Part 2

Out of order I know but the second part of my trip was taking Mom to see her sister and half brothers. We were there for two days before we headed to Hatteras to meet the rest of the family. I didn’t manage to get a photo of her with my uncle Danny but we did get to see him. 

Part 3

We arrived at Hatteras today and are getting everything set up. Everyone has arrived. 

I’ve been busy

Mom puts me to work when I visit so I’ve been busy, answering questions, teaching her to bind off one scarf and cast on another, cutting quilts out and getting ready for part two of our trip which starts in the morning.

I can’t show the project we worked on Tuesday but today, I cut out my Plus 2 quilt for her. I had a pretty Jelly Roll and we paired it with a nice black.

I didn’t get all my walking in on Monday or Tuesday but today my sister and I did several walks throughout the day and finished off with almost 2 miles when my brother-in-law got home. Total mileage for the day = 7 miles which makes up a little for the slacking off.



Blocking ads

Linda commented on my post that she uses an ad blocker which I used to do on the laptop too only now I do all my blog reading on the iPad. So out of curiosity, I went looking for an app that would block ads and found Purify. It works with Safari and they show you how to turn it on once you download it. It does cost $1.99 but it’s worth it to me to have ads blocked. 

I tried it out on two ad heavy blogs and no pop ups! 

Automated house

I’m a big fan of technology although we haven’t automated the house yet … I took a baby step today and added a couple light bulbs that I can program via an app to turn on and off, to dim, and I can even schedule the lights to turn on and off while we’re gone. I didn’t want to buy a hub and have to connect it to my WiFi so this was simple. I bought the light bulbs, put them in my lamps, downloaded the app, and set the schedules. I really need to add a thermostat that can be programmed remotely both here and at Big Canoe too.

Making a choice

I believe that bloggers have a right to make choices about their blogs but I can choose not to read them too. I’m over blogs with ads that take up more space than the content and pop up in the middle of the screen. I’m removing them from my Feedly app. 


I spent all of March and April here in Tampa except for a week we spent in Big Canoe and I had a list of goals I wanted to achieve in that time. We also started a major renovation of our upstairs bathrooms which is ongoing but in spite of that, I managed to accomplish all but one thing on my list plus a lot more. 

I did not complete the hand quilting on the pink and purple quilt. The chair that I quilt in is in our bedroom and since the bathroom renovation started in the master bathroom, I haven’t been able to get in there and stitch during the day – at night, I worked on binding and knitting. 

11 tops were quilted 

  • 5 were quilted on the longarm at Big Canoe
  • 5 were child size tops quilted here in FL
  • 1 was a doll quilt finished here in FL

9 quilts were bound – two of the tops quilted were Mom’s and I trimmed them and mailed them back to her for binding. 

5 tops were pin basted for quilting and I might get one last one done today. 

10 tops were pieced

  • 5 tops are sofa sized and will go to Big Canoe for quilting on the longarm
  • 4 are child sized and will be quilted here in FL
  • 1 is doll sized

4 quilts were cut for Mom


  • One scarf was finished
  • A scarf and hat were knit for my sister
  • Feather and Fan blanket started and halfway done. 

And I walked over 350 miles!

I lied

When I left MN 2 years ago I said I wasn’t going to build up another stash in FL and I’ve done so-so with cutting and kitting projects while I’m in GA which is where the stash got sent along with the longarm. I’ve been buying kits — some with the intention of making the quilt like the Bow Ties others where the kit is deeply discounted and I plan to use the fabric for one of my own quilts, like the Churn Dash. I’ve also bought a bunch of precuts BUT I’m using it and finishing quilts so I won’t feel too guilty. 

I like to walk in my sewing room and work on anything I want without having to go shopping for a project. (That includes batting. I order these small batts from connecting threads when they’re on sale.) 

I’m all set to do some pin basting today. The batts and backings pulled from my stash. 

The simple pinwheel was from a jelly roll – discounted of course, the Strippie was kitted up from stash before I left MN, and the Rainbow HeartStrings from my string bins. 

For the first time in a long while, I feel like I’m finally in a groove with my quilting!


The Bow Tie quilt was a Craftsy kit and was the first thing I pieced in the new sewing room back in July 2015 before I’d even organized my supplies and fabric. Meandered on the new Babylock Jane. 

The Coins doll quilt is also quilted. I have 3 other doll size tops to quilt and I’ve decided they’ll make great practice pieces before attempting a quilting design on a larger top and by larger I mean baby or child size. Anything larger than that goes to GA for quilting on the longarm. 


I hand stitched the binding on the bow tie quilt and pieced this little Strippie today. Trying to wrap up some stuff before I leave to visit Mom so not sure I’ll get much else done except I will get the binding stitched down on the doll quilt.