Update, 2-17-21

Here is Scrap Roll Adventure, an older Country Threads pattern that I remade using Moda’s gorgeous fabric line called Sanctuary – all except for the setting triangles which is also Moda but I don’t remember what. Anybody help?

I loved this line – there’s one print in particular that I’d like about 4 yards of!

And remember Friendship Starter from Sisterhood of Scraps? It’s bound and hanging on the railing for a picture.

Does the binding seam ALWAYS end up on the corner?

This is where I’m at with Farmers Daughter – all those corners trimmed off and stitched as tiny triangle squares.

I finished this book today – great story but I skipped over lots of it because it’s pretty sad – exactly why I never read dog stories. This was a gift and I felt obligated to read it, tears and all!

We are watching the news and the weather network to see how our friends in Texas are surviving. It’s not fun to be without power when it’s cold – I know!

And don’t forget Scrap School! Follow each designer (professor) on Instagram and read about how they designed their quilt. Our day is 2-23-21.

59 thoughts on “Update, 2-17-21

  1. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    I just saw that book at my local quilt shop. Called and asked them to hold it for me.

    Still trying to get to the bullseye, life keeps getting in the way.

  2. Sandy

    Hi Mary, your new quilt is lovely, love scrap quilts, mainly because l have no colour sense! Can’t even watch ads on tv against animal cruelty without crying, let alone read sad stories.hope you all get some warm weather soon,best wishes from sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – I’m with you on the ads, etc – I did not want to read this book but my very oldest dearest friend gave it to me and I skimmed it – fast!

  3. Lori

    So disappointed that scrap school is on instagram. I do not do that social media and I am not planning at this time to add it. Looks like it would of been fun.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lori – I’m so sorry! I am not in charge of the media but when it’s our turn I’ll make sure it’s included in a blog post. I do subscribe to Instagram and it’s just lots of pictures compared to FB that is so much blabber! Haha! So I’m just curious, why don’t you do Instagram, if I’m not being too nosey. Sorry if I am – just ignore my question.

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        I’m not on Facebook, Instagram or any other social media. 1. I have too much fabric to sew to spend any (more) time on the ‘net. 2. I choose not to put my life out on the internet.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Mary Says Sew! – well, I guess that must be what I’m doing – putting my life out on the internet. Shall I drop your blog subscription so you won’t receive these emails anymore?

          1. Mary Says Sew!

            Mary, i was not commenting that you should not write about your life on your blog!

            I love your blog, and read it religiously. To me, blogs and websites are very different than social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. i don’t have to sign up for anything or provide personal information to visit a website or read a blog.

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Mary Says Sew – ok – I just didn’t want these blog posts to clutter up your inbox if you were trying to avoid social media!

  4. Joan S

    I love both of your quilts. The Sanctuary fabric is gorgeous and the quilt is beautiful! It caught my eye on Instagram and I was waiting for it to show up on your blog. I love seeing all your creations!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Mary, I also don’t do Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. Once in a while I go to YouTube. I just haven’t got time for them and I’ve heard they want some personal info. Age, location, address, how many times I login.I only read your blog. I don’t know what I’ve missed, but I’m ok with that.

    1. Jo in Wyoming

      PS, if I make it to Iowa this summer, I’ll show you how to put the binding on and never have a seam at the corner…guaranteed. Remember, binding is my favorite part of the quilt!

        1. Betty Klosterman

          Please let us know your secret for binding. I always lay the quilt out on the bed and then lay the binding and adjust for seams and corners.

    2. Amy

      Jo, you should submit that idea to one of the magazines as an article idea and get paid!! Lots of people would like to know that secret!

  6. Jacque

    Mary – thanks for your warm wishes for us Texas folks! We can use all the warm we can get! I’m in San Antonio and our power has been off and on (mostly off) for about 3 days now. Severe water outages too. We have none at the moment but fortunately have a lot of bottled water and have been able to use water my husband collects from the roof and gutters into huge 40-gal bins for the toilet tanks (that’s something we never ever appreciate because we normally don’t have to think about that tank filling up after a flush!). We’re just not used to these frigid (for us) temps and snow! Snow! 5” of snow and more forecast for tomorrow! We get snow every 15 years or so and then it’s only an inch at the most. Of course, the city is shut down because we don’t have snow/ice removal equipment. Thankfully, we’re retired and don’t have any place to go. We have a fireplace and plenty of wood and food so we’re set. Haven’t been able to do any sewing because of the power – I tried binding by flashlight but couldn’t get the light positioned right so gave it up and read a book instead. Lots of memories we’ll have from this never-ending week – and lots of lessons learned too! By Saturday, it’s supposed to be in the mid-60s so the end is in sight. Not sure I’ll ever be excited to hear we’re getting snow again though.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jacque – no power is a hardship at any time of year but my 5 days of no power were the beginning of November and the temps did dip below zero making it very miserable. We had months of winter in our future instead of your lovely 60 degrees! You will so appreciate it!

    2. Carla

      Our family is over in Corpus. It’s so frustrating because we can do nothing from here in Michigan to help! Our niece’s daughter was born preemie and though she is a mostly healthy 12 year old now she is on the autism spectrum and does not handle change well. They are without water and power. Even Walmart is closed. I suggested making indoor blanket tents to keep some heat in. Our son and his family in Houston are some better. They have water. Plus, he lived here as a kid and both he and my DIL are army vets, so being prepared came naturally. It’s crazy to think that I’m warm and they aren’t 🙁

  7. Linda from Oconomowoc

    Ooo, I think Jo in Wyoming should show us all on her tip with binding?
    Mary, love the quilts. When you make a scrap quilt, do you think about what colors you do and do not want to use? Like I don’t see any black or brown used?

    I do not do social media either. Just keeping up with quilting blogs is hard.

    1. Mary jane

      Yes totally agree show everyone. Would also love to learn to make better corners. Love all your quilts. Haven’t bought a book for many years but usually design my own somehow. Don’t do hardly any social media 😜

  8. Rosalie

    I think we all need Jo to do that tutorial for us. I usually just cut my binding at least half a lof longer and if the join is going to hit the corner I whack off about 4 inches and rejoin and then the join is before the corner.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rosalie – I, too, have done the same thing but sometimes I just want it done! Binding is my least favorite part of making the quilt! But oh, so necessary! Ha!

      1. Mary Cooper

        When I’m ready to bind I lay the quilt on the floor and move the binding around until there are no joins in the corner and then I pin it in place with just a couple of safety pins on each side. Sometimes I’ll get all the way to the 4th corner and hit a seam so I have to move the whole binding forward or back a bit before I pin it.

  9. the other Angie

    I love both your quilts – the colors in the pink and gray really pull me and all the different colors of the Friendship Starter grab me, too! So crazy! I just really do love both of them!

    And, when Jo tells you her binding secret, we will all need an online class on that. I am so tired of trying to navigate around that issue! It would be wonderful to have a better solution.

    I am an Instagram user and I am upset that I don’t know about the Scrap School? I really prefer Instagram to Facebook – not so much to wade through. Is there another name for it? Is it a hashtag?

    Hope all is well with every creature at your farm. It really does look like people are having a really hard time in Texas – I guess they are still having the rolling power outages? That is so awful with the cold temperatures.

    Stay safe and be still!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      The other Angie – hmmm – do you receive emails from Martingale? And I don’t even know what a hashtag is or how to do it. Help me understand. Instagram does cut out all the blabber, doesn’t it? Try looking up Martingale and follow them – I’ll see what I can find out – maybe Connie can help us – oh, that’s right, she’s sunning herself on the beach!! Hahaha!!!!

      1. Christine

        Follow Martingale on Instagram at: @martingaletpp
        They have a link each day to the “professor” of the day.

      2. the other Angie

        I looked last night after I wrote this and there is an Instagram hashtag one can follow. So, in Jnstagram. if you search for #scrapschool it will show up and you can follow it. A hashtag is a way to group things by topic. Say you wanted to see quilts made from the book Scrap School, you could post your picture of your quilt just under your name or however you normally post. Then following your comment, you could put one or several hashtags. One would probably be #scrapschool and then any other applicable ones, for example, there is a #quiltersofinstagram. That way, anyone who follows #scrapschool or #quiltersofinstagram would also see your post. Is that clear as mud? I really just think of hashtags as topical. When you see someone’s post, in many cases, you will also see #s included. That person included those as a way of sharing their post with other groups.

        My granddaughters are dragging me into all this just to keep up with them!! Have a super good day!!

  10. Candy

    “Finding Gobi” (by Dion Leonard) is a true dog story … and happy! Who needs depressing right now?!

  11. Sandy

    I too will cut back a few inches, rejoin, quick press, and continue the binding so the seam does not fall in the corner. Too much bulk. Your new quilts are all beautifully scrappy. So glad for the book cover accomplishment. And your cold weather is brutal. We have moved out of the frigid temps, got several inches of snow with more to come, and hopefully a bit of thaw after that. Second COVID shot coming this weekend so may have to lay low a day or two. I work in an elementary school, so the vaccine is another protection besides the mask, social distancing, hand sanitizing, plexiglass, etc. To all, stay safe and take care.

  12. Bobbie

    Hi Mary, I saw one comment a lady had seen the book in a quilt shop. Is that where we can get the book or is it online? I just love the pinks and grays. I also love Moda fabrics they are always so nice to feel.
    We had about 16-18 inches of snow at our house the roads are clear as of yesterday but still a lot in the fields and yard. We had 5 big fir limbs come down but thankfully none hit anything. Last wind storm one hit the house. Hubby had to replace a shingle as it cut a big hole in it. We have 3 sky lights I worry sometimes something will come thru one. It sounded like the whole tree fell we rushed outside to see as it was dark. Then a huge lighting bolt clashed and we rushed back in. Hoping nothing went into the attic. Then the electricity went off and we couldn’t see anything. We went to bed and said we will check it out tomorrow. The electricity didn’t come back on till about noon the next day. But no major damage except the one shingle. It was a large limb that fell.
    Portland, Oregon had a ice storm plus the snow real bad driving there on roads Monday they are about 50 miles from us. We are retired so we don’t have to get out which is nice. The only trouble we had is our 3 dogs didn’t know what to do. The 2 small ones wouldn’t pee as there little butts were touching the snow. It was so funny to watch them jumping all over. We had to shovel them a path and a circle to use.
    Congratulations on your beautiful quilt making the front cover, should have been the whole cover it’s so beautiful. I sure want to make it.
    Prays for the rest of country that are still out of electricity, water, and food.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bobbie – you should be able to purchase the book at your local quilt shop! Sounds like you’ve had some bad weather, too, and that’s a lot of snow!!

  13. Susan K in Texas

    We’ve had almost no power (only 1-2 hours at a time with long periods of no power) until today. Today we kept waiting for the power to go off. Other days we would hurry and do anything we needed power for. The first day we made a huge pot of chili. When the power went on the next day I heated enough for our dinner and wrapped the bowl in foil and towels and put it in a metal pot with a lid. It was warm when we ate it.
    I started a new handwork project to keep my hands and mind busy. Tomorrow I’m supposed to have QuiltCon classes and lectures so hopefully I’ll have power and internet.
    The roads are still icy and snowy so we’ve not left the house since Saturday. No snow plows around here. As we start getting more power people are having pipes burst. And cities are having boil water alerts. This definitely shows how unprepared we are for a storm of this magnitude!
    The good thing – people are helping each other. And my husband and I are retired so don’t have to worry about kids, school, or work. And since I’m a quilter we have lots of quilts to keep us warm.

  14. Susan K in Texas

    And I love Instagram! I prefer it to any of the other social media. Lots of pictures – I like to see quilts, plants, pets, and art. My user name is sckett.

  15. Nikki in Texad

    Thank you for caring Mary. Luckily my electricity has been restored but evening news said over 900,000 , that # correct , still without state wide. At one point over 40% were without.
    ERCOT ( the state regulatory agency) is under investigation, & tried to blame wind farms for outages. Needless to say word got out that no the wind mills did not freeze that ERCOT regulates production & shut them down…also prior to storms ERCOT reported they were ready & should be NO to minimal outages.. only outages would be if excessive ice causes problems.. now blaming it on Covid !!! Could not do inspections because COVID !!! Crock of Crap!!! Texas has survived in the past & will survive this too…;high at my place today 21…. now 16….not expected over freezing until Saturday & long range forecast 70 next Thursday…go figure!

  16. Cathy in IN

    Love the Sanctuary & Sisterhood of Scraps Quilts! The Sisterhood book is now on my wishlist. I’m with you on the books where sad things happen to animals. Just can’t handle it. Likewise with movies or tv shows, animal gets hurt, I’m outta there!

  17. Linda Schluchter

    I don’t know which quilt I like the best, they are both beautiful and are wonderful eye candy! I don’t know how you can make quilts so fast, I have house, animals and husband to take care of and I can’t find enough time to sew most days, unless it’s hand work when I finally sit down in front of the TV in the evening.

    As far as animal cruelty, pet loss and abuse, I can’t watch any of that either or read about it. I love my babies and my grand-fur babies and dread the days ahead when they will be taken from me and my sons. I will never understand how anyone can hurt an innocent animal, I know a lot of people hunt to feed their families but that too puzzles me, how anyone can look at the beautiful creatures who are just enjoying their place on this earth and then purposely, willfully hurt and kill them. I can’t watch animal survival shows where prey is hunted for food or advertisements for animal cruelty. I wish I could rescue more fur babies, horses and donkeys to keep mine company but retirement funds only go so far!

    God bless and stay warm!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda Schluchter- oh, I do understand! When I see kids on FB holding up the head of a deer they just shot and killed, it almost makes me sick. They are being taught early on that it’s ok to kill that innocent animal. When I get to Heaven there will be no animal cruelty and I am looking forward to that day. I’ll see you there!

      1. the other Angie

        Yes!!! I am so with you on that. That kind of cruelty is such a statement of our society. When we get there, can I be your neighbor, too?! I am thankful that some progress has been made, but we have so much more to go .

  18. Sue Smith

    Hi Mary…I am on all the most popular social medias, including Instagram, but I just don’t get it! I would like to load photos, but I just cannot figure out how to do it. I don’t take photos with my phone, for one thing. I use a camera. I get the following part, though, so I will check out Martingale.
    BYW…a hashtag is simply the pound sign.# Took me ages to figure that out. Why didn’t they just call it the pound sign?
    Texas people…We are all thinking about and praying for you. Sat. can’t get here soon enough. What a shock for all of you down there. We aren’t used to that much cold here on the OR coast either, but it’s possible, of course. Stay away, Arctic weather!

  19. Mary Swanz

    Hi Mary – If you want a really good dog story read Chasing Atticus. It takes place in New Hampshire and a lot in snow country in the White Mountains. I am not an animal lover and would never have read this on my own but belong to a book club. Everyone loved it, Mary in New Hampshire

  20. Jean

    Jo in Wyoming… can’t you teach ALL of us how to make binding so that the seam doesn’t end up in the corner? I hate when that happens!
    Mary. Your sanctuary quilt is lovely! WHAT a difference in the finished appearance of a quilt when using updated fabrics! And I have a closet full of old fabrics. Ugh.

  21. Betty Klosterman

    This is a question for Texas people. When the water pipes in your house freeze, can’t you turn the water off where it comes into the house? Then when the pipes thawed you would just have the water inside the house leaking?
    My husband always said I asked too many questions, but inquiring minds need to know??
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Jacque

      Not sure about that, Betty. Our pipes didn’t freeze – they were well wrapped and protected and we had water until it slowed down to a trickle. It was the city pumping stations that apparently froze and went off line due to no power. Our water is back on now and running strong but we’re under a boil notice until further info comes from our water company.

  22. Jo in Wyoming

    I will try to put together a step by step process for binding and email to Mary with permission to post. Remember, this is her blog, not mine. She may say it’s too much. I totally respect her decision.
    It might be next week before I get to it, so be patient.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – would you like to email me the directions and I can edit and reformat on my end? Just email me first and let me ask you a couple questions.

  23. RuthW in MD

    Oh no, there’s that ever-so-soft pink and gray Sanctuary fabric quilt showing up again. I may have to get out my own pinks and whites and grays and make something like it. I keep stopping to stare at it because my heart just loves it. Thank you!

  24. Janice Brown

    Mary, The remake of the Scrap Roll Adventure in pinks & grays is really nice. Ditto on your Friendship Starter quilt. I love that you use the outdoors as the backdrop to display your finished quilts. My most treasured Country Threads quilt patterns are ones photographed outside in the snow.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice Brown – it’s hard to find a good place to take pictures – I rely on my railing often! Colors are so much better outside and I honestly don’t have an empty wall to hang a bigger quilt!

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