104 thoughts on “The Cover Reveal

  1. Debbie G

    Oh boy! Can’t wait to add this to my collection!! Looks great just like all of your books!!

  2. Dianne M Cook

    Love the new cover. Can’t wait to see what is inside. Just had news today I will start my radiation treatments on July 15th for twenty one treatments. No chemo is necessary and I will be able to stay close to hospital so Dave will not have the two and half hour drive one way
    each day. So all is well for us we feel. Thank you to you and all your bloggers for all the prayers and well wishes. Dianne Cook, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.
    PS, Sorry to see you are having trouble posting. Your blogs are just wonderful, always enjoy
    all your news and pictures.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Dianne M Cook – will the radiation be every day? I can hear the relief in your “voice” – so glad you don’t have to have chemo!

      1. Dianne M Cook

        Hi Mary, Radiation is five days a week in London, Ontario and I will go home on
        weekends. Will stay in local Marriott hotel with meals and transportation to hospital
        provided for a VERY reasonable rate. Had a friend who was treated last year and she
        took her sewing machine and completed a whole quilt top while there. I will look at
        this time as a mini quilt retreat. Keep on blogging please, always look forward to
        reading all about your life, especially loved Reed’s quilt and your adventures with
        him. Dianne

        1. Cindy Yoakum

          Diane: I had breast cancer surgery and 19 days of radiation. Everything went smoothly. I pray for your treatment to go well and you sound very positive. Positivity does help! May you use this time for crafting and fun creation.
          Blessings,
          Cindy Yoakum

          1. Dianne M Cook

            Thanks Cindy, I have heard from three good friends who went through radiation and they said all went smoothly. I have a wonderful, very caring health care team too.

        2. Judy

          Diane M Cook – sending prayers from Texas! Your positive attitude is REfreshing and can’t wait to hear what that humming sewing machine “sings” while you are Retreating! May it be a great companion during this time! O my goodness – the love quilting is such a blessing in good times and not-so-good times! You are turning this into a GOOD time- a forced quilt retreat!
          Love and Hugs from Judy in Texas

        3. CountryThreads Post author

          Dianne Cook – that will be very convenient for you, won’t it? Oh, yes, take your quilting along and rest when you need to rest but enjoy TV movies and quilting – the time will fly by. And won’t it be just that much sweeter to go back home for the weekends? Thinking of you! We all are!

        4. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

          Love your attitude…. having radiation? Make a quilt! What a blessing to have a hobby/skill/passion that puts you in a good place. Prayers for ease through the process.

      2. Leslie

        Dianne Cook, God Speed. May you treatments cure you for good. Rest as much as you can. Find a good book. Naps help. Stay positive. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way?

    2. Kathy Hanson

      Dianne, I went through the same thing quite awhile ago and it went well with no problems afterward. I pray that it will go as well for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Diane Bauer

    Beautiful cover shot!! Can’t wait to get a sneak preview of what’s inside!!

    So sorry you had so much trouble posting this earlier today. Technology is great. Until it isn’t. Glad you persevered!

  4. patti leal

    what a beautiful cover! can’t wait to get this one in my hands. i think i have every one of your books. i’ve always been a civil war buff (i was/am a southerner). love the quilts and all the history. thank you for persevering to get the cover up. what patience. patti in florida

    1. Marilyn

      Third time is a charm..when will the book be available..so excited to peek inside. The cover picture is lovely .

  5. debby

    I have several of your books and enjoy dreaming while looking through them. The new cover quilt has my attention, and I have lots of scraps to replicate it. Looking forward to adding the book to my stash.

  6. Chris Harrington

    Love the cover for your new book! Can’t wait to peruse it. I so enjoy looking at all of the photos and deciding which one I’d like to do first. Thanks Mary & Connie.

  7. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Great photo. Where was Hazel during this operation? I don’t see any dog tracks in the snow. She would have loved it!

  8. Jo in Wyoming

    It’s striking, thanks for hanging in there. I hope you and Connie are very proud.
    I love the stories in the last book and can’t wait to read this one.
    Thanks

  9. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    What a great cover! Beautifully staged and a fabulous looking quilt. When does the book get released? (Or: how long do I still have to be patient?. 🙂)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Fiona – book will likely be released next winter but we’ll keep you busy in the meantime – the Dirty Dozen, a rugalong, the quiltalong starting September 1 – oh, so much fun!

  10. Sue in Oregon

    A beautiful cover. Very classy. Love the quilt with the snow in the background. Congratulations on another winning book.

  11. Sandy Kolarik

    Can’t wait till book comes out, lovely quilt on cover. Will you be taking orders? When is the release date? I don’t know how you manage all you do and have time to publish a book! I want to know your secret.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy Kolarik – our “secret” is the folks at Martingale who do all the writing and publishing. We make the quilts and they do all the rest. And don’t they do a beautiful job of it all? I love this cover!

  12. Caryn Goulden

    Yaaaay!! A beautiful cover! Very striking. Congratulations! Can’t wait for the book to be released.
    Stories of unsung heroines—very intriguing!
    Think I’ll go dig in the scraps to see if I can get the colors close to yours. Love the teal.

  13. Janny Schoneveld

    Yes, you did it!
    I see your book.
    And….I would love to win the other book.
    Greetings from Holland. Janny

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janny Schoneveld – I love to hear I’m chatting with a friend in Holland!

  14. Katherine Gourley

    Hi Mary, I love purchasing yours and Connie’s books. I have purchased all of the books currently on Martingale and I have a number of your older books that I have purchased used on Amazon. I only wish that I had the time to make all of them. You and Connie are amazing women and I wait for all the blog posts to come through. Your spirit and energy are such an inspiration. You and I retired at the same time and I had every hope that I would get all of my quilting projects. Unfortunately, God had other plans and I am constantly fighting a rare lung disease and rare cancer (not in my lungs). I do all that I can but it is not as much as you and Connie are doing in retirement. A regret I have is never getting to a retreat at Country Threads.

    I appreciate you very much. I do not always comment, but every post you make brings so many oohs and ahhs and lots of laughs.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Katherine Gourley – oh my goodness! Your health sounds pretty serious! I understand not doing as much as you’d like to because I am having knee and hip issues – certainly not life threatening but it all keeps me from working outside as much as I’d like. What did you retire FROM?

  15. Rita Scott

    Love your book cover and can’t wait to see all the projects inside. I just gave my two daughters the large sleds we had like the one in your picture. Kept a smaller one for myself. Thanks for posting such beautiful quilts and pictures.

  16. Judy

    Mary one Connie,
    LOVE the new cover! Temps will be in the 90’s here in Texas as July dawns. So the quilt on the sled in the snow looks inviting! Contrast of your color choices against the stark white is fabulous!

    Once again my thoughts race to – You and Connie are so inspiring and motivating! I know some days we think you are writing a simple blog, but then I remember

    with all that you “show ‘n tell” us…there are still all the quilts being made in-the-background, that you cannot reveal until the next book is published.

    You two are such go-getters! I love that you share your lives with us!!! Have a GRAND Fourth of July week!!!
    Love and Hugs,
    Judy in Texas

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Judy – it’s Texas “hot” in North Iowa today, too. We even had to put our AC on! I think Martingale has picked the best photo for the book – we love it! And that quilt, which Connie made, is my favorite quilt in the book. I think it will be my choice for a quilt-along!

  17. the other Angie

    The new book cover is perfection – the setting, the quilt, just everything!! Absolutely love it!! Cannot wait to see what’s inside! Congratulations!!

    Diane…my prayers are with you. It is so good to hear your positive perspective – I think you have a very good idea – a mini quilt retreat sounds just perfect! You’ve got this!!

  18. Nikki M in Tx

    Diane M Cook-The power of prayer & faith is wonderful.
    Mary – I think this is my favorite cover yet, just beautiful!!
    If you are making a list for orders please put my name on it, just let me know how much & will put check & address label in mail!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Nikki M – yes, I think this is my favorite cover as well! The quilt against that white snow is awesome – no, I’m not taking orders as yet. Is Ms. Maci home?

      1. Nikki M in Tx

        Brought Ms Maci home Saturday afternoon…still on oral meds & will be for next 5 days. Sticking to me like glue. Bedtime last night went to put her in her bassinet and hung on to me & whined…so……took her quilt & put on my bed on pillow & Ms Maci burrowed in & slept with me. This morning when I opened my eyes she was peering out from her quilt& ever so happy.

  19. Diane, Squeak's Mom

    The cover is beautiful. I can’t wait to see the contents:) Dianne Cook, good luck with radiation. I have several friends who are longggg time survivors.

  20. Marie Fibelstad

    Can’t wait to read the history of wars and see all the neat patterns.
    Enjoy seeing Reed and all your cute animals, makes me wish I was back on a farm!!
    Two cats and a lab are our animals from adoptions or say they adopted us!!
    Marie

  21. Debbie

    Just saw your new cover this morning – it hit me as truly beautiful!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing the inside!!!!!
    Thank you for continuing to share your talent and time with all of us!! Happiness to you and continued sunshine! Debbie

  22. Jeanie Stufflebeam

    An absolutely beautiful cover, Mary and Connie! Thanks for persevering. I look forward to owning one of these books.

  23. Wardena. S.

    The cover is amazing. The contrast of the snow and colors of the quilt is stunning.

  24. Rhoda Ebersole

    You are on your way and the book will be out before you know it. Very nicely done.

  25. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    Congratulations on another soon-to-be successful publication. I love the twist on red, white and blue of the cover quilt, someone has a great eye for color. The colors look red/orange, blue/green and the hits of yellow/gold… warm perfection on the creamy background fabrics. I wish I was as good at that as you and Connie are.

  26. Tanya T.

    Hugs to Diane and any others who are facing, in the midst of, or recovering from health issues.

    LOVE the new book’s cover!

    And, all of you who plan to go to Quilt Festival this fall in Houston, let’s plan a meet-up! 🙂

  27. Launa

    Beautiful cover quilt selection.. you two do such a wonderful presentation! I’m looking forward to A COUNTRY’S CALL and also Monday’s Dusty Dozen number!

  28. Alice

    Love the book cover! Thanks for sharing! In 2007 my husband & I took a camping trip out west in our brand new camper. We stopped at Country Threads & so enjoyed the visit. I was gathering fabric to make a quilt for a friend who’s dream was to make the same trip we were making. She passed away the morning we left, sadly. The quilt was Lucky Stars & her husband still has the quilt & loves it! Loved your Civil War fabrics!

  29. Diane in WI

    Keeping you and others in my prayers, Diane. I love the title of your new book. The picture is an eye-catcher. Finally getting some heat which is good for the corn and soy beans. Keep cool and have a good weekend.

  30. Roxanne

    Really gorgeous cover for your new book! It should really draw the eyes of those walking by and say “buy me”! Love the book title too.

  31. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Your Civil War books are so special here in the Gettysburg area. We have two quilt shops that I’m going to keep my eye on to make sure they have your books. The one, Needle and Thread, also carries civil war fabric.

  32. Marsha from Kansas

    Now seeing the cover it was worth the wait! I enjoyed reading the stories of the women in your previous book, and I am sure I will enjoy these stories just as much. Prayers for Diane in Canada. A mini quilt retreat sounds like just the ticket. Ready for the Dirty Dozen. I have changed the projects a FEW times. Thanks to another reader for planning leader and ender projects along the way. I took the Bonnie Hunter rails and checkerboard quilt off the list and am keeping it a leader and ender. I have worked off and on with it and a 4-patch quilt. I am keeping those two quilts as leader-ender projects and I can add two more UFOs to my Dirty Dozen! 13 quilts is baker’s dozen – any idea for 14 quilts?? Reed’s quilt is just beautiful. I love his setting and know he is going to get rave reviews from the judges.

  33. Dianne H. in Ohio

    I love the colors in the quilt on the cover of your new book. Can’t wait to see the rest of the quilts.

  34. Sharon Cervenka

    Oh My! Such a beauty on the cover! Definitely want to do this one. Can’t wait to see what other yummy quilts are inside. I need more sewing hours…lol! Plus, I enjoy all your adventures, Mary, especially the ones to the thrift stores. Looking forward to your new book! 😊

  35. Kathy Hanson

    Really looking forward to the new book, it looks to be fascinating. Will it be out soon?

  36. MartyCae

    I simply cannot wait for the new book. Now I have something to look forward to.

    Call me …….. melting in Emmet County! 🙂

  37. Janine

    What a gorgeous photo! The teals, reds and golds in the quilt are beautiful. I’ve never seen a prettier cover. Can’t wait to get the book in my hands. Congrats, Connie and Mary!!!

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