Storms Tonight, 4-4-23

Honestly we are not experiencing these tornadoes and thunderstorms – it’s all east of us – we are lucky tonight.

This is the quilt I finished awhile ago – the tan is a beautiful Japanese fabric that I’ve saved for a special project. I made this from a Martingale book but now I can’t refer you to the book. Ugh. Look at it in terms of a strip with a square on either end and keep adding units until it’s the size you want. Then sew wider strips between the pieced strips. I really love this quilt and it will look great on my couch.

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Had a fun day yesterday with Finn and Ivy – the drainage ditch was popular – ha!

Muddy dogs!

32 thoughts on “Storms Tonight, 4-4-23

  1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    Ahhh, mud, wonderful😃 I love the little girl with the kitty quilt. All of them are beautiful. The Cross Stitch must have taken a long time. Your brown bars quilt is stunning. I love the combination of browns. It was 77* today. Wow.

  2. Marsha from Kansas

    Beautiful quilts and muddy dogs, lol. I love Pat Sloan’s Harrisonville quilt with the fussy cut centers. Hot here. We actually turned the air conditioner on by middle of afternoon.

      1. Marsha from Kansas

        It was 80 in the house. It’s supposed to be in the 20s tonight and 50s later today so furnace is back on.

  3. Jan P from TN

    Love your quilt! Your quilting always looks so good on all of your quilts!! Can you tell us the size of the strips?
    So glad you’re missing these horrendous storms!

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    Mary, your quilt is the border from Farmer’s Daughter quilt in the Quilt Shop Series book Country Threads.
    I made that quilt in 1992. It’s scrappy and I love it.
    Those dogs had a grand time. Our snow drift melted Monday and today we got 10+ inches of snow! Will spring ever arrive? I’m glad you’re missing the horrible weather. That is devastating.

  5. Sandy

    Hi Mary, mucky pups! The quilts are fabulous as usual! We went to a small quilt opening last night, 5 quilts shown at Katherine Mansfield house(she was a famous writer) and mine was one of them! It was a new York beauty l had made using tie fabric 20 years age, and it was sold! Will se3 if l can get a photo of it, l used a quilt in an old Quilt Sampler magazine as my inspiration, l loved those magazines ,dreaming l would visit each shop one day!Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – oh my gosh! We need to see a picture of your quilt!

    2. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

      Hi Sandy, Quilt Sampler is still far and away my favourite quilt magazine. I love seeing all the shops and reading about why people have a shop and what they do and why. So inspiring. The fact that it only comes out twice a year makes it extra special somehow (and ik takes up less room, so I get keep en revisit them all).

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Fiona – did you know they cancelled it? No more Quilt Sampler – probably because there aren’t many quilt shops now.

        1. Kathy in western NY

          Mary – thanks for this information as I didn’t know they weren’t publishing it anymore. It was a nice magazine for sure.
          Funny -we have had a new shop open in our area but I think more now are doing on line shopping since the pandemic without thinking of even taking a day to go shopping like before.

  6. Susan K in Texas

    Fun quilts today. I like the cross stitch quilt. I like your brown quilt. It’s simple but striking.
    Oh those muddy dogs! They sure have a lot of fun.
    I turned the AC on today. It was hot yesterday – it was 94 degrees! My husband says it’s going to get cooler again but my sewing room is upstairs. I can’t concentrate to sew if I’m too hot! I’m working on a quilt for my expected grandson due in June.
    I’ve been moving the aloes out of the greenhouse again. I work in the mornings. The cats are loving the chance to stay out longer. They only get to go out if I’m out.
    My son and his family had dinner in the basement during last weeks storms. They only got a bit of rain but hail and tornadoes were around them.

  7. Montana Kathy

    Beautiful quilts, and a very beautiful little girl. Oh my goodness – the dogs look like they’re enjoying themselves, but how can you let them in the house afterwards?!? You can’t possibly clean them up each time before letting them in! What a job.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Montana Kathy – concrete floors of aggregate stones and worn out brown pine floors – I never see a thing! And don’t care.

  8. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    I love your Japanese inspired quilt, Mary. Very classy! Glad the storms and tornadoes are staying out of your area.

  9. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    The dogs made me laugh. Those dirty feet! But they had fun I bet! The quilts are lovely. Your 1 1/2 inch strip quilt looks like a great scrap buster. And so easy to make bigger. Love all the quilts! I broke a needle on my large Janome machine and then it was making a strange noise so into the doc she went. Now I am quilting on my smaller Janome with the narrower throat space. How did I ever quilt large quilts on this one? What a fight but I have three to quilt so I am pushing through! Our snow is gone but who knows anymore what will come next? So nice to see the crocus blooming and have some color in the drab landscape.

  10. Judy Klink

    I love this quilt and noticed on the long arm in one of your pictures! It’s a beauty and would love to see it in person.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy – not sure what quilt you’re referring to – the brown and tan one? I’m sorry, I’m not accepting in person visitors.

    2. Judy Klink

      It’s the Japanese taupe fabric quilt with the special piece you were saving. I understand a visit in not doable , it was just what my fingers could type. Lol

  11. Kathy in western NY

    What a fun post to begin my day with. The dogs are just like little kids investigating their world. The quilts are so lovely to see this morning and yours is neat Mary. I am working on a tee shirt quilt that I have put off so time to get it done. So glad to hear the storms are not affecting you. It looks like they have moved over Lake Ontario right now so we didn’t get them either but might get some later this afternoon.

  12. Holly in Two Harbors

    I love your quilt! If you give the book title, people may be able to find it used.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Holly – it is available on Amazon – The Big Book of Strip Quilts by Karen Burns.

  13. Betty Klosterman

    Kids and dogs all go for the mud and water and what fun. Just hose them off before they go into the house. The neighbor’s grand sons were having a ball diving into the middle of the snow drifts giggling and laughing all the way. What a nice sound.

    Sure like the quilt made with 4 small panels. Bet there are some panels like that in a box and that is a perfect idea…….. My ideas may never catch up with my hands. Your color controlled quilts, like the tans and bitcoin, are so pretty. Years ago the ladies put everything into quilt tops making much needed blankets. They didn’t think about colors, just keeping war.

    Glad the tornadoes missed you. Our storm finally let up yesterday. Very interesting that they closed I-90 from Murdo to the Wyoming border at 8:00 Monday night. Without the stuck vehicles they got it open at 7:30 this morning, Wednesday. That would be about 190 miles of wide open country and big drifts. Our snow started Monday PM and we got about 12″ of snow, but more in the country. Hot Springs, about 50 miles birdwise south of Rapid City got 30.” The sun is out today and the snow is melting like mad. Friday last week we got 9″ of snow and it was almost all melted by 2 Saturday afternoon. Our temps have been 50 and up! 72 by Tuesday??

    Did get some ironing done, nothing big. Now to pick up the living room as a niece from Watertown may stop Friday on their way to visit son in Sturgis.

    Take care, everybody. We just never know what the weather will do. Happy Easter.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – wow, you have had the snow. Jo said they got 10” over the weekend, too. And we have none – but our temps are going down to the low 20’s tonight with a 30 mph wind out of the northwest. It is cold!! I cannot imagine what those snow drifts must have looked like – good thing they closed the road.
      I’ll bet I have some panels around here, too. I just have to dig them out.

  14. Paula Nordt

    Love, love, love your earth tones bar quilt! Looks simple, but I know you have to have very accurate cutting and piecing to get all those square and bar seams to match up.

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