Two Quilt Finishes

Here is the Granny Square quilt for Lavahn, predominantly green but still colorful.  Gus went home last night but I got him to pose in the picture taken last week.

And here is a “leftover” quilt.  While I was sorting stuff for Pumpkin Day, I found these blocks left over from a chicken feed quilt pattern so I just put them together and quilted it one day while I was dog sitting. And here’s how that went.  Gus wanted to lay at my feet in the quilting room.


All the dogs went home and this afternoon I’m going to gather more sewing room rummage for Pumpkin Day on September 19, 9 am – 3 pm.  I also have more free starter plants and next week I’ll pick all the pumpkins.  And here’s more good news – we have an “antiques, vintage and collectibles” vendor joining us for Pumpkin Day.  Get here early before I buy all her great stuff!

I forgot to post these pictures about freezing corn and they’re too yummy to pass by.  Don’t you agree?

Those of you who ordered the rug book should be receiving it soon – please read through it before we start.  And speaking of starting the rug along, let’s take a vote on when to start.  Suggestions?  Avoid December?  As soon as Gypsy Wife is finished?  Tell me.

27 thoughts on “Two Quilt Finishes

  1. Betty Klosterman

    Your quilting ideas are great. These pictures are wonderful as they give me so many ideas on different ways to use some of the stuff I’ve got here….. Your orange quilt would work really well for an I Spy quilt, too. I’ll print out the picture to refer to. Thank you.

  2. Diane

    What a pretty, scrappy quilt:) Love it AND adorable Gus with his “baby”. Thanks for the reminder about the rug hooking book and dvd. Is it too late to order? I’m Chair and Vendor Chair for our quilt show so my mind left me a while ago!! You get soooo much done, Mary:) We’re getting a little bit of a cooler spell the rest of this week in Central Ohio. 70’s—lovely.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane – no, it’s not too late to get the rug book. Send $20 to Mary Etherington, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438. I’ll be letting you know when we’re going to start. Thanks for all your comments!

  3. Rose Mikulski

    You have a way with straight line quilting and yellow labs. I love straight line quilting and can’t understand why people think it’s boring. Lavahn is one lucky lady. I got my Great Granny Square book last week and hoping to start one soon.

  4. Brenda Jeffers

    Love all the pictures of the dogs. The oven corn sounds delish. Beats standing at stove and slightly cooking prior to freezing it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I vote to start the rug in January.

  5. Donna O

    Your quilts are all so pretty and straight line quilting is pretty and something I think I could handle. Gus is so darn cute and love that he posed so nicely for you. Thanks for all your posts but as I said in the past “do you ever sleep”? You care for all these pets and yet keep rolling out more and more beautiful quilts. Keep inspiring me.

  6. Karen

    I love the way your Granny backgrounds vary, Mary! I’d never have thought of doing them that way. Grannies are on my “To Do” list .
    I’m not familiar with the Great Granny book — can someone direct me?

    1. Sandie

      It’s by Lori Holt,of “Bee in my Bonnet” and available at Amazon, Joanns, etc.

  7. Holly

    I love your leftover quilt and I don’t even like orange–so I REALLY love it! The polka dot backing is perfect! It looks like Gus was your right-hand dog while he was visiting; what a great buddy.

  8. Carol

    Just wrote my check for the book and dvd! I vote to avoid Christmas, but then, I am a slow worker and everyone would have two rugs done before I am half done! Love love love the granny quilt, and who gets scraps from one quilt to look so good in a “leftovers” quilt? Mary does!

  9. Peggy

    Love the “granny square” quilt! Such pretty bright colors!! Is there a pattern somewhere??

  10. Jeri Niksich

    Mary I’ve been following you for just a couple of months but enjoy your blog immensely! I’m a beginner at quilting and love it, I’m also a great animal lover especially dogs, I love cats too but unfortunately one of my Boxers doesn’t! I also love flowers, I have good Sandylom soil so it’s a good start for plants, therein lies my reason for posting. However do you keep the male dogs you have or dog sit for away from hiking their legs up on them and killing the plants?
    Thanks for any advice you have on my dilemma

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Hi, Jeri! I don’t do much “in ground” gardening because I hate weeding. My dogs are both girls but the male dogs who visit evidently are so busy playing on 7 acres I don’t have much trouble. There are commercial products available but I don’t know how well they work. Thanks for reading!

  11. Cindy L

    Love the pictures of the quilts and dogs, as far as the rug-a-long I agree with Brenda , as I have several Christmas projects going now I’d like to wait till after the holidays.

  12. Ann Barlament

    My grandmother would have loved your “Granny Quilt”….she would always say, “I love any color, as long as it’s green”. lol

    I think Gus is going to miss you!! But I’m certain he was happy to have his family back again.

    The ‘left-over’ quilt will be perfect for your pumpkin day….love the backing fabric!

  13. Loris Mills

    Gus is so handsome. He could hang out at my feet anytime 🙂
    I have a rug book (purchased in the late 90’s!) and a frame made at the same time. Can you believe it has been on my to-do list for over 15 years! I like the after the holidays idea for starting as I would really like to rug along with you 🙂

  14. Nancy T

    Oh Mary, the quilt(s) turned out darling. I too quilt in straight lines, there’s something peaceful about it for me. However, Gus stole the picture, it’s priceless! It should be entered in a photo contest with a caption for Gus. Wouldn’t you like to know what he’s thinking with that frog or ducky in his mouth waiting patiently for you to take his picture. I bet he wanted his pal in that picture, too! What a dog. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  15. Becky Hoerner

    Hey Mary!
    Forgive me, I’m new to social media. Your blog is the first and only blog I am following. And recently I accidently lost your blog with the picture of the Granny Square block book. Would you please e-mail me with the information I would need to order that book. I’d really like to make that quilt for my teenaged granddaughter.

  16. Wendy

    Morning Mary,
    Is there a pattern for the “leftover” quilt. I really like the orange and the straight line quilting looks great.

  17. Nancy

    I received my DVD….thank you! I am looking forward to the rug along. I vote for after the holidays. I have a rug started, so I want to finish that before we start.

  18. sandra

    Love both quilts.I plan to start the “granny square quilt” this week.I like the line quilting look.Is this done on a regular sewing machine?

  19. Barbara Powers

    I have been looking for you for so long.
    I want to purchase the pattern for Goats. We raise African pygmys And a goat quilt is a
    perfect Christmas gift for my hubby. We have been raising goats for 40 years. I would love to hear from you soon.
    Thank you
    Barbara Powers

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