Thursday, April 26, 2012

From the road . . . .

This past Saturday, I was on the south side of Atlanta, GA -- did back-to-back lectures for the Tara Quilt Guild of Morrow.  It was a relaxing weekend for me -- checked out a couple of nice shops, was a highly indulged house guest of a very good cook, and met some charming Southern ladies! 

I'm currently in Watertown, NY -- just finished two days of workshops with the North Country Quilt Guild.  I enjoyed meeting them and working with them -- lots of active, productive quilters.  They have a show coming up the weekend of June 9 and so there was lots of talk about being "ready for the show".

When I asked how the two groups discovered Mary Huey in Willoughby, Ohio, they both shared that they "just stumbled across" me through my website!!  What fun for me!

But being on the road separates me from my stash and my sewing machine.  So the only option for hitting the 17.666666 yard goal for April was to give it away!  And that's just what I did.  Someone asked me if that "counts" -- sure does!!  After all, it's my game so I get to make up the rules.  And it was fabric that has been in the stash for perhaps 20 years, heavier goods that were being "saved" for totebags and such.  But I don't actually make totebags, so what's the point of having it stashed.  I found a group of gals who make wheel chair bags and could use the sturdy stuff so I hope that soon it will be happier fabric as they use it for their projects.

A young gal, Erin who has been in my classes for the past two days has also set a goal for 2012 and is also writing a blog to stay accountable.  She just launched her quest to make "52 quilts in 52 weeks with $52 dollars to spend on each one."  I've read her first couple entries and am looking forward to following her progress!  If you'd like to get inspired by her quest, go to

Next on the trip agenda is 6 days of hiking in the Adirondacks -- those of you who have known me for several years know hiking and birding are just below quilting on my "like to do" list -- so I won't be using fabric but I'll be de-stressing and that will fill me with new energy for "stash-busting". 

Have a good week and keep sewing!!



Thursday, April 5, 2012

On Target!!

In spite of my quietness for the past month, I have managed to stay on track -- as of today, I've used 55 yards thus far this year.  But it will be a challenge to hit the 17.66666 yard mark in April since I'm traveling to teach and going on a hiking adventure at the end of the month.  And my spring bird watching always distracts me at this time of year.  I also need to focus on quilting a few pieces.  I've always been able to generate more quilt tops than finished quilts.  Right now I don't have any deadlines -- perhaps I'll need to make up a couple -- they always work!  I need a fairy quilting godmother.

Here's an updated photo of the tumbling blocks quilt!  I'm so pleased with it.  I auditioned red, green, and blue for the borders and stayed with a simple print.   Each color looked good with this scrappy quilt, but I have a soft spot for blue and so it was the winner.  That's the beauty of a true scrap quilt -- you can make it appear to be any color you like with your choice of the border fabric.  I'll keep the quilting simple -- with so many different prints, fancy quilting would be lost on it.  And since the backing is made, I could layer it up today and quilt it tomorrow . . . . well, I could.  This will be a new workshop in the fall, so if you are interested start setting aside a box or pile of 2 1/2" strips of scraps and leftovers! 

The other fabric eating projects this past month have included Easter pillowcases for my grandchildren and a ballet totebag for my granddaughter.  I do plan to make a pair of spring pillowcases for my bed today.  I change my bed quilt with the seasons and just put my original Marie's Scraps on the bed this morning.  It's a twin than I lay sideways on the bed so there is not enough to cover the pillows -- pretty pillowcases will fix that.  I also will change all the quilts that are out in the living room plus a wallhanging and the valances in my office to give the house a lighter look for the season.  It's like redecorating without having to paint (yuk).

Today is my day off from the world -- need to spend much of putting the sewing room back to rights.  Between the winter sewing frenzy and taking some fabric out of my mother's stash before donating it to a group, there are lots of piles around it.  Piles aren't good -- they are easy to create, but the make the room an unpleasant place to be.  So making the effort to tidy up is worthwhile.