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A change in plans

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I’m home! I was supposed to stay and quilt one more top, pack the car, take another hike, and meet Chris for dinner yesterday but the weather forecast for Saturday night into Sunday morning called for rain, snow, and a wintery mix so I made the decision to pack it in and head for FL rather than have to drive in that mess. It was a good plan because we had a beautiful sunny day for our drive and again, Finn did great – 10 hours in the car and no crying or barking. However, he was much less patient about being in the pen while I packed up in GA and then unpacked the car in FL. Lots of whining and some barking but since there was no one else to help, he had to deal with it. 

The plan for this week … my first priority?

Tax prep and getting it off to the accountant – ugh!!! It may not look like it from this photo but the tax stuff is fairly organized. I have to print some statements, answer some questions,  add up some deductions, and  make copies before stuffing it in the envelope and mailing it. I know I’ve mentioned it before but this really is my least favorite time of year!

Then as time allows – binding, walking, playing with Finn, and shipping the quilts to Mom and my Aunt. 


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My scrappy Bargello top – quilted with the pantograph Fern Gully. I love the texture this one gives a very scrappy quilt like this. 

I’ve organized the pile in the corner going home with me and there’s just one more to quilt tomorrow before I can pack up the car. I’ll hike a little later today and then Finn and I will have a quiet evening .


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This one is a UFO from 2014. My Coffee quilt was a grown up version of our HeartStrings Happy Blocks and it’s quilted with the Leap Frog pantograph. 

The pile going back with me is growing … 2 more working days and then Sunday I’ll clean and close everything up, pack the car, and hike before heading home on Monday. It’s been a productive trip. 

Quick and easy!

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#7 is done – my red centered HeartStrings top pieced earlier this year. I probably should have pulled another UFO but I decided I needed something quick and easy today and there’s nothing easier than some freehand dwirling on a HeartStrings top!

The back is one of Tish’s. In the past I’d always used her donated backs on tops from other HeartStrings members but I’m not quilting many donated tops these days and while I’ve shared her backs with other members, I still have some here that I use on my HeartStrings and other donation quilts. It makes it easy to just pull a coordinating back and get right to work and I appreciate that since I have limited time here with the longarm. 

How about another photo of Finn? He’s patiently waiting for me to throw his toy. 

So much for taking two days

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I’m tired but I’m done with my Aunt’s queen size quilt and both shams. I couldn’t get out for a walk because of the rain so I kept working. That gives me plenty of time for a long walk tomorrow when the weather is supposed to be sunny. 

I used the pantograph Happy Times. 

I’m counting this as 5 and 6 … quilt and shams. Goal was to do 8 but I think I can probably get 9 done while I’m here. I have to piece a couple backs so we’ll see. 

The rain has thrown Finn off his potty training … he does NOT like getting wet!!  Oh well, tomorrow is another day and I’m glad I’ve got a couple throw rugs to use in the pen … I clean up accidents with an enzyme cleaner but I’m also washing the rugs any day he has an accident. 


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My Aunt’s queen size log cabin quilt is loaded and the quilting is well on its way. This will be a two day job along with the pillow shams. 

Finn’s enjoying some cuddle time before we go back downstairs to work. Note the rope … he’s a little chewing machine – if I don’t provide something for him to chew, I become his chew toy. 

It’s rainy today and I don’t think I’m going to get out for a walk but I’m just hoping there’s no downpour when Finn needs a potty break. He’s not sure what to think of the wet weather at this point. 


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Spring comes early in Georgia but I guess not this early. It still looks like winter on the trails although there is some green around the waterfall. Love that I have such great options for walking/hiking whether I’m in GA or FL.  Today I got 4.45 miles in and while you don’t see any hills in the photos, I can definitely tell the difference between here and home. 


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My Pink 16 patch top is quilted. I tried another one of the new pantographs on it – Wave – and was planning on quilting my aunt’s queen size top with it but I don’t love it so I’ll probably use another one. I don’t hate it either, it’s just OK. At some point I’ll try it again on another top and see if I like it any better. This is 4 of 8 that I want to get quilted while I’m here at Big Canoe … so far so good. 

I’m going to grab some lunch, play with Finn a while and then get out for a hike. 

Mom’s quilt

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Mom’s Plus 2 top is quilted and my machine seems to be doing fine this morning. It was acting up a little late yesterday and I think putting a new switch in is what it needed. I also think that’s the last of the old switches – my machine is 11 years old now and in the last year or so I’ve had to change them one by one. 

Pantograph is Jilly by Keryn Emmerson. It’s one of my very favorites!

I haven’t quilted my Plus 2 top yet – somehow Mom’s always gets done before mine! This one is based on a vintage quilt I saw on eBay and instructions can be found on my website. 

It feels like Monday

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All day long I’ve felt like it was Monday … maybe because Keith isn’t here. 

I spent today in the sewing room – finishing the quilting on my HeartStrings quilt. The pantograph is Flirtatious- yes again! I try to group quilts that use the same thread and pattern when I can. It’s just a little quicker!

Mom’s Plus 2 top is loaded and started – I’ll finish it up tomorrow. 

Finn was a little fussy at first this morning – until he realized that he could sit watch me quilt. I know it’s a lot for him to get used to but he’s doing great.