New Patterns!

Need some new ideas? We’ve got them for you! A table runner, a small quilt and a lap quilt!

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Square In Square Tablerunner – $5.00 plus SASE

Salute To Summer – $5.00 plus SASE

Alphabet – $10.00 plus $1.00 postage

Please note that the alphabet letters are fused, not pieced.

Our alphabet quilt is quite old and has been washed many times as you can see.

As I was cleaning yesterday, the chair got moved close to the cupboard where Clifford had been placed in protective custody. Hazel was thrilled and I had to give him to her.

Can’t you just hear her?

And now, my thanks! To all of you who have sent the sweetest comments about the foster puppies – I am overwhelmed and not deserving of this praise. Please don’t give me so much credit or sympathy – I knew what I was getting into when I agreed to foster those two puppies. I knew they weren’t mine and couldn’t be mine – ever! And this is the reason I have not attempted to foster before now – I was quite sure I’d be a foster failure. I had to put on my ” big girl panties” and hold up my end of the bargain.

No finish from me today after all. Maybe tomorrow if it rains!

30 thoughts on “New Patterns!

  1. Pat Smith

    You did a great thing in giving two puppies a great start and making the lives of their new families easier by all you did. Our family fostered a litter of kittens in one of our bedrooms. All of the kittens and even the mother had been adopted before we even took them. Of course, our daughter and I fell in love with one. As luck would have it, our favorite’s home fell through and we got to keep him. He was with us until his passing 16 years later. We haven’t had the opportunity to do another foster care, but I know of the tears that follow when they leave.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pat Smith – it WAS very tearful but I think the more you foster, the easier it gets maybe. Maybe not – I doubt if I’ll ever try it with puppies again. How’s Sonny?

  2. Jan Smith

    Oh, I feel your pain. The rescue group that my Sparky was housed with told me that nearly every foster parent adopts their first foster. Hazel is such a hoot – great pictures of her getting up as close as possible to Clifford, staring at Clifford, and finally snagging Clifford!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jan Smith – Clifford is now back in protective custody on top,of the cupboard – haha!

  3. Lori

    My youngest son, now 34 had a Clifford like yours when he was a kid, yep, one of our dogs “ate” Clifford.

  4. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Thanks for showing the new patterns. I think I bought that alphabet pattern many years ago to make for the grandkids. Hmmm. Didn’t make it and they are now teens. I will get it out and have it ready for great grand kids in 10 or so years–lol.
    Hazel–just gotta love her. 🙂 I am layering quilts today in the garage; it’s going to be in the 60’s after several days of frost in the mornings and cold days. Yippee.

  5. Pat in Michigan

    Tears were rolling down my face as I read your story of giving the puppies back for adoption. You have a huge heart and a safe and loving way with God’s creatures and they can recognize that in you. Thank you for all you do.
    I would like to know the approximate size of the alphabet quilt. Thank you and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.!!

  6. Jean

    Mary, you are wrong. You DO deserve praise for what you do. My goodness just think back through the years and realize how many animal lives you have changed. ALOT!

  7. Gloria from CC

    What a coincidence! I’m working on Cobblestones (square in a square) right now as a UFO project for Churchberries in WI. Fun little quilt.
    Knowing you as I do I know you are hurting and some of your biggest concerns are whether the new owners will love them, feed them, take them to the vet , respect them, play with them and make them a part of their family. You have to trust that they will. I tried putting myself in your place with Angel. We’ve had her 2-1/2 months and if this had been a foster situation I would not give her up. They would have to put me in jail in order to get her away from me. She would be broken hearted without me. When I leave the room for a few minutes and come back, she acts like she hasn’t seen me for a week. That’s unconditional love that only an animal give you.
    I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Gloria from CC – Angel’s story has the happiest ending I’ve ever heard!!!

  8. Mary Ann

    Good morning,

    Would two patterns fit in one envelope? If not, I have no problem sending an envelope for each. I don’t usually comment but your blog is something I look forward to.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Ann – YES! If you’re ordering the two smaller $5.00 patterns, I will combine them into one SASE. I didn’t quite know how to explain all that. The Alphabet pattern is the one who really needs a larger envelope and the others could be included with that – IF you’re ordering multiples. Thanks for helping me clarify.

  9. Beryl in Owatonna

    I am glad Clifford was ‘rescued’ again, he is too cute to be a chew toy!! Hazel isn’t spoiled and I am sure she will have Clifford back for a spell one of these days!!
    I am looking forward to some rain tomorrow and Thursday…maybe I will sew then!!
    Thanks again for all you do with this blog…I sure look forward to hearing from you!!
    Still no ads to close. I was getting on a regular basis, not any more.

  10. Kim J LeMere

    The puppies were lucky to be in a loving environment in there early days. I just love all the critters that find a place on your farm. It was so cute to see Hazel want to play with Clifford, it brought a smile to my face.

  11. Sue in Oregon

    I can’t figure out if Clifford is grimacing with fear or smiling because he was rescued (again) lol.
    You were such a good foster mom, but I don’t blame you at all for never doing it again.
    I love all the new patterns, but I want Salute to Summer. I will send money right away. Thanks so much for doing this for us.

  12. Charlotte Shira

    So glad you put on your “big girl panties”!! You did a great job with those puppies and have a big heart. Hazel is so cute with Clifford.

  13. Donna

    That little Hazel is so cute. So glad you gave her Clifford. She needed a buddy.

  14. Jo in Wyoming

    You deserve much more credit. I don’t have the guts to give them back.
    This world is full of special people, you are leading the parade, so take a bow, smile and wave to all of us.

  15. Amy M

    Just had to give Clifford to her! Let’s see a picture of Clifford tomorrow 🙂 Yes I can hear her in that picture as if it was a sound greeting card! PS for the readers Mary knows I am teasing her.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Amy M – and here’s the rest of that story – I picked Clifford up and petted him over and over and refused to play tug with Hazel. She soon got tired of that and I put Clifford back up in protective custody! Haha! Yes, Amy, you know Hazel well!

  16. Diane Bauer

    I hold to the fact that you are an incredible advocate for and champion of animals. You have a huge heart.

  17. Kathy in western NY

    Yes you know I have always told you there is a special place in heaven for you for all your care of animals!!! I couldn’t be a foster mom to a dog or cat litter nor a child so praises for all of those who rescue, save, drive transports, go into homes and spare children their lives, I do believe there is no more goodness in this world than all of you.

  18. Barbara Forde

    I’m in Canada and would like to order a pattern. I can send you $5.00 US and a self addressed envelope…but can’t do the stamp part. If you could tell me what the postage would be, I would happily send it to you in cash. If it’s too much of an imposition or too much of a headache for you to do this, I understand completely. Thanks in advance. Looking forward to hearing from you. Love the newsletter 😊

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Barbara Forde – how about $1.50 for Canada postage – it will be close, I’m sure and if not I’ll include a note. Thanks!

      1. Barbara Forde

        Thanks Mary. Mailed off my order today…sent an extra $2.00 for postage. Hope it’s enough!

  19. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Regardless of what you say, it really does take special people to foster dogs or cats and you are one of those rare people.

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