Democrat or Republican? 8-21-2020

Look what Connie made this week during the Democratic convention?

And she’s prepared for next week, the Republican Convention.

She plans to put these together and each election year she will embroider the candidate’s name. Very cool idea, huh?

Here’s the Dirty Dozen photos since yesterday:

Back to cleaning the garage and marking cookbooks for sale – I will never look at them!

38 thoughts on “Democrat or Republican? 8-21-2020

  1. Linette Stewart

    I just donated all my cookbooks to Goodwill last week. You can find any recipe you need online now 😊 Hope you all have a good safe weekend. For anyone that prays 🙏 I would appreciate prayers for containment of the wild fires in Northern CA especially Sonoma county as our daughter lives there. Many thanks!

    1. Lynn in Scottsdale


      I will pray for your daughter, her community and the firefighters.

      We had wind last night and finally some rain!

    2. Launa

      Linette…Am happy to pray for your Sonoma resident daughter with the CA fire! In Idaho there are 2 fires…one is 30 miles east of Salmon! I reside up in the mountains of Idaho where a fire went thru about
      20 years ago. There are many remnants of fire dead trees on both sides of hi way 93.

      Have a quilting friend who has collected elephant statues for years; she shared that the most lucky collectible ones have their trunks up! I would like to piece both of Connie’s critters and make into pillows when the pattern is available! I have voted absentee ballot for many years!

  2. Linda in Estherville

    Wow, that animal is beyond. Carla did you have a pattern?
    I love the politics! That would have been nice a few years ago….we used to stand divided,

    1. Carla

      My DIL bought the pattern from Etsy. I have never done anything like it before and sure wish the instructions had been better lol. Anything for my 10 year old granddaughter, but never again!

      1. Quilting Sister

        Well that dragon is just amazing … I’d like to see a video of you making it wow. Good work!

  3. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    I got rid of cookbooks recently too! If you’re not using them during a pandemic, when there’s not much chance (in New York State anyway) of us going out to eat…when will you use them?
    Love the donkey and the elephant! And the embroidery idea, cute!

  4. Joyce from NY

    The Republican & Democrat quilts are adorable and all the other DD’s are so cool.

  5. Carla J in Michigan

    I really like Connie’s idea for election years.
    Carla I, your dragon is fabulous. Would love to hear more about it.
    I am a cookbook reader. Love good cookbooks. I have some of my mom’s and a grandmother’s depression era one I cannot part with. Others I have saved a copy of recipes that we like and get rid of them.
    Slowly working on restocking our pantry for winter. Corn is froze, blueberries are freezing, tomatoes are next…..

    1. Lois Ann Johnson

      Carla: I, too, love cookbooks. I have a large collection of them. Sometimes I sit down and read them like I do a novel. It is like stepping back in time when I read the vintage cookbooks.

    2. Carla

      I’m not sure what all to say except that I now know what goes into making a big stuffed animal. Like I mentioned above, the instructions weren’t that clear for a beginner and I relied on the photos a lot. I actually changed how he was constructed quite a bit because I thought of some methods that fit my style better. Some steps I enjoyed quite a bit, some, not so much haha (ahem…wings). Where in Michigan are you? In in the Holland area.

      1. Anonymous

        Carla, I’m up north of Muskegon! My grandparents were raised and married in Holland but moved north of Traverse City where my mom was raised.
        I get to Pressing Matters once in a while.
        I need to get down to check cemeteries and genealogy stuff at the library too.

      2. Carla J in MI

        Carla, I’m up north of Muskegon! My grandparents were raised and married in Holland but moved north of Traverse City where my mom was raised.
        I get to Pressing Matters once in a while.
        I need to get down to check cemeteries and genealogy stuff at the library too.

  6. Rhoda Ebersole

    Love Connie’s donkey and elephant and embroidering on the names. Very clever, should have started them myself years ago.
    You are having a garage sale? I have winnowed my cookbooks but have soooo many recipes with such good stories from past friends and relatives and places.
    Am trying to winnow my quilt patterns and books. It is very tough.

    Keep it up Mary.


  7. Kathryn Malm

    Oh goodness! I hope Connie will offer the patterns for sale, they’re so cute, I just love them! You can’t help but smile just looking at them both!

  8. Jo in Wyoming

    Connie’s “political” squares are a breath of fresh air. No mud slinging…what a change!
    I like the notes in old cookbooks. Mom’s handwriting on recipe cards stuck in them. I can’t let go.

    Another fun post from Iowa.

    1. Beth T.

      Jo, I know just what you mean. I can picture my mom’s cookbook with notes like “Kids like this one” or “Reheats in a hurry” or sometimes a big frowny face. Priceless.

  9. Sue in Oregon

    Carla…Your dragon is amazing. I’ll bet it is for a grandson. He will be loved.
    Connies animals made my day! Such a good idea to add the names through the years.
    Praying for the containment of the CA wildfires. It is just so terrible and terrifying. We woke up to rain this AM. First in over 2 months. Hoping they got it in CA too.

    1. Carla

      Thanks to everyone for the kind words on the completion of Tad the dragon. My granddaughter is so excited to get him. He has to travel all the way to Houston!

  10. Meredith Loughran

    Love the election quilt and her idea for embroidery! This will only get better and more valuable over the years; really like this idea.

  11. Diane Bauer

    I, too, love the donkey and elephant and especially the idea to embroider names with each election.

    We are battling fires here in Colorado, too. It is so dry everywhere. As a “retired” wildland firefighter, I appreciate that we need fires for the health of our forests, but we fought fires too aggressively for too many years, thanks to the success of the Smokey Bear campaign, and now we have these massive and destructive fires we can’t control. Very sad the losses that are incurred every year.

    It’s Friday and the weekend is mine for sewing!!!

  12. Debbie Miller

    I would have a hard time getting rid of my cookbooks-I love to read them too! I especially love the spiral bound ones from churches and other organizations-you know people only put their “best” recipes in them!

  13. Janice Hebert

    Praying for the West Coast, such awful fires. I can’t imagine fighting them – Diane, I’m so impressed that you did! It’s so sad that something that worked so well (Smokey the Bear campaign) would have such terrible consequences. The political quilts are really neat. Love them both. It’s hot here again in MA. We had a little break in the heat over the last few days but today it’s up there again. Close to 90 where I am but thankfully it cools down quite a bit in the evening. But we haven’t had rain to speak of in months. One little storm a couple of weeks ago but it didn’t help much. Wells in our area are going dry. I’m hoping ours doesn’t. Jan in MA

  14. Bernadette

    Carla, that dragon looks great, and i bet you were so relieved when it was done. Those kind of projects are harder than doing a quilt. Looks great!

  15. Diane and Squeak

    That dragon is a work of art! Mary, when you have to tell everyone something over and over, I chuckle because, as a teacher, I had kids who asked a question seconds after another kid had asked the same question!! Still working on my #3 and #5. I got three quilts back from the quilter last week and this.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Barkat – nice to hear you’re still reading the blog – how are you? I’m still waiting for you to send me your picture.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane and Squeak – you noticed, huh? What would you do? The answer is right there in front of them!

      1. Diane and Squeak

        Mary, we had one teacher who said, “Asked and answered.” I thought that was a little harsh, but it got their attention and they listened! He taught seniors.

  16. Sandy

    Hi Mary,what is the meaning behind the donkey and elephant for political parties? We are having a minor flare up here ,100 people with covid in Auckland New Zealand, fortunately no deaths.the rest of the country is doing well.take care everyone, best wishes from sandy

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy. – I would have to read some history books before I could answer your question. Stay safe, Sandy!

  17. Tanya in Houston

    Love those election time works of art! I have just finished little cross stitchings of donkey and elephant from a very old pattern and plan to decorate with them this fall. Definitely sending prayers for those people in the way of fires and those in the way of hurricanes…seems no happy medium in our weather these days!

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