Valentine’s Day Coming!

We’re introducing our February pattern today to give you time to get it made and hanging up before Valentines Day!


This IttyBitty quilt also measures 10″ x 12″.

Connie made two versions – here are close ups of each.

This little quilt could be a gift to a friend, family member, grandchild – anyone you love. Make several, write a message on the back and send it to your chosen recipient. Won’t they be so surprised to open that brown envelope and find a small quilt with a sweet message?

I Love You pattern is available for $3.00. Send your check to address on home page and include an dress label – please.

I just happened to hang the two little quilts in this old white cupboard filled with white vintage planters – all kids or animals. My mom started this collection with a lamb planter that I still have and love. Thought maybe you’d like to see this extensive collection.

This could rate right up there with favorite collection!

Someone asked if Hazel liked cats and I said Ernie Joe Mauer was her favorite.

I’ve had people tell me you can’t raise a JRT with cats. I beg to differ.

And I finally got my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt pieced. So many pieces, so many borders, so many seams to press – I’ve never made anything quite like it! I’m glad it’s finished and I can move on to something else.

A note to those who made the mystery – did you see that I got the last border wrong? I pieced the wrong quarter triangles to the blue triangles giving me orange along the outer edge – which I’m thrilled about because I can bind with orange! You’d think I’d done this on purpose but you’d be wrong. Haha!

Sounds like frigid weather and snow is headed our way. This yard can’t be January, can it? Not a flake or snow or inch of ice out there. Chores are so easy in weather like this! I am so thankful.

Gotta post Harper’s picture again in case you didn’t see it — love those flying ears!

I will post book club suggestions tomorrow. Until then……

38 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Coming!

  1. Sue in Oregon

    LOVE the little I Love You quilts. They look adorable on the old cupboard filled with white containers. I see you stapled them. What other ways are there to hang them on a shelf or a wall without making a sleeve? I would love suggestions.

    Mary…I was wondering if you would mind if I sent you $3.00 through Paypal?

    I am just finishing The Wife Between Us. I thought seriously of putting it down in the beginning because it was such a slow mover. Then it began picking up speed and has now become a favorite. I think. I am not quite finished. I got too sleepy last night to finish.

    I have 8 more 4 inchers to cut today and then I can start cutting the last little circles. I can’t wait to see my work all done on this Bullseye quilt. I think some of my friends in my quilt club would enjoy making this one.

    We have had lovely weather too, but now it is starting to turn and the false spring is over. Darn.

    That is the cutest photo of Harper. Very funny.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sue in Oregon – forgot to add that I sometimes hang small quilts with straight pins.

      1. patti

        and those sewing needles that you toss when they get dull? i use those to hang my little quilts. patti in florida – 84 degrees yesterday and 48 when i got up today.

    2. Lindy

      On small wall hangings like these, I often sew two small plastic curtain rings to the back in each upper corner, then hang on two small nails. Velcro REMOVABLE strips work too if you don’t want ant extra nail holes in your walls. Be sure to get the REMOVABLE strips, because the others can pull apart your sheetrock.

  2. Diane in Maryland

    And we love you! What an amazing and wonderful collection. The quilt is beautiful. That was a perfect “mistake” to make!
    We must have your snow.

  3. Diane in Central Ohio

    I love your Bonnie Hunter quilt and the orange looks great on the outside. I prefer a darker outside.
    We are supposed to have 1 to 3 inches on Friday and 8 to 12 on Saturday. I think it’s coming from you in Iowa!! That’s a LOT of snow for us. Stay warm, Mary.

    Light rain/sleet mix this AM delayed or closed most schools in our area.

  4. Kathy Hanson

    Loved Ernie Joe Mauer with Hazel – what a great picture. It is so neat to see them together. WOW is all I can say about the quilt – we would have never thought that your outer border wasn’t right – it is just gorgeous. You really kept up the pace with that one and it is fantastic. Love the little quilts, will have to send you the $3 today! We have this lovely weather too – yes, so much nicer to do chores. I didn’t take our “baby”, Sunny for a walk today but I should have. Hoping that she will soon get the idea that she isn’t supposed to walk faster that I am!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – good luck with the walking speed – Sunny has her own speed, I’m sure!

  5. Brenda archambault

    Instructions for hanging small quilts:
    Insert a 2 – 3” square folded on the diagonal into the top corners before binding. Cut a 2- to 3” strip of heavy cardboard the width of the quilt and punch a hole in the exact center. Insert the cardboard strip into the two triangles and hang on a small nail on the wall. Walla!
    Love the I LOVE YOU mini quilts. You and Connie are sooooo clever.
    It’s 53 here this morning in the Phoenix area and a little more rain last night.

    1. Judy

      Walla! Great input! I had heard about adding the corners, but not the tidbit about the cardboard! Thanks so much for posting! I love this group!
      Judy in cloudy Texas – no snow here

      1. Diane

        I also use a light lath that my husband cuts. I put a ribbon in the center hole and hang on a nail or two holes at each end of the lath, put the ribbon through, tie the ends and hang. They work great:)

        1. Lindy

          I don’t understand how you get the wall hanging attached to the ribbon and lath. Could you please explain in more detail?

  6. Carol

    High winds, cold temps and icy needles of snow… that’s today in Western New York. But less than an inch of snow on the ground. I’m a bit of a fan of climate change if Buffalo truly is going to be the Miami of the north… although Eastern Hawaii is a more appealing prospect!

    I love your cupboard full of lambs and birds and bunnies and kitties…. every time you show your collections I want to run to all of our thrift stores!
    I have recently adopted the “KonMarie” method of cleaning and organizing…. as a result …. I have more room for stuff! Although I don’t think that’s the point of “The Art of Tidying” (Tidy Up is an off shoot of Marie Kondo’s book… its on NetFlix)… anyway… please share your collection and inspire us to hit those thrifties!

    Mary, I’m not sure you will like the show, I don’t think Marie understands people who collect! But I now have very tidy dresser drawers and closets…. except for the ones that have fabric in them!

  7. Launa

    Mary..glad I enclosed three dollars n stamped envelope along with my book order! Those Valentine Itty Bittys are darling!
    Your sew along with orange n blue looks wonderful! Always fun to see your great collections, too!
    Just a light dusting of snow yesterday and Elk trails showing their way down the mountain from behind the house. They are so welcome here. 17o outside this morning…snow is predicted!
    Can’t help but want to hug Harper! 🥰
    Off to my sewing room today!

  8. Sarah Carroz

    Thanks for sharing the Bullseye quilt. I’m having such fun making it and feel good about using all those fat quarters that I bought when I first started quilting. What exactly did I think I was going to make with such wildly different small pieces? Certainly I’ve used many of them over time but the Bullseye quilt has made those purchases come to life. It’s such a fun and freeing project.

    In the greater Sacramento area we had a night of heavy rain and high winds with more expected throughout the week. Lots of snow in the mountains.

  9. Cheryl

    Adding to the book list: The Marsh King’s Daughter was really good! The Letter by Saberton, Moonlight Over Paris by Robson and Olive Kitteridge by Strout.

  10. Judy

    Your Bonnie Mystery is FABULOUS! LOVE the orange! Your perseverance is revealed when one considers the sheer numbers of pieces!!! And then there’s the idea that the blocks need to be laid out a certain way! Ha – ha! Not for the faint of heart! I am going back happily to my bullseye now.

    The cupboard of white makes me swooooooon!
    Judy in Texas

  11. Kathy in western NY

    Thanks for sharing the finished quilt as it was a lot of sewing to do all those blocks. I agree I am happy right now doing bullseyes with no stress levels elevated and a found love of using flannels for the first time in an entire quilt.
    Our terrier loved our cats too. It’s cold and windy here, snow on the way from the sounds of it, and I am going to make a pot of beef barley soup. Thanks to Brenda for the great tip for hanging small quilts! We do have a great group here adding so much about their regions and helpful words. Just love your pictures!!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy in western NY – this group is a very helpful bunch, I agree! Your soup sounds good!

  12. Diane Bauer

    Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous and looks great with the flipped border! I never would have guessed that was a mistake!

    We are still brown and dry in FoCo, but I’m in Breckenridge for a couple of days and it’s snowy and white up here. I didn’t pack my machine so can’t work on my Bullseye, but I have a wall quilt I’m binding and a book to read (Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell—anew author for me; his Kurt Wallander series was highly recommended by a friend and this is the first one).

  13. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Mary, your mystery quilt looks fabulous! I love the orange triangles along the edges: just the place for an extra pop of colour.

  14. Linda Baker

    Mary, I have to chuckle at your post today. Your Good Fortune quilt is so pretty! I am STILL working on Bonnie’s Ringo Lake, which was her 2017 mystery. I love Bonnie, but have decided no more mysteries, no matter how tempting, lol. Then there’s her Roll Roll Cotton Ball. I completed the top for that one, but because I turned something upside down, my blocks don’t quite look like they’re supposed to. Laugh about it and move on, I say.

  15. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, my gosh. I love everyone’s ideas about hanging small quilts. Thank you so much. I may end up trying them all eventually.

  16. Felicia Hamlin

    So many pretty things in your cupboard, I don’t go to thrifty shops because I know I will find something to bring home. I know, it sounds silly.

    The mystery quilt is so pretty. I have never done a mystery, I looked at the instructions and I couldn’t believe the number of pieces. Not for the faint of heart.

    The little quilts are so cute!

  17. Moe Baly

    Hi Mary! What a wonderful post! Love the adorable Valentine! Another fun holiday! Im all decorated at home, will send you my $3 soon as I arrive at work (i’m passenger in the truc k as I type). Your antique white collection is fabulous! I have one white piece, may have to start looking for more. The hunt is on. Love your Bonnie Hunter, love the “accidental design”. The orange pops! The farm looks beautiful on this winter day, be sure to tell us when it starts to snow or how it goes because its heading toward us in Chicago next. Gotta love dogs, always a source of entertainment. Have a great day and a great weekend.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Moe Baly – I saw your FB post with all your Valentine decorations – it’s a lot of work , isn’t it? But it looks lovely!!!

  18. Wendy

    Hi Mary-

    I am working on the mystery quilt also and, like you, used the suggested colors. I am on the step with the blue, neutral and orange turned into 3.5″ squares. The whole project is like nothing I have ever made before but I have to say I really like it! I found myself using many fabrics i hadn’t yet found a use for and only paying attention to the colors and not so much what was printed on the fabric. The pieces end up being so small it doesn’t matter even if you use something “ugly” as it sort of blends in. Your quilt looks great and when I get to the borders I am going to see where I want to put my orange. I like your happy accident!
    Couldn’t help noticing that EJM looks larger than Hazel in the pic. Maybe it’s just his “fluff”? We have two rescue cats – Hendrix and Simone and they are the sweetest, best companions ever. One plays fetch and one gives hugs around the neck. Just love them both so.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Wendy – I have never made such a large quilt with so many pieces either and I really enjoyed it! Mary Ellen Hopkins always said – you can’t love every piece of fabric in your quilt and she’s right. Someone else said, if your fabric still looks ugly, you haven’t cut it small enough yet. Haha! Tell me what you decide on your orange triangles.

  19. Janine

    I just laughed out loud! In the second picture above the red Love mini, it says “one cat just leads to another” – isn’t that the truth? My all time high is four cats, but after some tough losses I only have one, sweet Sam. I have decided it’s time that Sam has a buddy, so the hunt is beginning. In Dallas they are forecasting snow on Saturday, and that means the grocery stores will be a madhouse on Friday and everything will grind to a halt. And we will probably only see some flakes. But I still plan to stay in all day, sew, and make a big pot of beef and barley soup (thanks, Kathy in western NY for the suggestion!).

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janine – that little plaque that says “one cat just leads to another “ is a direct quote from Ernest Hemingway – it is so appropriate! Hahaha! I’m so glad you’re going to give another cat a home! Our BB games have been switched from Friday night to tonite – snow maybe. I’ll bet Karen is sad this morning – Iowa State beat the Red Raiders last night – very, very close game!

  20. Connie Thompson

    Oh my goodness! So much fun in this post! Always love the animal pics!! The pic of Harper is wonderful!! Also loved the EJM and Hazel pic!! So cute!!

    LOVE your collection of planters and vases!! I also have a collection of the matte ones!! They call to me when I see them!!!

    The Bonnie Hunter quilt is amazing!! Wow!! And always love the little quilts too!!

    Thank you for continuting to blog for us. You’ll never know how much we enjoy it. Please continue as we look so forward to reading and seeing the pictures you show!!

    Many thanks,

    Connie T

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Connie Thompson – send me a picture of your matte planters – since I don’t know how to tell you to post here, send to my email This is something I want help with – pictures from readers!

  21. Pat

    Did I miss the pattern for the Bonnie Hunter Mysyery quilt? I can’t seem to find a reference to it anywhere. Thanks!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Pat – Bonnie started this mystery called Good Fortune on Black Friday. Clues are on her site, not ours.

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