Watching the Game, 3-28 -24

It’s not looking too good for Iowa State in this first quarter!

As I pulled into the yard tonight after church, I could see the motion light by the quilt shop was on meaning something had been in that area to set it off. Keeper jumped out of the car and Hazel and Telly came out the front door. Everyone was on alert, sniffing the ground in that area and running back and forth finally stopping in the corner by the quilt shop. I ran for the big flashlight and sure enough, another possum playing possum! Ugh.

My dogs were so good and they came when I called them away from the possum. Wow! Such fantastic listeners! We all went to the barn to close up and by the time we got back to the shop the possum had moved on. Never a dull moment around the farm. There are times when I wish it were boring.

Remember all those little strips I cut from the edges of the Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks? I sewed and trimmed, sewed and trimmed some more and I ended up with 3 little improv quilts that I’ll quilt this weekend.

Reader photos:

Here’s my new chair and I’m trying it out tonight – I need to work on the adjustments and there’s so many of them.

It leans back so far I think I could nap in it! Ha!

Remember Marsha’s tv cover quilt – here are the details of how she hung it up:

Marsha thanks you for the cards you so kindly sent – sadly she’s back in the hospital tonight.

I enjoyed reading the comments about The Women. Feel free to add yours.

Iowa State is falling further behind.

28 thoughts on “Watching the Game, 3-28 -24

  1. Shirley Andersen Smith

    I love what you did with your little Improv scraps.

    Shirley from Oregon

  2. Susan

    As always so many beautiful quilts and needlework from your readers. It’s amazing what you did with your leftover scraps. Those quilts are wonderful.

  3. Cindy K

    Like the little improv quilts. Gives me a good idea as to what to do with my scraps which look like they’re similar in size to yours-have a small drawer full. All the other pictures are great as well. And I would love to have that chair in my sewing room. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. Susie Lenz

    I love your improv quilts. You are so clever in your use of tiny scraps and leftovers! I have to push myself to do more of that. The chair looks like something from the Starship Enterprise(star trek). It looks quite comfy!
    Take care🌸

  5. Cheryl

    Thought of you tonight while I watched the game. I’m sure you are disappointed but still more good basketball to come.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – I am disappointed how the team played which was poorly. They did not deserve to win.

  6. patti

    you have such well-trained dogs. you should be proud of them. your new chairs look like you might be headed to space. hehe i bet once you get it set up properly for you that you willl enjoy it immensely. all the reader quilts today are great. i love what you did with the scraps from the flower garden. improv can be so freeing. thanks for sharing and letting us know we can do it also. i did nothing today except deal with social security. such fun. all resolved however. let’s go quilt. patti in florida

  7. Martha W in WY

    I think we should give you a truly are the queen of recycling! The little quilts will be cute when done. Loved the quilt show tonight. The rabbit one is darling. I don’t like possums. I hunted them on my mom’s MN farm a couple of years ago.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – possums are very beneficial animals even though they’re quite homely. I think God made them that way so people would leave them in the wild to do their job.

  8. Donna Jo

    I agree with the other comments that your new chair looks like it’s a space chair! My first thought was a racing car chair! Either way you’re going to be quilting in style!☺️ You are the bravest woman! I would have been running away from a possum and getting close to an owl, no way! I am even scared of chickens!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – you wouldn’t be afraid of my chickens – they’re so tame! How about baby chicks which I’ll be getting very soon? They’re so sweet! And the owl was dead – he couldn’t hurt me. Oh, I could tell you stories of my early days here on the farm – say about 35-40 years ago! Haha!

      1. Donna Jo

        I remember my grandpa getting baby chicks and having a heat lamp on them when I was small. They were so cute! Just because an animal is dead and can’t hurt you doesn’t mean I’m not scared of it. You still have to move the dead bodies! Don’t even get me started on mice; rats or snakes! I don’t understand people who are scared of spiders! You just step on them! You are still brave in my book!

  9. Rita in Iowa

    Mary you are full of adventures, never a dull moment. Glad the dogs were listening to you and not going after the possum. Your improv quilts are great and a good use of using up the scraps. One less pile. I have a lot of them also.
    All the quilts are wonderful. Glad Marsha showed us how she moves the quilt to watch TV. Also hides it from curious eyes.
    I need to get busy and get back to quilting.

  10. Janet S

    Somehow, I missed the Iowa game – duh! The baseball season is upon us so I did see the Twins beat Kansas – that puts the Twins first in their division. Just because it’s the season opener doesn’t mean I can’t brag. Mary, not only are a prolific quilter, you have the best talent for creating something from leftovers. I have been trying to send a picture of a quilt but can’t quite figure how to do it. I’ll keep trying. Great quilts today everyone. Have a blessed Easter.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – when you click on your picture there should be a little arrow up to click. It will allow you to send it to my email. Do you ever send pictures to friends? Same process.

  11. Vicki Ibarra

    Love your improv quilts, especially the one with the sashing. I think I would need a PhD in “chair” to understand how to use the chair. Wishing you the best with better back support. Marsha’s TV cover-up is amazing.

  12. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Mary, your improv quilts turned out very nicely! : )
    And wow, what good dogs to come when you called them away from a critter!

  13. Angie from Baltimore

    Your chair looks like you not only could take a nap but land on the moon. Enjoy it because it really looks comfortable.
    My son found an opossum once and thought it dead. So he took it to the trash can on a shovel. A few days later he went to put trash in the can and a VERY angry critter wasn’t happy. I asked him if he hadn’t ever heard the term playing possum? Yes he said but this one could have gotten an academy award.

  14. Lynette in Orlando

    Lynn in Scottsdale — LOVE your x-stitch! So cute! Everyone’s quilts and projects are so inspiring. Thank you Mary for taking the time to post it all for us to see.

    3 dogs ago I had a blue heeler — she cornered a possum …… wouldn’t come when I called. Had to literally go out and clip her leash on and get her away. Didn’t need a trip to the emergency vet that’s for sure. Definitely keep us on our toes don’t they?

    Mary – did I see correctly that your girls won? Sorry, I’m not a basketball fan. Hope they continue to do well.

    1. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

      Thank you Lynette in Orlando! The pattern is by Bent Creek found in the June 1998 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine.

      Mary, your dogs were so good coming when you called. Your chair does have a spaceship vibe. You will be starting to sew quilts with stars and moons on them next. Good job on the strips.

      Really nice quilts today everyone. Thanks for sharing,

      Sorry Marsha is back in the hospital. Will put her on our prayer list.

  15. Ann in PA

    Love what you did with those scraps! Wow, it’s good that your pups listen when you call. Possums can be nasty. On a positive note- Possums eat ticks! We missed the Iowa State game, but did see most of the North Carolina vs Alabama game. Turned it off to watch the news and although it was close, with 10 minutes left on the clock, I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer & went to bed. What an upset! Can’t wait to see the women’s games. That new chair looks wonderful!

  16. Vicki Ibarra

    I love the colors and design of Donna and Dan’s last quilt. Absolutely beautiful. So many detailed quilts. The bunny quilt reminds me of when I did such detail handwork on a more regular basis. That bunny will spread joy.

  17. Kelli

    Absolutely love the mini quilts from the scraps of grandma’s flower garden! Such a great idea – thanks for the inspiration.

    Wish I had my phone to take a picture yesterday – I think of you when I see crazy parking 🤣 throw big truck pulled thru handicap spaces and took up two plus was on an angle – go figure how people think that’s ok?? Enjoy basketball – there are some good ones tonight!

  18. Connie in NV

    Wow what a chair looks like you may be taking off for the moon! I hope it gives your back some comfort. You have said you have trouble sleeping because you have to sleep on your back may I suggest you look at the sleep number adjustable bed. My husband and I purchased one a couple of years ago and it was the decision we ever made, it helped us both. After you get over the shock of the price you will sleep like a baby. Both of us have to sleep on our backs and can do so comfortably now.
    My quilt group talked about Caitlin yesterday, how they are watching her when they have never followed women’s basketball. She is a good ambassador for the sport! Looking forward to tomorrow’s game.

  19. Charlotte in No. California

    I sure do enjoy seeing all the beautiful quilts and needlework. Mary, you are so resourceful and creative with your scraps. I love all your ideas because I can’t think of them on my own. I hope your chair does the trick for your back. It looks heavenly!! Yes possums are good critters but they sure are ugly.

  20. Connie R. in Wis

    You sure got your money’s worth out of those thrift store quilt blocks. I am in awe of how beautiful the first flower quilt came out and, looks so Springy on your wall. And then, you created a few more gems from the leftovers. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Just finished coloring Easter eggs. I saw on Pinterest where they used brown instead of white eggs for dying. I was skeptical but, they came out beautiful. Very intense different colors using the regular tablet dye kit from Walmart.! I’m going to make a note to use brown eggs again next year. Happy Easter.

  21. Launa

    Oh my, Sorry to read Marsha is back in hospital! Hope she enjoys the cards some of us have sent!!

    Just a few stray flakes! Watching local area news!

    Happy Easter 🐣 in your new chair, Mary! Looks quite comfy!


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