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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

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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?

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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

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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. 

Happy Friday

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Where did this week go?!!!

Now that I’m finished the Plus quilt it was time to think about what I wanted to work on next … since tomorrow is Veteran’s Day I decided I should start a quilt that will be donated to a Veteran, what better way to honor their service?! 

I pulled some fabric and decided on one of our planned HeartStrings quilts, inspired by Sharon in Maine. 

I’m sitting here on the porch … I did mention this is porch season didn’t I…  watching our flag wave in the breeze. I may not like or respect our country’s leaders right now but I appreciate the sacrifices our service men and women make and we fly our flag almost year round to honor them and our veterans. (We do fly a pirate flag during Gasparilla season!)

Also of note today, Finn was groomed … I so love a freshly groomed puppy!!!


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Assembled

The Plus top is completed and I like it a lot more than I expected. It was a discounted kit from Craftsy and I added some length to it so it wouldn’t be square – it ended up about 67×76 inches. 

My stairs are also finally carpeted – as I waited for them to be done today I found myself remembering that the one thing I told Keith I didn’t want when we started house hunting here in Tampa was to have to do any renovations. So of course, we’ve gone from one project to another in the two plus years we’ve been here but I can finally mark re-carpeting off my list. Next up is having the painter in to repair and paint the ceiling that the electrician had to cut into when installing the library lights. One project just seems to lead to another. There’s a 4th light but I couldn’t fit them all in the photo and I’m not even sure if we’re going to be able to get this scheduled and done before we leave for GA in December. They’re coming out Thanksgiving week to give us an estimate. 

I’ve also done some rearranging in the sewing room. I hope to have figured out where I want everything before I bring the longarm but I think that cutting table is going to move to the other side of the cubby. 

I love having the table to spread out my projects – right now I’m using it to pair up Happy Block centers and frames. 

Those are my string bins underneath and I’m about ready to start another set of HeartStrings blocks too. Having them under the table rather than tucked in the back of the closet should make it easier to get to them and hopefully use them up!

Me time

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Finn’s getting old enough that I’m feeling more comfortable leaving him more than an hour or two so I took off this afternoon to run some errands and had some “me time”.  Before leaving the house, I finished all the Plus blocks and it’s on the design wall ready for the rows to be assembled but I won’t bore you with another photo until it’s a finished top. 

When was last time I had a pedicure? When we were in South FL before the move to Tampa 2+ years ago which is a bit ridiculous when you spend as much time in flip flops as I do! I found a nail place in the same plaza as the nearby UPS store and after dropping off a couple boxes for shipping I wandered in … they were able to take me right away so I was lucky. 

An early dinner and some time browsing at Barnes and Nobles rounded out my afternoon and then I came home to Finn,  fed him, walked him, and we’re enjoying porch time!

Big sister

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Rae was very excited to call us this weekend and tell us about the class she attended learning how to take care of the baby. She learned how to change diapers but said she’s only going to change pee diapers not poop … she also learned not to touch the baby’s belly button or head and was very good about telling Pop that he wasn’t supposed to touch them either. 

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years since she was the baby!

Just one more month before the new baby arrives!