Author Archives: Mary Etherington

The NEW Dirty Dozen, 6-19-22

This year you will have two choices for the Dirty Dozen.

1. Our past Dirty Dozen Challenge requires 12 UFO’s that will be numbered 1-12. On the first of each month I will draw a random number and you will find your corresponding project and finish it by the end of the month. At that time I’d like you to send me a picture to post on the blog. My email address is always available on our blog home page.

2. The new version of the Dirty Dozen Challenge is a new start project every month based on color.

Each month a color will be drawn:

1. Red

2. Blue

3. Green

4. Yellow

5. Brown

6. Black

7. Orange

8. Gray

9. Purple

10. Pink

11. Neutral

12. Stripe – any color

You choose a little or a lot of the color chosen.

Can be cotton or wool.

Can be big or little.

Can be a new project.

Can be a finish of an old project.

Doesn’t this get your mind thinking about what you’re going to work one? It does me! I finished one of my UFO’s this afternoon and if it weren’t so windy I’d have taken the picture – maybe tomorrow.

I’d like to thank Laura for this new wrinkle on the Dirty Dozen Challenge! I think we’re all ready for something new!

Let me know what you think – if you’d rather name unfinished projects 1-12, feel free. we will start with the first number on July 1. You choose Dirty Dozen Challenge 1 or Dirty Dozen Challenge 2.

I hope we’ll have a record breaking number of readers joining this year.

The NEW Dirty Dozen, 6-19-22

This year you will have two choices for the Dirty Dozen.

1. Our past Dirty Dozen Challenge requires 12 UFO’s that will be numbered 1-12. On the first of each month I will draw a random number and you will find your corresponding project and finish it by the end of the month. At that time I’d like you to send me a picture to post on the blog. My email address is always available on our blog home page.

2. The new version of the Dirty Dozen Challenge is a new start project every month based on color.

Each month a color will be drawn:

1. Red

2. Blue

3. Green

4. Yellow

5. Brown

6. Black

7. Orange

8. Gray

9. Purple

10. Pink

11. Neutral

12. Stripe – any color

You choose a little or a lot of the color chosen.

Can be cotton or wool.

Can be big or little.

Can be a new project.

Can be a finish of an old project.

Doesn’t this get your mind thinking about what you’re going to work one? It does me! I finished one of my UFO’s this afternoon and if it weren’t so windy I’d have taken the picture – maybe tomorrow.

I’d like to thank Laura for this new wrinkle on the Dirty Dozen Challenge! I think we’re all ready for something new!

Let me know what you think – if you’d rather name unfinished projects 1-12, feel free. we will start with the first number on July 1. You choose Dirty Dozen Challenge 1 or Dirty Dozen Challenge 2.

I hope we’ll have a record breaking number of readers joining this year.

Puppy Update, 6-18-22

No words necessary.

Peonies in full bloom – probably gone by tomorrow in this wind.

Can’t you just close your eyes and smell them?

Rock garden

Tim’s cornfield

Martingale’s presentation of our new book does not go unnoticed by me.

And here it is!

There’s a real story/lesson about the cover quilt that I’ll tell when the book is in your hands next September. Remind me.

And these are some projects from our book Cracker Crumbs that I’m going to start working on.

These will most likely be $5.00 patterns available online and on paper from me. I’ll let you know when they’re ready to go!

Around the farm:

For those of you who are interested in the rat count, we found dead rat #59 in the infirmary pen. Orkin was here to inspect their bait traps and after unlocking all the boxes, it’s very clear the rats are eating my bait pushed down the holes and covered with cement blocks over their bait. Darn – I guess I could have just handled this myself without them but I didn’t think I could back in April. Now I’ll fulfill my agreed upon contract and then let them go.

Please don’t think I’m brave to do this – I shudder when I enter the barn. But I have no choice – if I don’t tend to this problem, they’ll multiply until I have them in my house! I’d have to move out if that happened!

Hope that all of you who are recovering from illness and/or surgery are doing well on this beautiful June afternoon.

Tomorrow I’ll write about the Dirty Dozen – there’s a new wrinkle in the rules and guidelines. I have two projects to finish before July 1 myself! Chop chop!