House Tour #2, 3-3-24

I have visited Gloria’s home and studio and I just stand in awe of her collections and know it’s just not possible to see it all. Gloria is the friend who has the tiny little poodle named Angel. (I’m afraid to leave this page and look for the picture – I might lose my post!)

Thank you, Gloria, for this very fun tour! Readers – did you enjoy it? Does anyone have home pictures they’d like to share? I will take photos of my dog pictures to post here very soon.

Congratulations, Caitlin and the Iowa Hawkeye women! You have provided many happy moments for me and many others. Country Threads Chicken Scratch thanks you!

70 thoughts on “House Tour #2, 3-3-24

  1. Gail in Ohio

    That was a fun house tour – and it indulged my love of spool cabinets…
    Cograts to Caitlyn and the Hawkeyes – we wish them the best, even though we are Buckeyes and will be rooting for our gals, of course! Caitlyn is a class act and a wonderful player – you all have had a great season to enjoy!

  2. Jan Hebert

    Oh wow! What an awesome tour! Thank you, Mary for sharing it and to Gloria too for allowing us to see your beautiful sewing space. I’m thinking that maybe I should move my sewing space from the tiny bedroom upstairs to the huge space I have in my walk-out basement! So much more fun to collect lots of furniture to hold my treasures. Does your fabric always look that neat??? Just so pretty…so much to see! Jan in MA

  3. Diane in Maryland

    These two posts are amazing! Thank you, Gloria for sharing your home! Mary, thank you for posting. I can’t get over the many antiques and all those adorable little sewing machines.

  4. Kathy L

    O wow, another beautiful home, absolutely, love those large cabinets, reminds me of the one’s in my junior high sewing room. everything is just beautiful. could never send my sewing room to small and over stuffed .
    thanks for sharing

  5. Deb in Japan

    Oh my goodness. I want a dental cabinet, the pattern cabinet and the first one pictured with all her bolts of fabrics. Now if I only didn’t live in Japan and had room for them all!!!

    Gloria, thank you for allowing Mary to take the photos and Mary, thanks for sharing. Great collections.

  6. Sheila in MA

    Oh my goodness!! What a great tour. There were so many things I oohed and aahed over. I loved the picture with the sewing machine and quilt. The fabric so neatly stored. Just loved all of it.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    NBC Nightly News had a segment Friday night on Caitlin. So fun to watch, everyone was Caitlin fever even if you don’t follow basketball. Such an great achievement.
    Have a good week everyone.

    Sheila in MA

  7. Gayle Shumaker

    Oh my Gloria’s pictures are of my dream home. She got me with the first picture of that gorgeous cabinet.

  8. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Beautiful tour. Lots of lovelies. My goat cart is stuffed with quilts.
    Currently looking for a closet I can empty out to store more.
    Shirley in central OR

  9. Sharon Forman

    Loved the house tour! All the collections were great ! I have never seen anyone stack fabric so neatly!Thanks! I looked at all the pictures twice:

  10. Lindah in northern CA

    Oh my! Gorgeous cabinetry to die for. Thank to Gloria for sharing the pics and to Mary for posting.

  11. Pat in AZ

    Beautiful collections and really loved the many suitcases. Thank you both for sharing with us

  12. Judy

    Thank you and Gloria for the fabulous tour! What fun collections and antiques! I really enjoyed it!
    Also, thank you for the updates along the way regarding Caitlin Clark and her amazing teammates! We don’t usually watch college sports, but this morning I accidentally had the Iowa/ Ohio game pop up and knowing that Caitlin was working on breaking another record, we watched the entire game! So happy for her and her team! She really keeps them motivated. The pace of the game seems so much faster and organized when she’s on the court!
    Thanks again for your fun blog! I look forward to it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy – they are an amazing team – not just one outstanding player – a bunch of them. Hope Molly’s knee isn’t too badly injured.

  13. Sharon F

    Wow, just wow! That is quite a Quilting Lodge. So many details to take in. Love the rustic quilt ladder. Thank you and Gloria for sharing this home tour with your readers.

  14. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Your “lodge” is beautiful, Gloria! Thank you for letting your friend Mary to share it with us. Love that dental cabinet and all those beautiful spool cabinets. What a happy space!

  15. Vicki on Seattle

    Thank you Mary and Gloria! What a wonderful tour filled with treasures and inspiration.
    So glad I could watch the Iowa girls play today and see all the fans there supporting them.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki in Seattle – it was really great, wasn’t it? You got it because it was an ESPN game day, right?

      1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

        We watched the Iowa girls game on Fox. What a great game! The 2 T’s against Ohio really hurt them. Our girls kept at them.
        Off to ladies Bible study.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jeanine – someone mentioned the T’s and why Iowa didn’t get any and I suggested it may have been the words used in the comments to the refs because Iowa protested some calls, too. I imagine they weren’t vulgar about it however. Loved hearing that Gabby is going on to grad school in NC. I wonder how many other top teams can say the same – the stories I’ve heard is that some teams have grades are so low they’re not eligible for games. Not cool.

  16. Launa

    Mary, Thanks for hostessing the tour!
    What wonderful items in the house tour! Thanks Gloria for sharing!
    Been a long fun day relaxing here.
    Never got above 30o, but no new snow!

  17. Rhoda Ebersole

    ABC News had a segment about Caitlin tonight. Our LV Review Journal had another article and picture about her too. Was she doing this well last year too Mary???
    The Hawkeyes will miss her.
    I watched the movie NYAD last night about Diana NYAD the swimmer who swam from Cuba to Florida Keys in 2014. An amazing feat and amazing older actresses. She was 60+.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – yes, she was doing this well last year, too – they finished second in the March Madness tournament – lost to LSU and the famous scene of Angel Reese giving her a finger pointing to a ring has been played and replayed. The Iowa girls are nice through and through – the jury is still out on some of the others – in my opinion. It has been so fun – some of the best fun I’ve ever had watching tv!
      I also watched NYAD last week – what an athlete and stubborn person – haha! As well as amazing. Great movie.

  18. Jo in Wyoming

    Oh yes, I remember Gloria and Angel. Gloria and her husband stayed with Angel while she was so very sick on the couch all night. What a wonderful couple.
    Her lodge is spectacular. Thank you so much for giving us a view of her grown up play house. It is wonderful.
    To our Texas and California friends in the disaster zones…stay safe. We are praying for you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – I simply can’t imagine the awful weather and conditions! I wonder if Iowa’s version of global warming will be drought – oh, I hope not but we are so very dry.

  19. Teresa in Indiana

    What an amazing collection of well loved items. The antiques are fabulous. The extremely tidy fabrics put me over the top. I’m lucky to get mine back on their shelf. Thank you for sharing. I loved it all!

  20. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Beautiful collection, Gloria. So fascinating to see everything. Caught a corner of a churn dash quilt. My favorite!! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  21. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful home sewing tour.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

  22. DebMac

    A lovely finish to the house tour. Thank you, Gloria, for sharing your “Lodge” with us. So many things to look at. It reminds me of the “I Spy” books. Wish I could have enlarged the photos for a good look.

  23. Cindy K

    What a great tour. Loved all of the antiques. I could move right in. I’ve seen many antiques over the past few years that I’ve unfortunately had to turn down-my house is too small to fit it all. Would love to have a space like that.
    Watched the last 2 quarters of the game. Was really exciting. Looking forward to watching next week.

  24. Jeanne in Colo.

    Gloria, your home is wonderful. I would never get any sewing done though, I’d be sitting and admiring all of the beautiful cabinets and enjoying how neat everything was. I’m sure iyour area gets messy sometimes too, just like all the rest of our sewing spaces do, and what fun it would be to put it all back neatly when the cutting was done. Thank you for sharing it with us, and thank you too Mary for posting it for us to enjoy. Had to stay home from church today since I have a horrible head cold and coughing spasms that just won’t give up. But the upside of staying home was watching our beloved Iowa women Hawkeyes play and win against Ohio, and being able to see it on Fox TV. Caitlin was fantastic as always and Iowa nice as always too. I wish her well in the pros. I was disappointed that we could not see the post game celebration honoring the five seniors though. Hopefully it will be broadcast in full later so we can watch it. Snow just starting here in Colo. As I get ready to go to bed. Maybe we’ll have a winter wonderland in the morning.?

  25. Sharon Eshlaman

    AMAZING! What a beautiful place and so organized… it❤️

  26. Diane, Squeak & Buddy in Central Ohio

    That was quite a game and performance wasn’t it!! Wow! Caitlin will do well in the pros. Good job.
    Thank you to Gloria for sharing both of her beautiful spaces! They are fascinating like two wonderful museums. I have wanted some of her beautiful, well made items for years, but could never afford them. They are wonderful. Thank you Gloria and Mary for sharing.

  27. Carmen M.

    What a beautiful home, so many wonderful antiques! Love the many sewing cabinets you have Gloria, they are just Awesome! Thanks Mary and Gloria for sharing your wonderful home!

  28. Kathy in western NY

    I wondered if it would be the same Gloria who has sweet Angel. She nursed her back to life and remembered that about her. Now I wonder, Gloria, how did your search begin finding so many gorgeous cabinets and useful for sewing?
    I find it interesting learning how this bug of ours starts and the stories behind our collections. Is it hanging onto family heirlooms that can’t be duplicated buying furniture today? At my age I look at the beautiful cabinet holding the fabric folded and all I think of, how did it ever get moved into a home cause I need an army of people to do things lately for me it seems. It’s a palace Gloria and gives sewing in it lovely moments for you.
    Going to record breaking 70 degrees here today so laundry on the clothes lines to dry. And a couple batik fat quarters too.

    1. Gloria from CC

      Kathy – yes my husband and I rescued Angel four years ago last week. She’s our special Angel and we love her so much.
      I started collecting antiques when I was in Junior High. My grandma’s friends would call me and tell me that they had stuff in the alley waiting for the Goodwill truck. I would haul home trunks, enamelware, crocks and quilts. I go to auctions, garage sales, and antiques shows. My problem is: I can’t get rid of anything!!!

  29. Linda in MI

    Oh my goodness, that was fun snooping at Gloria’s house, I love her antiques . I need to send you photos of my very small sewing corner but not until I straighten up again and get rid of the dust! You know how that is with dogs and cats everywhere and living in the woods, dusty dusty. I have so much crammed in a small space it’s easy to get cluttered. And my recent obsession with old dolls is making it worse but so much fun!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – oooh, yes, please send pictures! I love dolls and am just thankful I couldn’t really afford them years ago because I would have loved to collect dolls. I would really appreciate the photos.

  30. Viv in Idaho

    Good morning! What a great collection Gloria has put together! So many beautiful wood pieces.

  31. Connie R. in Wis

    What a treat to look at all of Gloria’s treasures. So many beautiful pieces. Must be a joy to sew amongst all your collections. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Sunny here this morning and supposed to be in the 40’s. No snow left except a few stray snow banks. Very unusual for us this time of the year. It is supposed to rain this afternoon. We welcome it.

  32. Sally J. Mi.

    Glorida your Quilting Lodge is totally amazing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful antiques.
    I’m singing my praises to Catlin Clark!! What an amazing accomplishment!!

  33. Jean

    Gloria had a lovely home. HOWEVER…cleaning all that would take a very long time. I would rather sew. Very kind of her to let all of us enjoy her collections. Thank you Gloria!

  34. Jan in Arizona

    I will reiterate all the varied glowing comments about the quilting cabin in the woods tour. Isn’t it amazing how a cabinet intended for one skill set fits nicely into a repurpose for a whole different craft? Thank you Gloria and Mary for sharing – a great way to start the week!

  35. Diane and the gang in Central Ohio

    Mary, does Gloria live in Iowa? I saw a few Longaberger baskets in her rooms. Did I ever send you a picture of the big basket building?
    It is 68* here now. I just walked and gave my “ buddies” their treats. I should send pics of them. Cuties🐶

    1. Gloria from CC

      I live in Iowa about an hour and a half from Mary. I have been collecting Longaberger baskets since 1978. I have a huge collection and try to use them as much as I can.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I have seen pictures of the big basket building but isn’t it empty now? Enjoy your 68 degrees because it’s going to change. Yes, send pics of your walking buddies – so sweet of you to pass out treats on your walks. Just think of their excitement when they see you coming down the street!!!! I love it!

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

        I love it, too. They haul their owners down the street at a trot to get to me. They are all so adorable! One of the Bishons has those nasty spots on him like Telly’s, but he is only 3 years old. The Vet took a biopsy and he is ok. Yes, the basket is empty which is sad. I think it would make a great wedding venue. It has double curved cherry staircases! It is beautiful inside. Only 49 and rainy here.

  36. Nicole Hanson

    Yes! I enjoyed Gloria’s tour. All the items I LOVE. What a great collection!
    Mary, thank you for your time and dedication to your “Blog about nothing”! I truly enjoy it and your comments and all the posts from your fans!

  37. Sue in Oregon

    Wow! Such a wonderful tour. Thank you Gloria and Mary for bringing your tour to us. I have been under the weather lately and have so enjoyed seeing and reading the post while waiting to get better. I didn’t seem to have the energy to comment until now.
    I Love Gloria’s collection of specialized antique cabinets. Everything else, too, but especially the cabinets.
    There is an article about Caitlin in the New York Times today. She is a very special girl with tons of talent, which you already know but now lots more people do too.
    Will it ever stop raining and storming in our part of the country? Very depressing now as it just can’t seem to stop.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue in Oregon – can you tell us why you’ve been under the weather if it’s not too personal? I actually wondered why I hadn’t heard from you about your weather. We are begging for some moisture of any kind! Glad you’ve kept up with the conversation even tho you weren’t able to comment. Caitlin made the NYTimes? That girl is something else.

      1. Shirley Andersen Smith

        Wow, NY Timrs. She was on our local news station and national news last night too.
        Snowing again. Snows, melts, snows, melts….snows, melts.
        Shirley from C OR

  38. Candy

    Beautiful house tour Gloria and Mary! Is there a story behind the fur coats? I always wonder what people do with them nowadays, since they seem to be out of favour for wearing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Gloria from CC

      All the coats on the chairs are minks except the coat at the far end of the table is beaver. I love the look of the furs on the chairs – makes me imagine that eight ladies wore these coats in for a visit and draped their fur over the back of their chair.

  39. Julie DeBower in Charles City, IA

    Absolutely beautiful Quilting Lodge you have Gloria! I love all of your antiques! You are so creative with putting together your displays! Thank you for letting Mary take pictures and Mary thank you for posting them on your blog!!!
    I was fortunate to be gifted two tickets to a Hawkeyes women’s basketball game in Iowa City by a dear friend. She and her husband were unable to go. It was truly a wonderful experience! Caitlin is quite a phenomenal player. Those three pointers are effortless for her! She is truly a team player as well. I hope she has great success in the NBA. I think she will have quite a following there as well!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Julie – I am so jealous that you got to attend a game!! But I have enjoyed watching all season and will be so sad when it’s over.

      1. Linda Thompson

        It is so interesting that so many people know about Caitlin in our resort area in Yuma! Alot have such good words and comments…we only have to mention we are from Iowa!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Linda T – it’s true – Iowa nice is a real thing!

  40. Mary Etherington Post author

    Kris – I must clear this up – Gloria took all the pictures and sent them to me – all I did was post them. It sure was fun, wasn’t it?

  41. Kim from Wi

    Lovely home tour and thank you for letting into your home to see all those collections. Wow!

  42. Cynthia from SW MN

    Wow! I loved seeing all of Gloria’s collections and furniture as well! Thank you for sharing. So nice! I sew in a corner area in our basement, and do not do a great job at keeping my clutter under control. I shall try to do better. We have had such a wonderful winter, it has been hard to stay home and sew. I hope to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes when they play the Gophers, Iowa has a great team with Caitlin so outstanding. Wish her success as she joins the WNBA after graduation.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cynthia – look at it this way – you can leave it cluttered because nobody will be walking through. I wouldn’t waste my time cleaning it up.

  43. Kathy in SW MN

    This was wonderful. Thanks for identifying what the pieces of furniture were. I have never seen pictures of some of those pieces. Very, very enjoyable. Thanks to you both. The game on Sunday was just great. Thank you Fox. Waiting for the next game.

  44. Barbara Firesheets

    Thank you Gloria for sharing pictures of your beautiful quilting lodge. It was fun to see your collection of unique cupbords, cabinets, and decorative collections. What a wonderful space to create in! Thank you Mary for posting the pictures and creating a fun blog to follow!

  45. patti

    i’m glad i came back to double check as i had missed this post. saw the first one. this is just so fantastic. thanks so much for sharing. it must be wonderful being surrounded by so many lovely meaningful things. such inspiration. patti in florida

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