Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!!: The Making of Mabel Mae

I woke up this morning to an email notification that Mabel Mae’s DNA results are IN!

If you had preconceived notions (as I did) you just may be a bit surprised – and delighted!

I have loved relating the story about how she came to live with us.

“She spent 45 minutes in the slammer before I paid her bail and brought her home!”

She had been surrendered about 45 minutes before I arrived at the shelter in search of a “sister” for Zoey Jo and the reason was plain to see on her paperwork.

“Chases Cows” it read.

Chasing cows is not a problem. There are no cows near us on the mountain. There are, however, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, skunk, coyotes, and bears….oh my!

The paperwork only stated breed as Australian Shepherd / Labrador Retriever mix.

But what else could be in this wonderful mix that makes Mabel Mabel?

Drum roll, please….

What a crazy mix!!

And for those who thought Catahoula – not one lick. She does have 21% mixed hound, and it is the BASSET that kills me – because this girl has very long legs. LOL.

The herding breeds take the lead with the hound dogs coming in second place followed by the labrador retriever which we thought would be front and center.

1% Cocker? LOL!

And what’s with the 4% Chow?

What a wonderful mix you are, Mabel Mae!

This has us thinking we NEED to do Zoey’s as well. But I admit, I’ve been quite pleased to tell folks she is Australian Kelpie – she looks it, she acts it – but could she be hiding interesting secrets as well?

As in – is there some kind of weirdo acrobatic dog breed that makes her go butt-up all the time?

Gail’s Quilt Buddies are in the house!

This is their first visit and I’m so happy to have them here. They’ve settled in. They are making great progress on things – they are cooking yummy meals.

And it’s a good thing we have some Minnesotans in our midst because we are headed for a snow event in the wee small hours of tomorrow morning.

This gorgeous top finish!


Color My World by Wendy Williams. 2021 BOM at thequiltshow.com

I do know that two of the corner buildings were designed by the maker to personalize the quilt a bit more. It’s wonderful!

Baby shower quilt finish!

And more to come!

I made more progress on my Hearts 0f Hope Sew-Along quilt yesterday, and I can happily say that the center is together (After making 2 more blocks – I had miscounted!) and I figured out what I need to do to make the math work with the border ideas that are swimming in my head.

This is where the Scrap User’s System comes in so handy – I can pull the blues and yellows in the strip widths I need and instantly go to the sewing machine. If I started with fat quarters and un-cut scraps it would have taken a lot longer to get the variety I need cut down to size.

Sneak Peek!

To recap:

There is no pattern available ahead of time. (I’m still making the quilt, remember? Quilt first, pattern LAST.)

I am running this much like we did our Unity Quilt Sew-Along we did 2 years ago when Covid locked us down.

The introductory post will go live next Friday, 3/18/2022 and will include yardage requirements, helpful tools and other much needed info.

This is a sew-along and I will be releasing parts each Friday here on the blog starting with part one on 3/25/22 until we are done. At this time it looks like we will be doing this over 4 parts.

You will need to save the PDFs from each week as I release them. They will only be available for a limited time as our other mysteries.

I have plenty in stock if you want to order them now, and they will be listed on the Introductory post.

I will also include traditional rotary cutting directions for each part so you can get by without the helpful tools if you want to go old school.

Lola wants you to know that it isn’t too soon to start pulling your blues and yellows for your string piecing. They can be anywhere from 3/4” up to 2” in width.

String strips don’t have to be perfectly straight, and it’s better if they are NOT uniform. We want things to taper and lean a bit, that’s what makes string piecing so fun.

The sample blocks I have shown here and in previous posts will give you a good idea of ​​the variety I am using.

More info to come in my introductory post on the 18th. You can find more info under the Hearts 0f Hope Sew-Along tab at the top of the blog.
Especially from Urban Threads for embroidery machine users and may be great for your quilt labels:

Like many of you, we’re watching the events unfolding in Ukraine with deep sadness. We here at Urban Threadsalong with our sister brands Embroidery Library and Craft Genesis, support the Ukrainian people. We’ve heard your requests for a design to show your support, and we’re happy to bring you this new Love for Ukraine design for free.

This design is available in four sizes (6.76″ x 5.86, 5.59″ x 4.85″, 3.88″ x 3.39″, and 2.52″ x 2.20″). It can be stitched as shown above, or you can stop after two color changes for less shading and quicker sewing. Under our licensing policy, as with all Urban Threads designs, you’re welcome to stitch this design as many times as you like.

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PS If you use a Cricut, Silhouette, or other cutting machine, visit our sister brand Craft Genesis to download a similar free cutting machine design!

(Click the photo to donate.)


As of this morning, you have helped raise over $14,000 toward our goal of $50,000!

Every little bit is helping. ALL of this will be going directly to Together Rising in their continued efforts to provide real support – boots on the ground support – for the people of Ukraine.
Gudrun is hosting a HOPE Sew-along using her HOPE pattern. Many of you will already have this pattern from a previous fundraising sew-along she hosted, but for those who don’t have it – ALL proceeds for both printed and digital patterns and the Hope for Ukraine fabric bundles are going to be donated to Together Rising through our joint GoFundMe, Quilters For Ukraine.

The Hope for Ukraine Mini Mystery Stash Builder Bundles are 6 half yards of blue and yellow fabric. This is 3 yards of high quality quilt shop fabric for $30. The Stash Builder Bundles are currently listed as a preorder while we await restock. Our original inventory sold out in 10 minutes on Friday thanks to you awesome people! Fabric is on it’s way, as I type.

We are doing this jointly, because we are stronger and can make a bigger impact when we work TOGETHER.

Of course you don’t have to purchase anything to have your donation count. Just donate whatever you are able from your heart.

I’m excited to see it together, and will be sharing the full quilt on the 18th with our introduction post so you’ll see what we’ll be making.

I’ll be spending time with Gail’s Quilt Buddies.

What’s up for your Friday ahead?

Quiltville Quote of the Day –

Nothing will ever change if we keep focusing on our problems.

Look for brand new opportunities, they are around every corner!

Vintage trip around the world quilt found in Louisville, Kentucky.

Have a wonderful Friday, friends!

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