Monthly Archives: August 2014


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Finally

I know just enough abut computers and the internet to be dangerous. I’ve been having a problem with WordPress on the HeartStrings site since January but I couldn’t figure out how to fix it and since I could still post to the HS blog from the iPad I didn’t spend much time troubleshooting but I knew I needed to get it figured out so that I could clean up and update some other things on the site … Last night I spent hours researching the problems and looking at code to see if I could find the issue … and I do mean hours.

Finally around 5:30 am, I solved the problem without having to pay someone to go in and do it for me. In all my years of blogging and maintaining websites I’ve never had to pay anyone to set up or troubleshoot them so I was thrilled that once again I managed to get the administrative side of the website up and running without losing all my content!!

It’s one thing I love about the internet, you can find out how to do just about anything.

On my needles

Published / by Mary / 1 Comment on On my needles

Checking my progress on the blanket — I haven’t knit every night as I intended but I like to knit in the evenings when Keith is gone while I listen to my audiobook.

The width of my blanket is about 28 inches and I’ve done 25 inches in length. If I remember correctly the original might be square but I usually prefer a rectangular shape for quilts and blankets so maybe I’ll knit a little past 28 inches and see what looks good to me. It’s just meant to be car seat or stroller size so it doesn’t need to be all that large.



Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Binding

I’m spending a lovely afternoon listening to my audiobook and binding the little Frog Strippie. My binding tin went to GA but I found another little tin, collected my supplies — straw needles, a jelly thimble, thread, clips, and a small pair of scissors — and I was ready to bind.


Keith is out of town but my sister-in-law invited me out to dinner — there will be a small group of us and it should be fun.

A little progress

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on A little progress

Not much going on today … Some errands, some phone calls, a walk, time by the pool … But I did manage to get the Strippie trimmed and the binding on … Will hand sew that down tomorrow. Also went to Joann’s to replace the curved safety pins that disappeared somewhere and picked out a back for a small HeartStrings quilt. I’m kind of into the whole DSM quilting thing but I think I’ll do some assembly on the HSTeria quilt first … Assembling tops is really my least favorite part of quilting but I need to clear off that design wall.


Thanks for all the comments/congratulations on the new addition to our family, Adam’s thrilled and we’re excited about visiting in a couple weeks to meet Bree in person.


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Quilted

Some stitch in the ditch, a watery meander, and finally some swirls….wonky swirls but I can live with them! The Frog Strippie is quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound.


A couple more observations – compared to quilting on the longarm it’s harder to get In a rhythm because you’re starting and stopping so frequently to readjust the quilt and your hands. One thing I remembered reading years ago was the suggestion to stop in a point, it’s much easier to start back up from a point than on a curve so both of the designs I used had points to give me a place to stop and readjust often.

It’s been fun challenging myself so thanks go to Stephanie for reminding me that I could always quilt on my regular sewing machine during the time I’m separated from my longarm … Somehow I’d forgotten that in the last 12 years!!! Thank you for coming along on my journey back!

Next up? Some assembly on the HSTeria quilt, binding the Frog Strippie, and yes, I’m going to get a backing and see if I can’t quilt another one, this time a small HeartStrings quilt.

Quilting progress

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Quilting progress

Feeling like a beginner all over again!

I quilted the frog sections today … A free motion, watery type meander. I’m not too unhappy with it though of course my stitch length is not consistent at all ( I wouldn’t expect it to be on my first piece) and I have wobbly and misshapen areas where I didn’t stop soon enough to reposition my hands but that’s the beauty of using blendy thread … Those things won’t be that noticeable especially once the quilt is washed and dried.

I struggled some with speed, managing the bulk of the quilt, and not stopping often enough to reposition things – my hands and the quilt.

Although this is a horizontal design on the quilt, I quilted it vertically so make sure you practice drawing your designs in the orientation you’re going to quilt them in and check your back frequently to make sure your tension is good.

The back


The front


I can’t remember

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on I can’t remember

I’ve already forgotten what yarn I packed in the FL bin so I pulled it out today to see what’s there.


I brought 6 skeins of the color changing cotton yarn because I figured I could knit that and actually wear it here in FL. My next project is going to be the Dangling Conversation shawl I showed in this post.

After looking at the colors I had, I decided on red.


I did decide I needed to get one of the 4 quilting/knitting projects before casting it on but I’m ready to start free motion quilting the little Strippie so I’m hoping that one will be done in a few days … We’ll see. I’d hope to start on it today but I had to get my FL drivers license this afternoon and Keith needs my help this evening.


Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Torture!

I got chased inside today by lightening and had to finish my walk on the treadmill to get my 3 miles in. I hate the treadmill and it seems to take twice as long as walking the same distance outside. It doesn’t of course … But the time passes much slower.


In general I don’t like exercise so I avoid the gym but I do like to walk – outside! How about you? What do you do for fitness?