Just a Quick Note

Look at this mess!  Remember I said I was cutting 6-1/2″ squares for a king size quilt?  I bought so much crazy fabric for my Gypsy Wife quilt and then used so little of it that now I’m going to cut it all up to use in 4 different quilts.  First I cut a 6-1/2″ strip for the king size quilt.  Then I cut a 2-1/2″ strip for a scrappy Trip Around the World quilt, then I cut several strips 1″-3″ for a quilt called Kid Potential by Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom) and if there’s anything left it goes into the string pile for the paper pieced string quilt.  I stop at any place I run out of fabric.

I think this is a brilliant plan. I get all the mess of cutting 4 quilts done at the same time and then I’ll be ready to sew. Plus my piles of fabric have gone down considerably.

Our book proof arrived and we are busy reading and proofing so it can be returned to Martingale.  This is a new charm book that will be available in fall 2016.

24 thoughts on “Just a Quick Note

  1. Carolyn

    Love your piles of fabric. Looking forward to the new charm book! Hope all the animals are well!

  2. Launa

    Mary…My sewing room is a fright, but I worked in there a while yest’dy consolidating. I love scrappy and charm quilts so save triangles I don’t use when I just want one HST from a pair; they come in handy. Am staying caught up with Temecula’s Circa 2016 sew a long.

    So good to hear about your NEW CHARM BOOK. Can’t wait!!

    Did Faye like the green beans?

  3. MartyCae

    Can’t wait to see the new charm book! Please do another Civil War book. And here is an idea. Take pictures of cats, dogs, goats, chickens, etc. with quilts in the background. Make it a picture book for quilt and animal lovers like me!
    Happy sewing to you!

  4. Carol

    So you are going to quit when you run out of fabric? I’m looking at your shelves full of fabric and am thinking, “Well, that will happen,…um…NEVER!”

    Like the rest of us, you plan on living until at least 107, so you can finally use up your stash! Or, maybe, 108!

  5. Amy

    Back in our “camper” days, we would meet to cut out ahead of time so we were ready to sew when we got there and it really does help to get things done. I used to like cutting (weird I know) but not my back can’t take the standing so I really don’t like it. Just last night I bought a bar stool to use at my cutting table to take a little rest when I need to stop while cutting so hopefully that will help. If I walk away to a comfy chair, I tend to not get back up! I’m anxious to see what you are doing with all those black and white fabrics from Ames. And I think it is funny that you are finding “needs” to go to quilt shops, you’ve been to Minnesota and Ames recently right!?! Welcome to the club, the stash just never has just what you need 🙂 That’s what happens when you aren’t having to sew on shop samples!

  6. Diane

    Wow Mary. I love that your sewing room (house) looks like my sewing room!! Enjoy:) Nice in Central Ohio today–55.

  7. Betty Klosterman

    Looks like a little bit of heaven to me. Especially the wonderful cutting table. And all the room…..

  8. Donna O

    Mary I am looking forward to your book when it’s published. And your sewing space……I wish I had a building or some place to be creative like you are. I have a large sewing room but it’s wall to wall furniture filled with fabric. As someone else said it looks like you’re open again. I agree ones stash just doesn’t seem to have just the right pieces thus another trip to the quilt store.
    I hope Faye is getting along better and eating. I’m the one who was offering my pet sitting for when you want/need to get away. A few dogs I care for eat a specially made meal made by the owner. Looks very healthy. In fact one husband tasted it and said “it’s not bad”….after all it was human food for the most part. Dogs love it (both dogs are elderly so eating bagged dog food wasn’t working).

  9. Linda

    Can’t wait till your new book comes on the market. You and Connie have made me a very happy quilter! I’m very jealous of your sewing space and I was pleased to learn that your machine of choice is a Bernina.

  10. Connie

    Love your picture with all of your fabric stash in the background! Love being a quilter!
    I will be watching for your book.

  11. Martha Engstler

    I hope all the blogs and your cutting and sewing will inspire me to get busy with a Christmas quilt for a special friend. I was going to do it last year but the bug didn’t bite. Hope the bug shows up soon. You are such a good example to get things done.

  12. Joanne

    Great to hear you have a new book coming out. If I had your quilt room I would of thought I died and went to heaven! Love it

  13. Paula

    Good to hear about a new book coming. I shared a pic of a cute baby quilt from another fb person on fb and thought you might want to make it. It is made with 30’s fabrics and it is scrappy. It is Fons and Porter and called Playful Pups. Check it out and see what you think. Paula in KY

  14. Alice

    Be still my heart .My copies of the other two charm books are worn out. So many made as gifts over and over.I love your blog and look forward to it each day. You are always in my heart and prayers. I am very impressed with using up that stash. Rain expected tonight and next couple days here in salmon , Idaho. Sew if it truly rains .

  15. Rebecca H

    I couldn’t think of a better mess then the one you have. That is a fun mess for sure. I also look forward to hearing from you, and love all your pictures. Thank you for taking time out of your day to do this for all of us. from Spokane, Washington

  16. Jo Kramer

    Hey are you and Connie going to sell the books independently? Just curious. I’d rather buy one from you and you get the profit.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jo – hadn’t thought that far ahead. We’d better consider it, huh?

  17. Diane

    PS It must be true what they say about “kids”, they eat what we like. Faye is true to form:)

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