A Slow Day

It’s cold here today and other than choir practice tonight, it’s a pretty empty day.  I cooked eggs for the dogs again.


Spray the muffin tin and crack an egg into hole.  Bake in a 400 degree oven about 10 minutes.  They will tip right out of the muffin tin.  See?


Since Connie is in Chicago with Grace and Rex I picked up Hope for the afternoon.


Since Roy is at work Hope likes to come out and play with Telly.

When I moved here in 1979 the first neighbor to come and welcome me was Carolyn.  Carolyn had a stroke last week and passed away this afternoon.  She will be missed by so many!

Loved all your comments telling me what you were doing!

Here is what I started – a log cabin quilt made from thrift store shirts!

47 thoughts on “A Slow Day

  1. Felicia Hamlin

    My sympathies on the loss of your neighbor. When we lived in Northern Minnesota we had dear neighbors. They had been gone for two and four years, but I always think of them.

  2. Emily Pennington

    My condolences to you and others on the passing of your neighbor, Mary. There are some wonderful people in my life who are neighbors.

    Love your log cabin quilt from shirts!

    Take care.

  3. Diane

    This is a little late because we’re in Florida. I bought WEAR WARM CLOTHES on line for a friend. It might still be available.

  4. Carol T

    Where do you get all your energy? I’m in awe of all the quilts you start, quilt and finish w binding! I’m too slow….I want to do so much and seem to get bogged down. Thank you for your inspiration, Mary…! I just don’t know how you do it all…..dogs, church, yard, flowers, family, blog, writing, etc etc etc!

  5. LINDA

    Love the quilt you are working on. What size is your block? Also, do you you know of any sites that has rooster fabric and chicken wire fabric. Many thanks.

  6. Beverly Lockmiller

    Sorry I didn’t comment on your quilt. Love it. our weather is suppost to break a record Fri. will be in the high 70’s We are in N. M. we have had our share of cold weather. Will be below 40 Sunday. If you don’t like our weather hang around for an hour or two and it will change. We have had the wind with this warm weather. 30 Miles per hour. Sorry about your neighbor.. I remember when we lost the neighbor that first came to meet me at age 17 when I first got married and moved 25 miles in the country.

  7. Beverly Lockmiller

    Whew, just finished the Farmers Daughter I got at your store a few years ago.. Picked up from quilter today and put a scrapy binding on it tonight. Ready to finish hand work on the way to Dallas to celebrate great-grandsons 1 st. birthday. Love the final look.

  8. Charlotte Barnard

    So sad to hear about Carolyn. Sending prayers for her straight up to heaven! And blessed are your dear dogs, whom you take such loving care of, Mary! xoxoxo

  9. linda baker

    Love the shirt log cabin quilt! Are the fabrics heavy enough? Sorry about the loss of your neighbor. Good neighbors are hard to come by! Hugs!

  10. Ann Barlament

    Sorry for the loss of your dear neighbor, Carolyn.

    Enjoying your latest Log Cabin shirt quilt. I can’t wait to find a new place, the machines will be humming, as soon as everything is moved. I have so many projects that I’ve been thinking about these past 6-9 months.

  11. Kathy

    You amaze me with your newest thrift store shirts quilt and being so kind to bring Connies dog over to play. Such a good friend you are to so many . I am very sorry for your loss Of your neighbor. Love hearing how your day goes with the pets and your projects.

  12. Sandy

    You have wonderful memories in your heart of your neighbor Carolyn. I am in eastern Washington too and we have had so much snow and very icy roads. It was not a fun drive home from work tonight. Some rain is coming and we may get up to 40! The plaid shirt log cabin blocks are fabulous. I look forward to your pictures and stories. Thanks for what you do.

    1. Sandy

      As a follow up to my own comment, we have had freezing rain all night, schools are closed so I am not working today. All the mountain passes in Washington are closed. Seems like a sew day for me. Waiting impatiently for spring weather to arrive. May be a crockpot day at our house.

  13. Susan Sundermeyer

    Mary, I very sorry for the loss of your friend and neighbor Carolyn. I will have to try fixing those eggs. My dogs would love them!

  14. Kate

    Your dogs sure are spoiled, but I must admit I have scrambled a few eggs for my girls many times. I will try baking them next time. Do you feed them all at once or do you keep some in the refrigerator for later?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      KAte – each dog gets one egg a day. I keep some in the frig and freeze the rest.

  15. Sara Reynolds

    I love the log cabin quilt. I would call it a happy quilt, and I will look forward to seeing it when it’s finished. It is always hard to lose a friend and you have my sympathy. In the last two months I have lost a friend from my hometown that i met when we were in second grade, and another friend that I met 44 years ago.
    I live in central PA and we are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow overnight. We have had only about an inch of snow this season so far, but a lot of dreary, cloudy days. I am ready for spring.

  16. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,
    So sorry to hear about your friend, it is hard to lose those one has known for so long. I am sure you have many special memories from the last 38 years.
    It is well below freezing today, and snowing on and off, so I have been tucked behind my sewing machine, and have finished my homey triangles project.
    Love the beginnings of your log cabin!

  17. Julianna

    I have never made a quilt w/men’s shirts. They always look great. I’ve noticed you use them a lot and I’m curious to know the attraction. Is it the feel of the worn fabric, does it sew more nicely, is it an economical way to make a donation quilt? I know you have plenty of fabric in your stash 🙂 Just curious! I’m afraid I’m missing something by not having tried it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Julianna – I think I just love that worn “feel” of the finished quilt as well as the look of all those stripes, checks and plaids together.

  18. VA Mann

    Thank you for showing us how to bake those eggs. Can’t wait to try it. So sorry to hear about your neighbor. I noticed in one of your earlier emails, there was a quilt of Santa’s clothes (maybe).. is that pattern still available somewhere?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      VA Mann – the quilt is called Wear Warm Clothes and is found in the book by the same name by Country Threads. I’d look online – I’ll bet you can find it.

  19. Ramona Tankersley (Clare's niece)

    We have been having Iowa weather since Sunday. A lot of snow for us (I live on an Island in the Puget Sound) It has snowed more today than Sunday and Monday combined! And that didn’t even melt. We don’t usually get snow here. It has been about 7 years. I think the city has one snow plow they attach to a truck and maybe the county has the same!! I learned to drive on snow and ice in Iowa but try not to go out here. There are so many retired Californians here and they do everything they can to cause accidents! LOL!!!! Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

  20. Jackie Mitchell

    Love the Log Cabin quilt! Mary could you send me a pound of your energy?
    Good idea with the eggs! Here in northern Ohio the weather was weird today…. Rain
    and snow the tree limbs have about an inch of snow on them. They are calling for more
    snow tonight temp 55 and thunder. Jackie Mitchell

  21. Teresa

    I’m sorry for the loss of your neighbor and friend. Your post reminds me of when we first moved to our farm and neighbors came by to welcome us but one elderly neighbor in particular became a very dear friend and offered so much advice over the years on everything from gardening to raising children. She too has passed on but I think of her often.

    Your log cabin quilt is pretty. It’s inspiring to see you create beautiful quilts from thrift store finds.

  22. Ellie

    So sorry for the loss of your friend.
    I love the log cabin make of shirts. The colors are so soft and blend wonderfully!
    I’m working on a old Country Threads pattern, All Around the Town! I started it years ago but it got pushed aside. Now I’ve reached the point of being able to see the end, only two more houses and four more log cabins! Then I can put this one together! I’ve love it for a long time so I’ll be happy to have it done!
    Love seeing pictures of the animals, especially the dogs!

  23. Lisa Chaplin from snowy, cold Washington state

    So sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor’s passing. I’m also in eastern Washington state, ( I wonder where Rebecca lives who posted before me??) it’s snowing hard today with warming temps predicted and freezing rain by morning (YUCK!). I’m at my longarm working on a customer’s quilt and decided to give myself a much needed break!

    Love the log cabin blocks, its the very first quilt I ever made, back in college in the early 70’s!! I still have it.

  24. Rebecca

    Oh yes my favorite go to quick quilt, the log cabin. No pattern and a great way to use my scraps. Love your t-shirt one. Thanks for sharing. I sure look forward to your blog. Snowing hard in eastern washington right now. We are knee deep in snow. I hate to see anymore. Oh well sew on I guess and mot complain.

  25. Sue

    I love log cabin quilts. Your thrift shop one is great. Thanks for the good idea for my challenge. It’s crazy….but I have yet to make a whole Log Cabin Quilt. Blocks but no whole quilts.
    Sorry to read about your neighbor. She will leave an empty place in your heart as some of my own losses have for me.
    Coming along with my Homey Triangles. It will be smaller than yours. I will name it Patriotic Birds so that should give a clue to the colors I used.
    Must get at it…
    Sue

  26. Dianne Cook

    Hi Mary, sorry to hear about your friend. Remember her while you are at choir practice tonight. Our weather here in Ontario, Canada is rather dreary, no sun. Some school buses still not running due to freezing rain. Great day to play with my materials. Loved your log cabin. Have a nice evening. Dianne

  27. Judy Emmons

    Sorry about your friend Carolyn. Cherish the memories that you have had together over the years.
    Love your Log Cabin Quilt made from thrift store shirts. Any hints about what to look for when buying
    these shirts other than, 100% cotton? I have always wanted to make a Log Cabin Quilt out of plaid.
    Thank you for being such a blessing to animals! All of you are so lucky to have each other. I had adopted two cocker spaniels from a cocker rescue group. They were a mother and daughter who had been abused and dumped in park to survive. Due to a liver disease, I too cooked for them special food. These two brought me and others many love and companionship for years.

  28. Claudia

    So sorry for your lost. Love your log cabin blocks from thrift shop shirts.
    Would you mind sharing the block size?

  29. Susie

    I hard boil eggs for my dogs (5 westies) but this would be a whole lot easier.
    Thanks for the tip, I’m going to try it.

  30. Synthia Noble

    Thanks for the “how to” on baking eggs! I’d never heard of that and it’s a great thing to know. Your thrift shirt log cabin quilt looks great and very rustic. I’ve been working on sewing and squaring up about 300 bonus pairs of triangles that someone gave to me (so long ago I can’t remember who). It will be nice to have them ready when I figure out how to use them. (grin) They are pretty bright floral prints with white; cheery and Spring-like and nice to work with on a gray winter rainy day in Oregon. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but I think YOU are dogs best friend!!!! Play day for dogs….who’d of thunk?????

  31. Connie

    Thanks again for watching Hope!!!! I know she is enjoying farm life once again! I love your log cabin blocks…I’ll start collecting soon. Too bad about Carolyn- she will be missed.
    More later. Connie

  32. Lori

    So sorry about your neighbor Carolyn, I have a special neighbor like that.

    LOVE the log cabin blocks!!

  33. Kathleen Wall-Polin

    me, too… very sorry about your neighbor… It leaves a hole in the heart!
    I certainly am inspired by your log cabin… I live in Northern Calif and we have had non stop rain… we
    can’t complain due to years of drought… (but everyday for weeks is a bit much)

  34. Paula Nordt

    This should have come first! Condolences on your friend’s passing. Hopefully, she is dancing in Heaven.

  35. Rhoda Ebersole

    So sorry Mary for the loss of your
    Friend. It happens too often these days.
    Enjoy your good memories with her.

  36. Paula Nordt

    Love your log cabin from shirts! Working outside again today. This has been the weirdest winter ever. We had two days of below freezing weather that killed back all of my outdoor plants. We had some cold, blustery days. We had lots of overcast, windy, and fairly cold days. But it will be in the 80’s the rest of this week! All my plants are budding out from the greenwood that is left from the freeze, so I’m pruning them back to that. Hope winter doesn’t play a mean trick on them.

    How many eggs do the dogs get to eat a day? Do you think cats would like them?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Paula – the dogs get one egg a day. The visiting dogs just love them! Haven’t tried eggs on the cats – mine are finicky so I don’t know if they’d eat them or not.

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