More conversation, 9-19-23

Here’s the quilt pattern you’re all looking for:

It’s called My Black Hen by Cheri Payne who passed away quite a few years ago. It was available on Etsy but now it shows Sold Out. I don’t know if you could find it somewhere and I’m not sure if I still have my copy.

The last time something like this came up it was a Linda Brannock pattern so I wrote to Jan, her partner, and asked if I could copy it but I never even got a reply.

I am very conscious and respectful of copyrights but this is such a gray area. Honestly I don’t know the solution – anybody?

I have loved the couch discussion – I guess I’m keeping my classic couch, huh? I will look into having it reupholstered but in the meantime I moved it to the other side of the room and I’m much happier with it. This is a tv area and the area in front of the south windows is just for plants, of which I still have lots outside waiting to come in. What do you think? I’ll throw a quilt over it but because of the hump in the back, the quilt won’t lay nice.

And some notes about the plants:

1. When moving them indoors, clean the pot as well as the plant. Soapy water is good – don’t forget the bottom of the pot and under the rim, too.

2. I clean the top of the soil thoroughly – I’ve even held on to the plant and turned the pot upside down and shook it – watch the debris come out.

3. I use a tweezers to get debris out of leaves.

4. I spray the insecticide or fungicide on top and bottom of leaves and down into the crevices where bugs like to hide. Sometimes I even see the little spiders running out!

5. I also spray the dirt and the pot just in case.

6. My Hoya plant leaves are like a magnet for little webs and bugs. I use the tweezers and a small brush and a chopstick to get into all the crevices.

7. One by one they move into the house – either the sunroom, the piano room or the basement.

8. Remember the school desk? It is so overgrown with healthy plants I won’t be able to move it anywhere except into my sewing room.

9. I also hung gro lights in the quilt shop for overflow.

10. I’m ahead of schedule this year. No frost in the near future. Last year it happened so fast I just had to shove the plants inside.


Finn and Ivy visited today – the dogs played while I cleaned up plants.

More of the same tomorrow.

38 thoughts on “More conversation, 9-19-23

  1. Linette Stewart

    Hi Mary, if you join the “Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group” on Facebook the My Black Hen pattern is available under Files. 😊

  2. Jeanne

    Cleaning potted plants is lots of work. I use my trusty hemostats to remove debris from my plants. I have a dedicated set for my sewing room and another set for my mostly succulent plants. Useful for many tasks.
    Finally cooling down into the 80s here so can work outside again.

    Jeanne in Fresno California

  3. Cindy

    I belong to the Facebook group Quilts by Cheri. My Black Hen pattern is available in the Files on the Facebook page. Love your blog.

    1. Sue Hoover

      I’ve been trying to do a search on FB and could not find the group. Any chance you could provide a link?

    2. Jeanne H in the Finger Lakes of New York

      As best I can tell that is a closed group, and someone needs to be invited to join first to see anything.

  4. Susan K in Texas

    We’re getting measurable rain!! The first in months and months. I’ll start the great aloe migration in October. I know how much work moving plants in for the winter is. My aloes though stay in outdoor greenhouses so I don’t have to be as careful about bringing pests in.
    I’ve been working on the blue and white quilt for my son and his fiancé. It’s going good so far. I find myself already looking to the next project. I get so easily bored and so easily distracted.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – regarding your boredom with the blue quilt – I feel your pain. I am also easily bored.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Copyright is not as respected as we knew them. Taco John’s has a “TacoTuesday” slogan they used for years. Then a competitor Taco Bell decided to use it. Taco Johns spent over a million dollars trying to stop the competition from using it. Finally they gave up, saying they could no longer financially protect themselves. Sad, but reality today.
    I was a flagger in 1969, our boss would go to town and get us tacos on Tuesday 6/$1.00. Yea, they were cold and soggy, but good.
    Thanks for the lesson on moving plants in for the winter. I only have one tray, you have a houseful!

  6. Jeanne in Co.

    Mary, my question doesn’t relate to plants, but it does pertain to quilting and doing handwork like applique or sewing borders on quilts, etc. My latest Ott light, a floor model, just bit the dust. The whole metal section that includes the light and on and off switch, just snapped off of the post and is hanging on only by the inner electric wires. Evidently I have tried to redirect the light one time too many. I desperately need a light by my sofa so I can do hand work in the evening. Since this is my third and probably my last Ott floor lamp, I would like to know what other kinds of lamps do your bloggers rely on. I still have a desk model from Ott on my sewing machine cabinet but I never change the angle of the flexible neck on that one. I love the light, but the floor models have not held up as well. Help, please. Jeanne in Co.
    P.S there is an adjustable floor light with magnifier that is advertised by Hammacher-Schlemmer that looks promising. It is quite a bit more costly, but maybe a better choice in the long run. Anyone know anything about that one?

    1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

      Hi Jeanne,
      I use a
      Daylight brand led lights: both floor and desk models. They are great. Never had aproblem and have been using them for years.

  7. Susy Boyer

    Hi Mary,
    Yes Cheri Payne has passed, but she does have a Facebook group run here in San Diego. The group shares all things Cheri and it’s full of inspiration. You will have to ask to join. The group is called, Quilts by Cheri-Friendship Group. Cheri was a beautiful woman, mom and a fun grandma!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susy – none of us can find this Facebook group. Please send a link in the comments

  8. Linda in MI

    Mary, I love your hump back couch, I’m sure there is a better name, but I have always liked that style and you don’t see it when you shop for furniture. I have a house full of antiques and I bought a reclining couch because I’m getting to the point where I need my feet up at the end of the day. The couch was very expensive, weighs a ton and I love it for sitting and even napping but the style isn’t me at all. Enjoy your couch, it’s beautiful.

    Sister Nancy is bringing our sister Susan to Michigan this Saturday and then four cousins, two who live outside Nashville TN and two from the Louisville area are coming Sunday for four days. I have been working day and night cleaning and either donating or tossing things I haven’t used in ages or things I just don’t need that were taking up space. Now I have more room for fabric! I have found things I forgot I have and I really don’t need to buy fabric for a long, long time but that wouldn’t be any fun would it!

    Hope the rest of your plant moving goes well, I’m glad I only have a couple of pots – heavy pots – of succulents I bring in, everything else I have are annuals that I change every year.

    1. Jeanne H in the Finger Lakes of New York

      That style of sofa is a classic known as camelback, dating back to Thomas Chippendale in the 1700’s, so it’s somewhat formal. While probably not a style seen in most furniture stores, since generally people prefer more casual styles now, Wayfair does have some. I looked. ; )

  9. Vicki Ibarra

    We began cleaning the flowerbeds of perennials that are done for the year. My husband cuts them down and I pile them to use as mulch in next year’s veggie garden. Yup, always thinking in advance for how to control weeds and retain moisture. More work will continue with that today. I have been thumbing through books for some quilt ideas. I found one that is much bigger than I want, so am doing the math for how to downsize it in a pleasing way. Remember as kids when we wondered why we needed to learn math?? Well, quilting is a prime example for an everyday use of math. That and kitchen activity come to mind. When my boys were small, I would say my half teaspoon was dirty and we would have to use different teaspoons to get what we needed for the recipe. It was my way of sneaking math into daily living for them.

    I am happy with my flat back sofa for displaying quilts, yet I admire the shape of your sofa. Recovered in the colors you said would change its look so much. Happy thinking about what you want to do.

  10. Marcia-Ohio

    The Black Hen quilt reminds me of a Buggy Barn quilt pattern that is still available-just a suggestion. I don’t think copying is permitted even though author is deceased.
    Your plant cleaning is amazing. I used to bring in beautiful ferns to a sunroom but the Asian beetles would hatch so that was stopped. I hate tossing my ferns on my outside porches but not worth the bugs🤮
    I think we are on the last of tomatoes. Our plants have been bountiful this year. We canned whole tomatoes, canned salsa, ate them, gave to all of the neighbors, donated to a food bank. One of our elderly friends delivered 3-4 tomatoes to her elderly friends. They treated them like gold and savored them.
    Just got back from a Northern European cruise-Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, & London. We had a great time but the Iceland/Norway weather reminded me that winter is on its way❄️ cold weather means more quilts to be made❤️

  11. Kathy in western NY

    Such a joy to read everyone’s comments and see your pictures this morning. I am glad you will toss a quilt over the couch and add some color to it. Mine is always crumpled and I straighten it several times a day but still makes me happy seeing my quilts in view being enjoyed while I am alive!
    I still use an Ott Light (floor model) too Jeanne to be able to see at night so I replace mine as needed as we have a JoAnns store 15 min away where I occasionally can use a 50% coupon on so justify buying them. I don’t know of a floor LED model sturdy enough with my animals around but I will be interested in a picture of what you change to.

  12. Margie-Ohio

    Today’s conversations are just like we are all visiting around a table enjoying the friendship we have. Why that hasn’t occurred to me before, I don’t know. I truly enjoy it! There is suppose to be a new light coming out. Think the company is vivilux and I have been wanting to know more, but haven’t seen anything. Don’t know if it is a floor model or not.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margie-Ohio – YES! I feel the same way and look forward to my morning coffee with all of you. I try to write in the evening so I can “talk” – listen to you all in the morning. Very fun -you’re my coffee group!

  13. Robin McGuire

    Regarding the Cheri Payne pattern, the Facebook group Cheri started is still extremely active. We still respect Cheri’s copyright of patterns she sold the last few years of her life. We have a lot of her older ones in our group files but I’m not sure this one is available.

    1. Cynthia from SW MN

      I am looking for the exact name of the there are a few Friendship quilting groups…!

  14. Launa

    39o up here outside in Idaho this Wednesday morning, Mary! Suppose to rain some for next two days!

    Many thanks for the tips about eliminating bugs n spiders, etc. from pots before bringing them inside for winter 🥶!
    I certainly would enjoy the pattern of the Chicken in quilt! I haven’t felt much like sewing, but this great room is decorated with Pumpkin crafts n small quilted items!
    Guess the Bow hunting season is keeping our Elk, Deer and an occasional Moose elsewhere!
    My husband of 65 years has a wonderful stove fire going now! Have my tea already.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – your cold weather will soon be here and I’m enjoying every last morning I can on the porch before I have to move inside for months and months. I hate being so cooped up. I decided today is the day I’ll spread the fertilizer on the lawn – warm with no wind! Rare in North Iowa. We’ve got to get you sewing mojo back!!

  15. Jean

    I simply CANNOT find the FB group for Cheri’s pattern. Please someone, anyone who has that site post it for us. That pattern is too cute not to let it be lost. I had that pattern years ago but in doing some death cleaning got rid of it. Darn!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – none of us can find it – I’m going to look for my copy. This is ridiculous!

    2. Diana in Des Moines

      Looks like her FB group was deleted. I did find this pattern on EBay, but has sold. If enough of us look for us, surely we will find it?

      I know I don’t have it, but will check with my quilty friends.

  16. Dorothy in Chicago

    Mary I love your TV area. It’s so cozy and the couch is pretty too. I’m also in awe of all your indoor plants. I only have 8 that I will be bringing inside for the winter. Have fun with more gardening today. Hope you have some time to put your feet up today too.

  17. Lynne from NJ

    When I searched for the facebook group, found the followng:

    This content isn’t available right now
    When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it’s been deleted.

    I think your couch is a colonial camelback style.

  18. Diana in Des Moines

    I looked online and found that copyright lasts for the length of the authors life PLUS 70 years. I would have thought it would expire after the death of the author, but no.

    Heading to the Des Moines Guild Quilt show tomorrow. So excited to see new quilts, vendors and a day with friends.

    More rain this weekend, so I see a couple days of sewing. Yippee!

  19. Christy S

    Enjoyed reading all the comments. We sure need rain here in the Texas hill country. Several storms have started just passed us or die off before reaching us. Since May we have had only a half inch of rain. No grass here – everything parched. Hoping the autumn brings us the much needed rain.

    However, during the heat of the day I have been busy making quilts. Love the change in seasons and changing out decorations to add pumpkins (indoors of course!).

  20. Debbie Miller

    I tried both “Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group” and “Quilts by Cheri” and found nothing.

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