A Quick Post

It’s time for bed but I’m going to write this quick post with a couple #5’s because I’ve got a really busy day tomorrow and I might not have time.


Our friend Fiona sent the good news that in United Kingdom’s premier quilting magazine, Today’s Quilter, our new book A Country’s Call is featured with that beautiful cover!

I have decided that I’m only going to make one large block because I still haven’t finished HIPS OR #7!  But I’m making progress on HIPS.

It’s hard to sew when Pam wants to be so close to me!  She got closer as the evening went on.

Good grief!  How can I work?

It’s nearly past time to do some Christmas wall quilts – we picked some smaller ones that we thought you might like – nothing too detailed or large and I hope to get those posted this weekend.  And then there’s winter sewing, too – snowmen!  As cold as it is right now we could have snowmen by morning!  Everybody is tucked into the barn for this first really cold night – some heat lamps are already turned on – especially for the tribe.  Daddyo was roosting on the hay bunk outside so I was glad I went down there mid evening.  I just grabbed him while he was sleeping and put him in his pen with the goats – out of the wind and in where it was warm.  Nobody will ever convince me that animals are ok with being cold!  If I’m cold, they’re cold.

33 thoughts on “A Quick Post

  1. Patti in W Barnstable

    I was happy for you and Connie to see your book in an English magazine. That’s exciting! I just got up to make a Swiss Miss because I can’t sleep and I thought I’d check in while it heats. Thanks for the #5 pictures, but a really big thanks for the pictures of Pam “creeping” up on you. So sweet. DaddyO was lucky you came along.

    1. Meredith

      Thank you! So much fun to do, too. Used up lots and lots of selvages, but I have enough for a lot more quilts.

    2. Launa

      String quilt is beautiful! Congrats on being in the magazine. So many pretty quilts in your new book!
      Very cold 21o here this morning; no new snow!, but sun is shining! A friend tried your bean recipe last night…was well received!
      Closed 6 ads. Want to check out a couple today.

  2. Susan Sundermeyer

    Pam’s a sweetie. I’m reading this at 3:45 am because I can’t sleep! Must be going around.

  3. Janet

    It’s after 5:00 am so does that count as not being able to sleep? I can hardly wait for my Today’s Quilter to arrive. If you are looking for a really good magazine (from England) this is it. I highly recommend it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Yes! I enjoy the pumpkins in my yard in the fall and then take them to the goats and chickens before they freeze. They love the seeds as well as the flesh and I’ve never had a worm problem. I let my goats eat Christmas trees, too, which are also a natural wormer.

  4. Rita In Iowa

    Love that you are noticed all over the world. Ha to be famous! Great job girls. Love all the quilts these talented ladies are quilting. I too had a cat that would get as close as it could too my sewing machine. Must be the hum of the machine that attracts them. I got together with my quilting buddy yesterday and made a pillowcase and a 24 inch floor pillow cover for my grandsons.
    Have a great day everyone!

  5. Kathy in western NY

    The projects finished are very stunning. I love when you show your readers completed works. Inspiring and like going to a mini show, only it’s our network of friends of Country Threads. I too have a cat that has to be right next to me.
    Totally agree whole heartedly that animals need to be warm and protected. Thank you Mary for caring and keeping them safe from harm. I hope your community heals soon from the loss of the young man and it wasn’t too long ago that you told us of the young mother too. Sad and hard to deal with.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – Margaret and I practiced at the church yesterday for the funeral on Monday morning. They’re expecting a huge crowd! Guess what they’re serving for lunch? Tater tot casserole because it was Cale’s favorite! The local grocery store/caterer is making it for 300 — don’t you just love that?

      1. Kathy in NY

        Awww…now that is a true community remembering him and his favorite food. It will be a rough day on Monday for his parents especially. It’s so hard when they are so young and also being such an aggressive cancer that cut his life way too short.

  6. Jackie Baumhauer

    What model Bernina are you sewing on tonight? It looks like an older model.
    Congratulations on your new book and having it featured in the magazine!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      It’s a 1230 Bernina – my favorite machine!!! I’m not in love with my 740.

      1. Diane, Squeak's Mom, in Central Ohio.

        Hi Mary, I have a 1530 Bernina and a 750 (without the embroidery module). I also prefer my 1530 for many things. What is it you find troublesome with your 740? Are you looking for a new one? If so, would you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts?

        Love the pic of Pammie getting closer and closer. My Spike, also a Goat Gazette model, used to climb right through the machine hole and butt my head! I finally would give up, sit in the chair, and pet him for a while until I could go back and sew again–lol. Squeak is equally persistent.

        Your playing for the funeral is a blessing to the family. 42 today–80 yesterday!

  7. Diane Bauer

    Congratulations on being featured in Today’s Quilter!! International exposure, well deserved!

    I was up in the middle of the night with s chirping smoke detector—so frustrating anyway, but add a freaked out Golden wearing a cone of shame and it’s just that much worse. I wish they would add a feature to show you which one is chirping. As it is, I had to stand around waiting for the next chirp, and then move to the next nearest when my guess proved wrong. First world problems, I guess!!

    My #7 is coming along, slowly. Interesting how many of us say one or the other of our Dirty Dozen are not favorites and we are dreading them! This one is a massive t-shirt quilt brought to me by a friend who begged me to finish it for her. Another quilter has started it and then let it languish several years before giving it back to my friend. The blocks were not cut to any consistent size and she didn’t provide her layout plan. It has been a puzzle!!

  8. Lora Jans

    I also have a cat- Binks – who loves to help me sew. He likes to sit on the cutting mat- dangerous!

  9. Vickie Lemonds of Davidson, NC

    It is a beautiful cover, Mary. The colors are soothing and tranquil. Such a comforting photo.
    Thanks for taking good care of all the animals. I think Pam just wanted to get her whole self under your lamp. She’s cold too.
    Happy weekend!

  10. Susan K

    Congrats on the magazine in the UK. Your book is on my Christmas wishlist. We woke up to 40 degrees this morning. But it’s already 50 2 hours later. It will be back to the high eighties before too long. I’m moving aloes this morning while hubby works on the new greenhouse. We’re headed to Iowa next week to visit my son in Bluegrass. I can’t wait! My cat Klaus likes to burrow in the quilts I’m quilting – it sure makes it hard to move a quilt when a cat is buried in it! 🙂
    I’ve been thinking of Cales’s family. To find out such a devastating diagnosis and then for him to pass away so quickly. It will take them a while to process the whole thing. Many prayers to them!

  11. Earlene in Arizona

    I love the recognition your books receive worldwide. Congratulations. Closed 6 ads today

  12. Tanya in Houston

    Wow! Fame for you and Connie! Can fortune be far behind? Hee hee hee…maybe the Queen is a secret quilter! Think of the stash she could store in Buckingham Palace!

    Glad you and the animals are snug and warm. The heat seems to leaving us for a little while. I’ll soon be ready for some small Christmas projects, too! Bring them on!

  13. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    I wonder what about sewing draws the kitties. Mine both like to help. Today at a yard sale I bought a hand made and hand quilted double wedding ring quilt for $3.00. It seems to be in perfect condition, it’s in the washing machine now. It came with two stink bugs so I’m glad I opened it up as soon as I got it home. It’s such a beautiful soft pink and aqua colors. I think that’s a real find.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      I think it’s so sad that no family member wanted such a gem! I’m equally as thrilled that you got it Nd can appreciate its value!

  14. Diane Bauer

    So wondering what’s different about today than other days–can’t seem to get all the ads closed because more keep popping up for me! Hope it’s helping!! I do get ads most days, but recently only 2-4 per post. Today it has been closer to 8 per post and each time I go back to a previous post to read comments, there are more!

  15. Jan Behm

    Closed only 3 ads. Pam is a gorgeous calico cat! She looks like she’s cold in those pics & just wants you to stop sewing & hold her to warm her up! Lol!
    Whoever made that first UFO above, all I can say is WOWZA! That’s a lotta little strips! Great job!
    We might get frost overnight. Our first really cold night too but nearly as cold as I’m sure you “northerners” will be! Wink, wink!
    Stay warm everyone!

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    Great 5’s. Exciting your in that magazine. I’ve found a couple of the magazines at a gas station! Really nice publications. Mary and Connie, International stars. Very cool.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jo, here’s a blast from our past. I believe it was 1990 when we published our first book “On Behalf of Chickens” which was also the year of the chicken in Japan. Our book and a huge article was featured in a quilting magazine, I can’t remember the name of it but I know I have a copy somewhere.

  17. Sue Smith

    The #5s are wonderful. Good work, ladies! I am going to look for that magazine. I don’t think I have ever read Todays Quilter. I stopped buying magazines quite awhile ago, but that one look great, especially with your new book featured in it.
    Lots of ads to close this time.

  18. Marilyn KSB

    Just bought supplies for calico beans I used to make it when the kids were little and I was late from work. Had totally forgotten it. Will be an easy meal when I get lost in the sewing room! So what is TOT casserole. Never had that. Love all the UFO s. They keep inspiring me to get up and work on a project!

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