Update

by CountryThreads on May 4, 2017

Here’s what I’m working on now that the wedding quilt is done – Vola’s quilt!  I’ll make mine car size and might even start another one with more coordinated colors.


And I finished this book – good but a tragic story of a family torn apart by drug abuse.


Here are some scenes from the barn on this beautiful May morning.


That’s Chicklet by the fence – a full grown rooster now!

And someone wanted to see Colton.  Here he is!


And Hazel met Colton!


Here is the spot where I put all my houseplants in the summer – the BEFORE picture.


Soon – I hope I can move the plants outside!

Rick is “Hazel sitting” today while I attend a funeral with a friend.  This makes me nervous.


Emma prefers to lay in the sun by the playhouse.


Talk to you tomorrow!

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Ginney Camden May 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

I love all your farm pictures. And the new quilt looks great.

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Ellie May 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

Thanks for the farm pictures! So lovely!
I really like th quilt you’re working on! Great way to use up scraps and turn them into something pretty.

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Diana Weirich May 4, 2017 at 9:01 am

Thought of you this morning. The city of Ames has “hired” a goat herd for one of their parks that has a weed problem. They are bringing in the heard to eat the invasive weeds in a corner of a city park which includes poison ivy. They said goats will eat almost anything. Interesting, hmm?

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CountryThreads May 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

Diana – a perfect solution!!

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Jean Elliott May 4, 2017 at 9:05 am

Really enjoyed the pictures!

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Louise May 4, 2017 at 9:09 am

We are blessed with beautiful sunshine as well this morning. However there is a storm heading for the Pacific Northwest later today. Colton looks a bit intense in that first photo..I am sure Hazel and Rick will do just fine. Hazel is so stinkin’ cute..

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Barbara F. May 4, 2017 at 9:12 am

Your Hazel is such a cutie! She could probably chew up my couch and I wouldn’t care. When our basset Bud was a puppy, I hated to leave him even for short trips to the grocery store. I still have to kiss him on the head when we leave and tell him we’ll be back soon. He’s 5 now and I think he enjoys his naptime in the recliner while we’re gone.

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Joanne May 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

Love you sharing your farm life with us.Thank You Hazel is adorable

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Jan Shaffer May 4, 2017 at 9:35 am

Hi Mary – is there a row of triangles turned around in car quilt? Just thought you should check before you sew it together. 😉

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CountryThreads May 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

Jan – thank you ever so much!!!! I will fix it!

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Anne May 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

I usually don’t like little dogs, but your Hazel is adorable! She might change my mind. You make me jealous with all your farm pictures. In my next life, I will live on a farm. Thanks for making me smile

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Connie Olson May 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

Beautiful pictures! Such a pretty day!

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Diane Emanuelson May 4, 2017 at 9:42 am

Rick will do just fine.. bonding time right!?

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Cynthia May 4, 2017 at 9:59 am

I so love your photos of all your critters! They always put a smile on my face!

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Rebecca H May 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

I know what you mean about making large quilts anymore. I stay away from that and the largest ones I make are a twin size for the grandchildren. I’m so bored with a couple colors in a quilt, so that doesn’t happen either. I must have a lot of fabrics! Is it the age, I don’t know, but I love designing without patterns and putting in whatever fabrics speak to me.
Love all your pictures.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to share with us. I do look forward to seeing your emails.
Rejoicing here in WA state that spring is finally here!!! Yeah

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Martha Engstler May 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

I see what Jan Shaffer is seeing on your car quilt. Check one row. Love seeing Chicklet all grown up, he is really good looking. Am also thrilled to see Cotton, what a dear kitty.

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Diane M May 4, 2017 at 10:25 am

Wonderful pictures! Hazel is so sweet. We have filtered sunshine here in southern Wisconsin this morning. I have already picked asparagus three times from our “wild” beds. Our cooler days and nights have slowed it down.

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Robin Boggan May 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

Chicklet turn out to be a beautiful rooster! Have a wonderful day!

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Karen L Chaudoin May 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

How lovely! Hens in the yard and a Mama Hen wondering about her little puppy!

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Linette Anne Stewart May 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

Beautiful quilt Mary! I love your photos! Will check the book out. That would be my family unfortunately. Thank you for your posts!

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Susan Sundermeyer May 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

While mom’s away, dad and Hazel will play!

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Diane May 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Chicklet is a handsome guy!! Is the goat in the bottom right of the picture pregnant or just a little chunky? I am not sure which one it is, but its rear is to the camera. I love the quilt, too. I made one after you showed us one of yours. Hazel will be fine with Rick:) Colton is looking good; did he and Hazel get along?

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CountryThreads May 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Diane – no, nobody’s pregnant – they’re just fat! Ha!

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Sara Reynolds May 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm

I am wondering about that goat also. I love baby goats!

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Kathy May 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Is your quilt pattern from one of your books? I think it would be good to use for my overflowing scraps of 2″ and 2 1/2″ squares I keep cutting up. I am glad you have some sunshine there. It’s raining here in New York this afternoon and will for another day so good time to have stay in and sew!

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Kathy Hanson May 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

The quilt is lovely – great way to use up fabric! Hard to believe that little Chicklet has become such a beautiful rooster! I have a hard time waiting for your next post – love keeping up with your farm and your quilting. Feels like you are a good friend of mine! Thank you!

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Sue Davis May 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Hi Mary,
I have a question. Do you know where I can order trumpet, French horn and piano key (for a border).
I don’t want the cheap fabric and I’m lost where to look. The pattern I found is called All that Jazz.
Let me know if you know of a place. Thanks for any help.. Sue Davis, Argyle Tx.

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CountryThreads May 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

Sue – my only guess would be to search online. Did the designer use that fabric? If so, contact her to see where she got it.

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Anna M May 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Chicklet turned out to be a very handsome rooster! Loving this great weather,too 🌷🌷

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Paula May 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

I feel like the animals are part of my family since I have read you for years. Paula in KY

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Donna O May 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Mary your farm pics are so nice. A clear sunny day and good to see Colton. We met him just before you closed your shop and he was so cuddly and friendly. I love seeing all your farm animals. A busy day at the farm 😊

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MARSHA RANSOM May 5, 2017 at 8:14 am

Colton is a beautiful kitty! And Chicklet . . . wow! all grown up!

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Carol Garverick May 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

I thought of you today. A quilter that passed away several years ago had a HUGE stash. Volunteers from her quilt guild organized a garage sale for her husband. What didn’t sell was donated to a local charity that makes quilts and blankets for children in the foster care system. Well, they had a garage sale also. Very neatly folded and sorted with 2 lbs in a bag for $5.00. There were at least 75 bags of men’s shirting!

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CountryThreads May 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Carol – what a treasure! Think about those potential quilts!

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Felicia Hamlin May 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm

I agree, Chicklet is a beautiful rooster. I too was wondering about the goat being pregnant, I bet you would have liked a new kid. It is nice to see Colton and Hazel So close together.

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