Archive for July, 2011

Happy Sunday

Am I the only one who thinks the summer is flying by?

Brunch, a long bike ride, and some knitting for me on this last day of July.



HeartStrings Anniversary Quilt

After a marathon binding session last night – my July UFO is done! The lighting was perfect for admiring my freehand Baptist Fans.

And here it is in all it’s glory. I love it!

Thanks to all the HeartStrings members who sent me blocks back in 2008 for this Anniversary quilt of mine.

I’m going to finish in time

Got the scrappy binding pieced and on – now just have to do the hand stitching and I have 3 days so I will finish up my July UFO in time. It’s kind of neat using a scrappy binding on this HeartStrings Anniversary quilt because so many of the scraps are from binding Heartstrings quilts that I’ve finished and donated and I have a piece of them in my quilt now.

COMMENTS: I loved all the recent comments and discussion but wanted to say that I got several sent back as undeliverable.  Please check your email address next time you comment and make sure there’s not a typo. I did try to respond to everyone.

It’s a good thing I’m competative

It’s the only thing that got me off my lazy butt and back to work on my July UFO – I don’t want to be one of the ones who doesn’t finish this month even if I am a couple quilts ahead.

I play games with myself when I’m not in the mood to work and need to get something done so when Keith went up to bed last night, I told myself that all I needed to do was load the quilt on the longarm. When I got that done, I convinced myself that I should just start it and quilt a few rows….and by the time I was halfway done, I had myself convinced to just finish it up.

So now all I need to do is get it bound in the next few days. And in case you’re wondering, those are my freehand Baptist Fans quilted on it.

Ugly — yes I said ugly!

Those of you who find it so offensive must be much better quilters than I am to have never made or called a quilt ugly.

Of course, I realized there would be those people out there who would find offense where none was intended so no I’m not surprised at some of the feedback but it’s nice that most of my readers felt able to agree or disagree with my opinion without being offended or offensive.

After all, I never suggested that people shouldn’t make the quilts if they like them.

So let me share with you a couple of my ugly quilts. This first one made early in my quilting career. It’s actually titled The Ugly Quilt in my book! Seriously, the title is even typed.

Funny but it was won in a raffle by an elderly relative who hung it up in her room at the assisted living facility. Her family even had her portrait taken with it as a backdrop when she turned 90. Did I think it was ugly? Yes! Did I call it ugly? Yes! Did they think it was special? Yes!

And as far as string quilts go — I can’t tell you how many people tell me they think they are ugly — it doesn’t offend me because I like them anyway. Here’s a photo of the one I made for our bed — Keith doesn’t care for it and my sister flat out told me it was ugly but I love it so that’s what counts!

So go make the quilts you want to make but admit it, we’ve all made ugly quilts!

My boys are so mean!!

First Chris disagrees with my opinion in public and then Adam sends me a photo of Caleb in response to me saying we weren’t moving back to GA! How mean is that??

You know I’m just kidding right? My Mom always said I was contrary (maybe I was just trying to live up to my name — Mary, Mary, quite contrary!) But the thing I like about opinions is the discussion they generate even though there seem to be some people who are offended by my opinion expressed on my blog. Can we all just disagree without anyone being mad?

At any rate, maybe Adam should be the one offended since he didn’t realize that the move was actually not going to happen until he read it on the blog. I’d told both boys it was on hold and thought I’d told them both it was off but apparently I didn’t. Or maybe he just forgot?!

We love Minneapolis so it’s no hardship to stay here longer but look what I will miss by not being closer to the boys! Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting!


No move for us

I knew it was coming but it’s official now, we’re NOT moving. I have mixed feelings and I think I’ll blame my “blah – ness” over the last few days on the emotional ups and downs that go with thinking you’re heading in one direction, being put on hold, and then going in reverse. I have a feeling we’ll be considering a move in another year but we’ll see. I’m not upset, just kind of drained.

I also can’t seem to get back to work and with just a few days left in the month, I’m in danger of not completing my assigned UFO for the month. I’m two ahead which just gives me permission to procrastinate more I think.

And just to end on a positive note, yesterday was my library/genealogy day and I continue to find it very interesting!

The nice thing about opinions is….

……everyone has one. I love the discussion and surprisingly one of my favorite comments was from my son Chris. He has a completely different opinion from me and while it would be tempting to disregard the opinion of a non-quilter….he has certainly been exposed to lots of quilts in the last 10+ years.

Chris said:
I thought they looked cool. Reminded me of the Badlands, how the different colors layered and how they were stacked. Different but I would have to say that I do like the design.

So there you have it…I see ugly, he sees cool.

Thanks for commenting and giving me your opinions.

I can’t help it!!

I love scrap quilts and normally don’t comment about quilts I dislike but am I the only one who thinks that quilts from the current fad – Jelly Roll Race – are ugly?

I see everyone talking about how great they look – seriously am the ONLY one that thinks they’re ugly?

PS I never liked them that much when they were calling them Lasagna quilts and using wider strips but they looked slightly better than these.

My intention is NOT to offend anyone but I just had to ask!!

Pieced letters

I have to admit I’m really pleased with how my letters look on the back I pieced yesterday. I wasn’t really happy with them which is one reason why they got tucked away for so long but I think they look really good now and I’m happy that they will be a part of this special quilt.


Of course, you know that Tonya is the inspiration behind the letters.

Visit Tonya’s website


One of the things I love about living here is that we get to watch all the big firework displays from our deck.

Tonight that was even better than usual because it started raining – hard – and I was able to step inside and keep watching. And in other good news, I found another set of size 8 knitting needles here at the house!


I consider myself a beginner when it comes to knitting but I actually taught myself to knit about 5 years ago and I have never broken a needle so why did it have to happen today??

I caught the edge on the table and it snapped in two — the local yarn shop is closed already today and tomorrow so I won’t be able to replace them until Monday. Crap!!


I wonder if there’s any chance I have another set of US size 8 needles??

Another finish – Mom’s 30’s Tumblers

I don’t have to bind this one either!

Mom’s tumbler top quilted with the pantograph Halcyon.

Another view

With this and my postcards now done, I only have my July UFO to finish up this month so I’m going to head to the coffee shop to knit for a while.


I’m a little more active today and no problems with the toe so hopefully a couple days rest did the trick.

I loaded and did most of the quilting on one of Mom’s tops today — a little knitting, and I finished up my July postcards. They’re not elaborate but they’re done!

This is one of the re-purposed redwork blocks I found several months ago.

I’m a slow knitter

But it’s growing! Red just does not photograph well but this yarn is so pretty. Mainly red with some purply highlights and it’s way more subtle than this photo shows!


I’m going to have to learn to block for this one.

Reading and knitting

I really should be quilting but my toe feels better since I’ve been keeping off of it so I’m going to give it another day I think. In the meantime, I’m reading and knitting.

I cast on my Crest of the Wave scarf and it’s an easy knit. I’m loving it although the US size 8 needles feel huge!

I’ve also made progress on my socks – I love the texture.

Stupid Toe!

I’ll avoid going into the gross details but my smashed toe is bothering me quite a bit – I guess I should have stayed off it more but I had things to do and figured as long as I was wearing flip-flops it would be OK.

The nail is coming up and last night after walking to the library and being up on it all day, I was in a lot of pain… So I’m going to keep off if for a couple days and see if that helps.

Don’t expect to see much quilting progress from me this week although I did find records of the births of Keith’s father and his brothers and their parents marriage!

How about this one?

I think it would work with the yarn Deb sent me – what do you think?

Stolen by the Sea

Here’s the original and pattern information but I think I like it knit on the smaller needles better like the link above.


What’s your tolerance?

I’ve got a pretty high tolerance for mistakes – I consider them a part of the learning process and my current socks have some errors already but I’m not starting over because who will ever notice when I’m wearing them? It may be hard to see but I missed a couple knit stitches on the left side. This isn’t a complicated pattern but it’s the first time I’ve pulled something from my stitch dictionary rather than using a commercial pattern.


I follow JulyL’s blog as I’m sure many of you do and I’ve been admiring her shawls. I really want to make one (or more) but the reality is that I don’t devote much time to my knitting so I decided I’d find a pretty scarf instead that will use one of the hanks of sock yarn I have. How does this one look? It’s a free download from


Now back to my socks!

On my design wall

I’m having such a lazy day! I’ve read all morning and now I’m at the coffee shop with my knitting. I did manage to toss my next piecing project up on the design wall this weekend but it’s a mess – this is Chris’ quilt, blocks were cut by me pieced by Mom from my Spiderweb pattern and I need to make the pinwheel cornerstones and sash the blocks.


I got my July postcard from Deb and look what she included in the package, some of her hand dyed yarn. Isn’t it beautiful? And I love the postcard too. I haven’t done my July card yet, I’m kind of uninspired right now but it needs to be done and in the mail by the 25th so I need to get something done.