Monday Night, 1-25-21

The snow you’re probably hearing about is south of us – we are getting lucky – again! It’s very windy here but no snow falling.

Here’s what I did today – beginning:

And end:

I don’t know if I’ve ever quilted a piece of plain fabric but while I was searching for wild Bullseye prints, I came across this Nancy Crow print and I love it! I’m going to quilt it next!

My machine is working perfectly right now so I can’t let it sit idly by – I will quilt something every day I can.

Speaking of Bullseye quilts, here’s the one I plan to follow. I don’t have the maker’s name so please identify yourself again. I love this and I’m digging through all my fabric to create this bright interesting quilt.

More finishes:

I bought this pattern in Des Moines last week – I’ve never worked with 60 degree triangles before and I’m finding this a fun challenge.

That’s it for tonight – the month is dragging on, isn’t it?

30 thoughts on “Monday Night, 1-25-21

  1. B. J. Berlo

    I really like the “red” BullsEye”! I guess I’ve only seen them done in country colors.

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    The red one looks like Kaffe Fasset fabric.
    They all are so comfy looking. I love them.

    I’m going to a Dear Jane quilt class tomorrow in a wonderful quilt shop. Do I hear shopping?
    Yes, yes, yes!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – oh, we are all so jealous of you, Jo! Going to a class and shopping, too!

    2. Betty Klosterman

      I bet you and the ladies in the prison were so happy to finally get to see each other and sew.

  3. Bobbie

    They are all so different, but love the red one. It really doesn’t matter what color you use it will be beautiful. Just use what you have you will love it as they are your colors.
    Hope everyone weather isn’t to bad. We have been colder but not freezing. With little rain. Which we have lots of rain.
    Hopefully we can all get out and visit our favorite quilt shops. Will be nice when warmer weather get here.
    Take care of yourselves and happy quilting.

  4. Rosie Westerhold

    No snow?!! Officially we got 13. something” at the Lincoln Airport. Looks more like 15+” at my house on the north side of Lincoln. My lovely next door neighbor said he would dig me out because I have NO idea how to use a snowblower. (My husband just recently passed away earlier in January; haven’t had time to learn that skill just yet.) Our snowblower pooped out and his did as well. He and his daughter scooped most of our 2 lots while I made the 2nd and 3rd passes scooping the front walk and the deck from the house to my studio and a path for the dogs. EEEKKKK!!! I think I may be snowed in until spring. Just haven’t been able to “settle” and do some stitching. I want to, but just can’t concentrate on any one thing for very long. And I have PLENTY of projects that need attention.

    LOVE all the Bull’s Eye Quilts, especially all the bright ones. It is tempting, but I think I will sit this one out. I will enjoy the quilt shows to come, though.

    1. Lynn in Scottsdale


      So sorry you lost your husband recently, Praying for you.

      We are finally getting lots of rain here. There was a dusting of snow on the mountains, but it didn’t last long before it melted.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rosie Westerhold – my sympathy! Did I know your husband died? I don’t this so – but oh, what a life changer for you. Of course you don’t know how to run the snowblower! Your husband always did that but you’ll learn before next winter or find someone to hire. And if your husband died so recently you haven’t had a chance to figure everything out. I’ll be thinking of you, Rosie!

      1. Rosie Westerhold

        I don’t think I mentioned my husband until this e-mail. He was officially diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on December on December 19. We learned it was Stage 4 on December 23. And he died on January 4. Very, very quickly. It was just awful for all of us. We had to make the decision to let him go as he just wasn’t going to get better. Big sigh. I miss my best friend. Still trying to come to terms that he isn’t coming home again. Trying to figure out all the ins and outs of what to do with his business. Eeeeekkkk!! Just lots of changes to come. And I HATE change, as do many people. Things will work out eventually, I’m sure, but there is a lot to figure out. Need to get sewing as I know that would help with all the stress. My heart is just not in it right now.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Rosie Westerhold – oh, Rosie! How could that all have happened so fast? Do you have kids? You must because you said “we had to let him go”. I cannot imagine how you get up every morning and go on. Super human strength, I believe and I know all the old sayings about letting them go to a better place, etc. etc. BUT navigating a new life without your partner must be so terribly difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your kids.

          1. Rosie Westerhold

            I have one step-daughter who lives in MN with her family. She and her family lived right next door to us for 10 years, and it was very hard when they moved with our grands because of my son-in-law’s job. Daughter and granddaughter were here from MN when my husband passed. As well as my brother and sister-in-law. That is the “we” I spoke of. The hospital bent many rules for us so we could all be together at the end. How many doctors do you know of who would call you at home to tell you that they didn’t want you to be alone? The hospitalist on duty near the end of the battle, called to see if I was at the hospital yet. I was just putting on my shoes at the time. He asked if I was alone, and I said yes. He told me to call my family because he didn’t want me to be alone. He wanted to make sure I had someone with me as soon as possible. He was a WONDERFUL Dr. and just a wonderful overall human being.

            I have my 2 fur-babies with me, and they are VERY good company, although a little demanding at times, as I’m sure you know. Ha! Somehow I will muddle through things. I have your blog to look forward to, and several others that I read regularly.

            Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Keep posting when you can so I have something to look forward to!

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Rosie – your statement about looking forward to the blog is nearly inconceivable to me but I am taking it to heart and will continue to post. Just last night I was so discouraged I vowed to quit posting! A complaint is hard to swallow – maybe I’m too sensitive to criticism and should just ignore those people who are so demanding but I feel that this blog is also therapy for me during the pandemic. It’s a thin line.
            So glad you have your dogs – dogs? Cats? Furbabies of some kind. I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

  5. Betty Klosterman

    Personally I have been thinking January is flying by. We have been getting just flurries here in Rapid City. There is probably more south of us. The map looked like you were on th edge, too. Sometimes we get lucky, but we do need the moisture. Hope the roof problems are all fixed and no more 70-80 mph winds.
    That red “bullseye” is gorgeous, and the blue and red one, too. If we can’t decide if we want a color scheme or totally scrappy, we must be just too picky. Even when making a scrappy, a color scheme seems to look better-maybe calmer. What an adventure.
    The Black Hills Stock Show starts this week. They are saying that because of COVID there will be a lot more people coming than before, and there were lots before. I won’t be going this year as the parking will be awful with so many people. And I always loved walking thru the area where the livestock being judged and sold, and of course, the petting zoo. Maybe next year. Take care. Betty Klosterman in Rapid City.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty K – good idea not to go this year – be safe and stay home! Although it sounds very fun – to see lots of people again, eat some “fair” food and just get out of the house!!

  6. patti leal

    i love the bright bull’s eyes also. so many many ideas, maybe kaffe’s fabric. chocolate and strawberries. blue and orange. blue and yellow. red, black, white. oh my. i have loved seeing all these different variations. and soooo many. must make you proud. take care, be safe and be still. patti in florida

  7. Charlotte Shira

    I love the quilt on your longarm. Can’t wait to see the whole thing. I hope my bull’s eye comes out as pretty as all of these. Thanks for the quilt show!
    We are supposed to get lots of rain in California this week. We do need rain but not mudslides where the fires have been. A lot of people are evacuating the fire areas. Praying no one gets hurt.
    Glad the snow missed you!

  8. Pat Smith

    I, too, loved the bright bullseyes. I made all the bullseyes about 3/4 done, but they were so uninspired because of my fabric. I realized that I’m in a color rut of barn red, navy blue, dark green, black, and cream neutral. Put them together and they are pretty blah. I realized the problem as soon as I saw Connie’s with her polka dots and interesting colors. I have a lot of batiks. Maybe I should start again. Sigh…

      1. Pat Smith

        Jeanine, Yes, my favorites, too. But, somehow I felt this quilt needed some more outlandish fabrics than I have. It pointed out that I’m not very adventurous in my fabric colors.

  9. sheryl

    beautiful quilts! last night i just watched dee’s saturday sampler on youtube then opened your email to see your 60 degree triangles. her lesson was on 60 degree triangles. it looks like you’ve nailed it! i love the grey dot fabric!
    if you are interested, here’s the link. one thing she addressed was the cut to make the left/right sides straight instead of the angles and she had good tips on lining up points, etc.

  10. Kim J LeMere

    I love seeing all the quilts that folks share with you, reminds me of going to guild and having a show n tell. Those bulls eye quilts are amazing, I really need to join in with y’all. Its been storming here in TN for the past 2 nights and we now have water puddles everywhere. Its springtime so rain is expected but its the thunder that was so amazing last night. Glad the snow past you by.

  11. Rhonda in Iowa

    Oh the bullseye quilts just keep coming, each one so beautiful! I’ve decided to sit out the sew-a-long, timing it just not working for me. I’ve taken screen shots of some quilts to use as examples when I can start the project. Today I especially love the bright colors in Chris’ from Alaska with the dark border. I’d be thrilled if mine could look like that! Mary, you’ve nailed the triangles! That looks like a fun challenge. We have over 13” of snow here this morning and it is still falling. It makes my Minnesota heart sing!

  12. Pat

    The bulls eye combinations are endless! Each one has its own special beauty. It appears that the bright quilt you favor uses only one circle layer instead of the multiple layers? If anyone has a black and white bullseye version I would love to see it. Thanks

  13. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I love all of these Bull’s Eyes and am obsessed, currently, with sixty degree triangles. Your quilting up of that fabric piece that looks like a hooked rug will make it come to life, great plan!

  14. Cheryl Regan

    I have a finished Halloween table runner from your pattern. If you would like a picture, let me know how to send

  15. Brenda in SC

    All of the Bull Eye’s quilts are just so pretty. Every time I think I am settled on Christmas fabric, I see so many pretty scrap ones come across and I change my mind. Then I think I would like primitive print, then I go back to Christmas print. Oh no!! I am just going to settle on my Christmas print and start cutting or I am going to be behind…LOL
    Rosie, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My sympathies to you.
    Mary, I know you must be so proud to see all of these Bulls Eye quilts coming in. It is such a popular quilt. I sure hope I can do it justice in Christmas colors.
    Here in SC we are getting rain and our yard is a pool. With more in the forecast. Have a great week everyone!

  16. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the pattern you like is drunkards path, l have a set of persplex templates i use for that and hand stitch the curve (i realise i love hsnd stitching).hope to take a photo of it when i get back to wellington, very hot in the Waikato, will be glad to get back to windy wellington! Take care everyone, best wishes from sandy

  17. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    Not sure yet what fabrics I want to use. But the idea of using batiks is really tempting. I also have quite a bit of thimbleberries fabric I have been wanting to use . Decisions, decisions. Have a good evening, we are North of the storm but our girls got 10+ inches outside Milwaukee.

  18. Suzanne Roberts

    Hi Mary! I made 2 bull’s eye quilts many years ago and loved the simplicity of making them and the easy process. I am planning to join your bull’s eye group in Feb and make 2 quilts. I’m hoping if I make one in homespun plaids it will finally clear out that tub of fabric. It just won’t go away! I like the bright one you are planning to make too- I’ll try making a baby quilt like that with the hope of using up some smaller pieces of children’s’ fabric. Thanks for the inspiration! Suzanne

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