125 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, 3-16-23

  1. Karla T

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNIE!! Have a wonderful day quilting or quilt shopping!! Eat lots of white cake with white frosting and have a margarita too!!

  2. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    That was brilliant, Becky! Happy Birthday, Connie and many happy returns!

  3. Charlotte

    Happy Birthday! I still remember with fondness, when you and Connie came for a workshop, many years ago now, at The Quilted Heart in Gainesville, Georgia. I was so happy to find your blog, and although I don’t comment, I like keeping up with it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Charlotte – we’ll, you should start commenting because that’s what makes it so fun for everybody! I remember coming to The Quilted Heart, too – we had a great time!! Wonder what class we gave – do you remember?

      1. Charlotte

        Could it have been Fat Quarter Fun? I can’t remember what year it was, but that is one of my half-done projects, that after looking at the fabrics, I need to move it up the queue!

        1. Cynthia from SW MN

          Yes, please share with us your pattern, and fabrics and reminisce more about Connie and Mary’s visit and the class they taught! Did you own the quilt shop they visited?

  4. Diane in Maryland

    Happy Birthday Connie! Becky, this is wonderful! You have a nice voice. I sent it to granddaughter Ashley in New Zealand. Her birthday is tomorrow (17th) but it’s already the 17th there today. Hard to believe she’s 26. The years go by fast!

  5. Arrowhead Gramma

    Happy Birthday Connie, Thank you for all you have given to the quilting community over the years!

    1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

      How are you doing in CA? More rain or snow? Ohio crowd worries about you!

  6. Vicki in Seattle

    So fun to see and hear you, Becky! Have a Super 70th, Connie!🌷🎂🌷🎂🌷

  7. Connie Tesene

    Connie here- what a wonderful Birthday surprise!!! Thank you Becky & Mary. Also, thanks to all the blog readers for your B Day wishes. It has been a great day!

  8. DebMac

    What a friend you are, Mary, to have your sister perform a song just for Connie! And then to put it out there for the world to enjoy! Happy birthday to Connie. And thank you to Becky and you for today’s smile. My (older) brother turned 69 on the 5th. Said he wasn’t celebrating this one as 69 is a boring age but 70 sounds like more fun. What can I say, the man has desert turtles for pets…. Will send you a picture of him and the quilt I made for him.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – ooh, turtles? I would love to see some pictures! Yes, 70 is a big deal!

  9. Susie

    Such a talent(Becky) – a sweet tribute to Connie.Happy Birthday, Connie-enjoy!🎉🍷🎂

  10. Diane in Colorado

    Happy 70th Connie!! Hope your day is filled with love and laughter—and maybe a little stitching!

  11. Mary in Missouri

    Happy Birthday, Connie! May you have many more so you can make many more quilts!!!

  12. Donna in Wis

    Happy Birthday Connie…hope you have a very sweet & special day 🎈🎂🎈

  13. Bonnie McKee

    Happy Birthday Connie! 🎂🥳
    May God bless you richly in the coming year!
    Bonnie in Oregon
    Ps. Great video Becky! 😊❤️

  14. Sara in Indiana

    Love Becky’s guitar-playing version of Happy Birthday! Happy birthday to Connie, and a happy (early) birthday to Becky.

  15. Mary

    Loved that! I’m sure Connie did too, you are so talented in so many aspects!🥰

  16. Pamela Dempsey

    Wishing you a very happy birthday 🎉🎂 Miss Connie and a Happy St.Patrick’s Day!!! You are surely very lucky ! 🍀 🥰❤️😻

  17. Kathy in western NY

    Happy Birthday Connie and many many more. I bet looking at those pictures of you both in yesterdays blog of two young quilters brought a few chuckles ! At least you didn’t have wild hair like some of my perms in my 20’s! Keep on quilting and bringing all of us joy.

  18. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

    So sweet!!! Happy Birthday Connie! 🥳
    And nice playing Becky!

  19. Toni Anne Potter

    Mary your sister’s song was fantastic so heart felt, what a talented woman. Happy 70th Birthday Connie!

  20. Jo in Wyoming

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  21. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    Happy Birthday, Connie! Health and happiness wished for you on this next trip around the sun!

  22. Debbie Miller

    Great serenade Becky and Congratulations Connie on your platinum jubilee!

  23. Jeanine from Iowa

    Happy Birthday, Connie! I like all the quilts you make from previous patterns you two have designed. I still like the country colors, but your bright ones are so beautiful as well. I hope you have had a great day. Thanks, Becky, for the birthday serenade……it was great.

  24. Rita in Iowa

    HAAPY BIRTHDAY CONNIE, hope you have a wonderful day. Becky thanks for making Connie’s birthday special by singing and playing the Happy Birthday song. Mary you are a great friend to post the wonderful video. What a dreary day in Iowa today.

  25. Susie Kepley

    Your quilt that was in Quilt Mania is also in their Simply Vintage magazine. 🤯😵‍💫🤯

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susie – ugh. I just have to keep telling myself that I will not compromise my integrity. Remember what Michelle Obama said – when they go low, we go high.

  26. Pam

    How fun!!! Glad to have company …hitting 70 next month…Happy Birthday Connie and many more!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – haha! And we actually started in 1979 and that was 44 years ago!!!!!

  27. Joy in NW Iowa

    Happy birthday Connie! Wow! The newspaper article about you and Mary was so interesting! You two looked like a couple of kids! I’m so happy Mary share that! I hope you are enjoying Okoboji life!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – we were kids, weren’t we? Haha! I remember thinking we could only try, right? If we failed as pattern designers, at least we tried. Connie is anxious to get back to Okoboji to start planning her gardening.

  28. Marsha from Kansas

    Happy birthday, Connie! What a special song just for you. Thanks for sharing Becky’s birthday wishes with all of us.

  29. Gloria from CC

    What a beautiful tribute to Connie’s birthday. Becky is so talented. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Happy Birthday Connie🎂🍷🎉🍺🥃💕

  30. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Happy 70th Connie!💐💐🥂🥂. Here’s to many more😀 Becky, your Happy Birthday song was perfect and you played the guitar, too. Wow!
    I will send a pic of my two Harveys soon, Mary. It was fun dressing them—like paper dolls😹. I just finished the blocks for your $5.00 pattern with the jelly roll. I learned something-always a good thing. Not all the strips were 45” or even 42” long so I had to make a run to Lunn’s fabrics. Remember them? Beautiful batik fabrics!! They are only 40 minutes from me.
    54* today-nice.

  31. Jane…Blaine, Minnesota

    Happy special decade Birthday, Connie!! May it be a great year ahead!

  32. Sandy

    Hi Mary, nice to see your sister singing! Happy birthday Connie! Happy birthday too to Diane’s grand daughter in Christchurch new Zealand (Diane is in Maryland), would love to see photos of her wedding! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  33. Pat Smith

    Happy birthday, Connie and Welcome to my decade! It isn’t so bad at all. Very nice singing and guitar playing, Becky

  34. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Happy Birthday, Connie!! I hope your special day was celebrated with gusto. 🎈🧁🎈

  35. Carolyn Rectot

    What nice birthday r ishes. Happy birthday Connie. IHope you enjoy your day.

  36. Sandy in Indiana

    Happy Birthday Connie! May your birthday be as special as you….
    What a wonderful greeting from Becky…very special


  37. Sherri Huff

    That was so AWESOME!
    Happy 70th Birthday to you, Connie! Wishing you a blessed birthday/year filled with laughter, great health, pure joy and lots of snuggles with your furrrrrbabies!!!🥳

  38. Scott Hansen

    Wow! She is good! I am late and didn’t get the card in the mail that I SAID I was gonna get done!! Happy belated Connie!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Scott – just wait with her card – they’re holding all the mail at the post office till they get home from Florida.

  39. Susie from TEXAS

    🎼Happy Belated B-day to you!
    🎼Happy Belated B-day to you!
    🎼Happy Belated B-day Connie🎂
    🎼Happy Belated B-day to you!
    Hope it was a wonderful day🎉

  40. Kim

    Happy birthday wishes for Connie on her 70th. Never lose this video of Becky singing to Connie, it’s a treasure.

  41. Jan Hebert

    Becky is great with that guitar! Happy Birthday, Connie! I’ll be seventy in October, hopefully it won’t be too traumatic, haha! Jan in MA

  42. Kimberly Lusin

    Becky’s song was fabulous! Happy belated birthday, Connie. I’ll be 70 in November. I don’t know how this happened. Lol

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