Author Archives: Mary Etherington

Soup Recipes! 2-25-24

I think this will be our last poor parking picture – nobody can beat this one. No, I don’t know how this could have happened.

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More soup recipes

Thank you for sending your recipes!

Finn and Ivy spent the afternoon – here’s the greatest pile of dirt!

Good Night!

Let’s talk panels! 2-23-24

The panel you choose to work with will require some math. I’ve added 1”, 2”, up to 5” blocks for the border but it all depends on the math. I can’t split a 5” block for example so the panel will have to measure a distance divisible by 5. I always hated math and was never any good at it so if I can figure this out, so can you.

A 2” border is usually perfect and if possible I would trim the panel to make the 2” border work. This Christmas panel had a perfect green border that I could trim to fit. The panel and green border measured 25” x 37” – easily trimmed to 24-1/2” x 36-1/2” making it divisible by 2.

I could have used a 4” block but a 3” or 5” block wouldn’t work, would it?

And here are some of Twyla’s favorites in her home:

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I just love this delicate embroidery!

Soup recipes:

This sweet hot pad came from Margie in CA today – thank you so much! I’ll put it in my Christmas closet for next year.

Becky and I entertained the residents at Concord Care today – we play old songs like Home on the Range, Tennessee Waltz, and It Is No Secret. We have a very casual program and it’s really quite fun! Kay told me she has gotten over 140 cards!! Here’s Becky, Kay and me after the program.

And this is what Farmer Tim’s field looks like today.

So it’s 11:30 pm -Time for bed.

Indiana! 2-22-24

Indiana held Iowa to 19% tonight and beat Caitlin and the Hawkeyes soundly 86-69. It was a hard fought game attended by a record amount of people from Indiana, most were there to see Caitlin. But I remember last year when Caitlin’s three pointer at the buzzer put an end to Indiana’s season. The shock for those same players I watched tonight was mind boggling – payback is hell.

I really enjoyed the spring horse chatter.

Here is the recipe for Chicken and Stove Top Dressing:

The directions are so sketchy – does the recipe mean to sprinkle the dry stuffing mix or make the stuffing as instructed on the box and put it on top of the chicken and the cheese? That’s what I did and it was fine but what do you think?

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On my longarm today

Boho Heart by Jen Kingwell made by Barb Veeder. This is over the top gorgeous! I did ask Barb about the directions and she said they were horrible. Jen Kingwell – can’t you do a better job writing a pattern? I love your designs but after making Gypsy Wife, I said never again. I love Barb’s color choices and after Joyce quilts it, the quilt will be a prize winner for sure.

A reader had a question about Delectable Mountains. Here’s the story:

In 1981 Country Threads did a series of patterns exploring the delectable mountains block and assorted layouts.

This was featured in the Premier Issue of American Patchwork and Quilting, April 1993.

A year ago American Patchwork and Quilting published a 30 year anniversary issue.

Here is the back page:

Yes, I can make this pattern available for $5 and SASE – you know the drill. I love making these blocks and could start again – if I’m not careful. Haha!

Would anyone be interested in sharing soup recipes? The only way I can do this is for you to take a picture of your recipe card and send it like a photo. I simply cannot retype all the recipes. Thoughts???

I watched Oppenheimer a few nights ago and absolutely hated it – the most boring movie I’ve ever watched.

Did I cover all the questions you asked? I’m working on directions for the horse panel. can’t think of anything else.

What’s going on at your house?