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Rest day!

I slept late and didn’t sew or hike! We drove into Marietta this afternoon and ran a few errands before meeting Chris, Becky, Rae, and Keith’s niece Samanatha for dinner at the Melting Pot. It was dark but we did get a photo of the kids.


I also stopped in at Joann’s. Remember the log cabin top I quilted the other day? It’s the only one I’ve cut out with my GO log cabin die … I’ve been wanting to make another but was worried about all the little pieces and getting them back to FL in a way that would make it easy to keep them organized and neat. I found two of these bins that should work. I can put all the strips in according to size and once the top is closed, they won’t be going anywhere.  This is my ”pattern” that I’ll use and I think this one will be completely scrappy. I just hope I have enough time to cut it out before we leave. 

This is what the blocks looks like cut …. 


The pieces will stay nice and neat in these bins. 


I also started hat #3. It’s a free pattern and they have lots of others too. Knots of Love hat patterns. 

Batting

One of my goals while here was to piece some leftovers into useable battings. Using the zigzag stitch on my machine, I pieced 4 battings for the smaller size tops I quilt in FL and they’re packed up and ready to go back home with me next week. 


There are still leftovers in the closet but it’s a more manageable stack. 

More yarn?!

I have enough of the Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton yarn right? I shared a photo of my stash about a month ago while I was organizing it. I’ve just finished my Madison Scarf – it’s not blocked yet … and I don’t have a finished photo of it but here it is in progress. 

So since my stash is well established I don’t need more right? But I just had to take a look at this month’s preorder and I’ve sent a note to Elisabeth asking if these two are still available. I can’t seem to resist!  In both cases I’ve asked for the second skein (they both have the same colors but they’re just wound differently)  because she has end colors still available.  I rarely use the end colors but I’m not one to want to play yarn chicken! I’d rather have the extra small skein and not use it rather than run out of yarn. Wish me luck! 

The love of my life

He raised and loved my boys …


…and is an amazing Pop. Seriously! All the little ones love their Pop!!


And he proved again this week that he’ll do whatever it takes to be there for the ones we love. 

Sleepover!

Pizza party and sleepover! We’re spending the night with Rae and giving the kids a night away. 

Quilted

The 3rd bed runner for my aunt is quilted – #10 of 15 to be quilted in July. Freehand swirls and thankfully I just have one more of these left to do!


I took this photo earlier today but I’m already about half way done with the crown decreases. I’ll finish it up tomorrow and cast on another hat (a different pattern). The pattern’s called Huricane Hat (free on Ravelry)  and it’s an easy knit. 

Family time

We had Chris, Becky, and Rae here but I missed the hiking today … I had an annual homeowners meeting and I needed to wind some yarn – I have hats to make before I get back to FL so I’ve been searching Ravelry for patterns and we’re going into Jasper so see if I can find some needles. I really do need to replace this swift!!!


The hikers


I even cooked dinner tonight for all of us and they all went back for seconds!

I’m taking a break 

Absolutely no sleep last night so I slept a few hours this morning and we’re going to head out for a walk before the kids get here for dinner. They’re staying tonight and tomorrow so I won’t get back to the sewing room until Sunday or Monday but it’s been a productive week so I’m OK with that. 

Current progress 

Quilted – 8 of 15 done

Trimmed – 6

Kitted projects – 5

Pieced backings – 9

Pieced batting – 

Borders added – 1

Call me crazy but with all the pulling of fabric for the two Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt, I had set aside another stripe. I’m tempted to see if I can find a group of 7 fabrics to go along with this one too – not that they’d all get done for a while but it’s kind of nice to have projects that I can just pull and start cutting and sewing. The background is navy not black although it may be hard to tell in the photo. 

HeartStrings

Several people have asked about the Sharon quilt – the planned version of our HeartStrings quilt so named for Sharon in Maine who inspired us. If you follow this link, you’ll find a post with the details of our challenge and how we make these. 

HeartStrings Sharon Quilt Challenge

If you decide to make one yourself, I’d love to see it so I can share it with my HeartStrings group. 

Decision made

I read all your responses to my question of which group of fabrics to use for my HeartStrings quilt and of course you’re right, I should do both. I searched out a few more options in the bins today and then packed up both sets. I found another purple to add to the bright set …


And some orange to add to the brown! I’m not sure yet which option below I like best so I packed it all up and will decide when the time comes to make the quilt. By the way, I know you see me work with a lot of bright fabrics but that’s because I make so many donation quilts – I really think that brown is my favorite color so I won’t find them boring to work with at all. 

HeartStrings

Stephanie from my HeartStrings group is making another Sharon quilt – that’s a planned HeartStrings quilt using 8 fabrics and putting them all in the same place in the block – so I thought I’d look to see if I could pull together a group of fabrics to make another one myself. 

I love how my previous two turned out. 

My first one


My second one – it’s quilted now but waiting for me to get back to FL for binding. 


I love to start with a stripe fabric for the center and pull my other fabrics based on that SO tonight while I’m waiting for Keith to get home, I searched the bins and came up with two possibilities. 

The first is weird … Not sure about the hot pink with orange. (I’ve got one extra fabric in each group that will be left out but I like to have a backup just in case something doesn’t work when I get started)


This is safer and would make a nice ‘guy’ quilt


So what would you go with? Safe or weird?

The creek

Is there anything more peaceful than walking in the woods along a creek? There are several trail options that take you to the lower falls but my favorite follows the creek. I had company on the trail today.

A new Cabinet

I’ve been very frustrated for the last couple years about the quilts piled in my guest room here at Big Canoe and not having enough storage space for them. Saturday, Keith and I were in Jasper and wandered into a furniture store on Main Street and I found the perfect solution. We’ve got two stories here – two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining/living room combination, and a kitchen upstairs – a sitting room, bedroom, and bathroom downstairs (the downstairs is my sewing area) – but the rooms are all small and after I brought most of our stuff here from Minnesota, there’s quite a bit of furniture so arranging things is a bit of a challenge. 

Chris took one dresser from the guest room on Sunday so that’s a little less crowded. 


Originally, I’d intended to replace it with this cabinet but both Keith and I decided we’d rather have it in the dining area so we moved a few things around to make a space for it. I didn’t even realize when we bought it that it matched the dining room table perfectly. I couldn’t resist folding up a few quilts and snapping a photo but I’ve got to get downstairs and finish the one on the machine.  

I love this table – I can open it up when the kids are here but otherwise it stays folded up out of the way giving us a little more room. 

💕 Family 💕

So much fun today with our family. Chris, Becky, and Adam, our three little ones – Caleb, Rae, and Bree, and Samantha, Keith’s niece who just completed dental school and is doing a residency in Atlanta. 

First pool and lake time 


Then back to our place for dinner and more family time. 

I feel so grateful that we can spend this month in GA and have lots of time with the kids. 

Walking here at Big Canoe

We’re lucky that we have several hiking/walking options here. My favorite is walking to the lower falls – I can walk right out the door and depending on which paths we take, it’s a 5-6 mile walk.


The track, another option, is relatively flat but lots of hills to and from – I like that we can walk to it without getting in the car but it’s a bit boring and most of it isn’t shaded so it can be HOT!  We usually do about 4.5 miles total – 3 of them around the track. 


Today we did option 3 – this one is Keith’s favorite but we have to drive about 10 minutes to get there so I usually only do it when we go together. The nice thing about this track is there are larger loops so it’s easier to do higher mileage walks without feeling like a gerbil on a track. The bad thing is that it’s VERY hilly. We did 7.3 miles on this trail today. Keith also likes that it’s wider and paved so he doesn’t have to duck under branches. 

Today’s progress

I just had a couple hours downstairs today but I managed to get borders on the RWB UFO and piece an off center 4 patch backing for it. I’ll take it home and quilt it in FL I think as it’s just lap size. I’ve even got the binding cut. 


Then I decided it was time to open the box from my aunt and see what I’m facing there – I told her I’d quilt 4 of these bed runners for her. They’re equivalent to a lap/sofa quilt size wise as they’re about 33 x 110 but they’ll take longer because my table is too short to load the 110 edge so there will a lot of stopping and rolling each one. I started looking at my thread to see what color thread I’d use for each one. 


Finally, I’m feeling a little stressed about the amount of fabric in my bins so I decided I’d cut another kit that I hadn’t planned. I’m going to make my 5 Stars quilt – I love big block quilts.  I’m using a light green for the background – it’s photographing even lighter than it really is. While I have all the greens pulled, if I have time I think I’ll cut a Carpenter Star using brown with these same greens.

UFO progress

For years now, my goal has been to manage my quilting so I don’t end up with a lot of unfinished projects. The key to what I consider my success is that I rarely have more than one or two piecing projects going at one time. It’s easy to get distracted so my goal is always to get my projects to the finished top stage before I set them aside and from that point, my second goal is to finish 12 UFO’s each year – approximately one a month. 

So how am I doing for 2016? I’m in good shape and should definitely hit my goal of finishing 12. 

6 UFO’s have been completed

3 of the tops quilted this week are UFO’s and will go back to FL for binding

At least 7 others on the UFO list are smaller ones that I can quilt in FL. I probably won’t get them all done but I’ll make some progress on them. 

In addition, I’ve started 15 new quilts this year and I’m hoping I don’t roll too many over into the UFO column for next year. 

5 are already finished,

1 will be finished in Maine in September

1 is slated to be quilted in the next week or two

4 are smaller tops that can be quilted in FL

Quilted

Two minutes into quilting, I realized I’d made a mistake – my thread and fabric matched so well I had a hard time seeing where I was going as I quilted my all over feathers. Luckily the feathers are meant to be funky – from the Pajama Quilter DVD. 

I alternated from lights off in the room to lights off on the machine. I also tried to pull a lamp in to get some side lighting but that didn’t work out so I just kept going the best I could. 


This is my Tumbler Race top – inspired by the Maine HeartStrings quilters who held tumbler races a couple years ago, I came home from that sew-in and made one of my own. 


In this corner you see one reason my string bins never thin out – I’m constantly replenishing them!


I’m having a bit of a lazy day today – I slept in late and just quilted this top (#4 of 15 for July) and no other work was done downstairs today. I did however finish knitting my Madison Scarf last night and pulled out the Yowza shawl for the last hour of the Tour de France. It will need a light blocking but I love how it turned out. 

It’s already 4:45 pm, Keith is at the grocery store getting provisions for the next few days – I’m not sure if we’ll get out for a walk today. It’s a little more challenging here because we’ve got more going on than at home but I’ve gotten 5 walks between 4.5 and 6 miles in this first week so I’m not doing too bad. 

More family time

We drove into Marietta this afternoon to meet up with Adam and the kids. After some lunch, time at Build a Bear, and playtime, we stopped at Barnes and Noble for a couple books and then met up at Chris, Becky, and Rae’s for dinner. Keith’s  niece who just finished dental school and now doing a residency in Atlanta joined us too. Unfortunately, I only got photos of the first part of the day. 


The rest of the week will be spent in the sewing room!

Love my GO


I pulled greens and blues today to kit up my Blue/Green LeMoyne Star. Love how easy it is to cut with my GO and I’ve got all the green and blue HST’s cut and pulled the fabric for my sashing. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough of a green in my stash that works for the sashing so I’ll use a blue. 

Walking
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