Back to Work in the Shop


Today I’m going back to work in the shop. I am taking out the shelves in the south half of the building to make room for another “living room” for dogs who come to stay with me. Next spring we’ll add the outside yard as well as a small yard in the back which will connect to the old Notions Room. My regular customers come first but I’d like to make room for more dogs because I turn quite a few away.
Still working on sorting fabric and bags and bins of quilt pieces which I love putting together into small quilts. I will have to sell them next spring because I’m creating too many to find wall space for. Watch for the sale date announcement on New Year’s Day.
Since my “reply” does not work on my Ipad, here are my other email addresses that you may use if you have a question.
Feel free to email me. I am trying to contact Jean Bock in Belgium. If you’re reading this, Jean, please email me.
Thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “Back to Work in the Shop

  1. patricia sue livensparger

    I’m trying to reach Mary or anyone who helped put the booklet Rugs from Rags together. I bought a frame and the booklet at a craft fair and so looked forward to making beautiful rugs. I follow the instructions exactly and the rugs are beautiful, but…they are all narrower in the middle than top and bottom. The rugs look like they have an hour-glass figure! I have tried different things, (tighter tension at top and bottom) but nothing helps. I have only succeeded in pulling the eye bolts sideways! Please help!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Patricia – you aren’t passing the strip around the rod on the sides. Your frame has rods on the side, doesn’t it? The reason for the rods is to keep the sides straight and not end up with an hour glass shaped rug. Do you have the DVD?

  2. Linda

    I love it….what a wonderful space already and you aren’t even done…..the colors!!!! I love seeing the fabric out on shelves….

  3. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hello Mary,
    All the best for the New Year. I look forward to seeing photo’s of the finished ‘shop’ transformed into your new sewing space.
    Kind regards, Fiona.

  4. Mary Etherington

    Kim – I’m not sure what you mean – what’s a lot of work? What about the wood and the fabric? If you’d rather answer me direct, please email me at

  5. Kim

    May i make a suggestion? I know its lots of work, but the tannins from those wood boards will go into the fabric on the bolts/pieces.

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