Monthly Archives: September 2017

It was a full day

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I intended to sew today but one thing led to another and I didn’t even turn the machine on. One disadvantage of being gone so much is that I let things pile up … my office area desperately needs attention although that didn’t happen today. 

However I did make progress in other areas. 

There was sorting and organizing of fabric

Sorting and packing of scarves to be donated

Ends were woven in on the washcloths being donated with the scarves

A Strippie and a doll quilt were pin basted and are ready for quilting

A couple crocheted afghans were set aside for donation with the next batch of baby quilts. 

Spool blocks

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I’ve finished the spool blocks but since the schoolhouses are still on the design wall, I’ll have to wait to arrange and sew them together. While I really want to start another quilt – I’ll get back to work on the schoolhouse sashing and get a couple tops pin-basted and ready for quilting. 

I’ve got brief instructions on the spools on my website if you’re interested and here’s another quilt for inspiration – when Bev in Maine found out I was making these blocks, she brought a quilt of hers to show me while I was there for the sew-in. It’s gorgeous in the batiks with the black background. 

Simple quilts

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Funny how simple quilts are the ones that catch my eye. I saw this one on eBay last night and thought it might look good in RWB. 

Quilt size = 56×76

  • Alternate 4 inch finished squares with 4 inch finished half square triangles (both should be 4.5 inches with seam allowances)
  • Set blocks 11 across and 16 rows down
  • Inner border cut 2.5 inches
  • Outer border cut 4.5 inches 

I’d use lots of different reds, whites, and blues. 

If you wanted a borderless quilt like the inspiration one, you could just add 3 rows of blocks to the width and length setting them 14 rows across and 19 rows down to get a quilt the same size. 

And while I was drafting this quilt – my car was being towed away. The battery was completely dead yesterday when I went out to go to my massage appointment. They were able to jump it but Keith wanted it towed to the dealership so they could check it out and replace the battery if needed. 

Football and protests

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I know some of you hate when I share my beliefs here but feel free to just hit delete. 

I’m personally fine with peaceful protest and I’m pleased to see the unity in the NFL. This statement by the Viking’s owners sums it up for me and one of the things I like best about the NFL is their involvement in their communities. I also like that the Vikings won again this week – two wins, one loss and I hope to actually watch a game next week rather than just follow the scores!

“Professional sports offer a platform unlike any other, a platform that can bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to impact positive change in our society. As owners, it is our job to foster an environment that recognizes and appreciates diversity of thought and encourages using this platform in a constructive manner. Rather than make divisive statements, we believe in promoting thoughtful, inspiring conversation that unifies our communities. We are proud of our players, coaches and staff for the important role they play in our community, and we fully support their constitutional right to respectfully and peacefully express their beliefs.”
                              – Zygi and Mark Wilf and the entire Wilf family

He’s insane!

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This was just Finn’s second time being boarded and while they said he did great – played, ate, no problems at all – he was insane when we got home. He ran around like crazy and had to be right up in my lap if he was sitting. Obviously he was happy to be home but it limited what I could get done today. 

I did get some spool blocks made – so happy to spend a little time in the sewing room! And I got a fair amount of knitting time once Finn settled down. 

If I can manage a couple more hours in the sewing room in the next day or two, I should be done with with all these blocks. I also got through a couple weeks of mail although you wouldn’t know it looking at my desk and the surrounding area. I need to find some time to shred and file!


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Have you ever read a blog entry from another quilter and had a duh moment? I don’t know why it never occurred to me to unroll the batting along the rollers of my longarm rather than crawl on the floor in tight spaces to cut it to size.  I get behind easily so frequently don’t open up blog entries that require me to go to a website to read the entire entry but I’m glad I saw this tip from Bonnie

We’re on our way home and I had one last lobster roll before leaving Maine! Now I have to wait until next year for my next one. 

A long walk and a sunset sail

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Doesn’t it sound like a perfect day?!

We walked along the water and then through the center of town. Stopping now and then to enjoy the views. 

Keith likes to find a bench and watch the world go by. 

We walked by an old cemetery

And stopped to document some of the headstones. I love the Billion Graves app. It marks the graves with GPS coordinates and uploads directly from the app. Either I can transcribe the graves or other volunteers will. There were a lot of graves from the 1800’s and many that were too worn to even read. 

We also went on a sunset cruise on a 100 year old sailboat. Years ago we’d gone on one with Keith’s parents. 

We’ve agreed that we’ll try to spend the month of October here next year. We’ve done that a couple times and it’s been wonderful. We both love Maine!

I respect this response

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Politically I’m an Independent not a Democrat or Republican but you can bet I haven’t found much to respect on the Republican side of the aisle recently. I have to say, I admire and respect John McCain’s response to the new healthcare proposal.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said in a statement. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

Walking, eating, shopping

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I’m not much of a shopper but we do visit LL Bean when we are here. Keith found a few things and we found a ‘home dec’ representation of Casco Bay to hang in the library – it’s not a photo or a map but we liked it. 

Don’t worry, that lobster roll wasn’t that small – I took a couple (big) bites before I thought to photograph it. 

I also wanted to share another one of Ann’s quilts – I liked her zigzag strings but liked the black and brights better than the pastel fabrics so aren’t I lucky she had extra blocks and made one of those too – this is definitely going in my inspiration file. 

A weekend away

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I had one last day with my HeartStrings group and then left around 5pm to pick Keith up at the airport. He’s joining me here in Maine for the weekend. We checked into the hotel and then went straight to dinner at DiMillo’s – a local seafood place that we first visited 20+ years ago with his Dad on our first trip to Portland. We make sure we eat dinner there at the bar every time we’re in town. I had a lobster roll of course but also had some maple bacon wrapped scallops that were wonderful!

Another busy day

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More tying, more laughter, more quilts finished and ready for donation. 

I loved tying this top Rebecca made for our Rainbow Strings project. Normally I use a single thread color but I matched up my colors to the colors in her quilt. 

Rebecca is always my binding buddy … once the tops are tied someone need to sew the binding and since I don’t have a machine with me, I depend on others. ( Jackie has also helped out with binding – nice for me and Rebecca!)