A Slow Day, 1-24-24

Foggy, drizzly and 34 degrees – hard to believe those cold stormy days were here at all.

Reader photos

Foam boards with binding
The quilt shop is used a lot!

It’s late. Good night!

19 thoughts on “A Slow Day, 1-24-24

  1. patti

    i love the reader quilts in process. just my type. the animals are cute, too. i spent the day pulling white on white fat quarters, pressing and cutting. hope to stitch tomorrow. i wonder if i need one of those design boards. but recently i tend to grab squares or strips and go for it. will wait for now. my shelves are not nearly as neat as they may appear. i got tired of moving everything off the ironing board and the small cutting table every day so i could work. dh brought me another roll around 3 shelf unit and it got filled quickly. dicovered i tend to put stuff on the ironing board that i’ll be using soon. oh well. patti in florida

  2. Kim from Wi

    Wonderful quilts being worked on in today’s blog about nothing. Love the picture of the quilt shop, it is a well-loved place to be creative. My sourdough starter is going to be used today to make pizza rolls, focaccia bread and maybe some dinner rolls for later this week. I’ve been happily feeding it since coming home from bread class. Woke up to freezing rain, staying home until it clears up.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – so your class was fun and successful! – did you make your own sourdough starter or did you get it at the class?

      1. Kim from Wi

        We got it at the class. Our teacher, Tony Pisconeri brought us some from his starter, which is 15 years old. He bakes over 200 loaves a week along with pastries, quiche and more for his customers. We learned how to store it, freeze it for the long storage and how to blend it with yeast for a different flavor. It was a wonderful class.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kim – that’s what I figured – did you learn how to keep it going? Obviously, I guess

          1. Kim from Wi

            Yes, there are ways to keep it on your counter, or you can place it in the fridge up to 6 days, or you can freeze it for a longer period. Each way has to be fed upon getting to room temperature, but it can take longer before you can use it for making anything depending on how you stored it when not using it.

        2. San

          Hello Kim from Wisconsin. I wanted to get over to see you and your class projects, but alas, the week got very busy as usual. It’s a shame you had to experience severe cold while here. Right now it’s about 60 degrees and raining.

          San / Gypsy Quilter Designs / Murphy, NC

  3. Marsha in MI

    What are the foam boards with binding? Very pretty, whatever their use!

    Love the fat gray cat!

  4. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Is that Miss Heidi in the first picture? Pretty kitty and also the tabby is handsome! Pretty quilts in progress 😻

  5. Moe in NE Illinois

    The design boards are wonderful, I’m sure those are Kathy’s. She told me how to make them. I made 12 last week and have already used all 12 of them twice … once to finish a quilt with 12 blocks, and once to start a new quilt. Much easier than getting up and down off the floor, or hunting for the pieces that are in a pile on the ironing board. Love all the photos again Mary, and love your sewing studio… Super foggy here in Illinois this morning for the second day. The beautiful foot of snow on the ground is melting, as are my two snowmen.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Yes Moe those are my design boards and I am so glad you are finding good uses for yours. When I start cutting out blocks I can get sidetracked and turn things around so this helps me keep the block exactly the way it’s to be sewn.
      Also if I cut out in another room and transport a stack of these boards to a sewing machine in another area, retreat or sew day, they stay in place. I tend to do patterns where I want my blocks scrappy so I am always pulling fabric and making a mess so these keep me cutting and stacking.

  6. Tama

    Mary, Thanks for the incredible variety of pictures you have been posting. So much eye candy!! I’ve enjoyed and appreciate them all. They have brightened these cold and snowy January days. Take care! Tama

  7. Joy in NW Iowa

    I love using the small design boards especially if I am working on a block of the month quilt, or a quilt that has a variety of blocks all the same size. They don’t slip anywhere! I made a couple out of some foam board covered with batting and making tape around the edge,
    Love all the quilts and the kitties are so pretty!
    Chilly and foggy and slippery! Ugh!

    1. San

      Hello Barb Onnen,

      The small door follows code, but don’t ask me to explain it. My ceiling peaks at about 18 feet and the area behind that door houses duct work. I keep a fan in that opening to pull air through in the summer.

      The blue and white quilt top was made for a friend. The pieces were cut 1.5 x 6.5, then the block was trimmed down to 5-1/2″

      San / Gypsy Quilter Designs / Murphy, NC

  8. Doris G

    Beautiful pictures again! Love all the great ideas that I find on your blog! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and life with us!!

  9. Judy B - Michiban

    You are doing a great job Mary…..always enjoy your posts and talk with my husband about them.
    I’ve add a B to my name today! Don’t know why, just did.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy B – I’m glad you added the B – I’ll get used to it and know which Judy I’m talking to!

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