Busy Monday, 10-24-22

Orkin finally came this morning – maybe 2 out of 10 bait stations had evidence of chewing but absolutely none inside the barn. My total rat count stands at 68 and Keeper had the last three juvenile size rats – I’m guessing they had eaten some of the poison I had put down the hole and they were slow enough that Keeper could nab them. I believe the majority of the rats are gone but likely from the poison I’ve used in the tunnels, not from Orkin,

Remember Cindy who wrote that she adopted a lab puppy from Patriots last week? I think this is the adoption picture I found on Facebook.

Remember that piano room with the clean windows? It’s back in order again but I’ve decided in my next life I won’t be a collector. All that stuff on the sills is now washed and put back again – SO MUCH WORK! I am calling this “spring cleaning” in the fall.

All these dried eggs are now freshly washed and going back into the basket with this great towel a reader made for me.

Reader quilts:

Let’s talk a bit about fabric choices for the quilt along. The original quilt is pretty straightforward soft colors without much contrast. I found the block somewhere – I don’t even remember where but I liked it because it had lots of piecing within each block and each block uses 6 different fabrics. Too much fun! I’d call the cover quilt a traditional color palette with a light background. Remember my new block with the blue background?

I’m going to pull 20 different fabrics in shades and tones of blue. I don’t want them to all be the same “saturation” – meaning the same level of darkness. I like to see the interplay of textures and scale together in a quilt. Start with something you like and work from there. You can always email me with or without pictures if you have a question. Here is Karen’s sample block cut from a Minnick Simpson collection. You can’t go wrong with red, white and blue! Isn’t this a great block?

Look at this pretty fabric against the blue sky!

Well, that’s a start and enough for tonight. I am so enjoying hearing from so many of you – thank you!!!!

97 thoughts on “Busy Monday, 10-24-22

  1. Lora

    I think I will quilt along with you but I better get busy deciding my fabrics because I agonize over that step and it always takes me so long to decide!

  2. Susy from San Diego

    Your room looks beautiful! It’s so hard not to collect. It’s so much fun and you feel like you have found a treasure every time!

  3. Jill Klop

    Lots of nice projects! I especially love Sue in Oregon’s red white and blue!! I’m still working on my blue challenge. I also love the garland on the porch from Nancy in Iowa!

    1. Nancy

      Thank you. This is our playhouse and is fun to decorate. The garland, or swag as I call it, was a great way to use up scraps and fabrics I’m not sure why I bought and don’t want to put in a quilt. I have swags in color schemes for each season. They are getting a little ragged in the wind, so I might need to start over another year. Good tv time activity tying them on a cord. Unfortunately the flies found the pumpkin quilt before I even took a picture, so I had to move it inside the window. Nancy

  4. Holly

    Book will be here in a day or so. Just returned from a retreat in Illinois, so tired but so happy to share with like minded older women like me. I can still learn a thing or two. Got a UFO top done. Mary clean shelves are highly overrated. Keep collecting.

  5. Deb

    Your porch looks so homey! Love all the antique dishware & pieces, it makes one want to walk in, sit down and stay awhile. Hubby & I went to the doctor this morning for our annual exams. I went home after he’d given me a steroid shot in my right knee (LORD that hurts, but if the pain drops, I’ll keep doing it). Got the results back tonight via email (that’s not unusual from our medical offices) that the xray showed only moderate damage from osteoarthritis, so basically they won’t do surgery. I was so upset about that as I want it FIXED so I can walk normally again. So once the pain level drops for my knee I have to lose weight – the doctor has promised it will make a huge difference for me. I truly hope so! We go back to work tomorrow building portions of our retaining wall (our son & grandson come on Saturday to fill in with stacking blocks). I’m going to really hurt tomorrow night but we have to get it done before rain comes. After that wall is built we are going to build 2 raised beds from 2×6’s stacked 2 high) that will be 8 feet by 16 feet – we have trees that need to be transplanted into those soon. Lots to do this fall and winter, but once the wall is done the rest is downhill as it will be MUCH easier for us.

  6. Charlotte

    Mary, I love your collections in the piano room and thank you for all the care you devote to them, and for sharing them with us. They are one of the features that makes a house a home.

  7. Kathy in western NY

    Nice quilt show as always from your readers. Thank you folks for giving us looks into your world. Hi Cindy and congratulations on your new family member. So sweet and kind of you to adopt.
    Gee Mary I would be sitting at your pretty table and just daydreaming with a cup of coffee most mornings!!! Very cozy. You were busy today. It all looks like a well loved home.

  8. Debbie Miller

    Beautiful room! If we didn’t collect-wouldn’t life be dull? I often wonder about some of my friends that have no hobbies of any kind and don’t seem to collect anything. What do they do with themselves for entertainment? I enjoy the thrill of the “treasure hunt” as well as the “treasure”. I know a lot of my family considers it junk or say I am a hoarder but they brighten my days in oh so many ways. And yes-most of them need dusting!

  9. Marian n Rochester

    Love all the quilts. And, your collections. Thank you for sharing with us. Your baby grand is in such a beautiful place; maybe you will slow down and you’ll have time to tickle the ivories!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marian – I have a nice medley I’m practicing right now – maybe I’ll record it for you guys and post it on the blog. I wonder if I know how to do that.

  10. Judy Andersen

    Hi Mary- I live in Omaha and my quilting friend in Little Rock wrote to me about your sew along! What?! I read chickenscratchcountrythreads! So I‘m on board now and look forward to your lovely stars.
    Your piano room looks so inviting, I was going to say it just needs a couple of mugs of coffee. Then I saw your coffee maker! Yeh! I love a good cup of coffee – no flavors JUST good ol‘ coffee.
    Also on the pictures you shared from other quilters, I really like the red/white/blue table topper from Sue in Oregon. Her name is on the picture. Do you recognize that pattern? It reminds me of a “disappearing 9 patch“. Do you think that is what it is? I would like to make one like that.
    Say hello to your cats from me, Bonsai and Buddy.
    No quilt is complete without a little cat hair!

  11. Barbara Aker in WNY/SWF

    Does anyone else like to work on quilts based on the season or holidays? I’ve been doing this for years! Once the day or season is over I put whatever I’m working on away until the next time it rolls around. I usually have about 5 projects going at once all related to quilting, and all in different stages. This way I usually finish one or two for each special time period. Some of my quilting buddies think I’m nuts doing it this way. What do you guys think?

    1. Kathy - NY

      Oh I do the same…already packed up my Halloween/ fall fabrics back into the drawer as I have Christmas items to work on now.

    2. Linda Carpenter

      Barbara, of course! That’s the only way to quilt. With the seasons is so much fun.

  12. Viv in Idaho

    I get a chuckle from your statement that your not going to be a collector in your next life. I am trying hard to quit being a collector in the end of this life. 😊😊. I’m not having much luck with that…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Viv – I’m glad to hear you’re still collecting – I’m going to be writing a post about that soon.

  13. Carmen Montmarquet

    I love your piano room, so much fun seeing all your wonderful collections! It’s a wonder they don’t get knocked over with all your furry friends, especially if there is a fly on the window, no stopping my kitties from going on the attack, nothing is safe with them. Thanks for sharing this beautiful room!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carmen – oh my gosh, I should have added that no cats are allowed in the piano room. I’m afraid they might throw up or pee in the piano!!!!

      1. Candy

        Oh, I was going to ask who’s sitting under the piano bench, but I’m no tattle-tale, LOL! I love your piano room!

      2. Ginger S

        Oh Oh Mary. I believe I see a cat under your piano bench. Supervising your work no doubt.

      3. Carmen Montmarquet

        Glad to hear! Besides the piano there are so many beautiful pieces in that room! Enjoy it, it’s very special!

  14. Kim from TN

    The piano room look so inviting with all those windows bringing in the light and the outdoor colors. Wonderful place to just sit and enjoy. I really admire how neatly Karen cut those striped fabric on her block Played our last game of bocce for the fall season, it’s been wonderful to gather together again and enjoy the fall weather. I look forward to the quilt along and seeing what everyone decides to use for fabrics.

  15. JoAnne from NW Wisconsin

    I to have lots of stuff that has a meaning to me and is hard to get rid of. I started to do the Swedish Death cleaning thing and I can see it will take awhile for me to get rid of all my stuff but at least I’m trying. I sure don’t want my boys to have to deal with all that some day.

  16. Diane in Colorado

    I just pulled in the driveway after an 11-ish hour drive from MN. Cannot wait to go pick up my pups in the morning!!!! I will be there at the 8 am opening! I finished a quilt while I was gone and am now ready to dive into something new! A copy of Small Quilts arrived while I was gone so I may be doing the fall quilt.

  17. Kathy in SW PA

    I remember my mother doing spring and fall cleaning. I’m lucky if my rooms get a deep clean every 2-3 years. I’ve had 50 years to do my collecting, so I have alot and then add all the fabric and it’s mind boggling. Enjoy reading your blog, Mary. Keep up the good work.

  18. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m movin in!!! That porch is so inviting. It’s now shiny, bright and so inviting. I see the goose on the stool, my favorite. At Christmas time, I drape table runners on the chairs. I love it.
    Thanks for all the quilts and pictures today. What a great group we are.

  19. Meredith in Cincinnati

    So sorry about your continuing rat issue; hope you got your money back from Orkin. (Haha!)
    Your piano room looks shiny clean. Don’t you know your collections make your house so interesting and fun?

  20. Donna Wyatt

    I have decided that even though I have clutter, I am tackling the job set before me, one day at a time. I try to spend 30-60 minutes per day evaluating the treasures that I have, I know that my kids will no doubt find my treasures, to some measure, junk. I am trying to organize my patterns for quilting and find that a little annoying. I have 7-8 3 ring binders full, plus 3 shelves and a couple of boxes of patterns. I find it hard to get rid of them. They do bring me joy! So does a cleaner house.

    So many pretty quilts and love your animals.

    Have a great week!

  21. Linda

    Your piano room looks so cozy and comfortable. We have a small home and I’m trying to downsize. Plus I really hate wasting time dusting! So I’m taking pictures of my collections to put into a notebook called “This is Me” (I do genealogy) and then saving only 1 (or 2 max) to keep and have on display and/or use. The rest are finding new homes to be loved and cherished. The relatives (young and old) get first choice.

  22. Joyce from NY

    Your porch is so inviting, the collections make it even more so! The windows key in so much light ! The last few days here have been just warm & so colorful, I love fall.

  23. Dee Winter

    I admit it, I too am a collector. I’ve toned it down some, but it’s such a comforting feeling to be surrounded by well loved things. Even if they weren’t always well loved by me. Your piano room is so very cozy.

  24. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Mary, your piano room looks great, so warm and inviting. Such a beautiful piano, I can imagine you playing it.

    I have quite a stash of Christmas fabrics so I’ve decided to make kits of 10″ and 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips so I can pull some patterns and get some tops made. I probably won’t finish them for this year but winter will give me time to domestic machine quilt them. Love to have quilts to bind in the winter.

    It’s suppose to rain for a couple of days starting tomorrow so alot of leaves will probably come down. The trees have been beautiful.

  25. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the comment !! Clean shelves are over rated !! Needs to be cross stitched! We all appreciate the effort you make to make a friendly circle of people, pets and life, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  26. Rikki

    Oh boy reading the comments makes me chuckle, I am a collector of so many things and have a huge house that is just full but I just don’t want to part with any of it, it all has meaning to me even tho no one else would want it. To most people it is just junk so sad for them, they don’t appreciate the finer things in life ha ha. Your room is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  27. DebMac

    The picture of the shakers in the window is perfection! It’s amazing how nice a room can look when it is really clean. I am a firm believer in “clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy”. My daughter went through a period when she would leave me little messages or pictures in my “patina”, now her son has started doing it. The picture was too cute to not enjoy for a few days before I dusted. I too have collections but decided after clearing my mother’s house, that it really was a one time chance to be with my mother again and really see the things she felt were important. So I plan on giving my children the chance to do the same and I will keep on enjoying my collections.

  28. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Mary, you said all these dried eggs are freshly washed…. How do you dry your eggs? Do you poke a hole in top and bottom and blow the egg out then rinse then let them dry? They sure are pretty colours. When we had chickens I enjoyed having all different coloured eggs too, including a very dark brown egg, just about chocolate coloured from our copper maran. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. Love the quilt shows you provide us.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa – I will post about the dried eggs later today. No, they’re not blown out.

  29. Betty Klosterman

    Sue’s quilt is the disappearing 4 patch. A very neat pattern. There is a pile on my 60+ year old davenport just waiting to start that pattern.
    Your piano room is perfect. The floors and walls are so light and the daylight. Maybe you should rename the room “Mary’s Museum.” We could spend hours looking at all your collections. Who cares what others think. They are yours and you enjoy them. And the heck with the Death Cleaning. We should enjoy all of our things. As for notes in the dust, hand him the dust rag. It is so dusty here I could care less about it. Don’t disturb it as it is a protective cover for furniture!
    We got snow flurries today in Rapid City today, but it was 40 and they melted before they hit. They got a lot more around us.
    Take care. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Betty- you are a girl after my own heart!!! 60+ yrs Davenport, dust rag and reminding us to enjoy the pleasures every day of what we have out to see. It could all be taken from us in a flash. I’ll take a page from you to remind people we could lose our sight, a flood could wash it away, a tornado could blow it to tin buck two or a fire could level it so go ahead and admire it.

  30. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I love your collections, Mary, you have the knack for perfectly displaying them.
    The newly adopted Black Lab puppy is so sweet, and his life just became wonderful. 🤗
    The bloggers’ projects are beautiful. Good job!

  31. Linda in UK

    I don’t know how you have coped with that awful continuing rat infestation. I wouldn’t have been able to leave the house in case I saw one. Well done on the Big Clean. Yes, the more stuff you own the more stuff you have to deal with. Has this last Spring – aka Fall Clean – tempted you to declutter? I’m doing it all the time , drawer by drawer, shelf by shelf and if I’ve read a book I know I won’t read again it’s passed on immediately to either a friend or a Charity Shop. I have two big tasks: sort out my photographs (don’t know where to start) and declutter our CDs – a big job so I keep putting it off!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in UK- I haven’t been to an antique mall or thrift shop in a very long time but no, it wouldn’t keep me from buying something that grabs my attention. And no, I won’t declutter at this time – I will write about that soon. As to the rats – I think they’re the creepiest things besides bats that I’ve ever seen but somebody had to do it and it wasn’t going to be Rick. I think he’s been in the barn 2-3 times in the past couple of years. Not being able to walk is awful. This started in January 2022 and by January 2023 it will be under control!!!

  32. brendalynne1

    .well everything just disappeared that I had written. such a lovely home but have to think some household helo seems to be in order for spring/fall cleaning.

  33. Diana

    I read your post everyday but seem to have missed most info on your quilt along. I love the block picture and would love to join but need more information please. Where do I go to find out?

    Love your sharing your life with us!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – I have explained in past posts – so many times I’m sick of it.

      1. Judy Andersen

        Mary- I‘m catching up on your blogs. Since you are computersavvy, why don’t you make an information sheet about your quilt along? Then you could just attach it to these people who are asking?
        And then you won’t be ranting. Just saying.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Judy – why? Because I’m not computer savvy! I can’t believe you think I am.

  34. Sandra Goddard

    I know your collections are SO much work but when you stand back and look at your piano room your heart must sing withe the beauty you see. Mine sure does.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Thank you Karen. It is batiks I hand washed out to cut into finally. Three days of hanging batiks outside to dry in 15 minutes with our warm days. So out of my comfort zone but you will see them in Mary’s quilt a-long.

  35. Marcia -Ohio

    I love your collections but they are a lot of work. I had a friend who always did ‘spring cleaning’ in the fall after screens were off the windows and house was closed up for winter. Another friend always took the month of January and cleaned every nook and cranny, painted, changed flooring if needed, had carpet cleaned.. I did all my closets and drawers last winter when it was too miserable to be outside and my reward was to sew in the afternoon.

  36. Pamela Dempsey

    Beautiful piano room! I hope your eye and your hubby are doing better. Our new rescue Alfie is feeling more at home every day. He boldly brought our loopy bathmat into the living room twice for a chew and the last night one of my shoes. He has cow hooves, nylabone, dog toys but still….we are enjoying him but our cat 🐈‍⬛ still keeps her distance 😖

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – yup, Alfie is a typical puppy – Keeper, too – we have stuff all over the floors – I have to be so careful that Rick doesn’t trip!!!!,

  37. Paula Philpot

    Love seeing your home and all of the antiques. How is your husband doing now? I think about him often since we have both been down.
    I am back at my fabric shop now and enjoying every minute of it. I am helping the girls with Lori Holt’s Prairie sew along. Loving her fabric. Be sure to check out Lori’s chicken quilt on her blog or you tube.
    I made mine out of real feed sacks and love it. I think you will like it.
    I still have to wear my brace till the New Year but I am cleaning house again and cooking and SEWING! Even went on a 2 week vacation to Fl and got back about two days before hurricane hit.
    If any of your readers are coming thru Kentucky my shop, Paula’s Quilting Pantry is located in East Bernstadt KY; One hour south of Lexington. We are open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-4. Hope to see some of you sometime. Love hearing from you and alll the pics. Paula in KY

  38. Vicki

    I wouldn’t be as motivated as you are to clean all the collections (laugh). The piano room is a delight with all those windows. I love natural light. I wonder….do the windows get really dusty from road dust? I live in a housing subdivision in the country and there is a dirt hauling business just south of the subdivision. With the trucks moving in and out multiple times a day with dirt to either drop off or pick up dirt, there is a lot of blowing dust. My windows were particularly dirty this fall when I started washing. I do love clean windows.

    I am still working on slip covers for a Christmas gift. Once done, I will catch up on the Dirty Dozen. I have decided I far prefer the complete choice of the DD over sewing slip covers!

  39. Cindy R

    Thanks for including us Mary! Callie is doing great. She is a fast learner and oh so sweet. 🙂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – yes, I was sure that was you and Callie looks like a very sweet pup. Thanks again for adopting from Patriots!

  40. Mary H

    Your piano room looks wonderful. Good job.
    Did Orkin have a money back guarantee? Ugh.
    It was so good to get rain yesterday-bone dry here. I can’t believe summer is gone, time sure goes by.
    I don’t have the quilt book in front of me, but you are doing a different block, Mary? I like the colors. You’ve always had a gift for color selection.
    Gosh, it’s a dark time of year. Always sad to tuck our camper away for the winter.
    Hope you can sew today and not have to dust anything!
    My husband is back from his Red Cross deployment to Ft Myers. Such a long recovery ahead of those folks. Our neighbors have a house there, they have gutted it.
    3 looks like such a sweet kitty.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – thank your hubby for his service to those poor people in FL. I evidently didn’t keep your mailing address – would you send it to my email?

  41. Peggy in MO

    We’re getting a glorious soaking rain here in central Missouri! So very thankful!!! Not related to anything in your post but I just had to share my happiness for finally getting some rain. We’re in severe drought conditions here.

    1. Joy in NW Iowa

      So happy you are getting some much needed rain. I happened to look at the Doppler yesterday and saw all the moisture, it is terrible dry here in NW Iowa. Very fearful of fires. But, we made it through harvest without one. Amazing we had a harvest but we did have some rain in early summer and then a bit here and there. So happy for your moisture. Hope we get some too before it freezes.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Peggy – I am also happy for you! We need rain badly in North Iowa.

  42. Connie R.

    I need to pare my clutter down to a collection. The problem is, I love to go to thrift shops and can’t pass up a good “find”.

  43. Erin

    Your music room is great, but I sure understand about dusting all those neat items! You accomplished so much!

    I am envious of that beautiful piano! I can’t tell, but is it a Steinway?

    It’s always fun to read about all you are up to. You are one busy gal!

  44. Bonnie Specchio

    I just love seeing your home – thank you for allowing us inside! We greatly downsized and moved to a smaller cozy home 1.5 years ago so I had to do lots of editing of possessions. We kept what was most important and our home still has the right feel for us – a lot of our smaller antiques and things that really special to us. I’m glad the rat population is under population. We had similar problems in the past in our hen house but not as bad. Enjoy the remaining days of fall!

  45. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hi Mary, your pretty sparkly glass wear is so clean and sparkly. Love to see all the pretty things you have collected over the years. Our day was pretty uneventful with hubby doing some field chiseling, I made a few greeting cards, and then worked on the binding of a table runner. Hubby came in about 3 pm and said his tractor was ready at the fix it place…..so we drove to Sioux Center (ever been there? They have a quilt shop) to get it. They didn’t have the bill ready! Eeks, that’s not as good sign 🥴. We both enjoyed the ride through the country to and fro….it is amazing that there is a fair amount of corn in the fields yet. I have two table runners to finish binding and then I think I will play with some scraps on the quilt block for the sew along. I would love to come and sit in your piano room and listen to you play and have one of your kitties or a dog in my lap 🥰

  46. Jan from Cosby, TN

    Hi Mary!
    Your piano room is awesome! I love the way everything looks so nice together. Somehow, I don’t seem to do that too well!!
    I’m confused on the quilt along. Are we doing the quilt in your new book called Fresh Air? Your sample block is different. Both are wonderful, but I think I like yours better! I shouldn’t start another new project, but can’t resist! My mission this year has been to finish old UFO’s and I have finished several (some many years old) – feels so good!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – hahaha! The joke’s on me – I hit the wrong photo and I’m so grateful you brought it to my attention. I never even looked at it again. Yea – the cover quilt!!!

  47. Donna Giddens

    Great piano room. Love your collection of the children cups. I have my mothers. Really a treasure.
    Well back to making snowmen. Tis the season. ! But sure needed a break.

  48. Mary Lou

    Oh my my I so love your room wth the piano and all of the lovely goodies could just stand and
    look forever — they sure sparkle now and are such wonderful treasures… love it all
    May your day be a good one..
    Mary Lou

  49. Tina in Oregon

    Reading everyone’s comments is kind of like having coffee with a friend. What’s fun is looking at the time of day each post is made. It’s only 7:45-ish here in Oregon but almost 9:00 in TN! We should have a beautiful but chilly fall day here. This is my favorite time of year. I’ve pretty much decided that if I can’t display my collections instead of just store them, I need to get rid of them or somehow find more display space! Time will tell how that works out! Hope everyone has a happy day!

  50. Deb in Idaho

    I love the colors in your quilt block. I don’t think I would ever pick those ,but I like it. Been helping my daughter pick colors for her lap quilt she is making. It’s so fun.

  51. Glenda Fletcher

    I believe I would have a good talk with the Orkin gentleman that comes. That is so sad. You and your dogs are accomplishing more than Orkin did. Like the quilts today. You have inspired me to dig into our house
    and get some spring/fall cleaning done too. Everything is looking so sparkly. We got a sprinkle for our rain.
    Chances are coming again so hope a little more this time. Can’t believe October is almost done . I am still
    working on my pictures. Ugh Was able to open a few CD’s so have some more pictures to look at. Hurray.
    Is fun to see all the old pictures. Glad Keeper is doing so well. He fits right in.

  52. Sue in Oregon

    I missed this post last night but found it this morning. I too love the piano room. I wish I could find a window washer. I can’t do it myself anymore and my twice-a-month cleaner ignores them as I do. It’s hard to find people to do things like wash windows. Mary…yours is a keeper. Your windows just shine and sparkle!
    Yes, for those interested. My little quilt is a Disappearing 4 Patch. I used part of a 5-inch precut pack. Easy and quick to make. I’m all for small quilts now.
    I also missed someone under the piano bench. So, I scrolled back up, and there he was. Three, under the piano bench. I got a good laugh.
    Thanks for starting my day out so happy.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue in Oregon – actually the cat under the piano bench is Pammie. My window washers are a husband and wife team who wash windows full time in North Iowa – residential and businesses and they’re worth every Penny. It’s expensive ($480 for inside and outside) and I only do the whole house every couple years). I do all the south and east windows at least twice a year always because it’s where I live.

  53. Dorothy

    Love reading ur blog. My quilting has been limited,but need to start more. You quilts are my favorite way to quilt,simple and colorful.

  54. Lynn H

    Hi Mary, the room looks fabulous! May I ask what kind of grand piano you have? I have a very old Ivers and Pond mahogany baby grand that I got as a gift from my parents when I was 15. My piano has been with me for 55 years but I would love to get a newer one. Thanks!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynn – my piano is a Japanese made Kawaii – I have the same identical piano at church. My first good piano 50 years ago was an upright Yamaha and the only reason I changed to Kawaii when I bought the grand was because I loved my church piano. I’ve never regretted it. I saved every penny that people gifted me or paid me for playing for a funeral, wedding, etc and bought the piano – along with a large amount from my savings account – ha!

  55. Joan

    Such pretty quilts! Yes, you have a lot of collections but you get so much pleasure from their beauty. Worth it, right? I enjoy seeing your collections ’cause I think they are pretty, too.

    If the rats ate the poison and then your cats ate the rat, wouldn’t your cats then have the poison in their system? That would worry me.

    I enjoy your blog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joan – the cats won’t eat the dead rats but Keeper might – he’ll eat anything so I get rid of the dead rats immediately.

  56. patti leal

    wonderful blog content and comments. i agree with what so many have written. i don’t know what a dried egg is either. your piano room is fabulous. but collections need to be dusted, etc. i’ve slowly been getting rid of my collections. years ago my biggest collection was books. gave tons to the ‘friends of the library’ and more to friends and thrift shops. that is why i bought my kindle. i still have the advantage of tons of books but don’t have to worry about them needing dusted. i have a much harder time giving away my quilting books.
    the thing about collections is that we don’t aways know what to do with them. my mother collected everything. like thimbles, spoons, tea cups and porcelain tea sets, precious moments, any kind of bird collectibles. she would never let us touch any of it. now we are trying to dispose of it and hopefully to people who will enjoy it. it’s not easy. have been told that no one will pay and we might as well trash it. seems so disrespectful of my mother. i don’t have room for all her stuff. i have my own. my sister refuses to have colledions because of our mother’s collections.
    hobbies is another story. my mother’s hobby was collecting. my main hobbies are quilting and reading. my sister has no hobbies. growing up in the military we were never around family much so didn’t have good connections there. we would see relatives at my grandparents (and any that showed up) once a year for maybe three days. my sister made her children and grandkids her hobby. now that the childen are in their teens they no longer have time for her and it is sad. but if they need anything (like a ride or whatever) there is granny. obviously my sister is a much nicer person than me. sorry.
    so this clearing of my mother’s estate has really opened my eyes. i will do as much as i can while i am alive.my quilting stuff (fabric, books, everything) will go to my charity group. i will probably donate the quilts i’ve kept for me. my daughter doesn’t want any of this stuff. son would like to have lots but he has no room and would prefer money and a sewing machine.
    good news. found out last nite that my youngest grandson’s girlfriend is pregnant. maybe the gs will grow up now (already 22 and doesn’t have a clue). sorry next youngest grandson, the youngest is 3.5 years old.
    now i’ll go back in my corner and sew as i can. love all the pictures and quilts, animals, collections that you share. we are such a diverse group of women and probably men also. patti in florida (no damage from hurricane ian – just stress)

  57. Micky

    My biggest inspiration in quilting is choosing the colors and the pattern, then I’m over the moon. Peace Micky

  58. Ann in VA.

    Mary, a friend has given me two dozen of fresh farm eggs (non-washed). Is it okay not to wash them? or is it better to wash them and how long can I leave them out of refrigeration and not spoil.
    Thank you for reading this.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ann in VA – if you’re very sure they’re fresh they can be left on the counter for 2 weeks unwashed and they’ll be fine. Once you’ve wash the “bloom” off them, they need to be refrigerated. Washed fresh eggs can last 6 months in a frig.

  59. Anne A

    Not only do you collect, you have a real talent for displaying your treasures! Thanks for sharing.

  60. Sherry Whalen

    Your collections always look so cute and put together. You have a really good eye. My ‘collections’ always look like I forgot to my ‘crap’ away lol.

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