Archive for June, 2006

Mom’s quilt


I finished quilting a top for my Aunt last week and today I’m loading this top of my Mom’s. The block is called Honeybee and she used a beautiful set of fat quarters. After quilting this top, I still have one each of my Aunt’s and my Mom’s waiting to be quilted.

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My Quilting Studio

Moving will at last force me to completely and ruthlessly purge my quilting supplies and material. None of the housing we’re looking at will have the kind of space dedicated to quilting that I have now so before leaving on this trip I started going through my books and magazines.

I’ll donate a ton of my quilting books to the library and I’ve already started to rip out pictures of quilts I like from my magazines. They’ll be placed in a binder and the rest of the magazines will be tossed. Going through the magazines has made me realize how many magazines I get that have absolutely no quilts that appeal to me in them. I’m going to let all my subscriptions end and in the future just buy issues that appeal to me.

I haven’t decided for sure how I’m going to decrease my stash but some fabric will be donated, some cut into strips for future scrap quilts, and possibly some cut into fat quarters.

I’m finding that I prefer making scrap quilts and I like working with fat quarters. When I participated in our guild cut-in for our charity quilts we cut a lot of donated yardage into fat quarters and that seemed to work well for the patterns for scrappy quilts that were distributed.

I did get some quilting done between all the visits to and from family. I quilted both blue braid quilts that will be donated and a queen size top my Aunt sent me to quilt for her.

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Minneapolis

We arrived in Minneapolis on Friday afternoon and spent a couple days looking at townhomes and condo’s. Just as I thought, a condo isn’t going to work for us but Keith wanted to look at them so we did.

We found a townhouse community by the river within walking distance of downtown that I really love. They’re more expensive than I wanted to spend but not more expensive than I can afford so they’re my first choice of places to live.

Keith hasn’t definitely decided to move yet but even if we don’t relocate to Minneapolis with his company we decided we’re selling our house and we have it on the market.

Now Keith just needs to make a decision and the house needs to sell and we can move ahead in one direction or the other.

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What I’m reading


Having recently read two of Jodi Picoult books, Vanishing Acts and The Tenth Circle, I bought a 3rd book of hers the other day.

I finished reading Keeping Faith tonight and liked this one even more than the two previous books. I will definitely read her other books. Click on the title to read a review of the book.

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Family

The Johnson’s
The Johnson women (I’m on the far right)
A whole week without blogging that’s unusual for me.

The house is listed for sale and my fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to sell it by November. Sooner would be nice.

Keith’s brother and sister and their families have been visiting and just went home today. We spent a couple days here at the house and then went up to Big Canoe for a couple days. They all left today and while we had a wonderful time, I’ve spent most of today getting both places straightened up and started washing all the sheets and towels used by our 7 guests. It will take a couple days to finish the laundry and get all the beds made back up.

In the next couple days I also hope to get a binding on the second braid quilt I finished quilting last week and to load my Aunt’s quilt on the longarm.

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Monday

We’re back from Virginia and we had a great time. I really miss spending time as a family so it was good to have both boys (and Becky) with us.

Today I spent some more time getting ready to get the house listed and preparing for the next set of company coming on Wednesday. I’ve washed a pile of sheets and towels in the last few weeks and stripped and made up beds repeatedly. This next week should be the last company for a while.

I did get a binding sewn on my blue braid quilt otherwise known as UFO #9. I’ll take and post a picture in the next day or so. It’s a small donation quilt but it’s nice to have another one finished.

Speaking of one of the blue quilts, Adam saw the string quilt top when he was home for graduation and promptly claimed it for himself. That’s one less quilt to donate but the boys each get about one quilt a year so it’s nice to have Adam’s next one already pieced. Chris’ next one will be a queen sized wedding quilt which will hopefully be done by the wedding.

I did squeeze in an hour hike today – the weather cut it a little short and I was soaked by the time I finished but I’m continuing to lose weight. I had my Weight Watchers weigh in today and was down another 1.6 lbs for a total loss of 28.4 lbs since mid-January.

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What I’m reading

I had an email from Jackie who reads my blog and commented that she missed my posts on the books I’m reading. I haven’t posted about my reading material in a while but haven’t slowed down. The last 3 books I’ve read are:

DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler
I enjoyed this novel written about 2 families who adopted foreign babies.

DARK TORT by Diane Mott Davidson
The latest in a series of mystery’s featuring a crime solving chef. I always enjoy these books by Davidson.

VANISHING ACTS by Jodi Picoult
Very good also – about relationships within a family and between the main character and two friends from childhood.

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Graduation Day



Adam graduated yesterday. It feels good to have both boys out of school and working.

Today we all go to Virginia to visit my family and for Becky (Chris’ fiance) to meet them before the wedding in October.

This is a big year for us – a graduation, a wedding, and a major move. Somewhere I have to find more time for quilting.

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Super Simple Strips


I love seeing different versions of a particular quilt pattern. I was reading Vicky’s blog and saw she had posted her version of this quilt and decided I’d post mine too. This quilt was given to my sister-in-law last year.

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Bits and pieces

Chris and Becky were visiting this weekend and we met her Mom and sister for the first time. We went to a tasting at the wedding facility on Saturday and the wedding plans are moving along.

Chris and Becky took me to lunch for my birthday on Friday and then Keith took us all to dinner.

Keith found out on last week that his company is closing their offices here in Marietta and moving them to Minneapolis – will we move with them? Keith hasn’t decided yet but will make a decision soon.

I have gotten some quilting squeezed in between other things going on. I loaded and quilted the small braid quilt which is now waiting for binding and then loaded the 2nd braid quilt and have the quilting started.

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