Monthly Archives: April 2011

I made it

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It took me 10 hours but for the most part it was a nice drive down to Marietta.

Having grown up in VA and living there for the first 28 years of my life to all the years driving back and forth from FL to visit Mom, to the drive down I-85 to GA and arriving in Marietta…it was a day of memories.

I love Minneapolis but I really am an East Coast girl!


Chris picked Keith and Chesty up at the airport and they arrived shortly after I did.

Breaking it in

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It’s time to leave VA to meet Chesty and Keith in GA. They’re flying there today and and I’m getting ready to set off on a road trip with the new car..just, my music, and the open road!

Mom and I didn’t have much time this trip but we did cut out a quilt for Chris. He wants a Spiderweb quilt from my website so I reworked it a bit ….this photo is just in two colors but the blocks will be multi-colored and the sashing will be brown.


Something new

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With the move, I would need to have a car in GA so I had made plans to buy a little Chevy Cruze from my brother (he manages a Chevy dealership) and in spite of the uncertainty, we decided to go ahead with the purchase because a) the chance of us moving is still 80% and b) we’ve been talking about getting a car down there for our visits anyway. Hopefully, it was the right choice.



Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Puttering

I was getting ready to write that I hadn’t done much today when I realized it’s really tomorrow already – I’m back on a schedule where I’m not just up late … I’m up all night. That’s going to be tough in a couple days when I have to travel again.

I finished up the blocks for the Strips and Strings Log Cabin and the blocks now need the sashing finished which won’t be done until I get back from my extended trip to VA and GA.

And I finished up my postcards for our family exchange for April.

I still want to cut out a Fan quilt for Mom later tonight – I brought back a bunch of her blues in February and am going to cut them with the Dresden Plate die.

This hasn’t happened in a LONG time

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With the completion of this binding tonight — I have NO quilts here at the moment waiting for binding! I can’t remember the last time I was all caught up.

Pieced by Tish for our HeartStrings Lime Green project.

Quilted with the pantograph Hearts in Bloom

And look what came in the mail — 3 more tops — from Jan. Don’t you love her use of stripes on either side of the center string?

People ask me all the time if I get bored with these HeartStrings tops but I never do. They’re fun and low stress to quilt and they can really look different depending on the fabric choices and settings.

Now I’m going to go up and see if I can make the rest of the Strips & Strings log cabin blocks before going to bed to read. If I’m lucky I can get them done so I can work on the sashing the next couple days.



Published / by Mary / 19 Comments on Uncertainty

For me there’s not much worse than uncertainly or being in limbo and it seems like we’ve just entered that state. Another big reorganization with Keith’s company with the two levels above him being let go (fired on Friday) and a new boss which adds some uncertainty to our moving plans as Keith meets with him and determines whether there will be any changes to his job.

While we moved here to Minneapolis because of his job, we were leaving because he was no longer required to be based here and we could be anywhere in the eastern US that had access to a major airport.

So…will we move or not? I’m thinking probably yes but we’re going to push it back  several weeks and aim for August because there are things I can’t do to get ready until we know for sure …. but there is still plenty of sorting/discarding/donating that can be done whether we go or stay and I’ll continue that.

We won’t make any changes at the condo though until we know for sure because I was going to empty out the entire downstairs for my longarm and sewing room. Right now there are a couple twins beds and a sitting area with a sofa and a small table and chairs and I don’t want to get rid of them if we don’t move because I like having the space to put guests.

So instead of cleaning today — I allowed myself to start a new quilt and I’m going for a massage. How’s that for pampering myself?

I’m piecing strips and strings log cabin blocks (mindless sewing!) and then they’ll be sashed with cornerstones. Not my usual setting but I saw one in the book Log Cabin Quilts with Attitude that really appealed to me.

I keep a bin under my sewing table and toss in little scraps and pieces too small for my string quilts and while I don’t make crumb quilts, I can usually get the first 6-7 logs out of the pieces in this bin.

The blue will be my sashing and the red the cornerstones.


It was random…truly!

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Susan won the giveaway and not just because she said nice things about me!

I am always amazed at your creativity and generosity. First off, if I had been the one to find the redwork blocks in my stash and knew I wasn’t going to use them, I probably would have pitched them. But not you. Your creative brain kept working and you found a new use for them. What a great idea to use them in your post cards! And your generosity….well, what can I say. I just think you’re generous not only because you’re having a fabric giveaway….but your generosity shows in all the free patterns you provide for us.

I used a random number generator to chose the winner and I appreciate everyone taking the time to comment and for stopping by to see what I’m up to each day.