Monthly Archives: July 2008

Not much quilting going on

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Keith and I had both read somewhere along the way that you could have drinks overlooking the Mississippi river at the Guthrie Theater so we decided to meet there yesterday after Keith finished work. The views were pretty but all the bars/restaurants were closed – I guess they only open when a performance is scheduled.

We were both surprised how far along the rebuilding of the I35 bridge has come.

For my family postcard exchange, I needed a patriotic card for July. I couldn’t sleep so I got up early and made it this morning. One more thing checked off my to do list before leaving for our cruise on Thursday.

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Sunday Progress report

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Not much to report as far as progress goes – one HeartStrings top quilted this week before heading to Virginia, I helped Mom make a donation top while I was there, and today – I finally unpacked the last boxes in my sewing room and spent some time organizing the closet in there.

I did purchase 9 and 1/2 yards of fabric to make a version of this quilt – a set of fat quarters and some yardage of 4 other fabrics.

I’m not setting any goals for this week – I’ll be busy getting ready for our trip to Vancouver and the Alaskan cruise and we leave Thursday morning. So anything I get done will be a bonus.

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I love blogging!

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How fun is this? Tanya was emailing me today from Japan, sitting outside with her laptop and I was reading my email outside at the same time. So she sent me a photo of her having her coffee and I just had to send one back of me sitting outside drinking my wine. Morning for her, evening for me but both of us enjoying the outdoors and our connection to other quilters via the internet.

I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging!


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For those who wanted to know who designed the fabric I bought the other day, they’re from a Moda line called Maypole by April Cornell but the polka dot is by Mary Engelbreit and I don’t know who designed the cream fabric I chose.
I’ll be making the same quilt as Vicki but she’s using the fabric line shown the photo.
I was also asked whether I’d be posting an instruction sheet for the Fish Quilt, the answer is yes but it will be a while. We’re leaving on Thursday for 10 days and I have a lot to do before then.

Home again

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After flying in from Virginia this morning, Keith and I had a wonderful day. We had dinner downtown at one of our favorite pubs…hot dogs in honor of the holiday and walked along the river enjoying the Red White & Boom event put on by the city of Minneapolis. Finally, we watched the fireworks from our balcony. I didn’t get many decent photos but I like this one.

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Let’s blame it on Vicki

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Mom and I met VickiW and her mom this afternoon at the quilt shop and then had lunch together. It’s such fun being able to see other bloggers when I travel!

At the quilt shop Vicki and I saw a cute quilt that she can make with a Layer Cake bundle she has at home but I had to find some fabric to make my version of it too….wonder who will finish first?
I updated my Shelfari list and did some browsing – Samantha had this book on her shelf – The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer so I downloaded it to the Kindle to read on vacation next week. (Yes – another trip!)


Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Sharing

When I learn something new I like to pass it along so I decided I’d show Mom how to make the Mary’s Triangle blocks (also know as Shaded 9 patch). Of course she wanted to make the variation with the half square triangle rather than the square in the corner but the method for making two blocks at once is still the same.

Since she wanted to make fish from her blocks I designed a quick little donation quilt for her to make and we’ve been working on cutting (me) and piecing blocks (her).

To make the fish float, we looked at doing sashing but in the end it was less complicated to just fame each set of 4 fish with the background fabric and then set the quilt on point and Mom likes easy even more than I do.
Her fish are already made and we’re going to take a break from sewing for a bit.

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