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This morning I loaded and quilted this HeartStrings top pieced by Beth … in non regulated mode … quilted with spirals like the one from the other day (you’ll see the quilting once it’s bound but its nothing too exciting)IMG_4509

Don’t you love the deep rich colors?

Next, I called Gammill for help with my stitch regulator and even though I was convinced it was a major problem, it was a simple mistake on my part in how I had the encoders plugged in … who knew they could be inserted upside down?

Then, I loaded and quilted this HeartStrings top pieced by AnnG … in regulated mode … quilted with dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD. Don’t you love the homespuns? I plan to eventually do another HeartStrings quilt in Homespuns and have a bag full of leftovers all ready to go.

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A view of the back …

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(Appreciating Tish and her pieced backs today!)

If that wasn’t enough … I popped the top on the purple and pink bin and decided to cut out some half square triangles to kit up a quick baby quilt to take back to FL.

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From a pile of scraps … to half square triangles all ready to pieced thanks to my Accuquilt GO.

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And Chesty was much more relaxed today too. He slept most of the day while I worked but now he’s hungry and crying for his dinner so I guess I’d better get off the computer and feed him!

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Waffling

I alternate between wanting to be stern with myself and hunkering down with a firm set of goals and letting whatever happens over the next couple weeks just happen.

This past week there was NO walking … I really need to do 3 days this coming week.

I’ve cut out 3 quilts and quilted 2 tops so I’ve made a little progress. I’ve been crocheting some in the evenings and I’m on the 3 round on the border of my blanket so there’s progress there too.

I’ve been organizing a bit here and there but I know things will still be in a state of disorganization when I leave. Sometimes I wonder if between the renovation still in progress after the major water leak in January and the dumping of our MN household in July, if I will ever get this place straight. The kitchen is not useable right now … I’d donated the stove and fridge with the understanding the work would be done before I returned this month … And they haven’t even started. Chris did put a small dorm size fridge in for me but there’s no way to cook, no stove, no microwave. I do have a coffee maker that lets me dispense a cup of hot water so here was my dinner tonight.

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My master bathroom is also not useable after the leak … and still waiting on remodeling. Luckily there’s another bathroom just steps away. And you’ve seen the state of the sewing area. The longarm room is OK but I still have bins to sort through and store somewhere before I can move my sewing table down this weekend.

So with all that and the pressure to accomplish as much quilting as possible … This afternoon I got home from Chris’ and could have loaded a quilt and started the quilting but hey, chasing a 2 year old around is very tiring so Chesty and I took a nap instead and then I spent the rest of the evening reading and crocheting. I think I’ve made my choice about how strict I’m going to be about sticking to goals … Whatever gets done, gets done and whatever doesn’t get done, doesn’t!

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A day with Rae

Lunch with her parents and then we had the day to ourselves.

Reading with Gram while Mom got ready

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A visit to Barnes and Noble after lunch

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This girl will read anything … She must have picked up my new crochet book and flipped through it at least 10 times this afternoon.

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We even sent selfies to Pop since he’s home in FL

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It’s a tight fit

I’m still trying to arrange all the bins downstairs in some way that makes it easy for me to get to them. I also unpacked one of the batting rolls and loaded a quilt on the longarm. I’ll have to make sure I leave enough space for cutting batting as I start putting more bins under the longarm.

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I didn’t get a chance to call Gammill today so that will have to wait until next week but I’m heading back down now to quilt … Just something easy that I can do without the regulator.

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Drunkard’s Path

I’d intended to cut just two Drunkard’s Path quilt kits to take back to FL to piece but one of the bins I opened up had homespun fabrics I’ve been trying to get rid of for years … So since I had the die out already … I cut a bunch of homespuns. I’m not sure how I’ll lay them out but I can at least get a medium size boys quilt from them and I have more of the border fabric I used on this one so I can always make it a little bigger with a border too. I like how the homespuns work up in a Drunkard’s Path.

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Vicki posted a couple layouts on her blog today if you’re thinking of participating in her sew along. The hardest thing for me right now is making sure I cut the right number of light and dark blocks for the layout I want since I won’t have access to cut more blocks in FL if I get it wrong. I’ve also been playing in EQ7.

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We’ve got problems

My stitch regulator doesn’t work and I rarely sew without it unless I’m doing a small background fill. Of course I’d already loaded Bree’s Strippie before I realized it so I did a simple loopy meander and some gentle waves in the accent strips. Stitch length wasn’t too bad.

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Since I’d quilted both Caleb and Rae’s names in their first Strippie quilts I felt like I needed to try quilting Bree’s in hers too … Again, not too bad. It’s scattered around in 5 or 6 places … Some better than others.

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After finishing the quilting, I pulled out my manual and tried some troubleshooting … Unsuccessfully. I thought I might have the encoders hooked up wrong but I didn’t. This will definitely impact my quilting plans – I’ll call Gammill but I’m worried that it’s something They won’t be able to talk me through fixing. It’s not that I can’t quilt without the stitch regulator but you can bet I won’t be doing anything very complicated or with large sweeping curves because I find it more difficult to move the machine at a steady pace on them. Smaller designs, more compact designs are easier for me to stitch in non regulated mode.

Chesty was restless … He hasn’t found his place yet so each time I looked for him, he was trying out a different spot.

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Want versus Should

I should be walking … I should be quilting … I want to sit here and read the new John Sandford book and cuddle with Chesty.

Sometimes ‘want’ wins out over ‘should’.

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I do have the longarm’s rollers unwrapped and am ready to load Bree’s quilt. If I don’t have problems with the machine – I should have it quilted later today.

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Growing

My shells are growing – I know I won’t have enough yarn so I’ve ordered more for the border. It won’t come for several days but I still have plenty of the body to crochet to keep me busy.

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A start

I started organizing a little downstairs and I cut out both a Tumbler quilt and a small Drunkards Path quilt. No quilting yet but bins are being opened and moved around and hopefully the resulting placement will make some kind of sense when I’m down there working.

Tomorrow I plan to load a quilt on the longarm and see if I remember how to quilt.

This corner works well for the GO

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And the ironing board is set up next to where I’ll place my sewing table. That’s still upstairs and I’ll need help to bring it down. There’s no hurry because there are still bins in the space that need to be sorted through.

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We arrived safely

12 hours driving and we finally arrived and luckily Chesty did not have any more vomiting episodes. While it wasn’t particularly cool outside it was 63 degrees in the house so I used it as an excuse to light a fire. I’m planning to get to bed early tonight since I had very little sleep last night.

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