Sunday Night, 4-16-23

I attended the Clear Lake Quilt Guild Show yesterday – here are a few pictures – when I get home I always wish I had taken more!

Imagine this much detail throughout this quilt
I went with my friend Lora who is standing by one of my favorite quilts.

So many of the quilts were quite complicated and then I spied this quilt and told Lora that this was what I really liked. Haha! I got closer only to find that it’s a Country Threads pattern called Kane County Stars. Oh, good grief!

I have 20 more quilt pictures but I’m afraid I’ll overload the system so I’ll close for tonight with a couple bad parking pictures that I took as I left the quilt show.

So who was first?

55 thoughts on “Sunday Night, 4-16-23

  1. Kay

    It was a great quilt show. I think I want to try the cow quilt. Peyton went with and picked out her favorite.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kay – I wish I’d known you were going – the cow was great!

  2. Barbara Firesheets

    What a fun surprise it must have been for you seeing Cheryl’s patriotic quilt made with a Country Threads pattern winning Best of Show!!

  3. Joy in NW Iowa

    The quilts were all so pretty! Loved the one that came from country threads too! I made one with the car fabric for my grandson who graduated last year from high school. I will have to Ryan and upload it to your email. Did you get snow today (Sunday)? We did not.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – the snow didn’t amount to much and didn’t stay but it snowed, sleeted and/or rained all day. It was a day to watch golf and nap in my chair. I’d love to see the quilt!

  4. Joy in NW Iowa

    Ugh typo. I will try to upload it to your email. I have a son Ryan so the iPad knows haha.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    What a fun way to end your week and start ours. Thanks, Mary
    The quilts are great. I’m so glad quilt shows are returning.

  6. Dee from Shell Rock

    I did the Clear Lake show also! They always have such a nice variety of quilts. The steer was larger than I thought they would be from seeing the patterns out there. I drive a big suburban, but there was a truck parked angled across 2 spaces. Threw everything off. Nice quilts, good quilt guild shop, and great vendors! Years ago, my husband went to this show with me and it showed him how color was such an important part of quilting. He became the one to scout out quilt shops and places to eat when we went out to play. And it’s snowing outside now. I was going to Amana to their quilt show today but changed my mind.

  7. Sandy

    Hi Mary, a great quilt show! Some are so detailed, I’m all for the simple ones now! You need a piece of paper saying bad parking to put on some of these cars! Perhaps they got their license in a cereal packet as we used to say!I’m off on Wednesday to Norfork Island for a week (it’s between New Zealand and Australia) hope to see where the first settlement by convicts was in1792,including my ancestors! The settlement failed after 8 years and they were then transported to Tasmania and did farming.
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – when you’re gone who keeps Bella? Stella and Luna?

    2. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

      Hi Sandy.
      When we visited Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand, we went to Frazier Island. It was beautiful! We loved our whole trip😃 Gorgeous countries!

  8. Sue In Oregon

    That was a great quilt show. I enjoyed it very much. So glad you have more to show us. Thank you, Mary.
    The applique on the farm theme quilt is amazing. I have never seen applique folded like that or should I say pleated? Yes…so much detail. The cow, too, is wonderful. All of them, actually. I am glad you had a good time, even with the bad parking at the end.

  9. Sharon Eshlaman

    Gorgeous quilts! If some of these car parkers are quilters, I sure hope they’re better with their 1/4 inch seams 😢😳

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – I am chuckling at your comment – yes, I hope they sew more accurately than they park.

  10. Vicki Ibarra

    I was oohing over the quilt with all the applique in the border when I scrolled down and saw the close-up of of the gladiola. You are right – lots of detail. The corn stalk in the border must have taken a lot of time.
    I love the cow quilt. What a lot of color and a surprise to see a cow in a quilt! Thanks for sharing. We had cold, wind, and rain yesterday, so it was a good day to quilt. I still have to finish binding, but progress was made. And I have another table topper on the quilt frame. WhooHoo!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – I have the rest of that gal’s quilts to show today – I even googled her name to locate her but had no luck. Her quilts took my breath away!

  11. Janet S

    WOW! Quite the quilt show. They are all spectacular.
    Once, in a small parking lot with limited space, I put a post-it note on the window of a car that was diagonal using two spots. Apparently, Mr. Arrogant, thought his expensive car deserved special treatment.
    Those of us who are near the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) are lucky enough to wake up to white lawns. Not to worry though as it will melt very soon and make room for the rain forecasted for later in the week. Oh well!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet S – good for you putting that post it on his window! But if he’s that arrogant, he won’t care, will he?

  12. Kim from TN

    Thanks for sharing the quilt show pictures with us, they all are gorgeous. I always loved the cow quilt; wish I could find a kit for that one. Lots of rain in middle TN but the sun comes out to shine and the temps have been good. My peonies are just about ready to bloom and the pansies are stunning. Have a great week Mary.

  13. Kathy in western NY

    Thanks for thinking of us with the quilt show pictures. The first one with the green borders really caught my eye! It was the pop of color a scrap quilt marries with well. How sweet to see your patterns winning awards and still shared with younger quilters. I hope to attend a quilt show near Buffalo area this coming weekend. It’s back to normal spring temperatures this week so look forward to sewing. 83 and sunshine yesterday and back indoors now.

  14. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Beautiful quilts. I love working with small squares so the first one calls to me. I would never have thought of a lime green border, but it sure sets it off! Love the cow! Ha. I have a book in my cart on fabric face collage as I am wanting to do my daughter’s greyhounds for her. I am always amazed at the eyes and how they just sparkle. And I love the one you liked also. A scalloped border is always beautiful. It must give you such joy to see one of your patterns in a show!
    Ugh. I hate inconsiderate parkers! And it just takes that one to set off a whole row. Makes me fume.

  15. Lynette in Orlando

    Wow as I looked at all the quilts! Absolutely stunning. Love looking at quilts that aren’t my “style” – I can appreciate the beautiful work. Mary, you crack me up with the parking photos…… one of my pet peeves is bad parking — I’d never get any errands ran if I took pics of that here in Orlando. And also — evidently turn signals don’t work here! UGH!!!!!! Drives me crazy!!!! Hope you have a good day. I’m waking up to rain and thunder. Glad for the rain, we need it really bad here.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – I’ve often thought that if the parking spots were wider this wouldn’t be so prevalent.

      1. Joy in NW Iowa

        That’s for sure! If you drive a pickup or a suburban, etc. that is bigger it is a bugger to park! At Costco I never worry about door dings because they have nice big spots! Z

  16. Susan in Ohio

    I loved seeing all the quilts, I marvel at all the talent. Whenever I see bad parking I think of you and smile.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – by now everybody knows it’s my #1 pet peeve! Haha! Thanks for thinking of me.

  17. Margie Braaksma

    Doesn’t it seem like you see more and more quilts that have smaller pieces? Almost postage stamp feel. Not that I don’t love them, but wouldn’t have enough time to do one! Like you, Mary, I got to the last one on the page and it was my favorite. I’m a long time Country Threads lover. I might even have that pattern.

  18. NancyTD

    Thanks for sharing the quilt show. Some great quilts by some talented people. Great to see your pattern too. Snow and high wind (drifting) happening in SE Mn. Some schools are two hours lateAbout bad parking— my Dad always said they got their license in the Cracker Jack box. Remember the little prize in the box?
    Enjoy your day!

  19. Debra Reber

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilts!! So fun to see one done in your pattern!! I think bad parking is a universal thing!!

  20. Marsha in MI

    So many small pieces! I am partial to stars and red white and blue so like your design, too!

  21. Diana in Des Moines

    Sometimes I don’t get your posts. After a day or two wondering what’s going on with you, I check my spam folder and there you are! Thanks a lot Yahoo!!
    Anyway, I converted all my vcr tapes to DVD with a company called South Tree. I’ve sent over 50 tapes to them, originals came back to me along with a DVD marked with the title.
    VERY pleased with the results. Just google it.
    Remember my mom fell in February? Well after a month in hospital and rehab, she is now living with us. Quite an adjustment for all of us, but she loves being here surrounded by my hubby and I and my grand kids. She has become my biggest fan of my quilting. She wants to see everything I’m doing and can’t wait for updates. Nice to have my mom care about what I’M doing.
    Snow yesterday, 60’s today. Crazy, but that’s Iowa!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – so nice of you to have your mom move in with you! Does she help with the cooking, etc? Did you have an extra bedroom??? Glad you check your spam file! I had such a busy week I didn’t get much posted – this week will be better.

      1. Diana in Des Moines

        We had a guest room that she now occupies. New carpet, paint, recliner and her bedroom furniture. She is so happy to be around people all the time, yet able to shut the door when she’s tired or wants to read. We watch our grandkids 3 1/2, and 2 1/2, so they keep her entertained. She is 89 so I don’t make her help with anything. She takes meals in her room except for dinner. We’ve had numerous God moments the past 2 months. She was not expected to survive her fall. God brought her through it. Friends from church bought mom’s car for their grandson. Our neighbor’s son and his wife are buying mom’s house after said neighbor mentioned they were looking for a house. Neighbor is a lawyer, no realtor needed and they are such a nice young couple expecting their first baby.
        We have a full house, super busy days and not much time for quilting, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for caring, my friend.

  22. Teresa in Indiana

    Such a fun quilt show! Thanks for sharing. As others have said, the Country Threads quilt was a fav. And that cow – I can’t even fathom starting that one. I haven’t been to a quilt show in years. There don’t seem to be any around here. Quilt shops either. I’ll have to scout around and find some. Love your posts! Have a great week!

  23. Erin

    Thanks for the quilt show! I want to make every one of those great quilts!

    It takes only one bad parking job to make a mess of every other one – and it sometimes lasts all day!

  24. Linda from Georgia

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of quilts from the show. What an inspiration! I think that I am going to start a quilt from a Country Thread pattern.

  25. Betty Klosterman

    We ALWAYS like a quilt show!!!! And I absolutely love the cow. She makes me smile clear down to my toes. Does she have a name?
    It doesn’t matter how many times we see the same pattern as everybody does it differently.
    And spring is looking promising….., maybe?
    Betty in Rapid City

  26. Mary

    Great quilts! Love all of the scrappy ones…those always seem to draw me in.
    I always wonder how people can be so careless with their parking. I have been known to get out of my car, see that I am not straight and get back in and straighten up!

  27. Beryl BC

    The quilts are wonderful. I, especially, like the one with the applique border containing “Iowa” things. One of the first quilt shows I attended was likely in the early 1980’s at Newman HS, Mason City. It was around Mother’s Day. My mother and I went, and I’m sure it contributed to my love of quilting. I’m looking forward to attending a quilt show in Miamisburg, OH, this coming weekend.

  28. Julie B from CF

    Hi Mary..This grandma has been on the road going to track’s the season. Soren not only high jumps, but she also runs hurdles. Last week she broke the long standing (2013) school record for the 100m hurdles. The old record was 15.93 seconds…she ran the race in 15.5 seconds. She beat her high school competitor by 1/10 th of a second. Drake is next week..she will jump for sure and are hoping she qualifies in the top 32 for the hurdles….means we will have to leave really early Friday…the hurdle race is at 8:00 a.m….she jumps at 9:30.

    I have been working on graduation T-shirt quilts…pieced the last two today and delivered them to my quilter. No more orders before graduation..I have too much going for the next 6 weeks. My “sister/cousin”, Becky, is having a knee replacement in May. She has no siblings and her children do not live in the area, so I will be her wheels. Her mom (my aunt) is 94 1/2 and lives by herself in a condo…of course, Becky is her caregiver, so I will take on that responsibility too. My sister from Mesa will be arriving on the 15th of May for 2 weeks, so she will be good help. We always enjoy our visits with my aunt..she is sharp as a tack. Her memory is so much better than mine.

    The quilts from the show were beautiful..I too love the scrappy ones.

    Take care and don’t blow away…I was supposed to go to DeWitt for track today, but Soren’s coach pulled her from the meet to avoid an injury before Drake, so Gma got to stay home. Onto Wisconsin Thursday to watch Finn compete…thank goodness no one runs on the weekend.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Julie – you’ll be meeting yourself coming and going! But oh such fun for you – I love hearing about Soren’s track “career” – she is an exceptional athlete.

  29. Diane and the gang

    A long time ago, I told my husband a poor driver ( parker) had gotten his license from the Ohio School for the Blind. He thought it was hilarious and still says it😹

  30. Marilyn Leerar

    Was a great show. I couldn’t believe the one with all the applique. Wow… the planning that went into that one.

  31. Jeanne from Colorado

    Mary, the quilt that your friend is standing by is wonderful. Is it a “Dear Jane” quilt? How big were the blocks? I too loved that quilt. It just is so traditional and so crisp and clean looking. It should fit in anyone’s bedroom.
    What a great quilt show. The East Iowa Heirloom quilt show is being held in July this year, I believe at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They always have a great show. I believe it is around the 11th or 12th of July, but check their website to be sure. Before my husband became disabled, we had helped to hang every one of their quilt shows, dating back to the early 80’s. It was a lot of work, but great fun and he enjoyed meeting the other husbands of quilters. He was always very supportive of my quilting endeavors. I guess as the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them”.
    Thank you for sharing these two days of quilts from the quilt show. It was almost as good as being there. Jeanne from Co.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – there were many more wonderful quilts at the show. The quilt you’re asking about was wonderful – it may have been Dear Jane or Farmers Daughter possibly, I don’t remember. The coloring was just so muted and lovely. Why is July so crowded with events? That’s the same weekend as our local Garner celebration and parade. Kind of your husband to help hang all those quilts.

  32. Cathy D

    I so wanted to go to the quilt show but we are out of town right now. So many talented quilters in Iowa!! I too just love the quilt that you had your friend pose by. While I do sew and have made several quilts, I’m just not good at picking fabric patterns and colors that would look good together. I am a “kit” quilter so far! 😁

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