Monthly Archives: November 2017


Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Jealous

Even though I’m usually the one who gets to see the kids more often, I’m always jealous if Keith gets to see them without me. He had a quick trip to Atlanta for work and had time for dinner with my little ones!  Doesn’t it look like they had a good time?

Something new

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Something new

I’m going to make another set of HeartStrings blocks over the long Thanksgiving weekend but I have a few days before it’s time to start those so I wanted something quick and easy to work on. That meant a jelly roll or one of my many kits would work best. I decided I’d make one of my boxed squares quilts. 

A single jelly roll will make a quilt that is 48×60 and that’s a nice size but I found a kit that had a jelly roll and border fabric which will bring it up to my usual donation size. I’ve said before that sometimes I buy discounted kits just for the fabric even when I have no intention of making the intended quilt and this’s what I’m doing with this one.

You could also use 2.5 inch strips cut from stash and make it any size you wanted like I did with this one. 

I love that this is quick to cut and quick to piece. I’m pairing up two of my strips that have good contrast and those two strips will make 4 blocks so I’m cutting 3 sets of strips to piece at a time and just like that I’ve already got 24 blocks made. 

I tossed a few on the design wall just to see ….. I’m going to like this!

If you want to make a Boxed Squares Quilts there are brief instructions on my website. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on History

I’ve written before that I listen to audiobooks while I knit – always History or biographies – and my current book is interesting because it occurs during the Second Boer War. 

I have very little information on my great grandfather who died during this war before my grandmother was even born. I have found a possible match in the records but it gives no more information than a name (J Wallace), the brigade ( 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) and the battle he died during (Battle of Colenso, Dec 15, 1899) so I can’t be positive it’s him but I keep searching every now and then looking for new information. After all, I didn’t even know that he’d died in South Africa until I found a copy of my grandmother’s birth certificate. 

I’ll admit I wondered if my great grandmother had even been married. It wouldn’t have surprised me to find that an unmarried, Irish Catholic girl finding herself pregnant had move away to have her baby and claimed the father was a soldier who had died before the baby was born but I also found their marriage record. How tragic – in the space of 9 months from June 1899 to March 1900 – they were married, he became a soldier, died in South Africa, and his daughter was born. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Assembled

My Veteran’s Day quilt is a finished top. Inspired by the planned HeartStrings quilts made by Sharon in Maine and because i frequently get asked about these quilts, brief instructions are now on my website. 

Like all my tops being finished now, it will wait for quilting until I get the longarm here from Big Canoe which hopefully will happen in January if all goes according to plan. 

Using scraps

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Using scraps

I’m in the process of assembling the RWB HeartStrings top and I’m already wondering how to use the leftovers. I’ve got a bunch of smaller bits and pieces of RWB fabrics along with leftover strips from other veteran quilts in a bin and last night I decided they’d be perfect for a string log cabin. Rather than trying to alternate or randomly place the red and blue strips in the individual blocks, I thought I’d make red and blue blocks and alternate them in rows.

Of course, it will be scrappy and the logs will be different sizes so it would look more like this one … only in RWB!

Of course, I could also use the above layout and cut logs with my Log Cabin GO die but for now, I think I’ll plan on using scraps!


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Done!

If not completely normal, at least there were no polyps. I’ll have to have some follow up annually and another colonoscopy in 5 years rather than the 10 I’d hoped for but I’m in good shape and glad to have it done for now. I slept most of the morning, read most of the afternoon and once Keith and Finn head to bed, I’m going to make my last few blocks for my Verteran’s Day quilt.  

I’m not the only one who snaps photos in inappropriate places but I don’t look half bad for being up most of the night running to the bathroom! The prep really is the only unpleasant part of this. 

If you read all the comments under yesterday’s post you’ll see how important it is to get screened … thanks to everyone who wrote and shared their experiences. 

Too much information?

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Too much information?

I debated whether to share how my day is going or not but I found some interesting information on screening online and decided in the interest of encouraging others to be proactive I would share. 

I’m prepping today for a colonoscopy – just a screening but I’m a few years late (6 years) and I’ll be honest that the only reason I finally scheduled it was my doctor refused to refill the medication I take for my irritable bowel symptoms until I did. I have a lot of excuses for being late … moving frequently, having to find a doctor, having to schedule it when Keith isn’t traveling but really, I could have found the time in the last 6 years. So if you’re 50 or older and haven’t been screened, maybe it’s time for you to finally do it too!

A good day for football

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on A good day for football

A little football rivalry going on here with the Vikings winning over the Redskins today … it was a good day for football but not such a good day for my hair!! A little wind and rain on the walk over and I didn’t realize how bad it looked until we took the photo!

I’m coming along on the baby’s knit blanket too. Just one more side to edge but first I have to weave in all those ends from the stripes. Luckily I carried the yarn up the sides for each section but that still leaves a lot of ends to weave.  I think I if ever do this one again, I’ll crochet an edging, much easier,


Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Progress

I’ve managed to make half of my HeartStrings blocks for my Veteran’s Day quilt. I’ll continue to work on it this week. 

If you’d like to make a quilt for a veteran, I have lots of inspiration on my website

If you’d like to make a planned HeartStrings quilt like mine, inspired by Sharon in Maine, you can find guidelines here.  I found I didn’t have enough of my red star fabric for all of my corners so I’m using the blue star fabric on one corner and the red star fabric on the other.