Update, 10-11-22

Never having had a black eye before I had no idea it would slid down the side of my face and get so black. I feel as if my eye is half closed – not really painful but just not quite right.

Anybody remember the fabric called Color Parade by Benartex from many years ago – probably mid ‘90’s? I’ve always loved it and never considered getting rid of it so that’s what I’m working on. I am bored with it by now but am determined to cut it all up for this project.

I’ve got a long way to go – this will be my baseball 2022 project – I have to finish it by the end of the World Series!

So with 4 games to watch today, I have lots of time to sew!

45 thoughts on “Update, 10-11-22

  1. Tanya T. in Houston

    Waiting for the Astros’ game right now! Hope they show up to play! 🙂

    Thinking about making a small version of the bull’s eye quilt in Aunt Amy book, but can’t decide what size to cut the background and the three circles. Maybe 3 inch, 5 inch, and 7 inch circles on 8 inch squares? If anyone has experimented with changing the sizes and liked their version, please let me know!

  2. Pat Farrell

    Mary as you watch the games and sew the thing called Gravity will help your
    black eye gradually travel a bit down your cheek. It natures way of being a pest.
    So sorry as it is hard to cover up with make up as well.

  3. Jo in Wyoming

    I’ve not had a black eye either. It appears they take a long time to clear up.
    I just got home from jail. They have a very small kitten they rescued and are raising till adoptable. She loves to get into the quilting squares and play under show and tell. Such fun.
    This is interesting, one girl is hoping to get out this afternoon. Well, she got the heal of the bread loaf for lunch and that is a sign she’s getting out! I’d have a lot to learn about life behind bars.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – please let us know if she does get out – they really don’t know? Shouldn’t they deserve to know so they can look forward to the day?

      1. Jo in Wyoming

        She has court this afternoon. She is hoping her in house time is complete. She can get out on probation.

        How is your cough? Did the new meds help…I sure hope so.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jo in Wyoming – prednisone is a wonder drug! Cough is merely gone!!

      1. Jo in Wyoming

        Thanks for asking. They have plenty fabric now. I just sorted through their “stash” . The machines are working good. However, they need batting. Always need batting. I have some gift cards from Joann’s, I need coupons now. I’ll ask the ladies at church to give me unused coupons.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jo in Wy – if you told the manager at Joann’s who needs the batting, I’d think she just give you the sale price – without all the coupon nonsense.

  4. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    Mary, what a fun day you have planned with many of your pet friends close by.

    Take care of yourself. The body’s ability to heal is amazing.

  5. Donna Sproston

    Your poor eye! Hope gravity does its thing quickly and the bruising fades. Good news is it does fade unlike age spots and the Technicolor changes can be quite interesting. I am preparing for outpatient surgery to lengthen my right calf muscle Friday and looking at up to six weeks on crutches and a walker and no weight bearing on the right foot.. Hopping down three steps is fine but hopping back up is still a challenge. Need to lose another twenty pounds to make it easier. Any sewing will be cross stitch, and my tablet is loaded with books. Just finished Remarkably Bright Creatures and highly recommend it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – I don’t envy you!! I found out I’m not good even with a boot – please please keep us all updated because I have never heard of this type of surgery.

  6. Jan B from TN

    Hi Mary! I’m sure others have suggested this & perhaps I’ve missed it but you should have hat eye looked at by either your primary Dr or an eye Dr. That looks super nasty & the fact that it “doesn’t feel right” equates to “check with your dr”,please. You don’t want permanent eye damage if any kind, right?

    Recently I thought I had broken my big toe in my right foot. It hurt horribly, I couldn’t bend it, it turned really red & swollen & I could barely walk. I waited to see a Dr because my 6-month shoulder replacement checkup was nearing. Well, it was broken…..a hairline fracture, non-displaced. Had I gone in sooner, he could have wrapped it & given me a flat-soled, open toed shoe to wear for a couple of weeks. But, alas, I was past that helping. It’s much better now. Glad it happened before the weather got colder here.

    Take care! 🤗 Keep us posted in your eye! I don’t recall those Benartex fabrics but they sure are “happy” prints.

    1. Dianna in Wisconsin

      Your eye looks painful.
      It would be a good idea to see an eye Dr. It’s a delicate area. If the Dr. says it’s O,K, that would be great . I worked for eye Dr’s. For over 5 years, sometimes there is damage that presents later. How is your is your vision?

      Just concerned since you are loved by so many! Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

  7. Peggy

    We were in the shop at that time and I do not remember that line of fabric. Sure is bright. Hope you eye gets better soon. Have a good day.

  8. Kathy in western NY

    About 5 years ago I took a fall face first on my deck letting the dogs out. They sat next to me as I lifted my face from the snow with a bloody nose. I was hurrying and needless to say, I walk much slower now in very cold days. Anyways my glasses broke, and both eyes turned black and blue as well as my cheek bone area. I served later in the week at a church dinner and oh gosh I was so tired of explaining what happened to me. By then they felt swollen shut but I carried on as It was the first time and I didn’t know better. Then the next week I go to sew for the day at a friends who husband is a doctor and he came home to tell me to go get checked out immediately as damage can happen. He had just taken care the night before of a 40 yr old who fell in the shower and didn’t think her nose was broken but swelling and black eyes happened and she eventually needed ER care. I never did and I should have As I think half my sinus/ nasal issues now are a result of that fall.

  9. Kathy Hanson

    Lovely fabric, not so lovely eye! I hope that it isn’t hurting too much! Looks nasty!
    I don’t remember that fabric but I like it a lot! Will make a great project, can’t wait to see what you make with it! Enjoy the baseball games !!!!

  10. Diana

    Oh my! That’s quite a black eye! I fell once on some ice, hit my head hard and got a black eye from that. A concussion too. I feel for you. Rest and get better.

  11. Margaret in North Texas

    Yes— to getting the eye checked. I do love the colors in the fabric by Benartex –can’t wait to see the finished project.

  12. Julie B from CF

    Mary, Mary, Mary….

    you do win the “shiner” award! Soon you will match the lovely fall colors..camouflage on your face.

    Take care

  13. Georgia

    Youch! You should tell busy bodies you don’t know when they ask you about the shiner: “this is nothing, you should see the other guy” : ) Love your latest blocks here!

  14. Dorothy

    Oh boy nice black eye! It will turn all kinds of pretty colors as it heals too…..yellow,green,purple. Sunglasses help! Love the colors of your fabric, it’s happy fabric!

  15. Pamela Dempsey

    Yes, please get your eye checked out. Glad the cough is better! Loving that fabric, I don’t remember it.

  16. Joy in NW Iowa

    I had implants done in my two front teeth. Those two teeth had been gone for many many years so they had to do bone grafting…..I had it done on a Friday. On Sunday morning hubby said, I bet you won’t go to church….haha. No I did not. I didn’t have pain, but boys did I look a fright. I did go to work on Monday tho. But it took a while and yes, it does go down your cheeeks, gravity I guess 🥴.
    Glad to hear your cough is gone! We ar busy harvesting corn. The beans are all in, thankfully! I give rides to the field, feed them, and listen. Tonight it is chicken wild rice soup. Hubby loves it! I sewed for a while and trimmed blocks. Then did greeting cards for the week. Beautiful sunny windy day. But, the cooler weather is coming. Love your stories!

  17. Charlotte

    Oh, Mary, your poor eye! Do go to the eye doctor just to get some reassurance. I’ve done that and it will turn all sorts of lovely colors as it dissipates. Take care of yourself!!

  18. Shirley G.


    I don’t usually comment, but please contact your doctor as soon as possible about your black eye. Even a light blow can cause significant injury.

    Take care,


  19. Pat Cooper

    Can’t wait to see your finished project.
    Also, your eye doesn’t look all that bad. A little makeup will fix you up.
    I’ve had one recently and hated every minute of it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat Cooper – how fun to hear from you, Pat!! How are you – oh, that’s right – you just had a black eye, too – haha!

  20. Marcia-Ohio

    Loved that line of fabric. Has it really been that long ago🤷🏼‍♀️ Can’t wait to see your quilt with it.
    I had a black eye for high school graduation. So much for going canoeing w/ friends & my friend steered me into a downed tree and a branch breaking over my nose. It was not one of my better moments🤦🏼‍♀️ I have not been canoeing since. Won’t hurt to have it checked out.

  21. Sharon

    You look like you let a little kid put on your eyeshadow ! Ha Ha I reached for a tote in my shed and a wood sign hit me and I had a big black eye,the color changes were amazing ,black,purple,green yellow ! And the looks you get from everyone lol 😂

  22. Chris in Alaska

    Mary I am so very sorry this happened to you . Prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹!

  23. Mary

    I feel so bad for you with your black eye. Thank goodness it doesn’t hurt too much. I have never had a black eye, but still sympathize with you. You can be so thankful it didn’t damage your eye. God was watching out for you that day working with your plants. Love seeing all your plants, quilts and animals. You are one amazing woman doing all that you do. I admire you. God Bless.

  24. Nancy

    I have a picture of my playhouse quilt for you. Do I mail it to you? I can’t figure out a way to email it to you. Thanks.

  25. Deb Oscarson

    Mary, I love reading your blog everyday. I have a question for you. I purchased a barn quilt from you back in, oh, probably 2008. ?? I am wondering if you have an address or any info on who made them for you that you could share with me.
    Thanks in advance. Deb

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – Printing Services in Belmond, Iowa made them for us. 641-444-3955. Our rep is Nancy Middleton. Hope they an answer your concern.

  26. Jan Smith

    Owie, your eye looks more painful than you’re letting on!
    What a great postseason so far! Looks like there will just be one today due to rain :/

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