This is interesting

One of my genealogy newsletters linked to the NY Times article on migration patterns in and out of states … It’s kind of fun to see for the places I’ve lived. Here’s Florida ….


Go check out your states!



You won’t see lists of goals like in the past because the intention for however long we’re in FL is to spend my time more leisurely – walking, reading by the pool, working on my family genealogy, knitting, and yes piecing and quilting too but not at the same frantic pace of past years. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to focus on donation quilting and that I don’t have any goals … Each night before I sleep or in the morning before I get up, I think about my day and what I want to accomplish. Today – I need to walk, I’ll knit this evening while I finish listening to my current audiobook, and my quilting goal was to assemble the HSTeria top … And it’s done!


It will be set aside to wait it’s turn for quilting in GA but don’t expect to see it done this year. I’m still trying to decide how much time I’m going to be able to manage to squeeze in at Big Canoe in October but there are HeartStrings tops and some UFO’s ahead of this one to be quilted.

Brief instructions have been added to my website

I did change my mind after designing the quilt and added a narrow inner border from a blue fabric found in the stash that worked with the other blues. And speaking of borders … How do you attach yours? Do you take the time to measure and pin? I do and I’m lucky that there’s just enough floor space in the sewing room to do it.




I know just enough abut computers and the internet to be dangerous. I’ve been having a problem with WordPress on the HeartStrings site since January but I couldn’t figure out how to fix it and since I could still post to the HS blog from the iPad I didn’t spend much time troubleshooting but I knew I needed to get it figured out so that I could clean up and update some other things on the site … Last night I spent hours researching the problems and looking at code to see if I could find the issue … and I do mean hours.

Finally around 5:30 am, I solved the problem without having to pay someone to go in and do it for me. In all my years of blogging and maintaining websites I’ve never had to pay anyone to set up or troubleshoot them so I was thrilled that once again I managed to get the administrative side of the website up and running without losing all my content!!

It’s one thing I love about the internet, you can find out how to do just about anything.


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On my needles

Checking my progress on the blanket — I haven’t knit every night as I intended but I like to knit in the evenings when Keith is gone while I listen to my audiobook.

The width of my blanket is about 28 inches and I’ve done 25 inches in length. If I remember correctly the original might be square but I usually prefer a rectangular shape for quilts and blankets so maybe I’ll knit a little past 28 inches and see what looks good to me. It’s just meant to be car seat or stroller size so it doesn’t need to be all that large.



Quilting tutorials

Here’s a great site that Elizabeth shared with me. We can all use more quilting inspiration – right?

The inbox jaunt



I had so much fun making and quilting this little Strippie and am quite pleased with it. Simple things make me happy – like relearning how to quilt on my sewing machine and making a sweet little quilt that will be donated and wrap a child in warmth and comfort!




I’m spending a lovely afternoon listening to my audiobook and binding the little Frog Strippie. My binding tin went to GA but I found another little tin, collected my supplies — straw needles, a jelly thimble, thread, clips, and a small pair of scissors — and I was ready to bind.


Keith is out of town but my sister-in-law invited me out to dinner — there will be a small group of us and it should be fun.


A little progress

Not much going on today … Some errands, some phone calls, a walk, time by the pool … But I did manage to get the Strippie trimmed and the binding on … Will hand sew that down tomorrow. Also went to Joann’s to replace the curved safety pins that disappeared somewhere and picked out a back for a small HeartStrings quilt. I’m kind of into the whole DSM quilting thing but I think I’ll do some assembly on the HSTeria quilt first … Assembling tops is really my least favorite part of quilting but I need to clear off that design wall.


Thanks for all the comments/congratulations on the new addition to our family, Adam’s thrilled and we’re excited about visiting in a couple weeks to meet Bree in person.



Some stitch in the ditch, a watery meander, and finally some swirls….wonky swirls but I can live with them! The Frog Strippie is quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound.


A couple more observations – compared to quilting on the longarm it’s harder to get In a rhythm because you’re starting and stopping so frequently to readjust the quilt and your hands. One thing I remembered reading years ago was the suggestion to stop in a point, it’s much easier to start back up from a point than on a curve so both of the designs I used had points to give me a place to stop and readjust often.

It’s been fun challenging myself so thanks go to Stephanie for reminding me that I could always quilt on my regular sewing machine during the time I’m separated from my longarm … Somehow I’d forgotten that in the last 12 years!!! Thank you for coming along on my journey back!

Next up? Some assembly on the HSTeria quilt, binding the Frog Strippie, and yes, I’m going to get a backing and see if I can’t quilt another one, this time a small HeartStrings quilt.

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