So Long, Farewell…….!

by CountryThreads on October 31, 2014

Our last day is bittersweet but mostly sweet! We will celebrate with our staff tonight at the local pub.
Don’t forget Mandy’s website – she is ready to take your order starting November 3. Her email address is and her phone is 641-430-6341.

You can reach me at and on the blog, Country Threads Chicken Scratch.

Thanks to all of you for over 30 years of fun!

Mary E.

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Farm News

by CountryThreads on October 30, 2014

Connie & MaryWell, it’s hard to believe we’re down to 2 days. In many ways it seems to have gone fast and in others, it seems as if we’ve been on this journey for several years. During those years we wondered how we would know when it was time to close. We questioned the economy, our customer base as well as our love of quilting. We still loved our work even after 30+ years but it was draining. Running a successful retail store is extremely hard especially for me when I was at work 6 days a week (except for winter hours when we closed on Mondays) and having people in my yard and home was stressful at times. Even if I was outside working, I’d be visiting with customers and I felt like I was always being watched.

On the positive side, it has been wonderful to have been involved in a successful business for so many years. I think almost all of my friends were customers first and that is heartwarming for me. I hope I can keep in touch with many of you through the blog. I have a web company working on the blog and if you can hang in there until they get it all figured out, I’ll be back in business. I assured them it was not an emergency but I will look forward to keeping you up with news from the farm through the blog.

Connie will be attempting to take over the Facebook page, but we haven’t quite figured it out yet. Mandy will be trying to help set it up, so be on the lookout for their latest sewing projects.

We can hardly contain our excitement for Friday, our last day of business. It has been so fun having everyone come for their last shopping experience at Country Threads but on our last day we will celebrate with our staff and friends. Since it’s Halloween, we can’t start our celebration uptown until 7 pm after trick or treating is done.

At 5 o’clock Rick will take down the sign at our entrance and on Monday morning, the State will take down our highway signs. I truly will have to barricade our gate for a few days until everyone realizes we are closed. When asked what I’m going to do first, my answer always is “clean under my kitchen sink” and then I hope to continue through my house. My carpenter is going to construct 2 more dog kennels in the quilt shop and I’m going to move out there to sew where I have more room. I will keep the cutting table and start moving my fabric out there to the shelves. It will be wonderful!

Connie and I both want to thank you for your support and patronage through the years. It means the world to us and it has been a “good run”!



Four Days To Go

October 28, 2014

We are counting down the days till Friday – just 4 days left and we are FREE women! Oh, except for Mandy, whose new business starts the day after we close. Mary Baker brought lasagna for lunch today and Joan brought her bread-maker machine. It was a feast! More later about my visitors today.

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Last Monday

October 27, 2014

The sign on our door says 5 days to go – and our last Monday was a busy one! Many times we had to let the phone ring because we were simply too busy to answer. We sold our prized seed counter to our friend Gloria. She even remembers when I printed the picture in […]

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Happy Birthday, Susannah!!!!

October 26, 2014

Today is Susannah’s 13th birthday. She was born unexpectedly outside when the temperature was 17 degrees and her mother, Jill, rejected her. I gladly moved her to the house, bottle feeding her and training her as a house goat for 18 months. She didn’t weigh as much as a can of Diet Coke when she […]

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Last Saturday Ever!

October 25, 2014

What a busy last Saturday we had – Connie, Mandy and I are exhausted after a full day in the quilt shop. Several people were moved to tears while several other customers acted peeved and irritated that we were closing. For almost 30 years I have always felt there were those who thought I didn’t […]

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Love These Days

October 24, 2014

I love these golden days when the yellow leaves fall on the bright green grass — Telly loves the grass, too.

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Verizon store — again!

October 23, 2014
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Farm News

October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jenny Rose!  My niece, Jenny, lives in Louisville and we don’t see her all that often – wish we could celebrate her birthday with her tonight. Harvest is in full swing and the countryside is looking much different – everything has a slight yellow glow from the dry corn and leaves.  Even the […]

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Blog test on Thursday

October 23, 2014

Tell me what this looks like

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