Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Dithering

I knew I wanted to freemotion quilt this small top but I also didn’t want to mess it up. I can do a decent meander but I’ve never been a huge fan of a plain meander so I decided I’d keep it simple and do a loopy meander. First up was the doll quilt and while it was OK, I realized I wouldn’t like it at all on the Pluses and Circles quilt. So I went back to dithering about whether or not to just do a plain meander. Instead I decided to practice a few swirls … they’re something I find easy to quilt on the longarm and they always turn out well. 

Not too bad so I decided what the heck – I’ll never get halfway decent at quilting on the domestic machine if I don’t take chances and just quilt what I want. I’ll improve over time with practice. 

The binding is on the small doll quilt and ready for hand stitching and I’ve got a little less than a 1/3 of this one quilted. Let’s just call them wonky swirls!

All the pin basting is also finished and I’m asssembling the 5 Stars in quads so 3 are done and I’ve got one more to sew together before I start on the borders. Progress has been made but I go to get Finn from the vet in about 30 minutes and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to sew in his immediate post-op period. 


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Bound

I finished the binding on this blue/green rectangle quilt a couple nights ago. Nice to actually finish something for a change!

I also just realized that I left two things off my list from earlier today. I need to piece a back for Becky’s king size quilt and put borders on Mom’s queen size log cabin and both of those should be done before I leave for Big Canoe!

I have a plan

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on I have a plan

I always get more accomplished when I have a plan or a list of goals to accomplish but sometimes I don’t want or need the self imposed pressure like the last few weeks when I was traveling and then sick for two weeks. 

Now I’m feeling better, have company coming for a visit next week, and just have a few weeks before I head to Big Canoe so it’s time to start planning!!

My table is up in the guest room so I need to get everything pinned that might be quilted before we leave for Big Canoe so I can take that table down. I pulled backs and started pinning. Love this little flannel butterfly fabric and it will work well with the Bright Rectangle top. As I’ve often said, it’s so nice to have a stash to pull from so I don’t have to shop every time I make a quilt. 

As I was pressing the top, I went ahead and looked at thread choices. It will be quilted just like the blue/green rectangles in a straight line grid following the piecing lines. I ALWAYS look at my thread choices on the quilt top before choosing – ALWAYS! My first thought frequently turns out not to be the one that works best. 

I use a lot of lime thread on bright quilts but in this case, I’m going to choose the cream. 

Since I’ve been quilting again on the sewing machine here, I like to do a practice piece before freemotion quilting – I’ve been making doll quilts from leftovers and I have a few tops waiting. I’m going to use gray thread on my next quilting project and that thread will also work on this small doll quilt so I got this one layered first. 

So 1 week before company, 3 weeks before Big Canoe, 1 day before Finn has his neutering surgery and this is my list – I definitely don’t plan to have everything done before I leave but I’ll work my way down it. 

Pin baste

  • Green doll quilt – done
  • Bright rectangles – in progress
  • Small tumbler from Maine


  • Green Stars – in progress
  • School House quilt
  • Applique butterflies on Jelly Roll Quilt
  • Back for Becky’s king size quilt
  • Borders on Mom’s queen size log cabin


  • Green doll quilt
  • Circles and Pluses
  • Bright Rectangles
  • Maine Tumbler

Bind – whatever I get to

Walk – it’s time to get back in my groove as I’ve fallen behind on my miles in the last few weeks. I have passed the 800 mark but I need 2017 miles by December 31st!

Chasing rainbows!

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Not much accomplished today other than time with Finn and a dentist appointment but we did have the first rainbow of the season or at least the first one I’ve seen …

Chasing it through the park …

…to the bay! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo of the entire rainbow but you can see the faint glow of the second rainbow in this photo. 

Two machines

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Two machines

Having two sewing machines set up in my sewing room has long been a dream of mine and it’s been every bit as great as I imagined it would be. Today, I worked on assembling the green 5 star quilt on the Elna AND quilted the blue/green rectangle quilt on the Babylock Jane. 

Did you notice I moved the Stella Two light next to my machine? I really like this light! I posted a coupon code for a $25 discount and free shipping in a previous post and that coupon code is good for a year they tell me so if you’re in the market for a new light I do recommend this one. I’ve refused compensation from the company so I don’t get anything if you order it but I’m very happy with mine. 

While I was trying to avoid re-creating a stash here in FL, between my bargain buying and a slow migration of fabric from GA, I found the perfect flannel backing and a fabric that works for binding this one here. I love having this stuff on hand so that when I’m ready to sew, it’s all here! Aren’t those Dino’s cute?!

This simple rectangle quilt might just be my new favorite leftover quilt. Quick to piece, quick to quilt with straight lines following the piecing. I also have the binding already on and ready to stitch down tonight. 

It’s green

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Last summer I pulled out a bunch of my green scraps and cut 3 kits to bring back with me to piece here in FL. The first one was my carpenter star and I added browns in with the greens. It’s not quilted yet but I love how this one turned out. 

Today I pulled out the 5 Stars kit and started piecing it. It’s really green! Not sure I love it but I’m sure it will be fine when it’s finished and quilted. 

I also drafted a RWB version ( my blue looks a little purple I know!) and a number of people have made this version as a Quilt of Valor. 

The 3rd kit is a green/blue LeMoyne Star but that one is still waiting to be pieced. 


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Google

Have you ever googled yourself? It seems a little vain but sometimes I find the most amazing things – like groups that use one of my instruction sheets for their donation projects, a site that features one of my instructions sheets, or a google images search that turns up lots of my quilts. 

Sometimes I see a quilt I’ve forgotten about like this one of Mom’s I quilted for her. 

Or one of my many HeartStrings Quilts – either made or just quilted by me. 


It can be a bit surprising to find yourself turning up all over the Internet!

Miscellaneous iPad stuff

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Miscellaneous iPad stuff

While I was debating a pieced border versus a single fabric border on the Ohio Star, I played around in TouchDraw – the app I use on the iPad to draft quilts. It’s a drawing app not a quilt app but it gets the job done. (Maybe one day EQ will develop an app for the iPad.) While I was working, I recolored the Spools and Star quilt – I’m thinking I might make it in RWB.  I use the app Impression to put a watermark on my quilt photos. 

While I was under the weather, I spent time organizing our photos from the Hatteras trip and ordered a bunch of photos printed using the Shutterfly app so I could make mini albums for my Mom, my sister, my brother, Chris, and myself.  I had fun choosing different photos depending on who the album was for and I’ve heard back from everyone that they received them and they all loved them. I have lots of digital albums but sometimes I just want a physical album to flip through! 

 One of my favorite memories from the trip …. this photo of the two Rae’s. Mom and her great granddaughter named after her. It’s so wonderful that they can spend time together – not many people have the opportunity to get to know their great grandparents. I’m hoping Rae has lots more years with Mom and I’m saving photos like this one for her so when she’s grown she’ll have reminders of the times they spent together and she’ll know how much Mom loved her. 

Keith got home just before midnight so I get to sleep in … he’ll get up in the morning to feed and walk FInn so I’m going to putter around looking for inspiration for my next project! There are inspiration albums to browse, eBay, Google photos, and Flickr!


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Assembled

I ran into a few challenges but the Ohio Star top is finished. This was a kit but I didn’t want to make the pattern that came with it so  made up my own. Cutting and piecing the quarter square triangles is a breeze thanks to my Accuquilt GO but as I mentioned, there’s one 4 inch square on the Ohio Star die and it was just easier to rotary cut those. 

This top will go to Big Canoe for quilting and will be eventually donated but it will probably wait a while before I get to it. 

I’m not complaining 

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on I’m not complaining 

Are you a morning person? Or a night owl like me? Unfortunately for me, Finn is a morning person – an EARLY, 6 am kind of morning person. When Keith is home we split dog walking/watching duties but when he’s gone, it’s all me and while I have no problem taking him out between 12-1 am, it’s really hard to get up at 6 am and face an energetic puppy who wants to eat, play, and walk!

Chesty learned over the years that when dad wasn’t home breakfast became brunch and he would sleep in late with me. Of course if Keith was home as soon as he twitched in the morning, Chesty was all over him asking for his breakfast but he would let me sleep in – such a good boy! I’m hoping over time Finn will also learn to accommodate the fact that while Keith is an early riser, I prefer to start my day at 10 am rather than 6 am!!