Gotta get back on my schedule, 7-21-23

Reader Quilts and Photos

Lora and Griffin

Griffin is a standard collie puppy, 10 weeks old and he visited us this afternoon. I grew up with a big collie but I don’t ever remember holding a collie puppy. Oh, so soft and so sweet. We wore him out!

Tomorrow morning I’m delivering quilts to the fair – I hauled quilts to the garage for over two hours. What was I thinking?

Think of the work to hang them all up. Ugh.

RAGBRAI starts this weekend – this is the 50th year! We’ll talk about it this weekend. Do you know what the letters stand for?

Diana’s neighbor got a new in-ground pool! Amazing installation!

I apologize …. look at this parking! How did the driver even get out of the car?

40 thoughts on “Gotta get back on my schedule, 7-21-23

  1. Sharyn Resvick

    Register’s annual great bike ride across Iowa! It’s a blast. I’ve done the ride 3 times. The greatest! It’s like joining a traveling circus for a week.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharyn – I LOVE your description of “a traveling” circus. I think you’re probably right. Haha!

  2. Bonny

    In 1974 my roommate and I went on the second cross Iowa ride and have tshirts SAGBRAI 74. It didn’t take much thought to realize the format of second, third, fourth wasn’t going to work! Thereafter it becomes RAGBRAI: Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
    My thoughts will follow them with heat and humidity forecast.

  3. Deb in Idaho

    Watching women’s World Cup. Too hot to do much, not even sewing. About a week of super hot weather then a cool down. Dog days of summer!

  4. Pamela Dempsey

    Griffin is so adorable! Man, that’s a ton of quilts! Looks like the driver would have to climb through the window 🙃

  5. Kathy in western NY

    Sweet pictures of the puppy. Awfully cute. As is the picture of someone’s dog below the pretty autumn wool and cotton wallhanging.

  6. Susan Moore

    Yes, RAGBRAI originally was Register and Gazette Bike Ride Across Iowa. It was later changed to its current Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. My husband and I rode in it 20 years ago, shortly after we were married. It was such fun!

    Susan from West Central Illinois

  7. Marsha from Kansas

    I love Griffin. So cute! Our first Sheltie was a puppy but all others were older rescues. Loved them all! I’d say the driver of the car either climbed out the window or over the seats and out the hatchback. Now that is something I’ve never seen. That is a load of quilts. Lucky fair goers to get to see your collection. A one woman quilt show at the fair. It will be amazing! We have a bicycle ride like that across Kansas each year. A quilt guild member participates and posts pictures of things you don’t see going 60 mph on the highway. It’s a different route each year so different scenery and historical points of interest.

  8. Diane in Colorado

    Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa—guess I don’t know what the first two letters stand for. I can remember hearing about it many, many years ago. Out here, we have Ride the Rockies every year. It has gotten so competitive to get in that it has lost its allure for me.

    Such a cute puppy! I love Collies—for many of us, I think, Lassie was our introduction to the breed. My grandparents had a Collie named Lassie out on their farm. I sure loved her!!

    Moving, moving, moving. We all hit a wall today and had to relax, but the garage is full, we took loads to Habitat ReStore and the recycling center. My garage has never been as clean or empty since the day I moved in! They pulled up carpet and will start on my wood floor on Monday!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – sounds like you’re in the middle of chaos but soon it will be wonderful. You have to go thru one to get to the other. I know you’ll be glad to get moved. Yes, you’re half right about RAGBRAI.

  9. Teresa in Indiana

    Griffin is super adorable! There’s nothing sweter than a tired puppy. Your quilt show will be awesome! I wish I could see it in person. That’s an impressive collection of work. Today is the celebration of life for my Mother. She passed suddenly in February. Then later our 50th class reunion. It will be an emotionally up and down day for sure. So have a good day everybody!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa – and up and down day hardly covers it – maybe it’s a good thing your reunion follows the service. There are lots more quilts but I’m not sure all of THESE will even fit on the rafters.

  10. MaureenHP

    Please share a picture once the quilts are hung. What an inspiration that will be!

  11. Vicki Ibarra

    I love Sue’s autumn quilt, and am particularly impressed with the hand stitching/embroidery. Rita’s sled quilt is so pretty and the quilting of a wood design makes it more special. The puppy pictures are precious. I look at all the quilts in the vehicle and think of how much time and creativity they represent. Plus, they are neat timeline of how our color choices for quilts change. I remember starting with what has been called folk country colors (burgundy, pine green, brown, muted gold), and then evolving to brighter colors, 1930’s fabric, crazy batiks, and soft pastels. Such fun to look across time that way.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – I, too, can see such a change in my color palette – our last book was called Fresh Start Quilts.

  12. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary — thanks for the “blog about nothing” — makes me smile every time I read it! Love the car photos…… I’d send some but there would be so many — I’m convinced the worse drivers/parkers are here in Florida!!! It is so nice to see everyone’s pets — they all look so sweet and cuddly!!!! I hope everyone is managing the heat — triple digits here and it’s way to hot to be outdoors for very long. At least it gives me a good excuse to be inside and sew…. Have a wonderful day!!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – and our temps re so mild we can’t believe it – down into the 50’s at night some nights and some days we don’t hit 80. The corn needs that heat and humidity to grow. You’re right, one parking picture a day is about all I can take! Haha! The blog about nothing has taken all the pressure off me, too.

  13. Laura VS

    He doesn’t have to worry about someone dinging his car, with their door!!

  14. Chris

    Hope you have good help hanging all those quilts, Mary. What a job! Hit it will be so lovely!

  15. Michele

    Thanks for the laugh with your latest car picture. Perfect start to the day.

  16. Lois Ann Johnson

    The collie puppy is adorable; thanks for sharing his photo with us. I hope the quilt show goes well. You sure do have a lot of those to get displayed! Have a wonderful weekend. I hope there is some “porch sitting” included in your plans! Bailey and I plan on doing some if it isn’t too hot.

  17. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    My husband told me what the RAGBRAI is. At one time, he and a friend considered it. The quilts today are so pretty. It looks like some of us are thinking of Fall and Winter 🍁 ❄️. I still have to bind my Country Threads “ Happy quilt”😀. Those are a lot of quilts to load up and transport. I hope they did a good job of hanging them. Pictures please? It is a lovely morning here. Sandy from New Zealand, are you watching the Women’s World Cup? We visited New Zealand in 2003–Auckland and Rotorura, the pub The Pig and the Whistle and other places😀. Your country is lovely😻.

  18. Sharon F

    A sweet collie puppy, a stack of beautiful quilts, and the lovely reader quilts – what a nice start to the weekend! Thanks, Mary!
    OMG – someone parked in a shopping cart corral?! Wonder if that was photoshopped.

  19. Jeanne in Co

    To Kathy in Western NY. Im looking for the puppy picture that you mentioned in your note. I think that puppy is sitting beside a rug that had two adorable new puppies lying on it. It looks like the bigger puppy, maybe the Mama, might be a well trimmed brownish labradoodle? Would love to see all of your quilts hung in a show, Mary. They would be spectacular. The East Iowa Heirloom Quilt show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is this weekend and I am soooo missing it. Scott Flanagan is giving two programs. The quilters there always put on a great show. I have been a member of their group since it started in the early 80s. Many memories and many quilt friends made during those 40 plus years. Stay cool everyone, Jeanne in Co.

    1. Rita in Iowa

      Jeanne I used to belong to EIHQ also in the 80s, moved to the. Country and the guild has gotten so big.
      Rita in Iowa

    2. Pattie from PA

      The Mama is a standard poodle and she had 3 pups the day after she arrived at Carolina Poodle Rescue where I have been volunteering the last couple weeks.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Pattie – how are the puppies? Will they get adopted through the poodle rescue?

  20. Colleen in Central Oregon

    Those puppies in the second picture look newborn! So cute! The collie puppy is cute too. Great reader quilts and I can’t believe the stack of quilts in the back of your van! I have seen a car parked in a spot for shopping carts and people were leaving their carts behind it, haha!!

  21. Linda in Michigan

    Well, I didn’t park inside a cart corral yesterday, but my latest parking adventure had me cockeyed over the lines. I was so fascinated watching a semi trying to back into a driveway, and before that I saw a semi up against an electric pole. I think he tried to make a right turn, but cut it too short.
    My justification for reckless parking is that I had my husband’s truck, which I very rarely drive. I know, I know, there are no excuses. At the rate I’m going, I’ll be number one in the bad parkers hall of fame.
    Love the autumn quilt, and Mary, you make me so envious of all those COMPLETED quilts in your car!

  22. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, all the people attending the fair are in for a treat!
    What a gift you are giving them by sharing your beautiful quilts. I hope they will have a young person with a lift that will hang them and you can supervise!😄

  23. Betty Klosterman

    Rita, your sled quilt is great. You quilting fits and the sled even has knot holes??? My niece wanted that quilt I made, so I need to make another. Already have a pile of fabric ready to go…..
    Betty in Rapid City.

  24. Kim from Wi

    Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – RAGBRI I watched it one year with my mom who lives in Osage. Its amazing how many small towns go all out to host the riders. A few of my friends have ridden it and Iowa is not flat! I hope you get some help hanging all those quilts, would love to see them in person, do take pictures for all of us. We are mostly moved into our new place in Wisconsin (from TN) just waiting for the installation of our internet. Our daughter lives here and we are so glad we made the big move before we got any older, lol.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – you made a major move! I agree that sooner is better than later.

  25. Mary Says Sew!

    Oh, Mary, all those quilts! So gorgeous, and so much work to pick out which ones to take, load them, unload them, hang them and then get them all home and put away again. And quilts can get all kinds of dusty, dirty, cob-webbed, etc. hanging at a fair. People don’t realize the work and the risk. Bless you for doing all of that!

    I see two in your piles in the van I’d love to make – the pink & lights squares and the one with blue stars and pink 9-patches. I’m having a hard time not going right to my cutting mat and starting cutting strips from my stacks of repro pinks and shirtings. Sew many quilts, so little time!

  26. Barb Ramey

    Just read the Sat post if parking-suppose the car was stolen (or taken) and parked there to complicate recovery? Probably crawled out the window.
    Loved the quilt show, absolutely get it down on ground level. Too many details to miss up that high.

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