Blog update coming, 3-7-23

I’ve been receiving updates and announcements that something is changing March 8 – what??? So if you never hear from me again, WordPress changed something and I won’t know how to work with it.

Marie’s snow is unbelievable – I think the picture that got to me the worst is the kitchen window. I would be scared! I hope she’ll get plowed out soon.

I gave Cathy Tom’s shirt quilt this afternoon – it got much bigger than I had planned. I backed it with black dog paw print fleece that I forgot to get a picture of.

With Easter coming up, have you hung your big or little Harvey quilt?

Harvey pattern available as pdf or by mail.

I’ve had several readers ask about Rick – yes, his ankle is healed but his heart is out of rhythm again. He has an appointment with the heart specialist tomorrow morning.

Remember when I was talking about the Susannah book? Well, after a horrible experience with what turned out to be an overseas scam, I took the pictures to our printer and asked them to work up a very simple version. I got a proof today and even though I have lots of work to do on it yet, I’m wondering if anyone is still interested. What if it ended up costing between $20-24 and was a soft cover book? Would you still be interested?

Remember the old school desk that I planted with succulents? Here it is today with a volunteer impatiens – blooming!

Reader quilts

Pet Parade #15 follows later this evening.

Closing with one of my favorite photos – this is Pastor Darrell Weber, the pastor who married us in 1997. He left Garner to take a position closer to his extended family.

Don’t you just love it?

52 thoughts on “Blog update coming, 3-7-23

  1. Luci

    Definitely a terrific wedding photo. Of course, for those who love dogs, what would you expect that dog to do? He was cheering.

  2. Fiona at

    Hi Mary,
    I’d buy the Susannah book! Tom’s quilt is amazing! I have sent you a mail about what is changing at wordpress and what you need to do.

  3. Kelli

    Love the quilts, love the wedding photo, love YOU! Thanks for persevering and bringing us your blog!!!

  4. Diane in Colorado

    Oh, my goodness!! I LOVE the wedding photo!!!

    And Linda in Colorado—you have been busy!! Your quilts are gorgeous!!!

    My Harvey is hung and I am so enjoying him!!! My Mom leaves her Harvey up year round, she loves him so!!! I keep making her other things to give her something more seasonally appropriate, but Harvey still stays right where he is!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane in CO – I think that’s pretty funny actually – Harvey is part of her family? Haha!

  5. Arrowhead Gramma

    Let me just say that with the kitchen window snowed in, I have lost my window on the world. When clear, I see every one going and coming in the lane.

    Live that last photo of the wedding, just some my Yellow Labs would have done.

    Prayers for Rick.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arrowhead Gramma – doesn’t that kitchen window make you claustrophobic? Seeing that much snow covering me up would make me crazy!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Julie – go to our online store to download. If you’d prefer, send $10 to Country Threads and I’ll mail you a paper pattern by return mail so you’ll have time to make Harvey before Easter.

        1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

          Julie, when I want to see the comment or comment myself I click on comment from the email. Once there I can go to the website just by clicking the Country Threads logo at the top. Hope that helps.

  6. Robin Ciuffetti

    Love the wedding pic, especially the dog in it! The quilts are beautiful as always. Feeling so sorry for California with all that snow, and I thought we had alot here in Minnesota with 103 inches so far. Thanks too for the pet parade.

  7. Carmen Montmarquet

    You did a Great Job on Tom’s plaid quilt! Just love it! Your school desk of succulents is amazing, can’t believe your kitties don’t play in it?
    Thanks for sharing these can’t help but make us smile pics!

  8. Sharon G.

    Great wedding photo with the dog l! He’s happy!
    I hope Arrowhead Gramma is staying safe and warm and hydrated. The amount of snow is unbelievable.
    I love the plaid quilt.
    -Sharon G.

  9. Lois Ann Johnson

    Amazed at the little impatiens blooming in the school desk! Loved the wedding photo with the doggie. Are you ready for this new snowstorm that is coming “our way?” It was so nice to just see bare ground again even if for a few days before getting dumped on once again. Prayers for your Rick and his health concerns. Life is a challenge when we get older!

  10. Pat Cooper

    Love, Love the plaid quilt. I would love to make one, one day.
    I’m really hoping Rick gets a good bill of health tomorrow at the heart ❤️ doc.
    It’s always one thing or another.
    Totally enjoy your blog updates, the quilts, farm animals and whatever else you post.
    Thank You.
    Pat Cooper

  11. Tanya T. in Houston

    LOVE that wedding photo!

    If that is the cover of your book, don’t you want to put your name on the cover, too? Just thinking…

  12. Carol NIXON

    Love it. I always look forward to your posts. I lived in Iowa, New Hampton, always enjoyed stopping at your shop. I live in Sioux Falls now. I am amazed at how much you accomplish each day. Would love to have goats and chickens but don’t think my neighbors would appreciate it. You are amazing.

  13. Sara in Indiana

    In the fall before the frost kills them, I bring a few impatiens into the garage, and even though they don’t thrive, they start blooming in February. Some look like they are having a bad hair day. Come May, I harden them off and they put out new stems and they bloom well. Amazingly, too, is that I have some volunteer impatien seedlings in sheltered outdoor areas, even though our winters are far too cold for them.

  14. Kathy in western NY

    I sure hope your blog is still here tomorrow!!!
    Wonderful quilt pictures and love seeing them.
    Do hope Rick is ok with the A-Fib. My husband doesn’t even know he’s in it so his medications must be still doing it’s job. The cardiologist explained this can be the case sometimes and as long as he does everything without feeling it, then so be it. He is on a C pap machine now too at night so that is a must the doctor said. Wish Rick is soon on the road to wellness as he’s battled a lot.
    I will hang my Harvey on my front door after St Patrick’s day is over and I love seeing his bright colors from the road as I pull in. It sure is a fun pattern.

  15. Pattie Weber (still in AZ)

    Yes ! Love the wedding photo. Tom’s shirt quilt is so special. I did the same thing with my husband’s shirts when he retired from Nestle’s years ago. Not sure I’ll ever be able to get rid of it now that he is gone.
    And that kitchen window picture with all the snow absolutely scares me. I’m pretty sure I would not do well in that situation. But what is the alternative?? Thoughts and prayers for all those finding themselves in these weather related predicaments. Looking forward to temps over 80 later this week. This is the first time since I have been in southern Arizona this winter. The whole reason I drive my RV this far west from PA. Lol.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pattie – aren’t you glad you didn’t drive all that way and end up like CA? That kitchen window picture scared me, too!

    2. Jeanne in Colorado

      I’d still buy the Susanna book too. I agree that your name should be on the cover and hopefully somewhere in the book, an actual picture of the real Susanna and you, when she was first born. Remember the ones you posted to the blog? One of her being weighed and another where you were just looking at her and adoring her?
      Prayers for Rick’s heart problem to be healed. Is a pacemaker a possibility? Good thing he has you to look after him. Take care, Mary. Spring will soon be coming to Iowa. As I rode my recumbent bicycle this afternoon, I watched a huge flock of robins fly into our yard here in Colo. and feast on the tiny red apples on our ornamental crab apple tree. Don’t they know that March, and sometimes even April, are still wintry snow storm months here by the mountains? Stay warm everyone, from Jeanne in Co.

  16. Beverly Lockmiller

    Love the wedding pictures My big dog does that same roll all the time I tryed to email pictures don’t know if they all went thru I don’t comment often but I love your blog . don’t know what I’d do with out it. Love the Shirt quilt. and all the pet parade pictures. Thanks for all your do.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beverly – when did you send those pictures? I don’t think they’re here. Try again – click on the pictures, find the arrow, click, enter my email address.

  17. Debbie Miller

    I would be afraid the kitchen window would crack from all that snow! My husband has afib. They put him to sleep three times many years ago and shocked his heart to reset the timing. None of them worked-the longest time lasted around three weeks before going back out of time. The Dr. put him on blood thinners and he has been fine for over 20 years. He did change several years ago from Warfarin to Eliquis as he had to be tested for prothrombin time monthly while on the warfarin. He just has to stop the blood thinners before any surgery.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      That’s good to know Debbie it’s been 20 years as my husband is on Eliquis too. We pay more for it but no blood tests or diet restrictions with it and my husband never needed a medication in his life till 70 yrs old so whatever it costs is worth it. He also had a cardioversion like your husband which worked about a week and the cardiologist said no more. I believe Rick has had them too.

  18. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I would buy a “Susannah” book. I also loved the “shirt quilt.” The happy dog at the wedding was a crackup, best wedding photo ever!
    Today’s quilts were great. Thanks for posting, Mary 🥰

  19. Dee from Shell Rock

    Yes I’d like a Susannah book. Love the quilts, just needed a friend fix tonight. And the ad to click tonight was for Dog Cookies! How perfect for you! I’m glad his ankle healed, that is such a long process. But I know nothing about afib. Take care,

  20. Jodee Blue

    Pastor Weber is in my town of Millstadt, IL at Zion Church. Very nice man.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jodee – yes, he is!!! Can you send me his address? Did you know he was an aerospace engineer when he was called to the ministry? Do you know Rachel? I gotta catch up with him!

      1. Jodee Blue

        Pastor Weber
        117 West White Street
        Millstadt IL 62260

        I know who his wife is but I don’t know her. My grandchildren went to preschool at his Church
        Small World Mary 🥰

  21. Janet S

    Linda in CO, You have made fabulous quilts with such happy colors. Compared to that, all my fabrics are really drab so I guess I need to do some shopping. Dogs at a wedding are like toddlers, they steal the show and everyone loves them. My heart goes out to Rick and all who are suffering and hoping tomorrow will be better. California weather is really scary and more coming. Great postings today everyone.

  22. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hi! First, if I was arrowhead gramma, (and my hubby agrees) it would drive us insane with that window covered with snow! Ugh!
    Love the shirt quilt! So special.
    The special animals are just that, special!!
    The wedding photo is crazy!
    Our storm is now a Watch…. So we will watch 👀

    1. Sunflower in Michigan

      Beautiful plaid quilt for Cathy. Love the wedding photo! All the quilts today are beautiful. Good luck to Rick.
      Still thinking of you, Marie, in California.

  23. Celene Thelen

    Hi there,

    I would absolutely love to get a copy of the Susannah book – no matter the cost!

  24. Brenda Ks

    As scary as the snow covered window is I would be terrified of what was on the roof. I would definitely buy the Susannah book. Love the wedding picture. One of Ron’s granddaughters had their dogs as bridesmaid and best man.

  25. Sue H

    That House Quilt from Linda in CO is the most beautiful one I’ve seen yet. I also thought the picture of “the view from the kitchen window” was the most impressive. Holy Cow! That sums up the amount of snow they received for sure! Loved the wedding photo — such a joyous pup! Ha!

  26. Quilting Sister in NC

    Love the wedding photo, have forwarded it to a few friends who also love dogs!!

    If we send $10 by check for a paper copy of the “Harvey” pattern ,,, do we also need to enclose a self-addressed envelope with postage on it, or is it covered in the $10?


    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Quilting Sister – no envelope because it needs to be big and postage can be included

  27. Diane in Maryland

    The wedding photo was so funny! Their dog was just thrilled!
    Tom’s quilt turned out pretty. I am sure she will enjoy snuggling with it.
    Yes. I would purchase Susannah! Not only do I enjoy books like that but so do children. These pets were real and loved and we all like that.
    Hope Rick received good news from the doctor.

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