It’s Basketball Saturday, 1-9-21

Lots of games to watch today so as soon as I get all my chores done, I’ll watch from the sewing machine. My longarm is still not fixed and I’m getting behind on the quilting. I have several small quilts to photograph and show you.

Here are a couple of finishes:

I’ve been watching a Netflix series called Monarca which is very good and I made note of Good Morning America’s January book called “The Push” by Ashley Audrain which sounds very good!

So – there’s lots of entertainment for the day and church early tomorrow morning!

25 thoughts on “It’s Basketball Saturday, 1-9-21

  1. Helen Thomas

    I just put “The Push” on my “to read” (or in my case “to listen to”) list too!

  2. Janice Hebert

    Cute finishes! Too bad about your longarm machine, hope it gets fixed fast. My grandson is bummed, they have just gone on complete home schooling (again) and all sports have been cancelled. So hard for these senior high schoolers – and their families! We have Eastern Bluebirds checking out the bird house! Seems early for that but it’s a nice bright 34 degrees here. Enjoy the games! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice Hebert – I feel more sorry for the high school kids than anyone! It really doesn’t matter to me that everything is closed down but to these kids it’s everything! When I think of how important high school was to me I can’t imagine what they’ll be missing out on. Our lives revolved around high school sports ! I’ve never even seen an Eastern Bluebird – I’ll bet it’s beautiful!

  3. Sally

    Hi Mary, i saw your remark about audio books, I get mine through an app called Libby. I just had to enter my local library info and was given access to tons of audio books. My favorite so far from last year was The Poisonwood Bible, an epic novel of a family of women who were taken to Africa as children with their missionary father.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sally – thanks for that info. I have read Poisonwood Bible and thought it was excellent!

  4. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    I saw a flock of Robins today. Way to early, winter is just starting here and the ground is mostly frozen. I’ve never seen them this early. Could they have just stayed and not gone south?

    1. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

      Hi Martha. We have a few robins that stay all winter. In 2012, we took our 9 year old grandson to Gettysburg. It is a lovely city. He loved the Crab cakes at Farnsworth House, all the bullet holes, and the whole experience.

    2. Paula N.

      I live in Texas about an hour from Galveston. No Robins so far. So maybe they haven’t migrated yet.

  5. Kathy Hanson

    Yes, basketball day for sure!! We enjoy College Basketball a lot! The Iowa Hawkeyes are fun to watch, Cyclones too! The Gophers…well!!! Wisconsin has a lot of good players from Minnesota!! Enjoy the games! Working on our youngest granddaughter’s
    T shirt quilt for graduation!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy Hanson – after MN beat Iowa last month, today’s game should be exciting!!

  6. Rita in Iowa

    Nice quilt show everyone. Thanks Mary posting everyone’s pictures. I don’t know if anyone has helped put something together with their husband. We put a treadmill together this morning. He is an engineer so we definitely think differently and issues to arise. We did it and resting from the ordeal. Will try it out tomorrow after we have read all the instructions on how to use it. Now we have no excuse to walk but we both enjoy walking outside when we can.
    Enjoy the games today!

  7. Kathy in western NY

    I enjoy the quilt show as always but very interested in those doing tee shirt quilts as it’s my goal this year to complete one. Thanks for your readers who share pictures of their creations.

    1. Rita in Iowa

      Kathy, I am the quilter who made the tee shirt. It was quite the undertaking because I had not made one before. I was afraid of starting it because it was for a friend who lost her husband and wanted to have a quilt made for her step son. The designs were all different sizes and each had there own meanings. I started with the finished size and worked towards the center. Once I knew what I wanted for outside borders I knew the dimensions for the t-shirts. If you look at the center, that was the basis I used for the rest of the quilt. You can’t tell but there are for different size blocks.
      I had use a larger cut of fusible on the shirt so I had a lot of wiggle room when actually cutting the shirts for the quilt. I use the leftover pieces I cut off for the border. I did use half inch seam allowances when sewing them together. Just go with your gut feeling with making it. Mine just was a little stressful because of the special meaning for the person I was making it for.
      Now I can work on things for me…. RITA in Iowa

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Thank you Rita for your tips. I like the idea of starting with the size first.
        My tee shirts are cut now and backed with the fusible interfacing and like yours, are all different sizes. I really like your border too. I don’t know why I am hesitant to work on mine. I worry it will be too heavy maybe? Thanks for the suggestion too about sewing 1/2” seams. I will do that. I just need to start laying it out and proceed ! It will be fun to have something to work on for you now! Stay well.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – no news for us either – in fact this might be another good nap day!!

  8. Betty Klosterman

    Do I understand this correctly? I have to have a PayPal account to order your patterns?
    In the meantime, we are having a gray day which is rather unusual for this part of the country. Eating mini M & M’s seems like the best thing to do. A nap doesn’t sound bad either.
    I had a bit of a shock when I saw Brrr. Thought I knew all your patterns, but my last visit to Country Threads was the summer of 2011! Of course, you designed more patterns in the following years. I hate it when I find out I missed something. Guess there are days like that.
    While I have been reading your last few posts on Death Cleaning, I just have to giggle. First, thank you, everybody for your thoughts and ideas. Sounds like we are all a lot of alike. We have our treasurers which other people think are stupid. They may criticize but who thinks their judgement is better than ours? These things make us happy and that is the main thing in life. Now it is our problem to figure out what to do with this stuff? In the isolation we are fortunate to have things to enjoy, especially sewing and the creation of beautiful things and critters.
    Had to get my eyes checked to get my driver’s license. I asked my YOUNG eye doctor if I could see how the ties on his mask worked. He did and I got a couple new ideas on how to tie masks. I could have told his mother that he had washed behind his ears. He was laughing. Don’t suppose many patients want to check behind his ears?
    We all need to do little things and not get upset about the things in the world. It will all come out in the wash, eventually. It is such a pleasure to have contact with so many people from so many places. Life goes on and we must enjoy the little things.
    Take care, everybody. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – oh no, I don’t think so! You CAN use PayPal but just a credit card number is sufficient. Your purchase price goes into OUR PayPal account but you would not be required to have an account of your own. If it’s easier, Betty, just mail the check to me and I’ll send you the pattern you want.

  9. Jeanine

    I’ve been working on my DD #12 today. I had the top sewn together and needed to do the borders. I decided on a piano border, so it took longer than normal to get them made, but I got them done and now I have to get a backing together. It’s another gloomy day in Oskaloosa. We haven’t seen much sun the last several days in our part of Iowa. But we can’t complain about the weather because we haven’t had those freezing cold days with wind that hits us so many times in January. Enjoyed all the DD’s. Be still.

  10. Anonymous

    I think you might like The Thursday Murder Club. A group of residence in a retirement village form a group to solve cold cases and then, yes you guessed it, someone is mudered.

  11. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    My granddaughter is a freshman in high school and is on the freshman girls bb team. It is so strange to see them playing with masks on, but it is the only safe way to do it. They live stream the game on facebook and post to youtube if we miss it. This is great as we are four hours away.

  12. Cinders from Minnesota.

    Thank you for the completed project postings! Motivating for sure! Loved the t-shirt Quilt, I have made 4 of them, each is so special with that person’s imprint of interests. It is hard to do them for sure it is the planning I think. Each square makes a statement. I think each square in every Quilt makes a statement but t-shirt quilts moreso. I am so thankful that I can sew and have things to do during this pandemic. I need to make more facemasks again. It’s on my list at least in my top five for right now. One of my best friends gave me a bag of books and I have also been reading, now these are not just released ones, right now I have two books I am reading, Salt in my Soul by Mallory Smith, and my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrick Backman. I have also read a man called ove, and Beartown by Fredrick Backman. Also read the trilogy Steg many books so little time. Reading cuts into my sewing time and vice versa, now to find time to knit.

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    You’all are so busy, Mary posted the pattern a few days ago…you’re already finished! And they are so cute.
    Thanks for the show.

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