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My Rainbow blocks are done so I pulled three possible sashing fabrics … Black, Purple, and Gray. Does any one stand out to you as the best choice?!! The black actually has some tone on tone dots that aren’t visible in the photos so it’s not quite as dark as it appears. I just realized that my turquoise blocks aren’t in the photo either … Not sure how I managed to exclude them! 


I know better than trying to walk in the middle of the day when it gets really hot here but I did it anyway. We did 6.2 miles Saturday in the heat but we stopped for a beverage halfway …

And we were lucky that a storm was brewing that brought the temps down a bit by the time we walked home. The sun stayed behind the clouds too – that was helpful. Tomorrow we’ll walk later in the day. 

I love string blocks

So easy to pick up and sew a few at a time. A few here, a few there, and a pile starts to build up. I need 35 blocks so looking at my bins of separated strings I decided I’d go with 5 each of turquoise, purple, green, blue, and pink, 3 orange, 4 red and 3 yellow. That equals 35 blocks and I’ll be done before I leave for Big Canoe and Jackie has already confirmed that she’s still willing to sash these at the September Maine sew-in. I have mentioned I hate sashing haven’t I?!  I think I’ll need to treat Jackie to a lobster roll when we’re in Maine. She’s as fond of them as I am. 

We had an HVAC guy scheduled to come tomorrow to put an A/C vent in the closet I’m going to use for fabric and to install two thermostats that can be programmed remotely — and he flaked out on us. We had several other scheduling challenges with him and so we’ve told him we’ll no longer be needing his services. That means the work won’t get done before we leave and I have to decide if we do the shuffling of fabric and furniture this weekend or just wait until we get back in August. I’m tempted to put it off and wait. 

Rainbow HeartStrings

I’ve made 3 quilts during our Rainbow strings project and since I just have a few working days before we head to Big Canoe, I’m going to make my last set of blocks. Jackie told me last year that she’d sash them … Hopefully she remembers telling me that because I’m going to bring the blocks and the sashing fabric with me to Maine and once she sashes and assembles the top, I’ll tie it and then, I’ll count on my binding buddy Rebecca to get the binding on and it can be donated in Maine. 

I worked up a quick drawing – the solid blocks will be string blocks but I didn’t take the time to draw each string. The 9 inch finished blocks will be set 5×7, the sashing will be cut 2.5 inches which will make a quilt that is 53 x 75. 

I’ve got all my foundations cut and am ready to start piecing blocks. 


The Babylock Jane came with a nice extension table but I prefer my machine sitting flat with my sewing cabinet. 

So, I’m very excited that the insert arrived yesterday!

Now if I can just get the a/c duct added to the closet I’m going to store my fabric in, move all that fabric from the bins, and get the daybed and trundle out of my sewing room I’ll be happy. Settling in is an ongoing process!


Not a single stitch sewn today but I did knit a little.

While we’re not going to start the actual kitchen remodel until October, we’re trying to finalize the layout before we leave for Big Canoe so the cabinets can be built. I spent a great deal of time today trying to rework the kitchen because we can’t find a fridge that fits in the current space. This is the old design and we’re looking at moving the fridge to where the pantry is (#24) and moving the pantry to where the fridge is in this drawing. You can’t really see it in the drawing but there’s a doorway between the two sections that dictates how big the fridge can be.

I’m still fight this crud although I’m anti-antibiotics as I told the Doctor yesterday during a routine appt. She made me promise I’d call if not well in another two weeks or if I start to get worse again. I’m ramping up my walking again but it’s hard with the heat and not feeling up to par. My goal is 11,500 steps per day which requires that I get a walk in that is about 4-5 miles as I don’t get many steps around the house. Earlier this week I did 3.5 miles as I started back on the daily walks and as a result didn’t hit goal. Overall, I’m not unhappy with the week’s results but that’s making an allowance for being sick.

We’re getting ready for Big Canoe so that means some shopping. It’s a fairly remote area with Walmart about 20 minutes away and Marietta, an Atlanta suburb about an hour’s drive. We needed a new vacuum, a set of sheets, a pitcher for sangria, some batting and thread, etc … It’s all in piles waiting to be packed in the car.

Rae attended her first ballet class today. She’s very excited and demonstrated some dancing for us but Keith thinks she might be more suited to gymnastics. She’s got a lot of energy and is not really a dainty kind of girl – just like her Gram! We can’t wait to see all the kids and are looking forward to being in GA a month and having multiple opportunities to spend time with them.

Macy’s is due to pick up the boxspring and deliver the lower profile ones on Thursday. It should drop the height of the bed 4 inches. I’m really looking forward to having this whole process done.

PS – I’m making progress assembling the hourglass top but at this rate I’ll drag it out all week!!

Are you competitive

I think some people think competition is a bad thing but it helps motivate me. On the site, I like to work my way up to the top of the lists – they’ll create a list of walkers both in front of you and behind and you can watch your progress in relationship to those “neighbors”. Every time I work my way to a top of the list, I add more neighbors … Right now, I’m smack in the middle of the new list I created yesterday but I plan to move up!!

That’s me at #15, MaryJ just in case you’re walking the same trail. My stats since I began in February are below – overall I average 5.2 miles a day but that’s a little lower right now because I’ve been sick for 2 weeks. I did manage to get out 4 days last week and walked 3.5 – 4 miles but I’m hoping to be done with this crud and back to my normal mileage soon. 

667.5 miles

1,519,996 steps

Poor Keith

We don’t live near the boys so Father’s Day is pretty uneventful. He did some work for me today – replacing the wire shelving in one of our closets that I’m going to use for fabric storage. 

Working hard…

All done – it’s a good size closet so I’ll have some room for bins too. 

Happy Father’s Day

It’s hard to believe but my Dad’s been gone half my life. Love and miss him still. 

I’m so bad

Mom and I agree to make the same quilt … She makes hers and I’m off in a completely different direction. The latest was an ABC quilt and her top is done. 

EDIT : I just looked at this photo again and it’s not her top that’s done – the quilt is done – pieced, quilted, and bound!

I’ve also got squares cut for a flying geese quilt from over a year ago … Her quilt was pieced, quilted, and given away already. Mine, not even started. 

Of course, we also talked about a scrappy bargello quilt – my top is done and I don’t know if she’s going to do one or not now and my PLUS 2 top is done and she’s just now piecing hers but I’m usually the one who flakes out.