Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bathing options

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Our casita here at the hotel comes with three huge bathing options … Seriously, we will stay squeaky clean during our visit.

Keith has been using the outdoor shower and I’m going to try it at least once but maybe after dark?! I’ve been using the large walk-in rain shower – you can’t see the huge frosted window or bench in the photo below but it’s there. Do you think I can talk Keith into a bath? It’s large enough for two!


Google Images search

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I’ve blogged before about where I find inspiration for my quilting. eBay is one site – I love finding antique or vintage quilts listed there and remaking them. I also like doing a Google Images search (Flickr is good too) when I’m looking to make a specific block or pattern. I found the St Louis 16 Patch version when I went looking for 16 patch quilts and since I want to make another of those with a set of fat quarters I did a search for Plus Quilts to make with the leftovers.

Google will return a bunch of images and you can either visit the website or view the image. These two are favorites I found from my search.



So in a few weeks when I get back to piecing I think you’ll see a 16 patch and then a plus quilt from me. I love that even when I can’t quilt I can dream of quilts I’ll make one day!


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Life is challenging right now but not without its rewards …

I’m sitting on a plane, sipping a mimosa and heading for Cancun to spend some much needed time with Keith. There will be a few business obligations but overall a time to relax and reconnect.

I debated which knitting projects to bring – the purple scarf with its short rows is perfect for picking up and putting down as we make our connection.


X2 please

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With small cups like these, I need two cups to get going this morning. I should be home by dinner time!


Thanks for all the concern and support following yesterday’s post – I’m fine, just feeling tired and emotional. Keith and I both feel our families are a priority and right now we’re trying to be there for and be supportive to both our mothers. I feel blessed that we’re able to help.

Most of all I’m grateful for Keith’s love and support.

A little progress

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There hasn’t been too much time for knitting this week but I’ve made some progress last night and today – we have stripes!

I’ve got 3 shawl/scarf projects going and this one is the Cameo Shawl.


I’m going to drive my Mom to my sister’s house tomorrow before driving back to FL over the weekend. Keith and I’ll are traveling next week and then I’ll came back up here. There won’t be much quilting going on!

Blue and Green Stars

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Debbie wrote me that she’d made a RWB version of my Blue and Green Stars and a customer of hers, Carolyn made one too. I love being able to share both quilts here since there is very little quilting going to happen in the next month or more. I’ll be running back and forth and traveling a little with Keith. I have knitting with me and hope to make progress on one or all three of the shawls/scarves I have in process.

Here’s Debbie’s version


And Carolyn’s scrappy version


Aren’t they both gorgeous?! If you’re interested in making one of your own, you can find the instructions on my website at the link above.

Changing plans

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I didn’t intend to quilt this top today but unexpectedly I’ve got to head to VA first thing Monday morning and I’m spending tomorrow afternoon with all the kids so I had to get this one quilted and everything packed up. My goal was to quilt 8 tops in the 2 weeks I was going to be here and I did get 4 done so those will go back to FL with me for binding. The other 4 will have to wait until the next trip as well as all the others I brought from FL and the ones already here.

You can’t see the quilting but I did some quick Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD on this RWB HeartStrings top of mine.


Chris and Becky were a big help as usual and helped me go through the boxes of stuff from the kitchen. Note to self, don’t ever let the contractor empty out the kitchen. NOT EVER! Thanks to the kids, the next time I visit and have to get everything washed and back in the appropriate cabinets it will be a much easier job.