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Where did 2014 go?

Can you believe there are less than 7 weeks before the end of the year?! Time will fly by with the holidays and I have with 3 trips planned in that time too. I haven’t been making big to do lists but there are a number of things that I want to get done before the end of the year.

Quilting the two quilts I pin basted today are on that list.


I’m finally going to try the Big Stitch Quilting I’ve been talking about for a couple years and will start quilting tonight.

I also got my tumblers ready for sewing tomorrow afternoon. When I was in Maine, Rebecca, Jackie, and Brenda had a couple tumbler quilt races and I was determined to see how I measured up to their time. I cut these last month in GA and we’ll see how it goes!


I’m not laying out all the tumblers, just separating those from the same fabric so they don’t fall right together and laying out the first two tumblers in the rows. From there, placement just be random – we’ll see how that works for me.


Cast on

I intended to bind tonight but Rae needs new hats and the yarn arrived today. After winding this ball by hand (the swift and ball winder are in GA), I cast on the first hat.

Pattern – Impunity
Yarn – Knit Picks Stroll – fingering weight



On my Design Wall

I’m finally joining in with VickiW’s Drunkard’s Path sew along. I cut 3 quilts in GA and of course I’m sewing the smallest first – I’ll finish this top this week along with some binding.



My dilemma

I knew that I would not finish in the 3h 30m timeframe if I walked the race based on my training times … realizing that I would be about 10 minutes late if I had a good walk, competitive Mary decided to jog just enough to finish the race in time to be eligible for a medal … And I did! It was hard and I hadn’t done any jogging during my training except for my last two 3 mile training walks but I got my medal.



Race Day



A quick visit

We’re enjoying a quick visit from Chris




I needed a photo of myself and had Keith snap one for me … when we were done, he snapped one of me with Chesty –  too bad I can’t have Chesty in all my photos … it takes the focus off me!MJ with Chesty



I don’t love it but I like it OK … I’m sure I’ll like it better after quilting.


Keith gets home this evening so I trimmed the other 4 quilts while I had the table up … This is much easier than crawling around on the floor to trim them like I did in MN.


This is why my string bins will never be empty no matter how many HeartStrings quilts I make.


The table is folded and back under our bed, I even vacuumed! I would like to do a 3 mile walk this afternoon but Chesty is not feeling well so I’m waiting a while to see if he feels better before leaving him.



I hate politics

I usually avoid controversial subjects but I just have to say I hate politics … the lack of decent candidates, the months of negative ads, the lack of honesty…etc.

I usually avoid as much as I can until about a week before the election and then I try to find reliable sources that talk about a candidate’s record and their platform so that I’m reasonably informed before voting.

I’m a centrist … looking for candidates that are neither too conservative or too liberal and while I’m registered as an Independent, I tend to lean slightly toward Democratic party values. I don’t vote according to party and will vote for someone I think is honest and straightforward even if I don’t agree with them on all the issues. Being able to respect a candidate is important to me so you can imagine how hard it was to make myself go to the polls today and vote for the candidate that seemed to be less of a liar than the other.



HeartStrings blocks

We’re working with Black/White and Brights at HeartStrings this month and I finally got started on my blocks. I’ll make two quilts and in an effort to keep from getting too far behind on my quilting … One will be a 24 block quilt that I’ll finish here in FL and one a larger 48 block top that will be quilted on one of the GA trips.


I’ve got 8 more blocks to make and then I’ll rearrange them a little before assembling the top.

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