A chicken house in North Central Iowa became home to Country Threads, Inc. in 1983. Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington, two friends who loved to sew, started a small quilt pattern business, which has become Iowa’s largest and best known “quilt shop in a chicken coop.”

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Sister's Paint Box Quilt. Made with Metropolitan Fair by Barbara Brackman and Paint Box by Laundry Basket Quilts fabrics for Moda. Pattern is Sister's Choice and the tutorial is found at Bonnie Hunter's website Quiltville.com.

AN ANTIQUE RUBY, DIAMOND AND PEARL BROOCH. Of circular form, set with a cabochon ruby within concentral rings set with cushion-shaped diamonds and rubies, surmounted by a rose-cut diamond set floral top, supporting seven pearl and diamond set drops connected by knife-edged links, circa 1900.

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