A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


There's really no better title for this post than that, because this one will be all over the place in content.  (Better pour a cuppa, because it's going to take awhile!)

First of all, I must thank my blogging friend Christine from 'Patchwork Allsorts' for nominating me for the 'One Lovely Blog Award'.

 The rules are as follows (but we all know that I don't always follow the rules!!)...

In order to accept the award the nominated blogger must: 
   - Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
   - Share seven facts about yourself.
   - Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.

Seven facts, huh?  

1.  I've been married to Jack for nearly 36 years and we have two sons (32 and 30) and two amazing daughters-in-love and now one incredible grandson.

2.  I was a stay-at-home mom and prior to that I worked in banking for a number of years, as well as being a secretary in a high school before that.

3.  We are now retired and live in an apartment building that overlooks our local river.  There's a walking path just outside our building that follows the river to the downtown core (and our favourite coffee shop).  

4.  I was raised on a farm and my playmates were dogs, cats, cattle, pigs and a horse.

5.  I'm an only child and married a man who has 8 siblings.  Talk about culture shock!

6.  I first started into crafting when my aunt came for her yearly visit (I was about 12 I think).  She was crocheting one of those huge single-Granny square afghans and showed me the basic stitches.  I progressed from there into many other forms of craft and am pretty much self-taught.  The advent of the internet opened up a whole realm of possibilities (and interests) in crafting and that's how I learned.  

7.  I am a crazy quilter (but you all know that, don't you).  

Now, according to the rules, I'm supposed to nominate 10 bloggers for this award.  Instead, I'm going to nominate ALL of you!!!   All of my readers are such wonderful people and have such interesting (and fun!) blogs, so how can I pick just ten?  So....I'm throwing down the gauntlet....if you want to play along (or are even just looking for something to write about on your blog), consider yourself nominated!!!!  

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Many of you know that I'm involved in the new 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine spearheaded by Pam Kellogg, and will have noticed the cover pictures in my sidebar (where, by the way, you can click and be taken directly to where you can purchase your very own copy!).  I'm asking you a favour - would you please consider doing a little blurb on your blog about the magazine?  Our success  depends on two things - people submitting pictures and/or articles about their work AND the word getting out that the magazine even exists.  The more people that post about it, the more the word will get around, and the magazine will just keep getting better and better.   If you want further information, please feel free to contact either Pam (pkellogg AT mc DOT net) or myself (marmic1954 AT hotmail DOT com).  Thanks so much!!

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I would like to give you a heads up about a Canadian online fabric source that I have recently discovered (and must say am impressed with their service!!).  Check them out HERE.  The owner is willing to go above and beyond, and my fabric arrived much sooner than expected.

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Finally, because I know there should be a picture to 'reward' you for all this reading you've been doing, here's the block I just completed with Kathy Shaw's online Beginner's Crazy Quilt Class.  I definitely can recommend her classes to anyone considering trying crazy quilting and even those of us who are versed in the art.  Alas, her latest Basic Beginner's  class registration has closed, but I will be sure to notify when the next one is available.  (According to her website the next Basic class registration will open June 27-29).  

Today your quote is from Tallulah Bankhead...."If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner"


  1. Hello Mary Anne! What a lovely post and it was fun to read more about you! I love your BCQC block... I know everyone makes the same basic block but they all end up looking so different and so beautiful! Thank you for taking part in the blog award! :) x

  2. The flowers are gorgeous, especially the purple iris! How I love iris. Irises? I await grammatical assistance. :)

  3. Your block is beautiful!!!

  4. It was such fun to read more about you! I didn't grow up on a farm but I grew up in the country on small acreages. Dad mostly raised exotic birds as a hobby but we also had a cat, a dog and horses. The farmers in our family were grandparents, uncles and aunts and more cousins that I can count!

    I have been thinking about taking Kathy's beginner crazy quilting course. If I get all my Q2 Finish Along Goals finished or close to finished by the end of June, I might just sign up then.

  5. Hi Mary Anne

    Thanks to Christine's award I know a little more about you - Yea!!!
    I love animals and I would have loved living on a farm like you did - the animals would have been my friends too!

    You forgot to mention that you are a "STITCHER EXTRA-ORDINAIRE"!!!
    You would be the first person I would go to if I needed help with stitching!
    You're far too modest MA!

    The pollens seem to be bad over there this year - are they worse than usual or much the same?
    It's no fun having streaming eyes and runny noses I know.

    Gorgeous blue irises - and love the quote - I agree!!
    Shane x

  6. What a great post! I am so glad Christine nominated your blog as it was one of the first ones I considered nominating. (Limiting the number of years and followers a blog had was my only way to choose only 10. I love your idea!) Your BCQC turned out fabulous! Beautiful, beautiful work (as always!)

    My Mother's Day request this year was for the whole family to join me at church and to purchase the current copy of CQ Quarterly. I can barely wait to see it!

  7. Hello Mary Ann, Long time between visits, but glad i chose today to drop by, to hear a few facts about you was so special...And of course you are nominated for the blog award - your blog is so lovely, informative and inspirational....

  8. Hello Mary Anne, Sweet of Christine to nominate you for The Lovely Blog Award! Nice to learn about you, and so generous of you to nominate all your readers, there are so many interesting people to visit! I love your block - so much stitching there! Hope your allergy is not troubling you so much today?

  9. 8 siblings!!
    I hadn't known that bit ~
    As an only child myself I can understand what a change that must have been for you but I reckon its worked out very well for you (both) ~ lol
    I will pass on the magazine details gladly, crazy patchwork is such a wonderful form of embroidery and creativity!

  10. nice to learn a little more about you :)


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