Here’s What We’ve Been Doing, 1-12-21

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and you’ll have time to make this sweet LOVE wallhanging.

Here is the original quilt.

And the complete pattern is now in the online store available for purchase as a pdf download.

Here’s the Noah’s Ark quilt top that is going on the longarm next. I had one half yard of this fabric – for years and years! Finally, it got used.

This pattern will be in the store soon. I think we’ll just call it “Using Novelty Fabric”.

This uneven 9 patch is finished and is going to the store.

The sun is just too bright for a good picture today. Same with this Broken Four Patch.

Better pictures coming when the sun is not so bright!

And here’s our senior citizen, Heidi!

Here’s a finished #12.

And my #12 laid out ready to sew blocks together.

Thanks for ALL the birthday greetings to Hazel! She had a great birthday – she’s resting right now – what a good idea!

Until tomorrow.

37 thoughts on “Here’s What We’ve Been Doing, 1-12-21

  1. Charlotte Shira

    Beautiful quilts!! You are amazing in getting these quilts out so quickly. I need to get busy!!

    1. Jeanne

      Great use of the half yard of Noah’s ark fabric. I too have some of that fabric in my stash. It made a fun pillowcase for a great granddaughter., It was also used in an I Spy quilt in several blocks. But I still have a bit left, maybe enough to use in a doll quilt.
      Belated Happy Birthday to Hazel. She’s a cutie.

  2. Kathy in western NY

    Lovely lovely photos today and makes me want to cuddle with senior Heidi. She must still love being close to sewing machines. Great post to get us sewing!

  3. Tina W in Oregon

    A perfect day for sewing here in blustery, rainy eastern Oregon! I’m headed to my sewing room soon! Great pictures yesterday and today. And yes, it is amazing how much you get done! Very inspiring.

  4. Lisa in eastern Washington state

    What a cute way you used the Noah’s Ark fabric! Don’t complain too much about your sunny day, it’s gray, grumpy and rainy here. Blah! 😭😭😭

  5. Pam Forsling

    Wow…you’ve been very busy Mary! They are all great. The sun has not shown itself for weeks here and is wonderful today!!

  6. Connie

    Love the quilt show, especially the last one. How many strips did you use to make the blocks oblong?

  7. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    I really like what you did with the Noah’s ark fabric. Very clever, love it.

  8. Sue in Marion, IN

    Mary, you’re a genius! Love the Noah’s Ark quilt and I’ll buy the novelty fabric pattern as soon as it’s available! Happy belated birthday to Hazel! She was and is adorable!

  9. Betty Klosterman

    Great ideas on using scraps! I had some of the Noah’s Ark fabric and used it in “I Spy” quilts.

    The American Girl doll clothes in the previous blog are absolutely fabulous! Making doll clothes is so much fun. The lady did a great job. Now the next step in her life is to teach the granddaughter to sew???????
    You understand how we all feel about the show and tell. The pictures are such a joy to see. Thank you.

    Does anybody remember when our purchased commercial clothing patterns were just pieces of plain tissue paper with markings for darts, etc made by little holes in the paper — NO printing? Fabric was 36″ wide and feed sacks were 36 X 36? The good old days.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – I remember 36” fabric! On Saturdays we went to town for my piano lesson, groceries, and I begged to look at the fabric in the store called Lewis’s – it was all 36” wide! But my mom didn’t want me to sew – I’ve always wanted to sew and now I’m making up for lost time! Haha!!!

  10. Jo in Wyoming

    I have fabric that is 36” wide…is it that old😟
    Mary, you are so creative and fast, I have to think about things a lot longer, maybe that’s what it takes me so long. Did the part for your machine come?

    I got great news today too!!!
    First, a T-Shirt quilt I quilted for a graduate last spring has been lost in the mail for about 7 months. It arrived at their house yesterday. We all were so excited and happy all those memories made it home. Covid has been devastating to high school kids, then to lose that quilt was heartbreaking.
    Today, I got a message from the jail….our quilting program (hopefully) will restart in March!!! I’m so excited. I have missed that so much.

    I hope everyone gets great news this week.

    1. Betty Klosterman

      The 36″ fabric has to be at least 65-70 years old!
      The ladies will be so happy for you to come back to the jail. Have fun.

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        I remember 36″-wide fabric being available in the mid- to late-1970s. I’m not sure when it completely went away or uncommon.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – where has that quilt been hiding for 7 months????

      1. Jo in Wyoming

        Somewhere in the postal service in Atlanta. That is the last scan they posted about it. I contacted my congressman, talked to department heads in Washington D.C., the Postal Union Prez, and everyone I could in Georgia. Three times a week, for weeks, I tried to find that box. They wouldn’t accept any of my receipts for insurance, because I don’t have a web site. I couldn’t get an appraisal because it wasn’t finished…no binding. No certified appraisal, no value! This is the first time I’ve had trouble mailing a quilt, and brother, did I learn a lot.

        I’m over the moon it got to the high school senior and he has a great souvenir from his school career. They are military and moved a lot.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jo in Wyoming – I’m curious to know how you figured out who to talk to about the missing quilt. And if not USPS, will you use a carrier? UPS or Fed Ex? I can’t imagine the stress you’ve been feeling for 7 months! Were you still hopeful it would turn up?

          1. Betty Klosterman

            What rediculous excuses from the PO. Don’t know how far a private business could get away with that. On 11-27-20 I mailed a package to St. Louis and another to Wright City, MO. I PAID for Priority Mail and 2 day delivery!!!!! The St. Louis package was delivered at 8:00 AM on 12-7-20. The package to Wright City was delivered on 12-23-20. I don’t want to say anything bad about the guys working every day to do their best, but there is too much out of their control. If you want something done right, private business is the way to go.
            I just ordered from Annie and they said 6-8 WEEKS for delivery???????
            Just before Christmas I was told there were 40 semi trailers full of packages in Kansas City Hub waiting to be sorted and sent on their way………

  11. Marsha from Kansas

    Wonderful patterns for scraps of fabric, which I have plenty of! I, too, had the Noah’s Ark print which I bought coordinating prints and made a baby quilt for somebody, too long ago to remember. But I do remember the background was a cream with blue raindrops. Fun group! I have not purchased a pattern from your store, just back when you and Connie were mailing out paper patterns. Before I purchase a pattern, though, I hope I am asking a question that hasn’t already been answered. I saw your explanation a couple of posts ago about how to access the pattern. But my question is, is there a way to print the pattern? I still like a printed pattern. Is there a nice explanation of how to print or a link to a printed version? These patterns remind of some of the quilts the Cresco ladies make and Jo has on her blog. They are great at making these scrap quilts and I am just not that good at the math to get everything to fit. These will fit the bill.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marsha from Kansas – I will ask Kayla to help you. Not to worry!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Hi Marsha! This is Kayla answering… The file you purchase is a PDF file so it is easy to print. It is formatted to fit on normal letter-sized paper. As long as you open the file on a laptop or computer that is connected to a printer, it is easy to print. This is especially important for applique pieces or paper pieces like the “Love” pattern. I hope this helps! You are always welcome to email technical questions to kayla (at)

  12. Jeanine

    I, too, love the way you used your Noah’s Ark fabric. What a clever way to use novelty fabrics. I loved all the quilts you showed today. We had sunshine all day here in Oskaloosa. We have had cloudy days for several days until today. Some of our snow melted. We may get more sun tomorrow, so hopefully more will melt. I have to get the binding sewn on my #12, and then it will be done. Maybe will get it finished tomorrow.

  13. Susan

    Is the” finish the UFOs” something that starts every January, or how does it work? While I’ve been reorganizing my sewing stuff, I’ve unearthed at least a dozen UFOs that I need to finish. Your “program” would be motivation for me.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – we usually just start in July but feel free to start this month with us – just pick ONE of your UFO’s and get it done by the end of January and send me a picture with your name included in the photo. Thanks for joining in the fun!

  14. Lynn

    Jo, thanks for your info on getting back to your jail program. It gives me hope that I will be able to return to our local gail with my therapy dog.
    Mary, beautiful quilts. You are an inspiration.

  15. Sandy

    Absolutely in love with your Broken Four Patch and your #12. As always, love all your creations, creatures, and news, but today those two quilts really speak to me. Dang, my day job really cuts into my sewing time. I may have to make a better plan for the future! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – my evenings are all mine to sew. I try to work hard during the day so I can sew as much as I can in the evening. The one thing I do during the day if time allows is quilt at the longarm machine which is on my list today – I want to quilt the Noah’s Ark quilt I’d the machine will cooperate.

  16. Deborah May

    I love your Noah quilt ,It gives me a clear idea how to make quilts with fabric I have ,thank you for great ideas.

  17. Karen

    I love your pattern for the novelty fabric. I have a number of 1 yard novelty prints that I don’t want to into small pieces. This pattern will be perfect! I’ll be on the lookout for it to show up in your store. Thanks!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Karen – probably not till next week by the time I get it quilted and sent off to Kayla to put in the store.

  18. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I just love the LOVE quilts; I’m a sucker for quilts with words/letters on them! The Noah’s Ark quilt is adorable, I will definitely download that “Using Novelties” pattern when it’s available- I have that EXACT Noah’s Ark print (as well as the very same fabric that you used for the outer border! Great taste!! Ha!!!) and many, many others similar pieces sitting on the shelf that have never been cut into. This is a great solution for those larger scale novelties~ brilliant!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – I have so many novelties, too, so I’m going to keep working on them but one now and then. I’ve always wondered about your Day In the Country quilt by Sarah Sporer – I’ve seen it by your wing back chairs and love it! Did you do raw edge applique or needle turn? I hope I haven’t asked before and forgotten your answer!

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