Farm News

Many of you read the blog post yesterday and asked for better pictures of the quilts.  The one on the table under the bowl of pinecones is actually a red and white log cabin and I will take a good picture when it’s not so sunny in that room.  Watch for it on the blog.

The first quilt over the chair is the red and white snowball quilt which is a kit available online.

This is an antique red and white feathered star quilt that I bought at an antique shop.  It is completely hand quilted and very unusual in the fact that it is quite big and fits the queen bed perfectly.  Quilts were not normally made so large that many years ago.

This old wagon sits by the tree with several old red and white quilts in it.   Three are Irish Chains, one a swirly star, one an autograph quilt in red thread, and one a pieced diamond.

This old red and white quilt top was machine quilted many years ago when I first got it and I always use it over a chair because it washes beautifully.  The cats love to sleep in this chair.


Saw Blade Log Cabin with triangle squares – I made this over 20 years and no, I do not have the pattern – I wish I did.  It’s lots of different width log cabin strips with tiny triangle squares in the sashing to create the circle effect of a saw blade.  This is one of my favorite quilts!

Trip Around the World is a classic made in red and white.  I am giving this quilt away the night of the cantata to one of the participants.  I’m going to have everybody in the choir put their name in the hat and we’re going to draw a winner.  Other members of our staff do this every year with their families but since I don’t have many family members to draw from, I will consider the choir my church family.  Somebody will get to take this quilt home after the cantata on December 15.

In this poor photo, meet Bailey, a golden retriever who arrived this morning to either live here or wait for a new home.  She is a complicated story to tell and I will save it for another time but look for her the next time you visit the quilt shop.

Regarding the Free Online Quilt Sampler layout diagram – many of you continue to ask about these instructions.  Originally they were not going to be available until January but since so many are anxious to start putting their quilt together, we’re working on it now.  As soon as we finish, we will send it out to you.  No, I do not know that exact date.  We will let you know when it is posted on the website and yes, we are hurrying but it’s not my only project at the moment.  That would be Bailey and tomorrow Hercules, the Great Dane arrives.  Oh boy!  I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.  Too late now.

That’s all for today but I’ll keep blogging so you know if I survive the next few days.  Ha!


P.S.  Hi to Amy and Kathy!

Just a Joke


A pastor was doing a children’s sermon. During the sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the resurrection was. Now asking questions during children’s sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous.

Having asked the children if they knew the meaning of the resurrection, a little boy raised his hand……..

The pastor called on him and the little boy said, “I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor.”


It took over ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough for the service to continue.

10 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Diane

    HI Mary–Those Red quilts are gorgeous:) Do you need an alto from Ohio for your choir? Merry Christmas.

  2. Connie

    What a lucky ‘family’ your church choir is — the Around The World quilt is gorgeous! Bailey looks like a sweetie – can’t wait to read his story. Will be looking for future posts/blogs — we all need to know you’re surviving from day to day!!! :o)

    Merry Christmas to the whole Garner Gang there at the quilt shop – especially you Mary! Wish I had your level of energy.

  3. Anna

    I hope Bailey has your home as his new place to live. You are wonderful with your animals. We just lost our golden back in September. Sugar was our sweetheart and we miss her so. Keep Bailey you won’t regret it. Their kindred spirited dogs. Just wonderful to have as a member of your family. I think Bailey is going to be one lucky fellow 🙂

  4. LMK

    funny joke!!! love all the red and white quilts. bailey looks so sweet, can’t wait to hear her story, if it’s possible for you to keep her, that will be a good thing for you and her. glad your having fun with all your 4 footed animals. a very cold day, keep warm… we had a good time in cedar rapids, good food too.

  5. dee

    you have once again inspired me …..this time a 2 color quilt….maybe red and white … all of them….and by the sounds of it the 2013 BOM must of been a success if there are quilters chomping at the bit for the placement pattern…..I have enjoyed doing them all and will be on board for 2014….its a great way to use up some stash fabric…..merry merry

  6. Kathy Roloff

    Thank you for the second look at the red and white quilts. C’mon you can figure out the saw blade pattern! It’s too good to let pass. Not right now. Put it on the list. I, also have really enjoyed the block of the month. Can’t wait for next year.

  7. Sandy Pierson


    I have been looking and looking for a pattern for that “swirly Star” quilt. Can you be of any help??????



  8. Sandy

    Do you know anything at all about the real name for that ,”swirly star” ? I really want to make one. I have a picture of a pink and white one that I cut out of a Country Living magazine years and years ago……

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy — I need more info about “swirly star”. Can you post a picture?

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