Tuesday Update

by CountryThreads on August 29, 2017

We are glued to the TV watching the flooding in Houston – we have friends and family in the area that we keep in touch with and they’re all OK so far.  I wonder if Quilt Market will be held.

Reed came over after school yesterday – here he is by the elephant ear plant which is thriving with the intermittent rain we’ve been getting.

Several cactus plants are blooming.  Here’s cheerleader cactus in bloom.

And today Pearl is blooming with one gorgeous pink bloom.

I made Bonnie Hunter’s mystery last winter but just now got it quilted and bound.  She starts a new mystery every year on the day after Thanksgiving.

I’m now returning to Mountain Majesties – this one is dragging on.  I have 190 finished blocks – now to put them together. 

If there are readers in the Houston area, let us know how you’re doing!  

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Ginny August 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

The mystery quilt is gorgeous. Love the colors.


Shirley August 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

I might give that one a try starts the day after Thanksgiving


Judi L. August 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

I live in the Atascocita/Kingwood area not far from the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston and are faring pretty well right now. Still raining (will it ever stop?). Our street is clear, no flooding and that’s good. Can’t say as much for the rest of the city and surrounding areas. So very sad. We are an amazing city and the help from fellow citizens and people from other parts of the state and country have been unbelievable. We are truly blessed. Now, if we could only take that kindness and spread it around the world…


Janet Snyder August 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

The mystery quilt reminds me of the tile walls you see with fountains in front of them here in Southern California. It has a very Mexican tire influence in the design. Love the goat in the background.


Mary Cooper August 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

I loved seeing the straight line quilting on your Bonnie Hunter quilt. That’s my favorite quilting method. A friend recently downsized and among the treasures I received were American Patchwork & Quilting magazines from the mid 90s. There’s a Mary & Connie project in almost every issue!!!


CountryThreads August 29, 2017 at 10:55 am

Yes, we sewed a lot for AP&Q years ago – thanks for the memories!


Jo August 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

I too have friends in Houston. Last check, Sunday, they were all ok. She works as medical director to many nursing homes, and due to road closures, can’t get to her patients. Very worried about them.
Your pictures are beautiful. And I see a curious little goat keeping an eye on things. After the wind and hail storm, your plants have recovered very well. I too had a cactus bloom this week, never knew they bloomed in late summer.


Martha Engstler August 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

WOW!! So impressed with the come back your plants have made since the hail storm. I’m sure they didn’t all do this well but the ones you pictured are super. The quilt is so pretty, love the colors. Reed is such a handsome young man. Prayers going to Houston.. I have a friend who’s son lives there but no word yet.


Diane August 29, 2017 at 11:01 am

My daughter will be right out to get this beautiful quilt–lol!! She would love it. Is Reed allowed to have the kitten named for him? I know he dearly loves it. I am hoping it will STOP raining in Houston.


CountryThreads August 29, 2017 at 11:57 am

Reed’s Family doesn’t want any pets so he comes here to enjoy mine.


Diane August 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

That’s a great solution. I’m glad you named him Reed:)


Susie August 29, 2017 at 11:28 am

Gorgeous cactus blooms. I am in love with Pearl’s pink! Beautiful quilt.


Ramona Tankersley August 29, 2017 at 11:56 am

Hi Mary, Clare’s niece here. I am taking a Country Heritage tour to Houston. I got an email from the company this morning. The Convention Center is dry and being used as a shelter but they assured us everything is going to happen as planned. The quilts are in storage in an absolutely dry place. Our hotel at the Galleria Mall has not been effected. I used to live in Corpus Christi, TX and while there is quite a bit of rain in Houston,, it does dry out and roads etc. get back to normal quite fast. Prayers to the people whose homes were devastated as flood insurance is not common there. We got evacuated out of Corpus Christi once for a hurricane. We lived 12 inches above sea level and our house did not flood, thank goodness.


Teresa August 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Really nice quilt, love the colours


Sue August 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Wow! Stunning mystery quilt, Mary. The colors are awesome. Love the straight line quilting as well. Might have to try that on my home machine, although straight line is sometimes hardest of all. Why is that, anyway? Cactus so pretty and Reed so cute.
Tomorrow is our anniversary. Just thought I’d throw that in. We were married on Labor Day weekend 59 years ago. We messed up Labor Day weekend for friends and family and heard about it. lol


Ellie August 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

I like your BH mystery! Watching the devastation in Houston is scary. So many people not prepared for this disaster because they have never had a problem before. I feel for those who evacuated dreading coming back for fear of what they will find.


Lee Bowers August 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Mary, love your quilt. Everytime I have done a mystery my fabrics don’t jive. How do you pickem’?
A couple years ago you sent me a couple of hoya branches. They are doing well….but no blooms yet. I am keeping them potbound….maybe next year.
Since I have a cat now I am concerned about Buttons getting into the dirt. How do you keep your cats out of your plants.
This is my first cat and she is the best. She is totally captured by the hummingbirds at the feeder. I don’t know what she is going to do when they go south. In North Carolina we still have a month. Sorry, I am rambling on.
Lets pray for Houston and Lisa from Primitive Gatherings husband is having brain surgery today.


Mary Etherington August 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Lee – do you mean Nick Bongean is having brain surgery??? Why?


mary hawk August 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm

see Lisa’s blog for today about Nick


Cathy Davis August 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Gorgeous quilt ❤


Ruth Cozad August 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

I am not from the Houston area but have a daughter living in Clear Lake area and have been getting updates from her. The flooding is quite spotty—one block may have water in homes and a block away they won’t. Granddaughter at University of Houston has been able to get out in the lull of rain to walk around campus and it’s very close to downtown. Our daughter has kept electricity and tap water but no water in home but they cannot leave the house as streets are all flooded. She knows many in the area around the medical center and some needed evacuation but others are dry. What a disaster for all concerned and clean up will be astronomical.


Amy August 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm

How do your mystery quilts turn out so beautiful? I’ve sworn off doing any more mysteries because I just can’t pick fabric based on x lights, y mediums and z darks. When Harvey started I was thinking about Rick and the days he worked on the Oil Rigs. Didn’t he work off Houston coast? Certainly they evacuated all those offshore rigs but I haven’t see any coverage about that, but I haven’t been able to watch much of the coverage. After watching the Deepwater Horizon movie, it really gives you a glimpse of what those guys go through-if the movie was factual-and not “Hollywoodized”.


Mary Etherington August 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Rick has spent lots of time on the phone checking on his friends in the Houston area where yes, he worked man years ago.


Jean Elliott August 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Hi…boy, that quilt is spectacular! How are the kittens doing? Probably fully grown by now. What about the chickens? And Hazel? I miss pictures and stories about the animals.


mary hawk August 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

My hubby deploys with Red Cross tomorrow. I can’t go this time. Keep him in your prayers please, it’s hard work.
My brother’s girlfriend has been in her high rise since Friday. It’s sits on the Buffalo bayou. 2 floors of her business are underwater next door.


Paula August 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Love that horizontal quilting. I have done several this way and also horizontal like ric rac. Hoping things are back to normal. Love hearing about your little friend , Reed. Fortunate that you are his friend.
Paula in KY


Carolyn Boutilier August 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Love your quilt. The colors are beautiful. I think the next time we have a hail storm I will put my plants outside and maybe they will bloom. Like you we are glued to the TV hoping everyone gets out safe.
Carolyn B from Shenandoah Valley VA


Daffycat August 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Yesterday I saw a house with elephant ears all along the entire front. So pretty! It has been perfect weather this year.

Your En Provence looks fab! The goat seems pretty impressed too!


Ann Barlament August 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

It’s not just Houston that is affected by Harvey. I believe it includes 35 counties, in Texas, and over 11 million people.


Minnie Homans August 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

Your elephant ear plant is beautiful. I had an elephant ear a few years ago and had to touch it every time I walked past it. Loved the feel of it. Your cactus blooms are beautiful. Love the quilt, also.


CountryThreads September 2, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Minnie – that’s funny because I do the same thing — I can’t keep from touching it!


Cindie - WI August 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm

One of those elephant ears would be great to make a leaf casting bird bath! Wish we lived closer.
I love seeing the goat in the guilt picture.
Take care and God bless


Mary Etherington August 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Cindie – yes, I thought the same thing and if I didn’t have so many other irons in the fire, I might do it


MartyCae August 30, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Love the quilt – just beautiful! I think Ernie Joe M. would like to lay on it!


Becky from IA August 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm



Felicia Hamlin August 30, 2017 at 11:12 pm

What a big elephant ear. Haven’t seen one that big probably since I left Nicaragua. Your cacti blooms are gorgeous and the colors on your quilt are faboulous! It is always nice to see your plants, quilts and critters.


Sarah Carroz September 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I found your book, “back to CHARM SCHOOL” among the craft books donated to our Lincoln, CA public library. I couldn’t resist buying it for dollar which supports the Friends of the Lincoln Library. Good cause, good book. From there I found this blog. Now that’s what I consider a good day!


CountryThreads September 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Sarah – welcome to Country Threads Chicken Scratch! You DID have a good day!


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