Some answers – 6-29-22

This is Devil’s Claw on the cover.

And this is Devil’s Claw on my table – new palette.

Nothing short of amazing! It’s one of my favorite things to make – an old pattern with a new look which is what our new book is all about.

Here’s the cover again –

July 1 is getting very close – do you have your Dirty Dozen projects numbered?

Kayla and I are working on the shop layout trying to make it easier for you to place an online order. I know how I’d like it to be but sadly, Kayla has to do all the work.

I know Jo likes to collect photos but I lose track so have to post as I receive them – it’s because I’m older than Jo and I have no memory anymore. Can anybody relate? Someone sent me a brown and tan quarter triangle runner and now I’ve even lost that – please resend.

This was the sky last night at dusk with a thunderstorm warning off to the southeast.

A little bit more about nothing in particular.

43 thoughts on “Some answers – 6-29-22

  1. Diane in Durham

    Oh Mary, what a beautiful cover for your new book. I see that it ships starting Sept 7. Will you have them available directly from you?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – yea, I will order several cases so Connie and I can autograph copies for our readers – but I can’t keep track of preorders so just hold tight.

  2. Susy Boyer

    Hi Mary,
    The good news is, you remembered you lost the brown and tan quarter triangle runner! Giggle.
    Susy from San Diego

    1. Janet of MN

      The rest of the good news is that if you repeat posting something, I won’t remember having seen it before anyway. It’s all good.

    2. Judy

      Soooo funny! I can relate. Lost and forgotten should be printed on a t-shirt!

  3. Marie C

    Love the new look. It doesn’t even look like the same quilt. I’m looking forward to the book when it comes out.

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    We will hold tight.
    You make me laugh…grey matter is seeping out of my brain causing me to lose memory and change my hair color from red to grey.
    Love the old blocks done in new colors.

    1. Charlotte Shira

      That’s funny Jo! I have to remember that one….that’s where my grey hair came from!

  5. Dorothy

    Yes Jo I can totally relate! I am a great list maker and it’s how I remember what I have planned to do for the day. No problem, everyone gets there someday, Jo will too!! Looking forward to your new book and thanks for the awesome picture of the sky. It is beautifully ever changing!

    1. Peggy S

      Dorothy, I make lists, too. Just have to remember WHERE I put the lists when I need them!! Ha!!
      Peggy S

  6. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l have trouble remembering
    Where things are too, spent last night looking for a bag of dog treats, finally found them! How could l lose them in a very small kitchen unit(3 cupboards above and 3 cupboard s under the sink!)Fortunately l did remember that l had bought them! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  7. Debbie Miller

    I can definitely relate to memory! I know I’m getting old but I think it is another Covid side effect. I had a guild meeting last night and we were supposed to take food. Well, since I’ve lost my taste ability (Covid)-I usually don’t cook unless my husband is here to taste. So, I decided to follow a recipe and bake a pound cake. The recipe called for 2 cups of sugar. I was using a half cup measure and I lost count! It looked pretty and everyone said it tasted good but no idea how much sugar was in it.

  8. michele

    I love looking at the corn growing. I just feel like I should rub my hand over the top of the corn rows, like rubbing your hand over the top of a crewcut. Remember those? The rows are so straight and just beautiful.
    I know the seed planting machine keeps the rows neat and evenly spaced. But maybe next year Farmer Tim
    could share more info or pics of the planting process. Mary, you are lucky to have such a beautiful few!

    1. michele

      Holy cow – I meant to type VIEW not FEW.
      Don’t get old……………………

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Michele – Tim’s wife Ellen reads this blog and helps with the farming so next year we’ll include her as a guest post – she can explain it all in detail for everyone. Maybe we’ll start with harvest this fall.

      1. Holly Woodyatt

        I dont mean to be unkind but I dont like the new color trends. I like murky.Sounds like no one agrees with me.

        1. Carla

          I’m sure you’re not being unkind. Having a preference is allowed 🙂 I am just getting around to thinking I might try a mini quilt in Reproduction fabrics. A Civil War pattern and a 30s/40s as well. That is if I can pick a suitable pattern. My problem is I like all colors. It makes me indecisive lol. Mary, our eldest son turned 41 today. The age range is from 21 to 41 lol…. so crazy!

        2. Sheila in WI

          Holly, you’re not being unkind at all. Enjoy the color palette that you like and sew away. That’s why I like quilting. It’s an expression of what we like and enjoy.

      2. Kathy

        Thank you Mary for including so many field pictures on your blog, and thank you Tim and Ellen for providing such beautiful views!

      3. Janet of MN

        That would be wonderful. It would be nice to see the process that ends up with crops in the bin.

        1. Michele

          Mary, it would be wonderful to hear from Tim’s wife. Where would we be without our farmer’s?? ( And let’s not forget our truckers and veterans.)

  9. Debbie Smith

    I am with you on not having a great memory. There are times I’m trying to find a word I want but can’t get it so I describe it!!
    I’ve decided I will have to sew as much as I can as fast as I can before I cant.

  10. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, love the quilt in the new colors! Can’t wait for the new book. Beautiful photo of the cloud buildup and corn field. After a very cool and wet Seattle spring, we reached 91 degrees Monday. We are back in the 50’s today!
    Take care and hope you have time to put your foot up!❤️🇺🇸💙

  11. Lynn In Scottsdale

    Lovely quilts Mary and Nancy!

    Memory is definitely a challenge as we age plus a very busy life is hard on memory as well.

    Beautiful sunrises and sunsets are such a gift if we take the time to notice.

  12. Joyce from NY

    I certainly can relate to losing my memory, my kids say that they told me things that I don’t remember 🫤

  13. Carol

    Devil’s Claw is wonderful in the traditional colors, and spectacular in the bright fresh colors! Love it! Thank you for showing it in all it’s glory.

  14. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

    Love the cover of the new book, Mary. I will order on 9/7, my birthday🎂. I have to take notes when the kids call so I don’t forget when I tell my husband. I thought the quilt with the goat and pig etc was a Country Threads pattern. Beautiful quilt, Nancy. Some of our corn in Ohio is taller then “ knee high”, but some is pretty short. Thanks for your bog and all of the beautiful pictures.

  15. NancyTD

    Looking forward to purchasing your new book. The fresh color palette gives me an idea to try on the color dirty dozen list. You really keep me motivated to finish my ufo”s. Thanks for keeping me going.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Nancy – your quilt is just the kind of fabrics in it I love to sew with. It’s so cute!

  16. Charlotte Shira

    Beautiful quilt, Nancy and Mary. I’m looking forward to the new book.
    And I totally relate to the memory issues…I’d be lost without my post-it notes and lists.

  17. Marsha from Kansas

    I’m there with you on the memory, especially names which frustrates me. I have had several procedures with anesthesia in the last two years and I wake up with considerably fewer brain cells every time. Different fabric certainly changes the look of your tabletopper. Can’t wait to see all the quilts. I am a KS Troubles colorway fan but am trying to branch out with the brighter colors.

  18. Kathy in western NY

    My daughter who quilts prefers darker KS Trouble palette and I like the brighter colors so it was funny when we went to guild meetings and would have total opposite color choices for show and tell. I say to each his own on everything!

  19. Jan

    It really is fascinating to see the difference a color palette makes! So fun. I love both the murky colors and the bright ones. Nancy’s quilt is really cute. Our corn is only about a foot tall, hope we get some before the end of the season. Rabbits have been multiplying around here – not to mention voles! I don’t know what we’re going to do about those. Haven’t been able to trap the voles, the rabbits just run for cover. I’m using hot pepper flakes and that helps. The spray that I got at the county coop store Liquid Fence for dear and rabbits doesn’t seem to be working now. It did at first. Fencing is so expensive but I don’t want to lose all of our plants! One of the bunnies actually came within five feet of my husband in the garden tonight! Brazen little fellow! Or just young and silly. They really are cute little buggers! Jan in MA

  20. Paula Nordt

    We’ve had a drought down here. The corn has pretty much withered up. The cotton doesn’t look to happy either! I sure appreciate farmers! They have a hard life sometimes.

  21. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Love that quilt too. I’m making a quilt right now from your old book. I’ll haveto take a look at the pattern for Devil’s Claw now😋. Love the colors in the new version. What a difference.

    I tell my friends that I forget things because of my hair. When you reach a certain age, you hair grows down and shows up on your chin. It grows thru your brain a gives you fuzzy thinking and memory 🤣

    Going to be hot here so going out now with wash for the clothesline.

  22. Jo in Wyoming

    Boy, did I get the chuckles this morning at all the comments about losing memory, grey hair, lists, critters. I’m in my 70’s and still get zits!!
    What a great group of friends/readers on this blog.
    Thanks, Mary.

  23. Kim from TN

    I look forward to the new book and I like seeing a pattern in a variety of fabric options. It amazes me how a different color way can change patterns look. We are in visiting my mom in Osage, Iowa right now and last night we were sitting outside watching hundreds of lightening bugs in the corn fields by her home. It was just magical. I’m so glad that you have Kayla to help you get the blog running for all of us.

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