Wednesday Night, 1-3-24

Did you hear me scream last night when Caitlin Clark from Iowa sank a three point shot to win the game against Michigan State? If you don’t follow women’s college basketball you have no idea what I’m talking about. Caitlin’s buzzer beater has been covered by all the networks on the national news in the past 24 hours – so fun! The excitement around her play has lit a fire under all Iowans and beyond who follow college sports. Who watched women’s basketball before Caitlin came along? Haha!

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Thank you, Shirley, for your kind letter and to Jan E. for such a sweet card and for all the get well wishes. I’m GOOD!

43 thoughts on “Wednesday Night, 1-3-24

  1. Chris in Alaska

    I remembered to start ( ahem ) a UFU earlier in the month this time ! Actually 2 – we’ll see how it goes ! I have a part time sewing from home business, now that I’m fully retired (teaching and then subbing ,) so that’s how I fill my days . I’m surprised at the business I get by word of mouth in our remote Alaskan town ! Anyway, hoping to sew for ME this month ! Stay well , Mary 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Chris – is your sewing business quilt related, alterations, or both? I do hope you can fit in something just for YOU!

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    I do believe Caitlin Clark’s basket caused a few earthquakes last night. We did hear you!!
    Great quilts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – hahaha!! Rick wasn’t watching because it was on a streaming service (!!!) but he assumed something big had happened when he heard me scream. Ha!

  3. Jeanne in co.

    Wasn’t that the greatest 3 point shot ever. What a way to end the game. Let’s hope Caitlin decides to play for Iowa next year too instead of going pro.
    The red and white Christmas quilt is fantastic. What a lot of embroidery and piecing went into that one. But no name on it, so we can’t direct our good comments to whoever made it.
    My daughter is driving to Ks. City, Mo. in the morning to have a late Christmas with her son and his family, so I am staying here in Loveland to care for her 17 year old Shih Tzu who is blind, deaf, and very frail. Please say a prayer that he will live the few days until she returns and also that she will have good traveling weather. I plan on finally getting the appliquéd outer borders sewn on to a queen sized feathered star quilt, mitering the corners and extending the appliqué around the corners. I made the top over a year and a half ago. The quilt will keep me busy until my daughter returns home. I made one exactly like this and hand quilted it back in the early 90s, but in different colors. I no longer can hand quilt so I’m not sure when it will get quilted, but at least the top will be complete.
    Weather is turning damp and chilly, could be a bit of snow coming. Stay warm and stay well. Jeanne in Co.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – oh, I hope her dog doesn’t die in your care! Your daughter would want to be with her elderly friend. Yes, even after I pleaded for names on quilts no one complied. What more can I do?

  4. patti

    great to see more reader quilts now that life is getting back to more normal after the holidays. i adore the hexagon quilt and would love knowing anything about the pattern/directions, etc. thanks in advance. all the quilts always show the love and work that went into them. gee, mary, do you think you’ll be able to talk after screaming? i was that way tonite with an amazing game between the orlando magic and the sacramento kings – double overtime and most of our regulars were out hurt or got hurt during the game. absolutely amazing but now i need to go to bed. quilty hugs to all, patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – you’re lucky to have a pro team to follow. The state of Iowa has no pro teams so we hang on the college teams. Double overtime games are the best!

  5. Diana in Des Moines

    My husband and I have been fans of Caitlin’s for many years, even when she was a player at Dowling High School. My hubby worked with her grandfather for 40 years and was with him when he passed away at work. He was so very proud of her, and we are certain he is celebrating her in Heaven!
    Glad you are feeling better, wish I could say the same. Darn old cough just lingers, waking me up a couple a times at night. Ugh.
    Sounds like we may get some snow next week in Iowa. More time to hide away and sew!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – and the rest of us did not know CC until she came to Iowa! Look what we all missed all those years!! It must be so much fun to have followed her all these years – I have bought several streaming services JUST to watch her games! Suddenly I’m experiencing a cough throughout this night – what’s with that?

  6. Sharon G.

    Happy New Year, Mary! So glad you are feeling better.
    Today I finally got my dishwasher fixed after 3 weeks! The repairman had every excuse under the sun. I was going to “fire” him if he was a no-show today! Then he told me I’ll have to hire a plumber or handyman to check the water shutoff for the dishwasher. He apparently isn’t licensed to work on it. Whoa! If I’d known that 3 weeks ago I probably could have had that done while I waited for him to get the part and finish the job!
    The home improvement contractor started working on my house today, too.
    Then I discovered that the battery in the pickup is dead. If it’s not one thing it’s another!
    I got my purple fabric cut for the hydrangea quilt I’m working on. I was looking through a quilt magazine and there you and Connie were in the April 2023
    Lots of lovely quilts posted.
    Thanks for sharing.
    And thank you for sending the flowers for Norma. So sorry to hear of her passing.
    Take care everyone.
    Be safe. 😷

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon G – you’re right! It’s just one thing after another – I hate it as I’m sure you do. Just when I think everything is going along fine, something goes wrong. Yes, you need to fire your repairman BUT I also know how hard it is to find another one. Sigh.

  7. Dorothy

    Even we in W WA have heard of your Caitlin and cheer her on.
    I have a grandniece in the 6h grade that according to school “rules” she is not allowed to play on the “varsity” team—–the coaches are trying to figure out a way around that “rule”. She’s 5″8″, 12 years old and an awesome BB player

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dorothy – oh, wow – won’t the next 6 years be fun for you to watch her play!! Caitlin has done lots for women’s basketball – the exhibition game last fall drew over 55,000 fans! I’m thrilled to hear you know about Caitlin. Next game is Friday night.

  8. Barbara Yarnell

    Such a great little quilt show today! The little scrappy one with the appliqued flowers would make a perfect quick donation quilt and the redwork quilt is just beautiful!

  9. Kathy in western NY

    Nice post to begin my day. Lovely pictures as always. I heard about Caitlin on the news. It had to be very exciting to be there to watch that. I hope to work more on my March Madness quilt like yours during the games coming up. Glad you are doing well after Covid.

  10. Carol Reents

    I’m from Indiana and I have been watching women’s college basketball for years. The sport has had some great athletes- I can’t believe that some people still don’t enjoy watching them. Granted women don’t play above the rim, but the game is everything else. Go Hoosiers!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol – Becky and I went to Des Moines to see Pat Summit at her last game in 2012 and I’d love to watch Caitlin in person. That shot the other night was a repeat of the game winning shot in the Indiana game just last year. I’ll bet you remember it, too, for other reasons. I watched the Indiana men play Nebraska last night – I’ve become one of those old ladies who spend their evenings watching sports.

      1. Janet S

        Mary, Watching sports is a whole lot more rewarding than watching the news – so enjoy.

  11. Susan K in Texas

    I really like the hexagon quilt. The colors are beautiful.
    My husband is a huge sports fan. His sister has watched women’s sports for years as she used to play tennis and golf and coach some while going to college. Hubby said that women in college sports can make more money than those who go pro. The women who go pro have less exposure on national media. Caitlin was the topic of one of the sport shows he was watching yesterday afternoon.

  12. NancyTD

    Nice quilts! Please put your name on your finishes. I like to give people credit for their nice work.

  13. Karen Cyr

    Love Caitlin Clark🥰. Because of her many more Iowa Games are carried by BTN and other national networks so I can keep up with all their great performances. She’s been such a wonderful boost to women’ s sports and Iowa sports and to basketball overall. Wish she could play there another few years. Ha!

    Karen in MD

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Karen – Us, too! I hope she doesn’t enter the draft and gives us one more year to have fun!

    2. Jeanne in Co.

      To Arrowhead Gramma, your redwork quilt was fantastic. Thanks for letting us know who made it. You deserve to get kudos for your handiwork. By the way, what state do you live in?? My granddaughter from No. Liberty did attend the Iowa Hawkeye girl’s game and when Caitlin made that amazing winning basket, the crowd went ballistic. And, Mary, i think I heard your yell, even clear out here in Co. Jeanne in Co.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Jeanne – the entire state of Iowa screamed!!! Ha! So much fun!!

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Do you realize that the Big Ten as a conference made a deal with Peacock and other streaming services so that all the games will NOT be on the Big Ten network? It’s maddening! Just Tuesday I gave in and ordered Peacock for my IPad and of course that one game was worth it but it shouldn’t be this way. It’s all about money of course but just think of how much money these schools are actually making from sports. Everybody should be able to watch these games without subscribing to multiple streaming services.

  14. Arrowhead Gramma

    Thank you Mary, for sharing my red work quilt. This was a Crabapple Hill pattern that I had for many years. My border differs from the pattern as I accidentally threw the border pages out when cleaning my sewing area. 😉 This quilt was gifted to my grandson and his wife. The Hungry Animal Alphabet quilt was gifted to my great-grandson and he loved it.
    Happy New Year to all and may we all have many days of quilting in 2024. ❤️🎉🪡🧵✂️❄️❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arrowhead Gramma – your redwork is stunning and I laughed when you said you threw out the border pages! Been there/done thst.

    2. Diane and the gang in Central Ohio

      Arrowhead Gramma, I have a lot of that alphabet fabric so I was happy to see how you outlined each block. Thanks for sharing; I really like it and the Redwork😀😀

      1. Arrowhead Gramma

        The basic pattern was free on the Riley Blake website, I changed up the borders. My Great-Grandson totally loved it.

  15. Bridget

    The buzzer shot was impressive but I also found it impressive that Michigan State was in a tie during the final seconds playing Iowa under a brand new coach! Well played MSU!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bridget – I absolutely agree – they stayed with Iowa shot for shot and if this game had gone into OT I’m not exactly sure who would have won. I think that first year coach is well on her way to a top team!! And I’ll continue to follow her. I think she is impressive!

  16. Charlotte S in No. California

    What lovely quilts today!! I did not watch the Iowa women’s basketball game, but I saw Caitlin’s three point shot on the news last night. What a great shot! I live across the bay from Stanford University, and they always had a great women’s basketball team. Not sure what they are doing this year. I love college football more than basketball.

  17. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I am so grateful you are feeling much better. Also, thanks for sending flowers to Norma’s family; the flowers were stunning.
    We saw Caitlyn’s last-minute shot on the news. That girl is amazing!
    I love the beautiful hexagon quilt-Wow!
    Thanks for this wonderful blog, Mary.

  18. Helen Jane

    Hi Mary…yes I know about CC in 🏀. I watched the game when Iowa played in Texas maybe a year or so back. It is fun watching the younger ones too, in the family we have a 5 yr old (boy), a 11 year old (girl), a 14 yr old (boy) all play b/ball. Lovely quilts! Hope you feel much better. Thank You for all you do to continue “the blog”…

  19. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I love to watch Caitlyn!! She is like a ballerina on the court😀. Thanks for the great quilt show. My friend made a Redwork like that of Over the River, beautiful. I just saw the Iowa shooting on the news. So sorry. As a retired high school teacher, my heart goes out to everyone there.

    1. Arrowhead Gramma

      Several years ago, I made the Over the River and it is on the back of my sofa for winter. Love the Crabapple Hill patterns.

  20. Joy in NW Iowa

    I love to see what CC can do! She is amazing!
    Love all the quilts.
    It’s feeling a bit chilly out with wet south wind. But, it could be -27 😝

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