Another Game, 1-5-24

Iowa and Caitlin Clark played Rutgers in New Jersey tonight and I couldn’t help but think about Kate and her girls who live in New Jersey – when suddenly I got a text and picture. They were at the game!!!

Kate graduated from Iowa and as she put it, “when Caitlin Clark comes to NJ, you can’t not go!” haha!! Iowa won a very lopsided game but it’s so fun to watch the whole team as there were 5 players in double figures. Coach Bluder’s exemplary coaching has created a team that is oh, so fun to watch!

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I wish I could say I’m feeling great but I’m not. 🙁

66 thoughts on “Another Game, 1-5-24

  1. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Rest, rest rest Mary which I know is hard to do. Praying this ugh will soon be behind you.
    I love the quilt with the zillion little squares.
    Shirley from OR

  2. Diane in Maryland

    Mary, saying a prayer that you begin to feel better quickly. COVID is a nasty virus and it effects everyone differently and each variant effects a person differently even if they had COVID before. That does not make you feel better but just want you to rest and take care of yourself. We all love you and understand if you need to have some healing time. Take care of yourself. ❤️

  3. Francine from Dubuque

    I watched the game too. They work so well as a team it is wonderful to watch ,you can just feel the love. Lo v e the1st quilt tonight by Lynn. That’s one I know I could never do myself . So much respect for her talent. Sure hope you can get to feeling like your old self soon. Have a good weekend.

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    Wow, those 100,000 piece quilts are incredible! All the quilts are great.
    Love the furry’s.
    Mary, I hope this bout of COVID goes away soon. Feeling like crap is not on our bucket list!

    I met my new neighbors this afternoon, wow, they seem like wonderful folks.
    He is a contractor, she an architect. 2 kids, 3 golden doodles. They have done a ton of work to the house and found original plans which included a bathroom by the back door. They are replacing it so her parents won’t have trouble when visiting. Isn’t that thoughtful.
    My husband’s shop (the barn) is full of wood working equipment, I think he would be so pleased to have a neighbor who would appreciate great old tools to borrow.
    I love good news.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – yes, aren’t those quilts wonderful! I’m working on sewing up all my 1-1/2” squares right now after I saw those pictures! Very inspirational!! And they have 3 golden doodles? What great neighbors! And yes, you have all those great tools – win-win!!!

  5. Donna Sproston

    We love watching Caitlyn play basketball. Lisa Bluder is a terrific coach, and the team is such fun to watch. My daughter and I went to the game in Madison in December. The Kohl Center was packed, thanks to all those Iowans who cannot get tickets in Iowa City.
    Sorry you are not feeling back to normal. I had Covid the week before Christmas but thanks to the two original shots and five boosters, it was a very mild case. I also took the antiviral Lagevrio. I probably picked up the virus at Mayo the week before .Very few were wearing masks. The good news is I remain cancer free and do not have to go back to Rochester for nine months.
    My January project is Dixie, a great quilt from Country Threads. So far I have about a dozen blocks cut out. It might be my February, March, and April project too.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – 9 months! That is wonderful news!!! Yes, I’m sure you picked it up there and I’m sure I got it at church. Wish I could see Caitlin play but tv isn’t bad – probably better than some seats in person. No tickets to be had and isn’t that a wonderful thing for women’s sports!!! I want a long sleeve tshirt that says 22 – old ladies can be big fans, too! I think I could start a trend, don’t you? Haha!!

  6. Beryl in Owatonna.

    Don’t watch the games but glad u hey are playing well!

    You best rest and try not to push. Sleep well tonight. 😴 🙏

  7. Sharon G.

    Mary – Remember each person is different and your Covid may take longer to get over and back to “normal”. Hang in there! Sending you a 🤗

    If anyone on this blog has Comcast, and you haven’t heard, Comcast security and personal information of millions and millions of customers worldwide was compromised. Changing my password took me all day Tuesday. Getting an agent to talk to was impossible and when I finally got some nincompoop to talk to, he had the audacity to try to get me to switch my cell service to Comcast while we were right in the middle of setting up my new password! I got in an online chat that was a continual loop! Instead of a promised call back, Comcast sent me a survey. Comcast should be embarrassed.

    Love the pet parade and quilts.

    Take care everyone

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon G – I share your outrage – not necessarily with Comcast – but I swear they’re all the same and if you actually got someone who spoke
      American English, I’d be shocked. Tonight I’m trying to place an order with JJIll and of course there’s a password involved! Just makes me crazy!!!!

      1. Janet S

        Sharon G, Thank you for the warning about Comcast. All these companies want is your money with NO customer service at all. Word of mouth is about the only way for others to not do business with them. Currently, we have AT&T (Directv) who I fight with because they have dropped not just NBC but one of my favorite tpt stations.
        Todays pictures are wonderful. The quilts are so beautiful and the furries are comedians. Mary, rest more.

  8. Amy F

    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well Mary. Hopefully you’ll round the bend soon!
    Wowwee the reader’s quilts just made my day today!!! Those first 2 are amazing and inspiring! I’ve yet to make a pineapple quilt but this might be the year. And that postage stamp quilt pictured on the bed is just amazing. I’m drawn to quilts that have lots of small pieces for some reason–Lord knows they require lots of time and effort. But I’m also inspired by smaller, simpler quilts that are just as nice like the All Boxed In quilt. I like that the quilter noted the size of it on her photo as it helps give me a sense of scale.
    Well done everyone!

  9. Martha W in WY

    Mary, please take care of youself…lots of rest and nutrious food. Were you able to get a shot within 5 days of your diagnosis? Oh, I found out that back in September or so we can get free COVID tests again from the government
    It’s done on line as far as I know

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – I tested positive at the clinic but nobody mentioned any shot to me.

  10. Sandy

    Hi Mary, take it easy , that covid is sneaky, rest and recover gently please. The postage stamp quilt is amazing, and the dog friends cute. I took Bella out at 10pm last night to go pee and the 2 malamutes next door were on the deck, l got a fright with the barking, ldont think burglars will bother us!Slowly going through more stuff and finding more quilt blocks and UFO, s ! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  11. Charlotte S in No. California

    Lynn, your quilt is amazing!! And I love the postage stamp one too.
    Mary, I hope your “yuckiness” goes away soon. 🙏🙏
    I’m trying to get my sewing room put back together since the new floors are done. Oh my goodness! I’m trying to better organize things and I’ve found so many UFOs. Hopefully one of these days it will be done. I’m going to try to get my Christmas stuff put away tomorrow.
    Donna, what wonderful news about your cancer. My son-in-law’s last scan was clear too. God is good!

  12. Lynette in Orlando

    Sorry you’re not feeling well. Please take it easy…… this covid is a nasty bugger. Rest and maybe some sewing. ha. Some young folks at church got it before Christmas and they’re saying they still have no energy. Take care and prayers that you’re back to yourself soon. Xx

  13. Rita in Iowa

    Mary I hope you get to feeling better and your energy returns. Sit down sewing a little will help. The quilts are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them. I have a pineapple quilt in progress. It’s in its bag just waiting to be worked on. It looks like the furry friends are content.
    Donna glad you’re doing great.
    Stay well everyone!

  14. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Caitlin Clark is amazing! I watch her any chance I get. Love her attitude, her teamwork, her skill.
    Hope you’re feeling better each day.

  15. Lynn in Iowa

    Hope everyone stays healthy. Seems there is so much Covid out there. So far, we have been lucky. Mary take the time you need to recover. It affects everyone differently. Did Rick get it too? We did watch the basketball game. Last November my son-in-law won ticket to an Iowa women’s game at a charity event. He took our granddaughter, age 7, who is a huge Iowa fan. She knows all the players names, numbers, position and what color shoes the players wear!! She loves watching them. The tickets were courtside and she even got a hug from Herkey! She is still talking about the game. You are right, no tickets to be had. We can all be so proud of the Lady Hawks and what they have done for women’s sports not only in Iowa but everywhere. Take care everyone.

    1. Lorna Davis

      Lynn,….. Love your pineapple quilt! I have plans for one on my radar….Just curious….
      Did you do it paper piecing or with a pineapple ruler? What size are your blocks!

      Mary hope you feel back to normal soon!
      Happy quilting, everyone!

      1. Lynn in Iowa

        Thank you. I used the Creative Grids pineapple trim tool. I found it very hard to keep the blocks straight. Probably the worst piecing I’ve ever done. Looks great from a distance. Up close, not so much. Nothing really lines up. I’m doing a second one in red white and green. I’m doing this one paper piecing. Found a free printable on Pinterest. This one will be much better.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynn – she must have noticed Caitlin’s shoes last night – neon greenish yellow! The fact that she notices their shoes is unbelievable – haha!! Was it the exhibition game outside? Over 55,000 fans were there. I think Lisa Bluder is one of my favorite people!!
      Rick did not test but if he has Covid it’s not bad. I keep asking him how he feels and he says he’s ok, so I guess he is.

      1. Lynn in Iowa

        They were at the Drake game. Their tickets were courtside, so we could see them in TV!!!! Was fun for all of us.

  16. Margie from Ohio

    Take care of yourself, Mary. Quilts and pets are great. Suppose to get some light snow today, but watching Tuesday when it may be more.

  17. Kathy in western NY

    The picture Kate sent you of her and the girls at the game made me think she was thinking of you knowing you’d be watching too. How sweet of her. It’s inspiring to young girls to see this whole big world of Caitlin Clark.
    The quilts are so stunning! I am one who has a container of 1 1/2” squares always being added to but never sewn up.
    Donna that is such great news to hear. You’ve shared your cancer journey in the past with us so we always care to get updates and thanks for letting us know your new year will be another good one. And Jo, wow lucky you to have 3 golden doodles to see romping around next door.
    Take it day by day Mary as recovering as we have aged takes longer and this is why they say that older folks need to be mindful of these many diseases out there. I use to think oh someday way down the road I’ll be the one who they are talking about but now it’s time to be careful and nothing to mess with as we don’t bounce back like we did years ago. Acceptance is hard.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – your last statement is very real to me – acceptance is hard. I worry so much about my animals.

  18. Mary H

    Beautiful quilts. I love quilts with little pieces.
    Mary, go easy. Are you testing negative now? It only matters if you are going out in public. This year’s version is lingering. Hope you have a good book. I am reading the Heaven and Earth Grocery Store.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary H – I still tested positive a couple days ago. And no, I’m not going anywhere.

      1. Betty Klosterman

        Covid is nothing to fool around with. The side effects and long term covid are terrible. And who knows what it will trigger in the future? The unknown is very scary. And maybe the church should be grooming somebody for the music? They might really appreciate you if you aren’t there for awhile. Or maybe the younger people don’t have the dedication you have.
        When trying to get “near” perfection, especially on a pineapple block, paper piecing is the way to go. Just have a good TV program while you are tearing off the paper. If my points are in the right place I don’t mind tearing off the paper.
        Stay safe. Betty in Rapid City

  19. Laurie in NC

    Lynn of Ohio – beautiful accurate piecing on those quilts! Mary – sounds like you might have over done things after being sick. Please rest so you don’t end up with bronchitis or pneumonia.
    I love those two bonded kitties!

  20. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Lovely post! Quilts are beautiful as well. Very nice work on each one.
    I like hearing about the Iowa women’s basketball games. I played basketball through school and was one of the tallest competitors in our league at 5 foot 9 inches. Now, that is short in women’s basketball!
    Taking down the Christmas tree today. And hope to do a little sewing. Have a great day everyone!

  21. Diana in Des Moines

    I have been diagnosed with pneumonia, so know how you feel. But a perfect excuse to watch Caitlin and her team beat Rutgers. Also great to see Rutgers honor C Vivian Stringer. Such a powerhouse in women’s basketball
    Love the All Boxed In quilt. Might have to try that with my multitudes of charm packs.
    Snowing in DM this morning, so may just go back to bed and binge watch something on Netflix. Right now, my mom and hubby are still blissfully quiet in their beds and NOT bothering me or wanting me to cook something. Thank goodness.
    Take care, Mary. We all need you to keep us enlightened about farm life and quilting.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – pneumonia? Oh, no! Yes, it was nice to see Stringer honored on the night Iowa played there.

  22. Frances E

    So sorry you’re feeling peaky. Your pictures were lovely today. Rest and drink chicken soup.

  23. Fran

    Sorry you aren’t feeling well, Mary. Don’t let it get you down.

    The quilts were stunning this morning. Scrappy rules today! I have a couple friends that only do scrappy! The pineapple quilt is absolutely stunning.

    I was supposed to go to a day retreat today but I begged off. I am still recovering from my retreat for 5 days. It took me all afternoon yesterday just to put away Christmas. And things are not put away from retreat. I want to see my sewing room and spend the day there.

    Fran in SW Iowa where we got at least 10 snowflakes overnight.

  24. Cathie

    So sorry you are not back to normal. Have you taken the Covid test? Will think good strengthening
    thoughts for you today. Hope you are having sunny weather even if it is cold. Somehow the sun
    seems to make things a little better.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cathie – a week ago yesterday I tested positive at the clinic. No sunny weather here either – just dark and dreary, no sun.

  25. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Hey Miss Mary! Sending you hugs and healing prayers your way! My daughter,Sarah, caught the flu and fever the day after I went with her to Dallas to Trader Joe’s. I had my flu shot a week and a half before and luckily I am fine. I know when I don’t feel well I wonder if I ever will.
    Love the pineapple and postage stamps quilts. I have that ruler but will use papers I ordered first, hopefully it will work. Penny and Lucy send their calico kitty love ❤️.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – I have to say that Penny and Lucy are so photogenic!!

  26. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Aww, Mary. Sorry it is still hanging on🤬. You have to REST, but I know that is a four letter word to you!!
    Wow! Kate and her girls were at the game! Great. Does Iowa play in Columbus this year? Maybe we can go.
    I love all of the quilts. I am going to make one of those little square ones even if it takes me years! Are they 1 1/2” squares? I have just a few scraps😹. We are driving in light snow. We may get 1 inch.
    Stay warm and feel better soon😀

  27. Connie in NV

    The Pineapple Quilt is stunning. I tried making one years ago & it got wonky so I thrashed the mess.
    My husband, being an Iowan, has become excited about girls basketball watching CC play. She certainly is gracious when being interviewed.
    I love quilts with little pieces, I have 625 blocks in my UFO’s to sew together for a quilt. Half are churn dash and the other half 9 patches that finish at 3 inches. When I complete the quilt currently in process I’m going to start sewing rows together on my Patches and Dashes quilt.
    Take care of yourself Mary and only do what is necessary, lots of rest is needed to recover.

  28. Connie in NV

    I forgot to mention something of interest on the news. The cat that saved the little Havanese dog from the coyote attack. Heartwarming story.

  29. Angie from Baltimore

    Sorry to hear you aren’t back to health yet. Sometimes you just have to take care of yourself.
    All set up to watch the Rsvens play Pittsburgh in 39 degree rain. Ravens are my local team but was raised supporting Pittsburgh so not going to be disappointed in who wins. Watching the pregame Bless them for getting into the uniform and playing as I sit in my warm apartment with the blanket over my legs and my snacks by my side. GO TEAM!!!!!!

    1. Diane in Maryland

      Hi Angie! I have been thinking the same thing about playing football in this cold rain…brrrr Really raining hard over here on the Eastern Shore.

  30. Kelli

    Oh Mary I hope you don’t have a relapse!! Please take care of yourself and snuggle in 🥰

  31. Sunflower from Michigan

    Those poor football players! We’re getting snow in southeast Michigan, ground covered. Our son returns tomorrow from skiing in Colorado. Hope the roads are good for their traveling as they are driving.

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  33. patti

    mary, sorry you are still feeling badly. try to rest. i know how hard it is to do. lynn, i love your pineapple quilt. have been looking for papers to make one, so far the ones i’ve found make 10″ blocks with 2.5″ strips. i want a smaller one like yours. years and years ago, i made a miniature. will try to remember to photo. i also love the quilt of squares – 1.5″ or 2″ square? that is also on my list of to do ones. i just realized i forgot to put my name on the ‘all boxed in’ quilt. it’s from – uses 75 each 5″ squares. i had seen several made in florals, single colors. i have tons of novelties (especially cats) and am thinking i’ll make more.i’m thinking they will be good for kids/seniors/anyone else. the cats seem so happy. happy quilting to all, patti in florida

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Patti, it is a very versatile pattern to use for charity and many times I have 4 or 5 leftover 5” squares from a charm pack and never know what to use them for. This quilt makes perfect sense for children or even a senior care home lap quilt where bright squares make up a vibrant quilt to admire. Thanks again for sharing the source.

  34. Susan K in Texas

    The quilts today are beautiful. I have a box of 1 1/2” squares. I need to start sewing them together. And a pineapple log cabin that I pieced with bad thread. I need to resew the log cabin and get it finished. It’s nice to get a reminder of projects that I want to do.
    Today is the chore of taking the tree and other Christmas decor down. Then on to sewing / trimming the 1000 red and white HST blocks for next years Christmas quilt. I’ll probably start something else before I finish as I’m easily distracted by squirrel projects.
    I’m sorry you’re feeling bad from covid. I had it Christmas of 2022 and I had dizzy issues until October of this year. That stuff is nasty! My sister in law and her roommate have it now. Sister in law just got over another virus and caught Covid.
    Take care and feel better!

  35. Tina W in Oregon

    Hi Mary. I assume since we haven’t heard from you for a couple days that you’re laying low and trying to feel better. Sure hope it’s working. I just looked up and watched as a few snowflakes fell. Doesn’t look like much will come of it as it’s 38° right now. We are supposed to have snow off and on all this week along with high winds on Tuesday.
    Lynn your pineapple quilt is stunning. I have a red and white pineapple quilt in the works using the Creative Grids trim tool. It’s coming along slowly. I call it one of my “forever” quilts! Is the postage stamp quilt yours too? As with a bunch of others, I have boxes of 1-1/2” squares waiting to be sewn together!

  36. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, hope you are feeling better today. I missed seeing you play the piano at your church today.
    The quilts posted are great. Ladies, thanks for sharing your works of art with us.
    Have a great week, everyone!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – it was the second Sunday I missed and I can’t tell what day of the week it is unless I’ve been to church! Haha!!!

  37. Tammy Guerrero

    Prayers you will be feeling back to your healthy self again soon. My mom had Covid, she is much older than you. It hit her hard. She says she has never felt the same after having it. Take it easy, lots of TLC. Keep us posted on yourself!

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