by CountryThreads on July 2, 2015

This English Golden Retriever, 4 months old, named Buddy, arrived yesterday for an overnight stay.  He is so soft and so cute!


And this is what Faye and Telly think about him and his antics.

They are annoyed to say the least but Rick will get home today and they will be thrilled.

Guess this is a non- quilting post.  Here are a few flower pictures taken in my garden.



Gypsy Wife, June 30

by CountryThreads on June 30, 2015

The third block is called “From the Heart” and measures 6″x 6″.  This block can be found on page 8 of your booklet.  I don’t exactly love hearts but this is a pretty cute little block and didn’t take long to make.  Here are my fabric choices:

I am really stepping out of the box, aren’t I?  Here’s my block:

Oops!  I’ve got the middle row wrong!  No wonder it didn’t take long to make.  Back to the sewing machine.

Here it is – fixed!  Don’t make the same mistake I did. 



A Finished Quilt

by CountryThreads on June 30, 2015

Finally I have something finished to show you.  It’s my 16 patch blocks shown here in progress.

Pam helped me as you can see.  Here are several shots of the finished quilt made from a jellyroll called Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell, the Gypsy Wife designer from Australia (who now lives in Abu Dabbi, I think).


Each fabric, on its own, was really quite homely but I love how they all play well together.  I don’t think there was even one out of the 40 that I would have chosen myself but that’s what’s fun about using a jellyroll.  It makes me work outside my comfort zone.

Does anybody know if a “like” button can be added to a blog?

More mowing today – that’s what happens when you get an inch of rain every week.  Everything is very lush and green….and growing!


You guys are the best!

by CountryThreads on June 29, 2015

Our readers are the absolute BEST!!!  You identified Connie’s mystery plant as Aralia cordata Sun King!  Here it is again:

I can’t wait to buy one!  Even the Master Gardeners on the tour didn’t know what it was but now you do.  Thanks so much to all of you who wrote in.

And for those wondering about my injured leg, here it is 2 weeks later.  I think it’s probably going to be dis colored all summer.

I was taking a picture of the kennel this morning when Biscuit and Sassy ran by so this is an action shot – ha!

That’s all, folks!


Relaxing Sunday

June 28, 2015

Four dogs went home, Rick left for work, two more dogs arrived and I got a 2 hr. nap on the porch.  What a great Sunday!  I continue to think about the garden tour and am surprised that I haven’t let that gardening bug really bite me.  My front space would be such a lovely […]

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Garden Tour

June 26, 2015

The garden tour last night was simply wonderful and I was so inspired that I dreamt of gardens in my sleep.  There was one huge organic vegetable garden that looked impossible to me – who can weed that much?  I was more interested in this dog.    After I saw all those clean gardens I […]

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More Garden Photos

June 25, 2015

                      Sorry about the duplicate photo – I don’t know how to delete it.  Connie’s garden is just lovely and it didn’t get that way without many hours of work.  Someone commented yesterday that Country Garden Magazine should feature Connie’s garden and I’m sure you agree.  As you can probably see, Connie loves hostas. […]

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Garden Tour

June 24, 2015

Connie’s beautiful garden will be part of a private tour of Masters Gardener’s gardens and I stopped by today to snap some pictures.  I am no gardener because I hate to weed but there is not a single weed at Connie’s place!  Enjoy these snaps – more tomorrow.               Millie says “hi” to Squeak! […]

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Gypsy Wife, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

The block for week 2 is called Pershing found on page 6.  Finished size is 9″ x 9″.    At the start I thought it was going to be hard but it wasn’t and all measurements are accurate.  I had a small piece of Liberty of London fabric that I had received as a gift […]

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Oh, what a difference a day makes!

June 22, 2015

Since rain was predicted, both Rick and I mowed all Sunday afternoon trying to stay one step ahead of the grass.  I walked around the yard in the early evening and took these pictures because I thought it all looked so beautiful!           And I took these pictures this morning after heavy rain and […]

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