A quick visit

We’re enjoying a quick visit from Chris




Since I had my walking foot on to assemble the HeartStrings blocks I decided to go ahead and quilt this small tumbler top pieced by Barbara at the Maine sew-in.


Keith’s traveling again next week so I’ll wait to then to set up my table to trim it for binding.



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.



Another gorgeous HeartStrings quilt

Hard to say you don’t like string quilts when you look at Beth’s from yesterday and this one from blocks pieced by Marianne!


Aren’t I lucky to work with these other HeartStrings quilters making these beautiful quilts to donate?


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.




This gorgeous HeartStrings quilt was pieced by Beth and quilted with freehand spirals.


It’s the first of 6 brought back from my GA trip for binding.


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.


I’m a loner

Really, I am a loner and after weeks of interaction with people … I almost pushed Keith out the door this morning so I could turn my music on and get to work. Three days to myself …. I’m so excited!

I’ve got a couple quilts trimmed and am getting ready to sew the binding on one so it will be ready to hand stitch tonight and I cut the foundations and corner triangles for a small HeartStrings quilt. Another advantage to Keith traveling is that I can take over the living room and kitchen areas since my sewing space here is rather limited. The small kitchen island works perfectly as a cutting table.


And just to be clear … I do love my family and enjoy spending time with them. I just need my time alone too. By Wednesday I’ll be thrilled that Keith is coming home and I’m looking forward to a visit from Chris this weekend.


Getting ready for the work week

Keith leaves tomorrow for a few days so I’m getting ready for the work week. Ends to weave in on the afghan, HeartStrings and Drunkards Path blocks to piece, quilts to trim and bind, and one to layer and pin baste for big stitch quilting.


And it’s always nice to see my quilts in use – we were over at Keith’s Mom’s and I snapped a photo of her bed with my Churn Dash and Stars quilt. It’s not bed size but she chose to use it on the bed anyway.


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