Monday Night, 1-29-24

This really was a nothing day – laundry and Walmart – both ugh. Then I went to Hobby Lobby to have some custom framing done. Last year I ordered this piece of antique French needlework from Forage, an online site from Australia.

I believe this is actually the wrong side that isn’t faded. Here is the right side.

Beautiful – it’s very fragile – the black velvet is also wearing away. So what to do? I decided to frame it between two pieces of glass so I can see both sides and I’ll hang it from a beam in the front room. It will hang from the top instead of the back. Here are some closeups:

Someone tried to repair it

Since I’m no expert I don’t really know what I have here but I love it regardless. Any ideas?

Reader photos – seeing all these Thirty Stars quilts is so wonderful!

I dug these out – just like me, the old lady who sewed these by hand just wanted to make the blocks but not put them together. We’re still alike all these years later.

I cut off my leggy fiddle leaf fig today – do you think the piece I cut off will grow?

Several readers said they’ve kept their Mary Englebreit magazines – me, too!

Took the old golf cart for a spin today

From a reader – smile!

Sadly what didn’t get done today will be waiting for me tomorrow.

32 thoughts on “Monday Night, 1-29-24

  1. Jean Elliott

    I absolutely love that little parking sign. That is great. I also like your piece of art. What a great idea to frame it you can see both sides.

  2. Rosie Westerhold

    Mary,
    Love, LOVE the turtle parking sign. There have been many, MANY times I wish I had something like that to leave on someone’s windshield!!

  3. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the stitched piece is amazing, thank you for saving it. I would stitch the hexagons onto a calico background, add sashing and hand quilt, then display. I like to see old quilts used or displayed.The turtle is a great idea! A quiet day here, laundry,vacuum cleaning and some sewing done. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  4. San

    Hi Mary, what a great group of photos. I see your snow is fading away.

    The vintage needlework piece is very interesting. I’d wash it in Orvus before framing. It has traveled many miles. I agree with the idea of framing it in glass.

    We had to scrape the frost off of our windshields prior to leaving work tonight. Old man winter is not done with us. Thanks for sharing.

    San / Murphy, NC

  5. Angie from Baltimore

    I love the turtle paper. Some people are so clever. They could sell these on Etsy.
    After the Ravens lost on Sunday we in Baltimore aren’t excited about the Super Bowl but we will deal. We had a great season and still proud of our team. This is a sport town so there is always next year.
    Mary that piece of needlework is fabulous between glass sounds great. I get Needlework Magazine and if you have never seen it take a look. It features many articles about antique pieces. Love it.
    Have a wonderful day

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – we watched the game of course and it wasn’t pretty. The Ravens sort of fell apart which was sad to watch – I’m sure it was painful for you. I will look for the Needlework Magazine – is that the name of it?

  6. Rita in Iowa

    Mary love the vintage needlework. So fragile. All the quilts are wonderful, from the T-shirt quilt, 30 Stars, Dr Seuss, and the table toppers. Great points of interest pictures.
    Love the coloring page! Do you think they will take the hint?

  7. Kelli

    Love the antique needlework – gorgeous! And like your idea of putting it between two pieces of glass. The turtle parking sign is too funny 🤣

  8. Kim from Wi

    The turtle parking sign made me smile, perfect. I love the idea of placing your vintage piece between 2 pieces of glass and hanging it, nice way to view both sides. We are 37 here this morning in central Wisconsin and our snow is almost gone, lots of grass and mud. Very strange winter weather for sure.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim in WI – I’ll bet the snowmobilers in your area are disappointed!

  9. Marcia

    Wintry mix expected in SW Ohio today.
    What an interesting piece to have framed. Glad you are getting it done to enjoy.
    Do quilters stray from the green/red palette for 30 Stars? I would like to see it in another palette too. I struggle to visualize it in another color palette.
    Love the turtle sign as I could have used one last week. I try to be so conscientious about my parking.

  10. Linda in MI

    Every time I see someone parked over the lines or purposely taking more than one space I say” look at that one Mary!” I always assume the person responsible is like the parking – rude and not to bright. I should make some of those cute notes to stick under their wiper but if someone is that rude to begin with I think they are beyond shame.

    I took a nothing day yesterday, only took Nelson to the “spa”. What I don’t know about doodles is amazing, I let his coat get matted especially on his belly from drying the snowballs out of that fluff. The groomer said it was a perfect time to get him in because most of it was his baby fuzz that was trapped by adult hair coming in so they shaved him down. They assured me the cold wouldn’t bother him but I think I will go to the resale and get him a childs sweater or sweatshirt to wear a while. He looks so different, he is just a little skinny boy with a fluff tail. After I brought him home he curled up on my lap so I sat and stitched on my wool all afternoon. Today I need to clean because with the melting snow the puppies have brought in a lot of sand.

    Love your vintage piece, glad you will continue the love it has had to last. Can’t wait to see it displayed in your home.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – oh, Nelson! Doodle hair needs to be kept short especially on the farm. When Ivy and Finn visit they always end up with burrs in their coat and you just can’t comb them out so we cut them out. Give him a hug from me – send me his “skinny” picture if you can

  11. Cathie

    Oh, Mary, you bring back so many memories. I remember getting Country Living, Country Homes,
    Mary Englebreit, and many “country” magazines and just loving to pour over the pictures and sometimes
    try to copy the ideas. Magazines today are not much fun, but the pages cut out and saved are still
    a lot of fun to look at. I do still have the Mary Englebreit magazines and Country Homes, but only the
    covers for Country Living and some pages.
    The woven piece is very interesting. Will look good in a glass frame so you can see both sides.
    Have a great day!

  12. MaureenHP

    Oh my goodness! I needed a good laugh this morning and the turtle coloring page did the trick!!!! We have diagonal parking on our main street and I hate it when long pickup trucks park with the rear end hanging into the traffic lane. You really need to be extra careful because you often need to move into the inner lane to pass.

  13. Fran

    A nice message here this morning. I am home from retreat and moving a little slow. I am itching to get back in my sewing room. I like being in a blog with like-minded people.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – so how was your retreat? Can you show us what you worked on? I’m sure you had good food as well – as we like-minded people know – retreat food is integral is retreat success! Haha!

  14. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Mary,
    Hello! Snowy here in Michigan again! Beautiful outside.
    Lovely pictures today, all the quilts are just wonderful. Seeing your pieced blocks reminds me I have a “grammas garden” quilt in progesss too. Another UFO!
    The antique needlework piece is nice. It will be nice to have it framed so you can enjoy it.
    I picked up two quilts yesterday from the long arm quilt lady. Will get to binding them soon. Take care!!

  15. Pat in AZ

    Love your vintage piece and it will be awesome hanging so you can see both sides. Very clever idea.
    I have really enjoyed all the POI pictures, the 30 stars quilts, the pets and reader quilts. It always makes my day. And the funnies!
    I made a Dr Suess quilt for one of my greats and they loved it. I’ll see if I can find a picture and share.
    It’s supposed to be mid 70s here today and I plan on enjoying it to the fullest. There’s a never-ending list of things that need done.

  16. Connie in NV

    Oh my gosh I love the turtle on the windshield! A perfect insult to drivers that think they are special and can wherever and however they want.
    The star quilts are beauties and a lot of us are drawn to quilts with stars.
    It will be interesting to see if your fiddle leaf roots in water.

  17. Sharon G NE IN

    Love that piece of fabric that you are framing! Good idea to do so. Love the coloring page, too. LOL

  18. brendalynne1

    what a nice variety for the blog today. and a super cute ending. always nice to end with a big smile.

  19. Jan Hebert

    Oh, I just love the fabrics used in your vintage hexagon quilt blocks! I can’t believe that it’s the end of January, I guess time flies after a total knee replacement, haha. I’m doing better every day, have been walking with only the cane and most of the time without the cane. Still getting in home physical therapy but after my post op visit with my surgeon on February 7th, I’ll be doing outpatient pt. I’m not really looking forward to that! My kitty just can’t figure out what’s going on! Stay warm and safe everyone, Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – if you’re walking without even your cane you’re doing well! Do you have an ice machine to put on your knee? I thought it was very annoying but I’m sure it helped keep the swelling down. Do you enjoy reading for pleasure? Hand sewing? What are you doing to keep from being bored?

  20. Jeanie S, Central IL

    The readers’ photos are great, and I love your Flower Garden blocks!
    I ran some errands this afternoon without a coat, just a sweatshirt. We are happy the fog is currently gone.
    Take Care, 🥰

  21. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

    Is that a tablecloth or something they used to place over a grand piano? Not sure. I love all those 30 stars quilts. Beautiful choices of fabrics. I have the Grandmother’s Flower garden quilt my Nana made from my mom’s dresses. Fun to have my mom show us her dress fabrics ad tells us about them. I cherish it! 37* here today. I am ready for warmer weather.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – it’s only 18 x 22 so not big enough but yes, they did have piano scarves way back when.

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