What did you do today? 1-9-24

Honestly nothing happened today – moved a bit of snow, loaded a quilt on the longarm, pieced a backing, quilted a small wall quilt, bound a finished quilt – and the usual stuff. I feel very normal but promise not to overdo it.

Hope your day was more exciting than mine!

Great reader quilts and one from me:

I made this awhile ago using a Bonnie Hunter pattern but can’t remember the name of it! This is what I’m going to use my 1-1/2” strips for.

This is my finish today but I’ll write all the details in tomorrow’s post – book is out in the shop and it’s cold and snowy between here and there. It feels so good to finish these quilts that have been hanging around for awhile.

P.S. Thank you, Robbie, for your card and gift.

105 thoughts on “What did you do today? 1-9-24

  1. Sally

    That is the Bitcoin quilt pattern by Bonnie Hunter. First quilt I saw when I first discovered your blog. It’s beautiful! Love all the quilts tonight especially all the different colored background fabrics. My husband and I spent the day looking for a new countertop. We have not had a kitchen since it flooded Oct. 20. Had to repipe the whole house. Hopefully what we found today will work. It’s going to get down to 30 degrees tonight here in the desert. That’s chilly for us!

  2. Chris

    I finished cutting pieces for the next quilt and even started sewing. This will be a small quilt and a pretty simple pattern because the fabric is the feature. I also mailed the previous quilt to my long arm artist. Somebody else did all the cooking today so I had it easy! Hope you have some warmer days ahead, Mary.

  3. DebMac

    Your day was more eventful than mine; I mostly sat on the couch and played Mah Jong or scrolled emails. I felt slightly cruddy with some viral thing. I called the MIL to see how she was doing on this snowy day and her heat was out so had to check again when she didn’t call me back to make sure she had heat. Jack is enjoying the snow; he was using his snout to get under it and then would throw it up in the air. Still figuring out this whole snow business. Did a little cross stitch this evening and stitched an entire motif wrong so had to restitch. It may be time to just pack up and go to bed. Cute quilts and the Bonnie Hunter one is “Bit Coin”.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – of course Jack has never seen snow before, has he? I know exactly how he was tunneling through the snow and having such a good time! In my minds eye, he was just joyous! Hope you got the heat going – cross stitch is not what you should be doing if you don’t feel well as you can see what happens. Oops!

      1. DebMac

        MIL got her heat back on but forgot to call to tell me. I haven’t picked up the cross stitch since as I am in a part that has lots of eyelet stitches and that’s just too much to cope with being puny. Did finish a book I got for Christmas. First book in Alan Bradley’s “Flavia de Luce” series. Cozy mystery about an 11 year old girl who aspires to be a chemist and solves murder mysteries along the way. Set in 1950’s England. I’ve read the series a couple of times before and they are good enough to add to my personal library. Quirky and fun.

  4. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Hi Mary
    I would say you did a lot today! Glad you are feeling better.
    I spent part of the day trying to figure out how to sign up for classes at Quilters Affair in Sisters for July. Arghhhh. Tomorrow is the day they open it to sign ups. Wish me luck.
    Then, I am on a Facebook group with 3 others. We are friends and live in 3 different states. Isn’t it wonderful we can get together each Tuesday afternoon and sew and visit. I am working on hand quilting my Jen Kingwell quilt. Pattern is Bring Me Flowers. A fun quilt, lots of hand applique. I think this is year 7 that I have been working on it. I will be finished this year, sooooo close.
    Plus we are in the middle of a big blizzard here E. of the Cascade mountains in central Oregon. First blizzard in 5 years and 100mph gusts on top of Mt. Bachelor at the ski resort today. It was closed.
    Other than that hunkered down and sewing
    Shirley from C. Oregon

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirley – 100 mph winds???? No blizzard here – snow was too heavy and wet. Hope you send me a picture of your 7 year quilt – I have a Cheri Safiote project that’s even older than that. Oh my, that needs to go on my list!!

      1. Shirley Andersen Smith

        I will when done. Almost….whoopee.
        Lovevyour Bitcoin quilt.
        Shirley

  5. Cindy

    Sounds like you had a productive day! Like your bitcoin quilt. Gives me an idea of what to do with some leftover charm squares.

  6. Sue in PA

    The quilt with all the strips is called Bitcoin. I have pieces cut for one also, all reproduction fabrics like Jo Kramer’s. I really like hers and I have so many repros to use up.
    My first priority is to finish a quilt for my grandson’s 13th birthday in June. My grands get a grown-up quilt when they turn 13 to replace their baby quilt.
    The quilt on the piano is very pretty. I am glad you seem to be feeling better.
    We are getting a lot of rain and wind tonight. There are already some trees down and there will be flooding in some areas, but not in our immediate area.

  7. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    I think your Bonnie Hunter pattern is called Bitcoin. No electric for eight hours, very high winds, roof tiles are blowing off businesses and trees are down all over town.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Carol, I wondered how you made out cause our local news talked more about Buffalo with power outages. I’m sure utility trucks will be assisting in helping your area get back electricity cause I heard several all zoom by our house heading towards the thruway.

      1. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

        We have a generator thankfully, this happens way too often around here. I’m grateful it’s not 7 feet of snow, like last year!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Carol – oh, the news from your area doesn’t sound good! Hang in there and keep us posted.

        2. Kathy in western NY

          I agree Carol that a generator is needed in our parts. I do too much food shopping to lose it when the power goes out. We learned from the ice storm so we have one, plus our motor home too has one if someone had to sleep in it due to power loss. It’s all green grass here this morning till the weekend and that shall be one interesting with the Bills game home and ugly weather again.

  8. Sara

    So glad you are feeling better, Mary! Your day of “nothing” sounds more like a day of several “somethings”, you got so much (sew much?) done! Beautiful quilt pics—I really enjoy them.

  9. LaNan

    I stayed inside and embroidered a hat band for my daughter in laws cowboy hat for the ft worth rodeo, said prayers for one of my year old grandson in the er unexpectedly with high fever. Turned out the antibiotics weren’t working on his ear infection and he got very sick. Hone now making cute noises!!! Continued cleaning and organizing my sewing room and finally did alittle hand embroidery. Being creative helps calm the nerves. Enjoy looking at the whiteness of the snow. So pretty Keep getting better!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      LaNan – oh, how scary for all of you – so glad he’s home and better. The Ft Worth rodeo? Is she attending or participating? Interesting and I’m curious to know more.

  10. Patricia

    You must be feeling better because you accomplished a lot. That would be a good day for me. I’m getting ready for a retreat, quilting of course. It takes so long because I’m so disorganized and UFO’s are everywhere. You have snow, we had rain all day with the prediction of high winds. Fortunately we didn’t get the 50 mi winds they said we would but in spite of that there were many trees down and flooding everywhere. I live 4 miles from the Potomac and it will be high waters for sure. Glad your energy is returning. Hope your weather warms a bit. Love the readers quilts and yours. Pat in Maryland

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – the weather sounds just terrible for you folks! We could certainly use almost any kind of precipitation but floods and high winds wouldn’t be fun. Now it will be clean up.

  11. Kathy in western NY

    I waited to lose power with the wind but we lucked out and we’re fine. Sounds like Buffalo got the worse of it with a 74 mph gust that blew over an empty tractor trailer that halted thruway traffic so tandem and empty trucks are not allowed till further notice. Lots of rain here. I had an eye doctor appt so that’s done for another year and then undecorated the Christmas tree so it’s all put away. My husband refinished an old medical cabinet from a family friend’s pediatrician office so I will stack my quilts in it and keep behind glass doors now. But first we need to do a little rearranging and get rid of a bar cabinet to our son that we don’t use anymore filled with glassware and bar accessories. Course no one wants the fancy glassware so off to goodwill.
    The quilts are very nice!!! Colorful and nice use of HST too. The doll quilts will be loved for sure. I like the idea of using 9 patches for them.

    1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

      Too bad we didn’t live close to each other. My friend is looking for crystal glassware for her son in law ‘s bar and can’t find it anywhere. She’s been looking at the thrift stores in our area with no luck.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Teresa – real Crystal or just glass? For a bar? Must be a high end bar – wish I could scour my thrift stores for you but shipping would be a problem

        1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam,BC

          He would like real crystal. Apparently the just over 30 kids are liking crystal again.

      2. Kathy in western NY

        Teresa, I would be impressed with your friends son in law’s bar set up as it’s pretty to look at and admire but my family all likes dishwasher friendly and not the etched crystal we had. I saw plenty at our local thrift store but it is located in a college town so not sought after. Wished you were closer but shipping it would be iffy.

        1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

          Yes it is too bad we aren’t closer and shipping to Canada would be ridiculous I’m sure and probably wouldn’t arrive in one piece. Yes, I can’t wait to see his bar once it’s set up.

  12. Mary H

    Great quilts! I think you finished a lot today. I made a couple little cork card wallets and pieced a small quilt for a friend. I am also working on some very detailed elf ornaments by mm crafts. We had 12 inches of snow. And I did some catching up with friends and family via phone. And watched it snow! Nothing very exciting.
    Is your BH quilt called Bitcoin?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – oh, no! 12” of snow! I hate to tell you how lucky we were – we might have gotten 2” or so. Whew! Yes, it’s called Bitcoin – several readers let me know – for the life of me I could not remember!!! I. Going to start another one and have it be my leader ender project. Pass my hug to Ada!

  13. Sherry Whalen

    Hi Mary – I had a pretty busy day and got a lot accomplished. We walked right away this morning – we got only a couple of inches of snow and of course there was ice under it – I got my first fall taken care of but no harm done.

    I finished cleaning my sewing room yesterday – it looks pretty good and there is so much less dust. I still have too much stuff in there but I can’t be the only one trying to pack 10 pounds of stuff into a 5 pound bucket…. I found some stuff to get rid of and some to donate and I have a couple of boxes to sort thru, but at least it is contained and the stuff that didn’t belong in there is moved out. And of course I found stuff that I forgot that I had….

    So today – Al and I installed laminate flooring in our lower level bathroom! It looks great and there was only a little swearing! Next up – reinstalling the trim, toilet, and buying a new sink. I am excited to be done.

    I also decided to keep the cleaning momentum and started cleaning kitchen cupboards. I got a couple done and they look so nice and organized, with a few less items that can be donated. And after I stopped all that – I cut a few more HSTs and sewed them tonight. Now – I am off to bed.

    Sherry W. from Kasson MN

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherry – you put us all to shame! You and Al better start a remodeling business – you’re good at it and it seems like you’ve always got a big project going! Wow – you are a hard worker!!!

  14. patti

    love the quilts today. you were really busy. love your bitcoin quilt – mine is still in long columns – need to stitch together. it was just so boring matching all those seams. but look at the 2.5″ squares i stitched. the next yellow sections will go in the center on the top and bottom and then the rest is all just colored squares. power went out due to weather. no snow like so many of you – just nasty storms. can’t wait for the story on the quilt on the piano. it is beautiful. love the doll quilts and the other quilts were super nice. now you get to rest more. thanks for sharing everyone. patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – yes, matching all those seams and getting all the seams to lay in opposing directions was very tedious but worth it in the end. I so wish I had taken a picture of the back before I quilted it. I have to say it was impressive!

  15. Kim from Wi

    Hope your feeling better. How much of the snow did you get on the farm? We got enough to close schools for 2 days here in middle Wisconsin. I’m glad we are retired and can just stay home while it blows and snows. Making a big pot of chili to keep us fed for a few days.

  16. Alice

    What a productive day you had, Mary! So glad you’re feeling better! Here in SW Ohio we are having high winds & it’s still raining, but as the temperature drops we expect a bit of snow. Love all the quilts! I was able to get in a bit of quilting yesterday. Still working on the Christmas Snowman panel. Lots of free motion quilting on it. My sunroom isn’t heated or rather I heat it with a small ceramic heater & I can last about 2-3hrs when it’s cold. My friend & I have a condo rented in FL at the end of this month. We’ve been told there’s no damage to this complex, but Panama City Beach is a disaster! So many have lost their homes & businesses! I feel so bad for them! We may reschedule our vacation which isn’t a big deal since we’re both retired. My nephew is stationed at the AF base there & all is well there. Our weather is so unpredictable anymore!
    Alice in SW OH

  17. Martha W in WY

    Wow Mary! You were busy. I had a medical procedure that we drove 45 miles for. I swear it felt like we were in a boat. 65+ mph winds! Still blowing some tonight but not as bad as earlier today. I did a little cross stitch tonight. I noticed a mistake I had just done. Ripped it out and off to bed.

  18. Sandy

    Hi Mary, sounds like you are getting better! More wonderful quilts today, love biscuit and his new toy and card.The family left for Taiwan today,had to paint Lunas nails before they left!l kept myself busy putting together a scrappy quil.Sounds like there is some rough waether happening for some people.
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy. t

  19. Arrowhead Gramma

    Happy to hear you are feeling better, Mary. Please don’t overdo and then have a relapse. ❤️🙏🙏❤️🪡🧵❤️

  20. Kris in WI

    Well, that happened! We had snow rollers in the front yard and down the driveway this afternoon! Sounds crazy, but apparently wind can blow a small bit of snow downhill, and it picks up more snow as it rolls along until it resembles a roll of polyester batting. They look like the beginning of how you make a big ball of snow for a snowman, or an ice cream cake roll. The ones in our yard were about 8″ to10″ in diameter and about the same in length. I wish I had a picture, but by the time I caught the 10pm weather and heard the explanation, they were covered in another 2″ of snow. I’ll see if I can “dust one off” tomorrow and maybe Robert can catch a picture with his fancy camera. So, there you go weather bugs, a rare meteorological phenomenon thanks to the top layer of wet snow and 40+ mph wind gusts. And I thought they were just snow chunks tossed into the yard by an overzealous plow driver! Who knew? Not me! Kris–who thought she would be smart by now!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Wow Kris this was fascinating to read! I’d love to see a picture of something in my 72 years I have never seen. You will the prize for weather report!

        1. Kris in WI

          Sorry Kathy, no snow roller pictures after we got the additional 2″ of snow. Overnight they just collapsed into the 6″ of surrounding snow cover. Check out Google for some incredible pictures from Iceland, IOWA, Ohio, and points west. Pretty cool stuff! Kris–who spent most of yesterday looking out one window or another as if she had never seen snow before!

          1. Kathy

            Thanks Kris for trying anyways. It all sounded pretty amazing to me to see that roll. You certainly had the unusual weather event while the rest of us had wind damage, rain, snow, more rain, but you had the cotton roll to look at.

  21. Sharon G.

    So glad you’re up and around doing stuff, Mary!
    Lovely quilts today! And Biscuit is pawdorable! Such a cutie.
    I spent the day cleaning my sewing room. I got so much stuff up off the floor and put away. It was a miracle I hadn’t tripped. I cut up some of my husband’s shirts, too. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. They were all beautiful Hawaiian shirts so I’m excited to make something even if it’s a table runner.
    This weekend I plan on cleaning a room in the basement. I’m going to store stuff in there that I’ll take with me when I move. It’ll be cheaper than renting a POD. At least that’s the plan anyway. I’ll have to hire someone to help me carry stuff from the main floor to the basement, though.
    The contractor has been working on my back porch for a week. It looks great! He trimmed the two windows and that made all the difference in the world. I swear it looks bigger. I wish we’d finished this old house long ago.
    The wind howled here in the Pacific Northwest. It woke me up early this morning. I knew it was scary loud when the two cats came in to the bedroom. We’re soaked with rain, though. Supposed to snow for the next few days. At least that’s the forecast anyway. We’ll see! The weather has been wild everywhere.
    Take care everyone!
    Stay safe!

  22. Deb from Iowa

    S. Kay from Texas…you have a great eye for color and design. Absolutely love all three of your quilts.

  23. Wendy on Cape Cod

    Hi Mary-
    Such great quilts today. I really like your Bitcoin. All the pieces look so tiny to me as I am currently working on the Charismatic pattern with the 5″ squares that you showed recently. My favorite part is pulling out the fabrics and “seeing if they will work”. I ended up using some fabric I loved and bought with no idea what to use it for (who hasn’t done that?) with words about coffee and also some doughnuts with sprinkles on them. I’m calling it Coffee & Doughnuts. Got the top finished and am determined to quilt it on my home machine instead of sending it to a long arm quilter. Love it so much that I started another quilt with the same pattern while I wait for my backing and batting to come. Gotta keep busy during these winter days.
    We got a dusting of snow a couple of days ago and now rain, rain, rain. I still think your “do nothing” days sound pretty productive to me! Glad you are feeling better.

  24. Cindy

    I drove up to Ann Arbor to search for national championship swag. Even the rain could not dampen the smiles and GO Blue salutes.

    1. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

      Cindy,
      Did you have any luck getting merchandise? My husband is desperate for a National Championship shirt but Dunham’s and Dicks Sporting Goods didn’t have them as of late yesterday. Might run to Dunham’s today. Thanks!

      1. Cindy

        You can try Mden.com they will ship it to you. Mden is the official store for UofM goods. Hope this helps.

  25. Barbara Yarnell

    Great quilts today! Susan K. In Texas- you have such a good color sense and I love the way you used stripes in the star quilt! I have the Bitcoin pattern too…love it! I spent the day making more blocks for my New Year’s day sampler quilt. Laid awake in bed this morning thinking about a setting and borders. Cold, windy and wet here in Missouri.

  26. Marcia-SW Ohio

    Love the finished quilts-very inspiring for me to get busy. Weather reports tell me I will have time to get sewing done as it will be miserable to be out.

  27. Erin

    I hope you are finally all better.
    The quilt on the piano is gorgeous! I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s post!

  28. Connie R. in Wis.

    I spent yesterday taking down our Christmas tree and decorations. Now the house looks so dull without the lights and colors. We got a few inches of snow with the brunt of the snow storm going south of us. Finally looking like Christmas when Christmas is over. Like many of the other readers, organizing some of my spaces comes next. Love all the quilts today. So much color and inspiration.

  29. Fran

    More awesome quilts for eye candy. Especially like the one draped over the grand piano.

    We lost power yesterday so no sewing for me. Lasted 12 hrs. Midafternoon I took to my bed to read under a quilt. Later I added another quilt. Ha I spent the rest of the day reading and doing Suduko. Worried about my little birds I have. Moved them to inside wall room and put a bigger quilt over their cage. They survived along with me but not fun. I have no backup for heat. In AK we always had a wood stove for backup. We have more storms possibly coming!

    Fran SW Iowa

  30. Connie R.

    I have a quilting question. I want to quilt a banner size quilt on my home machine with straight line quilting. Do I quilt all the lines in the same direction or do I alternate each sewn line (eg right to left then left to right)? I was thinking of lines about 2 inches apart.Thanks for your thoughts/ experience.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie – I quilt my straight lines on the longarm and since it doesn’t shift I only go left to right – mostly because the longarm doesn’t like to go right to left. On my home machine I would switch it up – I also use a basting spray to keep all three layers together. Depending on the design 2” might be too wide

      1. Connect R.

        Mary- Thanks for the tips. I think I will try less than 2” wide lines. It’s just for me so, it will be an experiment.

  31. Jeanine from Iowa

    Love all the quilts today. I finished sewing a four patch quilt together yesterday for a boys farm in Honduras. Our church makes quilts for them, but we don’t have to put batting in them as it is hot there most of the time. I’m starting another quilt using 3 1/2″ squares and a 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 rectangle. I saw this quilt and thought since I had the squares cut from leftover projects, I would like to try it. Hopefully, will get to do more on it today. I need to cut more rectangles.

    We had a lot of snow yesterday, and it was very wet and heavy, so hard to move this morning. I imagine we had 10-12″. It’s hard to tell when it blows so hard. The wind has died down this morning. I am down in the back, so could not help my husband shovel this morning. I usually do most of it as he has had a bad back for a long time. Our neighbor came and cleared our driveway. We are so thankful for him.

    Glad you had a productive day yesterday, Mary. Trust you continue to get your strength back.

  32. Joy in NW iowa

    Jay scooped the 11-12 inches of snow off the yard…..piles of snow! Took him all day!
    I sewed little baggies for the Dignity kits our mission group makes and then worked on bookwork. The bookwork is almost finished!! Yippee!
    The snow plow came by late afternoon.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – oh, good grief! We got maybe 2”! We were lucky!!! But it’s very cold today and Sunday sounds terrible

  33. Jill Klop

    Glad to hear you are getting stronger! My day was so busy yesterday, I couldn’t even reply until this morning! I had Bible Study in the morning, stopped at the grocery store on my way home and then at lunch. I had a neighbor who recently had part of her leg amputated so I made them a meal and spent some time visiting with her. I played Bunco at night! I love your Bitcoin!

  34. Linda in Michigan

    Here’s what i did on the 9th (yesterday). Fed cats, read, sewed some binding, watched snow come down. Played solitaire on the computer, did computer jigsaw puzzles. Watched TV. Watched more snow come down. Ate lunch. Decided to get my snowman collection out of the basement. Watched it snow. Tried to take a nap. And you think your day is about nothing? Ha!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – haha! Days about nothing are good, aren’t they? I do feel guilty however when I don’t get anything done.

  35. KathyG in Oak Creek, WI

    It was supposed to be a major snow storm kind of day here but it turned out to be less than expected. So I planned on packing it in by staying in my sewing studio. I longarmed 2 quilts, put the border on my Charlie Harper quilt top, cut out a quilt to take to my church quilter group, made chocolate chip cookies, and made 2 valentine themed pillowcases. I love days like these.

    Glad you’re not over doing it!

  36. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Yesterday, I worked on an I Soy I started long ago. Hope to finish it as hubby recuperates! He starts surgery today at 11:20. Should be about 3 to 4 hours. He is ready.
    The quilts you show are always so oretty, Mary. Thank you😀. Our wonderful neighbor will give Buddy and Squeak lunch😺😺
    Very windy on I-70 driving over, but no snow or ice!

      1. Diane and the gang in Central Ohio

        Thanks for the good thoughts, Mary. Still in surgery due to late start of his surgery. The surgery ahead of him went longer. He should be finished about 3:30 or 4:00.

  37. Joyce from NY

    Love all the quilts, especially your bitcoin one & the one on the piano. Yesterday morning I went to get a headlight fixed on my car, he took it all apart & realized he didn’t have a new one to put in, & I called him ahead of time too 😳
    I sewed for awhile in the afternoon. My power went out about 8:30-3:30, the wind was terrible, lot of damage in area but, I have only a few branches all over the yard, thank goodness ! Very calm & quite today.

  38. Barbara Firesheets

    Happy to hear you’re feeling better. Sounds like you were productive yesterday! I attended our monthly quilt group meeting. It’s always a fun day of fellowship and inspiration. We kicked off our annual challenge project. Each person drew a crayon from a bag. You are to use that color to make anything you want (from a mug rug to a king size quilt). In the past we have done this challenge only using black, white, and gray fabrics along with the crayon color fabric. This year we can use any fabrics with our crayon color, but the crayon fabric must be the dominant color in our project. We will reveal our projects in December at our Christmas party.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – sounds fun – you should look at Joanne Duckworth’s quilts for color

  39. Bernadette

    Mary, so glad that you are feeling better. We got about 6-7 inches of snow her in New Hampton. My husband pointed out this morning that the deer were out in the front yard looking for food from the tracks left. Your Bitcoin quilt has lovely colors. The piano quilt is pleasant as well. Would be a fun quilt to make. Today will be lazy being it is my 77th Birthday. Will do a few passes on the quilt that is on the longarm. Might get some fabrics together to start BH mystery quilt. Have a good day, and stay warm.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bernadette – we are very lucky! We got only 2-3” – it mostly went east of us – to you!! I’ll post the piano quilt and tell you about it later today.

  40. Sunflower from Michigan

    Hi, Mary,
    Your day was productive! Yesterday I started packing for our 2 week cruise to the Panama Canal. We fly to LA and cruise to Fort Lauderdale via the Panama Canal with many stops along the way. My suitcase weighs 39.2 lbs of the allotted 40 lbs! We are already thinking how much we’ll miss Biscuit, not to mention my chickens! LOL
    I am not going to finish my New Year’s Day quilt before I go but I will continue on when I return! We are supposed be get hit with a big snow storm Friday/Saturday but we’ll be gone by then so no worries.
    Today is a few errands and cleaning out the refrigerator. Stay safe and warm everyone!! And the quilts are all lovely in today’s post! ❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – oh, that sounds like way too much trip for me! So I’ll need to see some pictures from you. Poor Biscuit will miss you! Thank you for your card and donation!

  41. Marie C

    Yesterday we got 12 inches of snow, north of Cedar Rapids Iowa. It’s really wet and heavy. My dog loves it . He is more of a cold weather dog than hot weather. I worked on putting Christmas decorations up. Hopefully I will finish today. I made a pumpkin pie. It was so good. I’m not looking forward to the super cold temperatures coming our way. It makes caring for our cows and horses very hard.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marie – I so understand about chores in super cold weather! My geese won’t even go into a lean to but I have so few chickens and goats now. The 10 hens and 3 goats are in the center of the barn with heat and they don’t go out in this weather – sadly these are the easiest chores I’ve had in 45 years of living here.

  42. Launa

    Mary,
    Thanks for photos….lovely to view this morning in Idaho! Could receive snow squalls today! Snowed during the night…winter storm warnings on morning tv. Nice to have the warmth from wood stove!
    Am feeling much better so quit NyQuil!
    Watch for snail mail coming!
    Launa

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – oh, your wood stove always sounds so inviting! Did I k ow you weren’t feeling well??

      1. Launa

        Just something going around. No temperature, just a cough!
        The sun has appeared, but still light flakes! Vitamin C drops helped with the cough.

  43. Carolyn in GA

    Sometimes it works, sometimes it “don’t”……. no pictures but all is good. Big wind and rainstorm here in GA, flooding going on downstream. This is definitely a posting about zilch, recovering from Jn1 which was something else. Made a mild covid last year look like the common cold. Be aware, it is here.

  44. Carla

    For a woman who didn’t do much, you sure did a lot ;-D I have a quilt sandwich made and I’m just waiting for 12wt thread so I can try my hand(lol) at hand quilting. I’m super excited!!!!

  45. Susan K in Texas

    Thanks ladies for the compliments on my quilts. I consider them simple quilts to make when my mind can’t concentrate on a more difficult pattern.
    Yesterday I took a day for myself. I went to the Kimbell Art Museum and The Amon Carter Museum and looked at art. Fort Worth is gearing up for the Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. That means crowds and usually the worst cold weather of the year. The exhibit at The Kimbell was Bonnard’s World. His use of color was stunning. It made me want to go home and play with yellows and oranges which are lacking in my fabric stash.
    I did come home and worked on trimming HST blocks and sewing another quilt I have cut and ready to sew. It was a really good day. And then … at 8:30 pm my husband reminded me of a 7 pm meeting at the church. Oops! I knew things were going too smoothly. 😂
    I heard from my daughter in law that now the 2 year old has covid too. I feel so bad that we’re so far away and can’t help

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – oh, no! My friend’s 3 year old granddaughter just had it, too! Simple quilts are my favorites – quilting is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?

      1. Susan K in Texas

        They’re watching the three year old closely as they figure he will be next. It’s so hard to keep the boys separated

  46. Marsha Ransom

    I haven’t done much today because I’m helping my husband get through first day after knee replacement surgery. I got him breakfast, ran to the orthopedic doctor’s office to pick up an ice machine since UPS lost the one that was supposed to be delivered Monday or maybe yesterday; ran to Menard’s to get him a clip on lamp for by his bed. Filled the 15% bag up with a few other things we need like Clorox wipes, dishwasher soap, etc.

    Got lunch, split pea soup & put 4 chicken breasts in the crockpot for shredded chicken. Took a pound of venison burger out to make sloppy joes to have over baked potatoes for supper tonight.

    I brought some of my dad’s shirts up to start deboning a la Bonnie Hunter. I need mindless stuff to do that I can pick up and put down easily.

    1. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

      Good luck, Marsha. The first days are the hardest. It will get better though.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marsha! Good grief, Girl – you gotta slow down – ha!! You got lots done – now you’ll be a caregiver for awhile – I don’t envy you.

  47. Linda from Georgia

    You beat me! I did go to one of my quilt guilds. One of our lovely members made us vegetable soup, iron skillet corn bread and desert for lunch! It sure was good. (very small group) We also cut out hearts to take home and sew so that we can stuff them at next months meeting. They are for the cancer center. Watched All Creatures and now watching college basketball. Exciting day!!!

  48. Debra Reber

    You say you didn’t have an exciting day, but if I got that much quilting stuff done I would be really excited!! We didn’t get any snow here, just horrendous wind & lots of rain. But next week there is a possibility of snow & really cold temperatures. I spent the day with my 3 year old granddaughter, who says lots of funny things & makes me laugh!! She loves to help feed our horses, and she knows which horse is supposed to go in which stall.

  49. Linda

    What do you do with all the quilts you finish? You have probably been ask this before.
    Love all your readers pictures. I’m working harder to get projects finished, none of my girls or their families will want to take over my quilting.
    Take care & stay warm,
    Linda

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I have stacks of quilts everywhere – I have no one who really cares much about them and for me it’s the journey not the destination. I’m sure you’ve heard what will eventually happen to them all – they’re going to my funeral to be laid on the pews and you take home the quilt you sit on. When we closed we sold 90% of the quilts and I have regretted it hundreds of times when I search for a past quilt and never find it. Ugh.

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