Cards, Anyone? 2-2-24

I am just tickled with this idea of sending cards to old ladies – I say old ladies with love in my voice! Haha!

These names were compiled for me by a reader, Sally Sonner. It was literally on my list to do and she read my mind! Thank you, Sally!

Kay Karsjens

Concord Care Center

490 W Lyons St

Garner, IA 50438

Maggie Hall 

PO Box 14

Onawa, IA 51040

Esther Helps

604 Fairway Circle

Garner, IA 50438

Lu Albaugh

5800 NE 12th Ave. Room 207

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

I don’t have the name of Lu’s roommate but maybe we could send to her, too, and just say “Lou’s roommate in Rm 207”

Jo’s first Valentine Day without her husband 

Jo Sunderman

1810 Columbia Dr.

Cheyenne, WY 82009

And thanks to Marilyn Rowley who gets the newsletter from the Black Hills Quilt Guild, I was informed that “our” Betty’s birthday is February 4. Here is her address:

Betty Klosterman

201 E. Anamosa St.

Rapid City, SD 57701

I have eaten lunch twice in the past week at a new-to-me restaurant in Clear Lake – The Boulevard located at the intersection of Hwy 18 and I-35.

Not only is it beautiful, the food is delicious and I wanted to alert my North Iowa neighbors about it. I asked to interview the manager but he wasn’t there. It’s not on the beaten path, so to speak, so you might not think about it but I give it 9+ stars. They missed the extra + because the booth seat was so low I felt like the table was under my chin. Today we sat at a table with chairs instead.

From Robbie’s trip to Guatelama

Cynthia and I have had quite the discussion about putting “minkee” on the quilt back. I never have and probably never will. Opinions anybody?


That’s a wrap from the blog about nothing.

65 thoughts on “Cards, Anyone? 2-2-24

  1. Deb in VA

    Mary, glad you were able to eat out this week. Know exactly what you mean by low seats in booths. They are terrible, and I feel so incapable of getting out of them. My husband usually has to pull me up!
    My input on minky. I use it a lot because it makes the throw so much more enjoyable to wrap up in. I am never sorry and always try to find it on sale, of course. I did not put it on the back of a twin size quilt for my son…his comment was he wishes it were warmer. I think minky would have made it very cozy.

  2. Debra Reber

    I have never used minky on a quilt that I have quilted, but I have used it on the back of small baby receiving blankets. I love how soft & cuddly it is, sometimes I don’t have any trouble, but sometimes I do!! Would love to try it on the back of an actual quilt, but I am chicken!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debra – me, too. I have enough trouble with backing on the longarm without pushing my luck with minky. Haha!!

    2. Lolli

      A nurse working with disadvantaged children recommended to us no minky or other fleece for baby blankets. The problem is they hold too much of the baby’s body heat and the baby becomes overheated.

  3. Judi Leventhal

    I used Minkee one time for a client and vowed “never again”. It is just too slippery. Since I don’t have a longarm I used my Juki TL2010. It was a real pain to pin baste with it being stretchy as well.

  4. Kim from Wi

    I love using minky on the back of quilts for children or for those who live in colder climates. It gets softer with each washing and that is so appreciated by its users. I also find flannel nice to use but I make sure to pre wash and dry before having it quilted on the back of any quilt due to shrinkage. I will have to take my aunt to the new restaurant that you shared with us, she lives in Mason City and I think she would enjoy it. We will ask for a table & chairs. Thanks for the ladies name for cards, I hope to continue to send cards to all of our previous recipients, and any new names you add. Love the blog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – just a side note about the cards which I will post tomorrow. Postage has gotten very expensive and I don’t want anyone to send cards if that gets to be an issue for them. It’s a nice restaurant that is over,oozed because of the location!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m so glad you reprinted the card ladies address. With my memory, notes are getting lost all the time!
    I have backed and quilted many tops with minky. Be sure to use batting so the nap doesn’t pull to the top.
    Beautiful quilts today.

  6. Janice Shock

    Love minky 0n the back, along with fleece and flannel. The only thing is one of the ladies who have quilted for me said NO mare long fuzzy minky. not quite a fur but close. And only because she was still sweeping fuzz 3 weeks later. She loved me anyway. lol

  7. Sally

    Happy to have helped Mary. It was on my mind all afternoon! What a beautiful restaurant! Love the quilter/sewing machine sculpture. At first glance I thought the bee pin cushion pillow said beer! haha
    I use Minky on all my quilts. My family loves it. Occasionally, I use flannel or wovens for backing, seldom quilting cotton. I love it to back baby quilts with Minky. Have a good evening! Sally

  8. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    I make Loveys for babies. I usually put Minkee on one side and sometimes flannel or Minkee on the other side. I have found it is much easier if you wash the Minkee first. I think I have one in my “ finished” box so if I do, I will send a picture. Good game with OSU vs Iowa. I wish the Bucks had won, but they were evenly matched. The Bucks need a win! Thanks for the addresses. I have most of them, but will add to it.

    1. Lollie

      A nurse working with disadvantaged children recommended to us no minky or other fleece for baby blankets. The problem is they hold too much of the baby’s body heat and the baby becomes overheated.

  9. Brenda in N Calif

    I have got some minky to use on the back of a throw for my brother-in-law. I don’t have a long arm and I’m wondering if I can tie it. Has anyone tried this?

  10. Mary K

    I put minky on the back of quilts that are going to be used a lot by kids to snuggle and watch TV. I call them utility quilts. Bigger pieces but well loved. On my quilts that I spend a lot of time making I would never put minky on the back.

  11. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l have us3d flannel! ,cotton sheets from thrift shops and light weight mink as backing. I hand quilt and some times do big stitch with crochet thread.
    The diner looked nice, l prefer table and chairs, can’t get jp on these bar stools at high tables either. Can’t get into vehicles with a high step now!We jave just had some thunder and heavy rain pass through. Blue skies again.Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  12. Dorothy

    I quilt “by check”. I asked my longarmer if she would do Minky and I got a resounding NO from her—-seems that it stretches too much for her. It’s OK for me, since I prefer flannel

  13. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,
    I have never used minkee: I don’t use artificial fibers in my quilts, only wool, cotton or linen. If I want a quilt to be extra snuggly I sometimes use pre-washed cotton flannel, front and back (I don’t mix fibers either, I like the top and back to be the same type of fabric). My standard recipe for a warm soft quilt is 100% cotton top and batting with wool batting instead of cotton batting. Wool gives a lovely drape and warmth without being heavy.

    I thought the pincushion said beer too, at first!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fiona – I was thinking of you the other day and wondering what kind of weather you are having. Ours is so strange! Dry warm and no rain or snow.

  14. Janet S

    Thank you everyone for all the Minky comments. Like Mary, I have been hesitant to try it because of the stretch and now I’m still not sure. My husband’s favorite ‘warm and cozy’ is a big piece of poly fleece purchased on sale from JoAnn – it works and I don’t care if it gets wrecked. Thank you Mary for all the addresses in one place. That BEAUTIFUL black, gray, and white quilt and the darling little embroidered treasures must be yours Mary (it looks like your house).
    Last night we went to Arlington MN for a wonderful dinner (I had walleye) with the best creamed corn I have ever tasted. Now to find a recipe but I can’t quite figure their seasoning. Today we’re going to a fish fry. I could learn to love this life style. Have a great weekend everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – no, those little treasures aren’t mine – two friends visited yesterday and brought show and tell. Yes, that’s a beautiful quilt!

    2. Cynthia from SW MN

      Dear Janet! I looked up places to eat in Arlington MN and found three! Which one did you have walleye at? It would be fun for us to drive there! It’s the town that’s water tower is painted with threads to look like a baseball! 👀!

  15. Angie from Baltimore

    I would like The name of Lou’s roommate because I would think I was an afterthought and not as special even if I got cards but that is just me.
    The sculpture of the lady at the sewing machine is that in Guatemala? Wouldn’t that be neat at a quilt shop? Maybe it is either way I LOVE IT

  16. Lisa from northeastern Washington state

    I don’t like minkee! Yes, it’s soft but as a longarmer I won’t work with it. It sheds everywhere, seems to stretch and can cause bobbin tension issues. Thanks for your blog about nothing, I love to read it everyday. I’ve been working on UFO’s since the holidays were over. I’ve finished, including quilting, binding and labeling, 2 queen size quilts, one from 2013, the other from 2019. I’m currently working on Halloween 1904, a Blackbird design from 2010! Happy February.

    1. Deb

      Hi Lisa, I’m so encouraged to hear someone else is working on UFOs!! That’s what I’ve been doing since I uncovered some long forgotten works in progress! I took 3 to the quilter this week. So excited and encouraged to get started projects finished! I’m sure you are feeling the same way! Congrats!

      1. Lisa in north eastern Washington state

        Hi Deb, yes, I was shocked when we moved into a new house last year to discoverer how many UFO’s I had. Yikes! While our house was being built during the supply chain issues with Covid, we had to live in a tiny house for two years. Other than one sewing machine, my stash, my UFOS, and my longarm were in storage. Since moving in I have tried to finish more UFOS than start new projects, even though I have new and shiny projects that are calling my name. Congrats on getting 3 tops to the longarmer! Happy sewing!

        1. Deb in VA

          Thank you, Lisa. Loved hearing part of your story. I know what you mean by shiny new projects. I do actually have one I signed up for BEFORE I found these UFOs. So I’m going to be fitting it in…then back to sewing! Feels good to cross them off my list. Happy sewing to you, too.

  17. Gloria in NC

    I would, also, like the name of Lu’s roommate. I think the idea of including roommate is a good one!

  18. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    I do not like minkee but I have used fleece for backings, and have had no trouble with it on my long arm unless it is put on from the selvedge, rather than the cut edge. It stretches too much from selvedge to selvedge. My grandkids love the quilts with the fleece. I don’t use it a lot, but have in the past with no problems. The minkee is way too messy for me. Enjoyed all the pictures and comments today.

  19. Connie R. in Wis

    Thank you for reprinting the addresses of our new friends. Yes, postage is getting expensive but, it’s less than $1.00 and, money well spent if it brightens someone’s day. I took a cue from another reader and am sending a Valentine.

      1. Connie R.

        Might get the nursing home buzzing when the red envelopes come in the mail and they wonder how many “admirers” these lovely ladies have on Valentine’s Day. 😂😂😂 ( just kidding!)

  20. Judie Wookey

    RE minky: I’m putting a minky backing on a baby quilt right now. No batting. For a baby in the south. This is what the moms are wanting. I’m also working on a quilt to be auctioned by the local football group to support the team. I had a chance to have part of the team give me input prior to starting. They decided on the colors, design, and they wanted minky on the back. So minky, it is!

  21. Fran

    Maybe it’s nothing to you Mary, but I look forward to this blog every morning.

    I bought Valentine cards yesterday so I am ready to send a few happy cards.

    Loved the kitty in the chair on a quilt. And the black and white quilt was stunning. Loved them all of course..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – don’t kid yourself! This is what I get out of bed for – talking to you gals through the comments with my coffee!! Love it!!

  22. Donna Hoel

    I am not a big fan of minkee either but I think some times you need to think about what the recipient might like. A lot of people ex specially younger kids like the feel of it.

  23. Diane in Maryland

    The sewing machine sculpture is amazing. Loved having the addresses and will get cards today. It’s a fun thing to do! Your new red chair is surely being enjoyed and appreciated… Do you ever sit in it….haha

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – sadly, no, I don’t sit in it. Haha!!! I wonder why I have any furniture at all really except my glide rocker and my sewing chair.

  24. Shelley

    I love using cuddle, especially the printed ones . I’ve used it on lots of baby and child quilts. And quilt it myself on my sewing machine without any problems

  25. Connie in NV

    Minkee no way! Tried it once had to put a stabilizer on the back to be able to sew it without it slipping and sliding plus stretching.
    Like another reader I would rather spend my time enjoying your blog than cleaning.
    Sunshine today after rain yesterday.

  26. Cynthia from SW MN

    Well Mary! I thank you for asking the question Minkie: yes, or no! I will stay a purist sewist, and use fabric not minkie on my sampler quilt! I do love the Grunge fabric at the store and am going to go to the store shortly. The best color we found was ‘New Navy’! Also, it was a great suggestion to send a valentine card, so I shall search for these as well. I appreciated hearing from quilters as to their thoughts on minkie and the pros and cons as well. Tomorrow is my youngest daughter’s 40th birthday and she is in Las Vegas having a great time! The wind is from the east today, hope we do not get snow. Thank you all for your feedback on the minkie. Thank you Mary for your conversations as well.

  27. Winona Schulz

    Cindy Schleusner Has done quite a few and had them long arm quilted with no troubles. From mom. Winona Schulz

  28. LaNan

    I use minkee quite often and my long armer doesn’t object. It’s become my family’s choice if they want a cuddly quilt

  29. Joy in NW Iowa

    My long armer will use minky. I don’t personally like to cut and sew it. It’s so messy! But those small cuddle blankets for the car seats are nice when it is cold and windy! There is a minky called Fireside and it is less messy and is more soft and cuddly for sitting in the recliner
    Our snow is almost all gone, it is foggy again today! Ugh! The wind is cold! I need to go to the store for a couple things…ugh!
    I thought the little pillow said beer also at first… the red chair and the kitty are cute!

  30. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Sally and Diane and the gang and others have the same eyes as me because I too thought the pin cushion said BEER!! Had to do a double take!
    Lovely quilts. The black/gray/white quilt is stunning. Just gorgeous.
    Pammie looks pretty darn comfortable. Watching college basketball today.
    **I have to correct myself on the sewing machine statue. It is in a plaza in Cartagena, Columbia. I first said Guatemala but I was mistaken. Sorry. So easy to get the ports mixed up. It was a beautiful statue to see.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – and we would know the difference???? Hahaha!!! It’s very cool!

  31. Christina Dickerhoof

    Been thinking about the minkie as a quilt back for a young man with sensory issues who doesn’t like regular quilts. Any ideas? How hard is it to work with?

  32. Cindy K-Ks

    I’ve never used minkie for my quilt backing but a couple of gals in my guild use it quite often. Their longarmer (also in my guild) hasn’t had any problems with it. I have made a baby quilt with a mixture of flannel, minkie and chenille squares with a flannel back and a thin cotton batting. Quilted it in the ditch on my domestic machine (used spray baste to stabilize). Don’t plan to do it again-it’s messy-fluff all over my sewing room! I’ll have to send a picture.

  33. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – first I want to comment on the sewing machine and sewing art piece – I love it! How neat!

    I have put minkee on the back of a few quilts- I think it’s ok if you don’t use any batting. I like to sew most of the way around and just flip it right side out – then sew a top stitch around all four sides. Then quilt as you would normally. I like the softness of the minkee – it’s great for a couch cuddle quilt.

  34. Mary H

    A friend of mine uses minky all the time and it stitches so nicely. She buys minky blankets @ Kohl’s on sale, much cheaper than yardage.

  35. Debbie

    Thanks so much for the quilt pictures! The metal figure sewing is so cool! We have seen similar type structures when we are in Fort Myers, FL. There is a chess playing one there which is also really wonderful.
    Thanks for the addresses! The restaurant you went to looks amazing! Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for keeping all of us in your life! I really miss the Goat Gazette, but understand that it isn’t possible anymore without the shop. You are such a sweetheart to take your time to keep us in your loop! Thank you so very much! Love, love, love all the quilt pictures you send!!!!!

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