Monthly Archives: June 2016

We arrived in GA safely

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on We arrived in GA safely

The car was completely packed yesterday and we got up and on the road at 5:30 am this morning. The drive was relatively uneventful and took us about 9 hours. It was nice to have Keith with me on the drive … He’s not always able to manage it with his schedule and I frequently drive it alone which of course means unpacking the car by myself. Not this time!

I’m planning on quilting 15 tops this month while I’m here so I needed some extra batting. Again, nice to have help unloading!

My website

Published / by Mary / 35 Comments on My website

Every now and then it seems like a good idea to remind people how my MaryQuilts site came about. I’d been blogging for about a year and a half and I’d get lots of questions about the patterns I’d used for the quilts I was sharing – in most cases, there weren’t patterns that I was working from. I would use traditional blocks and create them in a size and setting that suited me and rather than respond to multiple emails, I found it easier to post brief details about the quilt and direct people to that page. 

I never intended the site to be anything more than a supplement to my blog but unfortunately the links get shared and then the negativity shows up in my inbox. Why aren’t there fabric requirements listed? Why aren’t the directions more detailed? Resize the quilt to queen/king size and tell me the amount of fabric I’ll need…. No one reads the statements I include on the first page of the website.

This site is intended to provide brief instructions for my quilts and they assume you have a basic knowledge of quilting.

And this …

Because my quilts are scrappy and made from stash, fabric yardage calculations for most of my quilt instructions are not available and when included, they are estimates only – click here for more information. I am unable to resize quilts to meet individual needs, I get too many requests and I’m too busy quilting

And when I respond to requests or demands or complaints, they don’t read my response. Today I specifically responded to someone who complained that my ”pattern” didn’t contain detailed cutting instructions. I shared the above information and told if she was unfamiliar with how to piece log cabin quilts from strips … To google it AND I gave her a Quilt in a Day link showing her how to do it. She insisted that my  ”pattern” was the problem, not her lack of experience/knowledge. 

So, once again I’ll state – if the brief instructions I share on my site for FREE aren’t detailed enough for you, maybe you need to PURCHASE a pattern. I’m not in the business of writing and selling patterns.


Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Wrong!

I always underestimate how much time it takes me to get ready and pack for a trip and how much time it takes me to catch up when I get home. I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing this week!!

Ok, maybe not nothing – I needed to plan a couple knitting projects for the time at Big Canoe – my scarf isn’t done yet but I’ll finish it before I get back (I think). So first up, pulling yarn for a crochet scarf – this is the cotton yarn I’ve been stocking up on especially since moving to FL. I’ve outgrown the bin and my smaller skeins were getting separated from the larger skeins so I took time out to organize. 

Now it’s all in the bigger bin and I’ve updated my Ravelry stash so I can see what I have without digging through the bin. 

I also pulled yarn for a scarf and cast on … First one scarf, then another, neither working for me and I pulled them both out. In the meantime, I realized what I was doing wrong on the first one so I’m going to cast that one on again tonight.  I’ll have 3 projects with me but there’s more yarn in GA if I finish all 3 (won’t happen!). 

Normally Keith doesn’t pay attention to my yarn and fabric shopping but I explained to him that I probably already have more yarn and fabric than I could use up in my lifetime but I keep stocking up because I’m planning for retirement when $$$ will probably be tighter!!  Like other quilters and knitters, it’s my retirement savings plan. 

In case anyone was wondering about the yarn – it’s Wolle’s color changing cotton – an unplied fingering weight yarn. It takes a bit of experience to get used to the 4 strands of unplied yarn but I love it and it’s worth the effort! Elisabeth has a forum on Ravelry and does a preorder once a month – you’ve got to place your order before it’s gone so it’s not the easiest yarn to buy but as you can see from the size of my stash, it’s not too hard either. 


You win

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I really, really wanted to use gray for sashing those rainbow string blocks even with the overwhelming choice being black – an easy choice with brights for sure but I was going to ignore your advice until Jackie voted for the black too. Since she’s sashing the blocks she tipped the scale in your favor! I’ll save the gray for another project. 

Chris got a good laugh when they FaceTimed me this afternoon. I was upstairs and Rae asked to speak to Pop. I told her we’d have to go down and see if he was still working. 

He’s been giving me a hard time about interrupting when he’s busy and said he was going to put a sign on the door since just closing the door didn’t seem to keep me out. He was actually joking and it’s not as bad here as it was in the apartment where his desk was in the middle of our open living space especially since my sewing room and the chair I knit in are upstairs and his office is downstairs. It really is nice to have our own separate spaces!


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Goodbye

I thought I’d spend the afternoon in the sewing room but after meeting with the contractor to discuss the kitchen remodel, I had to go pick Keith up, we had a late lunch, and I’ve been canceling car related things for the last hour and a half. Who knew it was so much work to sell a car?!

We impulsively decide to sell the Avalon yesterday and Keith took it in this afternoon and walked out with a check. We’ve had some ongoing battery issues related to the car not being driven enough and we decided to go back to one car for now. We’re in an area where we can walk or bike to many places, Keith travels, and I’m a homebody when I’m not flying off somewhere.  We’ve had the car for 11 years so it has a lot of memories for us — including road trips with Chesty ….

and one of our favorite family vacations to South Dakota — it’s kind of sad to see it go. 


Published / by Mary / 23 Comments on Sashing

My Rainbow blocks are done so I pulled three possible sashing fabrics … Black, Purple, and Gray. Does any one stand out to you as the best choice?!! The black actually has some tone on tone dots that aren’t visible in the photos so it’s not quite as dark as it appears. I just realized that my turquoise blocks aren’t in the photo either … Not sure how I managed to exclude them! 


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Dumb!

I know better than trying to walk in the middle of the day when it gets really hot here but I did it anyway. We did 6.2 miles Saturday in the heat but we stopped for a beverage halfway …

And we were lucky that a storm was brewing that brought the temps down a bit by the time we walked home. The sun stayed behind the clouds too – that was helpful. Tomorrow we’ll walk later in the day. 

I love string blocks

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So easy to pick up and sew a few at a time. A few here, a few there, and a pile starts to build up. I need 35 blocks so looking at my bins of separated strings I decided I’d go with 5 each of turquoise, purple, green, blue, and pink, 3 orange, 4 red and 3 yellow. That equals 35 blocks and I’ll be done before I leave for Big Canoe and Jackie has already confirmed that she’s still willing to sash these at the September Maine sew-in. I have mentioned I hate sashing haven’t I?!  I think I’ll need to treat Jackie to a lobster roll when we’re in Maine. She’s as fond of them as I am. 

We had an HVAC guy scheduled to come tomorrow to put an A/C vent in the closet I’m going to use for fabric and to install two thermostats that can be programmed remotely — and he flaked out on us. We had several other scheduling challenges with him and so we’ve told him we’ll no longer be needing his services. That means the work won’t get done before we leave and I have to decide if we do the shuffling of fabric and furniture this weekend or just wait until we get back in August. I’m tempted to put it off and wait. 

Rainbow HeartStrings

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I’ve made 3 quilts during our Rainbow strings project and since I just have a few working days before we head to Big Canoe, I’m going to make my last set of blocks. Jackie told me last year that she’d sash them … Hopefully she remembers telling me that because I’m going to bring the blocks and the sashing fabric with me to Maine and once she sashes and assembles the top, I’ll tie it and then, I’ll count on my binding buddy Rebecca to get the binding on and it can be donated in Maine. 

I worked up a quick drawing – the solid blocks will be string blocks but I didn’t take the time to draw each string. The 9 inch finished blocks will be set 5×7, the sashing will be cut 2.5 inches which will make a quilt that is 53 x 75. 

I’ve got all my foundations cut and am ready to start piecing blocks. 


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Finally!

The Babylock Jane came with a nice extension table but I prefer my machine sitting flat with my sewing cabinet. 

So, I’m very excited that the insert arrived yesterday!

Now if I can just get the a/c duct added to the closet I’m going to store my fabric in, move all that fabric from the bins, and get the daybed and trundle out of my sewing room I’ll be happy. Settling in is an ongoing process!