Puttering

I’m still just puttering but I’m working my way through my lists slowly. I’ll pack for my trip tomorrow but I’ve been gathering all the stuff I need to take to Mom’s. It will take an extra suitcase because I haven’t been there in a few months. I felt well enough to crawl around and trim her quilt so it’s ready for me to take back to her. I have a little more floor space here than she does so I try to trim her quilts before sending them back … and I’m just nice like that anyway!

I’m taking a break now and working on another knitted hat. I love the colors of the Caron Cupcakes but because it’s acrylic it seems to work up at a larger gauge even though it’s the same weight. I’m a little afraid the hats for Rae might be too big so I’ll make a couple extra ones. 

Quilted

One of Mom’s tops – quilted with the pantograph Jilly. It’s one of my favorites especially when I’m using black thread that will show up on lighter fabrics – I like the scroll effect. 

This just leaves me with 2 of Mom’s tops that I’ll carry over into next year. 

I’m also making progess assembling the Jelly Roll windmill blocks. It’s so nice  to mark stuff off my list of goals!

Quilted

I didn’t actually quilt yesterday on Veteran’s day but I’ve been working on this Patriotic Rail Fence quilt since Friday. The quilting is finished – pantograph is Ebb and Flow – and once I get it bound, it will go to comfort the mother of a veteran who just lost her son.

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I’m thankful for all who serve now and in the past including both my father and Keith’s dad as well as Keith’s brother who died recently and I try each year to make at least a couple quilts for veterans. If you are interested in showing your appreciation through making and donating a quilt to a veteran, there are a number of different patriotic quilts with brief instructions on my website. 

Back to work

I took Keith to the airport this morning and came back and got to work. I set up my table outside so I could trim these quilts – the Cuddle fabric has a lot of fuzz when cut!

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I trimmed 8 quilts and then Finn and I took a walk …

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I set up my machine on the dining room table and started making and attaching bindings. I’ve got two ready for hand stitching and it’s time to sit and stitch them down while I’ll relax! The table is round so I can’t use my knee lift but I’m having to adapt in all kind of ways since I’m not working in my usual space.

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Mom and Kevin arrive Friday for a visit so I need to get as much done before then as I can and clean up my mess.

Working hard

I wanted to get as many quilts tied as I could before tomorrow because I know binding them is going to take longer … so by the end of the day today, I had 9 tied. Including one HeartStrings quilt – not sure how this little one made it in the batch along with all the Happy Block tops but it’s tied and ready to be trimmed and bound.

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And of course there were several walks on the beach. Keith said the sunrise was gorgeous but I didn’t see it — I’m more of a sunset kind of girl! We did manage a walk together this evening before going out to dinner. We had a great date night!

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More of the same

You might find my blogging a bit boring … my days will be somewhat repetitive but I’m content … walking on the beach or by the water with Finn.

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Walking to the bakery for breakfast or lunch …

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And tying Happy Block quilts for HeartStrings. I’ve got 6 tied so far but as I said yesterday, binding them is going to take more time than tying. Aren’t these pigs cute? My stash must not be as extensive as I thought because I’m seeing lots of cute fabric that I don’t have.

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Back to work

I met Bev today to pick up Happy Block tops that I’ll tie while I’m here this month. After passing off a bag of finished quilts to her that I brought from home to donate, we loaded the bundles in my car and then went off to lunch. Can you believe I waited two whole days before finding a lobster roll??

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After walking with Finn on the beach, I set up my table and started tying. I quickly discovered things aren’t going to work like I’d planned – usually I tie a quilt and then bind it but I need to trim these outside because the Cuddle fabric is very messy when you cut it so after trying to trim one on a patio table, I decided that I’ll just keep tying tops the next few days and then have Keith move my table downstairs before his next trip. I’ve got two tied and a 3rd one all set up and I think that binding them is going to take longer than tying.

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After working a while, Finn and I headed back to walk on the beach!

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