Shopping and Bullseyes, 1-21-21

Interesting date, huh? 12121

Here’s what we bought on Tuesday.

Wasn’t that fun? Now to start deciding what goes in what quilt.

Remember how dangerous the roads were on the way home? One of our readers sent me an email that her grandniece was in a bad car accident due to the weather that afternoon. The car she was riding in was blown into another vehicle – the young woman is in a coma in Des Moines. Let’s all remember her in prayer for a complete recovery.

And now for more bullseye quilt photos!

And this last bullseye is the exclamation point!!!

That’s all the photos I’ve received however – IF your quilt has not been shown, send it to me again. Imagine saving this many pictures of basically the same quilt and trying to remember which one is which. Did I save this one? Did I post that one? It was everything I could do to keep them in order of receiving them but if I screwed up, I’ll be happy to repost.

Connie and I could not be more thrilled to see this many bullseye quilts – I had no idea what I was in for when I asked for pictures – haha!! I loved seeing the emails in my inbox and I know it took some effort on your part to get the picture taken and sent to me. Thank you to everyone who sent a picture!

Would you be surprised to learn that I haven’t gotten much sewing done since I asked for these photos? Now I’ll go back to showing you what’s new in the online store. I’ll leave that for tomorrow!

43 thoughts on “Shopping and Bullseyes, 1-21-21

  1. Susan K in Texas

    I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the bullseye quilts. It looks like y’all found a lot of beautiful fabrics! What a fun shopping trip. I’m glad you got safely and am so sorry to hear about the reader’s grand niece. I will definitely say prayers for her recovery.

  2. Connie R.

    Love all the Bullseye quilts (and your quilt shop buys). I really liked the idea of using buttons and tying the quilt. Different and nice twist to the design.

  3. Jennie

    Oh my gosh, how fun to see all the different color choices and borders that was used. Great job.

  4. Tammy Guerrero

    Amazing how you can put such beautiful colors together for quilts. I’m a beginner and can’t select colors that look nice together. Love your selections.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Tammy G – everything goes together in a bullseye quilt! Not to worry!

      1. Brenda in SC

        This was my worry too!!! And also being a beginner. Was it going to be too hard of a pattern for a beginner? I so want to try this pattern, but the curves scare me. But it sure looks like fun!

  5. Diane Bauer

    As a HUGE fan of the Bullseye quilt, it’s super fun to see everyone’s interpretation of it! So much creativity!

  6. Joyce from NY

    Oh goodness those quilts are so beautiful. I think I could do a wall hanging, it would be easier to quilt on my machine. Your fabric shopping was fun for you & us. Will hope the young girl will have a full recovery!!

  7. Kathy Schwartz

    Thanks for the great quilt show!! They are wonderful. You made great choices when you went on your shopping trip. Prayers for the young gal. Hope all turns out well.

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Prayers for healing and recovery for the young girl in a coma from the tragic car accident. Such an awful time to be in a hospital. She needs our prayers.
    The bullseyes show was incredible to see. It’s such a fun pattern to make so I hope others who have not tried it will follow along and feel the freedom of not having to match everything up and yet know it’s going to come out just fine.

  9. Kathy again

    And then I forgot to say I love text fabric prints. Good choice and look forward to seeing how you use yours. Now I better get to bed.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        The one with the big pencils is very cool. I think I would secure a piece in a hoop frame and hang it on a wall to admire.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy in NY – Connie loves making project bags – I’ll bet that’s what she’ll do with the pencil fabric.

  10. Nancy

    Loved seeing all the various color combinations on the bullseye quilts. What a wonderful show! I spent tonight going through all my “neutrals” and cutting my 9” squares. Still have about 10 more to cut. The photos helped me choose fabrics. Thanks, Mary, for organizing it. Will help me be a bit more bold in my choices. Fun time.

  11. Betty Klosterman

    What a wonderful collection of Bulls Eye quilts. Ladies, your colors and lay outs are terrific. A whole bunch of ideas. I had to go back to look for the buttons, and the 2-color combinations, the backbgrounds. Isn’t it great that there are some that have very good color sense, and then the completely scrappy? This was a very nice thing about the Quilt ladies. They always had a whole bunch of neat ideas on the lay out of blocks.
    And your treasures from the quilt store.
    So sorry about the girl in the accidents. Were they going east/west or north/south? These strong winds are nothing to fool around with, especially with ice. A perfect time to stay home and quilt.
    Take care. Hopefully the winds will decide to let up. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – the girls were on highway 14 north of Marshalltown when the accident happened. I have not driven on such bad roads in years because if the weatherman even has a hint of bad weather, I stay home. It’s just not worth it.

  12. Paula Nordt

    Praying for the young lady.
    I especially like the quilt with the blue border that looks like crosses on the inside of the border.

  13. Charlotte Shira

    WOW! There are a lot of bull’s eyes out there. Loved seeing them all. I was going through my scrap box tonight. Praying for the young lady injured in the car accident that the Lord will heal her.
    Mary, when you buy fabric, how much do you usually buy of one print? I never know how much to get.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Charlotte Shira – another good question. I used to buy quarter yards but now I buy half yards unless it’s something I just fall in total love with – then I buy 2 yards. The picture of the coral print and the Red Cross print fell into the two yard category. I can’t wait to start sewing but I’m making myself get caught up on the longarm before I begin.

  14. Jo in Wyoming

    Another great show today!! I love the different settings, sashings, borders…so creative.
    I hope the young girl recovers from her accident, so very scary and dangerous. I’m most afraid a truck is going to blow over on me while passing during these horrible winds.

  15. Deb Bayne

    I love the Cluck Cluck Sew patterns and the Suburbs pattern made me think of the song from the 60s “Little Boxes” by Pete Seeger. Remember it? The lyrics went something like this: Little boxes on the hillside / Little boxes made of ticky tacky / Little boxes / Little boxes / Little boxes all the same / There’s a green one and a pink one / And a blue one and a yellow one
    Don’t know why it came to me, but now I can’t get rid of it! Can’t wait for the sew along, the pattern is so interesting to begin with.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb Bayne – I sure do remember that song! Connie loves houses so I was not surprised she bought that pattern. Are you back in Japan? I think so but not sure my memory is working – haha!

      1. Deb B

        I am indeed and sent a long email to you with updates. Looking forward to seeing how everyone does with the bullseye.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Deb B – I’m guessing you sent it to my old email because I never got it. I posted it on the blog several times and it’s also shown in the right hand column of the home page of the blog. I so hope you can retrieve it and send it on to me at

  16. Bobbie Woodruff

    Wow, so many bullseye quilts. It’s amazing how different they are but using one pattern. It sure makes it hard to pick just one you like. I thought blues, then you see reds and scrappy.
    I have a question did I miss we need to order the pattern?
    I might be a little behind starting mine as I’m having big dental work done on February 2, so I might not be to chipper for a week or so.
    I love your fabric choices. The lettering or word ones are wonderful. I would like that as my back ground colors. Would it being turned every witch way make it a bad choice to use?
    I’m praying the young lady in the accident has a full recovery. I’m sure it’s hard on her family not being allowed in the hospital to visit with her.
    This is a really hard time for AMERICA right now. Everything so out of normal.
    You should take a count of how many will do the quilt along. You might have a lot of new bullseye quilt to post.
    Glad y’all got home safe, as I not a snow or ice driver I would have been in a ditch somewhere.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bobbie Woodruff – you can get the pattern online in our store as a pdf download or you can order from us. No, it will not matter which direction the text fabrics will lay. And if you work on a lap size quilt, you’ll be able to keep up, I’m sure. Read my post this morning before you commit to starting.

  17. Diane in Maryland

    Prayers are being said for the grand niece. That was terrible weather for all of you that day.
    Love the fabrics you bought. The Bullseye quilts are amazing. Thank you to Gail for the reminder that the quilt doesn’t have to be bed size. A small one would be great on a table. I may try that.

  18. Lorraine McGeough

    Thank you for sharing pictures of all of your beautiful fabrics you purchased. That must have been fun to get to go to a quilt shop. Also, thank you for all of the work you have done by putting all of the lovely Bullseye quilts pictures on the computer. It is so interesting to see how different fabrics make such a different look on the same pattern.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the young lady that was in a car accident. Hope she recovers and doing better every day

  19. Joy In NW Iowa

    Glad you got home safe! We had some snow and and lot of wind all day but there wasn’t enough snow loose to cause a big problem here.

    You two sure bought some cute fabrics! Anxious to see what you make!

  20. Sherrill

    Were you shopping for specific projects? The fabs are gorgeous! Yes, my pic got posted and I LOVED the one with the little cornerstone type pieces in between and that fantastic border!! Might have to try to recreate. We’ll see….

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherrill – well, that’s a very good question. No specific projects in mind because we need to plan but we need our “look” to change to contemporary colors. Since we don’t have a shop close by we are forced to buy an assortment of what we like and run with it. This whole process started 40 years ago when we had limited fabric then as well. When I look at my pile of fabric I need to separate into several groups so that each quilt doesn’t look the same. The quilt you mentioned with that border is in another one of our patterns and right now I can’t remember which it is.

  21. Wendy T.

    These are all such beautiful quilts!!! I love the one with the black plaid border. That gives me ideas. I chose not to put a border on my last one but maybe this time I will! Can’t wait to bullseye again! Good project for these winter days. Thanks Mary and makers – for organizing and inspiring.

  22. MartyCae

    Thanks for the quilt show. I love all the different fabric combos. I also like when there is a pet in the picture. Bonus!

  23. Nikki M in Tx

    The Suburbs pattern goes together so quick & easy.. made it last March (2020), named it Covid Village & gifted it to granddaughter.. she joked even the houses were staying in their social group & social distancing…think I sent you photo (?)…
    Love the red/cream backgrounds…
    Has been a rough couple of weeks.. won’t go into detail right now…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nikki M – send me an email – I’m wondering what has happened at your house!

  24. Janice Hebert

    Oh wow! What a great quilt show! Amazing how different they all look. I would love to know more about that last one! I love the bright colors but I can’t make out the half squares – are they just randomly placed throughout the quilt? I also love the one with the buttons! Very cute! But they are all fantastic, great job, ladies! Jan in MA

  25. Betty Klosterman

    While re-looking at the pictures I noticed a couple things. I, too, really like the one with black plaid borders. It had a very calm background and mainly pastels for the eyes. More of a controlled look and not so busy with lots of resting spaces.
    I’d seen it several times before, this time I noticed the “eye” from Mary in Moline. She had even more of a controlled scrappy using 2 quarters of 2 original blocks placed on opposite sides of her final block. In case my explanation is confusing, look at the picture. I like her results.
    That is what is so great about quilting, each our natures seems to come to the surface while putting fabrics together. I made truly scrappy log cabin one time having each size of a “dark” piece in a separate box. Laying out pieces for the blocks on paper towels, I reached into each box for a piece and used it no matter if it hurt. Actually it turned out very nice. You have to be in the right mood to do it. And the sky is the limit.
    Mary, any update on the girl in the hospital?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – I should have asked Judy in my post about her grand niece – I haven’t heard an update.

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