and these gorgeous bunches of decorative grasses tied together.

And the vegetables were so beautiful – look at these tomatoes!

And how I wish I had taken pictures of the houseplants and the succulents – I was too busy looking.

Here is the butter cow.

And then there was the birthing center – baby goats, calves, piglets, chicks, ducklings, ostriches – all born/hatched during the fair.

We found Susan and her friend Shel at a watering hole while their men were at the tractor pull so we had a cold beer with them.  I could have sat there for 6 hours in the shade with the breeze, watching people on the main concourse and drinking beer and chatting and laughing but we had to go home.

After my first post this morning entitled “Who the Heck is Jill Fisher?”  two friends immediately located her.  I know it’s her because the quilts I showed you are on her blog.  At the fair I also noticed a Scrap Vortex but I could not see the name – you guessed it – Jill Fisher.  And here is another picture I took and just this morning I noticed the name – ha!  Jill Fisher once again.  

I think she’ll become my idol.  I am going to read her entire blog tonight – it’s called pielady quilts and I love every quilt on it – would love to visit her and see her quilts.  The talent that she has with color cannot be taught – it comes from within.

Seeing her quilts was worth my whole trip to the fair.  Becky and I will be much smarter when we go next year and we will go earlier before all the animals go home.  I’m really sorry Rick can’t walk good enough to go with us and he refuses to ride a scooter so he’ll stay home with the animals again.

That’s enough about my day off – the lawn mower is calling me.


Who the heck is Jill Fisher?

by CountryThreads on August 18, 2016

This is my first post from the fair yesterday.  Becky and I picked out every single quilt entry by Jill Fisher because we loved every  one of them and we began to “recognize” her work.  Jill, if you’re reading this, congratulations!  If anyone knows Jill, please refer her to this blog.  Her quilts look like a class from Gwen Marston called Liberated Quilts in Solids that I am taking online.  I am only on the 3rd lesson but I love the look and am totally inspired by Jill’s quilts.

I think I missed a couple. Here’s a pieced one with that great sense of color that I love but don’t have.

The next fair post is coming.


Tuesday on the Farm

August 16, 2016

I have three boarders today. Jackson is here while his parents are in Guatemala on a mission trip. Bentley is here while his parents go to the State Fair to watch granddaughters show cattle. And Ginger came at the last minute this morning just for the day.  She’s a little pistol – I love terriers! […]

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Connie’s Garden

August 15, 2016

I know it’s time for an update on Connie’s garden project.  The lot was hydro seeded and within a few days we had several hard rains which was really tough on that new seeding.  Parts of the grass grew beautifully but right down the middle it seemed as if the rain literally washed the seeding […]

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Now I Can Relax

August 14, 2016

Mom had 2 brothers and 5 sisters so I have lots of cousins and  I guess I have taken on the responsibility of keeping us connected.  Yesterday was our reunion and we all enjoyed seeing each other.  Two years ago we had 75 people here but this year we were only about 40  – several […]

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Suggestions for JoAnne?

August 11, 2016

JoAnne Konkel sent this picture of the cover quilt from our book The Blue and the Gray and expressed her thanks for the book which we appreciate.  Since she enjoys hand quilting she is hoping you readers will have some suggestions for her on how it should be quilted.  Please add your suggestion in the […]

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Fun at the Thrift Store 

August 9, 2016

Jackpot!  Chalkware dogs!  Lots of them but since I already have quite a few, I picked up only those I don’t have. They ranged in price from $4-7.00.  Look at the little guy in the middle – doesn’t he look sad?  He had to come home with me, poor thing. And this vintage teapot that […]

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Camber’s Visit

August 7, 2016

It was so short but so fun to have Eric, Nikki and Camber here overnight.  Camber is 7 weeks old and as sweet as she can be and even though I am not accustomed to handling a baby, by the next day I felt much more comfortable holding her, walking with her and just admiring […]

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