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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Still here--for now!

I had such a great month with my parent's visiting, but I sure haven't had much of a chance to blog or share lately!

1.  The first thing is that we got the RFO.  We are moving to Ft. Eustis, VA.  It is on the penninsula south of Williamsburg and north of Norfolk.  I have loved evey minute in Hawaii but am looking forward to having 4 seasons again.  I am not looking forward to wearing long pants and sleeves and closed-toe shoes, though.

2.  This month's Schnibble...  Yikes!  For some reason it is not coming easy.  First I struggled on the setting triangles, and then I hit the nine patch borders.  I chose a wrong fabric and I don't want to rip it all out (of course I completed them both before I "auditioned" them) so I ordered more fabric.  I think my major problem is that I never really fell in love with the pattern to begin with, so I may end up tweaking it a bit. 

3.  I did it!  I signed up for this Block of the Month.

Sarah's Revival.  I got the January shipment and actually got 2 of the 4 blocks done while my parents were here.  The next month came with 4 more and now I'm almost done with the third one.  So while part of me wants to "keep up," I mostly got this so I would have lots of handwork to do during the move, when I'll probably be 2 months without a machine.  Here is the first one:

And here is the second:

My favorite technique for applique is to needle turn with the "back-basting" technique.  I tried many different ways, but this is by far the eastiest, most accurate, and most portable I have done. 

I think that is all for now.  Hopefully some Schnibble inspiration will come soon.  I don't want to post a picture, because I'm too embarrassed!




  1. First of all, we will miss you and Dale! Secondly, what a beautiful quilt!

  2. Congrats on your move to VA, for all the good reasons you mentioned! And if you've never done Colonial Williamsburg, you are in for a treat! We went last summer, and it was fabulous.....historical, charming, educational......and not cheesy in any way. I could go back right now. That whole area is so beautiful; not tropical, but still beautiful! Enjoy your move with that wonderful applique project!

  3. Yes, I think you will enjoy having some different seasons for a change! Here in Texas it can be 10 degrees one day and 70 the next.

    I certainly like your new BOM red/white project....very ambitious. It looks like you are making good progress.

  4. As you saw, I'm also having troubles with my color choices with this Schnibbles. I'm sure yours looks nice. We've all questioned our fabric choices before, at least I have LOL!! It must feel better to know where you are going now. What a lovely area :-)

  5. Congrats on your reposting to VA. That quilt is going to be stunning when finished, as the first two blocks are gorgeous. Wow. xo