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odds and ends

Hello all, Mary Ellen back again.

I’m finally off all restrictions after my cataract surgery. As limiting as they were, I must admit I didn’t mind being spoiled. This was a good time for me not to be allowed to do any snow shoveling! And it gave the teenaged godsons work to do. I also was able to get the boys to carry lots of things up and down my stairs for me. Being treated like a princess is not a bad thing.

Last night’s guild meeting was my first Zoom meeting. (I’ve been doing FaceTime on my mac instead throughout the lock down) It was fun to see so many faces and hear what some of us have been up to. I’m looking forward to our meeting in March–in person if all goes well. I hoping to have my first vaccination by then–isn’t the process of finding a vaccination such a pain?!

If you missed Betty L’s early bird special yesterday you can go to our guild’s YouTube channel to watch it (click here.) When the meeting ended I was perusing my newest issue of the magazine “American Patchwork and Quilting”. Lo and behold on page 14 it shows a kit for visible mending for sale. Just exactly what Betty was talking about. I visited the website they cited. (click here) Great photos, tutorials, etc. If you were intrigued and want to give it a try, I think this would be a good place to visit.

Does anyone know of a good place to get scissors sharpened? In the past we had a guy who sharpened scissors visit a guild meeting, and sharpen for us while the meeting went on. Perhaps the guild could sponsor that again. Hint. Hint.

Here’s today’s prompt for comments. What snack or beverage do like to enjoy while quilting or piecing?

(Remember that commenting earns an entry into the next drawing for blog candy–AKA prizes.) BTW if you won a prize in the last drawing and did not pick it up, I will bring the remaining prizes to our March guild meeting.



  1. JoAnn Castiglia says:

    Welcome back. We’ve missed you. Yes, it was good to see everyone last night. I’m eager for March meeting to be “in person.”
    So far as snacking or beverages——no way no how. Not after spilling hot chocolate on a complicated piecing I was working on !!!!

  2. Jackie Groszkowski says:

    So glad that your surgery went well. We missed your blogs. As for snacking while sewing I agree with JoAnn, no way! My sewing area is in my basement, far from the refrigerator. It’s about the only time I don’t snack. (I really should sew more.)

  3. Linda Hunter says:

    Hi Mary Ellen. Good to have you back. Glad your surgery went well.”Can you see me now?” Sorry, just had to do that. I also don’t snack while quilting because of sticky fingers. I also spilled red wine all over everything while sewing at Chautauqua one year. That was scary. My table vibrated the glass off the table. However, I’ve decided white wine is safe!

  4. Jane Browne says:

    Welcome back! So glad your eye surgery went well. Now you can see real colors again!
    I do not snack while sewing, seems to dangerous.
    I too enjoyed our zoom meeting last night. I’m of the ilk that even with the vaccine , we must still be careful.. got the second dose this morning.

  5. Sylvia Siegel says:

    I’m so glad that your cataract surgery went well and you are recovering. I don’t usually snack while I’m sewing, but I do drink coffee. I keep it far away from my sewing though. Thank you for the prizes that Jackie picked up for me.

  6. Theress utz says:

    Mary Ellen, so glad your surgery went well and you’re back on your feet again and doing what you want to do. As far as what do I like to drink while I’m quilting, I will often have a cup of tea before and after but never during. And to get your scissors sharpened, there’s a company on Union Road just before Galleria it’s called Povenelli’s, and they sharpen knives wonderfully and they also sharpen scissors I have had mine done there. And they come out great. So give him a try. Hope all goes well, I’ll see you in March.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Thanks for the recommendation of a scissor guy. I have a couple of pairs that were my mom’s. Good quality scissors that need some TLC to return them to their old performance.

  7. Mary says:

    Welcome back and I’m so glad to hear that your surgery went well. I too was glad to see everyone. Our meetings give me inspiration so I do miss not having them. I think Betty has done an awesome job with the Youtube videos. We do have a very creative and amazing guild to draw inspiration from. I’m with everyone else in not having anything to eat or drink while quilting other than maybe water although I might add Linda’s solution to the red wine spill in converting to white wine is something I could consider. I’m looking forward to a “live” meeting in March. See you all soon.

  8. JoAnne Greco says:

    I’m glad you no longer have restrictions and surgery went well! I miss the in person meetings, too, especially show and share where I get inspiration. We have such talented Guild members!! I usually sew with a water bottle and natural almonds near by. The almonds are a healthy, clean snack that also provide stress relief (like chewing gum) when things aren’t going well…sometimes I have to walk to the kitchen for the chocolate covered almonds when things get really bad!

  9. Lori says:

    I don’t snack when quilting, about the only time I don’t !

    I practiced twice for the meeting and forgot to login in for the actual meeting. Sorry I missed every!

  10. Jean Nicholson says:

    Glad your surgery is successfully over! I try not to drink anything while I am actually sewing! Too many chances for disaster.

  11. Sharon M Militello says:

    Welcome Bach Mary Ellen, Glad your surgery went well, now you can back to sewing. It was so good to see faces without masks! It’s was nice to see what everyone has been doing, we have so much to share. Looking forward to in person meetings. Maybe once we can get vaccinated we will be able to get out more.
    Jackie, I’m making some nine patches and looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, yea I can get out!! I have a doctors appointment, I’ll see you about 11:30ish

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