Family time

Thanks for all the anniversary wishes, we had a great day – taking the Metro to Maryland to visit with family. My sister Ann hosted and Kevin brought Mom with him – there were 14 of us in all.

Ann always gives Mom beautiful flowers!

We were back at the hotel for sunset. I’m lucky Keith enjoys spending time with my family.

30 years!

Happy Anniversary to us!

30 years ago today we became a family!

I know the photo quality isn’t great but we had a small wedding on Keith’s parent’s back porch with no photographer. It was my second marriage, my Dad had died just a few months earlier and I didn’t want anything elaborate or fussy. A low key wedding suited us just fine!


DC is a great walking city and the Metro is a great way to get from one area of the city to another. Our hotel is near the Woodley Park -Zoo Metro station and this morning we took the Metro to Judicial Park thinking we were going to find the International Spy Museum after a short walk but I didn’t realize it was closed as they move it from one location to another so a change of plans had us walking along the National Mall.

Somehow we hadn’t seen the Taft memorial before tucked behind the Capital … we even walked by it as the bells rang out. Unfortunately, this can’t be said about our president today.

“This Memorial to Robert A. Taft, presented by the people to the Congress of the United States, stands as a tribute to the honesty, indomitable courage, and high principles of free government symbolized by his life.”

We walked by the Capital

Past the Smithsonian – we didn’t stop in today but we’ve been in all the museums along the mall.

And by the Washington Monument

I know there are lots of other memorials and we’ve visited them all but today we turned back after the WW2 Memorial.

I was tired after all the walking and didn’t even notice that there had been an addition to our hotel room at first … poor Keith kept waiting for me to see the yellow roses! He brought me a single yellow rose not long after we started dating and ever since then it’s been my favorite flower!

Gwen Marston

I just read that Gwen Marston has recently died and wanted to share my condolences. Her books Liberated Quiltmaking and Liberated Strings both influenced my quilting and I was sad to hear of her death. I came across a link from Quilt Folk with a recent interview/article and I was struck by something she said about the reliance of quilters today on patterns. While I don’t describe my overall style as “liberated” and I use many traditional blocks, I agree that many quilters don’t understand the basics of how to draft or even adapt quilts to suit their style or need.

My website is a place I share details about the quilts I make for the readers of my blog. I share some basic construction details , block and quilt sizes, and I share some options for the quilts but what I don’t do is write formal patterns. I hope that you haven’t been disappointed or frustrated that I don’t provide complete step by step patterns – that’s not my intention or the purpose of my website but I do hope that you have found some inspiration in my quilting like I found in Gwen’s.

Her influence found its way into my many string quilts and my strips and strings log cabin quilts.


Thanks for all the anniversary wishes … and yes, we are in Washington DC. It’s a place we love to visit and we’ve been many times. We’re staying at the Marriott Wardman Park and it’s one of our favorite locations – a Metro stop just steps away and close enough to the National Zoo to walk there. We plan on doing a lot of walking if the weather cooperates!

Dinner tonight was a little Italian place near the hotel – Sorriso Bistro and it was yummy! I loved that it was a small place, just below street level. This one will definitely go on our list of favorites for future visits!

My date…

He passed on the gelato but I can’t guarantee that he won’t go back for some while we’re here!

Can you guess where I am?

Keith and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this weekend with a trip.

Lots of weather delays into and out of Atlanta but we made it to our destination even if my luggage didn’t – luckily it should arrive late this afternoon.


Another binding finished last night – this Happy Block quilt was pieced by Florence as a part of our HeartStrings project and quilted and bound by me. If you don’t have a bunch of novelty fabrics, it’s a really cute way to take one fabric and create a bright cheery kid’s quilt.

Pantograph is Steam

I have instructions for several different versions of this quilt on my website.

Our original Happy Block Project

Happy Blocks for Maine – these had bigger centers and were trimmed to size after piecing.

Happy Blocks from Charms