Blogging break

I’m going to take a break from blogging right now, I’ll be back when I return home and can focus on quilting. I’m going to close comments but I know that your thoughts and prayers are with me and my family. Thank you all.

Doll quilt

Over the last year or so Mom has been making doll quilts and blankets for the little girls in the family. (I’ve shown you how Rae loves to cover up her dolls and animals with her quilts!) Mom just made this one for my nephew’s daughter. Small projects like this are a nice break from larger quilts. 

Be Simple Variation

Several people have asked about the scarf pattern. It’s free on Ravelry and it’s easy knitting. Just what I need right now. 

Pattern – Be Simple Variation. There’s an original Be Simple scarf but I like this one with the eyelet rows better. 

Yarn – Wollmeise Pure

Needle size – US 6

I’ve made this scarf a couple times already and it’s one Mom has made several times too. My favorite so far is this one which I’ve kept for myself. 

Right now I seem to be remaking projects – in part because I need things that are fairly simple and in part because they’ve turned out well and I find them really wearable. 

In addition to the Be Simple Variation #3,  I’ve got another Shine #2 in progress I’ve also pulled yarn for another Madison Scarf #2, and there’s another Action Hat in progress (it’s the one I just showed Rae modeling in my previous post) and yarn for several more of those. 

Back in VA

My weekend at home flew by and my alarm went off way too early yesterday morning (3:30 am) but I was back in VA in time to celebrate my nephew’s birthday.


I got new photos from the kids too – Rae’s being a little goofy here but she’s modeling the hat I made and sent back with Chris. 

Adam also sent a picture of Bree and Caleb. I can’t believe how big Bree is getting!

Not a stitch

In the end I didn’t even turn the sewing machine on – Today was way busier than I expected. I met with the contractor this morning and made some decisions about the kitchen remodel. 

I did manage to take a walk for lunch and ended up in the park by the house. 

The weather was gorgeous – no humidity and a lovely breeze. I sat and looked out over the bay for a while. 

I finished one shawl

Cast on another scarf

Created two piles of yarn – one for my suitcase and one left on the sewing room table to be mailed by Keith if I need it. I’m not sure when I’ll get back home. 

I’m packed and ready for my 6:15 am flight in the morning and I’m going to knit a little while longer before heading to bed. 

Counting my blessings

These are difficult times and I’m so grateful for the support and love I receive from Keith,

my boys,

and my sisters.

In the sewing room

Most of the day was spent with Keith but I did spend a little time in the sewing room. I set up my new table that I ordered from Amazon. It fits perfectly beside my machine and will help support a top during the quilting process as well as give me an extra work surface. 

I unpacked the schoolhouse blocks Mom appliqued for me. I’ll be setting them like this drawing although given how close the house is to the sides of the block I might reverse the sashing to light, blue, light. I cut the squares the size recommended on the GO die instructions before sending them to Mom but next time, I’ll cut the background squares larger. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to finish this top, I’ve got lots of stuff waiting to be done and I have no idea when I’ll get back home for good. 

I snapped a photo of this top Mom pieced from fabric I sent her. It will eventually go to Big Canoe for quilting. 

I pulled and packed up three quilt kits to ship to Mom to piece. I haven’t been able to visit and “kit” up quilts from her stash lately and I need to keep her busy and out of trouble! Since she’s enjoying knitting but hasn’t yet mastered casting on (I spoil her!), I cast on another scarf to send her. I have more yarn than I will ever use and I’m happy to share with her. (The white perle cotton) is so she can put in a lifeline or two if she wants. 

I’ll have time alone on Monday so I’m planning to sew a little before I head back to VA on Tuesday. Have you missed me?!

My kitchen is gone

The kitchen remodel began last week – this might not be a bad time to be spending time away from home! The only thing left standing is my little laundry closet in the corner. 

Some people might be afraid of doing a major remodel when they’re not home to supervise but my contractor is great and we were very happy with our bathrooms so I feel comfortable that they’ll consult me as needed via text and email. I’ve also made most of the choices already … my appliances are here (GE Slate) … my cabinets were custom made and after seeing the pantry – I’m very pleased with my choices. 

My countertop and backsplash choices … you can see that stain sample for the cabinets is a little lighter than the pantry but I’m really happy with the slightly darker stain. 

A mountain of mail

I made it home safely last night and Keith and I have enjoyed our time together today. I’ve also had to sort through a mountain of mail but most important was my ballot by mail as I won’t be home on Election Day. 

And while I don’t usually comment on politics on the blog sometimes I feel the need to take a stand. Feel free to comment and make your stand – I’ll read them all but won’t be responding either positively or negatively!

Deja Vu

In the airport waiting for my flight to Atlanta and then on to Tampa … didn’t this just happen to me last month?!!

Right now my flights are showing on time in spite of Hurricane Matthew and I’m hoping to be home with Keith by 10PM tonight. Wish me luck!

Quick Strippies

You know these are my favorite quick quilt for donation or gifting – quick, easy, and always so cute!

Mary’s Quick Strippie

Norece sent me a photo of this stack of 34 of them made by her and two friends that are headed now to Ronald McDonald House.  

I’m still here

Lots of a family around this weekend and I’d post a couple photos but my sister and Mom would kill me! Someone snapped a photo of Mom eating a powdered, lemon filled donut and it wasn’t a pretty sight but she enjoyed it. 

I did manage to watch the Vikings win last night and am getting some Bichon time in with Casper. 

If everything goes as planned and Hurricane Matthew doesn’t interfere, I should actually get 3 days at home this coming weekend. Cross your fingers and toes for me. 

Time with Chris and Mom

We had lunch out with a friend of Mom’s and then went to visit Dad’s grave. Isn’t it great that Chris wanted to come with us?!

5 Stars

I’m not sewing myself but love seeing what others are making inspired by the quilts I make here and post on my website. 

Selena sent me a photo of her 5 Star quilt she made for Honor Flight.  I think it’s gorgeous. 

Missing Maine

The HeartStrings Maine sew-in just ended and I really missed being there this year … I always find inspiration for my quilting.

I’m not a fan of the Jelly Roll Race quilts but after they did a race at one of our Maine sew-ins I came home and played with a jelly roll myself – this top is still waiting for the butterflies to be appliquéd. 

We also had a tumbler race … Since I fly in and don’t carry a machine with me I always participate after the sew-in. This is the last top I quilted in July that is still waiting for binding but I love the fabrics in this one – scraps from a couple other quilts that had been thrown in a bin. I also love leaving the irregular edges on these and it’s not hard to bind either. 

I’m always inspired by the quilts Ann makes and copied one of her settings for this HeartStrings variation. 

Sharon inspires me with her planned HeartStrings quilts – I pulled fabric in July to make two more of these when I get back home and have time in the sewing room. 

Jackie’s another one who inspires me to come home and sew. This is my version of a top she pieced one year. 

It’s been a busy couple years for me and Keith but we’ve loved the time we’ve spent in Maine and are talking about spending another month there sometime in the future. For sure, I’ll attend the HeartStrings sew-in next year !

Chesty loved Maine too!

Not much to share

I don’t have much to show for the last couple days – I did manage to finish a hat for Rae – made from the same action one skein hat pattern in one of my books – I’m going to cast on a scarf for a change later tonight.

 In the meantime, I spent some time looking at vintage quilts on eBay   I love half square triangle quilts and I love the rows of them in this one. 

I want to make another version of this one of these days … I call it Triangle Scraps and I do have some brief instructions on my website. 

For a kiddie quilt, upsizing the blocks to 6 inches makes for a quick project

Unless you’re big stitch hand quilting it and haven’t touched it in months like my pink and purple one!

Mom’s Churn Dash

I’ve been playing with Churn Dash designs and a few weeks ago worked up a little one for Mom to make. 

She sent me a photo of her finished quilt today – it’s so cute!

I did post some VERY brief notes on the quilt on my website if you’re interested in what size blocks/strips/borders we used. The finished quilt is approximately 41 x 52 inches

A change in plans

My schedule needs to be flexible right now and rather than being home for a few more days as planned, I’m heading back to VA in the morning. Today was spent getting myself organized for being gone for another 3 weeks and a little sewing, a little football, and a walk along the bay. 

I did manage to finish the binding on the Drunkard’s Path quilt watching the Vikings beat the Packers tonight – I call that a win-win! (I’m leaving at 5am so no chance to get a better photo before I leave). This makes UFO finish #12 for the year. 

I didn’t make much progress on assembling the HeartStrings top but it will be waiting for me when I get home. 

Loved being home and walking along the bay in the evening.

Loved spending time with Keith

In the sewing room

I think my plans for the days I’m going to be home were overly ambitious but I’m just going to putter along. 

First up – binding. This one is ready for me to hand stitch down tonight. 

2nd up – I put the HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and chose a sashing fabric. 

I’m not fan of sashing but that was the plan for these blocks so I’ve made a start – the first two rows are done and I’m stopping for the night. 

Wine, song, knitting

Happy to be heading home tonight … Sitting in Atlanta waiting for my flight home to Tampa. 

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