Tuesday, 7-27-21

Heading to the fairgrounds later this morning with a van load of quilts to hang – it’s going to be our hottest day yet.

Had a fun day yesterday when sister-in-law Barb, her daughter Brenda and her daughter Payton stopped for a visit. The porch was a perfect spot to visit and catch up. Payton LOVES cats and Ernie was a willing subject.

Reader quilts:

I think I saw this one online – it’s a pattern I’ve always wanted to make!
This is 30 Stars and one of these days I want to post the whole story of the highlight of our quilting career which involves this quilt.

This is one of the weeds I hate the most! Pulling them is very hard on the hands!

Stay cool out there!

23 thoughts on “Tuesday, 7-27-21

  1. Launa

    Enjoy your day hanging quilts. Thanks for great pictures, Mary!
    Quite smoky outside here. More electrical is predicted, but WE ARE STILL HERE! Haven’t heard fire update yet this morning! I appreciate all the prayers and sincere concern!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – I’m so glad you’ve been able to stay in your home! We don’t hear too much on the news so I’m never sure if your property is close to a fire or not. Please keep updating us.

    2. Pat

      Laura, I’m wondering where you are? We’re in Reno where it was just awful with smoke yesterday, but all blown away now

    3. Launa

      It is moving this way…was less than 5 miles from our home! Has burned thousands of forested acres! So many National Forest Firefighters are working on it. Name is North Creek Fire.

  2. Janice Hebert

    What a perfect spot to sit with friends and family. Your porch looks so cool and refreshing…I would love a shady yard like yours. We built our house in 1981 in a field. We do have some shade now from trees out front along the road but it’s not that nice low canopy like yours. My favorite gardening is in the shade! Hosta’s, ferns, bleeding heart – all of those wonderful shade loving plants but I can only have them along the stone wall and a random spot here and there that have a little shade. I look forward to hearing the story behind Thirty Stars! Jan in MA where it’s really hot too!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice Hebert – and I would like more sun in my yard so the grass would grow thick and pretty! Haha! We are never satisfied, are we? The porch is on the northeast corner of the house which is the perfect location – early morning sun when it’s still cool and shade in the late day when it’s so hot. I wish I liked gardening in the ground more but I hate weeding because it’s so hard on my hands and lower back – old lady that I am!

  3. Shirley in Oregon

    Lovely spot you have Mary. I have worked my way through a lot if back and neck issues with a Motto, thos older DR. (In his mid 80s) once told me, Keep Moving! So simple, and so true. I love your pits and yes, the weeds are never ending in our yards. The wind blows here in Oregon. We live on what they call the West Ridge, but I have renamed it Windy Ridge. Love, love the two quilts in the pics, the cats and family visits are great.

  4. Rosie Westerhold

    Oh, how I wish I had a screened-in porch like yours! But I will settle for my deck on 3 sides of the house. Working on getting the pond/waterfall in working order, and cleaning up that space on my property. I hope to enjoy listening to a waterfall again fairly soon🤞🤞🙏🙏. One of the things hubby and I always enjoyed was sitting on the deck where it was shady and listening to our waterfall. Waterfall hasn’t been functional for 2 years so I’m anxiously awaiting getting that going again.

    LOVE seeing all of today’s quilts. Can’t wait to hear the story of 30 stars! Adore that quilt, and need to make one from the many, MANY reproduction fabrics I have.

    I need a weed-puller “helper” because I’m having more and more back issues now. UGH. Getting older ain’t for sissies. I had to get a lightbulb changer on a 3 foot long pole because I have shrunk another INCH according to whoever measured me at my Dr office last week. Now I’m just a touch too short to reach the dang lightbulbs in the bathroom, even though I could EASILY reach them just last year while standing on a step-stool. LED lightbulbs are shorter than CFL bulbs, and I’ve SHRUNK!! Not a good combination. Changing out a few lightbulbs is on my list of things to-do today!

    Have a good one. Heat index here in Lincoln, NE is expected to be 100-110 over the next 3-4 days😳😳!! Will DEFINITELY be indoor days with some sewing, and POSSIBLY, cleaning/sorting/donating piles continuing.

  5. Arrowhead Gramma

    Bought two of your Country Threads 30 stars kits way back when it was in Country Living magazine. Gave one to my daughter and she quickly made it – beautiful. My is still on the shelf as for some reason can’t get started on it – don’t want to make a mistake. 😉

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    I hope you have some good boy/Girl Scouts to hang the quilts for you. I don’t do ladders.
    Container gardens is the way to go. Less stooping, less weeds, less water, less critters.
    Your porch looks so inviting, I can see why you spend so much time there.
    The quilt shows have been inspiring this summer. Love, love everyone of them.
    It’s been so hot here. The paper showed the line to get into the Garth Brooks concert….1/2 mile long!!! All the tickets were prepaid on line. Can you imagine, 95 degrees, no shade, standing for an hour just to drink beer and listen to him sing. I’m too old for that.
    Stay cool everyone.


    weed. Maybe dig around it with a pitch fork, to loosen the soil and then pull out. More work but maybe less root breakage. Good luck.

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, have you tried pouring boiling water on the weeds?l loved the cats and dogs quilts! A lovely sunny day in new Zealand, sunday we get to see our taiwan family for the first time in 18 months and meet Luna who is now walking!best wishes to all from sandy

  9. Diane and Squeak in Centrla Ohi0

    Mary, in the other post, I started singing “Elephant’s Eye”, too:) Kay Crandall, is that a panel or appliqué? If it’s a pattern, would you share the name? I hope it wasn’t too hot to hang the quilts. 95 is HOT! We are in the high 80’s and low 90’s here in Central Ohio so it’s quilting in the basement for me. We, also, love our
    screened in porch. We had a deck, but the squirrels threw pine cones at us–too funny. My stray kitty is still coming to eat, but he needs a home. He is a sweetie:)

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane and Squeak – I know it’s not a panel – I’ll check my email for more info.

    2. Kay Crandall

      Diane – The pattern is by Cindy Taylor Oates and is called So Cute Critters (or maybe it was Sew Cute Critters). It really was fun to do, but I didn’t get it done in time for my 5 year old grandson to appreciate it (I started it when he was born and now he’s in to super heroes, not animals with glasses) LOL.

  10. RITA I Iowa

    Nice porch setting, looks so relaxing. Beautiful quilts and thanks to all who sent pictures.

    Did a little this morning before it got hot.

  11. Betty Klosterman

    My ideas for getting rid of weeds. First wet the ground to make it easier, after a rain is nice. If the ground is dry, don’t even try as the leaves will just break off. If they are too hard to pull, I have an old steak knife I shove into the ground at an angle and saw off the root. And above all, wear leather gloves to protect your hands and skin. I really envy your green grass. Everything here is dormant unless watered. Grass is brown.
    The thermometer read 104 this afternoon. I am inside the AC house. This is supposed to let up Thursday. We just keep sewing inside!! I feel for everybody who has to work outside. A lot of them will take a break when it is the hottest. We WILL survive! Take care. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – yes, I saw Rapid City tonight on the news as being 104! My grass is green because mostly it’s shaded – we have had no rain and I just came in from watering my plants. Tomorrow I will mow before I go back to the fair. Card on its way to you about your wonderful quilt called Scrap Tease

  12. Carmen

    Someone told me that weed is some kind of doc(k). Is that correct? Once they get some size, they are very difficult to pull.

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