Back to work

Thank you all for your kind comments regarding Keith’s sprain. As I’ve mentioned many times, the blog is a journal for me of my family, my travels, and my quilting and Keith’s unexpected but relatively minor injury is a part of our story. Believe it or not, I do have a filter and there is a lot that happens in my life that doesn’t appear here. 

While keeping any type of public journal leaves me open to negative comments I fail to see why someone would write a rude email rather than just stop reading my blog. If my content doesn’t interest you, please feel free to visit other blogs rather than come here and there’s no need to write and let me know how unacceptable you find my content like this reader felt the need to do. 

Your husband must really like having his pictures taken. It is unbelievable that any man would consent to being in a furniture store, sitting on a display love seat and pose for a picture while holding swatches of fabric! The best is of him on the ground after a fall. Then, in emergency, showing off the dressing on his foot! Wouldn’t the doctor and nurses pose with him to make the situation more dramatic?

There has to be a good lock and bars in your bathroom doors or pictures would come from that area in your house. 

Pictures of quilting are more interesting.

And for those of you who like the quilting content but suffer in silence through all the other posts … here’s Becky’s quilt on the longarm. Loaded today and the spiral quilting has been started but I’ve got a long way to go. 

74 thoughts on “Back to work

  1. Chris

    I rarely comment but felt compelled to do so today. I love your quilting photos and how generously you share patterns with all of us. I also enjoy being let in on your life. The things you do are interesting. You have inspired me to walk more and I might even up the whine factor for getting my own kayak. Up till now I’ve only been dropping mild hints!! Keep posting whatever you want, there are plenty of us who enjoy the whole show.

  2. Nancy

    I find that reader’s comment offensive and downright rude! Some people need to get a life instead of projecting their unhappiness on others. I appreciate the glimpses into your family and think of it as a privilege. Thank you, for sharing your quilts, your knitting, AND your family.

  3. Stoney Monte

    I have been reading your blog since about 2008 when I was in Minneapolis and involved in Project Linus. I appreciated all of your free patterns because I was quilting on a budget. After all these years of reading your blog, I still feel blessed when you share the story of your life (or as much of it as you care to share) because it helps me understand the talented, loving woman behind these free patterns. Your work on this blog inspires me to stay in a place of giving. I am retired and my budget has only gotten tighter, but when I sit down at my sewing machine and put together whatever fabrics I have, I know that I am creating something of beauty to help someone else in their daily struggles. Thank you for all you do.

  4. Clara

    My favorite quilt blogs are those where people share their lives (as well as their quilts). To me, personal is always better than not personal. I love your personal blog. I like hearing about your family, your adventures, your vacations, your puppy, your remodeling, your cooking (like your air fryer), your walks, the books you read, etc. etc.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us as well as your quilts. 🙂

  5. Linda in NE

    Some people are just plain rude! I agree that you are much better off without that particular reader.

  6. Jeannie

    I hope you can and do block that reader. You are correct. She doesn’t have to read your blog. And she’s wrong in addition to being downright snotty. It’s fun to read the adventures of your family, including Keith. There is nothing ‘un-masculine’ at all in your posts about him or your boys either for that matter. Methinks the green monster of jealously got hold of that reader.

  7. Anne Simonot

    Rude doesn’t even come close! I love quilting & seeing others’ projects, but I also enjoy the personal stuff. Grandkids, pets, hubbies, trips, good and bad.. as you said, your blog is a journal of your life. If a reader doesn’t want to share that, move on! No need to be hateful.

  8. Margie

    I read a lot of blogs and I have stopped reading a few because of content. One woman has nothing but complaints about her spouse. It may be that it is supposed to be humor but enough already! I did not pass my opinion to her and she won’t miss me anymore that I miss her.
    I am one of your faithful readers, even though I don’t comment often. I think the regard you have for Keith is one of the reasons I appreciate you.

  9. Dianne King

    Unbelievable! It’s YOUR blog, and should contain whatever you feel like writing about (and sharing). Thanks for letting us have a peek into what’s going on with you and yours, and for all the wonderful eye candy of your knitting and quilting.

  10. Charleen

    Are you kidding me? I cannot understand why people write things like that. She’s probably someone who expects you to explain and modify your wonderful free pattern write-ups too!! How rude!!

  11. tirane

    i just love grey as a background fabric. it’s so soothing, and it really lets you focus on the prints chosen for the blocks.

    and isn’t it amazing the things people feel free to say to a complete stranger when they’re certain they won’t have to face them directly? it boggles the mind.

    i’ve been reading your blog for years, and while the quilts and dogs are my favorite, all the other posts help me build an image of you as a person.

    keep on bloggin’!

  12. brandi

    Thank you for all your hard work with your free patterns, charity quilts & your blog. I know it must be discouraging to deal with mean people (that’s why I like dogs better than people). I love your blog for the quilts, inspiration & a peek into your life. Please know I appreciate all your posts especially Chesty & now Finn posts!

  13. Kim

    Hi Mary,
    I’m sorry to read about the rant you received about your blog content. It’s disheartening to know that there are people who feel free to say hurtful and dishonest things. I’ve experienced that while blogging. Shame on those nasty people! I’m sure you realize that many of us enjoy your posts no matter what you decide to share.

    I hope Keith is recovering nicely. I’ve had sprains that hurt much like a broken bone might. It’s no fun.

    This quilt is among my favorites of quilts you’ve made. It’s a beauty.

    Happy quilting, Mary. Happy life! Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  14. Maureen

    All I can say is that woman needs a life and if possible she needs to be blocked from not only the blog but from interacting with people! She seems like someone who thinks they can say rude and hurtful things in this type of forum due to the anonymity and I think she is a coward and am very glad I don’t have to know her!

  15. Dianne

    Some people are so strange! You should post a photo of your bathroom just for fun. LOL

    Hope Keith is better soon.

  16. Carroll

    I’m appalled that someone would be so rude. I enjoy ALL of your content. Your athletic endeavours are so inspiring – but I still sit here on my couch! Keep up the good work.

  17. Kathy A.

    I don’t have a blog, but I do enjoy reading blogs quilters write and I enjoy them just as the writer writes them, family and pets and vacations and real life happenings etc. included. I can’t imagine why a person would expect you to change your blog to please them.

  18. Diana Edwards

    I truly enjoy the stories and photos you share of all the adventures. Take care, Hugs, Diana

  19. Laura Kuboushek

    Ignore rude comments. I have followed your blog since you talked to our quilt group. I enjoy all parts of your blog.

  20. Julie

    It is unbelievable that someone would be so hateful about what you write in your blog. If she doesn’t like it, don’t read it! There are many of us who enjoy it!

  21. Penny G

    You already know my opinion of someone who would write that. i love the family stuff and I love the quilting stuff. That is why I visit your blog. I know you have lost some readers because of your family stuff and because some people thought you were whining and they had so much time on their hands that they felt they should tell you how to write your blog and lead your life. I still say if you don’t like it once scroll down and if it bothers you a lot just don’t read your blog at all. I hope you have a great day and I hope that Keith is better.

  22. Ellen

    I think you adore Keith and he you. And if he didn’t want something posted he would say so and you would respect that.

    I enjoy your quilting life and the family life you share with us.

    I hope Keith can maintain his sanity while he’s “down with ice and elevate”. 😉 He doesn’t strike me as a sit down kinda guy! Best of luck to you both 🙂

    Carry on.

  23. Shirley

    Lovely quilt! What kind of hateful person would write such a comment? Just keep doing what you do best; sharing your quilting expertise and your love for your family.

  24. Sara F

    I will never understand why people feel the need to post rude things. Like MOST of your readers, I enjoy the quilting and the little snippets of your lives too.

  25. ---"Love"

    Seeing and learning about quilts is actually the main reason I love to visit your blog, or anyone else’s blog, for that matter. However, if you and others never shared stories and photos of places you’ve been, and things you’ve done, I surely would miss out on seeing a lot of beautiful places in the world that I will never have the opportunity to see for myself. I really like the combination of quilting information and seeing pretty places far and near, indeed even as near as your daily walks. I’ve learned through the years that the best way to put a stop to rude people is to simply ignore them in any circumstance. They will go away much quicker; just make no response at all to them! —“Love”

  26. Nancy

    That poor reader is far off-base, in my opinion. She must not understand that it’s your blog and you can post when and what you please. I think it’s a privilege to get a peak into the lives of other bloggers beyond quilting. I hope you continue in the same way you’ve done in the past — quilts, family, activities, etc. All of it is interesting. And I hope your husband’s recovery is speedy.

  27. Nancy

    I enjoy your blog so much. Started reading because of the quilting content – but I enjoy it all. Sorry that people can be so rude and judgmental. Hoping you can ignore the uglies.

  28. Hannah

    Wow, it’s unbelievable that someone would send that. I love your quilting, and all your family adventures. I feel like I’m watching your grandkids grow up. Keep on blogging.

  29. Ellie

    Agreed! Why bother to read on if you’re not interested! I love reading your blog and all your doings. Keep it up! Thanks for sharing your life!16

  30. Anna

    This is your blog, about your life, if they don’t like don’t read it. I for one love reading about your life. I have gotten to know about you, your family and your quilting through your postings. Keep up the good work Mary and don’t let the negative people get to you!

  31. Sandi

    Mary,
    You ask a very good question? Why do people feel the need to write mean comments. I have read other blogs where this happens and I just don’t understand either the meanness or all the four letter words.
    Let me tell you my interest in your blog. I found you while you were in MN. I’m a transplanted Minnesotan living in TX and am always hungry for any MN news. After a while I was hooked and now yours is the blog I faithfully look for each morning and sit and read along with my morning coffee. It is like a letter from home and a great start to each day. Thank you.

  32. Mary

    I agree with your faithful readers. I enjoy your blog and all you write, seeing your family and your quilts. And thank you for your patterns. Block that nasty person.

  33. Mona Roberts

    Becky’s quilt is looking good! Love the spiral quilting pattern you picked and can’t wait to see the pics after it comes off the frame.

  34. Barbara R.

    What a sour mentality. Ican’t imagine someone like that being a very happy person, nor being very well liked in real life.

  35. Helen

    Compared to another blog that I read the comment in quite mild. It still bewilders me that people take the time to write stuff like that.

    I don’t comment often, but I feel like we are almost friends even though you don’t know me! I did once say hello to your mother at the quilt shop. I bet she thought I was a weirdo.

    I enjoy reading about your quilting as well as the rest of the stuff you share. I hope that Keith is recovering well. I remember having a sprained ankle and it was no fun.

  36. Dona

    I love reading not only about your quilting but your knitting and your life. It often makes me want to write my own blog.

    You have inspired me to keep quilting and I am trying to set goals like you have to make sure that I get something done.

    I hope Keith recovers quickly. I had a sprained ankle in college and it was not fun.

    PS I also love seeing pictures of you kayaking. We have not had a chance to get out on the water in ours this year.

  37. Fran Gray

    Good. Grief. That is all I have to say about that.

    That quilt thoug,h is gorgeous! I love the backing you chose.

    Thank you for your blog and your generosity. I totally agree with all the kind sentiments already mentioned above! As someone else has already commented, you just keep on keeping on!

    I hope the rest of your vacation is wonderful!

  38. carolyn

    Just…in shock. I’m sorry that there are trolls out there that feel they must comment like that, rather than just move on. Gotta love the internet…it makes things so easy, but so hard!

  39. judy

    It amazes me that a person would make such a mean comment. I am sure she wouldn’t say that to your face, only when she has the cover of the internet. If she doesn’t like what you have to share, move on. I enjoy your personal posts, especially of Finn. You are very generous to share the free patterns with us. The quilt you are working on is beautiful.

  40. vera

    i like reading about your famiy and what all you do and where you go. i feel like i sort of know all of you. they dont have to read your blog.vera.

  41. Carolyn

    I’m one of your many, many silent readers, and now I NEED to speak up and out. YOU know what feels right for you to post, and it obviously resonates with and enriches hundreds of people (dare I say thousands?) about whom you have no idea. Thank you for enriching my life, on several levels, with every post.

    Another Carolyn

  42. Robin

    Wow..that’s all I can say about the blunt rudeness…
    Love your blog! Beautiful quilt, by the way…

  43. shirley swift-bruner

    Seriously??? What is WRONG with people. if you don’t like it…move on. i guess i’m happy i hardly get any comments on my blog. haha

    Mary, i love your blog….have made many of your quilts….and can laugh and sympathize with family issues. keep on writing….some of us love you.

    And those cute little Finn pics….keep them coming. haha

  44. Voni

    Mary, Your blog is a ray of sunshine for your followers. Family and fun times and kindness with a good dose of quilting….. LOVE it!

  45. Marky Kuba

    I couldn’t agree with all the previous comments more! I thoroughly enjoy your blog being more than just about quilting. You inspire me in many areas of life by writing about yours. If there’s a subject that doesn’t interest me, I just scroll down to other content. That doesn’t happen very often! I’ve read many quilt blogs, and eventually honed my list down to those I enjoy the most; they all include the personal touch about their lives that makes it feel like a note from family. Quite honestly, the nasty commenter sounds jealous to me.

  46. Dottie

    I’m so sorry that a reader felt they needed to comment about your picture(s) of Keith…..As you stated so very, very well, they can go read someone else’s blog, OR scroll through things of no interest to them, OR better yet, quit following you.

    It always amazes me that people feel they have the right to dictate what the blogger posts. If you don’t like it, feel free to “unfollow”, but quit telling the blogger what to post.

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