No Sewing, 12-9-23

Yikes, I didn’t sew – ran errands, filled pattern orders, organized more in sewing room. Here’s another blast from the past – remember log cabin vests? Here’s mine – I remember wearing it to the first quilt meeting I attended.

Remember Marie’s Wild Rice quilt?

Here’s the original – pattern is $5.00 with SASE

Hazel finally got a bath tonight – it was badly needed but she wasn’t happy about it.

Maggie Hall – 101 on December 15

PO Box 14

Onawa, IA 51040

Reader photos

Before I put this in a frame I wanted to show you this beautiful crocheted edging around this embroidery piece. I almost hate to hide it in a frame.

And Greta’s keeping me company tonight.

Just happened to see this ad – doesn’t anybody proofread these days?

Muslim???? Really? I’m sorry – I had to post it.

69 thoughts on “No Sewing, 12-9-23

  1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Instead of hiding the crocheted edge you could place it on a piece of fabric that was larger than the cross stitch then that fabric would be in the frame and the edging would show. Hope that makes sense? Always enjoy the blog. Tree is decorated and I’ve made most of the goodies. Just three more to do. Then I will have baked or made 11 different things this year. It a labour of love. I guess I take after my grandma because she always baked so much at Christmas. One of the traditions I have kept is making homemade peanut brittle. It is so delicious and always reminds me of my grandma. I will take a picture of my tree once I get the tree skirt around it.

  2. Kathryn Schwartz

    Oh my! I should say the two words “are” not “is.” I’ll get it right next time.

  3. Kathryn Schwartz

    One spelling error that drives me crazy is the two words ” a lot'” It is two words, not “alot” as we usually see it.
    Enjoying the trees and quilts, of course. Very nice.

  4. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Loved today’s trees too! The horseshoe one is charming. I loved the cat under the tree and when I enlarged the photo, I chuckled at how many of the ornaments were cat related! We have MANY fishing ornaments on our tree as my husband is such a fisherman. By the way, he hates mathematical errors worse than grammatical ones. Just the other night, the newsman reported a percentage drop in a news story and my husband yelled at the tv, “that’s not right or even possible! Who wrote that story? They probably flunked math!” He was a CPA and vice president of finance for a very large hospital in his career so those errors drive him crazy!
    Hazel looks so clean! We gave Biscuit a bath Saturday. He didn’t enjoy it but loved the towel rub down after! Take care.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – Hazel always grabs the wet towel after the bath and races through the house with it – sort of makes up for the inconvenience of the bath! Ha!

  5. Sharon G.

    Mary – I’ll gladly take the log cabin vest off your hands! LOL I love just about anything log cabin!
    Looks like I need to mail some cards this week.
    I bet Hazel feels good even though she might not like being bathed. Greta is looking sweet!
    What a great variety of photos today – trees, quilts, animals, needlework, etc.
    The rain has slowed down where I live, so I was able to take a walk today.

    Take care everyone.
    Have a good week.
    ~Sharon G. form WA

  6. Betty Klosterman

    Great minds think alike? Seeing the enbroidery and your comments about the edge, my first thought was “Get a bigger frame!” We often see doilys displayed on backgrounds and they are great.
    Working in an accounting office, one of my jobs was proofing everything — numbers, words, etc. Oh, what fun. Grammar. It irritates me how educated people use I or me. Because of accents we can hear something different than the correct spelling. Please, if that happens, correct the person. They will appreciate it? We are in a different world. Spell check is king. Cursive writing is obsolete. If you want to keep something a secret, cursive writing….. When typing on the computer, if the computer is doing something in the background, it may drop what was typed. In the “olden” days, if we couldn’t spell a word and didn’t take time to look it up, we’d just put a question mark in parentheis and keep writing. Even had to get a dictionary to keep by the computer as spell check isn’t perfect, either. Had to do cross word puzzles because all I could spell was debit, credit and bank reconciliation!!
    I especially like your idea on your collection of your treasures. When you are done with them, take them back to the shop and they can sell it to somebody else. Enjoy it.
    One thing I really like is how the shape of the trees has evolved over the years. Our homes were larger and trees were fat at the bottom. Now smaller homes and skinny, tall trees. We adapt to everything.
    In the meantime, enjoy everything and enjoy the Christmas season.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Cynthia from SWMN

      In another lifetime I was a typist in a typing pool, and proofreading was so important back in the day! I cringe when I hit send and then see my typos..that saying, it became hard to read for ‘content’ a lot of the time! Betty! Are you testing us on enbroidery vs embroidery?! I wondered why words appear before I have typed them, I ignore those. I loved today’s blog, the photos..trees, Hazel with spunk in her eyes, and the cross stitch with the crocheted edging! I will have to find my Grandma Erna’s doilies, she was so talented, they are over 60 years old, she made them for my mother, in perfect condition yet, I must frame them, right now they live in a drawer. My daughter has the granny square afghan she made for my mother as well. Cards are done as of today, and this week the baking begins! I hope I haven’t too many typos…as ai looked over before sending…many errors! I am afraid to send now! I have cards to all the wonderful ladies you have suggested as well!

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Cynthia – oh, I am not concerned with typos – only those brazen substitutes like muslim for muslin. I always try to read over my posts, too, but often see something after I’ve hit send. Bad grammar is no typo. I write the blog on an IPad without a keyboard and it’s very easy to make a typo – small keyboard, etc. Please don’t get paranoid now and not leave a comment. It was “muslim” that threw me over the edge!

      2. Betty Klosterman

        Blew it, didn’t I? I checked the message at least 3 times! And I usually read along as I type, so who knows? Also have a problem gently touching other keys….. If I really want to check something, I will print it out and work with the paper copy. When our office started doing Balance Sheets and P & L’s on the computer, I was assigned to doing the city audits on the typewriter and the other girl did the other audits on the computer. I know I had it easier on the typewriter as we had a lot of problems with the computers not working right. Power surges, etc. And they said we would NEVER type anything on typewriters again. Just computers.

  7. Moe in NE IL

    I love your vest Mary… that could be your next request… photos of a pieced/quilted vest or jacket. I have loved seeing all the trees, got some good decorating ideas. I sent Maggie a card, lucky lady. You will preserve that beautiful edging on the embroidery piece by framing it. Hoping your weather is good. Hazel looks so pretty after her bath.

  8. Bernadette

    Will read other comments tonight, but why not use a bigger frame for that crochet piece and put the dark green as backing so the white crochet edge will show like edging in a picture. Just a thought. Volunteering this afternoon and a wake to go to.

  9. Connie

    I have a suggestion for your stitchery with the crocheted edge. Float it on a plain background in a frame, that way the lovely edge shows.
    It seems like everything you read has not been proofread, guess the new generation thinks they are perfect.😁
    Absolutely love your blog about nothing even though I often don’t read it until a day later.

  10. Sherrill

    I think I’m just attracted to misspelling!! Almost anything I read has something in it. When I’m reading books from the library, I SO want to correct it but I don’t..argh! The one you highlighted was especially bad..ugh. Did you have a chat with Hazel about what brings about a bath? LOL I was browsing some older books and came across “Glory Days”. Spotted one I think I have to make–we’ll see since I’m on a cross stitch spree at the moment.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherrill – Hazel isn’t a good listener – ha! I remember that old book – years ago but still some good designs.

  11. Jan Hebert

    I can’t stand that my auto correct keeps changing my words – some day to someday. I guess I need to subscribe to “Grammarly”. I’ll admit, I’m not that great at grammar – and my spelling is getting worse the older I get! But I do try to proofread what I’ve written. Such pretty quilts – love Wild Rice. I’ve got so many in the works though that I hesitate to get more patterns. I’ve got to finish what I’ve started – have we all heard that before?! Hazel looks so clean! And Greta looks so sweet. It’s really warm here today – Peter’s out cleaning the gutters. Supposed to be getting torrential rain and lots of wind tonight. Merry Christmas to all! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – perfect time to clean gutters because now the rain can rinse them out!! Yea, Hazel is spotless and very white at the moment – but it won’t last, sadly. And Greta IS so sweet and so smart! Gracie is still so laid back and scared but I won’t give up because I want her in the house to make life easier for me instead of running out to the shop 20 times a day!

  12. Sharon F

    No one proof reads anymore, relying on their word processor’s spell check instead. I find so many errors in our newspaper and even in published books.
    Lots of fun pictures today of more trees and decorations! Thanks to all for sharing them.

  13. Launa Peters

    Great pictures of trees n everything. Praying my quilting friends are bypassed by tornadoes 🌪 in TN… some were heading their way last night! Looked @ online photos last night n have quilted more Christmas patterns than I remember! Gave so many away.
    Glad Hazel had a bath!
    Husband promises French Toast using Texas size bread 🥖! 23snowy degrees up here in Idaho.

  14. Joyce from NY

    I agree “these ones” makes me cringe when I hear people say it. Love all the trees & quilts!

  15. Donna Ondler

    Regarding typos…..I have spotted many. I have a friend who says Muslim instead of muslin. 🫤. Also another one that doesn’t use “refuge” & “refugee” properly 🫤

  16. Kathy

    I forgot to add that I hung out clothes on my clothesline yesterday in 64 degree breezy air and they dried in a few hours. Boy did they smell good! Who would think end of the year and I am hanging out clothes in New York.

  17. Janet Beyea

    I loved quilted vests. I still have them. I never wear them but I just can’t get rid of them.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – obviously I can’t get rid of this one either – too many early memories of my quilting journey. When I die someone will take it to the thrift store and someone else will buy it for a Halloween costume.

  18. Kathy in western NY

    The vest is vintage so wear it and be in style today. People pay money to buy quilts or make them, only to cut up into jackets or vests. I like yours cause it’s all symmetrical as log cabin should be. I would also do what others suggested about finishing off the piece so you don’t cover up the beautiful edging. It’s so pretty. More work but will be nice to admire on your wall seeing the whole piece in its glory.
    The trees have been so fun to see how people decorate this time of year. The horseshoe tree is an example of how we all are different but share in the reason for the season. Thank you Mary for caring enough to put in your blog to let us all see trees in your readers homes.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – yes, I will definitely frame the stitchery in a larger frame to keep that edging – it is such tiny stitching and so perfect. And it’s such a great idea.

  19. Brenda in Georgia

    Greta has such a sweet face and Hazel looks amazingly white! I think I remember reading that she is a Jack Russel terrier, but is she mixed with some other breed or maybe you don’t know for sure? Anyway, I would love to have her. She reminds me of my Samson.
    I too cringe at all the grammatical errors. My English teacher from the fifties would turn over in her grave. I am pretty sure that the students of today have never had to diagram a sentence.
    I do really like your log cabin vest! I love seeing all the Christmas trees and was quite amazed at the horseshoe tree.
    Thanks for writing your blog. I love to start my day reading it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – Hazel is a purebred Jack Russell Terrier – with papers to prove it and is the only dog I’ve ever driven across the country (Colorado) to pick up. She has a broken coat which means she isn’t completely smooth like you normally associate with a JRT and not completely fluffy like others – something in between. She has a huge personality!! She will be 7 on January 17.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – forgot to say – a high school student today would never understand diagraming a sentence and I’m not sure I could do it again myself.

  20. Linda in Central Iowa

    Another vent time? I’ve turned off the auto-correct. Now my issue is AI – it’s just as bad or worse as it can/will change the whole sentence.
    My chalk board irritant: we was
    I enjoy reading about the antics of Hazel and seeing the supervision of all the pets. The beautiful and creative trees from all around the world has been wonderful – loved your idea.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      p.s. I couldn’t get into sewing last eve, so reorganized my fabric on the multiple shelving bookcase I have for that purpose. The bookcase looks so much tidier and the colored fabric stacks that had become messy over time are now all back with the right colors. That will be better when I go to choose fabric for my next projects. I guess progress comes in many ways.

        1. Vicki Ibarra

          So, true!
          As to mispronounced words, I know a woman who pronounces “volleyball” as “bolleyball”. I try to use the word volleyball back to her in a sentence, but she has never caught on. So, I have left it alone.

          1. Mary Etherington Post author

            Vicki – and a good friend of mine says Cova instead of Covid! I, like you, have tried to use the word back to get but to no avail.

  21. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, no one proof reads anymore — they depend on spell check. That one did give me a chuckle though. I’ll have to dig out my vest and send you a picture – hahaha

  22. Connie R.

    My pet peeve is when people pronounce BIRTHDAY as BURTday. It is the day of your birth, not the day of your BURT.
    I’ve seen many mistakes on the news headlines that run across the bottom of the screen during the news broadcasts on TV. I guess it’s the sign of the times.

  23. Leslie

    Have the embroidery piece mounted on a framing board, then frame it. You won’t loose the edge!

  24. Sue in Oregon

    More and more I hear people on YouTube channels say…These ones. I shudder every time I hear it. A pet peeve I guess, kind of like bad parking.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – it hurts my ears, too! I read a blog that isn’t big on sentence structure or usage and I’d love to correct the writer but won’t.

  25. Beth T.

    Mary, you are right about the lack of proof-reading. People trust spell-check. And spell-check won’t catch errors like that, because “Muslim” is a word, it just isn’t the word they intended to use. Yesterday I wrote a note to an author about a book she was promoting. The main character was looking forward to an “exiting” life, according to the author’s webpage. Same culprit. I suggested that someone had relied on spell-check and that I imagined the character was hoping for an exciting life.

    This is why I am tempted to wear the t-shirt that declares “I am silently correcting your grammar”–although it seems I can’t stay silent! 🙂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beth – YES! You’re speaking my language! I hate auto correct – I know what I’m saying, can spell and punctuate without help. I tried to take the Google feature of finishing thoughts before I type them off of my settings and it was so confusing I had to give up. And yes, Muslim is a word so of course it wouldn’t be caught. I’m glad you wrote that note – I feel like a professional proof reader when I look at newspapers or magazines and always want to call the professionals out but then I don’t.

    2. Jane from St Marys IA

      I had to contact the author Sandra Brown years ago as she mentioned George Strait in the book only it was spelled Straight! I just couldn’t let that pass! I’m a huge George Strait fan so I wasn’t going to let them get away with that. I ended up getting an email with an apology that it wasn’t caught in their proofreading & was told the next book printing they would make sure that was corrected! Whether that happened or not I have no clue but it did make me feel better!!!

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Jane – well done! I, too, love George Strait and I know he would appreciate your efforts.

  26. Tina W in Oregon

    I like Deb’s idea of mounting the stitchery and then framing it. But you do you! The trees have really been fun. I especially like the horseshoe tree today and the sleeping cat under the next tree. I agree with you about proof reading!

  27. Arrowhead Gramma

    No one proofreads in today’s world. We have a lake association where I live and they put out emails to the membership each week. I would say 99% of the times there are typos and spelling errors in the emails. JMHO. 🤔

  28. Rosie Westerhold

    I once worked with a woman who kept calling muslin “Muslim.” One day I couldn’t stand it any longer, and I corrected her. She said she had no idea she was saying it wrong!! And this woman graduated Magna Cum Laude from college. Apparently that is not taught in school now. It was just like nails on a chalkboard for me.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rosie – it was for me, too, but I never had the nerve to correct our employee. Working in a quilt shop I assumed she’d know.

  29. Deb

    I would probably have the cross stitch mounted on a mat board and then frame so the edge would show. It’s beautiful!

  30. Margie in SOCAL

    oh Mary, re: the cross stitch with that beautiful edging — idea: why not just hand stitch a backing
    on it, with a sleeve, and treat it as a wall hanging ???? instead of hiding all that loving handwork
    behind a frame ??? well thats just an idea, we all know you have enough to do as it is !!!!!!!

  31. Martha W in WY

    I usually go back and read over what I supposedly typed. I hate auto correct, especially on my phone.
    Hazel is white, again!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – I do also try hard to proofread but these are professional ads and they really should take a lesson, don’t you think?

  32. Marsha in Michigan


    Yes, muslim and some say it that way, too. A result of auditory learning without good reading skills?

    Complimentery / Complementary.
    Two different words with two different meanings. I’m seeing complimentary used in place of complementary.
    Like fingernails on a chalkboard. Kids today don’t experience that. They breathe fumes from the whiteboard markers and whiteboard cleaning fluid.

    That crocheted edging is amazing. But I wonder why the maker put it on something that would typically be framed. Maybe to keep it from raveling until she could afford a frame? I have a tendency to make up little stories in my head about handwork like that.

    Some pretty trees & quilts. My decorating is mostly done. It’s been fun during these gloomy days to have tree lights, a lighted snowman & lighted miniature trees.

    We enjoyed a day in Shipshewana IN yesterday. Donuts, Christian bookstore browsing, a slapstick comedy musical, shopping at Yoder’s (drygoods and hardware store across the aisle from each othert), a drive through Amish farm country, Chicago pizza, and an hour long ride through a light display!

    Time to sleep, two grandkids coming tomorrow to hang out with Poppop and Grandma. 💕

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marsha – years ago we had an employee who called it muslim – we were too embarrassed for her to correct it. But this is a national company printing such a blatant error!

  33. Diane in Colorado

    Proofreading seems to be a lost art, for sure!

    Hazel is sparkling white! When’s the next adventure, Mom????

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