Snowy Palm Sunday, 3-24-24

Can you believe I had to wear my parka to church this morning? Rain, snow, wind, ice, sleet – just what you want for confirmation and Palm Sunday, right? The church was so full and I love to play the congregational hymns when so many are singing.

So many games today – I’m still watching.

Remember that two years ago I started a quilt during March Madness? I pieced the blocks the first year, I sewed the blocks together last year and this year I need to quilt it. Oh my. Here it is.

A reader would like to know about the black draft horse picture posted recently and I can’t find who sent it to me. Would that person leave a comment?

Awhile ago a reader named Paula McKinley asked me to locate the pattern Homestead Reunion which I finally did and now I don’t know how to contact her again except here on the blog. Paula – please leave a comment.

Back to the Iowa State game.

42 thoughts on “Snowy Palm Sunday, 3-24-24

  1. Kim from Wi

    I believe the draft horse painting was sent in by Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio, hope they tell us more about it. Its done nothing but snow here today and its been cold. Not sure what we will find in the morning. Managed to make some cookies and put some in the freezer for later. Enjoy the games, Mary.

  2. Anne in NC

    WOW Mary!! What a game!! Was texting back & forth with my college roommate during their entire game! Amazing shooting skills … very sorry your team lost that one., that’s gotta hurt.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Anne – they are very young and should be proud of playing a great game. They’ll be back!!

  3. Charlotte in No. California

    Love your quilt, Mary! Great use of scraps.
    Oh no! Iowa plays WVU. I’m sure Iowa will win but I’m from WV. I’ll be watching.

  4. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in central Ohio

    Hi Mary, Kim from Wisconsin, here is info on the draft horse painting. It is called Sugarbush by Peter Keating. We bought it in an art and frame store in about 2000. We both grew up in NewYork State where we had many sugar bushes around us. A sugarbush is where Maple sap is processed into Maple Syrup.
    Mary, the March Madness quilt is beautiful. Is it a King size? Warming up to 64* today, I hope!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – the March Madness quilt WAS king size but I took part of it off because no one sleeps in the king size bed anymore – Keeper sleeps on top and he’s already torn the chenille spread that’s on there so I’m not going to give him a new quilt. I wish I could get rid of the king size bed – it’s hardly ever been slept in! So the quilt is a large twin for the Jenny Lind bed on the landing.

      1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

        With a 6’5″ husband, I’d never be able to sleep in a smaller bed–lol. He seems to take his “half” out of the middle! Your March Madness quilt will look great on that bed. My 2025 New Year’s resolution will be to work with my scraps. Too late for 2024!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula – send $5.00 and a SASE. Thank goodness I found it and I also located you – it was meant to be.

      1. paula

        Thank you the envelope will be on your way…Remeber I am the one from Utah that was visiting friends in Waukee and you took our little girls for a walk in the wilderness with the dogs…they were in Heaven…it is so fun to see the wilderness trail…Thanks for your “letters” almost everyday…You are a gem…happy Holy Week…

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Paula – I had forgotten that! Wish those girls could visit again! Of course they’re not “little” girls anymore, are they?

          1. paula

            one is a Rn and Her husband is in third year residency in Lexington Kentucky at the UK..with 2 babies
            the other is a computer programmer, her husband just finished his PHD and is headed to UT in Tennessee, with 3 babies of her. own..

            the years fly by so swiftly…and I still have unfinished projects….YIKES

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Paula – oh my gosh, they are several worlds away from the wilderness trail, aren’t they?

  5. Diane in Maryland

    Mary, I too love your March Madness quilt!
    Been in the 30’s in the mornings and goes up in the 50’s during the day. March is still cold in Maryland but spring flowers are up and cherry and pear trees are blooming. It’s bearable if the winds aren’t blowing.
    Can you believe grandson Trice is now 18 and will graduate from high school the end of May. He plans to go to college to study environmental science. He will play baseball this afternoon at 4 so I need to get my grocery shopping done to be at the school to watch him play. The years go by so quickly.
    Enjoy your day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – how can that little boy who loved animals so much be 18 years old!! He will be successful in whatever he chooses to do. And right now that includes baseball – sweet!

  6. Diana in Des Moines

    Oh, Mary! I LOVE a good scrappy quilt!
    I got 7 flannel remnant baby quilts pieced yesterday. No snow in DM but cold, rainy and windy. An excellent day to stay in an sew. Chicken and wild rice soup and rolls for dinner. We went to Palm Sunday service on Saturday just to check out the service, but also due to the weather. The youth served breakfast afterwards.
    We can see lightning west of here this morning, but no rain yet. Taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch Caitlin and the gang play tonight.

    GO HAWKS!!

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    That quilt is amazing! So many blocks.
    We’re having incredible winds and a little snow. It’s 10 degrees outside!

  8. Sue in PA

    Love the March Madness quilt. I would love to make one as a leader ender to use up some scraps. I have several containers of them!

  9. Joy in NW Iowa

    Love the quilt Mary! And I’m glad the Hawks won!
    Yesterday I wore my winter coat as did many others. Church wasn’t plump full as usual. There is a lot of coughing! It was slushy when we went in the morning which was rain when e got out of church, it rained lightly all day and hard at times last evening. Jay put out a gauge so we will see what that says.
    Our grandson started out with RSV last week Tuesday and they took him in to acute care Sunday morning and he has pneumonia now. Ugh! Poor kid. They gave him a Z=pack and a new inhaler, hope he perks up soon. That’s a longtime for a 17 year old to be sick!
    It is still dripping outside! Love it. I know I would get tired of the gray, but it could do this all week for our dry soil! Oh by the way, Jay bought seed potatoes Saturday Friday and he tilled part of the garden so he is planning on planting them Good Friday!

  10. Jan Hebert

    Mary, I absolutely LOVE your March Madness quilt! I’d love to make one but I have so much trouble with all of the intersections. Any tips to keep the bulk down? Looking forward to tonight’s game! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – have you ever heard of twirling the seams? If not I’ll show you

    2. Betty Klosterman

      Jan, don’t worry about the intersections. Just sew them together. A wrinkle or a pleat won’t matted in the scheme of things. Just enjoy your sewing. And who knows, maybe you’ll get better with practice. Perfection is something we aim for, but it is really over rated.
      Betty in Rapid City

  11. Lorraine

    Love your March Madness quilt. I am making one right now for a charity quilt. It snowed on and off here in northern Arizona yesterday so it was a good day to stay in the sewing room and sew.

  12. Beryl BC

    The quilts lately have been great. We couldn’t stay up for all of the Iowa State game last night. I did look up the score this morning and saw it went into overtime. They had a good season, and will be back. We’ll be watching Iowa play tonight. It’s been windy in SW Ohio, and supposed to be up to 67 today. I may do some digging this afternoon and plant peas.

  13. Nancy Schulz

    Mary…could you post a photo of Homestead Reunion now that you have found the pattern? I am quite sure I wanted to order it if it was located. Would appreciate a picture before I send $ and SASE. thanks so much…Nancy Schulz, CA

  14. Meylonie in NE

    We watched isu last night. In this age of body shaming Audi Crooks has to the bravest young woman I’ve ever seen. One of the announcers said next year she’ll be the best player in Iowa. And she’s equally as composed as Caitlin during her interviews. It appears we in the Midwest know how to grow our young women and men into nice human beings who are also strong and brave. Good for Audi!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Meylonie – isn’t that just the truth about Audi? When I heard her speak before the game, I was equally impressed. She’s a force to be reckoned with and last night was so rough, even Audi was on the floor several times. She’s only a freshman so look out next year! I’m sorry they lost but they have nothing to be ashamed of – they played well against a powerhouse team!

      1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

        Mary & Meylonie – I agree with you about Audi. I think she has proven herself to the rest of the team and I think they support her. Emily Ryan was so hot last night with the three’s. I am sure I heard or read that she is going to come back next year as she played during Covid, so is eligible. It will be fun to follow them next year, but they probably won’t be on regular TV very often. A lot of the girls games have been very exciting.

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