Monthly Archives: July 2010


Published / by Mary / 17 Comments on Binding

I’ve been slacking off on the binding front so today I trimmed two quilts and got the bindings sewn on. The first one, pieced by Tish is complete with the hand stitching finished tonight.

And Adam sent me some new photos of Caleb ….this is my favorite one. Isn’t he cute?

A little work here and there

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I’m working in slow motion again but I did make some more HeartStrings blocks last night and today I quilted this top pieced during our last HeartStrings project by May in NJ.

I was tempted to do one of the flower variations from the new Pajama Quilter DVD but decided I hadn’t practiced it enough and did Wonky Feathers from Dawn’s last DVD instead.

Someone else is moving in slow motion these days. I came up from quilting and found him curled up in his bed.


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on iMapMyWalk

Half the fun of having the toys is the finding new apps. This one, iMapMyWalk will track the mileage and the route I walk and allow me to take photos along the way.

Today’s walk included some stops because I prefer destination walking to walking in cicles. I had dinner at Brit’s and NO I did not eat all those fries! I love fries but only eat a handful of them.

At Dunn Bros, I pulled out my new Pajama Quilter Workbook and practiced a few drawings. I can already tell there are a few designs in here that will become standards for me along with the Wonky Feathers, Flowers, and Dwirling from the last DVD.

Blue Skies and Water

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This time of year all I dream about is being somewhere on the water …so my July postcards reflect that although how successfully I’m not sure.

I’ve been wanting to play with some ribbon and yarn and try couching – there are a few beads in the first postcard for sparkle.

I’m not an artist so I’m not trying to make any great statements with my postcards but it’s nice to try new techniques on a small scale.

My base fabric for these is a hand dyed from Deb.

Can you take a good self portrait?

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I’ve not mastered the art of holding a camera out and taking a photo of myself but it probably won’t surprise you to know I have a new toy. When my DIL mentioned that she’d been wanting an iPhone, I decided it was a good excuse to upgrade to iPhone 4 and give her my old one – now it’s time to learn the new features of the phone.

So since I was on my bike ride alone today, I thought I’d snap a photo from both the front and back cameras to share. Here’s another pretty view of the city, I’m just getting ready to ride into Boon Island Park and there’s the prettiest yard with lots of flowers right outside the gate.

I look kind of goofy I know!

Sue’s string star

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I had a question about the pattern that Sue in FL used on her quilt and unfortunately, most of the time I don’t know on these donation quilts which patterns were used but in this case it’s a fairly common string block.

Here’s an EQ drawing of 4 blocks sewn together. The light “star” is actually the foundation fabric.

In order to get sharp points, you’ll need to overlap those strings a quarter of an inch in the corner (this overlap is what will fall in your seam allowance).

You’d also want to decide how much of your foundation you want uncovered — I prefer a version like Sue’s that doesn’t have too much of it uncovered rather than a large amount of the background showing. I’d suggest you measure and mark your foundations on either side of the corner so it will be consistent.

Habitat for Humanity – Building a garage

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Keith had to work today so I went back to the Habitat build myself. I was a little nervous after Wednesday because it was somewhat awkward being the only woman and not really knowing what to expect or do. Today there was a smaller crew and 2 other women. They divided us into 2 teams of 4 and the other team worked inside the house while the 4 of us worked outside framing the garage.

I know it looks like a lot of people but the others just came out when it was time to lift the walls into place. You can click on the collage if you want to see a closer view.

Here’s a photo that didn’t get imported from Wednesday – Keith and I near the end of the day.

And finally, one more picture just for VickiW. As I drove up this afternoon Keith showed me a nest that had been built right outside our front door. Obviously I missed the egg stage since there are two little hungry babies inside the nest.

I’ve never wanted a shower so bad!

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Keith and I volunteered on a Habitat build today – it was HOT and I’m whipped. My first job was climbing up and down the scary stairs to the basement and dragging a pile of scrap metal out to the street. After, I helped Keith and another volunteer put some siding up – it’s crazy what they let complete novices do!

Here’s the house we worked on at the beginning of the day – I didn’t get a photo this afternoon but I’m going back on Friday. Keith has to work so I’ll be going alone.

Anyone want some ice cream?

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I do! I’m sitting here in the living room with Keith and the lights from the corner store are blinking ….open….open…open

So I sent Keith over for some ice cream. There are some big advantages to living right in the city!

In other news, more trip planning going on around here. Keith is going to take his Mom to our Big Canoe condo in a couple weeks and we’re still working with Chris on planning the activities for our October trip to San Francisco.

I had good intentions

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Haven’t sewn a stitch in a couple days. Spending more time walking and biking – my son has decided we need to encourage each other to be more active and we’re even talking about doing the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk in 2011. I’ve been wanting to do the walk again but somehow it hasn’t worked out in the last few years.

We’re using a shared Google Spreadsheet to log our miles and Keith decided to join in too but he’s way ahead of both of us in miles.