It’s a mess!

Chris is running an errand for us, Keith and Rae are watching a movie, and Mo is napping so I decided to spend a little time in the sewing room….my sewing room is a disaster area! Keith and Chris took the cabinet for my Jane and another table downstairs … they’ll both go to Big Canoe in June along with some other small pieces of furniture and bins filled with books and fabric and other bits and pieces we’ve decided to move now.

I debated back and forth about whether I was going to take the Jane or the Elna to Big Canoe and went with the Jane because I can quilt small tops on it more easily if I want to do any quilting there. That meant I had to move things around here. I moved the Elna to the back nook with the cutting table and the ironing board and I pulled out Grace … this is the machine I used to have at the condo in Big Canoe. I haven’t used it for over 2 years but it sews fine. I got a binding made and on the other Strippie so 3 of the 5 waiting for binding just need hand stitching.

While I was in there, I pulled some kits to take to Big Canoe and I pulled the old crank Accuquilt GO out of the closet. This one hasn’t been used since I got the electric GO but it also works just fine. I haven’t decided a layout for my triangle quilt but I did decide on a background fabric and I used it to test the GO. I started pulling some scraps but I’m definitely going to have to make a decision about how I’m going to use the triangles before I pull any more fabric.

More triangle ideas

I haven’t started my May precut quilt yet but when Chris leaves on Tuesday with the girls, I’ll get back to quilting, binding, AND I need to start cutting triangles. I’m still debating the project but I’m thinking since time is short, I might do something with just 6 inch HST to keep it simple. Here’s a vintage Broken Dishes quilt I found on eBay. It would work up quickly with 6 inch triangles but I’m not sure this is the one so I’ll keep looking. I might even find something on my website … a Carpenter Star would be quick too!


I know many of you are not visiting with family and other than Chris and his family we aren’t either … but we’ve stayed with him several times during this period and he has been back and forth helping us. All of us are as careful as possible when we need to be out. Soooo when we decided Rae would come home with us for a week, Chris said he drive down and pick her up … and he bought Mo with him. We’re so lucky to have this time with them.


It’s been fun having Rae here this week … a lot of work … but fun! Chris and Mo arrived tonight and will stay a few days before all 3 of them head back to Georgia.


#2 of 10 tops to be quilted is done. I’ve even got this little Strippie trimmed and the binding on and ready for hand stitching.

I’m going to need a binding marathon too – I’ve got 2 waiting for hand stitching and 2 trimmed and waiting for binding and that pile is just going to grow.

My quilting marathon begins

So I’ve been doing prep work the last couple days but I did manage to load and quilt a Strippie today in between working with Rae on her schoolwork. This is #1 of 10 to be quilted before I head back to GA. I hadn’t planned on having Rae this week when I set the goal but I’m still going to aim for 10! I have some packing to do too so it will be a busy few weeks.

Maybe I can load the other Strippie tomorrow?! We’ll see what Chris has in store for us … he did today’s bird themed lessons and he’s in charge of writing the lesson plan for tomorrow too.