June 7, 2015


I think I’ve been preparing for this day for several years.  The sale is over.  Connie and I are truly blest with great friends and past customers and today we are two tired old ladies.  We are so grateful to all of you who came to the sale and we truly thank our God for perfect weather.  Last night we had thunderstorms and heavy rain – could He have planned it any better?

We could not have handled this sale without these close friends who worked tirelessly.  How can we say “thank you”?


From left to right:

Chris Christie from Mankato, MN

Nancy Jass from Garner

Cheryl Barkema from Garner

Kathy Larson from Garner

Janine Hruska from Dallas, TX

Karen Gaither from Dallas, TX

Claudia Sheets from Goldfield, IA

I regret not taking time to snap pictures of friends and customers on Thursday when there were so many people here but there was just no time to stop working to do it.  I did take this picture of the cutest customers who attended.


Here are several pictures of the sale “in progress”, in no particular order.


Our high school chemistry teacher came one afternoon – Mrs. Bruns, who is 90 years old and bowls in a bowling league with a 151 average.  Her daughters described her as “bold” — ha!

I have more pictures and more to say, of course, but it will have to wait till tomorrow – I’m going to sit in a lawn chair and have a nap.

14 thoughts on “June 7, 2015

  1. Rhoda Ebersole

    So happy you had good weather and a wonderful turnout and a great sale.
    I always enjoy your blog a and your pics Mary

  2. Cynthia

    I agree with Rhoda Ebersole, as I too, always enjoy your blog and photos. Now go take a long nap!

  3. Jean

    You deserve that nap. I’m so pleased the sale was a success. Just wish I could have been there.

  4. Rose Mikulski

    Wow, from the earlier post, I was wondering what assignment the cat (is that Ernie Joe?) got and I see he was responsible for guarding Connie’s receipt box–good attack cat, they’re always needed at quilt sales. I’m glad the sale was a success, your life now can officially be called an ACT (after Country Threads).

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Yes, Ernie Joe Mauer insisted on being front and center at the checkout! I’ve had my nap and now I’m going to sew something with Gardenvale – I Love what you did with it.


    Have a real nap knowing that you and Connie made a whole bunch of people VERY happy.

  6. Carol

    Oh, my, those two little men in the double buggy? They are wearing expressions that I see on men’s faces at quilt shops…”What, you need MORE fabric?” “What do you mean, you need more time…we’ve been here for HOURS!”
    Cute as buttons, those two!

  7. Launa

    Mary, After three big sale days you certainly deserve a nap. Good to hear the sale was such a success. I noticed all the quilters at check out are smiling!! It’s no wonder the two little guys don’t look too happy; their only views are just legs and bottoms!!
    Looking forward to more pictures.

  8. Donna

    So glad I got to attend this “once in a lifetime” event. It was such a wonderful time and I got to enjoy it with my good friend Glenda from Texas.

  9. Patty

    I wish I could of figured out an extra trip to Iowa for the sale, I will miss stopping at the store on the way off of the interstate going to Crystal Lake. Doesn’t Mrs. Bruns look great. I had her for Economics and Civics.

  10. Betty Klosterman

    You’ve just got to love the cat sitting in the middle of things. That was one of the best things about the quilt shop. You had to move the cat’s tail so you could cut fabric. Sorry I couldn’t attend, but I’ve got a lot of your patterns and lots of pictures of the shop. Time marches on. Congratulations. Now to unwind.

    Betty in Rapid City

  11. Claudia Voorhees

    I am so happy for you and Connie…… NOW you gals can take a couple naps !! and have some ice tea.
    Enjoy a few days of doing NOTHING.

  12. Felicia Hamlin

    Mary, I wish I had been able to dig through quilts, but I didn’t. I have a feeling that in all the conmotion I left my check there. Did it turn up?

    Thanks, Felicia

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