So Many Finishes! 7-14-2020

This will make your day! I’ve gotten all of these finishes in the past week and today’s the day to post them! Enjoy!

They are all wonderful! What a talented bunch, you all are! And how I loved seeing these finishes – please send me your finish if you have not already done so.

This is July in Iowa:

These pictures say it all!

50 thoughts on “So Many Finishes! 7-14-2020

  1. Barbara Ramey(6 bags in Seattle)

    The corn looks right out of Field of Dreams! And the finishes are so nice.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Barbara Ramey – and the Field of Dreams game that was scheduled for August has been postponed! Grrrrr…..

  2. Diane Bauer

    Oh, my goodness, WOW!! So many beautiful finishes!! I love seeing all of these! I’m starting a new block-of-the-month quilt today at the local quilt shop. Not sure what I was thinking when I signed up for this one given the pile of unfinished projects I have laying around, but here I go!

    And the farm looks great in July! So much green!!

  3. Pat Hayes

    These are so superb. Thanks Mary!!

    The farms look splendid as of course the talents displayed also.

    Wish I could be part of you gals, maybe next year. Pat

  4. Em

    I am new to your blog and have fallen in love with the way you present all things quilty and your lovely countryside. Those of us who are not fortunate enough to live in rural areas, with your pictures and comments, can at least dream of the life we would like to have.

    1. Amy M

      Welcome Em!! I know Mary and Connie will be interested to find out how did you find the blog? If you become lost, just scroll back through the comments, sometimes from yesterday or the day before. We sort of become a running story. You will enjoy the blog, feel free to send in your pictures and what you are working on, we all love show and tell!

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Em – Welcome! We are a close knit group of like-minded women – quilters, gardeners, crafters, photographers, bakers, and homemakers! Nothing fancy – just ordinary days on a small farm!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Beautiful, just beautiful. All that green, I love it.
    As a kid, I got lost in one of those corn fields, scary when your not tall enough to see over the top!
    I thought I was going to die in there.
    I’m back to making masks as school has new on site plans. My #5 has stalled. The others have beautiful work to show. Thanks for sharing.
    It’s cool today, 70’s 😁. Later in the week back to the 90’s

  6. Joyce from NY

    Such beautiful finishes, such talented finishers. Flowers and corn and of course the flag pictures topping it all off on a wonderful July day. Thank you Mary!!

  7. Charlotte Shira

    What beautiful pictures and fantastic finished projects!! Iowa corn fields are beautiful. I had corn last night with dinner. It was so good!

  8. Kathy Hanson

    WOW! Beautiful finishes and Beautiful Iowa in July!! So much fun to see what everyone is getting finished, this Dirty Dozen thing is making everyone prolific! How wonderful! Enjoy seeing the farm and surrounds, amazing!

  9. Jean

    Those finishes! Just wow. If the quilt with the cross on it is applique OMG! It is just beautiful. Iowa is hard to beat for beauty in the summer but those iowa winters. Uff. I didn’t see any pics of rick’s garden. What did he plant? Thanks for a great blog today!

    1. Nikki M in Tx

      Yes it is appliqué…. raw edge.. cut out using exact knife (4 times before got it right) all in one piece. NEVER again.

  10. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    Thank you to everyone who sent in pics and thank you fir posting! Always fun to see all of them! Corn looks wonderful! If no Hard storms should be a great harvest!!
    Loved the mouse!!
    Again , thanks for sharing!

  11. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Fabulous pictures ,beautiful corn, here not much of it reached knee high by 4th of July. It’s coming along now but slow. Your flag picture and corn picture with tree limb in foreground are prize winners.

  12. Frances

    Just a lovely post! The quilts and doll clothes are so cute. The pictures of Iowa in the Summer are so pretty! It reminds me and probably many others of childhood memories of driving through Illinois and the Midwest during the Summer. Thank you!

  13. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, My…The finishes are wonderful. And the photos are like going to our own private quilt show. Love them all!
    Rhonda, your mouse doll and clothing are absolutely precious. I so enjoy looking at them. I have two grown daughters and I remember sewing doll clothes for them. Its not easy, really. Everything is so small.
    Way in back of the corn field (flag photo) I see what looks to be a hill with a forest growing on it. Maybe even fir trees? And I thought Iowa was completely flat??
    The farm looks first class, trimmed and blooming. Just lovely. We have been working on sprucing up ours lately. Hired a tree service to take out several big trees too close to the house and now we are taking out some old shrubs in the front. Even the blackberries were getting in there. That work my husband is doing with his tractor and back hoe. I run behind with whatever….lol. Gopher.
    Our garden is thriving nicely and it won’t be long until you find me canning beans and carrots.

    1. Betty Klosterman

      My guess that the forest on the “hill” is a grove of trees growing around a farm house to protect it from the wind and weather. In Central Iowa, where I was raised, the glacier came thru scraping up everything. So it is flat country.

    2. Rhonda in Urbandale, IA

      Sue in Oregon – Thanks for your comments! My 5-year-old granddaughter broke a bone in her arm so I made her the doll to cheer her up. You all have to use your imagination because it is supposed to be a kitty, hairless I guess! Kitty is what the pattern says and what Louisa thinks so we’re going with that! I made the doll a brace to match her’s. The clothing is my official DD #5 finish and you are correct that the size of those pieces makes it more difficult than it looks. My least favorite part, stuffing the doll!

      So impressed with everyone’s July finishes. Such beautiful quilts and the appliqué, oh my! Really finding this fun and already anxious to learn our next number. Most of my numbers are piecing projects but there is another stuffed animal in there that has been waiting for me for 15 years. That’s embarrassing…

  14. Beryl in Owatonna

    WOW! Great finishes!! I love the cross, that must have been a challenge! Every one was beautiful.
    I get to move back home Friday after being in Iowa since March! I have thoroughly enjoyed but an excited to wait for the call I have an apartment! I will be able to spend more time in front of the machine. I have enjoyed watching the corn grow…I can’t believe how fast it has grown and way past the knee high by the 4th saying! Should be a good crop. Everything is so green but desperately needs rain, perhaps this afternoon and tomorrow. Hopefully no severe weather. I am not enjoying the heat but that makes the corn grow.
    Your yard looks beautiful, Mary!
    Thanks for blog, I look forward to it every day!

  15. Vicki

    I love the project finishes. I particularly find your rudbeckia such bright, cheerful flowers!

  16. Kate

    Looks like Indiana in July! As a farmer’s daughter, I am always thankful to see the farmers’ crops doing so well. I hope they get just enough rain to have bumper crops. I’ve started a lot of things, but they won’t be finished until Christmas so I have no pictures to show you. Be still.

  17. Cinders

    Loved seeing the finished projects, I better get started on mine. Have been busy making facemasks! When I get these 25 made, will take a break! Also loved the photos of your lovely buildings, garden and the neighbor’s cornfield. The trees in the back are their building site grove/windbreak, correct? I plan to participate this year!

  18. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Wow, Mary. It’s a mini quilt show:) Thanks for sharing the beautiful DD’s and the pictures of the farm. When our niece visited from the Boston area, she said Ohio was all corn!! Too funny, but we ate lots and she loved it. It has been beautiful and in the 80’s this week, but we are going back up to the 90’s–sad. We have had too many of them this summer. Off to work on masks in case school opens for our two teachers and 4 grandkids. I have three quilts at the quilters so hope to show something soon!!

  19. Sandy

    Hi Mary, I too have a #5 finish,it’s aquilt I rescued for a friend, made after the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.quilters made green hearts that were sewn into over 500 quilts for survivers. Sue needed help to finish hers, so it’s been a busy couple of weeks,quilting and struggling with emotions.but all done now! Will get Andrew to send photos today I hope.lovely to see everyone’s great work, take care,best wishes from sandy

  20. Susan

    So many pretty quilts. Many girls would love to have the mouse as a friend! The doll clothes are so creative and made from great prints. What is the story of Lynn’s (AZ) Project?

    1. Lynn in Scottsdale

      Susan, it is a rug woven using Country Thread’s Rugs from Rags technique.

      I have made many, many rugs since learning the technique at a quilt shop in Phoenix in 1999.

      You can use old clothes, sheets, and fabric you don’t like anymore. In the particular rug posted, I used some of my husband’s worn out shirts and other fabric.

      Mary does sell the Rugs from Rags book and DVD if interested.

      Thanks for asking.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Lynn in Scottsdale. – and thank you for pointing her to our book. I love your rug! The colors are great! Shirts? White? Muslin? Can’t wait to finish my utlicolor rug so I can start one that looks like yours!!

      2. Susan in Iowa

        Thanks Lynn, in Scottsdale, for your explanation. Your rug is a beauty and I love the idea of using old materials to make it. I will have to look into that book!

  21. Margie from Ohio

    What great finishes!! Very dry here and temps in the 90s coming, no rain though.

  22. Janice Hebert

    Great pictures today! Love all of the finishes but especially the quilt with what look like paper dolls in the centers? That is really cute, what a great gift for a little girl. Would love to know who made it, is it a kit? Or a charm pack? The mouse, the doll clothes, all so cute. Your homestead looks so nice, Mary. We finally have our breezeway back! All of the chickens are out in their coops. For now we divided the run and my dear husband built a temporary coop for the smallest birds to be used until they are closer in size to the oldest. Any advice on combining flocks Mary? Or anyone? Our gardens are doing great, so far. We’ve kept up with the weeding much more than past years! A happy result of being home more. Stay safe everyone, be still… Jan in MA

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janice Hebert – when they are all the same size, there shouldn’t be any problem. I’d keep an eye on them though when you run them together! There might be a renegade in the bunch!

  23. Debbie Miller

    Beautiful finishes and farm pictures as usual! I love the cat doll and the clothes. Seeing the field of corn-one of the stories from my childhood that my Dad always told was the summer of 1955 and I at 2 1/2 years old disappeared. We lived in the very rural country and it scared my parents to death. My brother was supposed to be watching me-he’s 4 years older. The roads were all dirt and not lots of traffic, but there was the duck pond, the well, the creek and the outhouse. I wasn’t in any of those thank goodness! Daddy walked across the road to the garden and started looking-he could see a few corn stalks shaking. He went to them and there I was shaking the corn stalk and saying “Cob-cob”. I apparently knew what I wanted and had gone to get it! Still absolutely love fresh corn to this day.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Debbie Miller – losing a child in a cornfield is no laughing matter! The heat and humidity and then going in circles to find a little kid is terrifying!

      1. Janice Hebert

        It’s not only kids that get lost, haha! We have a farm stand nearby and a few years ago a family got lost in their corn maze! It was getting late and they were really upset and called 911! I laugh but I’m sure it was scary. My girlfriend worked at the stand and said it was pretty pathetic, all they had to do was look for the telephone lines that would direct them to the road. Oh well, we had a laugh. And yes. Mary. I’ll wait a couple of weeks. I did open the petition for a little while today. No real trouble but I’ll do a little time together until they get along during the day. Then when bigger I’ll try nights. Maybe. Scary thought! Jan in MA

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Janice Hebert – and I’m really sorry I didn’t find any chicks at the feed store this spring – just tonight at chores I found two of my older hens dead. Very sad but one was 8-10 yrs. old!!!

  24. Nancy TD

    The finishes are fabulous! Made my day—a quilt show without sore feet from walking. I will get my finish off soon. Making masks with the new Creative Grids template. It is fitted and doesn’t ride up.
    The pictures are great of the farm. Everything is growing good.
    Stay safe everyone.

  25. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    The finishes were wonderful; good job, everyone!
    Mary, I loved all the beautiful pics of the farm, especially those yellow cone-type flowers. While we are staying home this summer, I am planting perennials. Hopefully, we can go west with our camper next summer.

  26. Julianna

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful blue skies, gorgeous greens and pretty finishes! Summer is so colorful and soothing to the soul – especially during these times.

  27. Gloria from CC

    Everyone’s finishes are absolutely beautiful! A very talented group of ladies. The pictures of Mary’s farm are stunning and should be framed.
    Angel and I are driving back to Iowa this morning. We’ve been at our home in NW Wisconsin for 4 weeks. There are less cases of the virus in Barron County than at home so I feel safer. Other than taking care of my flower gardens here, all I do is sew every day. Take care everyone and stay safe.

  28. Donna Albright

    July in Guthrie County and the surrounding areas is not like where you live. The yards are brown and brittle and the corn is reaching for water. It’s tasseling but, if we don’t get any rain, who knows how much it will fill out with kernals. We certainly don’t need any bad storms, but then no one does.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna Albright – and all that rain is going south of us! DesMoines must be getting hammered – and south of DM. Ours is not brown yet but we sure do wish it would rain before it gets that way!

  29. Tammy from the home of the Highground in WI

    Beautiful finishes everyone! Love the outdoor pictures Mary. This is my first time participating in the monthly UFO, even if I only get one or two completed I will consider it a win! Have a great day everyone!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Tammy – keep working every day just a little bit and before you know it, you’ll be finishing!!

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