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Maybe I’ll be more successful in April

I can’t remember the last time I fail to accomplish so much of my list – most of April will be devoted to finishing what I didn’t in March. I’m traveling again this month and have lots of other things scheduled but hopefully I can get through it all.

April

Bind two HeartStrings donation tops
Quilt and bind UFO for April
Quilt and bind March’s UFO
Assemble Framed 9 Patch top
Assemble small HS top
Finish knitting Cobweb
Make progress on Feather and Fan afghan

March

❌Bind 9 HeartStrings quilts – 7 done
❌Quilt and bind a UFO
✔️Assemble black centered HS blocks – done
✔️Finish framed 9 patch blocks
❌Finish knitting Cobweb shawl
✔️Finish knitting Herringbone shawl
PLUS
✔️Pieced set of 24 HeartStrings blocks
✔️Started knitting Feather and Fan blanket

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On my design wall

I finished the framed 9 patch blocks last night and am working on assembling the top. I like this one but then I always seem to like the ones I design from antique quilts.

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It’s a good one for fat quarters and you can find brief instructions on my website.

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Moving

Keith and I talked about moving this weekend but Chris and Becky actually did. I love FaceTime! We got a tour of the new house.

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Another fun photo app

Phototoaster

We drove to Stillwater for lunch and a walk this afternoon. After walking by the Mississippi River yesterday, I was surprised to see the St. Croix still covered in ice

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Random stuff

After I posted the photos from our walk earlier, I thought I probably should have shared the collage app I use all the time on the iPad. It’s called PicFrame and it has lots of different layouts. I can’t remember what I paid but it wasn’t much and I use it all the time when I want to share several photos but don’t want to upload them all separately.

Several people asked about the Herringbone shawl I finished last night. It was a free pattern from Ravelry and an enjoyable knit. Great for traveling as the pattern was easy to remember although I did track my row numbers.

That leads me to another great app … JKnitHDlite. It’s free and you can import PDF patterns and use a highlighted row marker to keep your place in the pattern. They have a pro version and I have both but the paid version requires you to enter your pattern in sections. Too much work for me, I just want to highlight my rows in the PDF and the free version works great for that.

Speaking of knitting, I picked my Cobweb shawl back up tonight. I’m not the best at reading my knitting although I am getting better. It’s just harder when a project has been set aside for a couple weeks (or more).

I’m in love with all the beaded shawls from BooKnits. This is my third one of hers I’ve knit. When I first started beading I felt like I needed a third hand but it’s easier now.

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I love my Fleegle beader but hated the customer service so I won’t link to the Etsy shop. If you need to check it out you can google Fleegle beader but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you have issues.

I’ve paid for the BooKnits patterns I’ve made but she does have one free one on Ravelry. they look more complicated than they are and as long as I take them one section at a time I do fine with them. If you decide to try them and don’t usually use lifelines in your knitting. I’d suggest you consider using them. I love using my KnitPicks needles when I’m knitting lace because it’s easy to place a lifeline. Here’s a video that shows how.

Now I’m going to finish up and head up to bed … I’ll stop in the sewing room and make a couple of my framed 9 patch blocks on the way. If I try, I might even finish the blocks before the end of the month and check one more item off the list.

And talking about the sewing room brings me to my last link for tonight. My newest toy is a JBL Charge — a Bluetooth speaker that I can play music from my iPad or iPhone or stream from a site like Pandora (via the idevices!) Keith’s had one for about 6 months and my Bose speaker in the sewing room died so I needed a new one. Love it!

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Motivation is lacking around here!

One problem with knowing there’s no way I’m going to complete all the items on my list for the month is that there isn’t a final push to the finish line…. So today I’m being lazy, enjoying the warmer weather (43 degrees this afternoon), and planning on cooking dinner for a change.

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Binding, piecing, knitting

Working on my March list. I won’t finish everything but I’m working on getting through as much as I can.

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A nice day for a walk

A long walk! From our hotel in San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and then back by ferry.

8+ miles all together.

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A little time down by the water today

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Visiting San Francisco, one of my favorite cities.

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Best sunrise ever?!

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