Farm News

Camp is happening this week in the barn and we are having near perfect weather!  I believe I made this comment about the previous campers – we love to see them crank out the quilts!  They are all very productive and many times they create a great quilt in a different palette that would never occur to me.  That is the fun of having quilters here for the week.  It makes me sad to know that this is the last camp for the year.  We do plan to hold a winter camp in our classroom in January – if you’re interested, please call the quilt shop and leave your contact information. (641-923-3893)


I am including a current picture of Pam – she is completely healed and you know how happy that makes me!  I don’t know why, but Faye chases Pam in the house and that makes her anxious and afraid so we are working on that issue.   I wonder why Faye decided to pick Pam out of the bunch to harass?  We haven’t gotten any new cats for almost 2 years now – I threatened to go to the shelter to get a couple of news ones but Rick threatened right back at me.

Saturday is a big day for all of us – we are having Trick or Treat day in the shop with 20% off storewide and I will be at the local community college speaking about current trends in the quilting world.  I have a new boarder, Annabelle Allendorf, arriving after lunch to spend the week with us.  Annabelle is a beagle and Telly will be so happy to have someone new to run with.

Remember the Dogma quilt?  When our salesman was here this week, I asked him for anything else from this designer but there was nothing.  I LOVE the dogma quilt and just wanted to remind you about it.  Our kits are limited and we will not be able to replace the fabric.

Emma, the new goat, is happy here on the farm, I think.  Her milk bag has shrunk considerably and she is content to graze in the pasture and lay in the warm sun with the others.


I’ve been asked to write a short article for the Hobby Greenhouse magazine even though I don’t have a greenhouse.  Windowsill gardening is popular with many who also don’t have a greenhouse and the concrete sills were called “ingenious” by the editor.

And then starting next Tuesday, October 15 we are starting 2 new “games” – one will be a reward game and the other will be a gambling game.  Check the blog and website on the 15th to get all the details – both of these games are available to online shoppers as well as in the shop.

Connie and I both read a book we can recommend as a thriller, “Into the Darkest Corner” – I thought it was downright terrifying!

That’s all, folks!


Morris , an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.  A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm  A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, ‘You’re really doing great, aren’t you?’  Morris replied, ‘Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.”  The doctor said, ‘I didn’t say that.. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur; be careful.’

5 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Sue

    I just want to thank you for the animal, book, quilt news. I so look forward to hearing from you. Keep trying to find a time to go to Bedford, Iowa or Mankato so I can come visit you again.

  2. LMK

    cute joke, looks like you all had fun at your camp. denise has a dog that chases one of her cat’s too, not sure why either. a quilt show this weekend in new albin, hope to go, it’s over in the n.e. corner of iowa, a nice drive and a quaint little town. just got back from seeing my brother in denison, ia. tonight, glad to be home.

  3. Rose Mikulski

    Mary, glad to see Pam looking beautiful again. As for Faye, the only solution is for Bill and I to pick up her and take her home; if I can’t have Susannah, then Faye will do. Ha Ha.

  4. Diane

    Hi Mary–So glad to see Pam looking so great:) I laughed out loud at your comment about getting 2 new cats. My husband bought me a magnet for the car that says, “One cat away from the crazy cat lady.” We have only 2 cats!! LOL Please let us know if you have any luck with keeping Faye from chasing Pam. Our “baby” Squeak (Millie’s twin-age 2) harasses poor old Spike (age 13 1/2). I use the spray bottle, but she’s not deterred. Thanks. Diane

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