Calendar Quilt, 11-19-21

We are thrilled to thank the wonderful folks at Martingale for using our quilt called Soldiers All Around on the cover of their 2022 calendar.

This quilt was originally in our book A Country’s Call.

I have always thought this was the most beautiful shot I’ve ever seen – the quilt in the snow is breathtaking and evidently Soldiers was taken at the same time.

The complete directions to make this quilt and 11 more are included in the calendar. Connie made this quilt and there’s so many things to love about it – the size, 42”x52”, the colors of pink, red, salmon with a bit of brown thrown in, the rounded corners, and the straight line stitching.

Jo in Wyoming sent me this calendar as a gift and I’m going to hang it up now to enjoy January for an extra month. I know I couldn’t keep up with this idea but wouldn’t it be great to make each month’s quilt throughout 2022?

Becky came to visit the kitties today.

24 thoughts on “Calendar Quilt, 11-19-21

  1. Betty Klosterman

    Where is the 4th kitten? The kittens are delightful and would be so easy to get used to.
    Your quilt is really nice. Congratulations. Of course, we always knew you and Connie made great quilts. And to be featured on the FRONT of the calendar.
    It feels like winter is beginning to set in, but that is alright. I don’t know about the others, but I get nervous when you don’t write for a few days and wonder if something is wrong. Oh, you are probably playing with the kittens? When will they be adopted? You are going to really miss them.
    Hard to imagine the year is almost over. The days don’t seem too long, the weeks are over and the months fly by. Take care, everybody. And have a happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty K – I was holding the 4th kitten – I should have said that. They will be here till 12-1 when they will be neutered which I think is too young but they won’t let them be adopted unless neutered. You are so sweet to miss me – I’ll try to keep up better! I would not mind winter either if I didn’t have all the barn animals to worry about. I got out the heated buckets today – there’s a sign of cold weather, huh? The wind from the southeast has been so miserable the past few days – makes it so hard to open up the barn without the wind blowing straight through!

      1. Joy Van den top

        I too was wondering about the 4th kitty. I agree with you in the wind! I am so tired of the vicious velocity! All us Iowans need is a skiff of snow and it’ll be a raging blizzard with that wind! Love you! And your kitties too. I have a real soft spot for white ones!

    2. Marian

      Oh, Becky, you are in kitty heaven. I would willingly take your place! They are soooo cute!
      Mary, the quilt is lovely and congrats it being chosen for the cover of the calendar. You and Connie deserve it. Settle in and enjoy are time at home getting creative. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your readers.

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Who is happier, Becky or the kittens?
    I, too, love the quilt in snow pictures. Snow is beautiful AFTER the storm.
    I’ve been thinking about my New Years resolution. A few years ago I removed the word “hate” from my vocabulary. Last year “always” got removed. I have time to ponder, but it takes me a while to come up with something I’ll stick to. Any ideas?

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Jo, I seem to select a mantra to use as my reminder for the new year and I write it on a post it note on my sewing room cupboard door. Some need to be taped now cause they are older and lost their sticky but I like seeing them through the years. I am going to stick with my same as last years – Only What Matters.

  3. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I love that photo of the quilt on the calendar. I have the A Country’s Call book. I thought I would get at least one of them made this year, but…. Not sure where the year went.!! Those babies look happy with Becky. Maybe she’ll take one home? Our temperatures are fluctuating like crazy.

  4. Rhonda

    Mary – did you know there was such a service as UberKitten? If they are still in service, In some big cities, you could order Uber to bring kitties to snuggle and play at an office – it’s $30 for 15 minutes !

  5. Carmen Montmarquet

    Congratulations Mary and Connie on being COVER GIRLS!!! It’s a beautiful quilt! I am happy to say I have your book A Country’s Call, I love it!
    The kitties are getting so big, are you thinking of keeping a couple?? I adopted 2 feral kittens 2 years ago and they were already neutered, I am with you I think it’s a bit young but I understand why!
    We had some frozen rain and a couple of snow showers here in NH yesterday, just a sign of what is soon to come!!
    So nice to hear from you and I wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Congratulations on the cover photo. Well deserved! It’s another “old fashioned “ trait of mine but I still use a calendar. It’s front and center in the kitchen so it can be written on with even the littlest of reminders. I could not live without one as others rely on their phone calendars.
    I am with Betty and also worry when I don’t see a post from you. We all care about you. Lucky Becky to have some play time with those sweet kitties.

  7. Diane in Maryland

    Congratulations on having your quilt selected for the cover of the calendar. I still rely on a calendar as do most of my friends and family. I earmarked the page in the Current Catalog last week to order this calendar for a Christmas gift! I have your book and love it! The books you and Connie have done are beautiful and I love to read them.
    We haven’t had kittens to neuter for many years but have been told that it’s easier for kittens to be neutered when they are young but the vets still recommend doing dogs when they are older. They surely are adorable.
    I enjoy reading the posts and the comments! I am curious where some of your readers are located tho when they write of their weather. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Connie and your readers.

  8. Sue in Marion, Indiana

    Going to have to get the calendar! I love that quilt! I have loved nearly everything you & Connie have designed for the last 30 years. Love those kittens, too. On the weather front, we’ve been chilly here in east central Indiana. Supposed to be 47 and rain tomorrow, and there our first real arctic cold front right behind. At least it’s going to be seasonal (40’s) for Thanksgiving! I HATE warm Thanksgivings. Should be chilly and preferably, overcast, like a proper November day! But that’s just me🤔

  9. Becky Rose

    Those are beautiful quilts, Mimi, and such a special honor to be chosen to be on the cover of Martingale’s 2022 calendar!
    Such fun sitting with the kitties too!😺

  10. Julie D.

    I am so happy that your beautiful quilt was chosen for the cover! That’s exciting! I must order! I have loved so many of the quilts that you and Connie have designed. I have so many of your books and just love looking at them and of course, making a few projects! Those kittens are in heaven getting attention from Becky! What an adorable picture! Congratulations to you and Connie once again!!

  11. Karen

    Congratulations on having your quilt selected for the calendar’s cover. You’re taking great care of those kittens. I’m sure they’ll find forever homes quickly.

  12. Janice Brown

    Mary and Connie, Congratulations on having your quilt make the calendar cover. It is a very lovely quilt.

  13. Rita in Iowa

    Mary And Connie, congratulations on your beautiful quilt making the cover of the calendar. Next should be a picture of one of your quilts on Little Red.
    Hope your not blowing away today.

  14. Kathy Hanson

    What an honor to have your quilt on the cover of the calendar! Congratulations to you and to Connie!
    That is a beautiful quilt, would be a fun project for the winter. I had better look through all the fabrics I have here to see what would be perfect for it!!
    Was fun to see Becky enjoying the kittens….so sweet.

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