Planting Day, 4-22-21

Tim planted the field of corn across the road today – we’ll watch it come up and grow and then watch it being harvested.

Planting 16 rows at a time makes short work of planting – maybe 2-3 hours.

More great quilts to look at today!

This bullseye quilt was made by a Garner gal who explained how she did it. She used denim as her background square and after quartering her completed blocks and resewing 4 quarters together, she layered each block with batting and brushed cotton on the back. Then she quilted each bullseye block on her home machine.

When she sewed the quilted blocks together, she left the ragged seam allowance to the back side of the quilt. I wish we could see the back. Nice job, Rosemary W.!

And here’s another bullseye quilt that I personally think is the sweetest one I’ve ever seen. Some day I’m going to make another bullseye quilt!

I recently passed on my collection of blue antique bowls to a cousin who graciously sent me pictures of my, now her, blue bowls. Feels good to know they have a new home with someone who also loves them.

Slowly but surely I will find new homes for my collections – the dog pictures, the white pitchers and the white planters will be last to go.

Betty B. asked me to talk about my knee replacements – do not wait to have this surgery, Betty! I have no more knee pain which is priceless. The one downside is not being able to kneel anymore making gardening especially hard. That’s why they make knee pads. Therapy was a chore but worth it because I had both knees done two months apart. This spring I am in such better shape than last spring following the surgery in the winter.

Here’s another sweet baby quilt.

This from Diane and Squeak:

Millie says “Hi, Squeak!”

32 thoughts on “Planting Day, 4-22-21

  1. Pat Smith

    Really nice finishes today. I love the creativity of the bullseye quilt finishes and find that is the key element that I’m missing—the creative, think outside the box element. Just the color choices on those 2 bullseyes are so great. I have a bullseye quilt almost ready to quarter but think the color choices are pretty blah so became unmotivated. Guess it will become a DD for me next year.

  2. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    HI back to Millie:) Isn’t it neat how each Bullseye is the same yet different? I love to see them and the baby one is adorable. I miss seeing the farming taking place because I taught at a country school for 10 years and watched all of the seasons as I drove 18 miles to school. I loved it. COLD here today, but it may be 80 by next Thursday. Welcome to Ohio weather. I am passing things on, too. It’s time and it makes me feel good to know someone wants them. The grandkids have started saying which quilts they want, too. I’m 70 so I hope I’m not out the door yet, but am happy they want them.

      1. Diane and Squeak

        Thanks, Wanda. She’s a rescue from the Big Lots parking lot!! She is truly a beautiful Tuxedo kitty with a fear of everyone except her “Mom”, me:)

  3. Donna

    Knee replacement was the easiest surgery I’ve ever had and so worth it! I had mine done the day before Thanksgiving and was able to put Thanksgiving dinner on the table. I cooked most of it the day before surgery 4 1/2 hours after surgery I was going up and down a flight of stairs. As Mary said kneeling is not comfortable but there are ways around it and I don’t hurt. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Therapy afterwards is VERY important for good results. No matter how uncomfortable the therapy is just do it or you’ll pay later.

  4. Debbie

    We love the farmer Tim updates. We are farmers from west central WI. Too cold to plant here yet but won’t be long! Love your blog, thanks for all the time you spend doing it for us!

  5. Carla J in Michigan

    Betty B. I will echo Mary’s comment about knee replacement surgery. I also had both knees done, four months apart four years ago. No pain, none. I know I should have done it earlier.
    Gardens are waiting for warmer weather for summer plants, spring is in full bloom. Waiting for the hummingbirds and orioles to appear. Bluebirds are nest building.

  6. Kay Schleusner

    Hi Mary
    Donny is planning on his knee replacement after fall field work.

  7. Sharon

    I too, am a lover of vintage pottery. I have sent several to goodwill, more in boxes to deliver. I know my children are not interested in them, hopefully someone will love them again. I looked on ebay and easy, and several are listed at $50+ . I hope they make money for goodwill. I also have several stoneware bowls that date way back, but not ready to part with them just yet, soon though. I am keeping my white pottery for now. I do have some of the same ones you have shown.

    1. Michele

      Whomever ‘finds’ your vintage pottery will be fortunate. It’s very difficult to find and when you do it’s very expensive. Have you considered listing it on FB Marketplace or something like that? Might be someone in
      your own area that would buy it and then you wouldn’t have to deal with the shipping side of it. Shipping is such a hassle and expensive, but you would pass that shipping on to the buyer. Can’t imagine how you’d pack vintage pottery to guarantee it didn’t break. Maybe that’s why it’s easier to send it to Goodwill.

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Really nice projects shown! Thank you readers for keeping me entertained with all the creations. Love all the bulleyes variations.

  9. Betty Klosterman

    The denim bulls eye quilt looks like a lot of HARD work. The heavy denim isn’t fun to work with. It will wear like iron and nobody will ever fall out of bed while sleeping under it.
    It’s the wierd spring weather out here, too. The sun will be shining full force and we have a raging blizzard at the same time. Five minutes later, the snow has melted….. The slush on the roads isn’t good. And then more. It is spring!
    I’m in the same boat with the rest of you — trying to figure out what to do with my treasures. Seems like almost every day I think about something else that I hadn’t thought about. I did give my great nephew (who at age 7-8 used to spend a lot of time at our house) my collection of arrowheads and tomahawk head that came from my great aunts farms about 1900 in Illinois and Indiana, along with the rocks, a gullet stone and fossils collected over time. He and his kids were thrilled. So was I that they will be appreciated. Something should be said about being older than rocks?
    Glad everybody is getting things finished. Our quilt show should be wonderful.
    Take care, everybody. Betty in Rapid City

  10. Jo in Wyoming

    Great post again. Thanks to all.
    Snowed again last night, my town must have a surplus of salt as one trip to town and my red car is white. So, I hit the car wash before pie with my quilting group. Because we all are vaccinated, and the restaurant is slow we feel ok going out. What a change.
    I read an interesting article about how farmers are hedging against crop failures and making machine payments. Technology for them is now essential, no longer optional.

    Sounds like grilling weather Sunday and Monday 👏😁

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – as I’m sorting fabric, I’m making you a pile of blocks – will send when I can for your girls!

  11. Diane Muldoon

    I had 4 replacement surgeries in one 16 month period, four months apart the year after my husband died. Each of them had come to the point where I was screaming in pain. I could not wait. The pain and the therapy for the three weeks after was oh, so worth it. Actually, after the first surgery, I had to go to a rehab. Day two, on meds and ice, my daughter brought in my sewing machine. and a jelly roll. I made a jelly roll quilt…xoxo

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane Muldoon – you can’t keep a good quilter down for long! You must have had both knees and both hips? How do you feel now?

  12. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Thanks for posting this, Mary. I really enjoyed the DD’s and seeing Tim planting the field. The flowering trees are so beautiful in our area; I am looking forward to seeing which of our perennials survived the winter. 🥰

  13. Charlotte S. in CA

    Another great quilt show!! I love the variations from the bullseye quilts. Can’t wait to finish mine. Love the sweet baby quilt. That reminds me I need to make one for my friend who is having her 1st grandchild this year.

  14. Sally J.

    i must of missed something because i never saw your finished Bullseye quilt from the challenge you had at the beginning of the year?? I remember seeing the blocks you were making but not the finish!!
    Squeak is the cutest!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sally J – haha! You haven’t seen it because it’s not done – it has become a DD!

  15. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    Sure hope it warms up here, so tired of the cold outside. I was in Kentucky near Bowling Green for most of last week and it was as cold there as it is here. Only thing good about the cold is I don’t feel quite so guilty about the time I spend in my quilting room. But it might hit 70 on Tuesday, we’ll see. Our Amish neighbors were plowing their fields almost a month ago, but I don’t think anyone has started planting yet. The cranberry bog across the street has had to flood their beds every night this week. Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks Mary for all the wonderful posts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marj – I agree – all this time I’ve spent getting ready for our sale has not kept me from yard work – too cold out there! I just wish I were sewing instead of sorting!!! Have to remember I can’t move all of this to town!

  16. Mrs. Goodneedle

    We keep doing the hesitation step into spring… after a stretch of gloriously warm days we’ve had frosts the last two nights, which is late for NC, they’ve surely taken a “bite” from tender growth. I love the baby quilts shown and the bright pastel Bull’s Eye. Squeak is just precious.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – loved the picture of Hannes in his bed – in your sewing room, I think.

  17. Sue Smith

    It will be fun to see the Iowa corn growing. I would bet that it is just delicious. We travel inland in late summer to get good corn freshly picked. Then we come home and put it up in the freezer for winter. We have a hard time growing good corn on the coast.
    Jeanine—I love your baby quilt. Does it have a name and pattern? Thanks.
    All the finishes and bullseyes are great.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue Smith – Tim is not planting sweet corn to eat – all farmers around here plant field corn, a lot of which is used in the production of ethanol.

    2. Jeanine

      Sue – Thank you. I cannot tell you what the name of the quilt is. I probably saw one online and just figured out how to make it. I used 2.5″ strips, so you could figure it out from looking at one of the blocks. It wasn’t hard to do.

      1. Sue Smith

        2.5″ strips. Thank you. I think I can figure it out. I need to make a quilt for a baby girl. I have months to do it, but time creeps up on a person.
        Hmmm Not sweet corn, huh? Well, ethanol is a good thing, even if it isn’t to eat.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sue Smith – besides ethanol just think of all the things that derive from corn!

          1. Rosemary W

            we also have 3 large feed mills around here that buy the corn for grinding and/or mixing feed for pigs, chickens and cattle.

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Rosemary W – I think my e you should write a guest post about life on your farm – people just don’t understand farming! I’ll be in touch!

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