Author Archives: Mary Etherington

Cold Sunday, 1 -29 – 23

After 5” of new snow yesterday, temps dropped to below zero. Ugh. It’s winter in North Iowa – and this is why I hate fall. I know this brutal weather is what follows.

On Wednesday, February 1 I will start giving directions to make the rug – you can’t do this without the book because it’s a visual lesson. I will be working on a placemat frame to make the demonstration go faster. please refer to specific fabric requirements in the book. My placemat frame will require approx. 3/4 yd. fabric cut into 2” strips.

Reader quilts:

As you know I take lots of pictures of Three – he is so photogenic!

The paw shown here on the left is very deformed with only two toes.
JB2 thinks he fits in this bowl.

I’m working on a shirt quilt for my neighbor Cathy whose husband Tom died recently. It’s always such a mess to cut up shirts but the end result outweighs the mess many times over.

Have your wrap strips cut before we begin. If nobody wants to work along with me I won’t bother to post on the blog. I can take everybody’s email and do a private message email. Please let me know –

Stay warm!

$5.00 Friday, 1-27-23

This week it’s Stand Up Straight!

This is the original


Last week was Dress For Success

Here is the original.

The first week was Say “Please”

Here’s the original.

Each of these patterns are available for $5.00 and a SASE – I can get two patterns in one envelope.

Income from the sale of these patterns pays the bills for the blog – which isn’t free to Country Threads. It’s free to you and we want to keep it that way.

We’re having a ground blizzard today and my phone has quit? It won’t charge and I’m not sure I want to drive to Mason City in a ground blizzard resulting in slick roads. It’s always something, isn’t it?

Let’s have a quilt show! 1-24-23

With no Dirty Dozen deadlines in January and February, I’m hoping you’ll send your finishes to me anyway. Everybody loves a quilt show!

Connie’s progress on Wensleydale:

My Villa Rosa quilt called Gypsy.

My progress on My Garden Trellis by Sue Pfau, found in the Big Book of Strip Quilts published by Martingale.

Baby Bullseye – pattern coming

I took Bitcoin outside in the snow.

Rick hands out cheese! Telly got hers first.

Snow by Connie’s house!

Found this under the cutting table – what did I have in mind here?

Winter in North Iowa!

P.S. IF your quilt was posted here, please read the comments! If someone has a question please answer within the comments. I just can’t keep track of all the details – you’ll have to help me.