#3 of 10, a second top of Sue’s to be quilted and donated was loaded, quilted, and is trimmed and ready for binding. The pantograph, flower power, is a free one I found right after getting the new longarm but hadn’t used yet. Very simple but I like how it turned out on this quilt.

I pieced a batting for this one, loaded and quilted it, took it off the longarm, and I’ve got bindings machine stitched on the other two and ready to hand sew and it’s only 10:30 AM. That’s what happens when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep!


I got a late start and Keith had a half day off today … but as luck would have it … I went looking in the closet for a top that I could use the turquoise thread that was already on the machine and this Strippie was perfect! A watery meandering in the focus fabric and some wave like swirls were freehand quilted. #2 of 10 is quilted, trimmed and ready for binding. This one also had a pieced batting and now I can put some turquoise thread on the sewing machine and get the binding on both of them.

Keith took a bike ride while I was finishing up and then we spent some time in the pool. We didn’t go to either pool at Big Canoe because of the crowds but here, we have a 21 unit townhouse community and there’s rarely more than one or two groups. Today we had it mostly to ourselves. My pool boy, even cleared the leaves out!


# 1 of 10 is quilted. Top was pieced by Sue and sent to me to be quilted and donated. Pantograph is Mach 1 – one of the new ones I purchased before leaving for Georgia and I got this one and 6 other new ones installed this morning. I tend to get in a rut with pantographs especially when I find ones that work on lots of different quilts but I’m going to try to use some of the new ones too … not just my old favorites. It’s already trimmed and ready for binding.

I also pieced a batting for this one. My batting bin is overflowing so I’ll try to work it down by piecing battings for some of the smaller tops.

Keith’s niece received the quilt I sent and texted me a photo of the baby along with her thanks. You can’t go wrong with a Quick Strippie!

Go Bolts!

In general I’m against the push FOR sports at any cost during this pandemic and don’t think many of them can be played safely … the “bubble” being used by the NBA and NHL seems to be an exception. I especially think it’s irresponsible for colleges and high schools to move ahead with sports in areas with rising numbers of deaths and hospitalizations.

Having said all that, I am enjoying watching the Tampa Bay Lightning play again and today’s game was a cliff hanger … 5 overtime periods before we won 3-2. The 4 longest game in playoff history.

We mostly just follow Hockey and Football but I’ll be happy for everyone when all sports can safely resume.

After the game when Keith went up to bed I went back into the sewing room. This afternoon, I’d finished organizing the projects I brought back from Georgia and pulled backings for them all so I was ready to start sewing. The only piecing I expect to get done while I’m home is finishing my Rainbow HeartStrings blocks and making a set of 48 HeartStrings blocks for our 365 for Marianne project. Tonight I pulled blues and turquoise strings and scraps and started the last of the Rainbow blocks.

Getting Organized

As you can imagine after being away for 8 weeks, I have some organizing to do. Don’t be shocked but I’m already unpacked and since I did laundry before I left Big Canoe it’s already done too, I’ve sorted through and dealt with all the mail that’s piled up, and I’ve organized this group of tops sent by Sue along with some of the Rainbow HeartStrings blocks for Maine.

There were 8 tops in the box along with fabric for some of the bindings. I’ve pulled backing fabric or donated backs for 6 of them, pulled additional fabric and have cut 7 bindings, and they’re on the shelf waiting for their turn for quilting. The plan is to quilt at least 2 of them during my quilting marathon over the next 4 weeks.

I’ve also made dinner for tonight. This recipe for Waldorf Chicken salad is one of Keith’s favorites now and a good choice for hot summers days!

Now it’s time to go unpack the bin of tops I pieced in Georgia and get them organized. I should be ready to start quilting by tomorrow!

More cornhole!

Chris came with his family last night for dinner and stayed until after lunch today. We enjoyed their visit and Rae loved playing cornhole. Surprisingly, she wanted to play on the “Viking” team every game – I need to send her another Viking Jersey. Finn was pretty tired by the time they left!


I’m itching to play in my scraps … it takes more time to pull fabric and cut but I love scrap quilts. Going back and forth between Florida and Georgia makes it a bit harder. When I’m at home I’ve got to focus on quilting and binding and I’ll end up doing most of my piecing here in Georgia. I have a bunch of precuts and kits here but I’ll need to try to bring scrappy projects too whether it’s one like the triangles I precut with my GO before coming in June or just grabbing a bunch of scraps and tossing them in a bin.

I’ve got some goals set for the time at home …

  • Quilt 10 tops
  • Bind as many of them as I can
  • make a set of 48 HeartStrings blocks
  • finish my Rainbow String blocks (I need blue and turquoise blocks to round out my sets)
  • cut a scrappy project to bring back to GA to piece in September

My summer vacation

It’s easy to get caught up in what we CAN’T do right now … I miss going out to eat, I miss traveling, and I miss seeing my MOM … but looking back over the last 7+ weeks it’s been a pretty good summer.

I’ve been productive in the sewing room and will be taking a bunch of tops home to quilt.

I’ve made about 50 masks for family … we’ll be wearing these for a while!!

And I’ve had time with the boys, a short visit from my brother, lots of hiking and some kayaking!

I’m loving it here in Big Canoe and we’re already looking forward to the next visit … we have a few more days before we leave and Chris and Becky are coming for a quick visit tomorrow.

Winding down

Our time here is winding down and I wanted to get out on the lake one more time … today was supposed to be completely clear … I thought I was going to have to make a run for the Marina as the sky darkened.

But I was lucky, after a little drizzle, the afternoon turned out beautiful. The clouds kept it from being too hot and there was a nice gentle breeze.

I did manage to piece a little Strippie top when I got back. These are always so cute. I also cut one out from the leftover fabric from the puppy quilt. That leaves me 4 Strippie “kits” here assuming I don’t piece another one before we leave on Monday.

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