Connie Is Home! 3-2-21

A month on Sanibel Island? Like I said – poor thing. Haha! I think they had a great month away from winter in North Iowa – the first two weeks around here were brutal. Now I believe spring has arrived – not summer warm but not even hardly freezing at night. That’s progress!

Our walk through the grove is icy as well as muddy but Hazel and Telly don’t care!

Here is Connie’s #10 – yummy colors, isn’t it?

Found in this book:

I’ve decided I need to make use of some 2-1/2″ strips so that’s next for me. Today I got Jill’s quilt all together – just borders left to do. It is turning out to be a classic beauty! I love it and so does Jill. I’ve never made a quilt specifically for someone who was able to follow my progress and makes some decisions along the way. I have enjoyed it very much! Here it is:

And here are the Dirty Dozen quilts:

This next quilt is not mine – I saw it online, Pinterest, Facebook…..or somewhere. I saved the picture because I loved it so much!

I hope I’m not breaking some rule posting it here – I’d love to credit the maker if anyone knows.

I hope the “comments” issue is fixed – I was able to see all the comments so I have no idea what went wrong. Just blame it on the blog goblins!

So that’s Tuesday – Wednesday looks to be about the same except I went to Bible Study this morning – I think every woman over 65 years old in our church was there – a crowd! Next month they will resume Women’s Fellowship and I’m the program – I’d better start getting my act together!

49 thoughts on “Connie Is Home! 3-2-21

  1. Pam

    Hi Mary! Jill’s quilt is very pretty. Would you please share what pattern you are using? Thank you so much.

  2. Ginger S.

    Love Connie’s quilt. Very pretty. And the red and white quilt you are making is truly a classic. Love that one too. I have been searching for the pattern for the quilt you found on Pinterest. I have seen it there too. As near as I can find it is called Christmas Pickle by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan for Possibilities. The places that I have been directed to no longer have it in stock. It is stunning!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ginger s. – gosh, are those gals still designing? They were in business when we were – I could just draft the pattern but buying it would be so much easier – haha!

  3. Susie Lenz

    The quilt you like is Christmas pickle by Nancy smith and Linda Milligan of Possibilities. It is available as a booklet I believe. It’s always been a favorite of mine too!😁

  4. Diane from TN

    Mary, I think the pattern is called Christmas Pickle. I did a google search and found several examples. I love the quilt design too.

  5. Susie Lenz

    The photo you posted of the quilt you like is called
    Christmas Pickle by Possibilities, Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan. They have a booklet available I think.
    Theirs was made in reds ,greens ,fuschia,etc.
    It is a favorite of mine too!😁

  6. Jeanne

    I cannot download any comments. It was so easy before Kayla changed it.
    What do I have to do now? These young people forget that us oldies are not computer savvy like they are. Help please.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – I don’t think Kayla changed a thing – we both believe it was in update that we didn’t ask for and I think it will straighten out by itself but not to worry, we’re working on it. Try turning off your device and letting it reset – MAYBE that will work.

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    It looks like your branch managers have their work cut out for them! Why do dogs love mud?
    All the fabrics in today’s post are yummy. The red farmers daughter is a beauty.
    I think we have a lot of winter left…still soup season.
    I went over to a friends house yesterday. Her “stuff” is incredible. Her husband was always looking online for deals. As an example, she had 2 shoe boxes full of 5 pack rotary blades. All brand new, original shrink wrapped. She said they came in a duffel bag….$45!!! A box full of cutters too, all brand new. What an adventure. She doesn’t have much stash, but notions galore. It was a blast.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – wow, I wish my husband wanted to shop for deals like those rotary blades! I could use a new one right now!

  8. SHARO

    Your quilt for Jill is wonderful. (Red is my favorite color) I know she is going to love owning it.

  9. Sharon Lowy

    what a wonderful quilt you are making for Jill. I love it and red is my favorite color! She is going to love having that beauty.

  10. Dee

    Mary, the quilt you love is the Christmas pickle. I have made that in Christmas colors. Looks really complicated, but it’s not too bad. The pattern had been discontinued.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – yes, I see that it’s no longer available so I’m thinking of drafting it myself, although it’s a daunting task!

  11. Anita Fetzer

    Reminds me of Liberty something. The Jill quilt is gorgeous. Pattern??

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Anita Fetzer – Jill’s quilt is Farmers Daughter, available as a pdf download in our store. Jill’s dad was a farmer but died very young of a massive heart attack and this quilt will also be in memory of her dad, Herman Harle, a farmer in North Iowa. It just seemed to fit, doesn’t it?

  12. Sheila in WI

    Thank you for your post and love the quilts.
    But… sorry, still not seeing comments. I purposely didn’t respond last night thinking they might be here this morning. But there still not here.

  13. Kim J LeMere

    Welcome home Connie. I glad the Iowa winter is being less brutal for you both and the pictures of Telly & Hazel enjoying being outside is wonderful. All those reds are really looking nice together, its a great quilt.

  14. Lee Bowers

    good morning, Mary
    Glad you will be getting things back to semi normal. I get my second shot on Monday…Yay
    The quilt you show in the picture is beautiful, I think it is from Quiltmania.
    I am working on so many fun projects I feel like a hummingbird.
    blessings, Lee

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lee Bowers – you mean you’re flitting from one project to another? What a sweet comparison!

  15. Marlene P Armbrecht

    Hope you find the designer of that “New York Beauty” quilt with pinwheels. I LOVE it also. Would definitely buy the pattern!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marlene – it’s called Christmas Pickle by Possibilities but I believe it must be out of print. I think I can draft it – if I succeed I’ll post it on the blog. Can you believe I was “drafting” in my sleep last night?

  16. Jeanine

    Hi Mary. Wednesday morning and not comments here and I’m sure they=re should be since you sent it last night. Really enjoyed your blog this morning.

  17. Mary Hawk

    I love Jill’s quilt. And Connie’s! Isn’t it nice to have it warmer?? My friend Nancy’s bullseye version reminds me of a twister game!
    Are most folks in your church vaccinated already? A lot around us are done already.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary Hawk – this Sunday we are returning to our regular schedule of one service at 10:30 and I am thrilled. It will mean a full church again with Sunday School and I’m not sure how many have been vaccinated. I don’t see anybody and dislike chatting on the phone so I know nothing except that I am grateful for regular church once again!!

  18. Lorraine McGeough

    Love seeing the fur babies out enjoying your nice somewhat warmer weather.
    Especially love the quilt show and the quilt you made for Jill is so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing

  19. Launa

    Lucky Jill with her beautiful new quilt! Nice to hear Connie is home safely, too,

    Going for second C 19 shots today. Location changed. Have to stop afterwards @ jewelry store as my watch needs new battery. It quit lighting up last Inde-glo model.

    Nice to see finished quilt pictures!

  20. Kathy in western NY

    I am writing this on 3-3 at almost 10 am so we will see when it shows for comments as there are none for me to read with this post like I usually see. Maybe tomorrow when I click on it , they will be there as I miss hearing how others are doing.
    Love the quilts you showed Mary – although I have never tried that arch piecing like in the NY beauty pattern. It looks intricate but I am drawn to scrappy quilts.
    I could not make out the color of the smaller cornerstones you used in Jills stunning red quilt. Are they red too? Spring is closer every day for us brave northerners.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy in western NY – the cornerstones are a very tiny red and white fabric. I’ll post a picture – I didn’t want them to scream red and break up the block pattern and I didn’t want to struggle with pressing all the triangle points open so I added the sashing. Otherwise I would have liked the blocks set back to back. It’s the pressing that stops me.

  21. Kay Crandall

    LOVE the red Farmer’s Daughter quilt! Lucky Jill! I think the picture of the quilt you like is a Possibilities pattern called Christmas Pickle Dish by Linda Milligan. It is similar to one I have on my Dirty Dozen list called Fiesta. All I have left to finish it are the borders but I have misplaced the fabric for them so the quilt has been in the “time out” box for a few years.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kay Crandall – Many readers have identified the quilt as Christmas Pickle but it is out of print so I will have to draft my own – ugh.

  22. Susan from Michigan

    I located the quilt that you wished to give credit to the designer. I found it on Pinterest as “Christmas Pickle” by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan of Possibilities.

    I am new to your blog and wonder who Jill is you are making the Farmer’s Daughter for? I love that quilt and your blog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan from Michigan – Jill is my first cousin – ours mothers were sisters. Her dad died at an early age of a heart attack and yes, he was a farmer so Jill is a farmer’s daughter. She is just a tiny bit younger than me and my sister Becky is a tiny bit younger than Jill. Jill lives in California and we see each other only once a year when she comes in August. Her mom is now 96 years old and in the care center near me. Jill is a professional organist and pianist playing for a LARGE church in California – we both took lessons from the same strict piano teacher in Britt, the town our grandma lived in

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patricia – it’s Farmers Daughter available as a pdf in our online store.

  23. Sheila in WI

    Hi, Mary. Just me again. Comments are coming through now. I guess I just had to be more patient. Hopefully the issue has resolved itself. Take care and have a good day. ❤

  24. Janet Mayer

    Just an FYI – I see some are still having trouble seeing comments. The comments came through
    just fine for me today. Thanks so much for all your efforts.

  25. Signe Burgen Vaughan

    Mary ~ There are over 20 used copies of the book Home for the Holidays by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan on Amazon. Most of them are in good to very good condition. It contains the pattern for Christmas Pickle. Also, there is a complete kit on ebay that includes the book and fabric for $200. Your quilt for Jill is lovely!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Signs Burgen Vaughan – I could not see where Christmas Pickle was indeed in the book but I took your word for it and bought a used copy. Thanks for your push.

  26. Vicki in Seattle

    Great post, Mary! I especially liked the quilt inspired
    by the bullseye pattern. The fabrics just sing and shout SPRING!😀🌷😀

  27. Betty Klosterman

    The problem with the comments not showing up started with your blog when you had the pedicure. Could you have hit a button or something wierd?
    Betty in Rapid City

  28. Jean

    Mary! I LOVE the quilt that you love!! Let’s make it a mission to find the maker/designer. I have to have it!

  29. Brenda Ks

    Mary love the Farmers Daughter quilt. My neighbor’s FIL just passed away Friday and was a farmer around this area all his life. (95) For his obituary they had the poem (And So God made a farmer). I cry every time I read that. My Dad was a farmer too! I should make Farmers Daughter for her husband and call it Farmer’s Son.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda Ks – I am familiar with that poem and it’s wonderful. Jill’s dad was a farmer and died of a heart attack in his 50’s – this quilt will be in his memory.

  30. Susan K in Texas

    I love Jill’s red and white quilt. It looks so sharp and the sashing just makes the blocks stand out even more.

  31. Paula Nordt

    I have been able to see all of the comments. Yay! I’m also wondering who Jill is, even though I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now, I think. Love the dogs and the quilts.

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