My Next Project

by CountryThreads on September 25, 2016

I forgot to show you what I bought at Hen and Chicks on Friday – several things but this is what I’m going to start this afternoon.

Aren’t those pretty solids?  This little quilt is 27″ square and is called a Mini Barn Quilt.  After so much “improv piecing”, I’m ready to make some structured blocks.

Doesn’t this look fun?  And it was quilted with straight lines 1/2″ apart with light colored thread.  I am going to do the very same thing, of course.  If this looks fun to you, here’s Heidi’s contact information.  I’m sure you could call the shop and order this bundle of solids and then there will be some scraps leftover to play with.  What should we do with them?

Here’s where I’m at with the shirt quilt – in progress.

But why finish that when I could start something new?  Ha!  Connie says she thinks she starts a new quilt every day.  It’s possible.


Our Fun Day In Conrad

by CountryThreads on September 24, 2016

You probably recognize this magazine cover of “Where Women Create” and have heard of Jo Packham the creator and editor.

And you might recognize the name Heidi Kaisand as being the past editor of American Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Sampler.  (Why didn’t I take their picture?).   Heidi has a shop in Conrad, Iowa and to celebrate having that shop for 5 years, she hosted a Creative Harvest Festival with Jo.  Here’s the ad we noticed.

Connie and I ran into several friends from our beginning quilt days and caught up with them during the luncheon.  We listened to Jo’s publishing “story” which was remarkable and then we of course had to shop.  Heidi’s shop is called Hen and Chicks and she has a full retreat area upstairs with beds, bathrooms, kitchen and washer/dryer.  Think what fun could be had up there!

Another great day trip!

Remember the day before when I stopped at church to teach straight line quilting?  Here’s part of the Zion Sewing group who make 100 or more charity quilts every year.  You ladies rock!


Rain Report

by CountryThreads on September 22, 2016

I have heard from many of you who are concerned about the flooding in North Iowa.  Garner is just west of I-35 which runs north and south through the middle of the state.  The hardest hit area yesterday was east of I-35 — they got 10″ last night and another 2″ this morning.  Jo’s Country Junction, north of there, got hit hard a couple weeks ago and I haven’t heard how much they got yesterday.  The farmers are going to be in some trouble with harvest work for sure.

I should have taken some pictures in town this morning – ditches are full and parking lots are flooded.  Here is how we are affected by heavy rain and we are on high ground so we are in great shape.

Here is what I worked on yesterday – the jellyroll bars quilt made from men’s shirts.  This is very time consuming to cut from shirts which makes me appreciate yardage and those jelly rolls even more!  Ha!

This afternoon I’m off to church to teach the gals how to machine quilt in straight lines.

Mary Etherington

2345 Palm Ave.

Garner, IA 50438


Lots of Answers

by CountryThreads on September 21, 2016

Well, for cryin’ out loud!  How many people did I tell that Rivertown was in our book Civil War Remembered?  Connie told me it was and I thought it was but we both stand corrected.  It is NOT in either book but IF there is a third book, we will include it.  Until then, if you would like a copy of the pattern Rivertown, send $10 to Mary Etherington, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA.

The Wedding Day Quilt is also available for $10 sent to the same address.  Any of our past patterns can be purchased for $10.  Please make note of my name and mailing address.

If you read the comments you know that Bernadette rescued this little goat who escaped her pen – picture taken at a Mennonite farm in Upstate New York where she attended a fall gathering and quilt show.

For the last 20 years we were in business I wrote a newspaper called the Goat Gazette.  My friend, Paula in Kentucky, liked the header so much she used it to decorate her sewing machine case.

The chickens are laying eggs like crazy!  We can’t eat this many eggs so my friends will be getting some soon.  With our nice warm fall weather, the chickens are enjoying being outside from dawn till dusk scratching around for bugs.

I hope I’ve caught up on all the questions and comments … for now.


Class Day

September 20, 2016

On Monday Connie and I went to Calico Hutch in Hayward, MN to take the Basic Bernina class.  Our teacher, Kathy, was a former customer of ours and she was a great instructor!  Oh my, what we did not know about our new “computers” that sew!  And this was just Class I – there’s Class […]

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Here is Rivertown

September 18, 2016

I found the Rivertown quilt and snapped a picture of it but I’d really like to see the version you’re all raving about. Here are my weekend boarders, Libby and Tasha. Rox, Telly and Tasha get together outside. Rox’s haircut is growing out and she doesn’t look so “ratty” anymore. Quick post – more tomorrow.

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Rivertown and More

September 16, 2016

Evidently someone posted our quilt Rivertown on FB and now I’ve gotten some inquiries.  I think we probably still own is quilt but I will have to find it and take a picture.  It is a log cabin variation.  We sent a pickup load of patterns to a large garage sale in Des Moines for […]

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A Work Day

September 15, 2016

I started on the plants today.  Each plant that comes back into the house needs to be cleaned of all debris and sprayed with an insecticide. If I do a few each day I won’t think it’s such a huge job, right?  Plus it’s raining again – big time, an inch already this evening, and […]

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Going to the Fair ….Again

September 14, 2016

Yesterday Becky and I went to the Clay County Fair about 90 miles west of here.  I have heard about this fair, the Spencer fair, all my life and have never been there even once.  People say it’s as good or better than the state fair and I would have to agree.  The first thing […]

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Monday, September 12

September 12, 2016

Even though I haven’t reported what’s going on, I’ve had a busy week.   I no more than got my house cleaned up than we got several more inches of heavy rain, so heavy that it came in the quilt shop and I had wet carpet to deal with.  This cupboard had to be pulled […]

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