Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ready, set, GO

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I’m all set up and ready to quilt this morning. First up is the 16 patch.  

Then I pulled backs pulled for two of my HeartStrings quilts. Backs for all three quilts are from those pieced and sent to me by Tish. I’ve said many times how much I appreciate her generosity but it’s   worth repeating. I’m thankful each time I pull a nicely pressed and squared backing – ready to load on the longarm. 

We’ve had problems with our internet the last two times I was here which really ticks me off since we pay monthly for something I use only 3-4 times a year and I expect it to work. Last night it was down and I called for service. The tech was here this morning and it appears to be working well. He replaced some lines/parts so I’m hoping we won’t have any more problems. 

I have a finish!

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This was one of the 3 Tumbler tops I brought home from the Maine HeartStrings sew-in to finish. 

We’re packing for GA today, I pulled these 3 afghans and 2 quilts for donation   . Chris will take all 5 to an organization that works with abused kids. It will be nice to get them off the shelf and into the hands of the kids. 


Tying a quilt

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I think I tend to surprise my blog visitors when I talk about how much I enjoy tying quilts. It’s such a peaceful activity and I feel very connected to quilting history when I tie one. With just a couple days before we head to Big Canoe, I wanted to start something I could finish before we leave so I pulled out and layered one of the Tumbler quilts from Maine.  

I’m partially done so I should be able to finish it up tonight and I might even get it bound tomorrow but we’ll see how it goes. We’re remodeling both our bathrooms starting April 1st and we have to hit the store tomorrow to choose the tub and fixtures and I need to pack for Big Canoe AND get my steps in too. 

Destination walking

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While I love taking a walk along the bay, when I have a lot of steps to get in, I prefer destination walking. Today I needed to pick up a prescription and our drugstore is a little more than two miles from the house so it seemed like a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

I’m a little weird – I’m not motivated in the beginning of the day by seeing how many steps I have to do so I keep my Vivifit2 set on the number of steps I’ve already done at first … Don’t pay attention to wrinkly wrist and hand – I obviously need to mosturize more!!

Later in the day when I’m already past the halfway mark, I switch the screen over to how many steps I have left to do.  My walk to the drugstore and back knocked out all my steps for the day and since we walked to dinner and back I got an extra 4K in today, yep – past the 14K mark – that’s a good day for me. 

I’m so lucky to have a beautiful location to walk. Tampa has such interesting old trees – I really need to find out what kind they are. 



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Back in July I’d posted about the glass VickiW is making and shared photos of the pieces I’d bought. She’d been posting them on her blog when she had some for sale but now she has a shop set up for them. Check it out!

I love the small plates and the slumped bottles and have two of each. Here are two of my pieces – I’d say they were my favorites but I love all 4 of the ones I’ve bought. 


Mom’s assistant

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I did more work for Mom this evening – well technically I guess it’s not for her since the quilt is for my sister but I’m cutting it out, Mom will piece it , and I’ll quilt it. Not to tempt you but I love the colors in this quilt and the kit is on sale at Craftsy.  

The fat quarters are all cut and neatly separated for her – I’ll cut the black background tomorrow.  


Taking stock

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I packed up the tops going to GA today – it was a good opportunity to take a look at what’s waiting for quilting.

These 3 tops of Mom’s will join the 3 I already have there waiting and I hope to get 2 of hers quilted next week while I’m there.  I don’t plan to set up the sewing machine because it’s a quick visit so I pieced two backs for her quilts this afternoon. 

These smaller tops of mine are staying here – I’m not sure they’ll all be quilted here but for now that’s the plan.  In total, including a few not shown I have:

  • 3 tumbler quilts from the last Maine HeartStrings sew-in that need to be finished (before September)
  • 3 doll quilts
  • 9 child size quilts – two are already basted and a third is in the process of being hand quilted. 

These are larger tops pieced since my last visit to Big Canoe in October these plus a tumbler I had originally planned to hand quilt are all going with me to wait for quilting on the longarm. 

That’s 6 plus 15 other finished tops already there in GA.

So to summarize – there are 42 tops waiting for quilting.

  • 6 tops of Mom’s to quilt in GA
  • 3 HeartStrings tumbler tops to quilt or tie in FL
  • 3 doll size tops to quilt in FL
  • 9 child size tops for quilting in FL
  • 21 of my tops tops to quilt on the longarm in GA

We won’t even talk about UFO’s kitted up waiting for piecing, the discounted kits bought, or the quilts on my ‘to make’ list…. At least not yet but I will soon be making a list of goals for March and April. I’ve got two whole months coming up where I will spent a part of most days in my sewing room – I can’t remember the last time that happened. 


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This was one of those days that got away from me – lots of paperwork and sorting, laundry, and before I knew it, the light was fading and I hadn’t gotten my steps in so I headed out for a 3 mile walk along the bay. The bay is east so the sun sets across the street from it. I love how it looks through the trees.  

I finally got into the sewing room at 9pm and was able to finish assembling the Plus 1 top. It took less than half of my package of 2.5 inch strips to make the pluses so I’ll pull 5 strips from the leftovers and use them to bind the quilt. Excuse the poor lighting – that’s what happens when you work late at night.  

My reward for getting all my steps in and finishing this top, porch time with a glass of wine! I love that I live in a safe neighborhood where I can sit out even late at night. Of course, the lovely FL weather is nice too. Just cool enough that I can sit under my quilt. 


Home alone!

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The kids left early this morning and Keith about lunchtime which gave me the rest of the day here home alone. Can you tell I’m thrilled?! I loved seeing the kids and we had a fun weekend and Keith is now enthusiastic about participating in races with Chris and me. (That sounds like I’ve done more than 2 but we do have others planned).  Since I don’t have a quilty photo to share, I’ll share one more of us before the race.  

And here’s another couple photos from the weekend. Chris snapped this one on our way to dinner Saturday. I love it when Rae chooses to hold Gram AND Pop’s hands.  

Watching Paw Patrol seems to be a Rae and Pop thing and he even tapes the shows to watch with her.  

After puttering around the house, washing sheets, putting my sewing room back together, I finished piecing all my Plus blocks and I’ve even started sewing the rows together. I’ll work some more on it later but first, I need to get more steps in – this day has flown by!


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Our visitors arrived Friday night and today we went to the convention center to pick up our race packets. This one is just an 8k which is good because I haven’t had any training time although I am keeping up with my steps on the vivofit2 every day. Chris will run the race and Keith and I are walking it – just 5 miles but it’s fun to do it with Chris and he’s already looking for another 1/2 marathon for us to do. I guess I’d better step up the training!

The race is part of Gasparilla so there’s a bit of a pirate theme to it.  

Our very own Johnson and Johnson

 Keith pointing out our names on the wall 


And someone copying him with the pointing