Monthly Archives: September 2012

The final count

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I finished up the last quilt tonight and my final count for this trip was 18 quilts tied. Not bad for 4 days AND we even took a break on Tuesday afternoon to go to Marden’s. I was good and only bought a few things.



Time to head home. Next trip I have to make sure I have some time in Portland and Cape Elizabeth but I did enjoy my walks by the river in Yarmouth. I’ll miss Maine!


Do you like neutrals?

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I’m always impressed with quilts that manage to look stunning without color. Jenice sent me this photo of her version of my Carpenter Star and wrote:

Hi, Mary. I just finished my version of your Carpenter’s Star quilt as a wedding gift, so I thought I would share a picture with you. When the lady told me that she liked brown/tan/cream, I was stumped as to what pattern to use. I knew it needed to have some pop since it would not be “colorful”. Your Carpenter’s Star pattern fit the bill and I really like the result! I will definitely be making this quilt again. Thank you for sharing!

Jenice Duvall


Play Date

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Instead of staying home and doing chores in prep for leaving for Maine, I took off south to Cannon Falls to meet my friend and fellow HeartStrings quilter Sheree. What a great little town … We visited a yarn shop, a quilt shop, had lunch, and then sat at a picnic table near the trail to chat and knit a bit…and everything was within a short walking distance.


As usual, my basket had more than Sheree’s


I think these are the falls although they’re not very big.


Next up

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I’m actually only halfway done with the Sunny Blanket but I’m planning another project. I want to make a prayer shawl so I dug out the book I have and have narrowed it down to 3. This is my first choice but I’m going to keep my options open until I’m at the yarn store tomorrow.


I’ve never done cables before but this would be an easy first project


This one is the least likely one but there’s a reason it’s on the cover – I think it’s gorgeous.


I haven’t knit at all this week – Keith was gone and I spent my evenings reading but he’s home now so I plan to pull out the blanket and get more done tonight after my “shift” at the library.

I have been getting quilts trimmed and ready for binding. These three are already labeled and just need the binding hand sewn down.


I’m a little weird

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I love graveyards and have always wandered through them when I’ve come across them in my travels. With the interest in Genealogy, they hold even more meaning for me. Last night I finished transcribing all the photos of graves I took on Saturday when we went looking for family graves in Philly. I like to think I’m making it easier for others to find the graves of their family members when they don’t live nearby. I can tell you that it does take longer to transcribe the graves than to snap the photos!!


I had an added bonus today … We didn’t have time to go out to the cemetery that my aunt was buried in and my cousin Mary who lives outside of Philly went out and snapped a photo and sent it to me today. How nice is that??


On the quilting front, some binding and labeling going on but no finishes yet.

It’s going to be a busy week.

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I’m only home for a week before leaving Keith and Chesty and heading off to Maine for a HeartStrings sew-in so I’ve got a busy week catching up from being gone and getting ready to leave again.

I’m not going to create any lofty goals but will work on some binding and knitting in between volunteering at the library, unpacking, doing laundry, repacking, and organizing my genealogy data before I forget what I learned in Philly.

I tend to only be able to obsess about one other “craft” at a time along with my quilting and knitting has been at the forefront these last few months BUT I still think about embroidery projects and read books and blogs. This post led me to buy the Kindle book The Girl on the Wall and I’m hoping that the book will be as interesting as the “sample” I read this morning.

One thing I’m looking forward to this week is a knitting get together with Sheree.

More graves

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This time from my side of the family and not much of a mystery. Again, I’d found the location of the graves of my grandparents and my great grandmother from their death records.

My grandparents and my Dad’s sister


My great grandmother who is buried with her grandson – not sure why but maybe because there was space?


I had success finding some records while I was here and didn’t find others but overall it was an interesting and productive trip from a genealogy standpoint.

I love a puzzle

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I think one reason I love doing genealogy research so much is that I love solving a puzzle.

While we’re here in Philadelphia, we visited a couple cemeteries. I’d found the burial location of Keith’s great grandparents from church records but needed to stop in the office to see exactly where they were buried in the cemetery. We had a surprise when we were told there were 8 people buried in the plot.


There was only one headstone with the name Lillian R Holdway. My first thought was that Lillian was their daughter but when the birth year didn’t add up I did more searching and found out that this Lillian was their son’s wife.

I’m still verifying the relationships of all the people buried but we asked about adding a headstone for his great grandparents and were told we could add one or that we could just add their names to the stone already on the lot. It’s not cheap either way but we decided to go ahead and add their names to the stone that was there.