The debate is over

After several months of debate, we finally decided to go ahead and get a 2nd car. For 8 years we’ve shared the one (a 10 year old Avalon) but between me wanting to be able to drive to GA when I want to and stay as long as I want, and the Avalon getting some age on it, we decided we might as well go ahead and buy it now.

We decided on a Subaru Outback both for the cargo space and durability and because I don’t like SUV’s (too big). It’s actually considered a wagon … Never thought I’d get Keith to agree to a wagon but he’s the one that suggested the Outback as a possibility after evaluating one for their sales force.

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I can’t wait to take it on a road trip next week to GA!

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Why don’t I do this more?!

It’s been about month since I’ve sat outside by the pool and read here at home (we did spend a day by the pool at the Ritz in GA). I’m not sure why I don’t get out here more but after getting some work done and straightening up I decided today was the perfect opportunity.

(You probably won’t ever see a bathing suit photo of me but I don’t mind showing my toes!)

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I’m reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. How about you?!

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Ready to bind

In addition to pin basting this small tumbler from the Maine sew-in, I trimmed and got the binding on the HeartStrings top I quilted yesterday. It’s all ready for hand stitching and with Keith coming home today, the sewing stuff has all been cleared from the living room.

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The tumbler top was pieced by Barb from tumblers cut and brought to the sew in by Brenda, Jackie, and Rebecca. They’ve got me anxious to get to GA and cut some to bring back here.

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Finished

Chesty and I had a quiet evening and I sat and bound this small HeartStrings top — SaraF recognized it as one she sent me to finish and donate. I’m glad she let me know, I was feeling bad about not remembering!!

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Is it crazy that I’m having fun quilting these on my regular sewing machine?! I have no desire to try a larger top but these small ones are fun and even though slooow seems to be in right now, I admit I’m motivated by finishes. Finished tops, finished quilts.

Patting myself on the back for another finish and thanking Stephanie for egging me on!

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A long night

Chesty scratched open a small growth late last night so we had a restless night and then a visit to the vet today. It wouldn’t stop oozing blood and the vet felt he’d continue to scratch at it so they removed the growth and stitched him up. He’ll be in the cone while it’s healing and he’s pretty needy today so I’m not sure how much he’ll let me get done. Maybe I can get the binding on the small HeartStrings quilt in a bit and sit with him while I stitch it down.

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The good news is that she also did a needle aspirate on a small lump near his knee … I just found it a couple days ago and I was afraid it was going to be cancerous like the one removed in December but it was just a fatty cyst.

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Quilted

Using my walking foot I quilted on both sides of the block seams and on either side of the center string. This one was much easier than the last one when I quilted those center seams in the ditch.

I’m afraid I can’t remember if this was a top I brought home from the WI/MN sew in or one someone sent me. Usually I pin a label to them but since I use straight pins I’d removed the labels before the move …. And I have so many come in and out, I just can’t remember them all. So so sorry!

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Machine tension

You may get away without adjusting tension when piecing but to get a balanced stitch for quilting, I usually find some tension adjustments are necessary. Since I frequently adjust tension on my longarm, adjusting tension for quilting on my sewing machine wasn’t difficult for me but if you don’t usually make adjustments on your machine, this instruction PDF from Superior Thread might help.

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Careless

I always caution people to be careful when sewing the Strippies together when using directional prints. For some reason I had in my mind that these animals were oriented in all directions and didn’t pay attention. I was lucky I only had to pick out and resew 2 seams to fix the three rows that were upside down!

Bree’s Strippie – I’ll take it to GA to quilt and bind and give it to her when I’m there next month.

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Instructions are on my website

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Getting organized

I have a couple weeks before I head to GA so I’m getting organized. Unpacking sewing stuff from Maine and packing for Georgia. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve accomplished in the couple months I’ve been here in spite of traveling 3 times. There are a couple finished quilts, 3 tops (a 4th sent to Kathy in WI to finish and donate), and a small knit blanket.

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Since Keith is gone for a few days I’m spreading out. I’ll cut out a couple Strippies using the kitchen island (one is for Bree, one for donation).

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And I’ve set up the tying table in the living area so I can pin baste a couple small HeartStrings quilts for machine quilting on my sewing machine.

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My sewing goals will be to piece the two Strippies and quilt and bind the two tops before I leave for GA. If I have time, I’ll start a new quilt too!

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Assembled

I wasn’t sure I’d feel like assembling the blocks on the design wall this weekend but I had a little time this afternoon before we were scheduled to go out to dinner and if I’d stayed on the sofa reading I would have fallen asleep!!

My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt – instructions on the website. I decided not to add borders since the quilt is child size as it is.

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