Good Summer Eatin’, 7-29-22

Look at this ear – filled to the last kernel!

Connie has been busy at counted x stitch and here is her latest spectacular finish!

Reader quilts:

If I missed a reader quilt, please let me know. It’s a lot to keep track of and I could miss yours.

JB3, or Hopalong as we sometimes call him, thinks I need help.

My new book came in the mail today – I need this book.

Does anyone have any of this very old fabric? I’m making a donation quilt for the shelter and all I have is 1/2 yard.

Diana Standfill – I tried to email you today and it bounced back – do you have a new email?

An observation – when many people text, they use no punctuation or capital letters! What’s with that?

Pattie – how’s the trip going? The transports? Your 3 dogs? We need a trip update from SC.

Time to close the barn.

55 thoughts on “Good Summer Eatin’, 7-29-22

  1. Chris in Washington

    Susan K. in Texas- I love your Texas quilt. Was it a pattern or one of your own creations. My son and his family just moved from Belton, Texas up to Rochester, Minnesota and my granddaughter is missing Texas. Thought it would be a great gift to make for her.
    Mary- that corn looks delicious!

    1. Susan K in Texas

      Sorry it took so long to respond. I haven’t been in my sewing room in days (very unusual for me!)
      The pattern is by Judy Did It Designs. It’s a Small Celebrations pattern called Lone Star State. I did see one kit for sale on eBay. The quilt finishes at 21”x27”. Looking for the Small Celebrations quilt pattern may be easier. Years back I made one for each of my 3 sons. Two now live out of Texas – one in Iowa and one in Oklahoma.

      1. Chris H. in Washington

        Thanks so much for the information on your Texas quilt. That’s a perfect size. I will be looking for the book or a kit. Again, thank you for sharing. I really appreciate it.

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Is that beautiful corn from your garden? I love corn.
    Frontier Days is about to wind up for another year. I live about 5 miles from the park and can hear the concerts when outside. In my younger days, I’d be in the thick of it all.
    The quilts and cross stitching is are great today. And, the ducks from the fair…..perfection. They are so pretty.
    We did get some rain, finally.
    I’m going to win the big lottery this weekend, what are your plans?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – how is your husband? No, we’re going to win and I’ll share with you – haha!!!

  3. Kathy in western NY

    All of the projects readers finished are so fun to see in your email. I love that you share this with us to admire them and enormous thanks. . Glad we see Susan K !
    We had sweet corn and BLTs with one huge homegrown tomato tonight. Gosh it was a good meal.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – our tomatoes are still tiny and very green – it will be awhile before we can have BLTs

  4. Sherry Whalen

    Mary – I love your new book! So much that I went out and put one in my cart. I will STILL say WTF is my password, but with the book, at least I can go look it up lol. And the corn – oh yummy, is it from your garden? We’ve bought a few ears and they have been so good. Have a good weekend – the weather has been spectacular!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherry – I think the book will become very valuable – ha! We didn’t plant corn this year because of Rick’s inability to plant and weed this corn was grown locally.

  5. DebMac

    Your sweet corn looks delicious! We had our first of the season last night (thanks to our kind neighbor) and it was so tasty. I have the same feeling as you with some peoples texts….

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – I don’t understand why anyone would send a text with no punctuation or capital letters – those texts are hard to read! And disrespectful to the receiver – in my opinion, of course. Thanks for your response.

  6. Sharon in Oswego, Il

    Hi Mary,
    Your book title sounds interesting. I would love to hear your comments/thoughts. Also, are you able to share the name of Connie’s cross-stitch piece? I would like to do this one myself. Thanks, and the corn looks yummy!

    1. Connie Tesene

      Hi Sharon, Connie here. The cross stitch is from a booklet called “Seasons of the Heart” By With Thy Needle and Thread. There are 4 patterns, Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. I’m a slow stitcher… but would love to stitch them all. Have a great weekend!

      1. Sharon in Oswego, Il

        Hi Connie,
        Thanks for responding! I wrote down the information you mentioned. I am not a speedy stitcher either. I. think that also applies to some of my sewing, but I don’t like haphazard work. Glad to hear from you!

  7. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Oh yum, that corn looks so delicious. Corn and fresh green beans are just great right now!
    All the finishes are beautiful; I especially like the one by Rose-IL.
    I hope Hopalong’s leg heals soon; he is such a cutie.

  8. Sue in Oregon

    I love the finishes today. And, Connies x stitch is wonderful.
    Susan….those Fish!!! That quilt is fabulous!
    Wish I had the fabric you are looking for Mary, but, alas…I have none of that print.
    Can you believe it’s nearly August?

  9. Bobby sutton

    Hopalong is a beauty. He looks intelligent, gentle, and curious. I’m sure he’s fit right in. The definition of hopeful of the future is some one who adopts a kitten at 91. My friend Charlotte a d her husband did that. She was always an inspiration for me.
    Bobby in Md

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bobby – YES! That is hopeful and worthy of respect from me. Hopalong is such a sweet young cat – this morning when I went to open up the barn he was already down by the pond. I missed him last night in the house but it’s so warm I knew he didn’t want to come in. I’m glad I was guilted into keeping him! Haha!

  10. NancyTD

    We had sweet corn too. It sure was good. Green beans are doing well too. We have had some grape tomatoes. The big tomatoes haven’t started to ripen.
    The finishes are very nice. Great work by everyone.
    Connie, you do nice x stitch projects.
    Mary, sorry I can’t help you out with the fabric. With all your stash you will come up with something creative.

  11. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, that corn looks delish! 😋😋. I’m in Florida and corn comes in here in Mayish and done by June. Ate my fill – even put some in the freezer because I got to the point where I couldn’t even look at another ear!! 😂😂

    Love everyone’s creativity. Gives me inspiration. Sidetracked from my quilting to make some carriers that tie onto walkers, etc. One of my LQS cuts the kits and you just sew and bring them back. I just feel that sometimes it’s good to give back. Too hot here to do much else but sew and watch movies.

  12. RuthW in MD

    Texts without punctuation or “u” instead of “you” and “r” instead of “are” make me feel I’m talking to someone “unlearned.” I always reply with full spellings, can’t make me take shortcuts. I enjoyed this post today – the corn looks delicious and so do all the quilts! Perhaps 1/2yard is enough for a lap quilt or table runner, filled out with cat and dog fabric of course. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ruth – I always feel like the sender must think I don’t deserve a well written text and yes, I also feel they are “unlearned” and don’t care. Correct English and punctuation is very important to me – I should have been an editor.

  13. Paula Philpot

    Ive been looking for a good password book also, where did this one come from? I like the tabs on the side The best one used to b at Dollar Tree but they don’t have the tabs on them now.
    Paula in KY

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula – sadly this one doesn’t have tabs either – I bought it on Amazon.

      1. Paula Philpot

        I went ahead and made mine. I used POST it Tabs in a pack and wrote each letter on the tab with a Crafters Square Metallic Marker from the Dollar Tree. You might to do that to yours.. Paula in KY

  14. Janice R

    The corn looks delicious. We have been buying some from a local farmer several times – enough to eat on and a bit to freeze for later. One of my collections is snowmen, and I would like to know where the single snowman pattern came from that the quilter submitted. I’ve made that one, but my friend wants the pattern and I have no clue where I got it! Enjoyed the wonderful quilt show today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice R – the snowman is a Country Threads pattern available for $5 which I can mail to your friend.

  15. Sally J.

    Wonderful quilts today!! Finishing the binding on my “pink” and will send picture soon.
    We bought a Michigan house and the closing is August 18th so I am very busy packing!!
    Have a great weekend!!

  16. Wonda Myers

    Beautiful corn, love fresh corn.
    JB3 looks happy and at home. Beautiful kitty. Thank you for helping him. Enjoy your blogs.
    Wonda, Social Circle, Ga.

  17. Margie

    What a great post! We had our first sweet corn last night. Delicious!
    Wonderful quilts and cross stitch. For some reason I have been drawn to bird quilts lately. Have not seen this particular one. Thanks everyone for sharing!

  18. Carol P

    Don’t have any of the fabric, but love it. We just did a rescue of a senior Yorkie this week. Our shih tzu not very happy. Hopefully she’ll adjust soon.

  19. Sue H

    The picture of the corn looks good enough to chomp into! Hoping to get my PINK quilt finished and sent in to you today! You’ve received some lovely quilt pictures. Did I miss your PINK post?

  20. Vicki

    I know what you mean about texts. The younger generation, including one of my sons, uses abbreviations that I sometimes scratch my head over. I understood “ur” for your and others that have been mentioned on this blog. “Idk” threw me and I had to ask: I don’t know. Lol is laugh out loud, but for a while I thought it was “lots of love” (I thought my son was being sweet). But it sometimes seemed wonky when I saw it used when I thought that was the meaning. I figured out “btw” as by the way. I thought “bd” was birthday, and that seemed totally wrong for the context of the statement. When I asked, I learned it was “big deal”. I am too old for this. Give me true English, with punctuation, for my understanding.

    Iowa sweet corn is blissfully tasty. Enjoy. I love all the quilts and realize I could change one of my DD projects to become a snowman wall hanging. I just put fabric in a bag and decide what to make when that number is drawn.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – I love your idea of putting some chosen fabric in and bag and deciding what to make! I think I’ll change the Dirty Dozen game to include that next year! I actually do this by laying out a group of fabric that I like together and then decide how to use it.

      1. Vicki

        I have such a fabric stash that I challenged myself to not buy any more unless I needed it to finish a project. Thus, I choose fabric to put in a bag for the CC project. I have done some DD projects like you describe: lay out fabric I like together and then decide how to use it. Anything that helps me go through my stash is great.

  21. Pam in NC

    I love you password book! How many zillion passwords does one person need? One of the most frustrating things ever! I think your helper is doing a fine job of “preparing for cutting” in your quilt room. I really like seeing readers’ quilts-let’s us see what others are doing besides the perfect models in magazines and pattern books! Thanks for all you do to keep us entertained! This ole Iowa girl loves hearing anything Iowa!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pam in NC – and I like it when my readers leave comments – thank you for yours!

  22. Pattie W from PA

    Greetings from South Carolina! What a week of testing for me. Not necessarily with the rescue but figuring out all the workings of this motor home. I’m not as sold on solar as I thought I would be. There is much to understand concerning amps, volts, watts etc, something I’ve never been able to absorb. So how long till my batteries deplete and don’t let them get below 24 volts before recharging and so on. For some reason the power supply has not been working for me, consensus was that I needed a new transfer switch which was airfreighted here. Mobile repair guy came, nothing wrong with it, says its the power supply in the barn. Anyway I have been alternating between generator and solar since I arrived 10 days ago. So much for these traumas.
    So Tuesday I transported 4 dogs to the vet college at UGA in Athens , GA, about 3 hours away. I didn’t ask questions but found out later I wasn’t dropping off but waiting while they all saw their respective specialties. Two were ophthalmology patients and 2 were for orthopedics. Very nice facility and excellent care all paid for by the fund raising done by the rescue. I was there about 5 hours which made for a very long day but very satisfying.
    When not driving anywhere, I have been working on a website updating vaccines and recording all the ages of the dogs here. On average usually around 200. I have been to the local vet in Spartanburg a couple times and also to the spay clinic yesterday. The young doodle I picked up from the shelter near Charlotte the day after I arrived was one of the patients. Poor girl whined all the way home.
    My two standard poodles, Samantha and Lucas, are really enjoying being able to run loose down here by the house they are joined by about 4 horses that have the run of the property so they get as mush to eat since it is hard to keep weight on them. Additionally there are 5 or 6 more out in the pastures, all rescues. Oh, and there are also 3 pigs here, again rescues.
    My little toy poodle, Lily, was a little under the weather so she saw the local vet too this week. He had done a dental on her 1 1/2 years ago just before I
    adopted her. She is fine but overdue for a dental do she had it done yesterday. I know it was much cheaper than my vet in PA so very happy to get it done here with only a days notice.
    Right now I am waiting for a call from the owner to go over to the house to help with feeding all the seniors and special needs dogs she keeps here. The caregiver that usually works today has come down with Covid. Then I will go up to the kennels to help with several adoption appointments today. Never a dull moment.
    I will email some pictures to Mary so she may share some with you all.
    Been summoned, gotta run, I’ll send those pictures later today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pattie – I could not deal with that motor home – I can’t understand that stuff and don’t want to learn. You are really having a life experience, aren’t you? I can’t imagine how grateful the rescue is for your help – a rescue is lots and lots of hours and work. And you have special needs dogs as well – oh my. Must be fun to watch your dogs having so much freedom to run and play. Thank you so much for this update – I think about you every day and know you’re too busy to write – a good busy!

  23. Amy Kollasch

    It absolutely drives me nuts when people do not use capital letters or punctuation in texts. I have read that today’s youth feel like a person is yelling at them or angry when you use punctuation. How does that even make sense? One huge run on sentence makes more sense? Things are getting weird in this world.

    1. Jan Hebert

      Amy, I believe it’s when people use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that make a person feel yelled at. That’s what I’ve been told anyway. I can see why. It is easier to read though! Jan in MA

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Amy – I so appreciate someone agreeing with me – it drives me crazy. Yelling at them? I think that with all capital letters. I don’t feel that way about punctuation

  24. Launa

    Thanks for so many neat pictures Mary! Nice to see a quilter included, too!
    Connie’s cross stitch is so nice.
    No wildfire smoke up @ my altitude this morning from Moose Fire. Had burned 43,226 acres last report.
    Could burn til end of August.
    So much beautiful fabric coming out recently; very tempting!
    Had some of the beautiful Iowa corn shown recently. Just nuke it a couple minutes didn’t need butter!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – so sad to hear how many acres have burned! I havent seen the new fabric but I don’t bother to look either because I have so much to use up. I’d love to go to a quilt shop however!

  25. Cindy K

    I have a Hopalong, too! Mine is a gray and white tuxedo. We usually call him Hoppy, and sometimes That Crazy Cat. He helps me quilt too and lays on each one.
    I enjoy seeing all the reader quilts. Thanks for sharing those.

  26. Marcia Rocheleau

    I haven’t done cross stitch in a very long time but I love Connie’s new piece. Any chance you could ask about the pattern? Thanks!

    1. Jan Hebert

      Marcia, read through the comments. Connie answers this question herself! Jan in MA

  27. Jan Hebert

    Mary, this is a great post. I love seeing Jb3 looking so happy and healthy. I’m so glad you decided to keep him. The quilts are great and I loved seeing Susan K’s happy face! Hi Susan!! The corn looks delicious, we had our first ears of corn last week. They were free from our local farm stand as a thank you to their customers. I thought that was so nice – and it was delicious! Jan in MA

  28. Carolyn S Knott

    I just love the looks of JB3. He has the sweetest expression. I too have a fairly new kitty that came up. He’s almost a year old now. He is a ginger. Makes #3 ginger and 1 tuxedo. He is the 2nd stray that has come up. I think someone in my neighborhood needs to have theirs neutered, because my neighbor also has a ginger that came up at the same time my second one did. And I say they can’t live hear unless they are.
    I ordered the password book that Bonnie Hunter has and it is quite handy.
    Enjoyed all the reader quilts. The corn just makes my mouth water. My knee is healing well. I’m now able to walk on my own and almost no limp But best of all no pain.

    Carolyn in Texas heat

  29. Dee in Ohio

    JB3 has you wrapped already. My son brought a dog home from a kennel he worked at. That was the most precious dog I have ever known. It’s been 7 years since he passed but I still miss him.

  30. Diana Stanfill

    Mary, I have not changed my email. Probably typed it in wrong… Haha

    I gave a gal my phone number the other day by text and was off one digit on the area code.

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