It’s Already Tuesday! 7-28-2020

Where does the time go? A lot of my time is spent trimming weeds and cutting down small volunteer mulberry trees in the fencelines. I hate the job but it’s way easier than cutting down a big tree! I always forget how weedy summer gets by this time.

Our county fair started today even though the numbers for our county are going up and up. I have decided that I won’t attend – why take the chance? I’m in that elderly population group also and I don’t want to get the virus!

I’ve gotten quite a few pictures from readers – hopefully YOU have finished your #5 because at the end of this week I’ll be drawing our August Dirty Dozen number and you’ll have to start again. I hope mine is an easy one – maybe just binding?

The online store will be getting some additions soon – we have hundreds of quilt patterns and we have to choose carefully. We’ve also got two more remakes that will be ready very soon. Keep watching! I have a couple small projects that will finish quickly and those will go into the store, too, in a beginner category that has been requested.

Here are the photos from readers:

Nancy wrote that she made this from scraps – what a lesson this is for all of us! Pull out your scraps and start cutting – no need to shop during this Covid crisis!

(I love all these prints together!)

(Diane’s first grandchild is due to arrive this week – lucky baby getting this quilt!

I ordered this rug from Target in a runner size so I could see what it looked like before I order the living room size rug. I’m a bit disappointed that it’s a loop because the cats will snag those loops in no time. Otherwise I love it! And I’m going to buy a new chair for the living room – I think all quilters should have a quilt themed area rug, don’t you?

Does anyone in the North Iowa area know of an interior painter I could hire? My next stop to inquire is the paint store.

The online store is getting additions as Kayla has time – I will post which ones will be in the store and I’ll leave the rest to you. I hope your favorite is there! If not shoot me a message and I’ll get it to Kayla.

So that’s all for now – stay safe, Everybody! And Be Still!

29 thoughts on “It’s Already Tuesday! 7-28-2020

  1. Signe in Virginia

    When you add new patterns to the store, will the previous patterns still be available? Or will you discontinue the patterns that are there when you add new ones? Just curious……. I am so glad you are rolling out some of the patterns from when the quilt shop was open. Thank you!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Signe in Virginia – yes, the patterns will remain available in the store indefinitely. Patterns are listed in alphabetical order.

  2. Vickie Devore

    Oh, gosh!! You all have two small patterns with cats around pumpkins. I love both BUT stupid did the cat that was all stretched out in a long line — which I have that pattern piece ready for the rest of the quilt. Maybe God knows what I did with the pattern. (May have loaned them out and just never returned — SEVERAL years ago).

    Bet there are others who would love these patterns like I do. Love all you do and used to love getting the Goat News!

  3. Margaret in North Texas

    Such beautiful finishes–I am so impressed. Love the rug from Target too. Mary and Connie, thanks again for the blog and all your hard work to keep it going. I need to check the “shop”.

  4. Diane Deibler

    Bruce Jolievette paints but hear he is booked quite a ways out. Steve Savare used to and Jason Heitland does in the summer. All are former Garner teachers. I don’t know if Missy Hueling does anymore. Message me if you have questions or shoot me an email.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane Deibler – I’ve talked to all of the above – nobody has time and Missy retired!

  5. Diane in Maryland

    It’s wonderful to see all the different quilts from your readers and the ones you do! They are mini quilt shows and we love seeing what other people are making. We all love your blog! I was looking thru my pile of DD’s and thinking – I hope Mary doesn’t pick number such and such! But, it’s in the pile to hopefully get done. If some of them are still unfinished at the end of the twelve months, they are going to disappear! haha My own version of ‘death cleaning’.

  6. Jean H

    My brother, Bruce Jolivette, lives in Garner and paints interiors and exteriors. He is very good. Not sure what his schedule is these days.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jean H – already talked to Bruce – he’s so busy he doesn’t want to book out any further – the impression I got.

  7. Roxanne

    Mary, what’s the name of the rug? They had 50 (!) pages of rugs online.
    Love everyone’s #5 today! I’m working on binding mine and will send photo very soon.

  8. Charlotte Shira

    I love all the quilts. They are beautiful. Will send a picture of mine tomorrow. Just finished it last night.
    Our county fair was cancelled. It was supposed to be the end of June through the middle of July. Too bad.

  9. Samdy

    Hi Mary, that rug is perfect with Hazel on it.we had our Bella groomed yesterday, now we call her ournew dog, so white and tidy looking.the quilts are fabulous, take care, best wishes from sandy

  10. Barbara Moore

    This is my second year of watching the Dirty Dozen photos and my first year of participation. I thought it would be fun to have a mystery of sorts – wondering which number would get pulled – and how it matches up with my same number. My No. 5 was a table runner kit from connecting threads called “Sweet Stars” in 2014 – maybe, and since i didn’t need another runner, decided to expand it to a larger quilt. I used all the fabric in the kit and also added some of my own for more stars. I had bonus triangles from all those star points and used them for the second border. It turned out really nice when I simply quilted it in the ditch with my walking foot. it’s about 48 x 58 overall and will make a nice addition to the holidays.
    Barb in Tucson

      1. Barbara Moore

        I sent a picture of my “Sweet Stars” to your email and you posted it. it’s the first one in this day’s photo journal – the Christmas Quilt which was supposed to have been a runner.
        Barb in Tucson

  11. Kristin Seguin

    Hello! I love Lynn Lahr’s quilt! Lynn would you mind letting us know what pattern this is? It is so very pretty!

    1. Lynn Lahr

      Thank you so much. This is a kit I bought off Facebook Marketplace. Hard to tell in the picture but it is red, white, blue, pink and browns the backgrounds are shirtings. The pattern is called Petite Shirting Stars and was in the June 2009 McCall’s Quulting magazine. The pattern and fabric were designed by Julie Hendrickson of JJ Stitches in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin.

      1. Kristin

        Thank you!!! I am going to see if I can locate the pattern! 🙂 Your quilt is so pretty!

        1. Marj in WI

          Julie may be able to provide that pattern if you contact her directly at JJ Stitches. I haven’t been to her shop recently because of the pandemic, but have two of her kits downstairs to start amongst a lot of others.

          1. Kristin

            Thank you for the suggestion but believe it or not I had the magazine! I am so excited and look forward to the making this pretty quilt (not that I need to start another project)! 🙂

  12. Beth T.

    I think this every time you post readers’s quilts, and today I’m going to take the time to comment: Everyone is so talented, and I appreciate them sharing their gifts! What a day-brightener it is to see what someone else has made, and so often I am inspired to get started on something new, or see an existing project in a new way. Especially during this pandemic, when I can’t get out to a quilt shop, let alone a quilt show, I really appreciate seeing all of this community creativity. Thank you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Beth T – me, too, Beth! I love seeing what readers are making and my goodness, aren’t they all so productive? This pandemic isn’t all bad, especially if you’re a quilter!

  13. LaNan Eldridge

    The finished quilts are all so pretty! I counted tonight and I’ve finished 32 quilts since January 1st! All different sizes and kinds and haven’t shopped very much for them if any!!! A friend has finished 40 already!! I have a name for you but will pm you. Like your rug too!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      LaNan – are you going to send me some pictures of your quilts? We’d all like to see them or some of them!

  14. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Fabulous finished quilts. Thanks for posting them, it’s so much fun to see what has been finished.

  15. Betty Klosterman

    I figured you were mowing today. It has been so dry here, but we got 1″ rain in about 20 minutes this evening. Tonight and tomorrow there may be more. Flooding warnings up for almost everywhere. Finally found somebody who would paint the garage, shed and fence. He normally works at the Civic Center, but it has been closed since March. It sure looks nice with a good coat of paint. I’m always pulling cottonwood and elm seedlings, too.
    I have a question for you. For instance the quilt completed by Lynn Lahr. What color thread would you use to quilt it? Or if the blocks were primary colors?
    I’m basically in quarantine, but things are opening up some. The Days of 76 Rodeo ended on Saturday and the biker rally at Sturgis is open for business, too. Our rates are up a bit in this end of South Dakota, but that weren’t that bad to start with. We’ll see what happens. We just don’t have the population mass out here, and we like it that way. Take care.

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    👏👏👏👏👏on all the #5’s.
    There all wowzers!

    Maybe you could paint something on the back of the rug to keep it from pulling. It would look good in your house.
    Our fair is this week too, only animals will be shown. Static will be judged but not shown. I feel bad for the kids.

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