In 2001 we celebrated 20 years in business with a quilt show in the haymow. Around the barn were 20 partitions so I started with quilts made in 1981 in the first partition, 1982 in the second going around the barn and finishing at the door where I started. It was a monumental job just finding the quilts and dating them. I should have had names and dates on all of them but I couldn’t pull it off. Visitors would see a quilt in the barn and head to the shop to buy the pattern – retailing genius, right? We finally had to take pictures of all the quilts and put them in the quilt shop so we could identify which quilt the visitor wanted. Here are some pictures taken in the summer of 2001 – wish I had taken more.
We started having quilt camp three times a year. Early spring was too cold but June was usually fine, summer was stiflingly hot so that left fall for two camps. I will never forget the Lynnette Jensen workshop when we sewed flannel quilts – HOT!!! Honestly, we cooked! Fall can sometimes be really warm, too. We were totally at the mercy of the weather in North Iowa – we always said to come prepared for three seasons.
More camp photos.
In 2003 Rick and his friend Jim installed two huge windows in the south wall.
And this is how it looked each spring when I had to clean it again.
I will go up there tomorrow to take pictures of how it looks today. I will close this part of the story with pictures of friends – in no,particular ulnar order or significance.
Mom’s 80th birthday party.
Becky performed at Country Threads MANY times over the years.
My job was always popping the popcorn – here are two of several dozen pictures taken at the popcorn machine!
Here’s a couple more pictures of church friends at the wedding reception.
Tomorrow I’ll take pictures to close the barn story. I wish it was still a fun place to sew but it’s very dirty, has a bale elevator up there and a big stack of hay bales.