Monthly Archives: October 2017

No photos

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I’m having problems uploading photos to the blog again and have been too busy to take the time to call technical support so it will probably be at least a couple days but trust me I’m making progress. I sorted through a lot of bins and started setting up the sewing room. Both machines are set up and ready to sew, the ironing board and design wall are up and more bins were purchased.

Keith and I came out of a restaurant and he pointed to a store and said that it was a store just for me – called The Container Store and boy was he right – I dragged him over to look and two shopping carts later I had two types a bins, a small filing cabinet and a cork message board to hang above my desk! I’m definitely go back there when I have more time to browse.

EDIT: I’ve found a work around for loading photos for now so here are the ones from the container store. Keith was deliberately frowning for the camera – he didn’t mind stopping and shopping for my bins!

How is this possible

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How can I move all my stuff from a smaller room into a larger one and wonder where I’m going to put everything?! And it will just get worse when I move the GA stash and longarm here.

It actually looks worse than this because Keith brought all the stuff from downstairs. I move the last of the sewing stuff from the new “master” bedroom closet and built in. I have a feeling that some of this stuff is just going to be in a temporary spot and that I’ll have to do some adjusting.

EDIT: uploading some photos of the mess!

It all fits!

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An empty room looks smaller! I’ve been worrying about how our furniture would fit in the former sewing room and am happy to say it fits fine. Keith said that the room was larger than our master bedroom in MN and I think he must be right. We certainly didn’t have room for a chair in there!


All the carpet is done except for the stairs – hopefully it won’t take them too long to get another piece in and finish but at least I can get everything set back up.  That’s going to be a lot of work but I should be sewing by Monday!

You can see the new carpet is a little darker and has a shorter pile. It also has a much nicer pad underneath and I’m very pleased with it. 


Once I get set up in the quilt studio, I’m sure I’ll be anxious to get the longarm here but that won’t be until the 2nd week of January assuming I can get the movers scheduled.  I’m really excited about having everything back in one room again. That hasn’t happened since we left Marietta in 2006!

Carpet is going in

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Finn and I are hiding out in Keith’s office while the installers are working. I finally got him to relax – playing loud ocean sounds on Alexa helps drown out the noise upstairs. 


Do you see that quilt? It’s 11-12 years old and the one that I use most frequently the last few years. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with A/C. In Florida it’s obviously a necessity but I’m usually cold and have a quilt across my lap when I’m sitting. 

I’ve had several people comment negatively about flannel from Joann’s but I think it’s wrong to say that all their flannel is thin and cheap. I tend to buy mine there for backing quilts and this quilt is an example of a good quality flannel that has held up well for years. Shrinkage is one of the negatives I hear but I LIKE my quilts to shrink a bit – it’s why I use a mostly cotton batting too. I like that soft crinkled look and feel and I don’t think the shrinkage is excessive although I always expect some and plan for it. 

Still no carpet

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The installer showed up but there was a problem with the plan for placing the seams which took most of the day to resolve and resulted in the installation not starting today. The good news is that the some of the seams were able to be changed and the others I’ll live with and they’re supposed to start tomorrow. Let’s hope! There is a possibility that they will need additional carpet and if that’s the case, they’ll order more and do the stairs when it comes in (same dye lot!).

In between dealing with all of this … I started another simple scarf – I don’t want to have to read a pattern or keep my place just mindless knitting that I can pick up and put down as people will be in and out of the house the rest of the week.

Finn and I also practiced learning to stay on command. I’m researching  local dog trainers because I feel like we could use help in a few areas but he’s smart and listens when he wants to and when he’s not not distracted.

Ugh!!

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After all the work to get ready for the carpet installers they call this morning to delay starting until tomorrow. I am SO not happy especially since I was up early to finish stripping our bedroom of everything on the surfaces and the linens from our bed! I never did fall asleep last night because I was going over everything I need to get done in the next few weeks in my mind and I knew I had to get up early too … the two together are guaranteed to make for a sleepless night!

At least I did finish my red scarf. 

Pattern – Be Simple Variation – a free pattern on Ravelry

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin – fingering weight

Needles – US size 6


It’s a little hard to tell from the photo but the dark color in the scarf is a deep purple. 

This is the 4th time I’ve made this scarf – it uses one skein of my favorite variegated yarn and always looks great. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a knitting finish but I’m also making good progress on the striped blanket for the baby so I should have another finish by the end of the month. 

Now it’s time for a nap!

Today’s agenda

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No sewing but I’m am getting some knitting done. I’m also all ready for the carpet installers to come tomorrow! Can’t wait to have this behind me!

We had a quote today for new windows (ouch!!). The plan is for this home to be our retirement home and while Keith has plenty of working years left, we want to get all the remodeling/updating done before retirement. With Hurricane Irma passing through last month, we decided that we wanted to put hurricane windows in and sooner rather than later so we started the process today with the quote and are going to move forward with the actual install being mid January. 

Finn went to the vet today to be checked for issues that might be causing his “bedwetting” … that’s what we’re calling his accidents he’s having when sleeping. He’s is basically house trained except for these occasional episodes that are occurring when he’s sleeping. The vet ruled out an infection, kidney problems, and diabetes which is good. We’re going to try him on a medication for incontinence and see if it helps. If not, I’m not too worried about dealing with it as long as we know he doesn’t have a serious health issue. 

Have I told you all how much I love the internet and how easy it is to FaceTime the little ones (and my boys) and to see photos of them. It really helps since we don’t live in the same state! They’re all getting so big!


Finally, I had another email wanting me to calculate fabric for one of my instruction sheets. I get a little tired of telling people that I can’t (won’t) calculate their fabric requirements. In some cases, I provide EQ estimates but for the most part my quilts are scrappy and I just keep pulling fabric until I’ve made all the blocks I need. I understand that some people don’t want to calculate their own requirements or maybe they think it’s too hard but why they expect me to do it for them I don’t know. 

My response is to refer them to a site that shows them how to calculate it themselves or suggest that they purchase patterns that come with the fabric requirements as a part of their paid for pattern!

Calculating fabric for a quilt can be time consuming but there are lots of tutorials on how to do it out there – here’s just one example. 

Almost empty

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I trimmed the little doll quilt and cut the binding. 


Finished all the straight line quilting on the Strippie, the freemotion quilting will have to wait until the carpet is installed and the sewing room is set up again.


My sewing tables are closed up and moved into the master bedroom – we moved my knitting/binding chair into the sewing room since this will become our bedroom. I’m very worried about the size of the room and how the furniture is going to fit so the chair may need to come out if we need that space for Keith’s dresser. I’m wishing now that we’d bought more compact furniture!


The carpet doesn’t look too bad in this photo but trust me it definitely needs replacing. We had decided to have it cleaned and wait on replacing it when we moved in a couple years ago because Chesty was sick and having occasional accidents. Finn is basically house trained except he seems to have occasional accidents when he’s sleeping. We’re going to visit the Vet and talk about that on Monday because I’m concerned that there may be a medical reason for it. At any rate, I’m not worried about getting the new carpet now because I don’t allow him to roam/or sleep upstairs unless he’s in his pen or sitting in the chair with me.