Rainy Morning

It’s 32 degrees and raining – a recipe for possible disaster if you ask me.  If the temperature drops and it keeps raining, the roads will get icy.  I had to bring Rox to the vet at 8 am for ear cleaning, shots, eye cleaning, teeth exam and I will wait in town rather than take a chance of driving home and leaving her stranded at the vet’s office overnight if the weather turns bad.

Look who’s at my house – Camber!  5 months old and so happy and smiley!


Eric, Nikki, Camber and their 2 chihuahuas Bella and Boo arrived Sunday night for Thanksgiving.  With the weather being questionable today, we went shopping yesterday for Camber’s Christmas presents so they can take them home with them. We bought cute clothes and toys – it was such fun!  


Telly was feeling left out so she had to make sure Dad knew she was there – Bella, too.


Next week Country Threads will be featured on Martingale’s blog so I’ve been answering questions via email this week.  That age old question “how did we meet and how did we start” is what everyone seems to want to know and Connie and I argue about who has to answer it because it’s quite boring and ordinary.  Of course when I think back to 1981 and how different things were then, I know it would be impossible to start a business like ours in the same way today.  We weren’t business people at all – we were two women who loved to sew!  We learned the business as we went and the business grew with our knowledge of it.  If one thing didn’t work, we were willing to try something else.  Our minds were open to change and that was a good thing because we saw many changes through the years.  For those of you who don’t know our background, we started our business before rotary cutters!

Enough reminiscing – it’s still raining and Rox is still at the vet office.  Later.

22 thoughts on “Rainy Morning

  1. marian

    I just received my Sew Charming book from Amazon today!!!! (11-25-16) So happy, I could look at the cover all day! Enjoyed all your pictures, the baby, and Telly getting his love, too!

  2. Felicia Hamlin

    Happy Thanksgiving Mary.! That little Camber is a sweet heart. Grandchildren are our reward for growing old and make us feel young again.

    Enjoy all those little ones, Felicia

  3. Susie Q

    Before rotary cutters…. now THAT is funny. Glad you are still around and keeping us up to date.

  4. Sandy Erickson

    Years ago I bought a Country Threads pattern for a wall hanging that said “Sewing Room”. My cat had a bladder infection and peed on my pattern so it had to go. Is there any possibility that I could find a pattern somewhere?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy – I have the original and can make you a copy and mail it for $10.00. Make your check out to Country Threads and send to 2345 Palm Ave. Garner,IA 50438

  5. Diane

    And, despite the fact I never made it to the shop, I did buy lots of books so I am GLAD you did start your shop:) Is it just me or does Camber look like Rick? Have a great Thanksgiving. I am starting my next rug after Thanksgiving, I hope.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane – Camber and Rick do resemble each other – they’re both bald! Ha!

  6. Diane Deibler

    Enjoy that grandma time. You will miss her every time she leaves. They have a way of “growing” on you and fill a special spot in your heart.

  7. Ann Barlament

    I’m thankful the rotary cutter was invented, because I started my quilting about 16 years prior to it’s existence and it was the part I hated… drawing around a template and cutting it out by hand.

    What I’d like to get back, is a rotary mat that’s “naked”…No lines or markings. Yes, I still have my first mat from the 1980’s…that ancient thing is well worn.

  8. Katie Hernandez

    Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your family..
    🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

  9. Lynda

    Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy your stories! Also you were so right about ordering your book from Amazon. I ordered it Oct 23 still waiting. 😕

  10. Marsha Ransom

    What fun! I love Martingale’s! and remember reading about your business various places in the past . . . always thought if I wasn’t so busy freelancing writing and homeschooling and rehabbing houses I’d love to get back into quilting . . . lol . . . and doing a retreat at your place.

    Now my homeschoolers are grown, I write proclamations and take minutes for the City of South Haven and I no longer rehab houses for sale . . . but with the advent of grandchildren, I began quilting again and always love seeing the quilts you showcase on your blog!

  11. Rose Mikulski

    Love the family photos, glad that Eric, Nikki and Camber arrived safely before the weather turn. I see a new date acronym, there’s B.C. and now B.R.C. (before rotary cutters); I’m an A.R.C. (after rotary cutters).

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rose – actually they were delayed a whole day because of the blizzard south of them and north of us.

  12. PJ

    Love hearing your stories n Camber is adorable…babies just make everything extra happy, we have an 8 month old GGrandbaby, Harper, n cannot wait to see her this week!!❤️❤️ Happy Thanksgiving..

  13. Sneed

    You are truly blessed. Working, or “playing” with a best friend for the last thirty-five years which has created this wonderful business and watching your family not only grow up, but also expand to embrace the new ones like Camber. That’s what I call the good life.

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