Let’s have a quilt show! 1-24-23

With no Dirty Dozen deadlines in January and February, I’m hoping you’ll send your finishes to me anyway. Everybody loves a quilt show!

Connie’s progress on Wensleydale:

My Villa Rosa quilt called Gypsy.

My progress on My Garden Trellis by Sue Pfau, found in the Big Book of Strip Quilts published by Martingale.

Baby Bullseye – pattern coming

I took Bitcoin outside in the snow.

Rick hands out cheese! Telly got hers first.

Snow by Connie’s house!

Found this under the cutting table – what did I have in mind here?

Winter in North Iowa!

P.S. IF your quilt was posted here, please read the comments! If someone has a question please answer within the comments. I just can’t keep track of all the details – you’ll have to help me.

51 thoughts on “Let’s have a quilt show! 1-24-23

  1. Gloria from CC

    Great quilt show. Such talent! I will be interested in the baby bullseye pattern. I’m working on a Bitcoin quilt too – slow going but I think I’ll like it once it’s done. Have a great week everyone!

  2. Debbie G in SE WI

    Wow, Mary! I do love your Bitcoin quilt!! All the colors are so beautiful! I need to get to work and send some pics. I have been busy. It’s been so dreary here that my days are brightened by sewing. Next weekend is retreat! Looking forward to time with my friends.

  3. Sheila

    Great quilt show!! Thanks to all who share. Mary that is a lot of snow, here in the Northeast we have a large deficit. Have a great rest of the week everyone.

    Sheila in MA

  4. Diane in Maryland

    I see Telly in her bed and Keeper and Hazel being such good dogs waiting for their treat. You/Rick have taught them very nice manners.
    Love the pictures of the quilts. The quilt colors show up great against the white snow. Connie sure has a lot of snow!

  5. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio.

    Great quilt show. They are all so pretty. Mary, you and Connie make such neat quilts. Not sure what the strips are going to become. Iowa girls played great last night. OSU looked sluggish.
    I am almost finished cleaning, weeding out. Then, I’ll get busy. You have lots of snow. Most of ours melted today so we’re getting more tomorrow AM. Somewhere between 1 and 5 inches depending on the TV station.
    Buddy and Squeak beg for cheese, lick it, but don’t eat it.

  6. Rita in Iowa

    What a collection of pictures. I bet Mary you could write a story about it to put in your “The Gazette “.
    All the Quilt top and finished tops, the WIPs, the outside pictures, the hubby teasing the dogs with cheese. What a story.
    I’m through my first week with total knee replacement. Still very sore but getting around. Hardest part is sleeping on my back to keep my leg straight. I’m normally a side sleeper. PT 3 times already and bend is at 95%. If the leg wasn’t so swollen it would be better. Hopefully by next week when the staples are removed I can be more flexible.
    No sewing yet but I hope to get a few minutes in soon.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rita – I remember sleeping in a recliner for several weeks – I couldn’t get into my high bed! Haha! Hang in there – you’re doing great! I hope my knees don’t wear out before I die because I don’t want to do them again.

    2. Betty Klosterman

      Did the doctor say anything about sleeping on your side? You might try putting a pillow lengthwise between your legs to keep them straight? An idea? Or maybe at this stage, nothing will probably help except time? Good luck.
      Betty in Rapid City

    3. Beryl in Owatonna

      Rita, I sleep with a travel pillow under my knee…it keeps my leg bent some so it doesn’t lay flat…that works for me! It does take time and PT. After the pain from the surgery is gone it is so nice not to have pain in the knee anymore! I was almost afraid to step down remembering the pain before…there wasn’t any!! Try to be patient, it takes a little time.

  7. Joy in NW Iowa

    All the quilts are pretty! Mary your bitcoin turned out beautifully! We have had a couple days of mid 30s. Balmy. But, down to the deep freeze again. I cut out a quilt for the quilt along with Gudrun in GEDesigns on Saturday. Take care. Stay warm!

  8. Diane in Colorado

    Love the Bitcoin finish!!! So many awesome finishes in today’s show!
    Connie’s snow pile—oiy!!! That’s a lot of snow!! Ours from last week is still here, just getting stomped down in my backyard as the dogs walk around back there.

  9. Sherrill

    I can’t wait to see your newest project finished–it’s going to be so pretty! And I’m really enamored with your bitcoin–GORGEOUS!! Love the colors in the baby bullseye.

  10. Kathy in western NY

    Bitcoin turned out great! The quilt show is wonderful to see. Glad we got a glimpse of Connie’s foundation pieced blocks too!!! Nancy TD must be sewing as long as I have cause that screen print was one of my very first quilting projects in the 70’s or 80’s I think! Mine is printed in red and I made a small wallhanging by adding red calicos around the panel to border it, stitched in the ditch, put even a sleeve on the back to insert a dowel in and didn’t I proudly hang it where I worked so folks would know I had a creative life too! I was so proud of it. Now it’s packed away somewhere for my kids to find one day. I decided I was not going to put away a half finished Christmas wall hanging so I am working now on finishing that and will send you a photo of it. Need to bind it tomorrow and it’s a perfect day for that with snow/rain/sleet expected.

  11. Suzanne Golden

    What a beautiful and varied show. Got inspiration from a couple of them.
    The snow looks so pretty.

  12. Carol Reents

    I enjoyed the variety of the quilt show. Some beautiful fabrics. I’m ashamed to admit I did the sew along with the bulls eye squares, but I don’t have it sewn together. I really like how the one posted was done with the blue sashing. I may try that. Here in Indiana we are going to get 8-10 inches of snow tomorrow. We have not had much this winter. Just so we can leave Monday for 2 months in Edisto Beach South Carolina.

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    Great show today. Thanks to all.
    That is a lot of very white snow. Most of ours turns dirty in a few days.
    Looking back at yesterday’s post…mary, Hazel is giving you the evil eye. She has a lot of personality.

  14. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary ,Love your Bitcoin quilt and Connie’s quilt. I can’t believe all your snow. I am not wishing for snow but we do have weather coming in tomorrow. thank you for sharing all the pictures.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va.

  15. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    What a great quilt show! Thanks, Mary.
    We are predicted to have 2-4” of snow tomorrow. I am working on two baby quilts and will sew, while I keep an eye on the weather. My grandson is having his 16th birthday in July, so my next project will be a denim quilt for his car’s emergency kit.
    Be Safe and Warm All, 🥰

  16. Sue Smith

    I sure love today’s quilt show. All of them are great. Wondering…Are those Connies foundation pieced blocks? I’m in love with them and your Bitcoin quilt.
    We have been having very cold nights. Ice on the bird bath every morning. Then the sun comes out and it gets up to the high 40s and low 50s. Tomorrow promises to be 54 degrees. The daffodils are coming up like mad. Harbingers of Spring. Yah!

      1. Kim from TN

        I live in middle Tennessee and our Daffodils are up out of the ground about 3 inches, buds will be forming soon. I love that come late fall I can plant pansy and have color all winter long. Many of our shopping malls plant pansy and it’s just so nice to see something besides brown grass.

  17. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Great quilt show. I am trying to finish a bay quilt for our first granddaughter that decided it was time to come into the world two weeks early. Won’t be done in time to meet her on Friday. They live 7.5 away so will have it ready for the next visit. Will send a picture when it’s done.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie – Bitcoin is a Bonnie Hunter pattern – there’s much more to it than just sewing scraps together. It’s actually very precise. Do you remember when I showed the picture of the back of the quilt?

  18. Vicki Ibarra

    Love the quilt show! And I certainly enjoy Nancy’s month to month quilt. One could leave it out all year. The problem with me is I like to swap out my small quilts on at least a monthly basis. I have a hanger that my Dad made that I put wall hangings on. Nancy, how do you plan to use that lovely quilt? And the first quilt is a lovely way to use a panel. Thanks for the ideas, all of you.

    1. Emily P

      The pattern I used for the panel quilt is Fernanda by Villa Rosa. Such an easy way to show off a fun panel!

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

        I have that pattern, too, and I bought the how to use panels book. I don’t use them often, but do for my front porch.

  19. Kim from TN

    Great quilt show and I love Connies quilt with the foundation papers. Wow, that is a lot of snow to be moving out of the way. Love the bitcoin hanging against the winter white. I hope to finish a new baby quilt for a shower in April for a niece who expecting a baby girl. It seems to rain for a few days and then hit 60 so the days have been nice for taking walks or staying inside and sewing. Its springtime in middle TN.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – Springtime in TN? In the middle of January? You won’t get cold weather again?

  20. Janet S

    To all of you who are looking at flowers coming up. I just want you to know that I am so jealous but at the same time it’s nice to know that spring is coming – somewhere. Here in Minnesota, it’s a long way off. Today’s quilts are wonderful. Thank you for posting.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet S – I, too, am jealous but I don’t want to live anywhere else so I’ll just wait for spring.

  21. NancyTD

    I have been quilting a long time. Took my first class in 1977. The instructor didn’t own a sewing machine. Everything was hand sewn and patterns made from cardboard. My friend and I came the second week with our block sewn by machine. Quilting has come a long way since then. We have so many tools to make things so much easier.
    I have a lot of bed quilts, wall hanging, and table runners. I change them often. My family is well supplied too. I love what I do!
    Official spring arrives on March 20. Sounds like a long time from now. SE Mn has twice the amount of snow this year as we had for a total last winter. Ready for spring!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Nancy, my first official quilt class was around the Bicentennial in 1976 and we made a cathedral window block by hand, like you say with cardboard templates. We never gave up though did we !! Tools now are so helpful. I sewed clothes and home accessories before quilting but I do have my first attempts at quilting saved as our guild would occasionally do a program on members showing their first project so some of the newbies could see what us old folks made before times changed. It’s so interesting reading comments and learning from the readers how we have enjoyed this passion of ours for so long.

      1. NancyTD

        Thanks for sharing. I don’t know what happened to my first quilt. It was no prize. Sampler with a sheet for backing. Remember ordering fabric for it from Sear’s catalog. No Quilt Shops near me. Fun to think back at all the fun later of the many classes that were offered for $20!

  22. Sandy in Indiana

    Beautiful quilts today! So many talented people out there!
    Snow day in central Indiana today…My 3 kitties are enjoying watching the birds & squirrels on “Cat TV”

    Have a safe & happy day!


  23. Diane in WI

    Lots of talent, beautiful quilts, and wonderful pets. Your Bitcoin looks great against the snow. We only have about 2 inches of snow. Connie’s pictures are impressive. We are to get more and then the cold sets in. Good days to be sewing.

  24. Kathy Hanson

    Loved the quilt show – so many wonderful quilts!! Looks like Rick enjoys the dogs too!!

  25. Jan Smith

    Your quilts are so creative with color, even when following another’s pattern. I wish you could teach that!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan Smith – my strips used in Bitcoin were already in a plastic tote and I honestly just grabbed them one by one. I also use Bonnie’s scrap saver system – have you ever read about that?

      1. Jan Smith

        Yes, I have heard of it, but haven’t really done much with it. I do have bins for different sizes of squares and strips. Not enough to make an entire quilt, more to add flavor to a project.
        I admire how you recolor an older pattern, and completely change the entire vibe. Like you’ve been doing so much of lately.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – an afterthought from me – when we had the quilt shop and a customer asked for help picking fabrics for example reds, we would choose all shades from pink to red to rust and then ask them to take out whatever they didn’t like. By the time they got done all the red fabrics were the same! They completely missed the point and ended up with what we considered a very boring quilt. I hope no one is offended by this honest take on picking fabrics – you asked, I answered.

  26. Jan Smith

    Funny that they admired your quilts, but missed the chance to give your selection a try.

  27. Holly Christian

    Love the quilt show, it is always so inspiring to see what everyone is doing. I particularly love the “Bushel and a peck” one. I remember that being sung when I was little by either my mom or grandmother. Would love to know if that was a kit that could be purchased somewhere online, or at least the center block.

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