Answers, 5-20-23

The red, white and blue pattern is called Yes, We Can, America! By Norma Whaley at Timeless Traditions.

Here is my pattern and two star blocks done.

This is an older pattern that I still love!

And someone wanted to see an oriole nest – here are a couple found on the ground in my yard over the years.

I will put the measurements and directions for March Madness here on the blog – I used charms and my directions will be based on charms not yardage. Just FYI.

Ok – now I’m caught up!

38 thoughts on “Answers, 5-20-23

  1. Sandy McPherson

    Hi Mary, a beautiful quilt! A wet weekend in New Zealand, , might make some pumpkin scones today. I melt the butter in to the hot cooked pumpkin, saves rubbing it in later.My brother is going to Fiji in August has asked me to look after his dog, so l am going to Brisbane Australia to do that and my friend Maureen will come and look after Bella for me, international dog care! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – can’t your brother’s dog come and stay with you and Bella?

      1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

        Hi Mary, you can take a dog to New Zealand from Australia these days, even for a holiday (in former years they had to go into quarantine for several weeks so you would only take them if you were moving permanently), but it is fairly expensive: from $2000 to $3500 one way, plus shots and a fair bit of paperwork… so ik could cost as much as $7000 dollars. A flight for a human on the other hand costs about $300 one way.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Fiona – oh, for cryin out loud!!!! Isn’t that sort of ridiculous? I understand now perfectly why Sandy is going there. The cost is prohibitive. Oh my, I hd no idea! Of course why would I? —- living in land locked Iowa? Haha!!! Thank you, Fiona!!!

  2. Sue in Oregon

    Sandy…Your pumpkin scones sound really good. I have just started seeds for pie pumpkins and you are harvesting them. So strange.
    Thanks for the pattern name, Mary. Looks like you have a good start on that cute quilt.

  3. Launa

    Thanks for pictures..I commented, but it was questioning if I was a real person. Heck yes…for 85 years now!
    Will watch for pattern. Yours is beautiful.
    Launa in Idaho

  4. Sue Hoover

    Oh wow! I love the R,W, &B pattern and your blocks looks great. I don’t think there’s a prettier color for a quilt than our patriotic colors. Will make a great summer quilt. I’ve always admired Norma Whaley’s patterns. I’ve got several myself but not that one. I wish she was still designing. My understanding is that she ran into some health issues. Rats!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    The nests are adorable. Birds have great building skills.
    The quilts are perfect for Memorial Day coming soon.

  6. Kathy in western NY

    I have a container of leftover 5” charm squares from different packs so that will be a fun pattern to do as a leader and ender. Thanks Mary as always for keeping us all engaged.
    We finally got some rain here after 11 days so it was welcomed. Didn’t help the spectators at the PGA in our area but I am sure it didn’t stop the private jets from flying in with whomever in them as I caught a glimpse of them lined up on a runway at the airport. We have 2 retention ponds near us we see most days on our drives or walks and one has 2 white swans nesting and living in it and another has 2 beavers so always interesting to look around.

    1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

      Hi Kathy, We saw lots of Bills hats and shirts on TV at the PGA which is neat. There are a few of us in Ohio😃
      Mary, I figured out how to comment when I read the blog online. Someday, I will be able to re-subscribe, I hope.🤞

  7. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    I really like the quilt pattern. The stars and stripes and the red, white and blue sure does lend itself to some great designs!

  8. Jan Hebert

    Thank you for sharing the pattern, Mary! It really is a nice design. I’ll look for that! And those nests are awesome! By the time the one out front fell out of the tree it was pretty much disintegrated. I look forward to your notes on making March Madness! Jan in MA

  9. Linda from Georgia

    Thank you, Mary for great blogs and for the pattern name. I love anything that is patriotic. My husband came to this country from Cuba when he was in his early teens. He served in the Marine Corp. and was more patriotic than most who were born in this country. I like making red, white and blue quilts in his honor.

  10. Billie

    Looking forward to the March Madness directions and measurements! Have tons of charm packs, Thanks Mary…

  11. Colleen in Central Oregon

    Thank you for the red, white and blue pattern info, I sat right down and ordered mine! Love the oriole nests, thank you for sharing those also. They are perfect little baskets!

  12. Janet S

    While I have been getting summer clothes out and putting the winters away, I have been trying really hard to get rid of things I no longer wear. Would someone tell me if people ever wear slips anymore, and how about pantyhose? Mine haven’t been worn in years but you never know when a wedding will pop up.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      I saved one slip to wear for dressier occasions. The remainder went to Salvation Army. As to pantyhose….I have sworn I will never wear them again. People go bare legged anymore, so I figure that suits me fine.

  13. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Thank you, Mary, for showing the nests. That was me! I had no idea they were so large. I am always amazed at any bird nest. So perfect and strong. I saw one Oriole at my feeder a few days ago but nothing since. I get so exciting when they are here. Last year there were several pairs.
    I have yet to make a red, white and blue quilt. I have a great assortment of fabric, just haven’t picked a pattern yet. Yours is beautiful.
    The rain we had yesterday made everything so green! Love it. All the creeping phlox I added is doing great. Hopefully it will fill in around my big tree and look as I envision it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – I have some goldfinch nests, too – so tiny – I’ll show them to you.

      1. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

        Ugh! I NEVER find any nests around here except robin ones. Funny what makes us happy huh!?

  14. Kim from TN

    I look forward to the quilt using my hodge podge of 5-inch squares, your pattern would work beautifully. Thank you for the lovely tour of your yard with all the spring happenings. The oriole nest is quite something to see. We traveled to Wisconsin to house sit for our daughter who is away on business. She is having some large trees planted and new garage doors installed and of course they want to come while she is gone. We have become those people, lol. We will stay a few weeks and visit with family & friends while here and hopefully see my mom in Osage.

  15. Joyce from NY

    Thank you Mary for the pattern information for Yes We Can America! Every spring I have Robins making nests on the tire of my car. I always have to remove the nest when I go somewhere. When I get home they are at it again, Amazing! I will try to send you a picture!

  16. Judy

    Where did you find the pattern “Yes, we can, America!” ? I have tried to locate it on line and am not having any luck. Thanks for any help you can give me!

  17. Judy Flynn

    I am trying to find where I can purchase the pattern “Yes, we can, America!” By Norma Whaley at Timeless Traditions. I have searched but have had no luck. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks for your time and trouble.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy and others – I have contacted the designer of Yes, We Can, America to see how you can order the pattern. I’ll let you know when I hear from her.

  18. Colleen in Central Oregon

    I just Googled Norma Whaley and her website Timeless Treasures came up. Then you can click on pieced quilt patterns, then large quilts.

  19. Colleen in Central Oregon

    Correction: I typed in Norma Whaley patterns and Timeless Traditions came up.

  20. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Your March Madness quilt is awesome, and I really want to make one. Thanks for your info, Mary 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Erin – I have looked on this site several times and yes, the quilt is shown but I see no offer of the pattern. Would you mind forwarding what you are referring to?

      1. Judy Flynn

        Thank you to everyone in who tried to help me secure Norma Whaley’s pattern “Yes we can, America“. I tried several methods with no luck so finally I wrote directly to Norma’s e-mail and was sent a receipt for the purchase of the pattern. It will be on its way soon!

        I appreciate everyone’s help.

        Happy Quilting! 🧵🪡 🧵

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Judy – wow! You got further than I did – I got no answer!

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