My plans for the evening

A fire, wine, an audio book and my knitting!

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Progress

Today was a much better day – maybe the wine I sipped while knitting in front of the fire last night helped!

# 3 was quilted today with freehand swirls. This is my HeartStrings top that I pieced last year during one of our projects or was it 2013? Time is flying by so fast I can’t keep up.

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I also got all three trimmed and #4 is loaded and ready to quilt. I’m seeing both Chris and Adam this weekend although our plans are still a little up in the air.

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When it rains it pours

Lots of issues both machine related and non quilting today … But I did manage to quilt this HeartStrings top pieced by Tish. It’s so sweet! I quilted some freehand flowers – again from the Pajama Quilter DVD. With everything going on, I’m going to stick to the tried and true and see how many tops I can get through. I could push harder but one per day is my limit and there will be some days I’m here that I don’t get anything quilted. I have the number 8 in my head but it could be more or less depending on how things go.

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A better view of the quilting on the back.

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I’m going to run over to the pub for dinner and then I’m cracking a bottle of wine. Believe it or not, I haven’t opened one since I got here Monday but that changes tonight!

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I had a date!

Chris lives about an hour and 30 minutes from our condo and they met me for dinner about halfway in between.

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I enjoy my time with them SO much!

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I should have known

My bobbin winder was acting up a little when I was here in October and I knew I’d have to get a new one eventually … I just didn’t know it wouldn’t work at all when I got back. Why didn’t I just order one and bring it with me?!! Luckily, I was able to figure out how to use the one on the machine. I’ve never used it as the one on my first Gammill never worked right and it’s easier to have a stand alone bobbin winder anyway. It works so I’ll be able to quilt but I’ll have to make sure I have two cones of whatever threads I choose to use.

First up is Tish’s red HeartStrings. It’s gorgeous! I’m quilting wonky feathers on it … Not sure why I chose a freehand design to warm up after not quilting for 3+ months but it’s very forgiving.

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Don’t mind my dirty chair, it’s another thing I need to clean but this is why we keep this place … It’s so beautiful and peaceful. I have a view of the lake and mountain from the back patio.

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I could almost cry

I’ve been having a pity party today … I had been promised the condo would be completely done by the time I arrived but that didn’t happen so things are still in disarray … It’s better than October when I couldn’t use 2 of the 3 bathrooms or the kitchen. There are still no countertops, the kitchen stuff is all packed in boxes that were in the middle of the living room. And there were things all around my sewing room that they’d pulled out of the downstairs bathroom ( It had become a storage closet during the reconstruction) that I had to go through and discard, and move so I can finally get to work tomorrow.

Tish had sent me a couple boxes with backings and two HeartStrings tops so I opened those and pulled backings for 3 of my HeartStrings quilts and now I have 5 tops ready to go … I can’t wait to start tomorrow.

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There’s not much I can do in the kitchen without any counters and with all the dishes and pots packed in boxes … Luckily I’m not a picky eater and I have the stove to use as a countertop.

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Even luckier, I found the coffee and Kurig in the first couple boxes I opened up and with coffee and wine … I can get through two more weeks of disarray. I am so ready to have all the work done so I can focus on getting everything put away from the move – I’ve done what I can but there’s still a lot of organizing left to be done. Just call this the move that never ends.

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Something new …

I just said I didn’t have anything new to show but I couldn’t resist joining a knit a long. I probably wouldn’t have started the Cameo Shawl if I’d known I’d be starting another one tonight but now all 3 will go with me to GA. While I’ll be quilting during the day, the evenings will be spent knitting in front of the fire. I’m not a particularly fast knitter and with my time being split 3 ways, I don’t know how much progress you’ll see.

The purple lace scarf
The Cameo shawl
And now, the Brickless Shawl in Wolle’s color changing cotton.

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How many knitting projects do you have going at one time?!

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Beach!

I’m knitting and hand quilting the same projects and while progress is being made, there’s nothing new to show you. We did get down to the beach for a couple hours late afternoon.

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I’ll finish packing tomorrow, we’ll watch the Super Bowl, and I’ll head out early Monday for GA.

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Out of steam

This week is heavy on the hand work … I just don’t have the energy to do much else so I’m embracing it and spending my time reading, knitting and big stitch hand quilting. One of my few accomplishments this week was to get 3 small quilts pin basted, the last one being the pinwheel and rails that I started quilting this afternoon. Did I mention how much I am loving this?!

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Joann’s

When I first started quilting in 2000 I didn’t have a lot of money to spend and did at least 80% of my fabric shopping at Joann’s. As the years passed, I shopped more at quilt shops and online fabric stores, still keeping my eye out for discounted fabric – after all my passion was for scrap quilts and variety was my most important consideration rather than having the newest or most popular fabrics. I’d go into a quilt shop and head straight to the discount shelves and buy the fabric everyone else had shunned at 50% off.

Separated from the bulk of my stash and with a Joann’s just a little over a mile away, I’ve been shopping there for backings for the small tops I’ve been quilting here in FL. Over the years the fabric quality and choice has improved along with an increase in price but with coupons and frequent sales, you can still find good deals.

I layered two small quilts last night and found really cute, good quality fabric there to back them.

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If you haven’t checked them out lately you might want to … Just allow plenty of time as the store here as well as the ones near Mom seem to be chronically short staffed and there’s always a wait to have fabric cut and to check out.

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