The Birthday Party, 5-5-2020

I went to my sister-in-law’s 80th birthday party yesterday – remember when I made this quilt many months ago? It was her birthday gift.

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She has red furniture and her little dog Toby likes to lay on the back of the chair to see what’s going on outside. I thought maybe Toby could lay on this quilt or like me, maybe she could use my red and white quilt at Christmas.

It was so fun to enjoy birthday cake with her daughters and granddaughters!

We got a real surprise with the outside temps yesterday – very chilly, low 40’s, rain, and wind. All my pots of flowers went to the garage! They’re coming back out today.

When I got home yesterday I was hoping to sew all evening but the puppies laid on my sewing foot and I didn’t have the heart to move them!

Oh, how I love to see your finished Itty Bitty quilts! I found this picture of a quilt using the May Flower block and several others.

Here are today’s Dirty Dozens:

And I couldn’t resist posting Rosie’s picture with this great quilt made from blue shirts! Ruby belongs to Jo’s Country Junction in case you didn’t recognize her. I might have to copy this quilt and use up some more of my shirts! I love this quilt!

I think I’m caught up for today. Next week I will start my rotation of mowing at the church – I’ve got plenty of time this summer, don’t I?

I ordered these great cards that say it all.

37 thoughts on “The Birthday Party, 5-5-2020

  1. Lois Ann Johnson

    Thanks for sharing photos and telling us about your sister’s birthday party. What a great party it must have been to have had daughters and granddaughters plus cake! Looks like “the puppies” are bonding with you, Mary. How sweet they are. MY “puppy,” who just turned 3 this month, loves to play outside in the mud. Yesterday was a terrible day for my white vinyl kitchen floor. Thank goodness it is washable. I always enjoy seeing all of your photos; it brightens my day of being in isolation.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lois Ann- it’s raining lightly here this morning – Bailey might have another day to play in the mud! Have you seen that. Idea on FB about the little dog in the BIG water puddle? It is hilarious and as his owner tells him no, he runs in a circle and jumps back into the puddle again.

  2. Charlotte Shira

    I love those puppies!! Your red and white quilt for your sister-in-law is beautiful. Great job on all the DDs ladies. I may try that blue shirts quilt. I want to make my 6 grandkids quilts from my husband’s shirts. Better get busy!!

  3. Lori

    What a fun day for all you gals.

    Great quilt, love it. How big did you make it?

  4. Launa

    Enjoyed all the pictures this morning! Sun is finally out up here in 50o Idaho; high winds coming soon with possible electrical storms!
    Your sister in law is very fortunate to receive the wonderful red and cream quilt and celebrate another year!
    Looks like the two puppies are gaining weight with your TLC.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – yes, they are gaining weight! I can hardly pick the two of them up together! Oh my, just think how much I’ll get done when Lola and Lindsey go to their new homes!

  5. Carol Rife

    Loved all the photos this morning! Such a nice celebration and so many pretty quilts! And of course, those darling dogs….

    Carol in Memphis

  6. Teresa in Port Coquitlam, BC

    I need to make a red and white quilt. Every time I see one I love it. Where did you order those cards from? I’d really like to get some too.

  7. Angie from Baltimore

    I am sure she was thrilled I would have been . It is beautiful

  8. Mimi Stubbs

    Great generational birthday!!!!!

    Love seeing Rosie/Ruby for the heck of me I can’t remember which is/was which…..

    And I am just back from the grocery parking lot!!!! Probably 50 cars and peeps parked for the FLY OVER !!! and I saw them !!!!

  9. Pamela Williams

    How nice to see family back together. I love the quilt you gave your sister in law. It looks lovely with her home.
    And speaking of family, my church is opening up this Sunday and it will be interesting to see how many venture out. I am so ready to worship with my church family, of course with social distancing.
    I love seeing everyone’s projects and always, always love the pet photos.

  10. Charlotte

    Happy 80th to your Sister-in-Law! She looks great and her family is beautiful! Lucky woman to receive such a beautiful gift from you, Mary. God bless you all!

  11. Joyce from NY

    Just love the red & white quilt. The puppies love you. The dd’s are as usual beautiful. Thank you for all you do!

  12. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    There are real quilt winners in your blog today. The red and white, blue shirt and multi flower quilts are all really special to me. The puppies are so dear. My cat sleeps in a big paper grocery bad. We have to be careful not to step on him. Today is another dreary day, cold and rain. I’m so ready to plant flowers and vegetable seeds.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Martha – our day started out nice but is now cloudy, chilly and beginning to rain. I did get some jobs done outside tho’ and this way I’m forced to stop – puppies were tired, too!

  13. Sue R.

    The red and white quilt is so pretty–I wish I was your sister-in-law 🙂

  14. Sunflower from Michigan

    Beautiful red and white quilt! And I agree that the finishes are beautiful. I can’t believe we have only one more month in this challenge. You really have helped motivate me and I thank you for that boost. And with all the masks I’ve made, my fabric stash is noticeably smaller. I am so looking forward to a quilt shop(s) road trip when we’re able.
    The puppies sleeping on your foot is a precious picture. And I love the beagle. My husband and I frequently walk our friends beagle. When he sees us come in their driveway he starts that low, rumbling bay that beagles have. It is comical and he is usually so excited, his whole body just quivers. Talk about puppy love!
    My spring veggies are doing well, the peas are up about four inches and I’ll be putting them on a trellis soon. My lettuce, spinach and arugula will be giving us a salad in just a few weeks! Take care and continue to stay safe. 🌻

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sunflower – boy, you must have gotten your peas in early! Many years ago I kept a beagle named Dakota for weeks at a time – I miss her! She’s still living and as soon as I can leave the farm, I’m going to visit her!

      1. Sunflower from Michigan

        That will be a fun visit! Yes, I started the peas early and covered many nights. They are ok now and I’m done covering them I think!! Love your blog.

  15. Tanya T. in Houston

    Love your red quilt, but oh, that shirt with blues is pretty, too. Let us know when you do yours and work out what size to cut the shirts and how big to make the 9 patches and strips, please. Thanks for showing my little house doll pillows (otherwise known as pincushions!); thanks to Connie’s inspiration, they were fun to make. Picnic in the car today at La Madeleine as we watched the Blue Angels fly over…most exciting ten seconds of our day…so far!

  16. Rita in Iowa

    Mary the picture of your sister in law and family is precious, you know if you had move just a little to your right you would of been in the picture too. Mirror on the wall caught part of you, I had to look twice to see it.
    Pictures of the quilts are wonderful. And all the animals are special.

  17. Felicia Hamlin

    80? Wow, Mary, she looks younger! Someday, I hope to make a red and white quilt, as a matter of fact I did started one and got frustrated on my first block. 🙂 Isn’t Rosie precious? Ruby was a sweet dog, too.
    The pups really have bonded with you. We too have gotten sprinkles today and we need them.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Felicia Hamlin – I’ll tell Barb she doesn’t look her age! I agree with you!

  18. Kathy in western NY

    Your red and cream snowball blocks are my leader and ender project so it’s got to be added to my new DD list. I just love your quilt and nice to see it gifted to family who will admire it in her home.

  19. Barb

    So impressed by all of the beautiful finishes! You are all my inspiration, thanks!

  20. Paula Philpot

    I bought my annuals the other day but knew the cold was coming so they are on the porch covered with a sheet. We actually have a chance of snow on Friday night or Saturday….Paula in KY

  21. Jan from TN

    Those puppies are growing so fast. I don’t think I could have disturbed them either!
    Everyone who shared their dirty dozen quilts deserve a hand! Great job by all!
    I, too. love your R&W quilt. Also on my bucket list.
    I’m currently actively working on 2 different projects & trying to keep up with both of them. Neither of them are difficult projects. It’s just squeezing in the uninterrupted time to work on them. My husband is a bit of a high maintenance guy & by this I mean when he has a problem or issue, I’m expected to stop whatever I’m doing to address his problem. 🙄I even bought a little sign that sits in front of our TV (that he mostly watches) so he can be reminded daily of how his problems are addressed. He doesn’t get it tho! LOL!! We’ve been married close to 50 years so he’ll never change but I sure have! 😉
    Our weather has turned much cooler too! Here in TN they call it “blackberry winter”. A few weeks ago we went thru “dogwood winter”. Never heard of these when I lived in Northeaster Illinois. I think this should be our last “winter”. Luckily, these weird, extra “winters” usually only last a couple of days. YAY!

  22. Mary G

    Love your red quilt. Yesterday was also my 80th birthday, but I’m the only one in my family who quilts. Did get cards and phone calls tho, so that was good. We ordered take out from Olive Garden.

  23. Judith Ann Jaques

    Looks like a couple of nights in the 30’s for us here in Alden. I bought flats of plants,when I went to Theisen’s for dog food. Got impatiens,marigolds ,wax begonia and verbena, Everything was so tempting.
    Did not plant them. From experience I know Iowa weather. Had a feeling the cold was not over. I put all the plants in my little greenhouse. I am really liking that quilt the beagle is laying on. When our thrift store opens again I will be on the lookout for shirts. I have been working on my 10 year old red work project. Finished a mug rug with a block I saw and wanted to try making. Lots to do but not much motivation.Thanks for sharing. judy

  24. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Iowa must be the “Young” state because your sister in law does not look 80! I, too, love the red and white quilts and the blue shirt quilt as well as all the DD’s. It is going to be cold here tonight–down in the 20’s so we are covering plants and flowers. We are taking our granddaughter’s tee shirt quilt to her today. She is a senior so we are hoping it brightens her day. It has been a hard senior year for many HS and college seniors. Love those puppies, Mary. With more people walking, I am giving out many more treats on my walks; it is lots of fun. Many of them now recognize me and their little tongues start sticking out or they run over–the dogs not the people:)

  25. Pat Smith

    I’m still not able to get the blog by email although I’ve tried to sign up times. So, I’ve taken to going to google to access the blog every day. Technology is a frustrating thing. As I tell my girls, I’m an immigrant in this land, you are natives. I love the red quilt you gave your sister-in-law for her 80th. I’m sure I’d have such a hard time giving up those puppies when the time comes! I used to volunteer at our shelter in the cat room. When we got up to 4 cats, my husband made me resign my position. I just couldn’t leave them there.

    1. Diane and Squeak

      Pat, when you try to sign up, does the typing come up in red? That’s is what happens when I try to sign up. I also tried to unsubscribe, but it still wouldn’t let me sign up. Odd.

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