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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. 

Learning iOS 11

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I can see how the multitasking features will be helpful. 

Split view

It’s been available for a while but I never found it very functional. Now, with drag and drop, I can see how it will make blogging much easier. I can slit my screen with my blogging app and my photos, view and choose the photo, edit it, and drag it over to my post. Very easy. 

EDIT: it looks like WordPress will need to update their app for the drag and drop to work as my photo didn’t actually upload to the site although it was visible in my post when I was editing. 

Find other interesting items in the update with a google search … I found an article that listed 91 features including a few I might actually use. 

share WiFi password

Edit/draw on screenshots – I save a lot of screenshots!

Disable in-app prompts for ratings and reviews

A new file manager app

You can scan QR codes with the camera app

You can type questions to Siri now

You can track flights in Safari

  •  type in the airline and flight number and Safari will give you some details about it right away. Tap on the details card to see more info about the flight, like its current route.


  • You can add Tables 
  • You can pin notes to the top
  • You can scan documents into Notes

More accounting

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I think I’ve asked before how many personal quilts you all have – probably like now when I’m getting ready for a move and have to make room for them all. 

As I cleaned out the final closet in preparation for the carpet install I count 11 quilts that are still here waiting to be donated – 3 of them are ones I’m ambivalent about actually giving away which is why they’ve set for a while. So after neatly refolding them all to carry downstairs, I decided to count how many quilts I currently own. 

Vintage quilts

  1.  Red and Green 25 patch from Lancaster
  2.  Tumblers from Stillwater MN
  3.  Tree of Life – ? Purchased
  4.  Log Cabin summer spread – from Little Quilts in Marietta 
  5.  My grandmother’s top hand quilted by Aunt Dot
  6.  Grandmother’s Flower Garden – mid Atlantic Quilt Festival

Personal quilts in FL

  1.  king size red and beige Double X – pieced by Mom, quilted by me
  2.  Queen size red and beige HST – made by Mom and me
  3.  Mom’s scrappy 9 patch with flower border – hand quilted
  4.  Mom’s blue and white star
  5.  Twin log cabin quilt – pieced by Mom
  6.  Twin log cabin quilt – pieced by Mom
  7.  Log cabin picnic quilt
  8.  HeartStrings White and Purple – (caretaker/lung cancer quilt)
  9.  HeartStrings Anniversary quilt
  10.  Pineapple
  11.  Pineapple Blossom
  12.  Autumn Log Cabin
  13.  Mom’s autumn Log Cabin with appliqué leaves
  14.  Carolina Lily pieced by Mom, quilted by Debbie
  15.  Pink and beige log cabin – purchased from Quilt pink made by Little Quilts
  16.  Small blue/green St Louis 16 Patch
  17.  Autumn Rail Fence

Personal Quilts in GA

  1.  Queen size Green Toile
  2.  Mom’s Pink and purple Pineapple,quilted by me
  3.  King size half square strings
  4.  Green double 4 patch – pieced by Mom, quilted by me
  5.  Green and Bright Flannel
  6.  Keith’s flannel
  7.  Small Grey circles and Pluses
  8.  Green vertical Strippie 
  9.  Christmas Jewel Box pieced by Mom, quilted by me
  10.  Red and white Irish chain pieced by Mom, quilted by me
  11.  Green Birds in the air pieced by Mom, quilted by me

Still to be quilted

  1.  My green baskets – pieced by Mom
  2.  My blue Schoolhouses –  blocks appliqued by Mom
  3. Scrappy Tumblers

That’s 37 quilts assuming I haven’t forgotten any of the ones in Big Canoe. Having gone through this process I decided NOT to keep any of the 11 finished ones waiting for donation. As it is I’m going to find it a challenge to use/display/store the ones I have now that half of them won’t be at Big Canoe. 

How many do you have?!!

Timing is everything

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I’m about 1 and 1/2 months into a no buying period (fabric and yarn) thanks to Stephanie from my HeartStrings group. She’d posted she was going to go the rest of the year without purchasing fabric and I thought it might be a good idea to join her since I seem to be buying faster than I’m knitting or quilting. 

I admit I was getting the urge to do some shopping before I started clearing things out for the carpet install. Do you remember when I moved from MN 3 years ago and the longarm and stash went to GA? I said I wasn’t going to recreate my stash here but that I would kit up projects to work on while I was in FL. That part I did …. these are some of the tops and quilts pieced from kits I cut from stash. 

I also brought a big bin of red/white/blue fabrics which were combined with some Jelly Rolls and became these tops and quilts.

I had two big bins of strings that became HeartStrings quilts (I haven’t noticed any difference in the number of strings) and also pulled fabric from stash for Sharon Quilts (planned HeartStrings)

I kitted up fabrics for my Quick Strippies – they make great donation quilts for kids or gifts and it’s nice to be able to grab a baggie and piece a quick top! Plenty of those got made up or quilted too. 

But I also started buying kits, Jelly Rolls, and fat quarter bundles just to have here so I could start a quilt when I felt like it and those started adding up. Out of curiosity, and before I started beating myself up too badly – I looked through my quilt photos to see how I have been using them. 

I buy kits more often for the fabric combinations than the patterns – these were all made from kits mostly found on clearance and just one of them – the bow tie – actually used the pattern that came with the kit. There are also several other kits I bought and gave Mom to make.

I thought Jelly Rolls were another good option since I didn’t have my stash here. I refuse to pay full price for them but Craftsy had lots of them on sale for half price and Connecting Threads sells 2.5 inch strips from their fabric collections too. Some of them have made it to the finished top or quilt stage. 

And of course, I just can’t resist a fat quarter bundle on sale or clearance and again, I thought they’d be great for here in FL when I wanted to start a quilt and didn’t have access to the stash. All of these were made from bundles of fat quarters. 

So while I have over purchased … at least I’m using what I buying … just at a slower pace which is why the 4 month’s of no buy makes sense especially right now as I get ready to combine the FL and GA stashes into one. 

And in case you’re wondering what numbers prompted this review … just here in FL I found

  • 18 Jelly Rolls
  • 13 Connecting Threads 2.5 inch strip rolls
  • 26 fat quarter bundles 
  • 32 kits
  • 5 Strippie kits plus 11 one yard pieces of novelty fabrics that need additional fabrics pulled from stash to complete the kits

Plus additional yardage both brought from the GA stash and purchased for borders, backgrounds, and backings. 

I don’t regret my purchases – after all, I won’t always have the same ability to buy what I want and I will be quilting for many years to come (hopefully but there’s still a lot of quilts to be made!


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Nothing much to show around here but in case you’re curious … Keith’s been gone so it’s just been me and Finn and there’s been football and knitting … the Vikings managed to squeak out a win Monday night but it wasn’t pretty. 

Unpacking and a mountain of laundry has been done. 

I’m trying to get back in my walking groove after all the travel from last month but it’s hard to get motivated so I’m trying to do some every day. I’m also trying to get back in the habit of knitting some each day now that Finn will allow it. Sometimes he’s still a little too curious about the yarn and project but I can usually convince him to lay down and take a nap beside me. 

Keith and I were able to finalize our plans for spending next October in Maine. We found a cute little cottage near Willard beach – the area we stayed in 6 years ago. We won’t have a view of the water from our rental like we did then but it’s just a few houses down so it will be close by and we’ll walk Finn on the beach like we did with Chesty.  

Tomorrow I have a massage scheduled and I need to tackle the fabric closet – it’s the last one to be cleared before the carpet is installed next week. Luckily I don’t have to clear the shelves but there are a bunch of bins and quilts that have to be moved.

How was your weekend?!

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We were busy yesterday carting bins and other stuff downstairs and now there’s just one more closet for me to deal with along with my sewing room but I’ve got all week to take care of it. 

We got a long walk in today –  while we had a very pleasant week, this weekend was HOT. Thank goodness for the pool, we swam both days. 

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

I am a procrastinator 

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I’ve told you all this before and I’d like to blame it on the fact that I’m traveling so much but the reality is that I’m a pack rat and a procrastinator. Apparently I require deadlines for tasks that I don’t want to do and as much as I might be griping about the time it’s taking to prep for the upstairs carpet install, I’m kind of glad I’ve been forced into to sorting, discarding, and organizing. 

Today’s task – and it did take all day – was to prep my office area. Everything has been filed or shredded and all the bins are ready for Keith to cart downstairs tomorrow. Impressive isn’t it?!

I also fixed dinner – yummy chicken nachos. The chicken is cooked in 15 minutes in the Instant Pot although prep and coming up to pressure took an additional 15 minutes. Keith adds salsa to his but I’m not allowed – I hadn’t eaten anything all day so I was hungry but my eyes were bigger than my stomach so luckily Keith was willing to eat my leftovers!

Harvest Moon

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It’s overcast tonight so it’s been difficult to capture a photo of the harvest moon but this was the best shot I took from my vantage point on the porch. Have I mentioned how happy I am that it’s porch season again?!

I wasn’t the only one happy to have Keith home – too bad he’s traveling again in a few days.  I’m going to keep him busy this weekend helping me empty closets for the carpet install. 

You’ve seen a bunch of photos of that schoolhouse quilt in progress so the next one you’ll see will be of a finished top – I got about half of it assembled today and while some of the sashing has a little fullness – I’m sure it will quilt out 😬.