Time To Catch Up

Oh boy, where does the time go?  Iowa State beat #1 Oklahoma last week and #4 Kansas this Monday.  Denver beat the Patriots on Sunday afternoon and there were many more games in between. I’ve watched lots of games and I’m feeling really well so I’ve got to get you guys all caught up.  Here’s my rug – some progress but not finished.

I visited Sam, Aidan and Lucy this morning.  I actually feel like I’m getting caught up and have time to go see friends and not worry about giving them a terrible germ.

Last weekend Bentley was here and Ginger Gifford visited for the first time .  I asked her if she was related to Kathy Lee.  She reminds me of a cairn terrier – lots of energy and a real spark plug.  I loved her and hope she visits again.

And now I’ll show you what I’ve gotten finished.  The longarm machine is working really well right now so I’m trying to play catch up.  Here is a 16 patch made from a jelly roll.  No, I don’t remember the name but it’s old and no longer available.

This is another jelly roll quilt.

These are some leftover blocks that I found when sorting in the shop.  Now these 12 blocks are a sweet baby quilt.

This quilt is called Honey Bouquet by Villa Rosa Designs.  It measures 54″ X 60″, just perfect for this chair fabric on the back from IKEA.


And my last finish is Arabic Lattice from our book Quilts  From Aunt Amy.  Connie made it in red and black. I made it in gray and pink mens’ shirt fabrics from the thrift stores.   The back is another wide piece I got at IKEA in Mpls.  They carry lots of 54″ and 60″ fabrics, many in black and white wild prints which are fun quilt backs. 

 That’s all, folks!  I’m back!

40 thoughts on “Time To Catch Up

  1. Donna McCormack

    I enjoy so much seeing all your quilts, large and small. But my reason for writing this is to tell you the pictures of your animals are such a pleasure. They all look so relaxed and loved.

  2. Sam

    Holy cow you’ve been busy!! We loved having you visit. Thanks! You forgot to mention that the nice hutch in the background was completely decorated by you; you are just so talented – Thanks for sharing your talents with me! Love you!

  3. Susan Woods

    Mary, I love your blog, quilts, rugs and stories about your day to day life. I wished I had been able to get to your shop before you closed it and had a few classes. I was wondering if there are smaller measurements and drawings for rag rug mats for mugs and placemats and runners? Keep up the blog it is the highlight of my day. We even have the same home decorating likes. Susan

  4. Pingback: Rug Progress

  5. Lynn Walker

    I like your rug making, must have a go at that.. I recognise your carpet, just like mine with lots of happy bits of fabric protecting it! Also it appears that my cat’s sisters live with you. Small world.
    Regards from cold, but sunny England.

  6. Gloria

    Your 16 Patch is made from Moda collection For A Cause 1852!! Love that fabric and keep trying to add to my stash since I gave couple more quilts I want to make. Glad you are feeling better.

  7. Rebecca H

    thanks for all the pictures! so glad your feeling back to normal. Your rug is so pretty….Have a great day, ah snow, ah sew….

  8. Mary C.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better and back to normal. Always feels good to get projects finished! I love Arabic Lattice, made one for my stepson years ago. Those pics make me think I should do another! Did you see our Badgers win over Indiana last night? Great game, On Wisconsin!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Marcy C. – I sure did see Wisconsin beat Indiana last night – what a great game to watch right down to the final OT buzzer!

  9. Cynthia Arneson

    So glad to hear you are feeling better and able to get things finished! As a native to Iowa who lives in AZ, I am happy the Hawkeyes basketball team is doing well!! Still bummed about the Hawkeyes performance at the Rose Bowl game. 🙁 Take care and stay healthy and get lots done while the snow flies!!

  10. Bernadette Jackson

    Thanks for all your posts, Mary. I whipped up a 16 patch using the tutorial you posted recently. Just need to sew all the rows and columns together. Only needed one jelly roll, so that was nice. Love your dog and cat pics. Life on your farm is good! Would you put your email address in a post so I can send a pic?

  11. Ann Gupton

    I am so glad that you are finally feeling better. Love all you’re projects…quilts are beautiful.
    IKEA has fun fabric.

  12. Diane

    HI Mary–Squeak and I are reading this before we go to bed:) We are happy you are feeling so much better!! It’s hard to be sick. I love all those quilts. Oh my, which one to make? If I don’t have Aunt Amy’s book, I’ll check our Guild Library. I pulled some fabrics out for our Quilt of Valor our Friendship group is making and there was some Country Threads blue:) Nice!!

  13. Dorothy Sheldrake

    So thankful that you are better. Take it easy though. No relapses.
    Love the pictures of your quilts displayed in the beautiful clean white snow.
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Martha Engstler

    Your quilts are super. Wish I had the push to get just one done for a friend for next Christmas. I missed this Christmas and used a punch needle snowman from your shop instead. Prayers being offered for your niece.

  15. Mary Adams

    Had no idea that Ikea carried fabric! Will need to check it out at the one close to my daughter’s by Mission, Ks! Thanks for the info!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Adams – the best part about IKEA fabric is the extra width combined with the low cost!

  16. Kristine Dauth

    Mary, I just love your pink and gray Arabic Lattice quilt! Just beautiful! And I didn’t know IKEA sells fabric. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in the cities.

  17. Loris Mills

    You have been busy! It’s so good to hear you are feeling good again. Your visitors are all adorable.

  18. Carol

    Thank goodness you feel like you are back in the land of the living. I have a special prayer needed, not for me, for my niece and her husband. They are supposed to witness the birth of their to-be-adopted baby boy, and I am praying for a healthy baby, and that they don’t go through the trauma of the birth mother changing her mind. I know it’s her right, but my niece has lost so many pregnancies that this would be so hard to bear, if things don’t go according to the current plan. Thank you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – I can’t even imagine the trauma – please let us know when all is well. Yes, we will pray with you. We are all close friends and almost family. I lived my childbearing years as a primary infertility case and understand the heartache your niece is suffering.

  19. Dot

    I love Ginger’s ears! And I think my shirt collection is pining to be an Arabic Lattice.

  20. Paula

    So glad you are feeling better! Love the finished quilts & the snowy back drops.
    No snow in my part of Texas.
    Thanking for sharing with us.

  21. Rose Mikulski

    Your posts about Quilts and dogs is like dinner and a show for me. Love all the quilts and Ginger looks like a sweetie. So glad the long arm machine is working! Since I received the mug rug frame this past Friday, I’ve made five. Still waiting for my placemat size frame to be made. The Bulls Eye Quilt from the Aunt Amy’s book is still one of my favorite quilts to make. I should make a mini version with all the scraps from the Gypsy Wife quilt. Keep on posting!

  22. Holly

    Gosh, Ginger is cute! I love your quilt finishes, especially the 16-patch, the baby quilt (really sweet) and the Arabic Lattice. I never thought that pattern would appeal to me, but in your fabric choices (thrift store finds!) it’s stunning. What fun backings–I never saw fabric at Ikea, but if I”m ever back there, I’ll sure look. Thanks for sharing! So glad you’re finally feeling up to snuff.

  23. Launa

    Good to see all your accomplishments now that you are feeling well again…or what I call “nearly normal”. Bentley is quite a cutie.
    Am going to check and see if I have Quilts From Aunt Amy…as the Arabic Latices are wonderful.

  24. Betty Klosterman

    It is so good that you are back to feeling good again. We all really enjoy all your visitors and seeing all your quilts. I envy your wonderful sewing space and it is great to see the clippings on the floor. Just like home.

Comments are closed.