For those of you who didn’t start our RugAlong in July, there’s no time like the present to join in. You will need this book and our dvd.

Both can be ordered from Country Threads for $20.00.

You will also need a rug frame.  Directions to build a frame are in the book but if that doesn’t work for you, here’s a source. John and Janet Locey will be happy to help you with a frame – they’re experts and have been making our frames for years.

Here are 3 rugs – just finished tying off two of them – it’s like binding on a quilt – the last step and I hate doing both.

Here’s a closeup of twining.

And then there’s Millie!

I finished this rug but it’s still on the frame because I’d like to film a short video of that “AHA!” moment when it is removed.  We’ll see if I can figure out how to post a video.  Don’t hold your breath.

It was a grand day to receive photos of your Number 3’s!

And this is a shot in the dark for our friend Rosie W. who needs just two more 1-1/2” strips of this fabric for her log cabin quilt.  I do not have this fabric and it does not look familiar but maybe one of you can help Rosie.  Let her know in the comments, please.

That’s all folks!  Goodnight!

25 thoughts on “Rugalong

  1. Beth T.

    I went straight to the comments to see if anyone had found Rosie’s fabric–I felt so bad that I didn’t have any in my stash, despite how much fabric is in there. It made me so happy to see that Cathy was able to point her to the right place–out of all the fabric shops on the web!–and Rosie got the fabric she needed. I love the community of quilters, and the community that you’ve created here, Mary.

  2. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, you are using a walker which is great. You don’t need to fall and break a bone. It won’t help your knees. So, the next thing we would like to hear is you went to the doctor and a date is set for your knee surgery. Putting it off won’t help and the sooner you get it done, the sooner you will be up and chasing all the chickens, etc. There are so many different ways they do the surgery and sometimes the recovery is very easy. So, please…….you will wonder why you put it off so long. I’ve been sorting thru piles and piles of fabric and started projects from about 25 years. Don’t know if I can count that far, but there are some really neat things started. In the meantime, I love your Dirty Dozen. Good idea. Betty

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      I made the mistake of trying another steroid shot the end of July and forgot that you can’t have surgery for at least 90 days following. I called for an appointment with my dr.a month ago and couldn’t get in until September 20! I hope to get it scheduled at that time. I did put it off since last March and I’m sorry I did but I thought I could “tough it out”. The walker is a godsend and I have several canes and walking sticks that I leave here and there around the farm.
      I’ve wondered how you’re doing, Betty – I’ll bet you miss Frank.

      1. Betty

        I don’t care what people think about the walker. They are wonderful. Thanks for asking about me. Life has been interesting. On April 16 at 2:30 AM I had a stress heart attack. The doctors said I wouldn’t have made it except I recognized the signs and called 911. Three stents later and I was home the next day. Now I have finished Cardiac Phase II and am in Phase III and feeling good. They also changed a med and now I don’t feel so tired all the time. That was the best part – along with being alive! Guess I’m getting old, but I don’t feel old. The obits have such a big range of ages and I’m in the middle.
        In the meantime I’m back to sorting out everything again, but trying to do it easily. I let myself sew sometimes and that really feels good. I just have to make up a couple blocks, etc. From now on I’m going to put dates with the projects that are started as I can’t remember when and there are some really nice ones. Some of Frank’s coats, sweaters, suits and winter boots are still here but I haven’t decided what to do with them yet. The basement is another story along with 40 years of 40 years of car lot books. The weather is cooling off a bit so I can get some of the outside stuff done. Garter snakes lived under the step by my back door all summer and I didn’t have a single ant problem. That was really nice and I loved watching the snakes. If only I was so graceful. Hope they come back next summer. We must have a lot of them in our block.
        You take care and be really careful about not falling. The next 2 months will pass pretty fast. Betty

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Really good to hear from you, Betty! A heart attack – wow! So glad you’re getting meds and all changed so that you will feel better – all the sorting doesn’t have to be done in one go so don’t overwork yourself!
          I do use the walker but not as much as I do a cane – I have several of them here and there plus walking sticks and I don’t want to fall! Tomorrow I’m going to mow at the church – a riding mower, not walking! Haha!

  3. Nikki M in Tx

    All #3s are great…especially love the Rockin’ Frank ( at least that is what I have nicknamed him).
    Eye surgery scheduled for 23rd so trying get ducks in a row & clean house, etc . Got several green tomatoes yesterday so fixed fried green tomatoes & for second time in last couple weeks have been in heaven. Nothing beats fried green tomatoes. Working on blue/white quilt block for outgoing president of quilt guild am a member of. 8 inch blocks of our choosing. Has been fun making various blocks. Think have enough fabric pulled for sew along.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      We have lots of green tomatoes but I’ve never fixed them – I should find a recipe. Wondering how Bongo is and if he’s been eating your flowers. I’m organizing my fabric for HIPS but have yet to start cutting – maybe today – unless it’s a porch day and then I’ll work on the rug.

      1. Nikki M in Tx

        Slice tomatoes about 1/2 inch slices..
        Dredge in flour…
        Dredge egg wash..(shake or 2 of Tabasco)
        Dredge in seasoned flour mix ( I use 1/2 AP flour 1/2 corn flour seasoned with salt, pepper, & ouch cayenne)
        Fry in hot oil to cover until golden brown

        Dip in ranch dressing or dip of choice.. I like
        1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup ketchup, good shake or two of of Franks hot sauce.

        Instead of seasoned flour have used Zatarain’s fish fry & is very good. DIL uses 1/2 AP flour & 1/2 Pablo style breadcrumbs
        You want totally green tomatoes for best pink or red coloring at all . Hope you like.

      2. Nikki M in Tx

        Re: Bongo….ate everyone of my baskets …did let them get lush & full first…
        It is said one definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over & over & expecting a different out come. Think I have learned my lesson & no more hanging baskets! Unless someone knows a plant he will leave alone, lol.
        Don’t know if was Bongo or coyotes or raccoons but something got into cantaloupe patch and took bite out of everyone !!!

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Oh no! Bongo! Is it just a challenge for him? I’m sure he doesn’t do it because he’s hungry, right? Can you hang them higher than he can reach? That might be at rain gutter height, huh? And what eats cantaloupe? Surely not coyotes!
          I may try the fried green tomatoes because ours are not turning. Too much cool weather! It’s been such a short cool summer that I haven’t even gotten to wear all my summer clothes and sandals – some are still in dry cleaner bags!

          1. Nikki M in Tx

            No not because hungry…next year try gutter height..does it just because he can.
            Panko bread crumbs not Pablo…& I salt as soon as take out of oil just as do French fries. Fried green tomatoes seems to be a southern thing, like pickled green tomatoes. Your Iowa sweet corn recipe, fried green tomatoes, green beans, corn bread & honey, sliced onion & a pickled jalapeño pepper.. talk about being in high Cotten! Enjoy,.. sweet tea or iced cold beer, either way a feast for sure.

  4. Diane, Squeak's Mom

    The # 3’s have all been so pretty and interesting. It is neat to see the diversity of our group.:)

    I am working along on my rug. It is a lot lumpier with flannel, but it will be soft. Maybe I’m not pulling it tightly enough? I may take the last piece out and redo it.

    Love seeing Millie:) All the pictures and ads came through just fine, Mary. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  5. Cathy W.

    Rosie, I just saw a fabric that looks like yours on the remnant page at Homespun Hearth. Go to their website and click on remnants. Or call them at 719-481-0197.

    1. Rosie Westerhold

      By, George, I think one of the fabric there is what I’m looking for👏👏👏👏🥰🥰🥰🥰!! Will be calling them in a few minutes. Thank you so much, Cathy W. And thank you to Mary for posting my plea👍👍👍.

    2. Rosie Westerhold

      To Cathy W. And Mary,

      I ordered WAY more than I needed from the Homestead Hearth remnant page😳😳. They had 3 Lecien fabrics that look like what I need. Just got off the phone with Teresa at the shop, and they will ship my order tomorrow via Priority Mail!! WooHoo!!! ONE of those fabrics has to be a match. Quilters are THE GREATEST people. We all come together when one of us is in a bind. I NEVER would have been able to search ALL the online shop for that one particular fabric. It never would have happened if not for Mary’s blog. Keep up the good work, Mary. All the pics and came through just fine. And I closed MULTIPLE ad the 3 times I visited today👍👍

      Just an FYI. I mostly read ON the blog site after I click to go there from your e-mail. I am using an iPad Pro and accessing the website via Safari. Prior to a few days ago, that was the only way I could read the entire post. The e-mail would come to my inbox, but there was usually only one sentence, and never any pics. Something changed a few days ago, and now I can see the entire post in my e-mail on my iPad. But I STILL go to the website so I can close ads.

      Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!! I LOVE hearing all about your life, quilting and otherwise, and seeing all of your interesting pictures. So glad you persevered through this mess with your blog. Hope to enjoy many more posts from you.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Wow! That is amazing! Cathy recognized it and they actually had the fabric – holy smokes! Yes, quilters are genuinely nice people and this blog has organized a great group of them! Thank you, Cathy W.!!!

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Wonderful pictures. Inspiring indeed seeing nice projects. I wish I had a piece of Rosie’s needed fabric but not that one. She’s right though – lots of quilters read this blog so fingers and toes crossed that it happens for her to get a little more.

  7. Charlotte S.

    The #3s are beautiful and the rugs are great. Love the colors!! Thanks for all the pictures.

  8. Carolyn Boutilier

    Great pictures of # three’s. I enjoy each of them and get inspired from them. Keep them coming.
    Working on rug hooking and small quilt for Christmas presents. Had 2 cataract operations this past month and how colors have changed.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

  9. Diane Bauer

    Great 3’s!!! I worked on my #5 today but needed binding and our local quilting shops were closed for Labor Day, so I worked on Frank’s instead. Good progress regardless!

  10. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    P.S. Wish I could be in Garner for your City Wide Yard Sale this coming weekend. Sounds like so much fun.

  11. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    So glad to see your blog up and running again. I pray it stays that way with no more problems for you. The #3 projects you posted are fabulous. The Holly Hocks are one of my favorite flowers and this one posted is wonderful.

  12. Peggy S

    Lots of beautiful #3s. Good work everyone!!
    Sorry Rose, wish I had some of your fabric. . . Have lots of other stuff, as I’m sure everyone else does, too!! Someone must have a chunk for you. . . If not, would you have some small scraps to piece together??
    Happy to see the pics coming through, Mary!!

  13. Rosie Westerhold

    And thank you, Mary, for posting this on your blog! This blog reaches MANY more people than I could possibly contact.

  14. Rosie Westerhold

    I’m the one looking for this fabric. It is a gray-green in color, smooth cotton fabric, not a woven. It MAY be a Daiwabo Taupe or a Lecien fabric. I need less than a FQ. Any help or info on the fabric would be appreciated!

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