It is such a beautiful day here in Iowa but I just got an alert about Hurricane Florence upgraded to a Category 4 storm. For those of you who are reading this from the Carolinas and the east coast, be safe and hope for the best!

We are finishing up the book proof today – what a wonderful feeling to have it all done! Which led me to looking through this book again.

Read more.

And since these quilts are upstairs in the old Barn in the Back building, I pulled out one of my favorites and laid it on the table.

I also started cutting hydrangeas to bring into the house.

The geranium came home with me from Marigold Days because I reasoned that at $2.00 it’s cheaper than cut flowers and might even stay alive longer! Ha! I am not good with geraniums – Connie is- but I love them especially blooming in the winter.

Here’s the page in the book that shows this quilt.

Oh, I wish I had time to devote to making this one!

And here’s some fascinating news that a reader sent. Remember this picture that I thought was German? It’s actually Danish! I am Swede and Dane which makes me appreciate this even more. Thank you, Anna-Karin!

When Reed comes to pick pumpkins, I’ll get a picture of what he bought.

This is our job today – putting fresh bedding in the barn!


16 thoughts on “Monday

  1. Linda Baker

    I am terrible with any kind of plants!! All I have to do is look at them, and they’re goners, lol!
    I had a neighbor lady who repeatedly told me geraniums like a little ammonia in their water. She had a green thumb and a beautiful flower garden, so I believe her.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda – connie just has them in pots on the east side of her house. She cuts them back and keeps them till the following year in her porch. Beats me how she has such beautiful geraniums!

  2. Betty Klosterman

    Do you mean you keep the quilts in the haymow in the barn? Do the cats get up there to control the mice?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Betty – no, the Barn in the Back is the two story building next to the quilt shop where we had all the Civil War fabrics. Now Rick has his woodworking on first floor but Country Threads stuff is stored upstairs. HOWEVER we do have a tin-lined box 4’x8’ in the barn haymow that still has some quilts inside. I should look at those someday.

  3. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, I take cuttings of my geraniums, pot them and put them in our garage for the winter. Our garage does not freeze and we have two windows with a table next to the windows. the morning sun pours in and they usually bloom late winter and ready for another season on our deck. I have done this for years. I am always looking for different blossoms of geraniums. We had 2 1/2 inches of rain over the weekend and now Florence is coming to VA. WE are stocked up with gas for the generator, food and water. Our ground is so saturated it does worry us. Tomorrow I will pick up meds and more dog & cat food.
    Carolyn b

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – heard this on the news – hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I don’t envy you guys – stay safe!

  4. Donna Sproston

    I was looking for a civil war pattern last night and trying to choose which one from that very book! Your timely post has helped me come to a decision. I love the colors and the scrappy simplicity. A friend has the most amazing geraniums. She bought them 20 years ago. Every fall her husband cuts them back to a few inches, takes the pots to the basement, puts them under a window, and forgets them. In May he brings them up to the front porch, gives them a dose of fertilizer, and by June they look like new plants.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna S – oh, you’re kidding! I want geraniums so bad! You mean he doesn’t even water them all winter? I have a grow light – I might try one.

  5. Launa

    Mary, I love the scrappy color selections in the Road To Victory quilt and the new Geranium you bought.
    Some times I only make a few blocks of a pattern I really like, sandwich, quilt and bind them for a smaller topper.
    Looking forward to seeing Reed’s plant purchases! You two have some interesting fun day trips.

  6. Kathy

    I love to see tiny scrap flying geese on a quilt. Nice to see it in your lovely home. Does it feel like fall there?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – no fall this week. It’s going to be 75-80 degrees until rain on Saturday. I’m so glad!

  7. Kathy Hanson

    Happy Monday! I have that book of yours – love looking at the pictures and thinking about making one. The one that you put on your table is lovely. If I can ever finish the projects that I’ve started I would love to make that one. Happy Fresh bedding for your “Kids”!!

  8. Amy M

    Oh those hydrangeas…….I wish someone would sell cut hyrdrangeas. I need to start going up to strangers houses I guess! I agree with the Geraniums-I think they need to much “maintenance” to keep blooming and that’s just not for me. The whole table looks beautiful.

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