Where to get the book, 10-31-22

Where would the logical place to buy a new quilt book? Your local quilt shop or Amazon. Martingale is the publisher, which you might not know, but you can also buy the book from them. This is the very last time I will answer this question. When you ask such a simple question it tells me you don’t keep up with blog posts which is very disappointing to me because I put a lot of work into writing this blog. When the book was first released we sold dozens of autographed books to our blog readers. I will answer any legitimate questions but not this one again. If there’s something in a post you want to remember, flag it or put it in a separate folder on your computer. End of discussion.

PS – I should just delete this rant but instead I’m going to hit PUBLISH.

48 thoughts on “Where to get the book, 10-31-22

  1. Janet B

    When working, I once had a gal call me with a question that I had to look up in my reference book. When I asked her why she didn’t look it up, she said: it’s easier to call you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet B – Bingo! Of course it’s easier for her to call you. Ugh.

  2. Debbie G in SE WI

    Good Morning, Mary! Glad to hear from you this morning. Lots of eye candy today. I just wanted to add that for those who don’t want to buy any book, they could also check with their local library. I have also requested a book be added to my library and sometimes that will happen. it’s also a good chance to peek at the contents before you buy.

    Happy Halloween!! I’m getting ready for 300-400 trick or treaters!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debbie – 400 trick or treaters????? How much candy do you have to buy? Also – if you go to Martingale’s site you can see all the quilts in the book.

      1. Debbie G in SE WI

        I don’t do full sized bars! That would cost a fortune. And I am reporting that our total was way down this year! I think we had 248. That’s still a lot. Our neighborhood really celebrates the holidays!

        And yes, I’ve looked at the inside of many books on the Martingale site!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Debbie – 248 trick or treaters is still a lot of small candy bars! Yowzer!

  3. Pat Novotny

    I agree with you. People do not take the time to either research or make notes. I love your blog and hope all is well with your little family.

  4. Catherine Platzer

    Mary, rants are good sometimes to remind all of us that if we want info we should go back to the beginning. I save tons of your page.

    Catherine Mn.

  5. Donna Sproston

    I taught seventh grade so I am used to answering the same question over and over again.

  6. Marcia-Ohio

    Understand it 100%. I taught high school for 35 years. There is a large portion of our society who want to be ‘spoon fed’ information individually and are too lazy to search before asking to repeat🤦🏼‍♀️ That was one of the most frustrating parts of teaching. What is worse than youth is adults. I taught w/ adults who would be talking and then ask a question that had been answered while the speaker had been talking🤷🏼‍♀️
    Love reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

    1. Donna Wyatt

      Agreed! I worked in nursing and would answer the same questions over and over. Glad to be retired!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marcia-Ohio – I can’t believe how many teachers have commented on my rant. It must go with the territory of teaching.

  7. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central OHio

    Hi Mary–I laughed out loud at this “rant”!! I taught English fro 30 years to HS juniors and College Writing, Creative Writing, and Composition. One of our teachers came up with this response to a question that had been addressed before. He said, “Asked and answered.” Period, end of comment. Then, the students had to find out from someone else or suffer the consequences. It was a great way to teach them to pay attention, fend for themselves, find out from someone else, or fail!
    Thanks for the laugh:)
    PS, I do have to say that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. When my brother died, I just could not get my money to you for an autographed book. No worries; I got it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I’m going to remember “asked and answered”. It’s a perfect response.

  8. Barbara

    Every time I see a question like that, I bite my tongue and think, “don’t they know how to use Google to find things?”

    I also get annoyed when I post something and include the name of the pattern I used and someone in the comments asks what pattern is that. Sheesh. Just read, for cryin’ out loud.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – I try very hard not to rant but I agree they don’t read – it’s just easier to skim over everything and then have it spoon fed to them personally. I will probably lose readers over this but that might be a good thing.

  9. Peggy

    This seems to happen in every group I belong to. I like the Asked and answered response. Have a good day.

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        I can herd cats, but I gave up trying to herd quilters a looooong time ago!

        I also decided a long time ago I don’t have to waste my time or my sanity answering questions I’ve already covered for lazy people who are not paying attention. Both time and sanity are in limited supply and I’m not going to blow either at this point in my life. Seriously, have some respect, people!

  10. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    You qualify as a first grade teacher now… nobody listens, nobody follows directions, nobody knows left from right… but they are only 6, not 60!
    Ask me how I know! 😝😝😝

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol at Pin Oak – hahaha! I love it! Becky would say almost the same thing about third graders. Obviously you taught first grade – challenging for sure.

  11. Mary

    So sorry that people have to be so inconsiderate. I know that my memory is not what it should be, so I write things down! Love you blog,

  12. Carolyn

    I am so pleased with Fresh Start Quilts! You said someone complained they only like one pattern in it? I was thinking it’s unusual for me to like so many patterns in a book!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – yes, she complained and wanted to know if just the cover quilt was available as a single pattern.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – I’m not your personal reminder – I am not retired – I do not have time!

  13. Judy

    It’s pretty obvious that people reading your blog have the internet. All they have to do is search for the book and places they can buy it from will come up in their search. I can’t understand why they think ypu have the time to waste with those kinds of questions. You are a very busy person.

  14. Barbara Yarnell

    I just received my book today from Fat Quarter Shop and I love it! I will be joining in the sew along, and I can see making every quilt in this book. 😊

  15. Carlene R Buck

    I totally agree. Repetition is irritating. Let it go and know you are in the right! Take a deep breath. And as they say in Merry Olde England. Keep calm and quilt on. btw I got my book from Martingale!

  16. Kathy in western NY

    Amen sister!! You have every right to express your feelings on this after you have repeatedly said so many things over and over if people just took the time instead of wanting instant gratification. I am with Mary Says Sew about lazy people not paying attention. If they got a phone in their hands reading you or on the computer, they know what to do. I have another quilt in your book I am soooo tempted to pull fabrics for as I rearrange piles in my sewing room so I am thinking of taking to get it spiral bound.

  17. Mary A

    Nice way to treat potential customers.
    Did you consider that someone may be new to your blog and this “rant” makes you appear entitled and petulant.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary A – I don’t write this blog for potential customers. I write it because these readers are my best friends and having a cup of coffee with them every morning or a beer in the evening is enjoyable. I could care less if we sell anything but I will make a pattern available to them if it’s something I’ve recently made and talked about on the blog. Otherwise I’m being a photo journalist, that’s all.

  18. Chris in Alaska

    I’m sorry to hear that some are not following along … I don’t always reply but I read you every day , Mary ! As to the book , yes I have many quilting books but I must tell you yours were the only books I saved to move to Alaska from Indiana . I loved your new book too and my favorite is Betty’s Big Red House ! Even though our Bailey didn’t have a dog house outside ( he had a whole room ( AKA Bailey’s Bungalow ) I would love to make that in his memory ❤️

  19. Jo in Michigan

    Good morning, hopefully everyone had a good nights sleep after all the excitement of Halloween. As for the “rant” sometimes things are just not worth our time to respond too. If I have repeated topics several times and the same question is ask again I just just move on and don’t waste my time or energy. Therefore I don’t get upset and they don’t either. In the scheme of things some battles are not worth it. They will find what their looking for if they really want it.
    Have a great day everyone!
    Happy November 1st!🦃🦃🦃

  20. Patty Lee

    Dear Mary,
    A little rant every now and then keeps you healthier than holding everything in, so rant baby.
    Not only do I read every blog post, (even the ones that say, this is a test,) I save every single one. I so look forward to reading about country life and adventures on your farm. I am physically disabled and no longer able to travel. So I live through other peoples adventures. I loved all the pictures you posted of the music festival where main street was closed down and people had their dogs and kids in strollers. I love all the pictures and all the quilts. What talented & imaginative quilters.

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