15-0, 1-8-24

Michigan just won the national championship with a record of 15 wins and no losses! Wow, just wow!! It’s the end of the college football season, now we’re on to basketball, my favorite!!

I feel good. I did have a nap this afternoon and that helped but I also went into Concord to change out the Christmas quilts. First I called the clinic to see if I could be tested but no, five days after the positive test they considered me A-OK. I don’t agree but there you have it.

Reader quilts

This one would make most other quilts pale in comparison and I’m glad this is the only one I have to show you tonight. I have these directions and feel like I should start this with all my strips.

Here are my nine blocks and I’m sick of making them – ha! I lose interest pretty fast.

Snowing tonight but not very cold so it’s heavy and wet. Many schools have already cancelled tomorrow.

Thanks for all the well wishes!

45 thoughts on “15-0, 1-8-24

  1. Susan K in Texas

    So glad you are feeling better. Covid has hit our family – my sister in law and her roommate have had it for several days now and tonight we found out my daughter in law and 6 month old grandson have it. I’m so worried about the baby. He sounded horrible when we talked on the phone.
    I finally got 90% of the Christmas decor put up. I’ve had a UTI and the side effects from the antibiotics have been zapping my energy. I have to switch out the table runner and the quilts I hang on the bannister and I’m done.
    On to my sewing room! The HST project is boring me but I’ve got more projects calling my name. Easily bored is my main problem. I’ve got three finishes from early December to send you. I’ll send them tonight .

  2. Carolyn Boutilier

    Glad you are feeling better Mary. I watched the game also while knitting a dolls sweater that I started 6 years ago. Trying to finish some of my UFO’s. Over the weekend we were to get 5-8 inches of snow and all we had was 3/4 inch of rain. No snow. We are still in a drought so the rain was a blessing. now we are expecting 1 – 2 inches of rain tomorrow. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  3. Debbie Miller

    Glad you’re feeling better-naps usually are beneficial. I had made some blocks for the block exchange drawing at my quilt meeting tonight and really didn’t want to turn them in! They were 5 inch blue snowball blocks with white corners and were from scraps I had gone through. They were then sewn into sets of four and were so pretty even though the 1 1/2″ sew and flip corners were small for me. My best friend won the 63 sewn blocks turned in and multiple partial blocks not finished. I tried to talk her out of them but she refused-HA!
    A long time friend and fellow guild member did a trunk show of her quilting journey with lots of quilts. I saw several that I truly loved and wrote down the pattern names-like I need a new project!
    Here in upstate SC-they are calling for 2-4 inches of rain and 40-60 miles per hour winds starting around 3am tonight and all day tomorrow. Lots of schools have closed for tomorrow just in case.

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    Gezzz, those zillion piece quilts are spectacular.
    Great work to all who start them.

    Feeling better is good, just don’t overdo and end up recovering for 3 days.
    The wind is blowing in Wyoming!!

  5. Sally

    What a great championship game! We listened on the radio which made it more exciting, no cable tv here.
    The postage stamp quilts are amazing! So glad you are feeling better Mary. Onto basketball! Iowa will be on Fox tv Saturday. Looking forward to seeing Caitlin Clark play!

  6. Jo in Michigan

    💙💛💙 GO BLUE!💙💛💙
    15-0 what a season it’s been!
    Glad you are doing better Mary. And yes 5 days and you are good to go Ha! I don’t agree with that either.
    We are suppose to get snow tonight but rain tomorrow. But that’s okay we are basting in our maize and blue 💙💛💙
    Jo in #1 Michigan!

  7. brendalynne1

    i am curious whether the postage-size blocks are done with strip piecing ??? I am positive even stripping would be a ginormous challenge for me.

  8. Patty

    Too bad they can’t figure out covid. Remember when it first started and you had to quarantine for 2 weeks. I hope you continue to feel better. Just get enough rest til you feel like yourself again.

  9. patti

    i love the quilt you shared today. i am making blocks similar to those. using a solid and then 2″ squares. no strips. i’m only cutting a fat quarter of solid (gives me enough for 2 blocks) and pulling from the bin of 2″ squares. no strips. i think i have 8 done. i look as it as mindless sewing. while doing that i am off in my brain solving the problems of the world. hah. if only it were so easy. take care, patti in florida

  10. Martha W in WY

    Mary that’s good news! Please remember to not over do now that ” you’re good to go.” Wow is all I can say for the postage sized quilts. Speaking of postage this last Saturday I received my note back that I had mailed to my son in NE. It was addressed correctly, had a Forever stamp, and it had no sticker stating why it was returned. So, I took it to the post office today and asked a wise postmaster. He said he had no idea either! What was interesting was he took a black marker and crossed off the bars on the front and then turned it over and marked across the back. I questioned that and he said letters have the bars on the back too but they are visible with infrared. He said he can barely see these lines. I should have asked him why th extra lines are there but didn’t. Maybe someone here knows. I thought it was so interesting and I was glad I didn’t have to put another stamp on it.

  11. Christine

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. Remember you can order at home Covid Tests from USPS. It’s always good to have some on hand. https://faq.usps.com/s/article/At-Home-COVID-19-Test-Kits

    My daughter is getting married on Friday and going on a honeymoon cruise the following week. I hope anyone with Covid will stay home and that she and her husband will be able to have a safe and healthy honeymoon.

    1. Beamer's Mom

      Christine, thanks for the test kits link. I’ve been meaning to look up my existing test kits for expiration date changes but never got around to it. You providing the link was the incentive I needed, and consequently threw away all 4 test kits I had that either expired last year or not extended far enough to keep now. Ordered my 4 new ones. So thank you for the help. All of this help from a blog about nothing ! LOL.

  12. Barbara Yarnell

    Wow, love that quilt! The best way that I have found to actually make progress on a quilt like that with a simple design but a million pieces, is to do it leader and ender style while I’m making something else. Before I know it I have a big stack of blocks and I don’t get so bored because I ‘m focused on the main project.

  13. Connie in NV

    What size are the blocks in the hi-lighted quilt? It looks like a good scrap buster. What is the name of the pattern?
    I was able to get into my quilt room and sew today after getting the house back to normal from Christmas season.
    Mary I hope you start feeling better each day.

  14. Vicki Ibarra

    Mary, Here is CDC information on testing for Covid that may be helpful: “How long you test positive is determined, in part, by what test you use. PCR tests may show a positive result up to three months later.” The PCR test is the one where the nasal swab goes WAY up the nostril and is what health care centers typically use when diagnosing covid. It is unfortunate they said you were A-OK rather than explain why they wouldn’t test. You already know you aren’t A-OK. The lingering effects of covid are no fun.

  15. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, glad to hear you are feeling better. You can get free (covered by Medicare) covid tests in the mail — go to: https://special.usps.com/testkits. I keep a few at home for such situations. Supposed to be a very stormy day here today — north of me has already cancelled school due to the high winds expected (to keep children on busses safe). Sounds like a day to sew to me. Really trying to sew more than I buy…… doing better but think I need to sew faster…… LOL. Have 4 quilts to deliver to my friend that long-arms them for me. Trying to put some smaller projects in — made a few table runners and made a cute cover for my mixer. Finally got my Christmas decor packed up and put away for another year. Always depresses me a bit to put it all away………

  16. Sandy

    Hi Mary, can’t sleep, it’s 12.30 am here in New Zealand! We went out for dinner tonight as the family go to Taiwan tomorrow, bar be que pork ribs were the best l have tasted! The trip round the world quilt shown is done by strips and sub cutting. I made one a few years ago, 6 16inch strips in each block sewn together, then cut and rearranged. Will look for quilt and pattern to show you one day, it takes time as l have piles of patterns In folders Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Jeanine in Iowa

      You can find that pattern on Bonnie Hunters website. It is one of her free patterns. I have made it once. I can’t remember what the name of the pattern is, but you can scroll down and find it after you click on free patterns.

      We are getting more really wet snow here yet this morning. It is suppose to snow all day. The wind is blowing, but the snow is heavy, so it is not blowing into drifts like we normally get here in the country. Stay safe everyone. I hope there aren’t too many people from the northern part of our country going with Bonnie Hunter to New Zealand tomorrow, as many airports are closed in the north.

      Glad you are doing better, Mary. Take care of yourself. I guess you have heard that a lot lately!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – I have made this pattern several times – Bonnie’s pattern and I should do it again! Oh, the little girls won’t be around for how long? Will the cats stay with you?

  17. Linda in MI

    So happy to hear you are feeling better, I sure hope you stay that way. I know it may take a long time to feel normal again because the run-down feeling stays way to long.

    Wasn’t the game great! I was so excited. Hubby kept nodding off in his chair but my cheers would wake him up and he could see the excitement on the replays. I lived in Ann Arbor for a number of years after moving from Louisville, my three sons were born at UofM Women’s, my husband had his heart transplant at UofM which my working insurance paid about 1 1/2 million for and I had one of my haz mat courses at UofM Flint campus so I have a deep connection to Blue! It was a great way for the boys to end their season.

    We are getting snow this morning and predictions are for it to continue to the afternoon . The storm keeps changing and the weather man isn’t committing to what it will end up being. I am supposed to leave for a childcare center inspection around 10 but my destination is northwest about 60 miles away and they are to get worse conditions than we are so I will wait a bit to see if I need to reschedule. Very little of my trip will be on divided highway and the expected winds along the farm fields roadways the trip may be to risky to attempt. Michiganders don’t let weather stop them, but at this point of my life I don’t need that kind of excitement!

    I know you have a lot to do on the farm, just do what is absolutely necessary so you can continue to heal. Nasty Covid!

  18. Angie from Baltimore

    Glad you are feeling better but don’t push it. Being originally from Ohio we weren’t real happy about Michigan but you have to give them a lot of accolades for a great perfect season.
    Schools are closing schools early today because of the impending storm with high wides and lots of rain but would be buried if it were snow
    Staying in with soup on the stove and no knead bread baking later sounds great to me. Everyone stay safe

  19. Suzanne

    Glad to read that you are on the mend. We are waiting and watching here to see what winter storm Finn will bring us. Also waiting and watching to see if we will get Covid! We were inadvertantly exposed this past weekend while visiting family in Illinois. Hope you coninue to feel better and also that the heavy snow doesn’t cause too much trouble.

  20. Connie R. in Wis.

    Mary, Good to hear that you are feeling better.
    Wisconsin is also bracing for our first major winter storm of the season. Looks like us in the far north may miss most of it. Good day to start taking down the Christmas decorations.
    I’m not sure what quilt project to start next but, plenty of options to pick from. Those postage stamp quilts are sure impressive but, way over my quilting skill level.

  21. Margie from Ohio

    That quilt is great, but too much for me! I might try one like you are working on, Mary. Even though I live in Ohio I think it was time that Michigan got the spotlight.

  22. Joy in NW Iowa

    Well, the first blizzard of 2024! And in my birthday week. I wish I would have kept track of the birthdays with snow. On the other hand , Jay and I spent many birthday weeks vacationing in Florida!!
    Poor Jay can’t get his little snow blower to keep running. So frustrating! He uses it to clear a section my the shop and garage doors and does the st with the tractor. So he has been scooping the heavy stuff! Yikes! I made him two t4ats yesterday, tomato basil soup from scratch and sweet and sour pork. They were both a hit!
    That quilt is amazing! Just amazing!
    Mary, I’m happy to hear you are mending some! Take it slow.
    Mary, how much snow are you suppose to get? Jo in Wyoming….did you get snow also? We need moisture so bad and an insulating Layer to keep the pipes from freezing! Traffic across the section is moving VERY SLOW! That means, I will stay home!
    It you live in the Midwest, stay warm!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – we didn’t get much snow – maybe 1-2” and the wind hasn’t come up yet but probably will. Hwy 18 is moving at regular speed.

  23. Carmen M.

    Glad you are feeling better! I have had a slight cold and this morning a sore throat was hoping to be done with it but will test a little later to be sure it’s not Covid, I really haven’t been that sick so I don’t think it is. Thanks for sharing your blocks. Love the reader quilt!

  24. KathyG in Oak Creek, WI

    My husband is a huge Michigan Wolverines fan so our house has a giddy vibe this morning! But I’m with you, there’s nothing like NCAA basketball season.

    As for Covid, I keep a box of home tests and use them to check myself before heading out when I’m feeling ill. A negative result really takes the edge off when going out of the house.

    The snow is starting in the Milwaukee area and schools are closed too so we will see what this day brings.

    One other thing, I’m proud to say that I completed 2 quilt tops on New Year’s Day because of your inspiration. Thank you for that!

  25. Fran

    Glad you are feeling better. Every yr we have lots of stuff being passed around. Long before Covid. I remember my working days. This too shall pass.

    We got 3-4″ of the white stuff. Been over two winters since we have seen this much snow at one time. It’s windy too. Snow days mean more sewing room time! Temps turning frigid also.

    No way am I doing a postage stamp quilt. Good luck to those who are attempting it!

    Fran in SW Iowa

    1. Diane and the gang

      Unfortunately, Covid has too many long term problems that often do not go away! The incessant fatigue can last for weeks and months. It is not something that gets better over time.

  26. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Mary,
    What a great game! So happy for Michigan football. Now the question is if Coach Harbaugh will jump to the NFL. My opinion is he will but my husband thinks not. Biscuit is neutral on the matter!!
    Still putting Christmas decorations away but took down all outside ones first and am glad I did!
    Snowing steadily here with some on the ground and more to come. Take care everyone! Good day for indoor projects for sure.
    Love the quilt you made, Cindy!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – I, too, am happy for Michigan! And I, too, think Harbaugh will go to the NFL. Isn’t this the worst side of Christmas? Decorations are so fun to put up but taking them all down and putting them away is the pits. Therefore I didn’t put many up this year. 🤫

  27. Sally J. Mi.

    It’s snowing right now but weather forecast is saying to expect a snow/rain mix. I need to work on the wall hanging I started on New Years Day. I’m a bit bored with it but better get going!!
    Three cheers for U of Mi. winning the championship!! Great game!!
    Happy to hear that you’re feeling better Mary. Continue to rest and don’t overdo.
    Stay safe everyone!!

  28. Kathy in western NY

    Glad we took all our outside decorations down over the weekend and I haven’t put out yet a different seasonal house flag with the high winds we are expecting. I made food yesterday we can reheat on gas grill if we lose power as we have a lot of trees around us and with the snow melting from over the weekend we got, our grounds are wet and roots vulnerable.
    I got a note that another event is cancelled this week I was to attend and so glad groups are taking the advice to avoid spreading germs unnecessarily. Family have told me their work places are saying to please stay home if you are thinking you are coming down with a cold or achy and don’t come to work saying you aren’t feeling up to par and think you’re toughing it out to be there. Finally I hope we have smartened up to not keep passing these germs on to those who could be battling cancer treatments or compromised systems. We owe them a chance to live.
    We got our next set of free Covid test kits yesterday in the mail as our family believes in testing before being together if someone feels off just to be sure.

    1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

      So true, Kathy. My husband and I have been masking for awhile. But, so many people show up places with “ just a cold” then text they have Covid. Ugh. So selfish! We don’t go to many places!
      I have two friends with cancer who need others to be more careful. Ok —off the soapbox.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Diane – I agree – before Christmas many people at church had “bad colds” and still they were in church! I have missed the last two Sundays because I won’t be one of them.

  29. Nancy Sturgeon

    You should continue with this quilt. It’s fabulous! But I see there are many more blocks to complete. 1/week? Nancy in snowy Chicago.

  30. Candy

    Have you heard of “Duckworth” quilts? You can google them to see them, and there’s also a Utube video showing the process. They’re basically made up of wonky log cabin blocks made from scraps (lots of them!), and very easy sewing … nothing has to match up! I’m going to haul out my scraps today and try a few blocks. Mary, I’m going to email you a picture, in case you want to post it. This is not my quilt, nor my original idea … I just like it, and the video is out there for anyone to make use of.

  31. Diane. Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I love your blocks, Mary, and the new postage stamp quilt😍. Everyone working on these neat scrappy quilts inspired me to get out my “I Spy” 4 patches. I have more finished than I thought😀. Then, friend called, another friend in hosp. So after dentist, I was off to hospital. Now getting hubby all set for surgery tomorrow. Whew! Never a dull moment. I may 100 before I get these done😹😹. Hoping while hinny recuperates, I can quilt! Rest up Mary so you will kick that Covid in the butt😀😀
    It is soooo windy here! I have to go on I-70 for the surgery and it is always windy and full of semis. There are 2 other routes I may take😀. 48* now.

  32. Tina W in Oregon

    The wind has been blowing hard all day here in NE Oregon. The temperature was 46° but the “real feel” was 29°!! We are supposed to be getting a bunch of snow this week I believe. May need to reschedule some appointments. Only time will tell. Love the Scrappy Trips quilt. It’s one of the many on my “to-do” list. I need to sew faster! Thanks Christine and Lynette for the link to get up-to-date test kits. The ones we have are a couple years old!

  33. Margie Braaksma

    Glad you are feeling better!
    What are the “requirements “ for a postage stamp quilt? Do they have a size of 1 1/2” maximum? I was always going to make one since I retired from the USPS but I came across an antique one on an auction and couldn’t pass it up

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margie – I have no idea – I only have boxes of 1-1/2” squares that evidently I’ll have to use because nobody sent me their address when I asked. Guess I’ll use them as leader-enders

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