Dirty Dozen Day, 9-1-23

Your number for September is 4 – FOUR.

If you’re doing the color challenge the color is BROWN.

Here is how this works:

On July 1 those participating in the Dirty Dozen Challenge choose 12 UFOs and number them 1-12. On the first of every month I choose a number and announce it here on the blog. Pull your project and finish that project within the next 30 days. Then take a picture with your name included and send it to my email address – maryehazel2020@gmail.com

I will post your picture on my blog for all readers to enjoy – and we all enjoy a quilt show! Please do not be shy about this -it’s just a fun way to be motivated and inspired to finish some projects. And please don’t hesitate to send me a picture!!

I also present an extra credit challenge which will be announced this weekend. I have several pictures to post myself. If you recall, I’ve been sewing rather than cleaning – hahahaha!!!! Oh, and pulling weeds like a madwoman.

Someone wondered how those tendrils got into the ceiling of the shop – this is the north end of the shop and there’s a door in there. Mystery solved.

21 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen Day, 9-1-23

  1. Jan Hebert

    Oh my goodness! Look at the IVY!!! Yikes, don’t stay still too long Mary, you’ll be gobbled up! It is so nice here today, right around 67 now at 10:30 am. So much better than that heat and humidity we’ve had all summer it seems. I actually got on the lawn mower yesterday afternoon instead of being in the house with the fans going and ac on. Actually feel like doing things – but cleaning is not high on the list, haha! I’m with you, Mary, would much rather be working on something or be outside puttering in the yard. Have a great day everyone! Jan in MA

  2. Deb

    Wow! That’s a big reason why you had all those rats trying to take over. If you have ivy then you’ve got rats. Our last house (when we bought it) had a ‘freeway’ coming from the trees next door, full of ivy and down into our 10′ x 16′ shed and you could SEE all the rats. None in the house but the 4 car carport and the shed out back were full of them. We took down all the ivy (after poisoning it liberally) and then put down poison for the rats. Problem solved. Had to do a bit of repair to the shed as the ivy was breaking apart the wood planks at the back. Ivy will take apart structures, it’s so invasive. No wonder Hazel was so busy!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – and that vine will pull down my chain link fence! It is deadly to a homeowner

  3. Brenda Ks.

    Someone has to much time on their hands if they noticed the vines in the shop. Loved that place all the times we were there. Would be nice to have the time to do all the organizing but then how would you get any quilting done. And why do you need fabric alphabetically organized?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – in the time I spect alphabetizing I could have a quilt made but like I said some people love organizing / just not me!

  4. Vicki Ibarra

    I once admired ivy, but then saw a house wall covered with it and decided not for me. The cat reminds me of our long departed cat, Tabasco. She was precious. I love Nancy’s table runner, especially the fabric in the binding. It is very striking against the black and ties the colors all together.

    1. NancyTD

      Thanks Vicki. The fabric glows in the dark too. The binding opened my eyes about using a plaid. Nancy

  5. Marsha in MI

    The kitty is so cute!!

    And ivy can actually work through brick mortar and be quite destructive and invasive.

  6. Joyce from NY

    Wow, I had no idea Ivy could do all that destruction & attract rats, glad I don’t have any!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joyce – according to online info what I have is called nightshade and I doubt very much the rats came in the because it was January – I could be wrong but I think they moved in as a colony when someone in my area destroyed their “home” – a building torn down etc

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joyce – I made a mistake and was referring to the other fenceline – the quilt shop is most definitely Ivy. The siding is concrete and yes, I suppose it could damage it but by the time that happens I’ll likely be long gone. The other fence line I was cleaning up was the one with the nightshade vine. All kinds of weeds grow here. Lucky me, huh????

  7. Kris in WI

    Oh, my goodness! The ivy wall looks as if it could be the entrance to another world. Well, I guess it is; complete with hidden door! Another book idea, Mary?
    I had to chuckle at the cat picture. He/she blends right in with the bedding. What a sweet tabby. Kris

  8. Kris in WI

    Oh, my goodness! The ivy wall looks like it could be the entrance to another world. Well, I guess it is, complete with hidden door. Another book idea, Mary?
    I had to chuckle at the cat picture. He/she blends right in with the striped (and straight-lined quilted) bedding. Such a pretty tabby. Kris

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, back home in New Zealand! After a long day traveling the best sleep ever, your own bed is luxury! Now to sort out washing etc, and back to sewing, yay! Will miss Eileen (l have the funniest photo of her to send to you) and family,but happy to see grand children again! I am with you Mary, sewing rather than tidying up. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  10. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Nancy, your Halloween runner is wonderful! Fall is my favorite season.
    Greta certainly knows how to pick a nice napping spot; she is a precious baby.
    The ivy comments were interesting and news to me. Have a great weekend, Mary. As always, thanks for the blog. 🥰

  11. Joy in NW Iowa

    Mary, when we moved to our farm in 1972 it was infested with rats in the granary! We brought a lovely family of momma and 5 young kittens to the Farm and the rats left! There was an empty acreage to the west of us about an 1/8 of a mile with old buildings, broken down cars, etc, so they probably went there! I am still surprised you had problems with rats with those kittens around.
    I did not join your dirty dozen, but I totally enjoy all the pictures! I just have too many things out of my stash to make and finish and who know when I do that. 😂😂
    I am feeling really sad about the extremely hot weather drying our Crops! 🥵

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – I have only one small timid mama cat in the barn. The rest of the cats use the dog door to go outside the house but rarely venture all the way to the barn. They’re all very spoiled. Mama in the barn is more than welcome to come in the house, too, but she prefers the barn.

  12. Martha W in WY

    Oh my gosh! All that ivy on the end of your shop is something else!! Nancy’s Halloween runner is so cute.

  13. Carla

    Wow, that ivy is something else! Maybe it helps keep the room cooler lol. I’m still waiting for time to sew my binding on August’sproject. But, it’s all good. I’m using the DD as a motivator, and I am motivated! I didn’t even assign numbers to my projects. I just pick one. Simply finishing a UFO, any UFO, will be a huge morale booster for me. Blessings all.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carla – I do the same – mine aren’t numbered so I just pick one.

  14. Cynthia from SW MN

    I was looking at the ivy on your building..if it is BlackNightshade, I would be working on eradicating this source as well, the pretty flowers have berries which birds like to eat, and then the nightshade’s circle of life continues.
    I am working on your Country Threads pattern The Little Black Hen! This is a darling pattern, and I can only hope my completed project hen is as cool as your picture on the front of the pattern. If my attempt is successful I am making two more! I may try to make one where the hen faces the other direction so they face each other. I attended my class reunion over LaborDay weekend, about one-5ird of the class attended. Talk is we should do yearly reunions later in September. We shall see. We are not getting any younger.

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