Mendota Cemetery Quilt Week Three

Well, I had taken my blog down and decided not to renew the hosting.  My plans were (and still are) to update the blog so it reflects me today — not me five years ago.    However, I logged on and found  emails from people wanting to know about Mendota, wanting to know this or that, and I decided to call Blue Host back and renew the hosting.   I got a good deal at $3.99 per month!!  Yay me!  It had been $15 per month.

In Mendota, Virginia we have a sweet tradition of allowing residents of our small community to receive burial at our Mendota Cemetery at no charge.  We have never turned a family who lives here away in a time of need.  However, maintaining a cemetery with several hundred graves is not easy or cheap.  We rely on donations and fundraising.  Traditionally, we raffle a quilt which is called “the Mendota Cemetery Quilt”.   The quilters will give it another, more official name as it comes together.

This year’s quilt features an old-fashioned print, and family and friends are working on it.   I have a sewing machine but I’ve never sewn the quilt pieces and I do not think I would be up to the high standards of this group.   If “idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” our Mendota quilters are angels.


Quilting is very math oriented.  You have to have a sense not only of color but a clear understanding of light, dark and medium prints and how they work together.   When the quilt pieces were being sorted and laid out, the words “give me that yellowy piece over there” or “is this one a pinky or a greeny?”    Ultimately, they sorted out the dark, vibrant shades as the middle of the quilt and then a border pink and blue and then red and yellow.

Precision.   Chris insists on precision.  It makes for perfect points.   Chris is the kindest, sweetest and most gracious lady, but she’s very particular about her quilts.   If I won the lottery, I’d built Chris a quilt shop right in Mendota.

So here’s the center of our beautiful Mendota Cemetery Quilt.

Next week, the quilt moves from Dottie’s to the Mendota Branch Public Library where the borders will be assembled and pinned.  Then, back to Dottie’s for more sewing.



Good Things and a Trip to the Mendota Library

Hi!  Did you have a great Christmas?   Mine was quiet, but it was exactly as we thought so I wasn’t disappointed.   We stayed at home with our Luckie dog as she continues to wind down 15+ years.      And, after 30 years, Mike is learning that Christmas is a great time to buy your wife something she would not buy herself.   He went to Shoozie’s and got me a very nice gift.


Shoozie’s is a locally-owned store in Bristol and Kingsport.    When you walk through the door, you receive that wonderful leather smell that only a small shoe store can deliver.  They have purses, wallets, jewelry and shoes.

And…a funny thing happened last night.  We made our weekly trip to Chili’s and following that, I ran into Walmart.  It’s the first time I’ve been in Walmart in several months, and it was still crowded with after Christmas returns and Friday night shopping.   I went to the self check-out counter, and when I attempted to start my transaction, it spit out $14.16 at me!   Was I ever tempted to grab the money and run!     I’ve always wondered if ATM or self check-outs ever had these types of gliches.   The check-out person said he’d never seen anything quite like this.  He said he’d seen excess $1 bills come out but never such a specific amount.

Last night, I dreamed about going to the library, so I went this morning!   It’s Food for Fines month, and I had fines on both mine and Mike’s library cards.  Earlier in the week, I’d bought a bunch of canned stuff.    It went with me this morning in exchange for a clean slate.    I went from being a library felon to a good patron.   I had two bags (in the far right in the picture below) full of food.   I love the Mendota Library.  I used to work there eons ago.   I spent more paying everyone’s library book and video fines than I made.

Library Table

Don’t you think you can tell something about a person by the books that they read?  Ok….I like pop culture and dogs according to these selections.

Two books

I’m a sucker for anything with a train so The Clinchfield No. 1 came home with me.     Debbie Macomber writes the Blossom Street series which I like.  The other book is on quilts (like I’m going to make one any time soon).  

Books 1

This is a special piece of art for anyone who attended Hamilton.

Hamilton Schools

Hope your weekend is going well.  Thank you for going to the library with me!!


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