Farm News

Too many things to post yesterday – free online quilt block, UFO, 100 new sale bolts, machine quilting ticket, and opening the shop after the holidays! Wow! No wonder we forgot it was Thursday, the day I write Farm News.


Farm News centers around the bitter cold – even with heat in the barn, the buckets of water are frozen solid. The chickens have started laying eggs again but those, too, are frozen by the time I find them. The Aracauna chickens are the first to start laying again – they’re the ones who lay the blue eggs and I was able to bring this one egg to the house unfrozen.

The cold is affecting nearly everyone across the country so I don’t need to explain how “inconvenient” it is. Keep those dogs and cats in the house, basement, mudroom – anywhere but outside!


Little Black Kitty joined me in the sewing room last night and actually became a pest. Such a close view revealed Little Black Kitty to be a boy so now his name is Deano, after our neighbor Dean Brooks who brought him to me. Next week he needs a vet appointment.

Bailey is enjoying life with her new family and Jeanne is spoiling her rotten with treats, a grooming appointment and a visit to the vet which was not popular with Bailey. I asked Jeanne to take a picture of both of them for next week’s Farm News. I’m so happy that they’re both so happy!

The start of a New Year brings new quilt ideas and I have about 6 rolling around in my head right now. Which one should I start first? We are going to try to do better on new patterns this year – maybe it’s our New Year’s resolution? The “kit” problem remains – our customers want to buy an identical kit to the original quilt and sometimes that really limits our choices when we start. If the bolt is short and we can’t get it again, we know we should not choose that fabric. Try designing a new quilt with those limits!

We’re going to use the bright delectable mountains quilt for the next Pinterest quilt – it turned out great and if you liked it, too, you might want to consider joining the Pinterest Club. Our other popular clubs are Civil War and Charm School – all thriving after many years of existence.

We have enjoyed many great college football bowl games in the past week – our favorite was Texas A & M and Duke! Last night’s Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Alabama did not disappoint either – I will go into withdrawal after next Monday night’s game. Then I’ll have to launch into Downton Abby and my audible books to entertain me while I sew.

Watch the blog – I blab often and love to hear back from you. Keep warm and safe.



Just for Laughs

An elderly man was stopped by the police around 2 AM and was asked where he was going at that time of night. The man replied, “I’m on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking, and staying out late.” The officer then asked, “Really? Who’s giving that lecture at this time of night?” The man replied,


“That would be my wife.”


6 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Moe Baly

    Love all of your news about Country Threads Mary. Love keeping up with what you guys are doing. P.D. the Pet Dog is doing fine. Even at age 12 (and a diabetic) she loves playing n the snow! We got over 14″ at our house. We are having fun blowing soap bubbles to see them freeze; tossing hot water from a mug to see snow dust fly,; and freezing water balloons for ice globe decorations… even took photos of some snowflakes using my iPhone! Making the most of this cold weather. Wishing you and the Country Threads staff a warm New Year! (and all the farm anmals too!)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Hi, moe! I’ve been following you on Facebook and loved the bubble experiment! And your snow and all the struggles to get to and from work. And I see that PD has a nice warm coat! Be careful in the upcoming cold weather.

  2. Carolyn-Cold in Minnesota

    I miss the Goat Gazette as well, but I love the daily comments, posts, pictures and humor. Keep up the great work. I would be interested in the Pinterest Club, how do I join?

  3. Lee

    Yes, I miss the Goat Gazzett, but these little pops of humor are welcome lols. No snow in North Carolina, but lots of cold weather. Burrr!

    1. Joan

      I enjoyed the joke and I’m glad to see the black kitty is getting braver. I have several half square triangles I made for a project and didn’t use. That delectable mountain quilt might be a good way to use them.

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