October 1st

This date really snuck up on me and I’ll need another day or two to finish the Christmas pattern – can’t say I regret taking a day to go to the quilt show, however. My head is full of quilts I want to make and for me it’s the journey, not the destination.

Here’s a hint of the Christmas table mat. I’m really liking it so far.

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Kathy from New York was so inspired by the photos from the quilt show that she traveled to Rochester to a modern quilt guild show and she kindly sent me several photos of quilts she liked.

This one was over the top in my book – it spelled out the words to the song “Morning Has Broken”. How do they think of things? Are you a “modern” quilter? Please enlighten me. My brain just doesn’t work like that and I wish it would!

I can’t sew fast enough – I’ll die long before I run out of quilts I want to make!

Here’s a blanket I bought at the show – it’s tied up so pretty, I hate to open it. I think it says Eat Sleep Quilt.

It’s another rainy day in North Iowa so I asked Rick to help me chop all the onions so I could freeze them. I know they were too wet to keep.

I’ll be glad the next time I make chili in the crockpot – I will have the onions already chopped!

When we were discussing plants I mentioned a moisture meter. Here is one of mine – stick the probe in the dirt and it tells you if the plant is dry and if it isn’t, don’t water it. No quicker way to kill a plant than with too much water.

Since I think most of us went to school about the same time, I wonder if you remember Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring. My friend Jane found out about this children’s book about her life and how her research ultimately started the Environmental Protection Agency.

It’s in our local library so I checked it out for Reed and me – it explains the chemical vs. nature situation that we are still struggling with.

I’d better get back to work on that Christmas project – I want to thank all of you who opened or closed an ad last week. The proceeds from those ads help pay for our Xerox lease so we can make copies of the patterns for you. And because of that income we can make those patterns available to you for $3.00 instead of $8.00 – we’re all in this together.


40 thoughts on “October 1st

  1. Sharon Ernst

    I have to get one of those meters! I’m looking next time I’m at the nursery! Thank you!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Ernst – look in Menards – that where I’ve gotten them before.

  2. Ann Barlament

    I’m more of a traditional quilter, but I love “Morning has broken”!!
    I’m in a stage of itty bitty quilt pieces. Who knows what direction I might go next.

  3. Carol

    Oh my gosh, a silly Rachel Carson story…

    A very competitive couple brought the game, Trivial Pursuit, to our home, back in the early 80’s. My husband and I are not competative, but I was an educator and and English major, so you know I have History, Geography and authors/literary devices etc covered. My husband is an engineer as well as a musician, so science and math and music are covered. The two of us make for one well rounded person!

    So… neck and neck, we’re tied with this super aggressive competitive couple, it’s my turn. It’s like being at the basketball hoop, the crowd is silent and you know you’re the one who can win or lose the game for your team. The question is ….and I paraphrase here… ” Who wrote the ground breaking book that that put ecology and environmental concerns to the forefront?” I calmly state: “Rachel Carson”.

    Omg, the couple went crazy! “No way you could know that! Did you memorize the answers? You must have! We don’t even know that answer.” (The insinuation: you people are no way as smart as us.”) “What’s the name of the book?” they ask (in a PROVE IT tone of voice!
    My response: “Rachel Carson broke the ground for environment concerns, and…you can even read her book, it’s called “Silent Spring.”

    They practically choked when I came up with the title…and never offered to bring a game/play a game with us again!

    Last time

    1. Linda McCray

      Love the Trivial Pursuit story. I remember my professor in freshman biology in 1960 telling about the book.

      1. Carol

        What great memories we have of “back in the day”, and yet we can’t find our car keys we just set down!

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – I absolutely love the Trivial Pursuit story!!! I’ll bet Rachel Carson was chuckling to herself in Heaven. I hope all the readers read your comment/story!

      1. Carol

        Thanks for reminding me… I said to my husband, “if I say Rachel Carson, what do you say”… he says “Trivial Pursuit”! Psychologists in the nursing home will not understand our word association responses some day!

    3. Beth T.

      That is fantastic! And, as a non-competitive person myself, I can imagine you might have been somewhat relieved that those people stopped bringing their games–and their attitudes–when they came over. Some people…

      1. Carol

        Actually they moved to Ann Arbor, and here’s another funny thing. I had a newborn and a 1 1/2 year old, they invited us over for an afternoon visit when my husband had business in their town. They had cream “pleather” furniture and put the dog’s blanket down on the floor for the babies because they didn’t want any goo on their furniture! The dogs sat on the sofa. I kid you not!

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Carol – you have got to be kidding! I hope you ditched those “friends”!

      1. Ruth

        Oh, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring made me feel so bad -especially for the bluebirds! How could anyone NOT remember the author and title of the book??!! Even if you only read a blurb in a newspaper, it would stay in your mind.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Ruth – I hope the world learned a lesson from Ms. Carson but I’m not so sure.

    4. Roxanne

      Carol, THAT is a great story! Hopefully they decided they were taking things a little too seriously!

      1. Carol

        Actually my guess is they went home and memorized the cards so it would never happen again!

  4. Dee T.

    I enjoy your blogs so much. Always interesting. Makes my day. That’s a whole lot of onions. Do you like french onion soup? You always look so happy in your pictures. Obviously you enjoy what you do and life. It shows. Have another smiling day.

  5. Janice M Hebert

    Love the fabrics you are using for the Christmas table mat. Very pretty. And all of those onions! I’ve never frozen onions but I think it would be great to have them in the freezer. Glad the ads are helping all of us!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janice Hebert – I know you can buy chopped onions in 5e frozen food dept. so I think it will work! I’ll let you know!

      1. Sherry Whalen

        Hi Mary, I have frozen onion before, they works just fine for cooking. It is nice not to have to chop when making soup. The only problem is they need to be well packaged – or they can make your freezer smell like onion. I am freezing some as well. I went out and pulled some onions but the ones that began growing again I will leave in the garden for next spring. They will turn into really early green onions, and that’s okay too, we like those.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Sherry Whalen – thanks for that tip —I’m going to double wrap!

      2. Marsha

        Oh, it absolutely works and I love having them in the freezer – also sweet peppers and tomatoes (frozen in large ziplocks) to throw in the crockpot on a work morning – learned these tricks while homeschooling so suppertime didn’t creep up on me. Browning the meat the night before also helps this non-morning person get out the door.

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    Well, Mary. We are back from our fall retreat in the mountains of Colorado. The trees were beautiful. Many rock climbers and bicyclist. On the way we stopped at a fabric store in business over 44 years. She had reminants about 60% off. I got one, 2-3/8 yds! another 1-5/8, 1-1/2, 1-1/4. All name brand quilting cotton. We were in heaven. Her Liberty of London was outrageously expensive and going up.
    The last time I was in her shop, the Berlin Wall was being torn down, she was so excited, she’s from Berlin.
    The show and tell at the retreat was unbelievable! I am so lucky to belong to a group of such talented quilters. They inspire me to step up my work……you have a great week.

  7. Susan

    I grew up just 8 miles north of Springdale, PA where Rachel Carson was born. That is all…

  8. Sue in Oregon

    Those are your new fabrics, aren’t they? They will make a stunning Christmas table mat.
    I am by no means a “modern quilter.” I do not even like the new modern fabrics. I love the small prints, the reproduction prints, and the old quilt blocks. Very hard to find what I like these days. Oh, well. We have to make room for the young women so that they will quilt.
    Last year I hand appliqued an orange peel quilt using older fabrics. Mostly scraps I have had a long time.
    Your onions will be great to have.
    Loved Carol’s story about Rachel Carson.

  9. Margie Braaksma

    I work at a greenhouse in Sibley and the peace lily is our indicator plant. It’s the first to show signs of needing water. If you know what your indicator plant is in your group of plants it helps with the watering question

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Margie – wow! What a great idea! I think I may already have a plant I watch and then check the others without realizing that’s what I was doing. Thanks for that tip!

  10. ada

    Love the blanket, but the priorities are wrong. It should be “Quilt, eat, sleep”!

    And I know what you mean – “I can’t sew fast enough – I’ll die long before I run out of quilts to make.” And I’ll probably die with a house filled to the ceiling with either quilts or fabric.

  11. Pat Smith

    I just love Carol’s story about competition. I wonder why some people have that drive and others don’t? I don’t have it myself and am not much good at ball sports like golf and tennis with scores. My sports tend toward individual persuits like kayaking, skiing and hiking where I’m only competing with myself, no scores involved. I love the idea of frozen chopped onions that I could make myself. Having them available would sure jump start a lot of dishes. Looking forward to the Christmas mat as I love the reds you bought.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pat Smith – up late tonight still working on the Christmas project!

    2. Carol

      Pat Smith, I agree, competition takes the joy out of everything for me. I used to be intimidated by the “experts” in the quilting world until I realized that for many of them, it was their job. I had one of those for 34 years, and now, quilting is life’s dessert! I don’t want to compete or teach or even care about having a reputation in the field. I just Quilt to be happy.

  12. Colleen

    Another great post I did not know of Rachael Carson by name, although familiar with natural vs chemical, as a native San Francisco Bay Area woman. Born in 1950 graduated high school in 1969. We had all the peace love be natural all through my high school years. While I did not participate in the demonstrations I did go to U.C. Berkeley to see what was happening.

    It was a difficult time in my family as my father had died in 1953 while on active duty in the Air Force

    My older brothers were on active duty in the Air Force in Vietnam

    My mother was extremely emotionally distraught she was sure my brothers would be hurt or killed

    They both came home without injury to their bodies but like all military personnel in combat regions their mental and emotional selves were forever changed

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Colleen – so interested in your comment – your life was ruled by loss and worry for your loved ones’ health and welfare. Your poor mom! I was in college in the 60’s and Berkeley was the epitome of campus life as viewed by conservative Iowa State University – oh, the stories I could tell! Thanks for your input!

      1. Carol

        Because of all the demonstrations across the country due to the war and other causes, I wasn’t allowed to go to any big state colleges. Ended up in a small girls’ Catholic college. Talk about sheltered! I pretty much missed the whole frenzy, and Mary, you’re right, Berkeley and Kent State took on scary overtones for a small town girl. Still, I think I received a good education. After all, I remembered Rachel Carson, right?!

  13. Kathy

    Kathy here in NY who went to the quilt show and had no idea what to expect when I wanted to go except I was going to think of it like an art show. Was I totally surprised and in awe over the large bed quilts with such machine quilting detail, I knew I had learned something. The vendors were not our local quilt shops but from distant areas of NY so that made shopping even more fun. My daughter and I are opposite in our quilt making. She lives near me so we share lots but she is reproductions, jo Morton’s, Kim Diehl colors and me I go with whatever I like. When we show something at guild, hers will be a totally different color than mine so we always chuckle over what we prefer to use in our sewing time. Good thing she was away in Buffalo Saturday and not able to go with me to the show cause I stood so long in front of many of the quilts wondering how the quilter ever thought of that design and wished I could hear their thoughts as they created it. I won’t ever dismiss modern quilting again in my life left on this earth after attending the show.

  14. Roxanne

    I wonder if Kathy or anybody knows who made the beautiful “Morning Has Broken” quilt. I love it and want to pin it but hate to do it without attribution for such an amazing vision. The quilt seems to capture the ethereal sense of the song, which I’ve always loved.

    1. Kathy

      I did not get the name tag that was on the quilt so no I don’t know who made it. A very talented person for sure.

  15. Becky from IA/TX

    I’m more of a traditional quilter also but…..just love “Morning has broken”. AMAZING!!!

  16. Rhoda Ebersole

    Loved Carol’s story about the competitive couple and knowing about Rachel Carson and Silent Spring.

    This summer a quilter in my area in NE Wisconsin was selling flannels of varying widths for $1.00 per generous yard. I know it is difficult to believe.

    The Pine Needle Quilters in that area will have their quilt show this Saturday in Suring Wisconsin’s high school from 10-4 pm. The local Historical Society will have their museum open the same day and there are a few quilts displayed. This is this Saturday October 6 which is my birthday but I am back in Las Vegas for the winter and spent today cleaning my garage floor and clearing off my desk after a weekend convention here.

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