Monthly Archives: June 2016

LeMoyne Star

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on LeMoyne Star

Several people commented about the set in seams of the vintage LeMoyne star quilt I showed the other day on the blog. Just so you know, I’ll be making this one the easy way – with half square triangles.

Here’s a traditional block

Here’s mine remade with half square triangles.

And here’s my quilt. Block size is 12 inches which makes my squares and half square triangles 3 inches finished. Sashing is also 3 inches finished. Twenty blocks will make a quilt that is 63 x 78. I’ll make my stars using several fabrics and I hope I can find a green in stash for the sashing. If not, I might have to look at blues but I really like the green sashing.

I’m so bad

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on I’m so bad

Mom and I agree to make the same quilt … She makes hers and I’m off in a completely different direction. The latest was an ABC quilt and her top is done. 

EDIT : I just looked at this photo again and it’s not her top that’s done – the quilt is done – pieced, quilted, and bound!

I’ve also got squares cut for a flying geese quilt from over a year ago … Her quilt was pieced, quilted, and given away already. Mine, not even started. 

Of course, we also talked about a scrappy bargello quilt – my top is done and I don’t know if she’s going to do one or not now and my PLUS 2 top is done and she’s just now piecing hers but I’m usually the one who flakes out. 

Looking for inspiration

Published / by Mary / 20 Comments on Looking for inspiration

I told you I’m bored with the little hourglass quilt but I think I’ve finally made enough blocks … Or close to enough. Tomorrow I’ll lay the rest of them out and start assembling. In the meantime, I’m looking for new inspiration so I headed to eBay tonight. 

Love this Shoo Fly but it’s just too much white for me – I make quilts to be used and quilts with a lot of white risk getting stained and discarded. 

I feel a star quilt coming on so something like this is certainly a possibility although I do dislike sashing so I think I’d leave it out. 

But wait, love, love, love this one. Will have to search my stash in GA to see if I can find fabrics that will work. (Didn’t I just say I didn’t like to sash quilts? Sometimes it just can’t be avoided!) And would you look at those big quilted arcs?! Gorgeous!!!

Tell me, what quilt are you working on right now?! (I must be in a chatty mood with all the questions). 

Tell me something

Published / by Mary / 46 Comments on Tell me something

I’m one of 6 kids in a big Irish Catholic family …. Maiden name McLaughlin… Paternal grandparents born and raised in Donegal, Ireland …. My father was first generation American which is just one of the reasons I hate all the anti-immigration talk…. Tell me something about yourself that I don’t know. (It doesn’t have to be genealogy related although I do find that very interesting.) I share a lot about my life so it’s always nice to learn a little more about those of you that come to visit me here. 

(That’s me in front on the left)


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Pride

So in the last box I sent to Mom before our Montreal trip I remembered to send my sister’s hat and scarf I knit for her. (I’d meant to take it with me when I visited in May but somehow forgot.) She said she loved them and when I was uploading a photo of the current scarf to Ravelry, I caught sight of the photos.

Do you ever look at things that you create and just grin? Amazed that you created this? I feel it with my quilting and my knitting – pride and a sense of amazement that I’m able to create something of beauty. I don’t call myself an artist but I’m proud to be a craftsman.

Would you look at that perfect swirl?!! I did that and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking lessons to learn how to do something, I admit I’m also proud of teaching myself to quilt and knit (and crochet). I love to read and love to learn and feel like if there’s a manual, I can learn anything.


Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Slowly

I’m slowly gearing back up to normal life. I walked yesterday and today but just 3.5 miles rather than the 5 I usually try to do. 

More hourglass blocks have been made – I love how this little quilt is looking but I’m  bored now – the 6 inch blocks would have been better as I bet I’d have finished them all before I got bored! That die is definitely coming back with me from GA. 

I’m loving the scarf I’m knitting too – it’s easy to sit and knit when I don’t feel well so I’ve made good progress on it. It won’t be long until I start getting to the lavender colored yarn. While I love crescent shaped shawls I think bias knit rectangular or bias knit triangular ones may be my favorites. 

Let me be clear

Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Let me be clear

I would never say or believe that people should stop doing good. Even if I no longer believe we can change the world, small and large kindnesses on an individual level still have great value as does prayer.

And while I’m speaking of prayer – I don’t pray for God to change things – I don’t believe he involves himself in the deeds of mankind – I pray for the grace and strength to handle what life brings my way and thank him for the many blessings in my life and when I pray for others I pray for the same, not that he takes away the challenges but that he gives them the grace and strength to face them. Your beliefs may be different and I’m OK with that.


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Hate

While I’ve been under the weather I’ve been listening to an audio book on Michele Obama’s family history (the genealogy component of the story interested me) and watching a PBS TV series called Indian Summers both covering eras of bigotry and violence. 

I avoid watching TV news but I do read just enough news to stay somewhat informed and the elements of hatred, violence, and bigotry that dominate the headlines have me wondering if we’ll ever make any kind of progress at becoming a more kind and tolerant world. 

In USA Today I read this quote and I have to disagree. There’s been much hate and violence in history and I’m losing hope that we’ll ever be able to change things. 

“Our culture is much angrier, much more hate-filled than ever before, and our politics this year exemplifies that,”

I want to live in a world where individuals are judged for their actions not their race, religion,  job, economic status, or any other category with which we label people. 

My prayers for the Orlando victims and their families won’t change anything but I’ll still say them. 

It’s not much

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on It’s not much

I’ve spent a good deal of the day knitting but I also wandered into the sewing room to strip the beds and straighten up now that we’re not sleeping in there. I also pulled out the hourglass blocks and worked on them for a little while. I’ve still got a ways to go but it’s going to be a small top that I can quilt here and at least I’m back to making some progress on it. 

I wish I could say I was back to feeling good but at least the worst is over and I’ve got 2 more days without any commitments – it’s nice not having to push to get things done when you’re not feeling well and I even took a long nap this afternoon. Thanks for all the get well wishes!

Still sick

Published / by Mary / 14 Comments on Still sick

It’s rare that I’m so ill that I don’t putter in the sewing room or knit a little but that’s been the case for the most part the last several days so I’ve got nothing to show for myself. 

The new bedroom furniture came today and the bed is still higher than expected – we should have gone with the lower boxspring but the salesperson kind of talked me out of it because of the height of the headboard. When Keith gets home we’ll decide whether to return the boxspring for the lower one or just live with it as it is. I’m hoping this mattress is worth all the trouble we’ve gone through for it!

I have no commitments the next few days and I’m hoping by the end of the week to be on the mend. 

More remodeling/furnishing progress

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on More remodeling/furnishing progress

I did not accomplish much today as I woke up feeling sick – my allergies were bothering me in Montreal or so I thought but I think it might be a cold. My chest is tight, my throat sore, and I’ve got a nagging cough. Keith has asked me to keep my germs to myself!

One thing we did work on was getting the library cleaned and set up now that the work on the bathrooms is done. Did I show you a photo of the hall bathroom?! It’s really Keith’s and I have the master bathroom to myself except when we have company. He likes having his own bathroom and I won’t argue with that! Don’t mind his toiletry bag sitting on the counter – we’d just gotten home when I snapped the photo. It’s small but I’m happy with the decision to pull the tub out of here and just have a walk in shower.

It’s very hard to get a decent photo of this room with the lighting and we still have map photos to hang above the chairs so don’t mind the bare wall.

A side view

Happy hour – reading and listening to background music

We’ve still got a lot of shelves to fill but that will take time.

By the way, my comment notification is still not working on the blog and I have no idea why they stopped appearing in my email box. I’m very frustrated! I do read them all but it’s not as easy to send a quick reply. I’m trying to answer any questions and to respond to as many as I can but its very time consuming to copy and paste them into an email so forgive me if I don’t reply to all of them.

Birthday surprise

Published / by Mary / 19 Comments on Birthday surprise

I had a surprise when we arrived home tonight. In my sewing room, Keith had worked with Chris and Becky to add some encouragement to the space. I’ll admit that at times I wonder if I’m making a contribution and Keith is one of my strongest supporters reminding me of the ways that I make a difference with our families, with my quilting, and with other volunteer work.  Thank you to those of you that he managed to contact either through my blog or Vicki. (He said you were a big help Vicki in trying to reach out to some of the people I interact with online.) I look forward to creating more quilts in this room that will comfort those in need and I’m grateful for  the encouragement and support.

Chris even managed to pull some of my strings and arrange them in this old window.

Afraid of heights

Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Afraid of heights

I’m afraid of heights but love a great view so I try (if it’s not too scary of a climb) to take advantage of opportunities to view the scenery from above when possible. Today I visited the Notre Dame Bon Secours chapel and climbed to the top overlooking the St Lawrence river and the city of Montreal.


I also visited the Notre Dame Basilica. I love churches where I can light a candle and sit in quiet contemplation and prayer.

I choose to be outside 

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on I choose to be outside 

There are always so many places to be visited in a new city but while there are wonderful museums and galleries, my first choice is always to be outside. I spent today walking around the city and at Mont Royal park where I had a beautiful view of downtown.

My second favorite thing to do in a city is visiting local churches and on the way back to the hotel, I stopped in at St. Patrick’s basilica, a church built for the English speaking Irish immigrants of the city.

Braving the elements

Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Braving the elements

We made it about a mile and a half before we ducked into a coffee shop. 

They’ve got a covered outdoor area and we thought the rain might let up a bit but it looks like it’s here to stay all day so we’ll probably dash back to the hotel. Keith will work this afternoon and evening and I’ll read and knit. The forcast for the next couple days is better.