Sewing Chairs! 3-30-24

What a great discussion about chairs. See this?

It’s my new chair already loaded to go back to Staples! And yes, Gail, it’s a gaming chair and it felt great in the store but I can’t sew in it. And guess what? On the back of the receipt it says 2 weeks!!! I asked specifically and was told I had 30 days to return it for a refund. I will certainly be asking them about that and thank you to the reader who brought this to my attention. You can bet I won’t be buying another chair at Staples.

Iowa had no problem getting past Colorado today. Kate and her family traveled just two hours to attend the game in Albany. Kate is an Iowa grad.

I requested the picture of the scoreboard.

Remember that possum the dogs discovered by the quilt shop on Thursday night? Last night Hazel found it under the garden shed and I had to go out and drag her little stubborn little butt back to the house and give her a bath about midnight. Mud was caked around her chin!

So tonight I set the live trap and baited it with an egg and sunflower seeds. Just what I’ll need tomorrow morning before church.

Remember this little quilt top?

I decided I’d put forth the extra effort and quilt it with a spiral from the center. There’s a lesson here – sometimes the extra work is not worth it! Took me all evening and honestly straight lines would have been better! Dang.

Can’t even see it!

You win some and you lose some.

Anyone who is a church musician has music all over and I am no exception. Today I started to sort, organize and clean up.

Reader photos

Notice the twirled seams
From Dozen Variables
Here’s the full view of the quilt from yesterday’s post

58 thoughts on “Sewing Chairs! 3-30-24

  1. Jo in Wyoming

    I love it! The goat says it all!!!
    Great pix today. Huge crowd at the game. Congrats to Iowa.
    Now we know not to get a gaming chair for our activities.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – yes,I should print out that goat and put it by my sewing machine – ha!

  2. Shirley Andersen Smith

    I love that second quilt with different widths of rectangles. Does it have a name?
    Mary, terriers do what terriers do. Good girl Hazel.
    We watched the game too. An all around team effort and the coach couldn’t have been orouder of her girls.
    Yes, the goat says it all.
    Good luck on chair hunt. I am saving my money for the Bernina chair, mine are old padded seat sewing chairs with storage in the seat. But as I get old we( your age Mary), I need something better.
    Shirley from Oregon

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirley – I went back and looked. I think all the rectangles are the same. Two rectangles line up with a 4 patch. I could be wrong – maybe the reader will tell us.

    2. Li

      The last time I saw this made up was a May 7 2021 post on The rectangles are cut 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ and the four patch squares are cut 2-1/2″x2-1/2″. Hers finished 60″x80″. It was also on the website. One pattern maker who sold it is out of business now.

      1. Shirley Andersen Smith

        Thank you for pattern info..i do subscribe to sgcountry sampler too. A lovely shop.

  3. Jeanie S, Central IL

    This was a great post, beautiful pictures. Those cats are so cute; something has definitely captured their interest.
    In the piano room where you were sorting music, I love that beadboard cabinet.
    We cleaned today-ugh! I am thinking we need a cleaning service.
    Thanks, Mary 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – I asked what the cats were watching, too – it was a gecko on the downspout

  4. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, when I need extra horizontal space, the ironing board is a dream. A few years ago I made a paper pieced, queen sized Sisters Flower Garden quilt. The problem was the binding that had to match each part of the quilt. I moved the sewing machine to the kitchen table. And added the ironing board AND 2 kitchen chairs. It took me all afternoon. I had it judged at the quilt show and the judge complimented the binding!
    I won’t make another quilt that big. The ironing board helps when sorting lots of things.
    Betty in Rapid City

  5. Martha W in WY

    Wonderful quilts to admire to night. I’m liking the Easter decorations, too. The Iowa game was fun to watch. I hope the can hold their own against LSU on Monday. Easter blessings sent to each and everyone of your readers and you tonight.

  6. Dee from Shell Rock

    I personally put my folding table next to my bed and use it for extended table when I’m binding. Or putting together something I worry about being just right. I love the goat! I shared that on my fb page, my family and friends knew it was me. And my memory today was on the way home from leaning my brother’s apartment when he died, I stopped at the cemetery where my folks are. There was a Hamms beer can next to my dad’s stone. It was his brand. I had a good cry in the cemetery. And I love the cow picture also. Happy Easter.

  7. Cindy K

    No wonder that chair looked so comfortable! It was for laying back and playing games. The game today was so good-my sister and I both watched and texted back and forth. As usual, the quilts are great-I need more hours in a day as there were a few I could put on my bucket list. The goat gave me a good laugh. There are days when my picture could be on that poster. LOL!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – yes, why didn’t I pay attention to that definition – laying back with your controller in your hands would be perfect.

  8. patti

    all of the quilts today are great! i even enjoyed seeing the ‘twirled’ seams. i’m sorry the ‘swirl’ didn’t give you the satisfaction you expected. i thank you for sharing it because i have a smallish quilt that i was thinking of quilting that way. you have saved me the trouble. will probably go ahead and straight line it. has been a long day at my house. am tired. happy easter to all who celebrate. patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – thought that spiral quilting would make it very special but it didn’t.

      1. Marsha in MI

        I’m guessing it was just too busy, Mary. I typically like curved quilting on straight piecing and straight piecing on curved piecing. But it’s done which trumps perfection, right?

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, well the wedding quilt is washed, will take photos tomorrow, so played with an impro quilt yesterday, than went to movies and roast dinner at the working men’s club. Today the girlscame and we made a pumpkin and kumara(sweet potato) loaf, delicious! They are full of beans and l am a shattered heap when they go back upstairs! I saw that saying on a coffee mug Mary, lgo into the kitchen for 2 things and forget what one item was!Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  10. Sharon Eshlaman

    Love the goat! Think you need to remove the goat and add my picture, it’s so me 😂😂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – we could all have that poster with our faces on it – haha!!!!

  11. Susan Franke

    Mary, I saw your grand or baby grand in one of your photos. I’ve listened to your beautiful music when you post it. I used to play for church but now play just for pleasure. I’m looking for a used baby grand but don’t know anything about good manufacturers. Any advice? Many thanks for this and for all you share with us.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – Yamaha or Kawaii and buy one made in Japan not USA. Mine is Kawaii and I play a matching one at church. It needs tuning right now. I checked prices not long ago and can’t believe how much they’ve gone up. Do you live in my area? My dealer would be happy to help you if you are.

      1. Susan Franke

        Thanks so much for the information Mary. I live in Indianapolis so don’t think your dealer would have business around here. I see a lot of postings on Marketplace but don’t want to buy a “lemon”. Good to know what to avoid. Thanks again and Happy Easter.

  12. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Vickie,love your pink and green quilt! The cow picture is too cute and so are the kitties sitting together ❤️. Sorry you’re having a time finding a good chair. We took turns sitting in a bungee cord one on our shop hop and everyone wants one. Happy Easter 🐣🐇 everyone 😻 !

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – I will definitely try a bungee chair when I can find one.

  13. Donna Jo

    Mary why the heck did you use 2 beautiful quilts to return that chair? Don’t you have an old blanket you could have used? In your music room, there’s a folded blue/white quilt in the lower right corner. Can we see it? What’s the story on it? It looks old. Love the picture of the cats; so cute. Love Vicki in Seattle’s quilt; great colors! Enjoyed watching Iowa play! It’s so much more enjoyable for me when they lead the entire game! LSU is going to be tough to beat but we can do it! Have a Happy Easter! I am sure you are playing at church today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – Good Morning! Yes, I’m getting ready for church but will skip the Sonrise service. Up early to check my live trap – possum was laying close to it last night and I was sure he’d go into the trap when he woke up but sadly he didnt. I’ll try again tonight.
      The quilt? Haha! It was the one I grabbed first. All old blankets around here become cat beds – I swear I don’t even have one.
      I’ll photograph the blue and white quilt asap. I’m dreading the game with LSU – and you know my opinion.

  14. Kathy in western NY

    Nice that Kate and her family could see the game in person being close to drive to. It’s going to be hard watching Monday nite but we will.
    The quilts readers made and the kitties watching the bug together are wonderful. It is such a delight seeing viewers pictures sent in. That stinker Hazel going at the hunt by herself. Goes to show how dogs play follow the leader cause she came in the other night when Keeper and Telly listened to you.
    Good luck finding a decent chair to sew in. You will find one when looking for a bathing suit…that’s what I always say, you find everything else then but what you really wanted. Happy Easter everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – Good Morning – I got up quite early to check the trap but the possum wasn’t in it. I can’t believe it!

  15. Fran Dixon

    I have a big grin on my face! Loved all the photos and the blog. best way to start out my day! It was my birthday yesterday and I just piddled my day away doing odds and ends. Then after a long debate with myself, I did my tax return on Turbo Tax. I just did not want to give up any more money to IRS for the govt to squander it even tho it is just a drop in the bucket. Oh well done! I promised myself sewing room time today.

  16. Cynthia from SW MN

    There are a lot of chairs to look at online 👀. Sit Healthier looks very interesting, then it becomes an add-on for wheels, the gasket for raising and lowering the seat, you name it, but I am seriously thinking about it. Happy Easter to you, Rick, and your dedicated readers on the blog about everything! Still looking for a vacuum as well. Tried and true experiences will help make my decision. No cordless vacs for me as they were not strong enough in their vacuuming power, which my sister and I experienced. She wanted a cordless vac so she would not have something to trip over. We got a Shark cordless vac, assembled it, charged it up, but not good suction power. We disassembled it and returned it and got a Shark Vacuum for pet hair model. This is working great. I need a powerful vac to use on my hardwood floors, the lint, dust, whatever accumulates in the groves between the wood. This may be the one I get, not sure yet.

  17. Joyce from NY

    The quilts are beautiful today. The kittens are really interested in something & the goat is perfect!
    Watched Kaitlin Clark yesterday, good game, Monday night will be a tough one against LSU. Happy Easter Everyone 🐣

  18. Sue in Oregon

    Happy Easter, Mary and blog friends. We woke to a lovely morning. Birds chirping and flying around from tree to tree. The grass is so green it almost hurts your eyes. My tulips and daffies are blooming AND It isn’t raining. What a blessing.
    The quilts in today’s blog are awesome. I love that huge scrappy one and Vickies from Seattle. I have been rearranging my huge amount of scrapes into manageable strips, blocks and colors. I had to buy some plastic containers to house them and have made a bigger mess than I had before. It is starting to go my way now though and now I can make scrap quilts easier. At least, that’s the plan. I am not letting myself buy any fabric. I want to use what I have. (This statement has been made by thousands of quilters. lol) Jo from Jo’s Junction has inspired me to do this.
    Did you know that opossums eat their weight in ticks? If you have an opossum near by you will have no ticks. They drive dogs crazy though and I speak from experience.
    Hope you find your chair, Mary.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue in Oregon – I do know how beneficial possums are and I think God made them so homely so that people would leave them in the wild to do their job. I’ll continue the possum story tonight – after the games.

  19. Lynn Lahr

    Good morning and Happy Easter. I bought a bungee chair from the Container Store online on Black Friday. It is very comfortable for sewing, light and moves easily on my carpeted floors in the sewing room. When I go to a retreat, it goes with me. Having Easter dinner with family today. Will be missing our son and his family. They are in Wisconsin and decided not to come this weekend. I’m finishing a couple quilts and will send pictures soon.

  20. Pat in AZ

    Mary, you are the best bad inflation that I know. I swear you could take dry dog food and make a juicy ribeye!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat in AZ – and I have plenty of real fabric and could buy any amount that I wanted but I really like the challenge of making something from nothing.

  21. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Happy Easter! I hid 60 plastic eggs and baskets for the kids (yes, they’re in their 30’s!). They had a fun time finding them. And no rain today so it was just cool but dry.

    The cow picture was bought on Facebook marketplace by my husband after we moved to our new house. He said it just makes him happy! And he had finished cancer treatment so even though I might have wanted something else on the wall, we settled on the cow! I grew up on a dairy farm but we surely didn’t have any cows that color! Lol
    Looking forward to Monday nights game.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – without looking I’m trying to remember the wedding picture – is he the bald guy? The cow picture symbolizes a lot for your family.

      1. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

        He would say he is “balding” whereas our new son-in-law shaves his head so he truly is bald! Have a great day.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sunflower – then I was remembering the groom – with a bow tie?

  22. Jackie in NY

    I wondered how you would like that gaming chair as a sewing chair. My favorite is an IKEA chair.- with no arms to get in the way of pulling up to my machine.

    My DIL went to the Iowa game in Albany yesterday and she had a great time! An experience of a lifetime for her. We watched on TV.

  23. Candy

    I’ve only done spiral quilting on one quilt, a curved log cabin throw quilt. It turned out Ok, but definitely not worth all the work involved! It’s one I’ll always keep though. Happy Easter!

  24. Launa

    What are the cats watching?
    Watched Purdue win….now a tad of golf n then the next basketball 🏀 game! Thanks to TiVo! Duke vs NC State!
    Walked out to our upper deck…just windy with a stray snowflake occasionally!

  25. Rita in Iowa

    Love all the quilts especially the scrap quilts. Mary have you ever thought of quilting straight lines on an angle,? I did that for one quilt. A diagonal line from corner to corner or off set from one side to the other. Then a line from this line at a diagonal. Onesie is all straight line quilting. Just a thought.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rita – too hard for me on longarm – I don’t even know if it can be done. You’d have to roll and unroll. I’ve done lots of diagonal

  26. Janice in middle TN

    Hope everyone has had a nice Easter. My mother played the piano and organ for church, funerals, etc, and also taught piano lessons. I know what you mean about lots of sheet music! Sadly, I did not continue taking piano lessons long enough to be very proficient!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice – and everybody gives me their old music, too. I have a box going to the thrift store in my car right now.

  27. Doris G

    Happy Easter everyone! It has been a beautiful sunshiny day here in Alabama. I love the quilt show today and always!!

  28. Susan K in Texas

    Happy Easter! We went to church with our son, daughter in law, and three grandsons. Out to Texas Roadhouse for lunch. Drove to Bonner Springs KS before the rest of the drive home tomorrow.
    I’ve been reading the blogs from the past week to catch up with everyone. We’ve heard a lot of basketball discussions this past week up here. Lots of people saying they watch more women’s games than men’s now. Thanks Caitlyn!
    I’ve been wanting a new sewing chair for the house in Iowa. Now I’m going to look into the bungee chairs.
    The Women brought back memories from the Vietnam war time for me. I was a kid back then. I remember the music that was mentioned in the book and how it was a big part of life then. I remember the sounds of the helicopters on the news stations. My dad ran a car repair business. He hired young men to train as mechanics. Several got drafted and when they returned they were very different. One had shrapnel in his arm but wouldn’t tell us kids what happened. He had been a favorite of us kids (there were 7 of us) I remember adults talking about how many came back addicted to drugs. I talked to a veteran before a hockey game last year. He said when he came back that people spit on him at the airport and called him names. So many years later and it still upsets him greatly. So I don’t know how accurate the book is but it did bring back a lot from those years and I wasn’t in the war.
    Love the kitties and the bunny cross stitch. I used to do a lot of cross stitch bit vision issues made me stop and do more embroidery.
    Take care everyone! Thanks for sharing your lives with all of us readers and Mary on the blog. 🙂

      1. Susan K in Texas

        Yes I would recommend it. I think the younger people who didn’t live through that time might understand their history a bit better. Women are still fighting to be respected and listened to. There are Vietnam vets who are still scarred by their experiences. All good things to be reminded of.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Susan – women Vs. Men even in the basketball games. Men get the major network coverage and women get ESPN which not everyone gets. Women are still second class citizens yet we do most of the work.

          1. Susan K in Texas

            Exactly. And their answer is always – more people watch the men’s games.
            I tell my sons that women and children are always treated worse than men. It’s a man’s world and they don’t want it to change but it can be a better world if we learn to work together. I can’t say they’ve done a great job running it so far.

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Susan – well, this year I’m betting more people will be watching the women. Men in charge – they simply don’t get it!

  29. RuthW in MD

    A Piece of My Heart: Stories of 26 women who served in Vietnam, was a great book about nurses in Vietnam. I was able to read it without a lot of tears. (I am a softie at heart!) It has hard parts in it – a nurse is riding with soldiers in the back of a covered truck. The truck stops and one of the friendly soldiers steps out and off to the side to pee in private, instead of standing at the back of the truck (like normal), and he dies from stepping on a boobytrap. When the truck travels on, everyone has tears in their eyes.

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