Happy 4th of July!

The winners of the books are included in this blog post. Its a perfect morning on the porch! Look at Vicki Rozendaal’s Charming 9 Patch for the 4th – so very nice!

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And Carol Pifer’s Uncle Sam.

My birthday was such fun! Connie and Becky took me out to lunch in Clear Lake where the 4th of July celebration was in full swing. The line was out the door at our first choice for lunch.

We ended up at a new place with great sandwiches. We shopped for a little fabric and when we got back to Connie’s place, she gave me a fresh warm rhubarb pie! OMG! I haven’t had such a great piece of pie since my mom made it.

Betty wanted to be in the picture, too!

Thank you to Martingale for book donations – they have been very generous!

And the winners of the books are:


Sue Engston33955


Would the winners please send me their mailing address. Please use marye@ncn.net.

Thank you all for your support of our blog! Closing an ad is your way to thank us for book giveaways, free patterns and sew alongs. Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

PS – auto correct got me again! The hen sitting on all the eggs is a golden campine- NOT a golden camping!!!

63 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!

  1. Marie McDonald

    Happy 4th of July! I love your dress!! I have fabrics like that. Think I will have to try to find a pattern like that. I always love reading your posts. Your followers all consider you a very special friend. Thanks fir your posts!!

  2. Diane Bauer

    Happy 4th!! And congrats to the lucky book winners! I thought of your barn this morning, Mary, as I’ve always loved the big flag! Your dress is perfect for your birthday and today!!

  3. Dianna

    Happy 4th. I just made rhubarb sauce yesterday. My husband would love a pie. Thanks for reminding me about the pie, great to have wonderful friends.

  4. Martha Engstler

    Love rhubarb pie. My Iowa Aunt Carrie had the best recipe which had like a custard base. Glad you had a good birthday. Wishing everyone a great fourth of July. 😃

    1. Mary Evans

      Oh, I love a rhubarb pie with custard base. I think I have a recipe here for it. Yum Yum!

  5. Nancy 55

    A belated Happy Birthday! Just got caught up reading your blog posts as went on a three day drive across the good old state of Iowa. The agenda was quilt shops, (if they were open), ice cream shops and brewery’s. The quilt shops were awesome and the people very friendly. We left Postville Monday morning and drove Highway 3 all the way over to LeMars to visit the Blue Bunny Museum. On the way back we drove up to Sheldon and drove Highway 18 back. Toured your beautiful little town of Garner on the way thru. We had beautiful weather and scenery all the way. I enjoy reading your blog!

  6. Chris H

    Happy 4th of July 🇺🇸. Just wondering if the UnclecSam pattern is still available and if so, how much it is. Running behind a bit.😂. Thank you

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Chris H – I I’ll honor your order but then it is no longer available. Cost is $10 plus $2 postage. Send check for $12.00 to Country Threads.

  7. Bonnie M Specchio

    Happy Birthday and Happy Fourth! I often make rhubarb pie for my 90 year old dad using my mom’s recipe. It is a family favorite.

  8. Jane Dumler

    Beautiful rhubarb pie. We picked rhubarb yesterday and will do a pie tomorrow. Nothing better than rhubarb pie. Happy Fourth of July to everyone

  9. Jo in Wyoming

    Happy 4th…Cheers. Mary, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful birthday.

  10. Diane in Maryland

    Cute outfit for celebrating a July 4th birthday! I think Betty wanted that pie! Haha

  11. Caryn Goulden

    Happy Independence Day! ❤️🇺🇸
    So glad you had a good time for your birthday, Mary. Love your dress!

  12. Joyce from NY

    Congrats to the winners of the books. Love Vicki’s charm square table topper, working on mine today, late I know, to hot to work outside. Carol’s Uncle Sam is also beautiful. Happy 4th🇺🇸

  13. Donna Ondler

    HAPPY 4th of JULY Mary 🇺🇸🎉. Looks like you had the perfect birthday with good friends who bake pies 👍

  14. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I believe that a warm, homemade rhubarb pie might just rank up there among the best of all gifts! Congrats to the winners! I had hoped to have my Sam ready for the 4th, but— no; maybe next Memorial Day! 🤞🏻

  15. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, Canada

    Happy 4th of July to my American friends, and happy birthday to you. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I love all your adventures.

  16. Dee

    Happy fourth! Happy birthday! Enjoy your day. Sunshine here in Spirit Lake at last.

  17. Debbie B

    Happy 4th and happy belated Birthday too. Sounds like a great day! Enjoy!

  18. Nikki M in Tx

    Happy 4th !!! Love the dress.
    Finished UFOs #8….binding completed on all 3…of course hand stitching half done on one, and other two were baby quilts. Doesn’t sound near as impressive when I fill in the details, lol. Stitching string blocks for a block exchange. Need to have 50 11inch block by mid August.
    Md. Maci feeling better as each day passes.
    Congratulations to Ruth, Sue, & MaryJane on winning the books.

  19. mary jane

    Mary, thank you for the book as I am the Mary Jane 85,
    I, like a lot of others say, “I never win anything” true here..shall treasure it.
    Also wanted to tell you that in my area, Hudson Wi, and sure elsewhere, the fireflies are out…they have their own fireworks EVERYNITE.. simple things bring joy.
    Thanks again…
    sent my address to you already…

    1. Diane Bauer

      Ahhhh, my favorite fireworks!!! We do not have fireflies in CO, so always love to see them when I drive through Nebraska and Iowa on my way to MN in the summer!!!

  20. Sunflower from Michigan

    Congratulations to the book winners! And Hapoy Fourth of July, everyone.

  21. Stephanie in Bettendorf

    Happy belated birthday Mary! You look adorable in your patriotic dress. Much happiness and many blessings.

  22. Linda

    I love your dress—can you tell us where you got it??? I would love one…..Yum—The pie looks so good….

    1. Pamela from Missouri

      I spent the entire day sewing and listening to a great book. I highly recommend “A Fall of Marigolds” by Susan Meissen.

  23. Penny C Maryland

    Happy Birthday Dear Mary! Never had rhubarb pie. Happy 4th of July!!!

  24. Patti in W Barnstable

    So glad you went out with the girls for your birthday. And you looked great! Love your dress.

  25. Liz Schrader

    I have found rhubarb a couple times down here in TX. My family loves my pies and rhubarb sauce also. You look good in your flag dress. HAPPY 4TH!🇺🇸🤩

  26. Jan from TN

    Happy birthday & happy 4th of July! Cute dress! Sounds like a fun day!
    How old is Betty now? She looks like one big girl! She must get lots of treats! Wink, wink!

  27. Becky from TX/IA

    Happy Birthday and Happy 4th, Mary. Sounds like you had a great day. Very cute dress…good for Iowa weather!

  28. Sue McKay

    Hi Mary

    Do you know of someone who does hand quilting for hire? I have a quilt top that needs to be hand quilted but I’m not skilled enough to do it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Sue

      1. Sue McKay

        It’s Lori Holt’s Lets Bake quilt. It has a very vintage look. I would like for it to look like it was made in the 1940’s.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Sue McKay – I could understand wanting a pristine antique quilt hand quilted but Lori Holt’s modern quilt? In my opinion hand quilting would look inappropriate because the design of that quilt is most definitely modern day and not a traditional quilt pattern. Finding a hand quilter will be very difficult if not impossible. You COULD try an Amish or Mennonite community but you might just have to tackle it yourself. Please remember that this is my personal opinion only. Maybe the readers can direct you to a hand quilter. Let’s hope they read our exchange.

          1. CountryThreads Post author

            Sue – where do you live? That would help narrow down the search.

  29. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Happy Birthday and Happy Fourth.
    Betty really has a “shiny” coat. Beautiful. I think she had her eyes on the rhubarb pie.
    No sewing right now, just got done having cataract surgery on one eye. Things really look brighter. The other one will be done in two weeks. The worst: no lawn mowing or gardening at this time.
    Thanks for sharing your birthday. Your Fouth decorations are very nice.

  30. Tina W.

    My very favorite pie is warm strawberry rhubarb with vanilla ice cream! Think I need to make one soon!
    Looks like you had a great birthday celebration with friends and your dress is very cute.
    Happy Fourth!! 💥

  31. Carolyn Rector from Southwest Ohio

    What a wonderful birthday, thanks for sharing the pictures. Your dress is perfect for the birthday girl! Enjoy the pie, what a nice gift. Thanks again for the giveaway, congratulations to the winners. It’s my coffee time. Tackled paper clutter yesterdsy.

  32. Diane, Squeak's Mom

    I love your dress and Connie and Becky’s 4th of July attire:) I’ll bet you enjoyed that wonderful looking pie. I think Betty thought it was for her. We attended our grand daughter’s last 4th of July parade; she’ll be a senior this year. Fun day.

  33. Diane, Squeak's Mom

    PS I clicked 4 or 5 ads on the way down the blog, then I clicked three more different ones on the way back up:) I’ll probably get more on the way back up again!!

  34. Dianne M Cook

    Hi Mary, So glad you had such a wonderful birthday, Love you dress.

  35. Carol T

    This is a belated happy birthday to a great blogger, photographer, quilter, animal lover, plant grower, child teacher, author, cook, wife, friend and all around generous person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing about! I agree with whomever said even if we haven’t met we feel as if you are a dear friend! Thank you Mary!

  36. Jeanine

    I still have not ever had any ads and I do not have an ad blocker. Wish I could help out in that way. We did not get any rain in southeast Iowa over the 4th, but had some earlier in the week. Love all your pictures and blog entries. Thanks for sharing with us.

  37. Ruth Bridges

    Hey, I won, so surprised ! Thanks ! Just seen this its Sunday night. Should I just give you a call and pick the book up ? Probably. Love your 4th of July dress .

    1. CountryThreads Post author

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    2. CountryThreads Post author

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