Monthly Archives: February 2016

How about a vintage Plus?

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I think I might play with drafting this one or something similar too. I love vintage quilts! 

While I should have been getting ready for my company, I worked on some more plus blocks. I haven’t decided for sure but I’m thinking I’d like to Big Stitch hand quilt this one so I’ll keep it about 42 x 60 which means I’m already half done. I tossed them up on the design just to see how it was coming along and I’ll play with the arrangement of blocks more after I’ve made all of them. 


Just a few blocks

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I’ve got company coming tomorrow for the weekend which means my sewing room will be a guest room but I couldn’t resist going in there tonight and making a few plus blocks. 

I have a 2.5 inch blue and green strip pack I bought from Craftsy (on sale of course) and decided to pair that with a gray – I have a thing against really light backgrounds especially for babies or children’s and donation quilts and I really would love for gray backgrounds to be one of the answers to that issue but the jury is still out on how much I’m going to like using them. For now, I’ve been collecting them and have started trying them out. So here are my fabrics for Plus 1. I’m going to use a single gray for the background. 

The blocks are super easy to make – cut 2.5 inch squares and 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles from 2.5 inch strips. Lay them out, sew the sides first then sew them to the center strip.  

Since these aren’t tessellating Pluses they’re really easy to make. Here are a few blocks with the ‘spacer’ gray rectangles.  


It was a long night and day

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We made it home – I didn’t sleep on the plane(s) so I climbed right in bed and slept the afternoon away. Luckily, I can entertain myself on long flights.  

Our connection coming back was through Minneapolis – I’m kind of glad home is Tampa these days.  It was -2 there when we landed and here in Tampa, low 70’s. 

We had about an hour to kill yesterday afternoon after we checked out before our ride to the airport so we sat on the veranda and watched the dolphins.  

I had mixed feelings about the hotel having the dolphins on site there.  It was really neat to be able to stop and watch them every time we walked out to the beach but it seems sad that they’re not free. I don’t know the circumstances so don’t know if they were rescues or if there’s some reason they couldn’t be set free so I won’t judge but Keith would have loved to have had Rae or Caleb there and gone into the water and seen and touched them up close and personal. 


New yarn

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I knit a while today and will knit on the trip home tomorrow …I  have more than enough yarn but couldn’t resist two new ones in cotton – my excuse is I need more cotton scarves for Tampa but in reality, I just like knitting with these color changing cotton yarns. It’s a little bit more challenging knitting the unplied strands but the results are always very nice!


Plus 1

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As my mother-in-law would have said, Plus Quilts are all the rage and I’m not immune to their attraction! As my final day of vacation goes by and I sit under the palms, my thoughts turn toward home and my sewing room.  

A quick google image search of Plus Quilts will bring up lots of inspiration  as shown in the screen shot below – different layouts, different color schemes and click the link to see one of my favorites from the Moda Bake Shop.

I love the tessellating versions but when I get back to my sewing room after time away, I just want to put my music on and sew something simple! Tessellating quilts take more planning and thought and I do eventually plan to get around to making one but first, I’m going to start this one, I didn’t even draft the entire quilt, just enough to get me started. It’s also Jelly Roll friendly so I’ll have a few decisions to make when I get home – use a jelly roll or not, a single background or scrappy ….

What quilt are you busy planning?


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Keith’s always willing to walk a little extra to help me get my steps in so this evening around sunset we walked to a local park and found out we could actually walk back to the hotel along the beach. We didn’t realize there was an uninterrupted stretch of beach between the two.  

That’s our hotel in the background.  

We’re being really lazy about getting out and exploring now that the business part of the trip is over but I think we’re just both glad to have some down time here at the hotel. Keith’s doing lots of exercising and I’m doing lots of reading. 

Walking 4 Fun

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If you’re like me and are tracking your daily steps, you might enjoy this website that Ruth recommended – you log your daily steps in and get to view a trail of your choosing. I’ll never actually hike the Appalachian Trail but I’ve been fascinated with it for a long time and our hikes at Amacalola Falls are actually part of the AT approach trail and I have hiked those many times!

These are photos from the summer of 2013

The entire walk, the trail plus the approach is 2210 miles and I added in my steps for yesterday just to get it set up and see how the site works. Let the virtual hiking begin 🙂

Feeling relaxed

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Last night was the last business event of the trip – a luau. It was a bit tourist-y but entertaining and the setting was gorgeous. 

Today was all about relaxing – sitting outside under the trees on the lawn, by the water with a break in the middle of the day for a massage.  

We had an issue with one of the bathroom sinks and had called and asked them to check it … I thought it was neat to come back to the room to find a note that they’d fixed it and a chocolate wrench sitting beside it.  What a cute idea. 


We arrived

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We just had time to check into the hotel, shower, and snap a couple photos before the business dinner. What a long day but I’m very happy to be here on Oahu. We received beautiful lei’s on arrival – Keith’s standing on the balcony of our room – we have a view of the ocean and I plan on spending plenty of time soaking it in. 

And judging by tonight, we’ll have gorgeous sunset views – that’s Diamond Head that the sun is setting behind.  

I received a 2nd beautiful lei at dinner tonight. I love flowers.  


A lost day

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I’m not sure what happened between biking yesterday and tonight but I did not get into the sewing room as planned but I did take a little time for knitting and will knit a while before heading to bed tonight once I post this. We’re up tomorrow at 4:30am and will be traveling all day – I don’t expect to sleep at all but at least I’m packed and ready to go. 

We did watch the Super Bowl last night and we’re glad Denver won. It was cool here so we even lit a small fire! I sat back in my chair with my big red shawl that stays downstairs for those times I’m watching some TV and want to knit. I don’t work on it often but it’s pretty mindless and I’m slowly making progress. 

Just travel and knitting posts for the next week or so but there will be lots of piecing and quilting coming up when we get back. 


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For the first time in almost two years we got out on the bikes – wow, where does the time go? When we first moved back to FL we knew we wouldn’t have anywhere to keep or even ride the bikes so they went with the moving truck to GA and Chris kept them for us in his basement. When they came for Christmas, he brought them back to us and Keith took them into a local bike shop for a tune up. Somewhere along the line our helmets got misplaced so we bought new ones yesterday and today … We finally went out for a ride – 8.35 miles. 

First to lunch at a local pub.  Love this sign! My dad had very, very pale skin and so does my brother. We joked when I moved to MN that I was more pasty than Kevin and trust me, that was very pasty!

After, we rode downtown and along Tampa’s river walk, pulled out the quilt and sat a little while and then  rode back home.  As you can see from the map, it’s a gorgeous area to ride in but Tampa is not as bike friendly as Minnepolis.