Monday, June 29, 2020

Warm summer day here – not much to write except I wanted to show you which pattern Connie is working on – Oak Leaves and Acorns!

I’ll post the new quilt when she gets it done – this pattern will be $10 – please include an address label and $1.00 for postage. I can’t wait to see what she uses to update this pattern.

Tomorrow I’ll take pictures of the red zigzag quilt – guess I’ve worked on two zigzag quilts recently – the one made with half square triangles and the 9 patch and red. Here’s the red one on the quilting machine.

Pamela hung an old crib spring on her porch and attached small quilts to it – a great idea!

Has anybody ever signed up for a Pilates class online? I just did and I’m going to try it!

My chicken pens need cleaning out and instead of trying to find kids to help, I decided I’d do it myself – I will haul out only 10 scoops a day! That way I won’t kill myself and it will still get done. I think it’s a good plan.

Dirty Dozen Quilts

Did YOU get your Dirty Dozen picked out and numbered? July 1 is coming up fast!

35 thoughts on “Monday, June 29, 2020

  1. Margaret in North Texas

    I love the straight line quilting after seeing yours Mary. I am just making wall hangings and small quilts–that will be perfect! I see color and then pattern when I look at quilts. Ninety eight degrees and I am all decorated for the 4th of July!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Margaret in North Texas – the 4th of July can still be celebrated but we’ll be at home doing it – by ourselves! Tom and Becky are coming tomorrow nite to eat in the porch in 4 different corners! Ha!

  2. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, you weren’t pleased with the blocks on the red background. Forget the Quilt Police. Don’t worry, the quilting will take care of them and they are beautiful. And besides, it will keep somebody warm and they will be happy with it. We get lots of blocks that people don’t want. Their points may not match, etc, but they look wonderful when finished. The people who donated them would be very impressed.
    Love your 10 scoops at a time. Make yourself do it. It will work and you won’t be exhausted. And your comments to the lady thinking the barn smelled. So many of us were raised on farms, but there are so many people out there that have never been near a farm. They don’t know the love in taking care of the animals, that the milk comes out of the udder end of the cow and nature’s little manure spreaders do very good work! Those people live in another world. Aren’t we lucky in our rural world?
    The fireworks is still on schedule. Have a great weekend. Betty in Rapid City.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Betty Klosterman – our fireworks have been cancelled and so have the big 5 day carnival – oh my goodness, Clear Lake will miss that income! The 9 patch zigzag quilt is much better now after it’s been quilted and bound! I’m glad I kept working on it!

  3. Patty McDonald

    Your zigzag quilts turned out beautiful. I especially like the half square triangle quilt. I’m not into dark colors but the blacks were very striking. The pattern would easily work for a baby quilt. Also, since watching you whip our straight line quilted quilts, I tried that method. Love it!! Love the look and it is very less stressful for me. Thank you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Patty McDonald – do I have a convert to straight line quilting? Yay!!! I think it doesn’t distract from the block pattern or the fabrics used which is what I like best – not the quilting stitches!

  4. Kim J LeMere

    I’ve never done Pilates, I look forward to hearing what you think. I really like the idea of the old crib spring, so clever and always easy to move around, I’ve taken to cleaning my quilting space and have found quite a few children’s quilt kits that I have not started, I think I will use them as my 12 UFO’s. I like your idea of doing 10 scoops a day in your chicken coop, pace yourself and it will get done.

  5. Kathy in western NY

    Your pictures are gorgeous and I saved the oak leaves & acorn pix to my computer pictures album so when I see Connie’s new one, I will decide what fabrics to use. She has been doing some brighter ones lately so anxious to see the difference in them. For sure will order this pattern as it’s perfect size for my wall quilt hanger. I am so excited to see what new patterns you will be showing us! My kind of shopping.
    Good for you to try Pilates. I have heard it’s a great way to strength our balance as we age so you can tell us if it’s true!!!😁

  6. Diane and Squeak

    So many neat things today. The red in your 9 patch zig zag really brings out the blocks. I am doing some appliqué oak leaves for our raffle quilt for the quilt show. I like yours! I used to do Pilates reformer at our Y. Fun. It really strengthens your core. I hope to go back soon. The DD’s are great. I am all ready for 7/1😊

  7. Janice Hebert

    Love your idea of 10 scoops at a time, Mary. It’s like quilting 20 minutes a day, haha. The DD finishes are beautiful. And Pamela’s idea with the bed spring, I love that! I’d love to know more about Pamela’s little quilt in the top right. Is there a pattern for that? Jan in MA

  8. Michele

    Liz from Iowa – love your patriotic quilt posted above. That lighter blue in the stars gives the quilt extra sparkle. Great!

  9. B. J. Berlo

    I have a crib size bed spring on the wall in my bedroom. Great way to display photos. Mine has two bedroom witches (fairies), my magic wand, Bette Davis paperdoll, etc. Just small things I don’t want to lose track of! I attach the items with small clothespins! I never thought of using the bed spring to display mini quilts, but I like the idea!

  10. Angie from Baltimore

    Are you going to sell your funeral pile? If so I am definitely interested.
    Your red quilt is stunning and such combination of colors I absolutely love it.
    We haven’t heard anything about Reed lately. Hope his family stays well as the rest of the fellow people. Special prayers go out for folks in Arizona. Stay masked and healthy

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Angie from Baltimore – my quilts, called funeral quilts, will be taken to the church and laid over the pews. Those attending will sit on the quilt they want to take home. No, I don’t intend to sell a single quilt. I have a person named in my will to come and get the quilts for the funeral. I have posted this several times – Reed doesn’t come here anymore – I think his grandmother decided for him.

  11. Brenda in SC

    Pretty DD, but no names 🙁 YAY!! The zigzag is getting quilted!! Just love the acorn quilt!!
    Our back porch finally got the vinyl siding done on the outside, now to finish the inside and then I can sew and quilt and enjoy the outside (sorta) and overlook the lake… has been in the low 90’s and high humidity here in South Carolina and some rain.
    Working on bagging up some UFO’s today and getting them numbered. Mary, when you said you were cleaning out the chicken pen, “one scoop at a time”; it reminded me of the Johnny Cash song, “One Piece at a Time”……hahaha

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda in SC – my plan will work great, I think, and I’ll do it during the late afternoon chores because I’m already dirty from daily work outside. If I can just limit myself, I’ll be ok but that’s not how I really like to work, is it? A little at a time is not me. Haha!

      1. Paula Philpot

        East Bernstadt, Kentucky 1 hour south of Lexington on I 75. Paula’s Quilting Pantry. I have just set up a facebook page for the shop under Paula’s Quilting Pantry. Send me a friend request. All my fabrics are $6 a yard and backing are $11. Been in business since 2006. Here is my email.

  12. Pat Smith

    I’m glad the zig zag quilt didn’t end up in the funeral pile because I like it. My funeral pile is just UFO’s that will probably never get done in my lifetime. I am so envious of your long arm machine. Any quilt I make I need to take to a long arm quilter and then get it back about 6 weeks later to bind. I like the straight line quilting I’ve seen you do, but haven’t tried it. I usually quilt in the ditch with my machine, but the results aren’t very interesting I’m afraid.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pat Smith – you could try straight line quilting on your home machine – it’s pretty easy or I couldn’t do it. I think quilt in the ditch is pretty boring actually and lots harder because you have to keep turning the quilt. Try it on something small – and then let me know how it went. It gets easier. When you come for a few days in August, bring me a couple quilts and I’ll do them for you while you’re in Forest City – I’m not a professional but I don’t want the quilting to stand out – I only want to see the fabric and pattern. I hesitate to offer because if I have trouble with the longarm machine, I’m lost and I’d ruin your quilt.

  13. Mary Ann

    Yesterday I took a Pilates class while practicing social distance of 12 feet apart. While I prefer an active class, Pilates is very good for a mat exercise class and you feel good after.

  14. Sandy

    Hi Mary, I have written a list of the quilts I want to finish for my dirty dozen, might not do them in the suggested order , but hope to get a few off theW.I.P. pile! I got offered a skydive charity ride yesterday, but at over 70, I’m not sure! Glad I’m not cleaning out the chicken Run,good luck with that! Take it easy, best wishes from sandy

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy – I would NEVER want to experience skydiving! I’d clean the barn any day before that – haha!

  15. Katie

    R u selling the zig zag quilt i❤️It…
    Hot caliente🌶in Gilbert,Az…
    We also, r having many fires , this evening another one on Hwy 17 to Prescott & Flagstaff areas..SAD😥
    I am Thankful my church community on Facebook 2 times a week..
    Many Prayers needed in AZ..😷🙏😷🙏
    I will bag and number my projects on Tuesday..
    Stay healthy🎈
    Katie in Gilbert,Az.🏡🐶🐶🐢

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Katie – no, I’m not interested in selling quilts. Glad you’re going to join the Dirty Dozen game!

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    I, too, have never taken a Pilates class. Have fun and let us know how it goes. Can Hazel join you?
    10 scoops of chicken poop. That’s it, no more.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Zabransky – send your check to our address on the blog home page – just tell me what you’re ordering – very easy!

  17. Susan from Good Hope

    I’ve never taken a Pilates class in person or online, but it sounds fun. Our yoga classes were switched to online in March and it’s great taking the classes at home via Zoom. Have fun!

  18. Launa

    Mary….I had big downpours quite a few times today @ 5800 ft altitude. South of here about 8 miles there was 3” fresh snow! A native Idahoan mentioned snow one 4th of July!
    Time for bed!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – NO! Snow on July 4? No mountain living for me! Ha!

  19. Sherry Whalen

    Warmer today, and so humid – but we got 1.75 inches of rain since last night and our kids that live in Inver Grove Heights got 4+ inches! I did get a few hours of sewing on the deck on Saturday – it was finally warm, but not too warm and not windy for a change. Deck sewing is the best of both worlds, sewing and being outside! Good plan on the chicken house – a few scoops at a time!

  20. MartyCae

    I love your zigzag quilt. Any time I see a quilt with red I know I will like it! Can’t wait to see the acorn quilt. It is a lovely evening in Emmet county.

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