A long walk and a sunset sail

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Doesn’t it sound like a perfect day?!

We walked along the water and then through the center of town. Stopping now and then to enjoy the views. 

Keith likes to find a bench and watch the world go by. 

We walked by an old cemetery

And stopped to document some of the headstones. I love the Billion Graves app. It marks the graves with GPS coordinates and uploads directly from the app. Either I can transcribe the graves or other volunteers will. There were a lot of graves from the 1800’s and many that were too worn to even read. 

We also went on a sunset cruise on a 100 year old sailboat. Years ago we’d gone on one with Keith’s parents. 

We’ve agreed that we’ll try to spend the month of October here next year. We’ve done that a couple times and it’s been wonderful. We both love Maine!

I respect this response

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Politically I’m an Independent not a Democrat or Republican but you can bet I haven’t found much to respect on the Republican side of the aisle recently. I have to say, I admire and respect John McCain’s response to the new healthcare proposal.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said in a statement. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

Walking, eating, shopping

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I’m not much of a shopper but we do visit LL Bean when we are here. Keith found a few things and we found a ‘home dec’ representation of Casco Bay to hang in the library – it’s not a photo or a map but we liked it. 

Don’t worry, that lobster roll wasn’t that small – I took a couple (big) bites before I thought to photograph it. 

I also wanted to share another one of Ann’s quilts – I liked her zigzag strings but liked the black and brights better than the pastel fabrics so aren’t I lucky she had extra blocks and made one of those too – this is definitely going in my inspiration file. 

A weekend away

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I had one last day with my HeartStrings group and then left around 5pm to pick Keith up at the airport. He’s joining me here in Maine for the weekend. We checked into the hotel and then went straight to dinner at DiMillo’s – a local seafood place that we first visited 20+ years ago with his Dad on our first trip to Portland. We make sure we eat dinner there at the bar every time we’re in town. I had a lobster roll of course but also had some maple bacon wrapped scallops that were wonderful!

Another busy day

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More tying, more laughter, more quilts finished and ready for donation. 

I loved tying this top Rebecca made for our Rainbow Strings project. Normally I use a single thread color but I matched up my colors to the colors in her quilt. 

Rebecca is always my binding buddy … once the tops are tied someone need to sew the binding and since I don’t have a machine with me, I depend on others. ( Jackie has also helped out with binding – nice for me and Rebecca!)


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I always come back from Maine with ideas for new quilts. I’ve made several half square triangle string quilts but my strings always run parallel to the seam.

Ann’s working with blocks that run perpendicular to the seam and has set them two different ways. Love it with the black and brights …

But the zigzag is fun too!

Tying quilts

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When I stop talking I make some progress on my tying! Bev had my corner all set up for me and I’m working hard on catching up with everyone and tying quilts. 

We’ve already got a big stack of quilts to donate because we brought some finished quilts with us. 

I’ve got 4 tied and Jackie and Rebecca are binding them. Look at the soft Minkee backing donated by Shannon Fabrics.  This quilt is one going to a local home for veterans. 

We also have lots of backings made and sent by Tish – some left over from previous years and some newly sent but it’s great to pull a top for tying and find a matching back. You can see I have my work cut out for me … the tops waiting are in front and the backings we’re pulling from are in the back. 

I feel so fortunate to be able to come and work with this group of HeartStrings quilters!

In my happy place!

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When it was time to decide where we were going to move after Keith’s Mom died, it came down to two places – Maine or Tampa – how different could we get? (Both however are surrounded by water which is probably why they made the final two). In the end Tampa worked best for proximity to family and the ease of travel so important to Keith’s job and while I don’t regret the decision, I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to travel to Maine once or twice a year. Last year I missed my trip and Hurricane Irma tried to mess me up this year but I’m here and I’m happy!

I’ve talked a lot about diet the last few weeks but I’m going to be upfront – I never had any intention of sticking to any diet this week! I wonder how many lobster rolls I’ll manage to eat?!

Let the quilting (or rather tying) begin! I’ve got 4 days to work with my HeartStrings group and then Keith will join me for a few days. 

The boss

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Finn spent the morning with Keith while I slept late and then ran some errands. When I got back, we went for a walk and played some which was supposed to give me some time in the sewing room – he has to be in the crate for his safety, he finds the smallest pieces of fabric and tries to eat them and you know my sewing room has lots of fabric scraps floating about. He sat quietly for a while but apparently wasn’t in the mood to nap or be in the crate.

He was however willing to nap a while in the chair with me while I knit some on the baby’s blanket … but his nap didn’t last long and then he was ready for some more attention. He was groomed yesterday … can you tell?

It’s still a bit of a challenge for me to work around his schedule and I don’t get as much done as I used to but when Keith’s not traveling, he spends time in the (home) office with him and he’s getting better … it’s only been in the last month or so that I’ve been able to knit when he’s sitting with me. One day, hopefully soon, he’ll be able to sit in the sewing room without getting into everything like Chesty did. 

He did allow me to draft a chisel quilt … there are lots of examples of chisel stars out there and while mine will most likely be scrappy, I like to draft quilts in RWB so they can be used for veteran quilts. 

Quilt size is about 56×80 as drafted using the Accuquilt GO chisel and 3 inch finished half square triangle dies.