Quilts From the Show, 8-13-23

Here are my favorite quilts from the Blue Earth show yesterday. Remember what I said about these not being better than the others – these are just the one that I liked best personally. No offense intended.

Hazel’s favorite toy from Rose.

She loved it to death!

Rain on Friday night created so much weight on the hydrangeas that the fence is leaning! Also hail and wind south of us.

From a reader – I’ve created a mob of photographers just watching the parking lots for offenders. I love it!

Can you find two kittens in this mess?

61 thoughts on “Quilts From the Show, 8-13-23

  1. Peggy S

    I think I see one on top of the cat tree & one on top of the ironing board???
    What a collection of beautiful quilts. Wow!! Would sure be hard to pick out winners if it’s a judged show.
    Too bad about Hazel’s toy. Hope you can find her another one!!

  2. Francine in Dubuque , Iowa

    Loved all your quilt pictures especially like star quilts. The quilting was exceptional. Making stars is my favorite go to patterns, they always grab my attention. Glad to see got some rain. We need some badly here in Dubuque. Take care.

  3. Dot

    As a user of handicapped parking for my late husband, who used a wheel chair, I often found that the cross-hatched area was on only one side of the space. Sometimes on the driver’s side, sometimes on the passenger side. In the photo above, if the passenger needed to get into a wheel chair, the driver probably had no choice but to leave room to wheel up the chair on the passenger side, and park partially in the cross-hatched area.

    1. Brenda in N Calif

      I agree. Having been my mother’s caretaker i know it is impossible to always park so you can get the wheelchair to the passenger door.

    2. Rosalie

      Dot, you are absolutely correct. Ideally a space would accommodate either driver or passenger but sometimes this is the best solution.

  4. Teresa in Indiana

    I loved all the quilts from the quilt show. I may try recreating several at some point. It took me a while, but I finally found both kittens. They are so cute! I’m so glad they are getting along. Have a good evening.

  5. Brenda in N Calif

    Loved the quilt show! You are right in that most of them are doable. It is to bad we can’t ask for the pattern names. There are a few I would like to put into my want-to-make stack. Loved the I spy game with the kittens. Was sure with Keeper in the room that Gracie would be up higher. She must be settling in.

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    What a great show, I’m sure each quilt had something special. Your selection went from traditional to modern with everything in between. The Big Splash was quite eye catching.
    I was looking at your ironing board think it looks a lot like mine….there sat a kitty.

    It was nice and cool today. I needed that as I planned to trim trees, fix the fence and mow. I had enough energy to do a few loads of laundry too. I am sore tonight.

  7. Viv in Idaho

    I see both Kitties and Keeper of course! What a fun sewing room for the kittens to play and hide in..and for you to sew in!! All the quilts are beautiful. I am going to keep the rectangle in a rectangle (?) in mind as a pattern to use my scraps strips in as I always seem to have plenty of scraps😂.

  8. patti leal

    had fun looking for the kitties. loved the quilts from the show also. some of them really spoke to me. i liked the layout of the bowtie blocks. that is alot of bowties! lots of quilts with half square triangles and flying geese. love to see them. thanks so much for sharing. glad you got some rain. we are like texas, dealing with excessive heats due to humidity – a/c can’t keep up. but the heat doesn’t let up. i spent some time today putting blocks together into a top (blocks made back in 2005). better late than never. patti in florida

      1. patti leal

        alot has happened. collapsed lung twice, c.o.p.d. diagnosis, 24 hour oxygen, deaths in the family. close of my business. just lots of stuff.

        1. Janet S

          Patti, You have been through a ton of heartache for the last 8 years, no wonder you put quilting aside. It’s nice to hear you are back at it.

        2. Mary Etherington Post author

          Patti – you’ve had lots to deal with. I’m sure I have some projects from the early 2000’s that I could finish. I hope you get back to quilting just to soothe your soul.

  9. Pam forsling

    I also love those same quilts. Right now I’ve lost my urge to quilt. I’m in the process of trying to pack for a move to a new condo. So many decisions to make on something new. Instead of sewing in the basement I will have a studio in my spare bedroom. I look forward to reading your blog daily.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pam – well, right now you’re too busy to think about sewing but when you’re moved in – enough to know where your sewing machine is – just sit down and sew a simple 9 patch. It will calm your nerves and remind you how much you like to quilt.

  10. Debra Reber

    Loved the pictures of the quilts from the quilt show! Also loved trying to find the kittens!

  11. Kathy Hanson

    I can see how those were your favorite quilts, all really nice! I found the kittens in the room, they know a good place to be! Well Hazel surely loved her toy!!!!

  12. Lorraine

    Love the pictures of the quilts. they are all patterns that I would like to try someday. Thank you for sharing

  13. Brendalynne

    Is the Parker trying to create an ex use over parking in a spot for challenged folks? Of course they are also in the painted grid they should not be in.

  14. MaureenHP

    The show had a nice variety of quilts. I eventually found both kittens, hiding in plain sight! By the way, is that oil drum your scrap basket?🙂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Maureen – Rick put rope handles on it so I could use it for trash. I could certainly fill it with scraps but I’d never come across those on the first layer!

  15. Denise

    Love all the pictures of the kitties. Found them all. Greta is hard to find. Her fur color makes her blend in. I love the picture of Greta and Becky. Greta is just looking away pretending she doesn’t see Becky. Made me laugh. The quilts were all beautiful.

  16. Nikki in Tx

    LOL… found the kittens!!!
    Thank you for sharing the quilt show photos. Several of the quilts definitely added to my “to do” list.
    While I didn’t do any sewing today, I did accomplish quite a bit of quilt prepping.I got two quilt tops cut out & kitted up.
    Picked out fabrics for two more. Don’t you just love the ziplock baggies? Especially the gallon size?
    Your flowers are amazing. Glad you got some rain.
    Sorry to hear Judy Martin had to cancel due to Covid but glad her husband could carry on for her.
    Just a reminder to all, it is predicted with the approaching fall & winter ( even though it is hard to think about when still in triple digits) that will be a rise in cases of Covid & the flu, we need to be cautious, wash our hands often, & if not feeling well, stay home, don’t expose others. Hope all have a good week & May those that need it receive rain.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nikki – wow, that’s a lot to get done – I, too, dislike cutting. I’ll bet it’s so hot you retreat inside . I have to ask – are you living back at the ranch? Chad? New house?

  17. Bonny

    Thank you for sharing pictures from Quilt Show. So much variety in design, fabrics, and quilting. So much inspiration!

  18. Pamela Dempsey

    Yes, love the quilts! I only saw Gracie at first, Greta really blends in. 🥰

  19. Marsha from Kansas

    I agree, too. I have to use a step stool to get into my husband’s truck. The door has to completely open and I am the passenger. He needs to park to the left to give me enough room. The quilts are all beautiful and give great ideas to make scrap quilts. I’m going to try to photograph some of them for future reference. I printed off the free pattern to Lisa Bongean’s quilt with all the teeny tiny HST. I haven’t tried to make it yet. I love it and marvel at all the work that goes into the quilt. Gorgeous!! Thanks for all the pictures of your favorite quilts.

  20. Sharon G.

    Love the quilts, Mary. What a show that must have been! Thanks for sharing.
    I found both kitties – Greta on the ironing board and Gracie on the scratching post/tower.
    I had plans to work in my garden Friday and mow on Saturday, but I came down with a “bug” that flattened me Friday and Saturday. The home Covid test I took was negative – thank goodness. I’ve noticed lately that some businesses no longer have hand sanitizer sitting out on counters. Just have to hope the person we deal with behind the counter washed their hands! So we must all be diligent like Nikki in TX suggested. Flu season is just around the corner – unfortunately.
    Take care everyone! 😊

  21. Sandy

    Hi Mary, glad some one said the kitten was on the ironing board!Som3 good quilts there for future reference Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  22. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Thanks for sharing your faves from the quilt show-amazing!
    Loved searching for the kittens; they are so cute, as are Hazel and Keeper.

  23. Carolyn of Ohio

    Great quilt show. My favorite was 36. I love when you have 2 different blocks like that in a quilt, intersected. Loved looking for the kitties, too. Thanks for all the photographs.. Great show!

  24. Lynette in Orlando

    Thank you for sharing the quilts — beautiful and inspiring! Wish we had gotten some rain here, but from what I’m hearing, next week will be a wet one…… we need it!!!! The only thing the heat has been good for is that I can sew all day and not feel guilty. Too hot to do anything else.

  25. Janet S

    Mary, It’s a shame what happened to the corn and bean fields in your neck of the woods. The weather sure hasn’t been kind to the farmers this year. Hopefully, they will be able to harvest something. Great quilt show making it impossible to pick a favorite.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet S – a couple years ago farmers got hit hard and now I think many have hail insurance.

  26. Linda Carpenter

    Oh the simple 9 patch. Mary you are so right. At 73 my arms are failing me. I have a history of rotator cuff tears and had 3 surgeries. Doc recently told me my right shoulder has torn again, 3rd time. (left one is not so bad) and I have had tennis elbow for 8 months. Any handwork seems to cause the most pain, it’s the repetition. No more surgeries for me! But I can sit at my machine and sew 9 patches. I may have to invest in an Accuquilt as rotary cutting is hard on the arms. A lifetime of quilting, cross stitch, embroidery, rug hooking, crochet. Very hard to give up what I love. The key for me is just do a little at a time. It’s a big adjustment. I love your blog and read all the comments.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Linda – I understand you considering an Accuquilt cutter. Many of my friends have invested in one for the same reasons you say especially if you make repeated sizes quilts. If you have a local quilt shop that stocks them, try them out before buying. I do like using an electric one of my friends to cut 6 1/2 squares for mission quilts for our church. I might think seriously of one someday. Just don’t lose your steam for sewing cause it’s a great stress buster in our upside down world somedays when there are tools to help us to create.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda –
      1. I have also had rotator cuff surgery and learned later that sometimes cuffs can repair themselves.
      2. Invest in new blades oftener to lessen your cutting pressure.
      3. Could you barter services with a friend – cutting for piecing? I, too, find it hard to believe that there re people who like to cut – ha!
      4. I could make 9 patches for the rest of my life – no shame there.
      Please let us know what helps you to keep on quilting.

  27. Kathy in western NY

    I don’t know what pictures were my favorite – all the beautiful quilts or the one with a busted Hazel toy or the one with your cozy sewing room letting the pets have their rest. I loved them all. Thank you Mary for your time to put up a nice post to begin my week with.

  28. Carla

    Oh Linda, I feel for you! I’ve looked at the cutting machine as well wondering… cutting is my least favorite part of quilting. My right forearm gets so sore. I need to use fresh blades more often lol. Great quilts, I had favorites picked out from your favorites, Mary.

  29. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Thanks for taking us along to the quilt show; it’s been fun, I’ve examined them all. Beautiful, each and every one. I found the kitties!!

  30. Dianna in Wisconsin

    I love the show thru your eyes, thanks for taking us there too. Those are beautiful quilts, so much inspiration.
    Rain today,all day is the forecast so that means sewing time!
    We had a potluck yesterday at church to say goodbye to a beloved pastor. He is moving to Iowa to lead a new church. We will miss him and his family so much but he is going to a great state.

  31. Debbie

    Thanks very much for sharing the quilts from the show!!!! A beautiful, rainy day treat!!!!! You are the best!

  32. Kim Haggerty

    I enjoy the daily quilt show -so much talent & beauty. I love to hear about what’s going on in farm country too. The parking photos are great. Every time I see a wacky parked car I think of you Mary & all the crazy parking pics you share. Getting much needed rain in Northeast illinois today.

  33. Joy in NW Iowa

    So sad to see the hail damage.
    The quilt show was beautiful!
    I see the two kittens! They have a great place to live! Don’t worry about your mess in your space!
    My visitors all went somewhere this morning! I’m not sure I could even list the designations! 😂😂. I am chillin in my chair with a cup of coffee catching up with the blog about nothing and everything!
    I have to make a trip to the grocery store, image that, with seven extra people 😂😂

    Nice and cool today, but just wait! The heat is coming again! School is starting in some schools this Wednesday a next week for others! Ugh! Where did summer go?
    Love you Mary!

  34. ChristieB

    It took me a bit to find the second kitty! You have an “eye spy” quilt studio! Thanks for sharing the quilt photos – some of them are the ones I would have gotten photos of if I had been there. Our guild in Nebraska City is having their Applejack Quilt Show in September – getting my entries ready for the show. So sorry for your local farmers – we almost lost our crops due to drought in June and July, but with God’s perfect timing, we have had some timely rains now. Everything looks beautiful right now! Our corn was about 2 feet shorter than normal on the 4th of July (I always take a picture of my farmer in the corn field on the 4th – you know the saying: knee high by the 4th of July – my husband is 6’2″ and it’s always taller than him at that time, not this year) Will see how the yields are at harvest time. Soybeans look fantastic, just starting putting on pods. Thanks for always being here for us to enjoy your words, even if they are about nothing! HUGS… and stitches

  35. Erin

    Thank you for all the pictures, especially the wonderful quilt show! There is so much talent represented there.

  36. Lee

    Mary, time has passed you are leaning to the modern side ….. lots of us are.
    It’s fun.

  37. Susan K in Texas

    I like all the quilts you took a picture of. I made a star quilt like the #17 in Christmas fabrics last year. It’s a fun quilt to make.
    I found the two kitties. It looks like both are happy and have lots of fun places to hide.
    For those looking at the AccuQuilt – make sure you get the electric one and not the crank one. The crank one will aggravate your shoulder and elbow and wrist issues.
    I use a Martelli rotary cutter and it helps with hand and wrist issues. It’s a little different to get used to and changing the blade can be a challenge until you figure it out.
    Mary I’m sending some parking fun from Texas. It’s a lot full of trucks. I find myself looking at bad parking a lot more now. And we have parked “badly” when we have my MIL (and FIL in the past). If she’s the passenger we need extra room for her with her mobility issues – the handicapped stripes aren’t always on the side we need.

  38. Sharon

    Hi Mary – While scrolling through your quilt show pics, I immediately recognized one as an enlarged version of the cover quilt from your book THE BLUE AND THE GRAY called Civil Unrest. I saw your quilt in person at quilt market many years ago – what a cutie at only 36″ square! This certainly explains why you were drawn to it.

  39. Melody in Wisconsin

    I see Gracie on the cat tree and Greta on the ironing board – love the names you picked out for them. What do they think of Keeper? They don’t seem to be bothered by him sleeping in there. I love how Hazel loved her toy to death. My 2 cats absolute favorite toy is a peacock feather. They have also loved alot of them to death. I will have to start buying them in bulk!

    The quilts are beautiful and all so unique. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

    Enjoyed all the book recommendations and have added alot to my list of books I want to read. I will be busy this winter and maybe it will fly by. Not my favorite time of year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Melody – none of the dogs bother with the kittens and they were startled at them at first but now they don’t even flinch.

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