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April 16, 2020
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? from Kwilty Pleasures

Meet Marilyn Byerly...she is many things.
A wife, daughter, sister, god-mother, hospice nurse,
 educator, music lover, thrift store shopper, former neighbor
 and most of all my friend.

We have been friends for a very long time!
 I haven't worn glasses for years!

Our spouses, Phil and Tom also good friends.
They enjoyed the scenery at Fort Myers Pier
and it had nothing to do with the ocean view!

A trip downtown found a rooftop bar...
under construction.

For 9 years Tom and Marilyn were our Ohio neighbors.
I met them at their yard sale...where 'classical music'
greeted ...

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January 18, 2020
Prairie Points & Mug/Rug Swap from caledonia quilter

This is another one of those quilts where I hoped the maker would not come and pick it up after quilting.  Sadly, that didn't happen and it has gone back home.  The name of the block is Granny's Stars.

Prairie Points are definitely a challenge.  Once it's loaded on the longarm, flip the points OUT, baste one inch inside the base of the points, and leave the basting in.  Don't quilt anything beyond that - the maker will be turning the backing under and needs that space to work in.

The yoyo's added another bit of ...

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December 6, 2019
Look at Walt Disney World from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I told you in this week's PIW post that we spent Thanksgiving week at Disney, right? Right. I thought you might enjoy just a few of the pictures I took while we were there. Most of these are from those moments when I was watching a grandie. The littlest one is there in the first picture. He smiled through every moment.

That's us. The whole crew. Wearing the "Happiest Marcotte Ever" tee-shirts that I printed for the whole crew. Even the little tyke has one.

These pictures are from the ones that I took. I've always loved ...

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Pin It Weekly #299 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Get ready for something big! Opening June 30, step into Toy Story Land and play bigger than humanly possible. Shrink down to the size of a toy alongside Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story gang. The new Slinky Dog Dash coaster stretches throughout the land, twisting Slinky Dog's coils around curves, hills, bridges.Had you thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth? I didn't. I simply got caught acting like a kid  

We suffered through vacationed in Disney. With adult children. And their children. 

So, yeah, children and grandchildren and Disney.

What were we thinking? That insanity fun is a good thing at 59 years of age? Or was it that short, squatty legs (I'm 5'3")could trot behind keep up with long legs? (Rory is 6'1".)

So the truth is that we went to Disney with one of the Marcotte families for the purpose of ...

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November 21, 2019
Holiday Photos from Thread Head

Last week my husband, oldest son and I came back from an amazing holiday - just over two weeks in Japan and four days in Seoul, South Korea. We have been to Japan before and absolutely love it, but it was the first time in South Korea. I thought I would share some of my photos.

Walking around gardens in Tokyo is one of my favourite things - to think that some have been planted hundreds of years ago, and tended and enjoyed for so long amazes me. 
Random, different garden photos-

field of cosmos
swan boats
We saw so many 'new-to-me ...

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November 3, 2019
Two Cute Kid's Quilts & Leisure Activities from caledonia quilter

Cute little cars, quilted with a panto.  This will make a great baby quilt for some little person.

Embroidered bears in an assortment of activities.

Given all the work that went into this beautiful embroidery, custom quilting was certainly warranted.

Leisure this month was an evening with my Red Hat girls.  After dinner out, we went to the museum for a MUMMY UNWRAPPING.  Honest to goodness.


If you're like me, living in blissful ignorance, you may be surprised to learn that you can BUY mummies.  Yep.  Because, I mean, who wouldn't want one in their living room ...

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October 30, 2019
happy busy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is going to be another photo-heavy post; I've had lots going on!  We can only carry over 40 hours of vacation time into the new year, and I realized here it was late in October, and I had over 80 hours--I needed to burn some time!  And since we get two weeks over the Christmas holiday, I don't need it for then.  So I took Monday and Tuesday and enjoyed another five day weekend.  Bliss!

I did so much I'm going to have to split it over a couple of posts.  Don't laugh. Sunday was ...

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October 27, 2019
Vacation, 2019, part 3: on the way home from With Strings Attached

I wrote that I wanted to avoid the Baltimore/DC rush hour traffic.  Even at 11 a.m. the highways around the city were crowded!   In western Maryland I made the mistake of staying on I-70 rather than taking I-68 to I-79.  Both routes end in Washington, PA, but  I-70 goes north into Pennsylvania -- twisting mountainous roads mostly under construction.  My arms ached from gripping the steering wheel.

I turned at the first sign of a motel in Washington, PA -- a vintage 1970's Ramada Inn at the top of a hill.  This was the sunset view.

Saturday morning we ...

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Quilts on the trip from With Strings Attached

 Of course I spot textiles wherever I go!

At the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio:  campaign quilts and bandannas.

 A dress made from fabric printed with James Garfield's portrait.   And the wearer couldn't cast a vote in that 1880 election.

 Autographed blocks from Garfield's era.

 Early sewing machines and a haberdashery at Harpers Ferry.
A contemporary quilt at the Applachian Trail Conservancy, Bolivar, WV, with ATC patches.

A quilt and a pillow at the museum on Smith Island.
Closeup of the pillow label.

This elegant quilt was on the bed at the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne ...

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Vacation, 2019, part 2: "Maritime Heritage" Road Scholar from With Strings Attached

Crisfield is at the southern end of the Maryland portion of the Delmarva peninsula -- where Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia come together.   The town is 4 feet above sea level. The marsh is not far from anywhere.

 It was disconcerting to come into town Sunday afternoon to find half the streets closed!    The full moon, high tide, and a nor'eastern swamped the streets on Saturday night.   We drove very carefully.    The motel was on slightly higher ground and did  not flood. 

This banner provided a warmer welcome.

 Here is the official description of  the Road Scholar program. Charlie Petrocci (photo ...

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June 29, 2018
Sun and Fun Trip Part 2 from Pebble Creek Arts

We spent two days walking around in the hot sun in Florida in April. It was very interesting and there was more to see than we could actually get around to in the two days.

There was a car show near the entrance on the Sunday.

There were a lot of vendor booths both days. Tesla was even there.

And, of course, there were loads of airplanes.

And then there was the air show itself. Here is a quick clip.

I really did enjoy this trip. I ...

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