Saturday Update, 4-23-21

Ivy is here for the day – she loves to steal Hazel’s toys! Really she just wants somebody to chase her!

A reader said she must have missed the post when I showed my bright bullseye quilt – hahaha! Here it is – in the same condition I left it.

Dirty Dozen quilts:

Here’s the back of Rosemary’s denim bullseye:

As I looked at old fabric I came across these pretty pink fat quarters so I sewed 9 of them together for a really fast quilt – so easy! Quilted with straight lines and machine bound. Voila! A breath of spring!

It’s a sewing Saturday here on the farm – a little too chilly to work outside.

We could call it a weekend fat quarter quilt!

48 thoughts on “Saturday Update, 4-23-21

  1. Vicki

    A fat quarter sewing day sounds perfect! We are warmer here, so we will be outside.
    I have fat quarters and now have an idea for making a table covering, thanks to what you shared, Mary. Thanks so much. I haven’t been fabric shopping in over a year. Thank goodness I have a large fabric stash. (Still, after all this time….laugh!) I was looking forward to something that would go together fast and the fat quarter table covering is perfect.

    Susan K from Texas – could share the name of the pattern you used?

    1. Susan K in Texas

      As Mary said it’s Sea Anemone from Fig Tree. I did put it in an on point setting as the pattern is in a straight setting. I think the on point setting sets off the blocks better.

  2. Joyce from NY

    Hi Mary, I sent you a picture of my bullseye runner awhile back & haven’t seen it. Maybe I didn’t send it right, no big deal. Warming up here today finally after our 3 day snowstorm.

  3. Dee Winter

    I picked up some salesperson samples at the Amana Quilt Fest that have boston terriers on them. Just 4, going to make them same size, make a small table topper for a friend who has bostons. It too will be an easy peazy item. I’m finishing a project she started, she is not a stitcher, so it’s been kind of a struggle to incorporate the signature blocks, some sentiments written on the diagonal, others not, and one they wrote clear down to the very corner. She had extra fabric so I adherred another matching piece, so when I sew it signature’s not in seam allowance, the edge will be caught in the basic quilting I will do.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee Winter – gosh, what a nuisance! But I have gotten signature blocks like that in the past. They don’t think.

  4. B. J.

    Such a neat idea to make a table covering from a grouping of fat quarters! Easy peasy is right.

  5. Cathy D

    Love the fat quarter quilt!! I hope you have fat quarter bundles on your and Connie’s garage sale.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Aww now don’t tempt me Mary to drive from NY! I looked and it’s almost 900 miles and think of all your readers I would want to pick up along the way. I hope all the shoppers share pictures of their loot with us to see what we missed. 😩 Loved all the quilts shown today and your fat quarter table covering in pink is such a happy piece for your porch. It’s 68 here so in and out today.

  6. Susan K in Texas

    I like the front and the back of the bullseye quilt. Great idea on the fat quarter table topper. I have groups of fat quarters that would be great for that – quick and easy and put to use prettying up a table.

  7. Launa

    Good idea to use fats for table topper, Mary! Looks great! Nice Hazel has a friend visiting!
    A sunny 😎, but chilly, breezy morning up here; possible sprinkles. You’ve probably read about the Forest Service controlled burning that got away near FIRTH, ID and burned over 1100 acres? Sure hope they are more cautious if n when they get up my direction! Why start a controlled burn on such a gusty day? Local paper reported four fires that got away from wind locally this week, but were doused by local volunteer fire departments!
    Am hearing from shop owners about increases in future fabrics arriving in June.
    Had a small Fox running around the pond yesterday. Snow is continuing to melt. Was nice to see your green lawn!

    1. Anonymous

      You must be from my neck of the woods. Firth is just about 20 min up the highway from me.

      Barb P

  8. Kimberly Lusin

    Love your “breath of spring “ fat quarter quilt! It’s chilly and rainy here in Indiana so I’ve declared this quilting Saturday!

    1. Rosemry W

      I did Not put batting in since the denim is so heavy. I used good quality brushed cotton on the back and that was heavy enough for me. Flannel would work, too, without batting.
      I’ve already made two bullseyes – one with a light background and one with a dark background, and wanted to make a denim quilt to throw in my car, so when Mary was ready to do a bullseye quilt along, that’s when the two ideas came together nicely. I love it! I told her, too, that I didn’t need another UFO, so the ragged edges was a quick finish for me.

      1. Lynne from NJ

        Thanks, I wondered about the weight. Think I’d like to try the bullseye with denim and flannel. Really enjoying our virtual quilt show.

      2. Sherry Whalen

        Thank you for explaining what you did – I really liked it when Mary first posted it! I’ve made a queen sized Bullseye, and I sewed along this time and made an all flannel with some denim incorporated in the circles. But NOW – I will also be making a denim one to use some of the boxes of denim I have around her lol. So far this year I’ve made 4 rag/flannel quilts, and one Rough and Tumble with Bonnie Hunter’s pattern (it needs to be quilted yet). My goal – is to make 8 denim quilts by Christmas – one for each of the grands. Oh, and to use up a bunch of denim and flannel!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sherry Whalen – let me know if you need more denim!! Haha! You have an ambitious schedule until Christmas – I don’t envy you!

          1. Sherry Whalen

            Hi Mary, thank you for the offer of jeans, but I have an embarrassingly large stash of jeans (and flannel) which is why I thought it would be a good idea to make 8 rag type quilts. I’ve made 5 and it hasn’t made a noticeable dent in the pile yet. These are about a lap size, I was going to make them larger but since the grands are age 2-10, bigger ones were way too heavy for them to drag to the couch to watch TV or haul outside for a picnic. I’m feeling pretty good about getting them done since I have 4 rag ones already done, and the Rough and Tumble that I will need to quilt. Three more should be doable. I think one will be a bullseye and I still want to do a cathedral style with fleece centers.

        2. Rosemary W

          Good to hear you’ll be making one too! That is a lofty goal of 8 by Christmas! Good for you and what an awesome keepsake from Grandma! I also made denim quilts for my 3 girls and gifted them in 2019. So this was my quilt from “our” jeans! I’ve got my denim stash whittled down especially cutting 9” backgrounds for this was a challenge. denim skirts worked well. Send Mary your denim quilts for “show And tell”…we’d love to see them!

  9. Sharlyn

    Love your pink fat quarters..have a question…when you quilt straight lines do you use the channel lock on your quilting machine….I really like how it looks..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharlyn – no, I don’t even know where the channel locks are! I just walk sideways and look ahead as if I’m driving. Do not look at where the needle is as it travels – sometimes on a block I’ll put in the top and bottom lines, then the middle and then it’s easy to split the difference.

  10. Kathy Hanson

    What a lovely fat quarter quilt! So nice!
    Ivy looks like a fun dog! I suspect Hazel is happy to chance her. Penny is 4 months old tomorrow and Is feisty! 🤔❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy Hanson – have Jerry take your picture with Penny so I can see how much she’s grown!

  11. Charlotte Shira

    So many great quilts! Love them all. Great idea for the fat quarter table covering. I could make several. Mary, too bad the quilting fairy hasn’t put your bullseye quilt together!! She hasn’t showed up at my house either!! 😄😄

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Charlotte Shira – hmmm, just where IS that quilting fairy???

  12. Marian Stever

    Mary, we get the best ideas from you, the fat quarter quilt. Nice to put the similar designs together. Ivy looks to be up to tricks, Fun. Love Karen K’s Texas quilt. The baby blue is so pretty. Listening to the Twins on this chilly day, working on my next project.

  13. Nikki in Tx

    Love the 8 fat quarter quilted table cloth… ideas are a brewing…
    I have a love/hate relationship with spring…weather a welcome & all work needing to be done not so welcomed.
    Still plugging away on my Village houses , one day it will be totally assembled…keep telling myself that.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nikki in TX – I couldn’t agree with you more about spring and all the work that comes with it. The fat quarter tablecloth is one of those simple ideas that we often think is TOO easy but everything doesn’t have to be hard! And the fabric itself is so beautiful, it does all the work.

  14. Janet of MN

    Mary, I just love your bullseye quilt and the fact that you still believe in the quilting fairy. Please send her my way. It is so wonderful to know EVERYONE has works in progress.

  15. Nancy TD

    Sent my finish. Made labels for some projects and cleaned and oiled my machine.
    Mary, your fat quarter table topper is a great idea.
    Hope to see pictures of the treasures gals bought at your sale.
    About the fabric price increase— prizes on notions has been going up too. I paid 7.99 for a package of machine needles. ( since have found them cheaper) I guess It is a good thing to have a fabric stash.
    Thanks everyone for sharing your finishes and keep sewing!

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    Maybe you can take a picture of your sale just before it opens…then we all can drool!
    The pictures today are wonderful. Thanks to all for sharing.
    We are having a grandmother’s baby shower this summer, yes, one of our quilting ladies is going to be a new grandmother. We’re all so excited. So, I’m going through my fat quarters gathering possibilities for a baby quilt then, lo and behold, a group of sweet fat quarters was sitting in the back of the basket. 👏😊
    You can chalk that up to blackeyed peas on New Years Day.

    Have fun with Ivy…tired dogs are happy dogs.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – yes, I will take pictures. I am sorry all the 3000+ readers can’t attend the sale – we would love to see them all! I will take pictures after the sale and TRY to run a fair sale online. It’s beyond me how I can do that however. I do have so many blocks for the girls – I so wish I could see what they do with them but I understand about no cameras. I subscribe to that black eyed pea superstition, too!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Betty Klosterman – black eyed peas bring good luck for the next year!

  17. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    Ivy sure looks like our labradoodle Banshee, that we lost 2.5 years ago. He loved to play chase too. Every night we ran around a wall from the kitchen to the living room then to the dining room and back to the kitchen. . Round and round and if we hid, he would search us out and loved it. We did that for 14-1/2 years. Good thing we had laminate floors so it didn’t wear out. Really like the bear paw DD quilt and all the other quilts. They are all so inspiring!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa from Port Coquitlam – do you have a dog now? Ivy does get worn out coming here for the day and I usually bring her home with me from church on Sunday for a little more exercise.

      1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

        Hi Mary, no we don’t have another dog yet. Once all the restrictions are over we are hoping to travel again and will wait a few more years to get a dog. Funny we still aren’t ready, he was so special and such a good dog with our chickens and birds and the neighbours children, we are afraid we won’t find another like that. I too wish I was closer and could come to the sale. Pictures will allow all of us to daydream.

  18. Diana Stanfill

    I really, really adore 2 color quilts. That Bears in the Snow is stunning. I wish she would include a full picture of the one next to it as well. Beautiful quilts. I live the green one that followed as well.

    We moved. We are still in Florida. We moved out of the vacation subdivision we were in. The houses were to close together and way to noisy for our liking.

    We moved an hour closer to Tampa and purchased a log cabin with 1.67 acres. I have never been happier. My husband has walked all over with his walker with no problem. So he comes in the house, loses his balance and fractured a vertebra in his back. After surgery he is on the mend!

    My daughter will not let me get chickens due to my asthma and allergies. She iui s a nurse. So we are thinking maybe some goats?

    1. Linda H

      Thanks Diana! This is the one that my granddaughter chose for her graduation quilt – for the Byron Bears. It’s all flannel except for the sashings, and the back is a grey flannel snowflake print. I’ll send Mary a photo of the other quilt… it’s not a Dirty Dozen, but maybe she’ll sneak it in… 😉

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