Playhouse Pumpkin and Book List

I fell behind on the book list, didn’t I?  Honestly, there are so many good books to read, so many lovely quilts to make and so little time.  Connie is the fastest sewer I know and I can’t possibly keep up with her – too many animals perhaps?  You like the new quilts, don’t you?  So do I and I’m going to start gathering fabric for the cover quilt.  Oh gosh, I’ve got another rug started, HIPS and Bonnie Hunter’s mystery will be starting the day after Thanksgiving. AND I’m going to show you my progress on my #5.

Book List

I wish I knew how to make these pages larger for you and easier to read but with this new layout, I just don’t know yet.  Happy Reading!

And Playhouse Pumpkin pattern for you – so easy to whip up some evening.

And my very slow progress on #5.  My project was our quilt called Morning Glory and the appliqued flowers were the last part to do.  Yuck.

I’d love to finish this today or at least this week – then I’ll need to quilt it.

Reed is enjoying these nice days outside after school and has more homework in 6th grade than he has had in the past.  Sewing/quilting has taken a back seat – can you blame him?

It’s very warm in North Iowa this week – the AC actually came on yesterday afternoon!  So that’s it for today – always lots to do, isn’t there?  I imagine it’s the same at your house.  I’ll close with Telly and Hazel attempting to get to whatever lives in this hollow tree – rotten at the base so it will be likely to fall next time a big wind comes up.


46 thoughts on “Playhouse Pumpkin and Book List

  1. Tanya T. in Houston

    Don’t worry about it a minute longer…the book list came through clearly. So nice to have new recommendations! And, thanks, for the freebie pumpkin pattern online! It’s good to know that Reed is studying first…think what fun Christmas holidays will be to catch up on piecing and quilting for him AND you.

    1. Mary

      Everything was easy to read for me…..and the pictures were great. I want you to know that I closed 6 ads today, so those are working too.
      Mary E in Portland

  2. Jan from TN

    Thanks for the new booklist! Some day, I’ll get back to reading more. We’ve also had very hot (for us) weather in middle TN as we continue on with barely a drop of rain in about 5-6 weeks. This after last
    year’s recording breaking rainfall!
    None of the “ads” even showed up in this post. Just 3 yellow boxes with no ads. Strange!
    Have a great day & stay cool.

  3. Marie Fibelstad

    Book list was very easy to read so don’t worry about enlarging it!
    Love the Morning Glory you have the handwork, that part is my favorite!
    Thanks for the blog!
    Marie, Storm Lake, IA

  4. Jeanine

    Same as Jill mentioned. There were some ads, but no X to click on them……..just the triangle in the box. Nonetheless, will click on ads when they appear. Very warm in southeast Iowa as well. Nearly 90* yesterday, and the same today. Love your pumpkin hanging. Should make one for myself. Keep up the good work. We all enjoy your blog so much!

  5. Linda in NC

    Thanks for the pattern Mary and thanks Nikki for posting the pulled pork recipe! Sounds wonderful!

  6. Penny C Maryland

    Thanks for the play house pumpkin pattern. I love your #5! Telly and Hazel are great explorers!

  7. Mary O

    No ads. Don’t worry about page and picture size, we can zoom in as much as we need to see everything clearly.
    Do you hand or machine appliqué when there is so many pieces?

  8. Connie R.

    I love the colors in your Morning Glory quilt. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
    No ads to click on today. Just a lot of Walmart ads with no x in corner. Tried to hit the refresh button and also opened a couple of the ads hoping the x would appear but, no luck. I will try back later to see if things change.

  9. Jo in Wyoming

    Hazel and Telly are two peas in a pod! What great companions.
    The Morning Glory quilt is awesome, looks like a road trip project with someone else driving.
    The book list came thru just fine.
    Like the others, I had no ads or yellow boxes today. I’ll check later, maybe none have been sold yet.
    Isn’t quilting fun, I’d rather quilt that clean or cook.

  10. Patti in W Barnstable

    Thank you so much for the book list. I have to see if I have enough orange scraps to make the Pumpkin. May have to buy a few fat quarters. Your Morning Glory is going to be beautiful. So much work! Loved the picture of Telly and Hazel having fun. I was able to close a bunch of ads.

  11. Beryl in Owatonna

    Thanks for the pumpkin pattern!!
    I did get about 6 ads today, all would close.
    It is very warm here too, I am missing the cool evenings and nights in MT, but know this is where I am supposed to be. I am headed for the storage unit to hunt for things I need. I am praying for an apartment to open up soon! I hate to keep hauling stuff here, I do take some back over there though!!
    I love the colors you used for the applique flowers but that is not my favorite thing to do either!! I would either not have made the quilt or found a border that would work!! LOL!

  12. Marla

    So excited about the new book! I finally got some ads to close. Is there a pattern available for the Morning Glory quilt? I absolutely love it!!!

  13. Kris in Naperville

    Thank you for the pumpkin pattern! I sincerely appreciate your generosity, both with patterns and your time! good luck on the applique…. I find it so tedious… looking forward to seeing it when it’s complete!

  14. Diane Bauer

    Four ads to close here. Interesting that others aren’t getting them today. They’ve been pretty consistent for me throughout this process.

    I LOVE your #5—gorgeous colors! Handwork has always been relaxing for me, but my eyes don’t cooperate for it as they used to!

  15. patti leal

    thanks for the pumpkin pattern. will be so cute. that’s a gorgeous piece you are set to finish. and the colors are so good. thanks, nikki for the pulled pork recipe. plan to add that to the dinner rounds. i had no trouble at all with the book list. always love recommendations like that. take care, patti in florida

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      HIPS stand for the quilt named Hidden In Plain Sight that we’re doing as a quiltalong. It can be found in our book Beyond The Battlefield.

  16. BarBQue

    Nice to hear from you with lots of ads to click. Your post with pictures of the new book of quilts didn’t have the pictures. Wonder why that happens sometimes. I recently received a post from All People Quilt that was also missing the pictures. Stay cool – the weatherman says this heat is about to end.

  17. Kathy in western NY

    Thanks for the nice reward of a free pattern for your readers. We appreciate it and the persistence you have put into assuring us to still be able to read about your days and life there. Puppy dogs are so cute!! I am sure it’s tougher for Reed to adjust knowing he has to stay on top of more schoolwork now. It’s warmer here in NY too so soaking up every nice day ahead.

  18. Barbara

    Mary, have you considered machine applique for your Morning Glories project? Both Edyta Sitar and Kim Diehl have great tutorials for this method. Hand applique is beautiful, but machine applique gets it done!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Oh, you guessed! I faced the shapes with dryer sheets, turned them right side out and now I’m machine appliquing them.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Fiona – do you know why the magenta colored MG bloom so profusely and I can’t get the blue ones to bloom at all? What does your Japanese friend say?

  19. Vicky

    The book, Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo, is a great book. This book is the first of the Kate Burkholder series. I have the whole series on my Nook. I read the series many times and enjoy them every time.

  20. Dee

    Thanks for the pattern. I like hearing the adventures of your animals and family. Your country life seems so peacefull

  21. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    The book lists are fine and easy to enlarge on both my phone and iPad. Closed five ads today. Love that the blog is working. I sure Wish I lived closer, I love to do hand appliqué and I would it for you. I look at that appliqué and say “let me at it” . You always inspire me to quilt more, which is wonderful. Thank you

  22. Nikki M in Tx

    Thanks for the pattern..added to my to do list…lol
    Posted pulled pork recipe.. forgot to tell ya’ll it is not Texas BBQ.. more a Memphis sweet BBQ….I also like to add about a tsp of red Chile flakes to the mix

  23. Launa

    Closed 4 ads!
    Rain showers thru the week. 52o @ 5:30pm! Thanks for Playhouse Pumpkin pattern, Mary!

  24. Jackie

    I like your applique pieces and colors!
    Thank you for the list of book. I will be listening to a couple of these books on Audible, while I finish my #5.

  25. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, I just love your patterns. They are so simple and easy to follow! We just look at the colored picture, pattern and fabric and start cutting. Our minds must be wired alike?
    You are goin to have to go a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng way to get rid of all of us. We all thank you for all your effort and frustrations. Computers can be like that.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Thank you, Betty! It’s important to us that people are able to actually MAKE our quilts. I always hope readers aren’t just “collecting” our patterns to join others in a drawer. Ha!

  26. Sally J.

    Thank you for the pumpkin pattern!! The book list came through just fine. Hanging my fall quilts today!
    Telly and Hazel are just the sweetest. Closed several ads. Have a blessed day.

  27. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I think your Morning Glories will be wonderful; you’ll appreciate this when it’s done, for sure. I wonder if there are raccoons up in that tree? I love tate little pumpkin pattern, thanks!

  28. Kathy Roloff

    Morning glories is absolutely gorgeous. I would applique that for you in a heartbeat. You’ve done the putsy prep stuff.

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