12-31-23

I just had to write that date somewhere! After much “stewing” I’ve decided that tomorrow’s sewing should be something mindless and fun so I can keep track of the games at the same time so this is what I picked:

Here are my fat quarters:

Finished size is 54” x 72” – much bigger than I want. I think I’m going to reduce the strip size. I liked the idea from a reader that she wants to make something that can be finished the same day. My runner up choice was Wild Rice – with the red and white dog fabric. But I always make red and white quilts so I’m trying to stretch my horizons! Ha!

What are you going to sew on 1-1-24?

Reader photos

How about a New Year’s resolution for blog readers sending me photos? Please include your name and state – as in – Mary from Iowa in your photo. I cannot transfer this info when uploading pictures – it’s just too much for me to manage. Too many screens back and forth with the email and the photos and the blog post. A paper card laid on or pinned to your quilt is just fine. This suggestion actually came from a reader. I personally have given up – life is too short. Haha!!

Happy New Year from the Blog About Nothing!

70 thoughts on “12-31-23

  1. Kathy in western NY

    And a Happy New Year to my favorite blog lady!
    I will send a picture of my little wallhanging tomorrow that I will be starting.
    It needs appliqué so I will be changing throat plates and stitches to do that but at least I will have all day to work on it cause I am not cooking or doing anything but sew tomorrow!!!!

  2. Doris G

    Happy New Year Mary and Rick! Hope you have a safe, healthy, happy year!! Today’s date is 123123!
    Doris from Alabama

  3. Deb in Idaho

    Happy New Year!🎆.. I’m staying home tonight,lots of fire works going on. I’m so sorry you are ill, hope you feel better soom. I’m with you on a quick project.

  4. Chris

    I hope to finish up a quilt I started last week and then open a box of kid-friendly fabric I haven’t looked at in several months and see what inspires me! I will be making quilts for underprivileged babies. The quilts are distributed through a charity in our town. This is the second year I’ve done this. Recently I started to use Bonnie Hunter’s scrap users system instead of just saving the scraps. I already have a stack of four patches. I’m eager to see what they become. I hope your 2024 will be filled with good health and lots of good times on your farm. Please keep the blog going! It’s so much fun to read!

  5. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Almost HAPPY NEW YEAR from Ohio to you and Rick. We had fireworks already so poor Buddy is hiding in the basement. We stayed home so hubby doesn’t get Covid before surgery. It was nice😀.

  6. Amy F

    Happy New Year! I think your idea for your quilt tomorrow is a good one. I have collected a few of those Villa Rosa pattern cards but have never made one. I think I will pick one out to make soon, maybe a small one to donate to Project Linus.

    Tomorrow I will be wrapping up my 2023 Temperature Quilt. Hard to believe I’ve worked on it over the course of the year. Now that I’ve made one I’ll probably make one every year!

  7. Tina W in Oregon

    Just going to watch the ball drop in NYC at nine o’clock and then probably go to bed by ten! We lead such exciting lives!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Happy New Year Everyone!
    I’m staying up until 12:00 because my 17 year old granddaughter is staying for a couple of days.
    Happy to celebrate with her.
    She is sewing a 1886 historical dress for her theater class final. I made a muslin mockup since it is a totally different type of pattern for me. She cut out the fabric today and she will start sewing it tomorrow. We have until May to finish it,
    I prefer quilting but this will be fun. She already asked if she can show it at my quilt guild sometime.

    1. Lindah in northern CA

      Oh wouldn’t that be fun to have her visit the guild in costume! Brings back memories of my much younger self when I enjoyed sewing costumes. Could you send Mary a photo of the finished dress? Best wishes to you both as you work on the dress.

  9. Dorothy

    A very healthy happy new year to you and Rick.
    I cannot express how much joy your blog brings to me every day
    (along with your reader’s comments) 🙂 🙂
    I will b working on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt tomorrow. Clue 6—–I think this is the 1st year I have totally kept up with the clues

    A very Happy New Year to all of the readers of the blog

  10. Jessica Page

    Happy New Year!🥂🎉🎈. Love the pattern you picked out!. Good charity quilt! Love their designs.

  11. ChristieB

    Written late on 123123 (12-31-23)!!! I don’t think I am going to make it to midnight, so I will post this and go to bed. Covid has left me still so tired! I “plan” on sewing “Snippets” pattern by Carrie Quinn of Pieceful Gatherings. Looks to be mindless sewing, we’ll see if my brain can keep the stacks in order. I should have cleaned and oiled my machine today – Maybe first thing in the morning. Happy New Year to all of us who love to read “blogs about nothing”! Cheers to many “more in 24”!

  12. Sue in Oregon

    I will be cleaning up my impossible sewing room. I get so distracted in there. LOL Also infected with ‘I can’t throw anything out’ syndrome.
    But I might sneak in a bit of work on my latest doll quilt.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

  13. JoAnn/MN

    My New Years quilt is Seed Packets by Kaffe Fassett, excited to get started purchased the kit several months ago. Happy New Year.

  14. brendalynne1

    i am going to sew on a garment for myself. after sewing for Chtistmas since May I am going to do something different. mug rugs baby quilt glass cases aprons table runners placemats clothing gifts for others. So now this will be something different.

  15. Kimberly Lusin

    Happy New Year, Mary , and everyone! I’ll be working on a simple quilt with Easter themed fabrics tomorrow.

  16. Martha W in WY

    1-1-24. That’s the first time writing the date. I will be working on my counted cross-stitch as we travel back to WY. We had Christmas with our daughter and family in Western ND. That was a first in 4 years. It was fun to see the grandkids excitement. Then we circled over to Southern MN and spent 5 days with my 99 yr old mother. Hubby and I made Krumkake and rosettes. Also, did some cooking and freezing small packages of food for Mother
    . Heading home early this morning. Happy sewing to all you lucky ladies. Enjoy your day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – does your mom still live in her own home by herself? I haven’t made krumkake in several years – I need an extra pair of hands to roll while I fry. And rosettes! Oh, yum! Sweet of you to prepare food for her.

  17. Connie in NV

    Mary I hope you saved one of your ice teas to ring in the New Year at midnight. We still have about 20 minutes until the new year in the Pacific time zone.
    Happy New Year to you and all of the readers of 5he blog about nothing.

  18. Connie in NV

    Mary I hope you saved one of your ice teas to ring in the New Year at midnight. We still have about 10 minutes until the new year in the Pacific time zone.
    Happy New Year to you and all of the readers of 5he blog about nothing.

  19. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l hope you are feeling better and managed to do some sewing. I am working on going through a shelf a day, found a pile of odd blocks again today, putting them all in one bag, trying to be organized, got a couple of Indian cotton tea towels hemmed before Stella and Luna visited and played dominos, still learning and creating chaos!Bella had a bath after rolling in something smelly,a great start to the new year!
    Good luck with all the new quilt starts, l have decided on what to do with the hexagons started at Christmas. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  20. Barbara Yarnell

    Happy New Year everyone! Love your quilt choice, Mary and that fabric. Can’t wait to see it finished! Yesterday I went through my stash of quilting magazines and books and found a pattern with star blocks and an interesting border for my niece’s new baby. I am changing it a little so i can cut it out with my new Accuquilt. Cutting used to be my least favorite part of the quilting process but now I look forward to it. Also found all the fabric for it in my stash! Will be making beans in the crockpot today so I’m free to cut and sew. A great way to start out 2024!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – do you use navy beans and an old fashioned bean pot? I make them, too, and should have thought to start the process of soaking yesterday for supper tonight. Yum.

      1. Barbara Yarnell

        That’s exactly how I make them! With from-scratch cornbread to soak up the juice. It was So good!

  21. Gloria from CC

    I’ve decided (if I can stand up long enough) to get the CT sled banner cut out today – this project will start out the New Year just great. Love all the pictures but was surprised to see the small oil cans and the toy sewing machines together. I started collecting small oil cans at the same time as toy sewing machines. I pick them up whenever I can. I think they are intriguing.
    Happy New Year everyone!💕

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – I also noticed Twyla’s little oil cans. Sandy Gervais used to collect them, too, and I picked up a couple for her when I saw them. How’s the hip doing?

      1. Gloria from CC

        I’m doing good. I’m on day 13 and I haven’t used my walker or cane today. No pain from hip but the bruising and stretching of muscles still hurts a little (my right leg was almost an inch shorter than my left leg so my surgical leg is still trying to adapt). The first 9 days were the worst. I get my staples out tomorrow in Cedar Rapids. Thanks for asking.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Gloria – I don’t need to tell you it takes time. I hope this solves the problem.

  22. Janet in WV

    Happy New Year, Mary! I hope you’re feeling better and you don’t get COVID again!!

  23. Kelli

    Happy New Year Mary!!🎊🎉 I hope you have a full and quick recovery from COVID with no lasting effects. Thank you for brightening my days with your wonderful blog! Blessing to you for 2024!🥰

  24. Kathy in SW PA

    Mary Thank you for all that you do to keep us one big happy family. You provide us with a lot of interesting information and a ton of laughs, love the pictures of the deviant parkers. You also have the best followers because I can feel the love and caring that comes in their responses to you. Know that your hard work is much appreciated and please continue to do it. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to all!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – of course, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 – haha!!! BTW, I’m feeling good today!

  25. Jeanine from Iowa

    I just started a new quilt so will be working on it today. We went to a New Year’s Eve service last night at church ( all music) and following the service we had snacks together and played games. We did not stay until midnight, but left a little after 9:00. It was a fun evening. I hope today is a better day for you. I know on day 5 I felt so much better after having COVID in October. Happy New Year to you and Rick and all your animals. Thank you again for your wonderful blog. I don’t think it is about nothing. It resonates with all of us in one way or another.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – this is day 6 and I’m feeling very close to normal – just a bit out of breath if I’m walking fast to the barn for example. I’ve been up since 5:30 sewing on my project because I slept too much in my chair yesterday.

      1. Jeanine from Iowa

        Mary,
        Happy to hear you are close to normal. I was up at 5:30 this morning as well, but I didn’t sleep in the afternoon at all yesterday. But when I had COVID, I slept a lot during the day. You are on the road to recovery! That is a good thing. Have fun sewing today.

      2. Betty Klosterman

        Mary, maybe your body is telling you might need some more sleep than usual. You certainly don’t need to catch up. Just take it easy and don’t push too hard. Nobody says you need to get your New Year’s quilt done today, either. You are sounding (?) better, just don’t push it.

        I’m still trying to finish the Christmas cards and other little stuff. Shoveling snow took time and I didn’t hurry. The snow is melting very fast as the ground is warm.

        The pup with the glasses is delightful.

        I was in bed for New Years, but a neighbor goes all out for fireworks, so I got up and watched some of them. He buys the really fancy stuff.

        My quilting friend’s daughter and family came for Norway for Christmas. They all caught colds and his present was the basket ball game in Denver, which he didn’t get to attend.

        Happy New Year to everybody. Betty in Rapid City

  26. Diana in Des Moines

    Happy New Year, Mary!
    A friend gave me a bunch of blocks, which I have made into a top. Hope to pin that and quilt today. Easy to do while I watch football. Go Hawks!
    Have many quilts planned for 2024, we’ll see how well I do.
    Today is our traditional “feast day”. Many snacks, leftovers and just whatever is left from the holidays gets eaten during football. Used to be my boys favorite day when mom let them eat anything they wanted before it got tossed at the end of the day.

    Gloomy and cold here this morning. Glad I bought a new heater for my sewing room.

  27. Rosalie in Texas

    Happy New Year to all!
    Mary, I pray that you will feel better today and be 100% by end of week.
    I too love to piece blocks. I think you should use that big piece of states fabric for a back or just a large center and pieced block borders – I would hate to cut it up.
    No sewing for me today- my sister flew in last week and we drove to see my brother and family. My new year project is to COMPLETELY reorganize and declutter my sewing room and family room over the next 2 months!

  28. Marie C from Iowa

    Love your sewing choice. I can’t wait to see it finished. No sewing for me today. I’m reclining on the couch sick. No laying down for me. I want to keep my lungs clear. Happy New Year everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marie – I am sorry – I understand not laying down – also sat in my recliner. I’m good today and hope you will be soon!

  29. Gayle in Tennessee

    Hope you are on the road to recovery Mary. Wishing you all the best in 2024!

  30. Linda in NC

    Happy New Year everyone! I Love the blog today, especially the dog quilt, Awesome! The little quilt on the cabinet with the sewing machines is something I would like to make. What is the pattern? Mary, hope you are feeling better this first day of 2024. Your choice of an easy quilt is great. A good way to use up fabric and so simple!

    1. Twyla

      The little quilt on the sewing machine is a quilt from Kim Diehl’s Simple What Not Club a few years ago!!

  31. Vicki in Seattle

    “Happy New Year,” everyone! Glad you are feeling better, Mary. I will continue sorting and cleaning in my sewing room as I watch the parade and football games. It is feeling so good to donate some of the items I have saved for years but have never used!
    We have several University of Washington graduates in the family so will be wearing purple and gold to cheer them on!💜💛🏈💜💛

  32. Sunflower from Michigan

    Happy and Healthy New Year, Mary!
    That dog with the glasses…so cute! I love the oil can collection! My brother-in-law has about 100 of those oil cans. Some are very unique.love the sewing machines too.

    Amy F. I’d love to see the temperature quilt. I’ve thought of making one but would have to read up on how to get started!

    We had a fun celebration bringing in the new year. Slow getting around this morning but I’m going to sew soon! Have a great day everyone.

  33. Tanya T. in Houston

    My new project is making little hand warmers from a worn out pair of gray sweat pants! Cute little squares to fill with rice or beans as per an idea online (I think it was Amy Smart…that girl is so SMART!! 🙂 ) Hopefully, we will not need them much, but cute New Year gifts for grown sons who are out and about.

    I try to think of a little wish for each year. Past ones were:
    May all your dreams come true in 2022!
    Hope good things will come to thee in 2023!
    This year is not working out to rhyme well so here goes:
    May joy and peace come through your door in the year of 24!

  34. Janet S

    Okay, so I’m from Minnesota and a Viking fan. The loss to the Packers (our arch rivals) was nothing short of humiliating. It’s probably an okay thing we have Direct-tv(AT&T) who refuse to sign a contract with NBC who broadcasted the game. If it weren’t for my husband, I would love to send AT&T packing. Thad made for a pretty frustrating new years eve but on the bright side, it’s a new year and the Rose Parade is beautiful. I still have to make a decision between two quilts to get started but I will get that done. Have a great 2024 everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – we in North Iowa are also Viking fans and it wasn’t pretty last night. Because we are huge Caitlin Clark fans, Iowa Hawkeyes, we are furious with the Big Ten for selling the games to Peacock and other streaming services so we can’t watch them. I understand your frustration first hand!

  35. Polly Perkins

    I cleaned out a closet and found denim I had cut into triangles with the pattern Mr. Green Jeans. I decided to follow your lead and start this project New Year’s Day.

    I am so happy to be sewing after my seems like forever recovery after cervical surgery. I have to learn to live with the scar tissue/nerve damage …. possibly for a full year. Getting used to all the tintanium and metal in my neck and not being able to move my head much. I just raised my table higher and am not going to let this stop me from what I love to do….. SEW.

    Happy New Year

  36. Angie from Baltimore

    Hope you are on the path to feeling better, Mary. I live in a retirement community and COVID is really making the rounds. We have been boosted and rebooted and have our flu shots and RSV shots and people are still getting sick. Not as sick as I am sure they would if unvaccinated but still getting sick. If folks haven’t got their shots I hope they do because we are losing people from complications. Many folks don’t go out a lot and haven’t built up a resistance. So start the new year getting vaccinated.
    I will now get off my box and go sew. Happy New Year

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – I have had all the boosters until the last one when my dr. Wouldn’t give it to me. Said she wasn’t recommending it and thought it was ineffective.

  37. Kathy Hanson

    That looks like fun! I have some fabric that I really want to work on but know that I need to have a pattern that isn’t too difficult but haven’t found one that I am excited about so I don’t know what I will make with it, wish I knew as I love the fabric and want to make it! Hmmmmmm, so won’t be starting today! Darn!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I know what you mean. I wish I had one favorite pattern I could always go to when I just want to combine some fabrics. I’ll report on this one. I’m almost done.

  38. Sharon G NE IN

    Love your quilt choice and FQ for it! Can’t wait to see it when completed.

  39. Helen Jane (Tx)

    Hi Mary…Happy to know you are better. Best Wishes in 2024 to You and all the blog “readers”…a couple days after Christmas we took a driving trip for a few days.

      1. Helen Jane

        Yes, Mary…we went to Branson Missouri. We go to various shows. (Music and a little shopping)…we take the route thru Arkansas. We also wanted “black apples” but the timing was off when we passed the Fruit Stand. These apples are native to the State. We have bought them many times. I did look in an antique store and “no toy sewing machines”…

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Helen Jane – oh, how fun!!! Did you see any great homemade pin cushions? I haven’t found a new one for so long! Do you think I’ve bought them all? Ha! I’ve never heard of black apples.

  40. Cyndy from CA

    Happy New Year! I am glad you are doing better. I had every intention of starting the pattern Plaid from Temecula Quilt Co. Instead, I chatted with friends, which was really fun. Then…. I started to tackle three bags of scraps to see what was really useful. I made it through sorting 1.5 bags. I saw one fabric that was from a quilt I did in 2000!!! Progress is progress. The day isn’t over for starting cutting out Plaid.

    1. Jill Klop

      I looked that Plaid pattern up! I love it. Sort of reminds me of Burgoyne Surrounded.

  41. Jeanine from Iowa

    Mary,
    Are you doing Dirty Dozen today? And picked a color? The day is almost over!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – forgot – I’ll do it now! I’ll bet you didn’t have anything else to work in, right? Ha

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