$5.00 Friday, 2-3-23

Never Take A Beer To A Job Interview

Finished size 14” x 16”

This little quilt was originally made with one charm pack plus binding.

Pattern is $5.00 check or cash sent to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438.

Reader quilts

Quilter is 86 years old!
Sent to me by a reader – is this familiar to anyone?

The next three pictures were taken from online and I’m just posting because I love them!

Never Take Beer To A Job Interview

And along those same thoughts –

And that’s it for today from the “blog about nothing”!

41 thoughts on “$5.00 Friday, 2-3-23

  1. Dee from Shell Rock

    Loved today! Never take a Beer to a job interview! Or buy a dog! It would be right at home here. Have a great weekend!

  2. Beamer's Mom

    The cake recipe is unique for today’s style of baking. I could maybe get around the mashed potatoes since they are frequently used in bread, but then add chocolate? And then add spices after the chocolate? Sorry, I’m out.

    If anyone is brave enough to try it and likes it, let the rest of us know.

  3. Louverna Tomer

    This is the best ‘blog about nothing’ I’ve seen!! Love the quilts. The embroidery one of the States is a lot of work. She should be proud of all the time and work put into it. Very impressive. Those are great animal pictures. The joke is very funny. Glad I don’t drink. LOL

    1. Alice

      Louverna, the embroidered quilt blocks were embroidered by a dear friend who is now deceased. She started the blocks in 1996 completed in 2007. They were packed away for years then given to me to make a quilt. There are 48 blocks & Miss Jo Ann drew out how she wanted it set up. I substituted my fabric for what she provided, her’s was badly faded. The quilt is going to a dear friend to appreciate! What you see in the picture is 1/2 of the quilt. It’s a queen size. So glad it’s done!!

  4. Tanya T. in Houston

    My father once sold a young bull to a woman who arrived wearing sunglasses. It was almost dusk and just got darker as they talked. She bought it and my father delivered it to her place the same night! We laughed about it for years and wondered if she still liked it the next morning. I guess so as she never complained!

  5. Jean Elliott

    Love this post! The pictures are great, fabulous little quilt & the new “dog” on the couch!!

  6. Debra Wilbourn

    When I was much much younger, made mashed potato cakes with my grandmother. Grandpa and Grandma lived in Dupree, South Dakota which is in Ziebach County, one of the poorest in the United States. When you have 13 young mouths to feed during the Depression, you get creative. It was always a treat to go to the farm to visit all my aunts and uncles plus grandparents!!

  7. Chris

    That potato cake recipe sounds really strange but I have made chocolate cake with sauerkraut and it is amazingly moist so this might be all right. Loved the “dog from the drunk”!

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l think the dog on the sofa was a good buy , milk plus companionship! Thanks for the laugh, best wishes from Sandy

  9. Brenda

    Mary, I love the little quilt and am always looking for patterns for charm packs as I keep buying them. How did it get its name.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      All of the little charm quilts were named with etiquette rules – as in Charm School.

  10. Deb B in Japan

    Mary, I must say that when I saw the name of the quilt I almost spit out my tea. And the calf on the couch set me off again. It may have been a blog about nothing, but I sure as heck enjoyed every picture and caption. Thanks for the day brightener!

  11. Susie lenz

    I love the photos of animals, and the reason why you named this blog as you did. I hope Iowa is warming up a bit this week as we are in MN. Enjoy the weekend! 🌻

  12. Kathy in western NY

    I will take a blog “about nothing” over drama queens anyway! And throw in the nice reader quilts and pictures and it’s all that I enjoy reading about. How’s your weather now? We finally got single digit temps today and tonight but in 40’s on Sunday. I was remembering today that my husband and I went cross country skiing in our younger days on a blustery chilly day like this and a TV camera crew interviewed us on the county park trail we were skiing cause it was bone chilly cold that day. But we skied and the funniest thing is we were on tv that night with ski masks on our faces!! The announcer laughed and we did in our home that night too as we watched ourselves. Skiing days are over for me as I took a spill on my tailbone and doctors said no more as arthritis set in so days like this bring back the memories.

  13. Sharon Eshlaman

    Blog about nothing…..my day’s not complete until I’ve read one of your posts🤗. We like and love the same things in life (1) our pets of all kinds (2) quilting (3) gardening (4) antiques….well, you get the picture. Thanks for being a bright spot in my day. BTW, I happily own several of your quilt books.

  14. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    My husband and I laughed and laughed over Don’t take a beer to a job interview and the baby calf (dog)-LOL. What a colorful and fun blog. I had to pump gas today and it was 14 with windchill 7. Brrrr. The animal pictures at the end are precious. Have you tried the cake? I have a Moravian Sugar cake recipe made with mashed potatoes for Easter.
    Buddy loves this cold weather. Yuck.
    Stay warm.

  15. Sheila in WI

    Your blog about nothing was a fantastic exclamation point at the end of my day… especially ” never buy a dog when you’re drunk”!!!

  16. Susan K in Texas

    I wonder if they bought the “dog” after bringing beer to the interview. Haha!
    I love the little quilt and it’s name. The joke is a good one.
    My mom had a sauerkraut cake that was very good and I don’t even like sauerkraut. It had spices and chocolate and a glaze as frosting. It was one they would make and bring to the workers in the fields at harvest time. A good German cake.

  17. Gwen

    I love your pictures. I also love the quilt that was in the first issue of the magazine. I saved a picture of that quilt several years ago, maybe from one of your books. I have been wanting to make it but first I am trying to catch up on several UFOs. I thought I only had a couple of UFOs until I cleaned my sewing room and found several I had forgotten I had.

  18. Janet S

    Lots of chuckles in the blog today – what fun. Another word of advice is “Never do your deep fat frying in the nude”. While your having fun, you should read the book “Harris and Me” by Gary Paulsen. It’s just too funny and fast to read. Some great quilts today also.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – thanks for that book recommendation! I’ll check my library first.

  19. Jean

    WHAT a great blog today! I laughed out loud Mary. You are too much fun. Thanks for the blog about nothing!

  20. Beth Haynes

    Being on a dairy farm we have had many different markings on cow and calves. My first thought was not the couch, a good one though, but rather the spot on her head. We had a cow that the border collie shied away from. She too had a spot right there. It seemed like the dog thought she had another eye. Interesting.
    I too agree your blog IS NOT BORING!!!!! Anything but. I love it when you show your porch “in storage” and comment that you miss it and all like that. Thank you for all your words and pictures. I remember trying to make a cassette send to my now husband way back in the day. That was hard to just talk with no feedback. I think this could be simular. I am sorry I do not write more.

  21. Dorothy

    Love this post today Mary, so much humor! I’m going to purchase your pattern just because I love the title! Well I love the pattern too!

  22. NancyTD

    Oh so funny. Good to laugh ! I went out searching for the American Patchwork new issue. I thought mine must have gotten lost in the mail again. Stores don’ t have it yet. I guess I will just have to wait until it comes in the mail. Congrats to you and Connie.
    Quilts were great today too. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Marilyn

    I love the clouds on the limb! Great shot. Saved it too. I love clouds .
    Super enjoy reading your blog and the reader quilts and the ones you and Connie have made . Thank you

  24. Jan Hebert

    Great post! Cute $5 quilt, may have to order that one. But I have got to sharpen my piecing skills, I’m so frustrated. I did a small quilt from one of your books and I am too embarrassed to send a photo of it. Really pathetic! Anyway, it’s 10 degrees farenheit here, much better than last night at this time. I don’t ever remember temps as low as they were here last night! Thankfully, my chickens survived, but I was really upset that my husband wouldn’t let me take them (15 chickens) into the basement for the night…he’s so mean! Lol, but I would have if I could have! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – be on the look out for frozen combs and feet. I don’t really know how they survived if it was below zero. Wish I were closer – they could stay in my heated barn till spring. Can I help with the small quilt? Use my email for questions – no need to be embarrassed. I’ll help!

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