Dirty Dozen Quilts, 5-19-21

I don’t want to get behind in photos because if I overload I crash so here goes!

Wedding Day

I’m posting Wedding Day again because several readers have asked – the pattern is available in our online store as a pdf download. At the top of the blog home page, click on “shop” or “menu” and then “shop”. Patterns are in alphabetical order.

Here’s an idea I would love to do – but alas, when you’re looking for an old piano, you can’t find one.

Watched this movie yesterday on Netflix – I loved the book, the movie fell short in my opinion.

At book club last week, the following books were among some favorites:

Still House Lake by Rachel Caine

The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

Nomadland by Jessica Ruter

Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Address by Fiona Davis

The Four Winds – Kristen Hannah

That’s all!

24 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen Quilts, 5-19-21

  1. Gloria B.

    That piano redo is YOU! Quilts were all inviting. Each needed a zoom in study. Thanks.

  2. Linda Baker

    Nice quilt pictures again, I really like the colorful one made with strips. I have to share a story with Mary after seeing the repurposed piano. Years ago I was at an auction and an upright piano was put up for sale. No one bid on it, and on a whim, because I was young, I raised my paddle and was the winner. Paid a dollar for it. It was a beast to move, and I don’t remember if I sold it later, but I had fun playing it while I had it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda Baker – really? How did you get anyone to move it for you? I used to play one in our country church and my grandma had a player piano which we kids loved!

  3. Peggy S

    What a wonderful collection of quilts today.
    Mary, picturing this “recycled piano” is great. Perhaps one of your readers has one to offer!!
    Peggy S

  4. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l have a cast iron very heavy piano you can have for free! Trouble is it’s in new Zealand and takes about 6 strong men to move it! Good luck with finding one closer to home, best wishes to all, sandy

  5. Sarah F.

    The Piano is great! My parents had an old upright player piano and after all us girls flew the coop and Dad moved his computer upstairs, he converted the piano to a computer desk. He left the wires on the back and my BIL has the ivory keys. It really has a lot of room and he left it the original black.
    Great quilts today!

  6. Angie from Baltimore

    I saw the movie Nomadland and thought Frances McDormand was great in it and deserved the Oscar
    All the quilts are fabulous and the piano idea was fabulous who would have thought!

  7. Diane Bauer

    What a great way to repurpose an old piano!! People are so creative!!!

    The Dirty Dozen quilts are, as always, incredible! As if I needed another project, I cut pieces for another quilt yesterday and today. Now to sew. We finally have sunshine so I should be outside, planting something. I’ve got seed out on my lawn, trying to fix the bunny and dog brown spots—an annual project!

  8. Sheila in WI

    Love all the quilts and the piano idea.
    I read and like Children’s Blizzard. Another book I just finished and enjoyed was The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. This book was also recommended and reviewed recently by Jo Kramer.
    Thanks again for a great blog!

  9. Kay Crandall

    Really loved the dirty dozen pictures – the black and white pineapple was incredible! Loved the piano idea also. My mom had an upright piano that her mom ordered from Chicago back in the 1920’s (they lived on a farm in North Dakota and Grandma raised turkeys to pay for it). She was a wonderful pianist – played for high school music events when she was still in junior high and was the organist in our church in Thompson for many years. When she downsized homes she sold the piano for $25 to a mother who had two small children who were eager to take piano lessons. I’ve often wondered if the girls learned to play and loved the piano as much as my mom did – and if they still have the piano.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kay Crandall – my mom gave my childhood piano away, too, but by that time I already had purchased my grand piano.

  10. Susan K in Texas

    That black and white pineapple quilt is beautiful! Another great quilt show today. I like the piano idea too. We had an upright piano growing up. My sister would play it and there was one piece my dad loved to hear. I can’t think of the name of it but I can hear her playing it in my head.
    I just finished Sunflower Sister by Martha Hall Kelly. It is from a trilogy – the other books are Lilac Girls and The Lost Roses. I enjoyed all three books. They are based on real people. I think you would enjoy all three.
    I also read The Gown by Jennifer Robson about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. Another book I enjoyed by Jennifer Robson is Our Darkest Night. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan k in Texas – I’ve read the Lilac Girls – I did not know it was part of a trilogy! I have heard The Gown is good, too. Oh, I just have too many books I want to read!!!

      1. Susan K in Texas

        I’ve been listening to books on tape from the library while I sew. I learned about the trilogy from the author’s notes at the end. I’ve got a lot of books I want to read also. And sometimes reading one leads to three more I want to read!

  11. Charlotte Shira

    Lovely quilts today as always!! Great job ladies!! I like the piano idea. I’ll have to show my daughter in law so she can convert theirs when the kids move out.

  12. Sue in Oregon

    Nice quilts DD quilters. Love those pears and all the others too.
    Thanks for the book list. I will shop Amazon for those titles.
    Much cooler here than it has been. A cold little wind is blowing in from the ocean.

  13. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Thanks for a super mini quilt show. We are such a talented and diverse group. It is fun to see how beautiful and different the quilts are. I love seeing your wedding quilt; it is wonderful😀.
    I love hearing about new books. My husband built me a Free Little Library which is by the street. It had a huge amount of use during the pandemic. It is still getting a lot of use and I have lots and lots of books!!!
    When they stop going out, I take them to Half Price books and buy new ones for it. I have so many books, I often put out a card table and TV table with books. Fun. 86* here—whew.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane and Squeak – yes! We ARE a diverse and talented group! I love it! And I wish I had a Free Library!

  14. Joyce from NY

    Quilt show was great as usual. What a creative idea for the piano. I have listened to The Four Winds & The Children’s Blizzard both very good. Thank you for the book list.

  15. Lynn in Scottsdale

    My mother-in-law had an upright piano like that down her basement in Austin, MN. When we cleaned out her house, the piano was cut up as it was too heavy to move. Too bad we didn’t know you were looking for one then.

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