My Latest Blog Adventure, 9-2-2020

Remember this rug?

The one with so much history attached? 100 years ago the governor of Iowa had this rug and it’s mate in the governor’s mansion in Des Moines. Governor Hamill came from the neighboring town and I bought the rug with my friend, Darlene, at his estate sale for $15.00. Yes, that’s right – $15 dollars. It is very thick and woven densely and it’s a wonderful treasure – that I do not want anymore because of my two white dogs. I would need to vacuum twice a day to keep it looking like it should.

Enter Julie from Kansas, a faithful blog reader who just moved into a Victorian house. She is driving to Iowa this weekend to pick up the rug – I don’t want one penny for it. She will give it the most appropriate home and I am thrilled that she’s coming. We just talked on the phone and as she pointed out, she knows me but I know nothing about her because of this blog.

I will take her picture so you can all meet her and now I just need to find a couple of strong boys to put it in her car. I gotta make some calls for about 10 minutes of help at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Here are a few pictures taken around the farm today so you can see how the corn and landscape is changing. Fall is approaching.

Today’s Dirty Dozen:

Reversible to this –

Not a Dirty Dozen but this is what Connie is working on – here it is all done!

Remember Sandy in New Zealand? Here is Andrea’s , her daughter-in-law’s (?cannot remember the relationship) new Cavalier King Charles puppy named Louie! Isn’t he just the cutest? Doesn’t matter who the owner is, I guess – he’s just so darned cute!

A note about Hazel – she’s her old self tonite! Last night she was as limp as a rag and couldn’t open her right eye. The ointment must have miracle properties.

Tonite –

I need to write a post about the release of our past applique patterns – soon. Not tonight. Too tired.

A transformation!

27 thoughts on “My Latest Blog Adventure, 9-2-2020

  1. Carolyn Boutilier

    Will the pattern for Connie’s quilt be for sale? I love it. Hot day today and alert weather day tomorrow. I am working on cotton applique and hooking a wall hanging.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah valley VA.

  2. Deborah grisanti

    Glad to hear that Hazel is feeling better. Love looking at all the dirty dozen!!!

  3. Kathy Hanson

    Glad Hazel is better, just like her real self!!!
    Love all the quilts, so many talented blog readers. I am hoping to rescue an adult Cavelier King Charles Spaniel!!

  4. Pat Smith

    So glad to see Hazel back to her old self. She is one of the cutest and most spirited dogs I’ve ever met. Julie is getting such a beautiful carpet that would need daily vacuuming at our house due to cats and our dog, Sonny. While in Iowa I noticed so much of the corn was dry and brown. Is it being shelled for feed, chopped for silage or has it just been too dry? I didn’t grow up on a farm and don’t know much about things but am interested. While driving south on I-35 we saw a lot of fields near Des Moines that I’m sure the doracho had damaged. They weren’t laying flat anymore but were clearly damaged.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Limp as a rag! I’ll have to remember that.haha
    I am glad she is feeling better, and that little puppy, oh! what a cutie.
    The corn fields are a sight to behold.
    Connie’s quilt was in pieces 3 days ago, now it’s finished, quilted and bound…geez.
    It’s forecasted to be 95 here Saturday, snow Tuesday night…snow.
    Thanks to all for the DD pictures, I do enjoy see each of them.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      NO way Jo! Snow!!! Does it always arrive that early there? I am sure it doesn’t stick around though, right?

  6. Teresa

    So glad Hazel is feeling better today, she’s so cute! And so is Mr. King Louie!

    Connie is a prolific quilter! Her quilt is wonderful and so are the other Dirty Dozens.

    Temperatures are cool at night, hate to see summer end and have to put coats and gloves on to go outside.

  7. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Your outdoor pics are beautiful; sky blue and grass green are one of my favorite color combinations.
    That area rug is lovely; I am sure it will be perfect for Julie’s home.
    All the DD finishes are great and give me lots of ideas. I am so glad Hazel is better; it is such a worry, when they don’t feel well. Thanks.

  8. Cathy

    So glad Hazel is back to normal. Scary when they are under the weather. I know what you mean about dogs, fur & vacuuming. I have a part collie part golden & that dog loses enough hair everyday to create a small dog from it! I have noticed here in southern Indiana some of the trees are getting that hint of color. I am ready for fall, in fact I am ready for 2020 to be over!

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, thank you for posting Louie,s photo, he is 4 months old and belongs to my daughter in laws niece. He is a darling, love the cat on the quilt, animals have such good taste in favourite blocks in a quilt!.Enjoying sunny days in the Waikato with andrea and her Mum, best wishes to all, sandy

  10. Charlotte Shira

    So glad Hazel is feeling better and your rug will find a new home. I had a white llaso apso and red carpet….lots of vacuuming! Love all the quilts.

  11. Angie from Baltimore

    Hazel is looking her ole self. Happy to see. The rug is amazing and will look amazing in a Victorian house. What luck on both sides. I hope she posts a picture of it in her new home.

  12. Kathy in western NY

    The rug will look amazing in Julies home and I too would love to see a picture of it in later. I hadn’t thought about Victorian homes in years so Would be nice to see one again. Glad Hazel is doing better with her eye as it is a worry when pets aren’t well.
    The pictures once again brighten our days with such great quilts made! I sure look forward to seeing what people make. Connie’s big stitch quilting makes it just pop. Has she used that before on her creations as I think I would like to learn more about that process for long winter nights ahead.

  13. Lois Ann Johnson

    I am so happy to see Hazel back to her “old self.” Also happy to see that the antique rug is going to a good home. Hasn’t the weather in northern Iowa been lovely this week? It looks like it will be warming up for Labor Day weekend. The official end of summer! I love the fall season; it is my favorite. I have hummingbirds at my trumpet vine during the summer but now that the blossoms have mostly all fallen off the bush, the little birds will start leaving for their winter home. I will miss them.

  14. Roxanne

    What a story about the rug! Governor Hamill would be pleased, I think, that this piece of history is going to another great state in the Midwest. I wonder where the mate is?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Roxanne – the mate is in the Hancock Co. Museum located in his hometown Brit, just 7 miles west of me.

  15. Linda baker

    That Connie cranks out one beautiful quilt after another, does she sew from morning til night??

  16. Vicci

    Would LOVE to see old applique patterns become available again. I’ve been searching high and low, for so long, for your applique wall quilt that has a cat “stretched” over pumpkins. The punchneedle pattern is called Stretch but I’m not sure the wall hanging is the same name. PLEASE bring this back or perhaps guide me to where I might find one.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Vicci – it is printed on oversized sheets of paper which I will have to break apart into 11×17 papers and it will be quite a lot of them. I will do it for $15.00 including postage but that’s the problem with all these old patterns. They were printed at our printers on big presses. You will have to piece it all together – are you OK with that? If so, let me know back and you can send the money to a Country Threads, 2344 Palm Ave.Garner, IA 50438. If not, I will understand.

      1. Vicci

        Oh my goodness! I am 100% interested and will mail a check today unless you can accept PayPal then I’ll pay immediately.
        THANK YOU! Am SO excited to receive this.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Vic I – I can’t do PayPal here so you’d have to mail me a check and specify what you’re ordering because by the time I get it, I’ve talked to hundreds of other people.

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