Sunday Night

Watching the Grammies and wondering why anyone would want to wear such stupid clothes? I’m way past wearing anything that would draw attention to me! Haha!


So much to tell you – none of it very interesting but here we go. Rick and I attended a funeral on his side of the family yesterday and came home between luncheon and family get together in the evening because I had chores to do. The hydrant is frozen up in the barn so I’ve been hauling water. Rick has worked on it all day today and hopefully it will be thawed by tomorrow at this time. Needless to say, I’ve never appreciated a working hydrant so much in my life.

The chicks are doing so well – the video I tried to post was Mama clucking to her babies and I knew you’d love it. I gotta figure out how to post a video – it keeps asking for the URL of my phone and I do not understand!

I have not let the little family in with the other chickens just yet but soon.

We had an unexpected death in our church family – a young mom, 43 years old, and her funeral will be on Wednesday. With bad weather on the way Margaret, my organist friend, and I practiced before and after church today. Then I went to a visitation for a friend’s mother whose funeral is tomorrow. I am going to play for the service and Becky will sing two special songs, How Great Thou Art and One Day At A Time. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t get too nasty.

I have a question for all of you who comment (which I love). One of the readers reported that she has to sign in with her email address every time she wants to leave a comment. Does this happen to others? Anybody got an idea of why this is happening? It’s not such a big deal but it’s annoying. It’s like Amazon and Pinterest that makes me sign in every time and I can’t figure out how to remain signed in. Again, it’s annoying!

If you’re still wanting to order Frosty and I Love You, do it quick because we’re going to move on. We’re going to introduce March and a very special April/Easter project.

We’re waiting for another book order so we’ll be ready to fill orders again by midweek.

This is Beyond The Battlefield by Country Threads, $31.00 to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438.

Here are a few of the quilts in the book.

Hazel’s BFF, Moe, has been with us this weekend. We just love her!


Moe and Ethel


That’s all tonight – I think I’d better practice for tomorrow again. Makes me nervous, honored to be asked but anxious because I want to do it well.

72 thoughts on “Sunday Night

  1. Susan the Farm Quilter

    On your video, download it to your computer from your phone and you should be able to put it into your blog. I’m not super computer savvy, but I can’t get anything directly from my phone to the internet…unless you use your phone to do your blog posts, then I don’t know anything!! On your reader who has to sign in all the time…I usually only have to do that when I clean the cookies out of my computer, but with the changes to the blog platforms, I’ve noticed that I need to do that more frequently.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Susan the Farm Quilter – I write the blog on my IPad only and take all the photos on my phone.

      1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

        Hi Mary,

        If your phone is an iphone, you should be able to download the film from your phone to the ipad using airdrop, or just by e-mailing it. From your ipad you should be able to upload it into wordpress (the upload media button) and paste it into your blog post.
        If your phone isn’t an iphone, e-mail it to yourself, open the e-mail on your ipad and save the film into your photos and proceed as above.
        If neither of those work, you can transfer it using google photo’s.

  2. Dorothy Sheldrake

    Love the photos, especially the one of the quilt draped over the gate and with the chickens.
    Bless you for all you do for others.

  3. Joy

    Love all your animals in the house and out in the barn! Those little chicks are so cute! I’ve never seen them actually running with the momma hen, so precious. Stay safe on the dangerous roads.

  4. Judy E

    How fortunate that you are able to share your musical talents with so many even, at their funerals.
    I am a somewhat beginner quilter and enjoy all the quilting tips and comments on your blog.
    It is required to input one’s email address if you want to comment according to the information in the comment area.
    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things on your blog!

  5. Donna

    Mary thanks for asking that question about signing in. I love all your animals……I wish I had grown up on a farm. I did spend a month each summer st my grandparents farm with my cousins who also lived in the big house. 5 adults, 4 cousins and me. We had fun.
    Below where name & email are it has a red asterisk which means those two must be filled in to post my comment. Do others have red asterisks on their page? Whether I comment on phone or iPad I’m still required to fill it in.

  6. Mary hawk

    Gosh, Mary, that’s a .it of funeral for you. Hope the pump thaws. Ugh.
    Sometimes I have to put my email but I have autofil, so no big deal. I never have to sign in to Pinterest unless I have turned off my device.

  7. Kathy Hanson

    Loving those darling little chicks! Love all the dogs and cats – miss having a kitty but know that we are gone so much of the time that a kitty would be lonely! I am so enjoying your book – can’t wait to see what you will do a quilt along with! Speaking of that, I’d better get my Bulls Eye together!!

  8. Becky from TX

    I don’t have to log in to see the rest of the story. It looks like the crew is all tired from doing chores!!!!

  9. Patricia Bradford

    Always enjoy your daily farm posts. I could never keep up with you! Received my book & I’m really enjoying it. I read a little each day. I want it to last. And I always have to sign in when I post. Stay warm.

  10. Gramapama

    Hi Mary, sorry I’m not able to help with the computer problems. I’m hoping your water hydrant thaws quickly. Outdoor chores in cold weather are hard enough without having to haul all that water! I’ve been just working on sewing my Bullseye freehand circles to the background squares. To make sure to have enough variety, I think I may have dragged out every available fabric from my meager stash to use in this quilt. I came up with some real doozies of combinations … works great for the Bullseye. Thanks for sharing the pattern! I don’t yet have Civil War repo fabrics, but have admired photos in your blog posts of the beautiful quilts from your latest book. I enjoy the adventures of Hazel and her friends. I have one sweet little dog who doesn’t sit still long enough for me to take her picture, yet you manage to take so many good shots with multiple animals. How do you do it? 😃

  11. Diane Bauer

    I do have to sign in each time I post, but I’m not extremely savvy either, so it could just be me!

    Sounds like you’re in a season of funerals. There is something about the holidays/winter in our family that seems to mean more loss as well. Blessings to you as you prepare your music. Yes, I would say it’s an honor to be asked to play and sing. I’m sure your selections will be lovely!

    I finished my Bull’s Eye top this afternoon and will deliver it to my quilter on Tuesday afternoon. I can’t wait to get it back so I can bind it and start enjoying it! I’m contemplating what’s next.

    I started working on a Shutterfly book for Jenica with pictures of her and Pete. I took treats out yesterday and got him to follow me around the paddock. I’m not sure if it’s just my high hopes or if he really is some improved. I will remain cautiously optimistic. In the meantime I spend plenty of time with tears just below the surface. He has been such an important part of Jen’s life as well as my own.

    Watching the Grammy’s here as well—or at least listening. A therapist friend of mine is there tonight, so that makes it more interesting! He is really involved with MusicCares so is there in that capacity. The clothes are crazy, aren’t they?!?!?!

  12. Angie

    How much longer will this cold last for you? I cannot imagine keeping all those animals fed. That’s a lot of work! It is always fun to see them and to find out what they’ve been doing. Thanks for sharing that with us.
    About the email thing… every time I leave a comment I am required to input my name and email address. I don’t know why, but it’s not a problem. And, to the person that asked, I also have the red asterisks.
    Good luck with your piano commitment. Music can be so healing and so uplifting. Everyone there will be blessed by your playing.

  13. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Yes, I have to sign in also.
    Speaking of “dresses”; I’m tired of seeing TV reporters (both national and local. . that is Minneapolis/St. Paul) wearing sleeveless dresses. For Pete’s sake, we are sitting here in the polar votex.The wind chill is 49 below. Last week we had school one day, partly because of snow and partly because of cold. I know they are sitting under hot lights, but REALLY?

    1. Sue H

      I totally agree, Kathy! I’m in the St. Louis area and the female reporters are doing the same. The guys are all wearing shirts & suit jackets and some even have sweater vests under that. Why are they not dripping in sweat if it is all that hot under those lights? Hahaha! I just don’t get it either.

  14. mary jane

    we write a comment…
    the gold star by NAME… types their name there
    line 3, another gold star stating Email…type in our add
    line 4, NO gold star, just asks for Wedbsite …(if one has one)

    then post it…. no problem
    If one doesn’t fill in the stared spaces it doesn’t work, they are required ..

  15. Dee Winter

    Ok when I comment, when I click the Name line, it gives me the option of autofill, which puts both name and email address in. Yep, I love the animals, the chicks are just so so cute. I told my friend about them so she could check your blog for the pictures. She said, Aren’t chicks what she expects? Not this time of year! Hidden eggs make this happen. Frozen hydrant is a pain in the behind. Our underground line to the automatic waterer sprung a leak, so I have been doing hoses and tanks and heaters for a while now. But we all want them to have water.

  16. Jane Dumler

    The book arrived yesterday and I must say it is a beautiful publication. Love all the quilts and the side stories add so much to the pages. Again you and Connie and Mary have knocked it out of th e park! Thank you fir all your creativity.

    Yes I have to add my e-mail when I post.

  17. Marsha from Kansas

    Yes, I also must sign in with name and email. There is a note above the comment box: “Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * “(* which is red). My sympathies for your recent losses. You are a blessing to the families with your music. I still vividly remember my sister’s husband’s brother and friend singing and another family friend singing at my Dad’s funeral 19 years ago. I’m glad you will be picking out the project from your book for us to sew along with you. I love them all and would have a hard time choosing.

  18. Jo in Wyoming

    Yep, I too have to sign in if I leave a comment. I thought it was normal!
    I didn’t get the video, but love the pictures of friends of Hazel and Telly.
    Also didn’t catch any of the awards tonight. In the past I’ve wondered how would they would put on a coat!

  19. Sandi Globus

    I, too, have to fill in name and email address for your comments. But not for Amazon or Pinterest (do you have the app?)

  20. Teresa

    I too have to give name and email. Any time I have commented on blogs that has been required. I think that is just the way it is.

  21. ada

    yes, I have to sign with my name and email but it is at the end of the note, not before. I’m just finishing one of your quilt patterns from the Blue and the Grey, can’t recall the name. This one is with reproductions and will be a charity quilt but I’m thinking of making two more – one with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the other with Tula Pink – curious how it will look with these vastly different fabrics.

  22. Cheryl

    Hi Mary and Connie,

    I just found your blog and signed up right away! I miss seeing both of you! I got a copy of your new book and hope to make some of those great quilts. Thanks so much for your blog!

    Cheryl Cantoya
    Moda Fabrics

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cheryl – Hi, Cheryl – miss seeing you and all that beautiful Moda fabric! I see your name occasionally on Pinterest and wonder how you are, your granddaughter and if you travel in our area – we could meet for lunch! Or just coffee – my email is – let me know! And tell me what you’re sewing these days! Mary

  23. Rita Mulvey in CT

    There is no actual sign in to leave a comment Mary. There are two requirements to leave a comment on any blog first is your name and second is email address. I will snap a picture and email it to you.

  24. Launa

    Snowing here already, Mary! Still too dark out here, but Pepper had some on her fur when she came back inside.
    I have to sign in with the and then email that won’t be posted. Plenty of ads to read this morning.
    All the inside pets n their visitors seem to get along.
    We’re waiting for Pebble Beach golf to start the finish this morning!
    I set the Grammys on TiVo so could speed thru some of it. Anyone else wonder how much Dolly’s beautiful gown cost?

  25. Kathy in western NY

    I do not mind putting my name and email ( lines marked with red asterisk) in each time I comment. I thought it was because I do not have a google account but it might be a requirement to post a comment regardless,
    This morning I feel sadness for how heartbreaking it is to lose such a young life. I pray you have strength for the service and to both you and Becky rising to sing . It will be beautiful for the family. It’s not easy saying a final goodbye to your parents. We had our memorial service yesterday for my mother in law and I did speak remembering her last days on earth and expressed gratitude for the care the home provided her. I knew If I didn’t I would regret it. We selected a music piece -Supermarket Flowers- that expressed our hearts. Listen to it on You Tube if you can. So onward we go as it’s a new day and bullseyes sewing will be my healing strength.

  26. Marilyn Cook

    Love your blog, animals, and quilts you show. Also look forward to your posts.

    My husband is a churchmorganist Nd has played seven memorial services since November.

    Be safe,

  27. Sharon Lowy

    Lol. I thought the clothes were crazy at the Grammies too., but we did wear some pretty crazy stuff in the ‘70’s. I found a skirt I loved and wore to church. It was pleated and I can’t believe it was long enough to cover my bottom.

    I hope your water pipe is working again. We have snow again and I will have to go shovel my walkways and driveway and I am whining about that. I don’t know how you do all you do. This has been a pretty Winter but I have had enough snow already and it is snowing again right now.

    Yes to your question, I do have to enter my email address every time I respond to you. I loved the add this morning about the Amish furniture.

  28. Dorothy

    I love reading about your life on “the farm” and all your extra interesting hobbies and chores. I could be living the same as you but not in my cards. Look forward to reading about you every day. The church part is wonderful also!

  29. Debbie Bowmer

    It sounds like it’s funeral season. I remember playing and singing for those at church starting in middle school years and on through my adult life. I always considered it a privilege. I hope you are staying warm and dry. I love all the red that appears in your household. So cheery! Yes, I have to enter my name and email if I choose to leave a comment on your blog, but that happens on almost every blog, I think. Thank you for taking time to blog.

  30. Pat Smith

    Yes, I always have to fill in name and email address. Someone elas mentioned how many adds there were to click on today, but I only had one! I don’t understand the difference between what others see and what I see. Another internet mystery. I just tried to send my husband a video from my phone to see if I could do it. Everything worked fine until I hit send and then it went to outbox saying it was too big to send. So, I don’t know how to do it either. Love the quilts in your new book and am sending my check and label today.

  31. MartyCae

    I received my book in the mail on Saturday and what a treat! So beautifully illustrated! I really can’t pick where to start. I will force (ha!) myself to make a decision this week. Please keep the books coming!

    I, too, have to sign in every time I wish to leave a reply.

    Sorry to hear about all the funerals. But I do love the music played at them. Such a comfort.

  32. Jeanne

    The pictures of your pets on quilts made me smile — looks like my house 🙂 I have my eye on at least three quilts in Beyond the Battlefield, just need more hours in my days!

  33. Cheryl Nesbit

    Hi I received the book on Friday and have enjoyed every page. The women of that era were outstanding! I have gone through the book a couple of times re-reading about the ladies and of course trying to pin down the quilt I want to start. Keep up the great work!!

  34. Judy Linn

    Yes, I sign in every time to leave a comment. I don’t mind. I figured it was protection for the blog so not just anyone could post ugly comments, but then what do I know. I am just happy when I see so many comments from around the country.

    Your pups look so cute when napping! Videos would be great ’cause I know they are not always that still! But I don’t know how to do that either. So many mysteries!

    I am making progress in Bullseye – cutting last of the circles. Had so much fun playing and sorting and sorting and playing!

    Today I am going to pull one of my feather weights out of the closet. It has not been sewn on for awhile, so will take it out for a spin.

    Blessings to you, Mary for playing for all these funerals. You are blessed with so many talents and you allow God to touch many through you! You are such a Dear!

    Hugs to All,
    Judy in Texas

  35. Luci

    Yes, I have to sign in every time I want to post. By the way, I love the quilts you showed today. I have been knitting a lot lately, but I am getting the quilting bug right now, caused by your lovely pictures.

  36. Lisa Kogan

    Yes, I have to sign in with my email each time. I use my phone, almost exclusively, to read your blog. Not sure if that has anything to do with anything. Ha!

  37. Marcia McCarthy

    I sent you an order for the book plus Frosty and I Love You. I received the book and two copies of Frosty. I love the book and will make Frosty, but I really wanted to make the I Love You mini. How can we fix this?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Marcia McCarthy – I’ll fix it right now by sending I Love You – obviously it’s our mistake – please share Frosty with a friend,

  38. Dot

    I’m not a blogger, but I do know a bit about computers. It looks like WordPress is expecting you to “embed” a video that you’ve uploaded to a site like YouTube or Vimeo, rather than “upload” the video file to your own WordPress space like you do with the still photos. Videos are much larger file sizes than still photos. I Googled, and found these useful articles:

  39. Holly in TH

    When I see the chicken pictures I can almost hear their crooning happy song. I just love the sound of a happy chicken!

    Such beautiful quilts! I didn’t get to comment the other day on your shirt quilt, which I love, and the wonderful staging you do for the pictures. It just adds to the whole atmosphere of the photo and it’s outstanding.

    I love Pammie on the little quilt! I loved that quilt so much I had to make one for myself! It now brightens my front hall. Thanks for the inspiration.

    We were supposed to get a couple inches of snow last night and got about a foot. At least it’s light and fluffy! Another six to eight on the way tomorrow. I am SO glad I have lots of hobbies and am a gifted hibernator! Yay for retirement and not having to fight the elements!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Holly in TH – I must get out today and Wednesday for funerals but otherwise I am a good hibernator, too. Thanks for those encouraging words about the photos!

  40. Janet

    Mary, would be able to give me the phone number for Farm Chicks Quilts? Really enjoy your posts!!

  41. Diane

    Mary, I just so enjoy seeing your name in my “Inbox”. It’s like getting a letter from home except it’s not my home. 😁 And like reading a really interesting novel without all the blood and gore…and everyone keeps their clothes on. LOL. I’ve clicked on every link you had to help keep your posts coming. Thank you for allowing a peek into your world along with the farm animals.

  42. ChristieB

    I LOVE the red couch cover quilt that Moe and Ethel are laying on!!! And yes, I have to sign in with my email address every time. “Required fields are marked *” and both name and email are required fields every time. HUGS…. and stitches

  43. Diane in WI

    Yes, I have to sign in and give my e-mail address each time I post something. The pictures of the animals are great as usual. It is wonderful to be able to use your music talent at your church. I remember having to sing in Latin at funerals when I was in grade school. Awfully gray outside today; we’re waiting on yet another snow/ice storm. Hope the hydrant thaws soon.

  44. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Yes, I have to sign in every time I leave a comment, just name and e-mail. Not a problem. Loved your and Connie’s interview on the Martingale blog, and I guess you know that your book is the Insider Book Club choice of the month? I am waiting impatiently for my printed copy to arrive, but am consoling myself with the e-book in the meantime.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Fiona – did you order your book from us? If you did, it’s gone out. I am not familiar with Insider Book Club – can you explain?

  45. Cynthia Sabinske

    Yes I always had to give my personal info if sending a remark, name and email. Figured it is if someone would need to contact the person for any reason. It does auto fill so not any additional work thought it is just a filtering process.

  46. Cheryl

    I’m adding my Feb reads before I forget.
    For My Daughters – B. Delinsky, Not My Daughter – B. Delinsky, The Suspect by Fiona Barton. I loved this book so much. Just like The Widow and The Child F.Barton’s writing is superb!

  47. Brenda Anderson

    Can’t wait for the Easter pattern.
    Tell me how much and I’ll send the money now.
    You know me and Easter! Haha

  48. Lisa

    Re the Grammys, why women think we want to see that much of their chest/breasts and the butt shakes/hip thrusts is beyond me. I loved Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, real class! Thankfully I recorded it and can fast forward through a lot of it. I’ll finish “watching” it tonight.

    Yes, my name and email is required to post a comment, just as it is on other blogs. I recently rediscovered your blog and am enjoying it.

  49. Kerry

    I am a new subscriber to your blog. I have followed you since the early 90s with “chickens in the cornfield”, which is still a favorite. I saw you might have a sew along with your newest book and I think it’s a great idea! Watching for more details hopefully. Thank you for all you do 😊

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kerry – Welcome! I’ll be announcing details about the Beyond The Battlefield sew along but I personally have to finish my Bullseye first. Just FYI for anyone reading, the book will be required. I always did love Chickens In the Cornfield,too! I should make it again.

  50. Jeanie from sw Illinois

    As always, I enjoyed your pet pictures. My husband and I both really liked Pammie’s very cool kitty bed. Stay warm and safe.

  51. Rhonda

    These quilt photos are beautiful and make me wish I could quilt!! 🙂
    Stay warm up there – oh, what am I saying? I’ve had to be in Chicago 3 weeks in a row now. Brrr…..

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rhonda – so how did you stand Chicago’s temps? And wind chills? Couldn’t you get a warmer work assignment than Chicago in February? You poor girl!

  52. Ann Barlament

    The quilt on the white couch really SINGS to me!! Must be all those dark rich colors!!

  53. Susie Q

    Cleaning out old posts and thought I would see what needs to be filled in to comment.

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