Monthly Archives: August 2016


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Glass

VickiW is working on UFO’s this year and each month she reports her progress and invites her blog readers to report theirs and then someone gets a prize, this month is was me. She does beautiful hand dyed fabric and makes beautiful glass too and I chose glass for my prize. 

I also placed an order for another slumped bottle – I’ve already got two but when we were at Big Canoe I wished I had one by the coffee maker so since Vicki was sending my UFO prize, I ordered a bottle also. The ornaments will also go to Big Canoe where we keep a tree up year round. Why? Because it’s in the middle of the forest and it was up when we bought the place. I have however, replaced all the fishing themed ornaments with my own over the years. 

You can see the tree in the back corner behind Keith and Caleb

Churn Dash

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My sister decided she wanted a churn dash quilt after seeing the child size one I pieced. 

I bought Mom the 9 inch Churn Dash GO die (My blocks were 12 inches) and I’m going to send them these three photos to see which one they want me to write up. 

Version 1

Version 2 

Version 3

Version 3 is my favorite. I love how easy it is to make small changes to a design with a software program like EQ7. My first version is rarely my favorite. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on #6

My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month. 

There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!

Hat #5

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Still not happy with the results here – not the fault of the pattern, just me trying to knit it to a gauge/size that I love. 

Pattern – Occasional Purl Hat

Needles – US size 7

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza, light worsted 

The back – love when the top of a hat comes together so nicely. 

I’m thinking I need to try the size 7 needles with a more robust worsted weight yarn. I will give it another try but probably not next. 


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Finished

Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!

Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website. 

I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler. 

I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October. 

It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly –  I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home. 

Another hat

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The Sock Yarn Slouch hat is done although there’s not a lot of slouch in it which is fine with me but I’m not a fan of the twisted rib for the band. 

Pattern is free on Ravelry

Needles US size 1

Fingering yarn from stash, KnitPicks Hawthorne

Hat #5 has been cast on – it’s another Occasional Purl Hat – the first one I made I didn’t do all the decrease rows because I thought it was going to be too big and it turned out too short….wearable, but a little too short. 

Fabric for a Strippie

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Caleb was very interested in my sewing room when we were in Big Canoe, he asked several times to go downstairs to see it and he asked me to make him a quilt. I understand that some people just don’t like quilts so I’ve only made one for him and one for Bree when they were born because they were rarely used- both were quick strippies.   Rae (and her parents) on the other hand, loves quilts and uses the ones I make her so she has several. (My Mom has made quilts for all of them too.)

Since Caleb has asked for a quilt and because he’s crazy for dinosaurs, I ordered some fabric to make him another strippie. I debated using another pattern but the strippies are easy and if he outgrows his interest in dinosaurs or doesn’t use this one, I won’t have invested a lot of time in it. 

The dinosaur print and the words print were purchased online at The other two are from stash and the words print will be used for the backing. With everything I’ve got going it, it will be a little while before I get it done but I expect to be able to give it to him the next time I see him. 


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My binding marathon continues – this is the 4th one – Mom and I worked together on this one for my sister and Mom was supposed to bind it but I decided that I’d save her the trouble since it’s a heavier quilt due to the Minkee backing. It was from a kit I bought on Craftsy – Mom pieced it and I quilted it last month in Big Canoe. 

For those of you that love Jelly Roll quilts – it can be made from 2.5 inch strips! (This one is made from strips cut 2 inches).

EDIT: I’ve used this block in a couple quilts when I first started quilting but I can’t find photos right now (I really need to digitize the photos of my early quilts – they’re in a couple albums that are in Big Canoe). It’s a log cabin variation and I just realized I have a couple Jelly Rolls that I could use to make another one. They’re not from the same fabric line but they’re both reds and neutrals. I’ll have to make a note for myself to use them for one of these. 


Published / by Mary / 12 Comments on Finished

My Red/Black/White Log Cabin is the 9th UFO finish for the year. This one just took me 4 years to finish! I’ve told you before a lot of my tops wait for quilting – it used to be because I was quilting so many group HeartStrings tops but now it’s because I have a limited amount of time in GA with the Longarm but still, I’ve enjoyed learning to quilt again on my regular sewing machine and it’s all working for me. I love the texture the quilting created on this one – it’s one of 7 I quilted last month in GA that I’m trying to get bound this month. 

Are you watching the Olympics? We are and I thought I’d be binding but I’ve been knitting while we’ve watched and then I come upstairs to hand stitch bindings.  I’m working on the decreases of this hat now – it’s taken a while since it’s a big slouchy and I’m using fingering weight yarn. I don’t think I’m a fan of the twisted ribbing on the band on this one – it seems a little tight and not as comfortable as a regular rib. 

I did manage time in the sewing room today – my aunts quilts are packed and labeled for shipping, the quilt Mom and I are making for my sister has been trimmed and I machine stitched the binding. I was going to let Mom hand stitch it but there’s lots of fuzz from the batting and trimming the Minkee so I’m going to go ahead and stitch it down and then go over it really well with a lint roller before shipping it. 

We travel again on Saturday and there’s a lot I need to get done before then! 

Another UFO

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This Double Sashed 9 Patch is a little older than the one I finished the other day. Started in May 2011, the top was finished in July 2013 and it waited 3 years for quilting so if someone asks me how long it takes me to make a quilt I can honestly say sometimes 5 years! I’ve got brief instructions for piecing this quilt on my website so click the link above if you’re interested. 

I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep this one or not, it’s actually a good size for sitting in the chair or to use on the cot for the kids when they visit. I’m going to wait until all the quilts are bound and then choose. 

It’s all mine!

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Keith moved the daybed out of my sewing room today. Not an easy task because it had to be completely disassembled to fit through the doorways. When we moved here a year ago, I had them put it in the sewing room because the plan was to make the smaller bedroom a guest room with our king size bed when we bought our new furniture. I quickly realized I wanted more room and expanded my sewing operation into the small bedroom which is across the hall and when I bought the new sewing machine and table, I knew I wanted the daybed out of the sewing room even at the expense of my guests. 

Look at all that extra space!

The daybed fits in the back of the room and the trundle pulls out when we have company (Chris always gets the lower bed)

And I can leave my table up in there for an extra work space when we don’t have company. 

I’ve got a cot I can put in the sewing room when we need an extra bed. Keith’s work is done but I’ve got a lot of organizing and rearranging to do. It will help when I get the 8 quilts shipped off to Mom and my Aunt next week. 


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Interesting

I found it very interesting to read your comments about how many quilts you have and how you decide which ones to keep. I found out that I have fewer than many of you! If you haven’t read the comments, here’s a link to the post – you might find reading the comments interesting too. 

In MN, I would leave a quilt hanging over the kitchen railing after I finished the binding to admire it a while and I think that helped me when it came time to give it away. I think I need to put some type of bar that I can hang quilts over at the top of the stairs here in Tampa. (I also think I need to make and keep a Strips and Strings log cabin quilt for me!)

While I’d like to keep more of them, I also like to have them used rather than shut away so I’ll stick to keeping my one a year or so. Of course, some are made with the intention of keeping them, others I just fall in love with along the way. 

The double 9 patch binding is done and I’ve got the binding on the black/white/red log cabin and ready to be hand stitched ….I’m kind of loving this one too!

Thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts with me!

More about Chesty

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I don’t post all that often about him these days but he’s in our thoughts and conversation frequently. Keith emailed me several of his favorite photos the other day after my post … 

….and today Rae facetimed me to show a little white stuffed dog she’d gotten at Target. She wanted me to see her “Chesty”   and she was quick to tell me that he didn’t have a boo-boo. She loves looking through the photos of Chesty on my iPad and he’s wearing a cone in a lot of them. Funny what kids remember. 

I miss my sweet boy.

I don’t know the answer

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I’m sitting here binding the 9 patch quilt and thinking about whether I want to keep this for myself…. I also have the first Sharon quilt and the tumbler quilt that I’m debating whether to keep or not and that made me start thinking about how many quilts I have and how many quilts are enough …. I’d started ” allowing ” myself to keep one per year  a while ago but I’ve been quilting for almost 16 years now and a rough count gives me 22-25 … Of course I have two homes so I need more quilts right?!

So the question to you is how many quilts do you have? How many are enough? How do you decide which ones to keep?!!!


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Most of the time I don’t worry too much about the size of my stash but sometimes I wonder how I’m going to use it all up and why I keep adding to it.

Accuquilt came out with an appliqué schoolhouse die (I’d rather piece the block) but luckily Mom offered to do the appliqué for me. I’d originally intended to make it scrappy – multiple colors, multiple fabrics but while I was in GA, I remembered I had a blue and white kit and thought there’d be enough fabric to make it. I was a bit shocked when I went looking for the kit I bought years ago to start cutting the blocks and found the receipt in the bag – for $184 (the kit was $170 and shipping was $14). I must have really wanted this fabric bad to pay that much for it … And then I let it sit for 6 years???

I got the idea to use the blues from this antique one from eBay but my quilt will be made from multiple blues and shirting fabrics and I like a 3 rail sash with the 9 patch cornerstones for it. 

My fabrics before cutting – it’s all packed to send to Mom now. I just cut the background squares from the lights and the squares that she’ll use to fuse and cut the schoolhouses from. I’ll cut the sashing when I get the blocks back from her and I will have plenty of fabric leftover too so I’ll have to come up with an idea to use them.