A Look Back, 2-12-22

I had intended to have this photo made into a poster so I could enjoy it on cold days like today – brrrr! I think our high was maybe 4 above and it’s getting colder tonight and tomorrow.

Some of you readers are relatively new to the blog – I know you’re new because you have no idea why I bought those mens shirts. I started cutting up shirts to use as yardage when I became aware of Bonnie Hunter’s books.

It was too cold to hang these shirt quilts outside today but here’s a short stack of quilts made entirely of mens shirts.

I am addicted to watching the Olympics! Gotta go!

30 thoughts on “A Look Back, 2-12-22

  1. Kathy Hanson

    I am loving the Olympics too. Wanted to see Ice Dancing tonight but aren’t showing enough of it! Watched the Gopher guys win a game! Hooray!!

  2. Carolyn Boutilier

    Hello Mary, we were 57 degrees today and this evening we are expecting 2 to 4 inches snow by morning. Like you I am thinking about spring. The robins came back 3 days ago and my daffodils are up 1 inch. I am making fabric hearts for some friends. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  3. Deb

    I love them to. I love all the different events because I will never be able to do what they do. It’s amazing what the human body can do. I debone shirts to. Been working on some wall hangers,need something to look at.ha

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    I tried taking old shirts to the jail for quilting…they can’t have them as they would wear them!! You’d be surprised at the getups they made from donated fabric. We didn’t always stick to cutting and sewing. Sometimes the singing and dancing got a little out of control. An hour of that once in a while was enjoyable for all of us. I hope, someday, I can go back. I miss it. I’m blabbering 😉.

    I think if it’s going to be this cold, we should get some snow. Maybe next week.
    Loretta and I watch toooo much Olympics, we both get a little snooze in.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – oh, I never thought of that! Some of the cotton fabric is so luxurious – the purple shirt I bought was online new for $150!

  5. Sheri

    I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the Olympics were in Salt Lake City. I volunteered and it was really fun. We went to some events and some of the “houses”. Each country had a gathering place for their group.
    I spent way too much money collecting pins. The Olympics were only a few months after 9/11 and at the opening and closing ceremonies there were armed officers at the top of the venue at the football stadium.

  6. Nancy

    I’m loving the Olympics. We have only regular TV and I wish they would show more!
    If you have photos of the shirt quilts you made, would you be able to share them here, please? I would love to see them. Thanks.

  7. Anonymous

    Just looking at your summer garden with all the beautiful plants. WOW – what a workload you have taking care of it all. Spring is coming and not soon enough. It’s -4 right now in southern Minnesota.

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Well talk about a senior moment….I am oldie reader of your blog and I asked about what you make with the shirts but after you mentioned Bonnie Hunters books, I slapped my hand to my head! I should have remembered that cause I have that first book. I even met her in PA at a quilt guild trunk show where I saw so many of her beautiful scrap quilts up close. She inspires me to save every bit of scrap fabric but I still haven’t gotten into deboning shirts. Thanks for waking me up from a memory I guess I tucked away. I’d love to see your creations -someday when it’s warmer – from the book cause you have such a good color sense putting fabrics together. It’s 15 degrees here this morning.

  9. Linda in Michigan

    Thanks to Bonnie Hunter, I’ve also been “deboning” shirts for years. They make wonderful quilts! I would pick up cotton shirts at yard sales and thrift stores for a fraction of the cost of yardage.
    A FeatherWeight group has been started here a few months ago. Yesterday was a sewing day and it was so much fun! Everyone works on their own project, the only rule is you must have a FeatherWeight.
    Today another group will be working on Quilts of Valor. There are a LOT of talented quilters out there!
    We watched the Olympic Biathalon last night, what a grueling event, but it was fascinating.
    Your garden picture is a real uplifter this time of year.

    1. Kathy in NY

      Linda ,
      Did you see that lime green featherweight on Bonnie Hunters blog post yesterday?? And she adopted another rescue dog. How sweet. My featherweight was my grandmas so a real treasure to me.

  10. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Ohio

    Those shirt quilts are beautiful and soft! Cold here this AM, but going to be in the mid twenties—whooohoooo! The luge races fascinate me—so fast and dangerous. Not for me to try! Spring is coming, Mary😀

  11. Diane Bauer

    I love your shirt quilts!!! It makes so much sense to upcycle some of those wonderful shirts! However, I have a big enough stash yet that I’m NOT going to start buying old shirts for this project (something I would totally do!!!).

    I had my Laurel Belle for the afternoon yesterday while the kids spent the day helping friends plan for their December wedding. Such fun for me! And she showed up wearing a new “Big Sister” shirt—she will be a big sister in August!! ❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – Yes! A big sister – so exciting, so fun and just so wonderful!!! Saw the picture on FB – she’s really cute!

  12. Angie from Baltimore

    I bought and cut up a great many shirts that are so soft to work with. We have charity shops near and prices are so much better and it is a win win situation.

  13. Launa

    17o out up here in Idaho this morning, sunny too! Watched ladies Bobsled…golf on now! Need to see greenery!
    Nice to see your pictures this morning, Mary. Great shirt quilt books! You were fortunate to buy a beautiful shirt!
    Happy Super Bowl later today. Don’t have a favorite team this year.

  14. Carol Eberhardt

    Vertigo update:
    I woke up yesterday feeling 100% normal. After 12 days of dropping onto my knees on the floor so as to not hurt myself, feeling dizzy getting into bed, rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, standing up, sitting down… eyes so tired from trying to focus and make sense out of my swirling surroundings… I have been 24 hours dizzy free. How? Why?
    I do not know but I’ll take it! In my back pocket, though, is information about a physical therapy group in town that specializes in various types of vertigo. The minute this happens again, and it will because I had this in October too (not as severe), I will be calling for an appointment immediately.
    Thanks to the helpful women who knowledgeably weighed in on paths of help I could take so as to not live with condition endlessly. I do very much appreciate your safe advice.
    What a great roundup of women you have here, Mary. Who knew your blog would be so much more than chickens, goats, pets and quilts!

    Sorry this is all about me today!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol E – oh, I’m so glad you’re feeling well again! Isn’t that strange that it would leave so suddenly? My niece had vertigo in high school and was diagnosed with “crystals in her ears” out of whack? Something like that. Yes, this blog is a group of women who can share life experiences – joys as well as sorrows and I couldn’t be more pleased! And Carol, TODAY can be all about you!

  15. Deborah

    My nieces’ husband passed and she keep his shirts and T-shirts for several years ,then she saw that I made quilts so she brought them to me to cut up and make comforters for her 2 kids I used the cut up shirts on the front and did the disappearing 9 patch squares and used the T-shirts as the back of the comforter ,the kids whom are grown and married love them .

      1. Kathy in western NY

        I agree Carol, what a blessing those children have something of their fathers. And glad you are doing better and should have good days now! Nice you made them each quilts. Deborah.

  16. Sandy

    I would definitely make your garden photo into a postcard or frame it. Such a pretty picture. I’m always amazed how much you get done both quilting and the work around the farm. I feel like such a bum compared to you. Love all your posts and appreciate the work you put into. Has Connie moved yet? Hubby doing better? Happy Valentine’s day. ♥️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – Ricks ankle is maybe healing somewhat – I don’t think the wound is as deep as before. Connie and Roy are in Florida for the month of February and will start their move in March and April.

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