San Diego

A restful couple days so far – walking a bit along the bay, sitting by the pool and lots of reading. The Kindle is so great on trips – as many books as I can read in one small package! Here’s the view of the bay and marina from our hotel room.

Chesty hasn’t boarded since the beginning of December so I called to check on him. He’s been pretty unsettled by the move and I was worried about leaving him but Keith said he ran right in when he dropped him off. Today, he was resting out of the camera’s view but they picked him up so I could see him.

Pansy quilting

Take a look at the flowers here on Patsy Thompson’s blog – I haven’t ever re-quilted a design like this but doesn’t it look great?

Since I do better with flowers using a pantograph – wouldn’t it give it a unique look to quilt the top using a floral pantograph and then go back and requilt it freehand with a different thread like this? I might have to try it on a smaller quilt when I have some time to play.

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Settling in

We accomplished a lot this weekend but we’re heading to San Diego tomorrow morning so we won’t get much more done before leaving. I have a ton of errands to do today but I did get a postcard made last night – well, I still have to drag out the sewing machine and stitch the back on but the front is done. I can’t wait to get back to quilting too.

I plan to take my computer with me and hopefully will be able to catch up on some blog reading while I’m gone.

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Sunday Stashbusting and Progress report

Nothing to report here this week….except maybe the progress on unpacking my sewing room and stash and a renewed goal of using what I already have on hand rather than purchasing more fabric. Unpacking and sorting through your entire stash will really make you think about the wisdom of stashbusting rather than stash-enhancing.

I’m much further along than this photo shows – just 5 or 6 more boxes to unpack!

Oops – I just remembered I bought 2 fat quarters this week to make a postcard. My intention was to make it while I was waiting to unpack the stash but the stash got unpacked (mostly) before I made the card.

No stash used this week
1/2 yard added (minus a few inches from each fat quarter for the postcard)

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Slow progress

Can you see all the boxes in the bathroom in the far right corner?? Those have all been emptied now.
Keith wants to know how long the fabric will stay neatly folded. Probably not long enough to make it worthwhile to fold it all so carefully. Having to unpack all this fabric is a good incentive to continue my stashbusting efforts.


Since we can’t unpack the kitchen or living room yet, I’ve been able to work on my sewing room. Both shelving units are up and I’m unpacking and folding fabric. The shelves survived reassembly better than I expected with just one shelf getting banged up.

Tempers are high and we’ve been fussing at each other on and off all day – I keep having to remind him to keep his voice down – we don’t want the new neighbors to hear us yelling at each other.

Right after I got mad about him about opening my sewing room boxes (I want to organize as I go) he came across my bobbin winder for the longarm – since I need that to start quilting and wouldn’t have come across it for several days – I’m kind of glad he wasn’t listening to me!

We tossed a weeks worth of dirty laundry into a box on Wednesday morning and have been searching for that box for a couple days so we can get laundry done before our trip to San Diego – just when we were worried that it didn’t get dropped off, I found it! Normally at this point I’d leave the laundry for Keith but I’m still having fun with my new machines!

New kitchen counters

There’s a lot of light in my kitchen and I think that makes these counters look a little lighter than they actually are – the last photo is probably darker. The plumber comes back Sunday morning to hook things back up. I still have to redo the tile backsplash but I haven’t decided on the tile yet.