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Taking the long way home

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I left Mom’s early enough for a leisurely drive to the airport, including time to stop and enjoy the view along the way. I can’t seem to capture the beauty of this area – the Shenandoah Valley – with my phone but everywhere I turn there’s another beautiful view of the mountains. 

I stopped for gas, returned the rental car and was prepared to get something to eat, read, and then sit back and knit while I waited for my flight. Instead, I find myself in a cab heading for Dulles airport. My flight was oversold and they offered me first class, a voucher for future travel, and if all goes well, I’ll even get home an hour and a half earlier. 

Before leaving

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I did manage to help Mom pull some more fabric for a couple projects before leaving for the airport. She enjoys machine applique and makes a lot of lovely wallhangings. First we pulled fabric for an autumn project and then started looking for this winter one. 

Do you enjoy applique?

In the sewing room

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Maureen is working on her Churn Dash blocks and I’m helping Mom get borders on one of her large bed quilts. There’s not much room so I’m going to take the second one home to do. 

We also pulled fabric for three projects she’s going to work on and everything is all together and ready for her to start – project #1 is a wallhanging for my sister. 


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I’m still traveling … not sure why I haven’t taken more photos to share as we go from state to state but Mom and I arrived Back in VA today – we even took a nap – it’s been a busy trip and now we have a couple working days before I head home. 


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I’m so impressed with those of you who knew that the photo from yesterday was Weaver’s Dry Goods. Everyone came out with a little something but no one went crazy. 

We had a leisurely morning, wandered around Kitchen Kettle Village doing some shopping, and then drove to my Aunt’s where we’ll spend a couple days. That’s Mom in red – everyone thought it was pretty cold this morning except the Floridian!


I spied a photo of my Dad with one of his brothers and his sisters that I don’t remember seeing before. Dad is the one on the bottom right. 

Keith’s been at home with Finn and sends me daily reports with photos – since I missed National Puppy Day yesterday, I’ll share this photo of Finn today. 

12 weeks

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Finn’s 12 weeks old today! He saw the Vet this morning and is doing great – gaining weight – he’s 5 lbs now. He also got some vaccination boosters which he wasn’t thrilled with but after a belly rub from the Vet he forgave him. 

Chesty never had a problem with the eye staining but right now it’s a fight to get close to Finn’s eyes to clean them. I’m hoping he will get used to me gently washing them daily and that we won’t have an ongoing problem with it. 

# 5 and 6 are bound

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It feels SO good to work my way through my list! The 5th quilt on my list to be bound was my red centered HeartStrings quilt. 

#6 was my Amish inspired Churn Dash. I made these blocks with my Accuquilt GO using the 4 inch finished half square triangle and the rectangle from the 8 inch Qube set. As I said before I actually prefer the dies that come individually because there are more shapes per die which means the cutting is quicker but I do use the Qube. 

And I’m done with all my binding just in time to travel tomorrow! These 6 quilts will be donated – after I get back home and get them all laundered. I have a bunch of others waiting for donation too and I’m running out of space to store them so I guess I need to get them organized and out of here.