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A sneak peak

The inspection and appraisals are scheduled for the beginning of next week and I’m answering emails, texts, phone calls, and sorting through the paperwork needed to buy a house so I thought I’d give you a quick peak. 

This porch might just be my favorite thing about the townhouse … Or maybe it’s that it’s just two blocks to the bay…. Or that it has lots of space inside …

Or maybe, in spite of having loved the snow and MN winters, I’ve enjoyed the warm sunny winter this year and the ability to loll around on the beach in April reading my book. 


What next?

A little pampering time taking place this week … A massage, manicure, and pedicure.  A little knitting but the majority of my time spent planning the next move. Yes, you heard me …. Another move. 

We’ve put an offer on a townhouse in Tampa and now I need to plan a move. (I’ve been looking at homes in the Tampa area for over a year!) Our lease is up here in June and we have a big, two week trip to Europe in June. No pressure!

I hope to knit a little, quilt a little, and piece a little but you may want to tune out for the next few months because my focus will be the move. 


Thank you

I’ll apologize in advance for not responding to each of you individually but please know that Keith and I appreciate all your notes of concern, support, and your prayers. 



We moved to Florida last year so Keith could be here for his mother. She passed away this weekend after a long illness, cared for and surrounded by her family. 


Taking a break

I’ll be back when I have some quilty content to share.


It’s been a while

I’ve always liked maverick/free form pieced quilts but it’s been a while since I’ve done one … I guess my string quilts are a variation since I’ve modified a number of different traditional blocks and used irregular size strips and strings but I was reading Mereth’s blog and she linked to a book Cultural Fusion Quilts. I bought the kindle version and have really enjoyed looking at the quilts … I can definitely see myself making a few of them too. 

I love the cover quilt and this half square triangle one really appeals to me too!


One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

 Sigmund Freud


Sewing Again

After spending the morning cuddling with Chesty and knitting, I finally manage to move into the sewing room and start sorting and searching for the supplies I needed for the 16 Patch quilt. I kid you not, it took me 15 minutes just to find where I’d put my thread. For some reason, I’d moved it from one bin to another and after 4 weeks, couldn’t remember where it was. 

Six blocks are made, two more are in progress for this fat quarter friendly quilt

I’m saving the leftover bits from the strip sets to make another doll quilt. Of course, I still need to quilt the first one and I brought some batting scraps back from GA so I can layer and hand quilt it. 


Couch potatoes

Got home tonight and doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the couch with Chesty … Was too tired to even knit.


Cutting and pinning

I spent the afternoon and part of the evening in Mom’s sewing room cutting three projects out and pin basting this sweet little strippie for her. I leave tomorrow for home but she’s got both quilting and crochet projects lined up so she has plenty to keep her busy. 

I’m looking forward to getting started on a new top myself!

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