Dirty Dozen #5, 7-9-2020

We heard you, loud and clear. DD#5 will be available for $5 and a SASE sent to Country Threads. We aim to please!

And here’s a picture of the elderberry flowers turning into berries.

More DD pictures. Thank you!

Remember Baby Luna and her big sister Stella? They’re growing!

And for you Ernie Joe Mauer fans, here’s the big guy relaxing! Takes two tables for him to stretch out!

Another finish! Just a charm pack made into triangle squares but isn’t it pretty with the hydrangeas?

I couldn’t have said it better!

51 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen #5, 7-9-2020

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Amen to that!!! Mary does brighten our days. And we just keep sewing and sewing with these new to us patterns.

  1. debby

    I enjoy seeing the things others are working on, and especially the ones using different color combinations than I might have chosen. Thank you for offering patterns too.

  2. Diane in Maryland

    Your quilts are beautiful! I also love the picture Connie painted. Both of you are so talented in everything you do! My #5 is a small wallhanging, maybe 12×12, and I haven’t finished it yet! It’s not complicated either. I kept having the thought “please don’t let this number be picked first” about some of my ufo’s. Guess that is why they are ufo’s! Hazy, Hot, and Humid here…ugh… so I am happy to be in a/c and a cool sewing room.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane in MD – it’s my sister Becky who is doing the watercolor paintings! Today just pick up #5 and do SOMETHING on it – sometimes just starting is the problem. Get it over with and off your list!!!

      1. Diane in Maryland

        The heat has fried my brain! Tell Becky I love her painting! I am working on #5 right now. Want it done today..haha

  3. Beth

    Mary, how is Reed? Haven’t seen him in pictures lately. Hope he is still sewing 🥰

  4. Jean Elliott

    Oh I love that DD5 quilt! I’m going to,order that pattern for sure!

  5. Earlene Springs

    So happy to see Ernie Joe Mayer. I’ve been wondering how he was. The quilts are great too!

  6. Judy Brennan

    Your on-going sharing of pictures is so inspiring. Thank you for doing this. Love your words of encouragement.

  7. Kathy Hanson

    It is fun to find the ads to click – they are like a puzzle and it feels good to click on them!!
    Great to see Earnie Joe Mauer again, he is really something! Would love to give him a hug but I suspect that he prefers not to be hugged!! Becky does beautiful painting! The children are so cute..
    so glad you share a picture with us. Are you able to send both patterns in one envelope? I need to get mine ordered.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – yes, both patterns will go in one envelope!

  8. Carol

    I’m ordering DD 5 and the fall acorn/leaves one. Plus I love the half square triangle one. I have some bright, happy fabric bought for a baby quilt that never got made. Thank you for teaching me that small quilts is still quilting. Also I have springs from a baby bed that will soon appear n the front porch. I’m excited to hang things on it. Yes, life doesn’t get any better than on a farm. COVID 19 is very little here, no protesters, no looting, still leaving the doors unlocked. Could be the county sheriff lives just 1/4 mile away with plenty of cop cars parked in the driveway! Ha! He often sits in the driveway doing paperwork. Believe me it gets people’s attention.

  9. Lois Ann Johnson

    I love the creative way you decorate with “what you have.” It inspires me to try that for myself. My hydrangeas are beautiful this year but they always fall over due to their weight. I’ve yet to come up with a successful way to stake them up like you do. A friend wanted to dry some for a vase so I cut her some yesterday. There is plenty to spare. We are having “some” rain here in Humboldt today; not sure how much. We need LOTS!

  10. Diane and Squeak in HOT Central Ohio

    Great to see Ernie Joe. He truly is a beautiful guy. Is he bigger than Hazel? I think it’s just the way the picture is taken, but he sure looks it. Soooo many ads today–yippee. I am ordering DD #5 in a few minutes. I agree, thanks for showing the little half square triangles quilt. Sometimes I forget that the simple ones are truly just as beautiful. Becky’s watercolor is very good; she is talented! Thanks for brightening these HOT days with your news, Mary:) We stayed with our grandsons last night south of Cleveland; it is hot there, too. They have a miniature Labradoodle who is so adorable. We take walks together when I am there:) The boys are adorable, too, and TALL teens, I am the shrimp of the whole family at 5’6″ so you can tell it’s a tall family:)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane and Squeak – he weighs almost twice as much as Hazel! Hazel weighs about 12-14 lbs and Ernie is 20-24 lbs!!!

  11. Maryjane in CA

    Oh yes, elderberries in Ohio. Grew wild and we used to pick them freely and my mother and aunt made wonderful pies. Haven’t heard about the cream pie. They have found them to be very healthy and I get little bottles of the syrup at the natural food stores to combat colds, etc. You could probably make a good juice with them. Never see them here in. S. Calif. Miss those and black raspberries. They also make great pies. Boy that Ernie is a big one! So cute. Thanks for your blogs – love them.

  12. Marian

    Oh my, all the pictures are so enjoyable, especially during our raging thunderstorm here in Rochester. Erny jo so fluffy with Hazel. Love the quilts; so much inspiration. Thank you for all your posts. They make my day. Oh, the little girls are adorable!

  13. Charlotte Shira

    Love all the pictures. I really like the way you photograph your quilts. I want to be that creative. I’m going to order the DD#5 and I want to try the triangle square quilt. Better get busy!!

  14. Brenda archambault

    Well, the headlines say, “Phoenix to prepare for a Katrina heat wave.” Just what we need on top of being first in the world With Covid 19! It’s 105 here at 10 am and just the start of a long siege. We’ve been house bound for about 18 weeks … I’ve lost track, but it’s time to get going on my DD5. I’ve been working on a Dear Jane which I’ve quilted as individual blocks and then joined them together. It’s now time to cut out the borders, attach them to the quilt, bind it and be done.
    To everyone out there getting rain, I’m envious. We had a little bit in March, then nothing. As the monsoon gets going, maybe it’ll bring some moisture. Glad we replaced furnaces/ air conditioners a few months ago. This should be a test!
    Best wishes to everyone. Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands ….😷🤧🤒

    1. Jane

      Another use for the elderberries that grow wild here is to make syrup for pancakes. If you like blueberry syrup, this is a good imitation!
      Sewing face masks for Church opening Sunday. Next I need to bind a king sized quilt for our grandson’s party. Love hearing what everyone across the country is up to! Thank you Mary for all you do to keep us connected!

  15. Gloria Y

    Love seeing the picture of Ernie Joe! I miss my cat, looked just like Ernie Joe – big too!

  16. Sandy (also from Indiana)

    My father in law used to hike the dunes here in northern Indiana. One summer he came across wild elderberry bushes and picked as many as he could. I made elderberry jam for him. It was only enough for one jar. LOL. But he loved it. He said it reminded him of his grandma’s jam when he was a kid.

  17. Cindy Karas-Wi

    Hi Mary,
    It’s so wonderful that You are writing the pattern of your DD#5 quilt. I just love it ! It’s a little cooler, but that’s because it rained and rained and my little girlies (dogs) were afraid, so I was miss consoler and chief
    and ended up falling asleep on the couch with them, and it rained this morning.My life is so exciting isn’t it?
    Well there are duties for me to take care of-no sewing today, but hopefully Saturday. Thanks for being a bright spot in my day-I don’t think you know how much you mean to all of us!
    Thanks for all you do,
    Cindy K

  18. Jo in Wyoming

    Yes, Mary, your post is a bright spot in the day.
    Love all the pix today, EJM looks sleepy.

  19. Jeanne

    Love your patterns! I’m ordering both of these! Will get my envelopes in the mail tomorrow! So sad – It’s already come today! Thanks so much and love your blog!

  20. Launa

    Mary, Marvelous solid colors in the small log cabin blocks! I so enjoyed seeing the pictures today.
    EJM certainly stretched out for his snooze!

  21. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    I get such a warm fuzzy feeling seeing your blog Mary and then reading the comments. It’s wonderful to know there are so many like minded gals out there all over the country and a few other countries. With all the crazyness these days sharing in this way is so important. Thank you Mary and friends. Keep up the great work.

  22. Lorene bishop

    Mary, what has happened to Reed. I miss seeing him on your posts. I always enjoyed your adventures with him I also look forward to your posts. I can’t believe the amount on work you do.may you have continued health

    1. Jeanine

      This question has been asked many times, and Mary has answered it…….Reed is sewing with his grandma now.
      Always enjoy your blog, Mary. Read it and all the comments every day. Daughter and two grandkids here the past two days from ND, so not sewing, but maybe tomorrow. Will work on my DD#5. Enjoy seeing all the DD’s.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Jeanine – thank you for answering about Reed – I don’t think I can anymore. And why don’t they read in the first place? How many times have I answered the question???

    2. Ruth

      Reed is sewing with his other grandma, and busy with his teen life, I’ll bet. (He is not with a grandma in heaven….)

  23. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    I too enjoy reading your posts. You inspire me to quilt more which is wonderful. So far we have had a terrible summer. It’s rainy for a few days then stops raining but is cloudy. Then we get a sunny day then the next day back to rain. Would just love to have sun for a few weeks so I can get out in the garden.
    Thank you again for persevering with your blog.

  24. Sandy

    Hi Mary,, thank you for posting photo of Stella and Luna, I hope to go to Taiwan in November and spend time with them. Today is my son Andrew’s 44 birthday, so Subway for lunch.love the big ginger boy and hazel,take care ,best wishes from sandy

  25. Marsha Ivers

    Mary, Is Ernie Joe a polydactyl Cat? I’m not sure if I spelled it correctly. It means if he has more than four toes on his front feet. I enjoyed all of the quilts today, I also closed six ads!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Marsha Ivers – yes, he is a polydactyl cat! He appeared here as a bigger kitten and I had never seen feet like his before! He’s a giant cat – like holding a toddler!

  26. Brenda in Iowa

    I LOVE seeing pictures of Ernie Jo Mauer!! His feet are just the sweetest!

    Also, I love the simplicity of the quilting on your quilts! I tried that on my domestic machine without success. I need to figure out what I’m doing incorrectly and get it fixed. It can be frustrating. Especially since my friends are not wanting to get together to sew. That’s where I would find my best help. Some day. . .
    I sure am glad I live on the farm. These past 4 months would be difficulty in the city.

  27. Connie R.

    I also love the colors in the solid color log cabin blocks. Can’ t wait to see the finished quilt. I ‘m going to give that one a try myself. Thanks for offering the DD#5 pattern. My check will be in the mail tomorrow.

  28. CountryThreads Post author

    Pamala Gunn – the elderberries grow wild everywhere – not only my farm but everyone’s and in the ditches, too! I have never done anything with the berries – this will be my first attempt and only syrup at this time.

  29. Lauren

    Love DD#5 if you order so you get a color copy of the pattern? Thanks,

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lauren – no color picture – print your own off from the blog or Instagram – I have no way to produce color pictures.

  30. Linda baker

    I don’t know who’s cuter-those little girls, or Ernie! The watercolor picture reminds me of my Aunt Maggies house on the farm. Many good times were held there. Once again, the quilts and flowers are beautiful. Stay safe, and stay healthy, everyone. Our area has just been declared a high risk area for Covid. Bah!

  31. Lisa in eastern Washington state

    Luna and Stella are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Christina in Alaska

    Is Uncle Sam still available ? I am wanting to suddenly only quilt patriotic Americana quilts in support of our country and our flag 🇺🇸!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Christina in Alaska – yes, Uncle Sam is available for $10 plus $1.00 postage. I’m sorta looking at starting a new patriotic quilt, too!!!

  33. Julie D.

    I’m in love with your DD#5 pattern and the fall leaves and acorns! Those children are just precious! And that cat-wow! Now that’s a cat!! Look very forward to your blog–takes my mind off of all the negative in life. Have lots of projects going–now if I could just find more time! Just bought a violin off an online auction in Forest City today for my daughter. She wanted a vintage violin and plays in the Charles City city orchestra. It looks like a nice one! Have to pick it up this Saturday. Keep up your wonderful work of sewing and blogging–I truly appreciate both you and Connie’s contributions!!

  34. Sandy in Indiana

    Love Earnie Joe Mauer! What a handsome guy!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  35. Felicia Hamlin

    Well…what do you know? I was able to read the blog snd comments. Those two little girls are so sweet! Ernie Joe is quite a cat. The painting of your house is precious. The new quilts are very nice. Hsve a nice week end, Mary.

  36. Mary Says Sew!

    I use a hoof pick to clean the sticky mud from the thick treads on my gardening shoes and boots. The metal one works better than the plastic one. It’s also useful for digging out vining weeds like Creeping Charlie and bindweed.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary says sew – what kind of hoof are you talking about?

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