Monthly Archives: June 2017


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Finished

There’s a story to this quilt – 3 years ago in Maine Brenda, Jackie, and Rebecca brought Tumblers – lots and lots of Tumblers – and we had some Tumbler races just for fun. 

Some of the leftovers went home with Mavie and with Darlene’s help – and maybe Sharon’s too – they came back 2 years ago as a bunch of assembled tops. I tied some of them that year but there were lots of them for Bev to quilt too so I brought 3 small ones back with me to finish here in FL. I intended to get them all done and take them back with me last year but I wasn’t able to attend due to caring for my sister-in-law who passed away in October from cancer. 

Fast forward to now – this is the last one to be finished and I can’t wait for September and the Maine sew-in!

Just 3 more items on the to do list before we leave for Big Canoe next week – I’m still not sure I’ll get through all three but I’m happy that most of the list has been accomplished!


Published / by Mary / 11 Comments on Frustrated

I didn’t get into the sewing room to sew at all today but at least I did some binding. I have about 5 inches left of the Tumbler binding to hand stitch down and I’ll do that when I go up to bed.

Our basic cable bill has gone through the roof and I would cancel the TV and just keep the Internet portion if it wasn’t for Keith but the Internet been spotty too. We pay extra to have a higher speed connection but it’s frustrating because it drops out more frequently than I’d expect it to. We made a decision to go with the other cable company in the area – it will cut our bill in more than half and the internet speed will be higher (in theory) but the only problem is we’ve had two technicians out here and the new cable still isn’t hooked up and there was no follow up from the company after the first one was out last week although he assured me he’d be back in a day or two to get the job done. I finally had to call, they knew nothing about it and the guy who came out today knew nothing about the previous visit and was unprepared so we didn’t get switch over today either. He’s supposed to come back with a supervisor tomorrow and get the job done but I’m not holding my breath. It makes me nervous when service sucks as a new customer!!

What I did accomplish in the last couple days is a pile of laundered quilts ready to donate. Some will get shipped out and some will go to GA with me for donation and the little gray one on the end will stay at Big Canoe. I’ve got 4 more stacks of quilts this size to be washed and donated but I’ll get these out of here first.


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Schoolhouses

Mom cut and appliqued my schoolhouses using the Accuquilt GO die and they’ve been waiting for me to make the sashing and assemble them. The scrappy sashing is a lot of cutting because I don’t have yardage and it’s not going to be as quick as I thought or I might have saved it for when we get back from Big Canoe. I hate leaving things partially done on the design wall.


Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Finished

I finished the binding on the Pluses and Circle quilt several days ago but I needed to repair a small area of the stitching where my bobbin thread had loops. It was less than an inch but still needed to come out and be redone. Now it’s ready to be washed and carried to GA. I’ve decided I’ll keep this one at Big Canoe for Rae to use when she’s visiting. 

I’ve also finished piecing the backing for Becky’s king size top – that’s the last one of those I plan to piece!! Next time I’m going to purchase a wide back! I’ve been gathering all the things going to Big Canoe in a corner of the sewing room but now it’s time to start organizing it all. The car will be packed to the gills as usual going and coming. I also got a package from Mom with two tops – the stockings need some lettering that my sister decided not to do. I may do it if I have time and the inclination so that Top will wait for quilting until our December trip but the poinsettia top will go with me for quilting in July. 

My dilemma

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I’ve said before how much I love my library – it’s my favorite room in the house but it also seems to be the room everyone wants to be in when we have company. You may remember that we have the vintage electric fireplace and the built in shelves on one wall. 

And facing them across the room two chairs … yep, just two chairs in the entire room which suits me and Keith just perfectly but doesn’t work so well when we have company. 

I decided this weekend that I need to add additional seating in the form of a loveseat that will fit between the windows in the above photo and move the chairs to flank the fireplace so Keith and I went shopping after our company left today.  We found a loveseat that fits in the space, fabric that should work well with the brown chairs. I’m hoping the print isn’t too busy but the gold fabric is for a couple pillows which should help. 

I can’t believe I didn’t take photos of the two ottomans/storage cubes/tray tables/seats from the store but I found them on the website and they’re pictured below. You can see that you can flip the top around to a cushion top or a tray table. We’re doing one in the print fabric of the loveseat and one in the brown fabric of the chairs – I hope that’s not a mistake!!

If you include the ottoman/seats this will give me seating for 6 in the room. Now I just have to figure out how to light the room because the side table isn’t going to fit in with the new pieces without blocking one of the windows or the fireplace and I’m NOT doing that!

On the plus side, the saleswoman from the store may be able to help me find an set of logs/insert that’s narrow enough for the fireplace! 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Family

Usually I’m writing about the boys and their families or my family but we had Keith’s brothers and his sister-in-law visiting for a couple nights. 

The guys went to Top Golf for some friendly competition on Saturday and Mary and I walked to the village and back and then cooled off at the pool. 

 Saturday night we had dinner out and walked along the riverwalk afterwards – what a gorgeous sky!

It was still very humid so we didn’t walk far – just enough to take a few photos. Who knows when we’ll all be together again?!

Problem solved

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I host my blog and website at and have since 2007. Overall I’ve always been pretty happy with them and the support with a couple exceptions. Tonight I contacted technical support via chat and in about 25 minutes my problem uploading photos was solved. Thank goodness! 

I know just enough about website design and management to be dangerous but can’t really solve any challenging problems myself so I’m grateful for good technical support. 

I love technology but …

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When it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to it’s a pain!

Having some challenges with the blog not uploading photos the last few days and haven’t had time to work through it yet. Comments are also not coming to my email again so I’m having to go into the blog administration to respond. 

Our company is gone so hopefully I can get it all figured out in the next day or two!


Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Finished

This little batik squares doll quilt is finished also as I work my way though my list. 

 It also happens to be a UFO finish for me – # 8 for the year. Quilted with a loopy meander, it was meant to be a warm up for the Pluses and Circles top but I ended up quilted swirls on that one. 

Someone asked if I donate these and that was my intention several years ago but I couldn’t find a doll that I liked to go with the two I’d made so they just sat around and then Rae started putting all her dolls and stuffed animals to bed under quilts so most of them have gone to her including the last one that went with Bridget the Elephant. 

Maybe it’s time to make her another animal for her menagerie and save this little quilt to go with it. Becky sent me this photo a while back of the three I’ve already made for her. The quilt is one of her many quilts – I made this one – but Mom has made several for her too. When we were facetiming other day she saw one I always working on and asked if it was for her – when I said no she told me that she loved quilts and then started telling Becky that she should make her some quilts too. Becky doesn’t sew or quilt and has no intention of starting to but she said Rae assured her she could learn how. 


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Assembled

The 5 Star top is assembled. It’s rare that I make a monochromatic quilt and right now I’m a bit ambivalent about this one although I know it will be fine with quilting. There are instructions on the website for this quilt including RWB version

By the way, I don’t like making square quilts. I make quilts to be used and I’m taller than I am wide (at least for now) but sometimes I like to start with a square design like these enlarged star quilts where I start with a single block.  In this case, border 1 (the light green) and border 2 (the half square triangles) were only added to the top and bottom of the quilt giving me 16 extra inches of length before I added the final border. 

Sometimes I frame the entire quilt before adding the length like in this Log Cabin but the idea is the same, two of the borders are only added to the top and bottom of the quilt to add length. 

Another way I like to add length is to add borders just on top. These hearts weren’t square before I added the border but I wanted just a little more length. 

And of course, I’ve added rows of stars over my Patriotic Rail Fence quilts several times, including the original version that had stars not just on the top but also on the bottom. 

More progress

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I quilted and bound the Bright Rectangle quilt today while my house was being cleaned. One good thing about having someone come in to clean is that it forces me to straighten and pick up the house before they come so that was my day yesterday although I did manage to get the center of the 5 Star top assembled and the pieced borders are laid out and ready to sew. The binding is also done on the small doll quilt but I haven’t gotten a photo yet and the Plus and Circle quilt is ready to have the binding hand stitched too. Working my way through the list!

Brief notes about these rectangle quilts are on the website. Both were quilted in a simple grid with the walking foot following the piecing. 

Happy Father’s Day

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Keith and I have a quiet day planned with just one of our ‘boys’ here but I have to say he’s been a wonderful father to all 4 of the boys!

My dad is also in my thoughts today. He’s been gone 28 years but I have so many wonderful memories … we had a large family, 6 kids, so our vacations were either visiting family or camping. Chris was always jealous because he wanted to go camping but our vacations were again, either visiting family or staying in hotels – Keith definitely wasn’t into camping!

I’m not sure where Kevin was … probably standing with Mom while she took the photo but the other 5 of us are in this photo with Dad. (At least I’m assuming it was Mom who took the photo!) I’m standing right in front of Dad with the bag on my shoulder, Debbie is in front of me, Ann is beside me, Dad is holding Maureen and Pat is on the left fishing.

Doing great!

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We had a rough night last night but Finn is doing great – he just slept too much because of the anesthesia yesterday and kept us up half the night. He wasn’t hurting … just wanted to be out of his bed and with us. Lots and lots of whining. 

For those of you who hated seeing him in the cone you’ll be happy to know he’s being really good – leaving his incision alone and hasn’t been in the cone at all today but I’ve got to say his arm looks a bit ridiculous where they shaved him for the IV. Makes you realize he’d look a lot skinnier without hair!

Chesty had terrible allergies all his life and spent his share of time in the cone so it really doesn’t bother me a lot. It’s a lot less traumatic than having complications from a wound they won’t leave alone and I just consider it part of being a responsible pet parent. 

In addition to spending time with Finn, I also managed to get in a walk – 4.26 miles and since I’ve fallen behind I decided I need to make a push during the rest of the month. Technically I should be at about a 1000 miles by the halfway point – June 30 – but I’m going to aim for 900. That requires 56 miles in 14 days which even keeping in mind that I count all my steps/miles, I don’t get many around the house so I’ve got to get in a walk every day to meet the goal. I’ve also challenged Keith and the boys to step up their game and the loser will be planning and cooking dinner for everyone on July 8th at Chris’ house. I can guarantee it won’t be me cooking but I’m anxious to get to GA and spend some time with the boys and the little ones!

Finn and I also spent some time in the sewing room … I love how my machine is set up for quilting. The back extension on the Koala cabinet plus the table on the left side of the machine support so much of the quilt which makes it much easier. I’m also still amazed at how much the texture from quilting transforms a top. I’ve just got about 1/4 of this left to quilt now and while my spirals are still wonky, I’m really liking the texture of them on this top and so happy I took the risk of doing them.