It worked! 9-9-22

Don’t you just hate technology when it doesn’t work?  I just have to keep trying different things and maybe, just maybe something will work.  This time it did.  So where was I?  Oh, yes, taking pictures of the quilts and now I’m not sure where I left out so bear with me.

Both Connie and I really love the cover quilt and I’ll tell you the story behind this quilt.


When I started making blocks for this quilt, I kept trying for the perfect color combo using 4-5 fabrics in each block.  I just couldn’t find that perfect mix and when I simply gave up and sewed all the blocks together, this quilt is the result.  Honest!

It is quilted simply with straight lines so as not to take visual attention away from the fabrics and the block design, something that I do a lot.  I’ve always said that the actual quilting doesn’t hold much interest for me – I love fabric and piecing but everybody loves something different about quilting and that’s what makes it so fun!

So I’m going to try the publishing button now and I’ll hold my breath.  Thanks for your patience!

32 thoughts on “It worked! 9-9-22

  1. Rhoda Ebersole

    Mary and Connie that is a beautiful quilt. I do want a book and will send the money but I think I am finished making quilts unless I can give them away. Always enjoy what you are up to.

    1. Rita in Iowa

      Rhoda, if you like to make tops but not the finishing of them you need to go to Jo Country Junction from Iowa.
      They will quilt the top and donate to different causes. They do a wonderful job. They are all across the nation so there may be one close to you.
      Rita in Iowa

    1. Tammi

      Mary, you always state that you just do straight line quilting in one direction . How far apart do you keep the rows?

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        It depends on the block – for example if it’s a row of 3” 9 patch blocks with a blank block between I’d stitch a line through the middle of each row of the 9 patch and continue through the blank block. If it’s a bigger 9 patch maybe I’d stitch two lines through it. See? And it depends on how stiff you want the quilt – the closer the lines the stiffer the quilt.

  2. DebMac

    I agree with you about the fun of quilting being in the piecing and fabric selection. The actual quilting holds very little interest for me either so I will have to remember your “fix” of using straight line quilting. Each to their own.

  3. Kathy in western NY

    Well that was interesting to know your fabrics all came together to make a good looking quilt. Looking forward to making it now. I am the same as you…pulling the fabrics and sewing them to make the quilt is still my favorite part too.

  4. Carolyn

    I, like you, enjoy putting the colors together and the piecing. The quilting thing is okay but do the minimum so I do not ruin the “canvas”. Am making an “Oh Why the Heck Not” quilt for me and a doggie quilt for my friend’s dog. Like to just throw the scraps in a pile and start sewing. Just have fun. Carolyn in GA

  5. Brenda C.

    I just bought the e book (I’m in Canada). I plan to take a close look at that beautiful cover quilt.

  6. Dale

    What is the fabric line that you used? I might try to replicate it if Connie does a sew along. Thank you

  7. Sharon in Oswego, Illinois

    Hi Mary,
    Just love your quilt, too! A different color way for me as I am a “repro” girl. Very fun!

  8. Sheila in WI

    I love the quilting process. I think it gives the pattern/ quilt life and dimension. But we’re each different and that’s what makes life interesting.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Yup – that’s why so many of us can enjoy quilting. We all enjoy different parts of it.

  9. Tammy Guerrero

    It is absolutely a beautiful quilt. Love, love, love the colors. It’s like a breath of spring.
    Would you say it is a beginner quilt?
    I sure hope so!!

  10. Marsha

    I’ll agree with you Mary! I have a love/hate relationship with technology. It is wonderful when it works but sooooo very frustrating when it doesn’t.

    And I’ll agree again about quilting. It isn’t nearly as fun as piecing and that’s why I only quilt small quilts. Bigger ones I QAYG anything bigger than a baby quilt or wall hanging size quilt.

    I love how open and honest you are about just not getting technology sometimes and how you just keep trying! Hang in there.

  11. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Hate it? I can’t even imagine anything more pull-out-your-hair frustrating than computer/technology issues!! Arrrgh!!! The cover quilt on this book is spectacular, so calm and soothing, I fell in love with it at first sight!

  12. Pam in NC

    Mary, I love the cover quilt too! You could probably never exactly replicate it again, I know I couldn’t if I tried!! I like how it came about. You do have a great eye for color. I’m finding the more I quilt the more I see myself gravitating to the brighter colors. I used to quilt with nothing but dark, reproduction type colors. Thanks for weathering the frustrations with electronics to keep us all entertained!

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