Lots of Quilts! 10-17-23

I love when you guys send me your quilt pictures and tonight I’ve got a great quilt show for you.

This is mine – strips leftover from Rambling Rows when I was trying out color combos. I see I have one row backwards – this can be a dog quilt for the car.

I did this too fast to lay the rectangles out before I sewed – no, I’m not going to rip out anything. I’m sick of that shirt fabric. Ha! It’s time to move on to something new.

I have gotten orders for Bow Wow and suddenly realized I had not written the pattern yet. Ugh. So that’s what I’ll be doing tonight when I finish this post. I’ll be filling orders tomorrow – be patient with this old forgetful lady.

I dug up more phlox today and moved a bunch to the dog kennel area – I know many of you cannot get over our black dirt so here’s the picture of my transplanting.

Iowa black soil

And here’s the area in front of the barn where I cut down the Sweet Annie.


Here’s what it looks like when it’s ready for drying – those little round beads are the seeds. It’s very easy to start a new patch.

Here’s another patch still standing by the rock pile.

Finn and Ivy after several hours playing with Keeper and Hazel – worn out!

I ran errands in Mason City and then hit the flower bed again – the dogs played while I worked. I’d like to cement this whole area – I’m sick of gardening. Haha!!

Remember that crappy cat “tower” I made Rick assemble? Remember I promised I’d buy one already assembled? I did that today at Fleet Farm. The flimsy one he put together was $40, purchased online and made in China. The one I bought today at Fleet Farm was $130. BUT it’s huge, solid and assembled when I brought it home. We’re all happy!

Off to watch the ballgame and write Bow Wow!

48 thoughts on “Lots of Quilts! 10-17-23

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirley – no email listed and it’s up to you to sign up for the blog. I can’t do it for you. Chicken Scratch Country Threads

  1. Launa

    Thank you for showing the great quilt show, Mary! Guess I’m just not in a sewing mood. Was 40o up here in Idaho early, but is sunny….. 56o now @ 1pm. Looks like rain is predicted for the weekend!

  2. Cynthia from SWMN

    I have been working on seasonal cleaning stuff. I cleared out stuff in my part of the garage, it really had filled in with stuff, moved selves in the basement and am working on rearranging the items that go back and getting rid of stuff that should go. Totally cleaned my fridge and am working on cleaning the oven. We have had no tv, home phone nor internet, so no distractions! I finished the binding in my Bullseye Quilt, and today I may rearrange my sewing space which will be no small task. The clean up after moving shelving and sorting fabrics and projects will be the biggest part! I manage to get a walk in and get to my exercise class twice a week as well. I have just a few flower pots with geraniums and Petunias still flowering beautifully! We have had two rains, much needed. This is a beautiful time of year here.

  3. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hoping you are relaxing today. I went out for lunch with my long long time friend for her birthday! Checked on the price of a new Viking Epic 3. Eeeeek! Bought the thread I needed and tried to swallow the price of even the thread! Must be spun gold!
    Naughty Three!
    Hubby needs to replace one of those big wagon tires on a wagon. Doesn’t want a blowout again. I don’t know how they even move those tires. I’m trying to decide what to fix for lunch for the one son who cannot eat sandwiches. Food allergies are the pits. Guess he will have to have a taco salad. The weather forecast is nice….they could sit down and relax??? We will see…
    So where is Fluffybun now?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – FluffyBun is gone – somewhere – I don’t know where. I just have to give up on her, I guess . How DO they replace that tire?? What food allergy would affect sandwiches? Bread?

  4. Susan K in Texas

    Love all of the quilts today. The brown and blue stars quilt caught my eye.
    I’ve been working on cleaning up aloes to go in the greenhouse. The weather has been perfect. Hubby had to put a new back on the aloe greenhouse as rats chewed through the other one. He just finished today. I can start putting the aloes in it now. I’m running at least a week behind.
    We’re headed to the State Fair of Texas tomorrow. Have to try out all of the new foods and some old ones. It’s a big walking and eating day. It’s supposed to be in the mid 80’s so should be nice.
    We’re cheering on the Rangers and Astros. Hubby grew up in Houston so always cheers for the Astros but now we live near the Rangers so cheer them on too. I hope the Rangers win this year.
    And hockey has started up so Go Stars! It’s a busy time of the year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – we are watching the games closely, too. Love these series! It’s so warm here that I wish my plants were still outside. Wish I were going to the fair with you!

      1. Susan K in Texas

        We ride the train in to the Fair and get there as it opens. We wander around, try new foods, look at the quilts, new vehicles, and other stuff. We leave shortly after lunch so we can avoid the crowds which get larger and larger as the afternoon goes on. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the fair with temps being in the mid 80’s.

  5. Joy in NW Iowa

    Black dirt…that caught my funny bone! We dug some rhubarb for our sun in Michigan and sent a box of plants to our son in Michigan with his in-laws. He called and asked what he owed for the Iowa black dirt! 😂
    The quilts are all really nice! So how is three?
    It is cool and rainy here today! Jay kept combining but the neighbors thee miles north got rained out!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – Three is doing well but I can’t get the liquid antibiotic down him. Becky even helped me and he got away from us and the liquid went all over the couch. Ugh. Combining corn around me but it’s raining lightly tonight. I need a day of rest tomorrow.

      1. Janice Brown

        Mary, You might ask the vet if they can prescribe an antibiotic in pill form that is flavored. The last time one of our cats needed an antibiotic, they gave us a flavored pill and the cat just ate it right from our hand. Right now, we have a cat that requires a daily dose of prednisone. We put it in a very small amount of wet food first thing in the morning. Luckily, the cat is very hungry in the morning so it has been easy for us.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Janice – I requested liquid over a pill – I assume it’s just a normal pill and I knew I could not get a pill down him. I had already planned to put the liquid into canned food – I hope he’ll eat it.

  6. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    This was a beautiful quilt show indeed! I especially liked the Maple Leaf and Halloween quilts.
    My hubby and I just had a conversation yesterday about Halloween colors; he did not know purple and sickly green are now included with the traditional black and orange. 😂
    I hope you have some dreary, rainy days; so you can rest up. Thanks, Mary 🥰

  7. Helen Jane (Tx)

    Hi Mary…I finished “A Woman is no Man” that you suggested. It is a “page turner”…I read reviews from Amazon so I was ready to learn about a different culture-mind set-choices or lack of. Texas has a black land farming area. Early settlers said “it was like puddin’ during rainy weather”…we got our flu and current Covid booster yesterday (same arm). I laughed a few days back about the IKEA remarks (I took that oath myself, no more bookcases to assemble) Thank-You for the showing of quilts, animals and your current projects. I hope your bones are not too weary from the outside work…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Helen Jane – my bones are pretty weary tonight – I almost hate to post what I did today.

  8. Sunflower from Michigan

    Mary, what a beautiful quilt show today. Thank you everyone for sharing.
    Sun shining here in southeast Michigan so I am unloading a load of wood chips. Going to move my 12 chickens from their coop into my fenced in vegetable garden for the day. They are great at digging up weeds!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – yes, chickens love to scratch and they’ll love to help you out!

  9. Jo in Wyoming

    The quilt show is inspiring today.
    I need to wash windows, our fall weather has been incredibly mild this year…so many colors. I’m going to try the dishwasher “Finish” addition to the rinse. Somewhere I read that helps keep the glass clean.
    That black Iowa soil is envious, the abundance of fall cleanup isn’t.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Jo, I started adding Finnish too as well. My glasses didn’t look right and I read the manual and it said to use it. I can report it’s worth the money as the glasses don’t have spots now. One of those little extras that did make a world of difference. Dishwashers clean much better than I could do hand washing them.

  10. Erin

    Thank you for the quilt show! I’m always inspired when I see terrific quilts like these.

    It seems you are always busy in the garden! If we have soil to work in, we keep busy! I do miss that wonderful black, rich soil. I’m a transplanted Illinois farm girl, now in Oregon, and we have nasty reddish clay here which presents lots of problems when growing much of anything.

    Enjoy the autumn weather!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Erin – working outside will soon come to an end because the weather will change and get cold – even snow this time of year. So that’s why I work so hard in the fall. Can you understand why I hate fall?

  11. Kathy in western NY

    Thank you everyone for sharing your quilts with us to see! It’s so inspiring to see how others use their stash or buy something new to create. I love how you consistently keep doing this for us Mary as it’s unique and we certainly appreciate it. Hope you rest up today from a busy workday outside but it looks good in the end to have it cleaned up.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – Becky is coming late this morning to help me a bit – but I see rain is approaching so don’t know if we’ll be able to dig anything up or not.

  12. Teresa in Indiana

    Wonderful quilts and pictures today! Mary, you work way too hard. I’ve been down with covid. I think I got it when a man at the football game walked by coughed in my face! It’ll never be over if people don’t learn to cover their mouths and disinfect their hands. Stay healthy everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa – oh no! I keep hearing that Covid is rearing it’s ugly head again across the country. He coughed in your face??? What is wrong with people? Have you been quite sick? How?

      1. Teresa in Indiana

        Luckily my symptoms were severe. Cold like – but the worst headache and sore throat I’ve ever lived through. The only lingering issue now is the constant froggy throat. Probably from sinus drainage. Even yhough it wasn’t terrible, I still wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Stay healthy!

    2. Susan K in Texas

      My friend’s husband caught covid at the Dallas Cowboys game several weeks ago. Then she got it. She got it bad = really sick for over 10 days and just now starting to get her strength back. My sister and her husband went on a tour of the Boston and New Hampshire area. She got covid and it has been a bad case too. So yes it is making a comeback. I guess we have to watch for both covid and the flu now.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Susan – my solution to avoiding Covid is to stay home! I think this version of Covid must hit people very hard – I don’t want to get it.

  13. Vicki Ibarra

    The quilts are all so unique! Yesterday, I washed the outsides of some windows. It is great to look out clean windows again. Of course, it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. Have been busy with tasks the past 3 days and it looks like that will continue. Maybe this weekend I can quilt. I found a pattern in a magazine that looks interesting. I would make some adjustments, but it is something to think about when I am doing outdoor tasks. I have started ordering Christmas gifts. Yup, it is that time of year for me. I am not a last minute shopper.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – sounds like you can quilt when the rest of us are shopping for Christmas gifts.

  14. Linda in MI

    You make my back hurt looking at your gardening pictures! This summer I had to ignore the biggest flower bed we have, I started weeding once and quit in tears. My back can not be fixed (as my hubby thinks, even though he heard the neuro surgeon) so I have to choose what I spend my back time on like cleaning house and tending to my horse and donkeys, dogs and cats. I want that bed cut down, turned under and put back in grass or stones. It’s a tough spot because moving snow in the winter always takes our the sides along the driveway so I’m not sure what the answer is – maybe concrete like you said!

    Thanks for the quilt show this morning, I needed the distraction. I had an inspection at a huge children’s camp yesterday and suffered the first half of the night with muscle cramps in my feet, calves and thighs! I walked in and out of 42 buildings, up and down those northern hills from 11-5:30 yesterday afternoon and only had 1/2 glass of water the entire day which is why I suffered last night. Lessen learned the hard way!

    I hope your chores are light today, take a day of rest!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda j MI – I had a miserable night last night, too. My forearms ached all night long and I turned over and over to try to get comfortable. I have been to the spine center in Mpls several years ago and read that report occasionally. It says I definitely need surgery BUT it would not hold up due to my lifestyle. So I choose to do this – yes, I work too hard but it’s my choice and I can’t live here if I don’t do it. Then I might as well live in town. There is nobody to hire and I don’t want to go to town. I suppose in time I’ll have to give in. Now my question – I must have forgotten what your job is – inspection? What are you looking for when you’re on the job? And how is Nelson’s leg?????

  15. patti

    loved the quilt show today. what a great assortment. love the halloween quilt. and you even got to show some of yours. great. you have done so much work outside. i feel like the dogs, let me lie down. all those pictures and you forgot the new cat tower? we wanna see. please? i was awoken to the sound of my roof being ripped off so it could be replaced. i got maybe four hours of sleep. will be headed to bed soon. i spent the day keeping slinky calm as he was really freaked out. he is headed for bed also. got a tiny bit of stitching done today. hopefully more tomorrow. thanks everyone for sharing your quilts. patti in FL who is glad they got the roof done in one day

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – they replaced your roof in ONE DAY? Wow! I’ll take a picture of the cat tower.

  16. Sandy

    Hi Mary, more wonderful ideas for scrap quilts, thank you! Just posted the baby quilt to Diane,s grand daughter and visited the new apartments where our old house was. Great design, small decks,bifold doors to living room, bedroom upstairs with walk in wardrobe, large walking shower and bathroom, sold to provide social housing, lucky new tenants! A beautiful wellington day, had lunch outside with my 2 sons, time for resting now, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  17. Sandra Kolarik

    I love all the quilts you posted. I can’t believe all the work you do around your home and I would be like the dogs except in my recliner. Thank you for your time and sharing with us.

  18. Gail in Ohio

    WOW! That is quite the quilt show! Thanks – loved seeing them!
    Sweet Annie smells so good, but I know it can get overgrown quickly – your hard work is paying off and the barn area looks great!!

  19. Deb in Idaho

    Sounds like a busy day. I cleaned my garden . Tomorrow I will add a cover crop. Our irrigation water is off for the year and I won’t use house water so I will pray for rain. Hope to plant some tulip bulbs tomorrow too. I hope to quilt soon,it seems so long since I did. Oh and got my flu shot. Have a great night

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb in Idaho – do you have to plant a cover crop? Why? And what is it?

      1. Deb in idaho

        Mary, yes I plant a cover crop. It is a mixture of rye,clover, and other seeds. It protects the soil,adds nutrients and is a green manure. Just turn it over in the spring.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Deb – oh, how interesting. Why doesn’t anybody around here do this? Probably because it just freezes and wouldn’t even come up because it’s too cold. I’m actually glad – ha! I don’t need another job to do

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