Finished Quilts From the Retreat

by CountryThreads on October 3, 2015

Just in from Connie —- finished quilts from Spring Green.

Haven’t they been a productive group this weekend?  Wow!  I am impressed!  


Connie’s Weekend In Spring Green, WI

by CountryThreads on October 3, 2015

Connie is in Spring Green this weekend at Country Sampler where she met some of our friends/campers to spend the weekend sewing in their Second Story retreat center.  I would have loved seeing these old friends again but you know I don’t like being away from home.  

From left to right:  Lisa, Valerie, Mitzi, Lori, Mary, Connie and Nettie.  Here are some of their works in progress.

Connie is working on these little blocks.

Looks pretty fun, doesn’t it?

A reader asked if Rick noticed when I redecorated.  That would be a resounding “no” which is OK with me because I do as I please with no worries that he would object.  I would classify that trait as being a “good husband”!  Ha!


More Fall Decorating

by CountryThreads on October 1, 2015

I love these two still life pictures I got last month from Claudia, the table belonged to my Aunt Charlotte and the pumpkins are from our garden.  I remember this table from Charlotte’s porch when I was a kid and she always gave it a new coat of orange paint every year.  Now I wish I hadn’t stripped it.

Every year when I take the houseplants inside for the winter my house looks so cold and lonely outside.  Remember all those pots of Karl Forster grass I planted last spring?  I also planted some autumn joy sedum in pots and I moved all of those “winter hardy” plants to the front of my house with the pumpkins.  I love it!  They can remain there until I decorate for Christmas.

There are also pots of hen and chicks, lavender and other sedums.  And I wanted you to see this succulent wreath that I’ve had for a couple years – it did so well this year and I think it will live in the garage over the winter. 

It’s a beautiful fall day in North Iowa!  Several dogs coming this weekend, I’m  spending some time with Jenny before she returns to Louisville and I need to do some shopping.  Of course there’s always college football to watch, too.  Have a great weekend, Everybody!



by CountryThreads on September 30, 2015

Here is the missing photo from yesterday of the bread rack full of plants.

The plants have moved into the porch with a couple still in the entryway.  This is the other big fern I brought in but didn’t trim.

And a friend from church was going to let her begonias freeze so I rescued them.  Here’s the biggest one that needs some tender loving care.



Time To Bring The Plants Inside

September 29, 2015

Fall-like temperatures are forecast for tonite and even though it won’t be a killing frost, most succulents and houseplants don’t enjoy getting chilled.  So that’s my job today.  The first plant I looked over was this huge overgrown fern and I decided to experiment with it.  I have never cut a fern completely back but […]

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Gypsy Wife, Week 16, September 28

September 28, 2015

Here we are making the last of the filler blocks.  I think this is really exciting – I love the idea of having all the blocks made.    Once again my blocks look very disjointed.  I hope it all works in the end.  Each of these blocks are different, some use previous blocks in the […]

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

September 26, 2015

   Have you ever had such good friends that you didn’t know what you’d do without them?  From left are Kathy Larson, Nancy Jass and Cheryl Barkema who are all neighbors, all farm wives and all go to my church.  When I sighed about needing hay, Rick being gone and a sore back (my doctor […]

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Day Trip To Minneapolis

September 25, 2015

   We had such a nice visit with Lynnette today at Crave in the Galleria Mall.  Not only did we reminisce about all those years in business but we heard about Lynnette’s new role at RJR Fabrics.  They have convinced her to design fabric again which she always enjoyed and did so well for so […]

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September 24, 2015

My boarders this week are Biscuit and Sassy.    And Big Jackson shown here with Telly.    Connie and I are looking forward to our trip to Minneapolis tomorrow.  We are meeting Lynnette Jensen of Thimbleberries fame for lunch.  My niece Jenny is coming to dog sit in my place. Barbara Powell – will you […]

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Gypsy Wife Blocks Are Done!

September 22, 2015

   Here are my finished blocks from yesterday – a real mish-mash of colors, huh? The next rainy day I’m going to start putting blocks up on my design wall.  I am anxious to see what I’ve created!  I might even consider making another one with a very limited color palette.

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