Redwork Pillow Shams, 11-18-20

Thanks to all of you who are interested in genealogy and looked into R.C. Pelton, the name on the label. It’s very interesting but like one of you said, it takes you down the rabbit hole and there are more questions but I took one thought away from all your comments. Mrs. Pelton would love knowing her fine handwork is being enjoyed in 2020 and I’m not going to put them away in the drawer.

I took closeup pictures that some of you asked for – I hope you can see the lovely handwork as well as the patches that were so lovingly added.

And the red and white quilts are coming out for Christmas!

Picnic pattern will go into the online store very soon.

Barn Swallows will also be in the store soon. I’ll let you know.

Colton says “hi”!

Jo was bored!

And the people stayed home.

Be Still.

47 thoughts on “Redwork Pillow Shams, 11-18-20

  1. Brenda Ks

    Mary I just love this. Did you get this from the internet.
    Would love a copy of it. A friend her mother and I are going to get together and do the little “Be still” after Thanksgiving and this would be so nice to have to read and remember.
    Hope I don’t start something.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda Ks – I ordered two copies on Amazon – it’s just newly released so I’m not sure how quick it will get here. Wish I could join you guys!

      1. Kathy

        I bought copies of the book for my children for gifts this year. It’s a sweet book as I got one for myself too.

  2. Jean E

    Oh my …first of all I love the red quilts. Wow I guess Jo must be getting comfortable if she feels it’s OK to tear stuff up like that. I love seeing the pictures of her and hearing her stories.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Donna

    I see Jo being bored as progress don’t you? Love the redwork. It’s in great shape for it age. I think Mrs. Pelton would be glad it’s being used and not stuck in a drawer. Love Love your blog!

  4. Lynn in Scottsdale

    I love the little story at the end. So fitting in our time of pandemic.

    Praying for all of you.

  5. Rita in Iowa

    Jo was a busy girl!

    The page says it all, maybe our politicians should read this and know it takes the whole world to get through this year and beyond. Thanks for sharing Mary. Be still and safe.
    Very windy again in Iowa, burn band again.

  6. Gloria from CC

    Good grief! Jo must have decided to have a party but didn’t invite you. Ha! Love the old red work pillow shams. Oh what a story those patches could tell. Colton is such a beautiful cat and so photogenic. The clip at the end is so insightful about what is really happening in our world that it gives me shivers. Be calm and still.

  7. Amy M

    Oh my! At least paper isn’t as bad as puppy potty training other than this is going to require a lot of bending over. Maybe you can coax her outside and get your leaf blower in there. Now is this after you introduced her to Rick : ) Just kidding, don’t tell him I said that!! When I was a kid, our sheltie would do that when we were gone from home to long. So maybe she is missing you? I agree maybe she is feeling comfortable that she would do this. She certainly isn’t doing it to get beaten again after hiding for so long. More for you to get advice on and another journal entry. I met a women this weekend who had adopted an abused dog and they have had it six months and it still is not totally warmed up to them. So you have your winter project and as you say you have the time and the perfect set up.

  8. Sarah F.

    Looks like Jo took out some of her frustration on a roll of paper towels. Who know this could help her come around. Time will tell.
    Thanks for the pictures of the pillow sham. The initials do check out for Ella’s parents. Her mother was Jennie Leapley and her father was Levi Forsythe. But as for the arrangement of the initials I am at a loss. BTW Ella married Rufus at the age of 38. She was born in 1880. And passed in 1963 and is buried in Cherokee.
    Love the red quilts!

  9. Jan in sw minnesota

    You are so good and patient with the animals, but they do keep you busy!
    Love the redwork. Her stitching is perfect. Thanks for sharing that and all the rest.

  10. Jeanine

    Wow! What beautiful embroidery work! I am glad you are putting it out and enjoying it. That is why we create things……to be used and enjoyed. We are having a beautiful day here in Oskaloosa……a little breezy out, but sunny and warming up! We will take every day we can like this as we know what lies ahead for us. That reading is so true to where we are today.. I love your Be Still wall hanging….the simple one. We all need to remember that.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jeanine – we, too, are having a warm day but the wind is supposed to increase to 40 mph bursts!

  11. Judy Linn

    My guess is Jo is feeling better! Made me laugh out loud! Sorrrrreeee you have yet another mess to clean. My pups have so much fun when they are shredding stuff!!!!!

    Loving Jo’s progress reports!
    Judy in Texas

  12. Jo in Wyoming

    What a wonderful way to start my day. The reds are gorgeous, I feel like you love the Christmas season because you love reds.
    Jo is a puzzle. Busy when she is alone and so shy when she has company. Such a puzzle.
    Is that story page from “Mother Earth”? It feels like I’ve seen it parts of it in a quilt. For some reason, it’s ringing a bell. It’s so appropriate today. It needs to be made into a poster.
    Mary, again, thanks for a happy post today.

    Rub her ears for me

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – maybe it’s been used before but this came from the book “ And the people stayed home” sent to me by a quilt camper years ago. I love it!

  13. Deb B

    What a wonderful thing (or maybe not) that Jo is pushing a little bit. I know you handled the mess with kindness and good nature. The clipping is precious. I checked on the book and it is one to two months out for delivery on Amazon. Think I’ll call around to local stores to see if I can find a copy. Looks like it would be a good one for a children’s book pillow that I’m making for a few little ones I’m fond of. LOVE the red and white quilts and the embroidery on the pillow shams is so precise and beautifully done.

  14. Rebecca From wa st

    I loved kittys picture and what it had to say. I took a screen shot and will put it in my journal. How fitting for this day.
    Retired and still I am

  15. Karen

    Love, Love, Love all the red and white quilts. And why haven’t I made any? On my list, for sure. Thank you, Mary, for all the pics of the shams and knowing that you are having them out to enjoy. Too often “good” treasures are put away for special times are forgotten and never really enjoyed by our families. Another rabbit hole? Wonder whose initials those are? LOL

  16. Linda

    My first thought when I saw Jo’s “fun” – is this what got her into trouble in the first place and caused the abuse? Second thought – perhaps she is showing her need for attention – even bad attention is better than none (from her previous owner) Third thought – keep up the fantastic patience with her – she has had a terrible experience. The red and white quilts are so wonderful.

  17. Donna in Kentucky

    Thank you for all the pictures. I love the red and white quilts.
    I have the last picture you posted of the girl reading with the bear and the fox on the wall in my library! I just love it! Thanks for telling us all to “be still”.

  18. Ginny

    I think Tess and Jo are sisters. Tess’s hobby is making little pieces out of big pieces if no one is around!

  19. Diane Bauer

    What a treasure you have there!!! Beautiful handiwork! And I love all of your red and white quilts!!

    And the people stayed home.

  20. Pat Smith

    I just loved “And the people stayed Home”. So appropriate to these times. I wish the people sitting shoulder to shoulder at the outdoor bar downtown would read it and think about it. I also hope the outcome could be as positive as this author writes. I hope Jo is able to learn to trust again. She sure has a great person to teach her that some humans are all right.

  21. Lois Ann Johnson

    I had to laugh out loud when I saw Jo’s mess that she made. My Bailey did a lot of that when she first came here to live (1-1/2 years ago) but she is gradually outgrowing it now, thank goodness. I am not a quilter but I sure do love your red ones and I appreciate all the work that goes into creating something like that. Here is a writing I found on Facebook that is attributed to Jennifer Chiaverini: “Anyone who works on a quilt, who devotes her time, energy, creativity, and passion to that art learns to value the work of her hands. And as any quilter will tell you, a quilter’s quilting friends are some the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows.” I think that about sums it up, doesn’t it! Give Jo a hug!

    1. Sheila in WI

      Love that quote! Yup! That pretty much sums it up. Thanks so much for sharing. ❤

  22. Rhoda

    Good for Jo but more work for you.
    Love seeing the red quilts you brought out.
    And the embroidered piece is a treasure for sure plus the carefully mended spots- cigarette or cigar burns is my guess😀. Would we mend it that way today???
    Yes the story at the end is perfect for our time.
    Stay well everyone❤️

  23. Angie from Baltimore

    Can you imagine how much JO had doing that maneuver? Talk about getting your frustrations OUT. But what a mess for you to clean up.
    I loved buying handmade things at antique malls. I once bought a quilt no great made but wanted someone to know someone was willing to pay for it. They may have though me crazy but my cat absolutely LOVED it and as soon as I brought it out she was curling up on it so it was loved again

  24. Charlotte Shira

    What a nice way to start out my day! Loved the red and white quilts! Seems like Jo is coming around. Maybe the mess is good news! I think it’s awesome you are using the red and white table cover. It’s humbling to think that maybe our quilts and handiwork may still be used in 100+ years. Be still.

  25. Sandy

    Hi Mary, Jo is starting to feel more relaxed l think. You see some messes on the internet where dogs are so proud of rooms they have destroyed! My bella only shakes the feather duster occassionly, too busy barking and keeping neighbourhood under control! Love the quilts,take care everyone, best wishes from sandy

  26. Peggy S

    Just called my local Barnes & Noble. . . . Eagan, MN. They have one of the books set aside for me. . . Woo hoo!!

    1. Kathy

      Barnes and Nobles is where I got my books too last week. They only had a few copies left then so I was thankful I got mine.

  27. Diana

    Looks like maybe Jo is settling in a bit, hope so. You are a very good person to undertake these pups!
    Can’t wait for the barn swallows to appear, thank you! Love all your ‘redwork’

  28. Launa

    Thanks for your red quilts n other pictures today! No new snow nor sprinkles up here in Idaho yet today! Warmed up considerably!
    Looks like Jo was taking some excess energy out on lots of things? Maybe she wants your company rather than Rick’s? 😉.

  29. Betty Klosterman

    After looking at the kennel picture, I wonder what Jo thought she was doing? Playing, trying to get out? Could you put a remote camera in the kennel? That might be interesting to watch, also give you more ideas how to help her?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Betty K – yes, I’m going to use Sam’s babycam- it will be interesting to see what she’s doing when I’m not around.

  30. the other Angie

    Hi, Mary! Seeing Jo’s “work” made me laugh! I agree with the barn camera comment – that was my first thought. I would have loved to see her do all that! Did she act any differently afterwards? Bless you, again and again, for taking this on. I hope this is a good sign for her – especially when she sees she won’t be punished. She is on her way to a better life because of you.

    And, I cannot believe another year has passed and I still have not made a red and white quilt. I love seeing your red ones so much! It just makes me happy to see them!

    Thanks, too, for sharing the beautiful redwork and those pages from And the People Stayed Home. Both were impressive in their own way.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  31. Pauline Speck

    Thank you, Mary, for showing us that “staying home” page, perfect timing, as here in South Australia we go into hard lockdown for six days, starting today. It was announced in the middle of yesterday, effective at midnight. Our state has been infection-free for so long, but repatriation flights have brought Covid from overseas, and every new case has been in the medi-hotels. This effort is to stop a second wave, as the state of Victoria has just finished, with 127 days of hard lockdown!
    So I have six days to sew, and do some gardening – lots of weeds as we go into warmer weather – and to just “be still”.
    Pauline in South Australia

  32. Sharon in Oswego, Il

    Thank you, Mary for the last page in your Post. I am going to “share”. Also, happy to see Barn Swallows will be available. Keeping good thoughts for you and Jo.

  33. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I really look forward to the emails. Jo is slowly coming around. I am inspired to make a red and white quilt and just ordered your pattern Christmas Morning. I’m excited to make it though it will be made with lots of reds.

  34. Lorraine McGeough

    Thank you for sharing those pictures of that lovely table topper. The redwork is amazing and beautifully done. The patching of the fabrics goes to show us that the maker was using fabrics that she had. This piece reminds me of what my Grandma would do. She used what she had and sometimes it was fabrics that didn’t even match.
    Thank you for your patience with Jo. Hoping and praying she will reward you sometime soon with a lick on the cheek or go out for a walk on a leash with you

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