Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Boy has a lot happened in the last month. My son and family arrived in Sarasota on the 25th of July and then the fun began! For the last few months I had begun going through things and packing and throwing away....not fun after 18 years at this house! It was really hard getting rid of lots of my "stuff" but it had to be done. My son is relentless in the "throw away mode" but so organized and fast that things really went better after he started helping. We had yard sales for two weekends and got rid of lots of "stuff" much stuff that I made a bit over $500! It was interesting to see what people buy and what they don't! What didn't get sold or given to friends and neighbors went to Goodwill...many, many trips! We also got to know our garbage men quite well! They were amazing.  We turned the keys over to the Real Estate agents, and we pulled out of Sarasota around 12:30 PM on Monday the 8th. It was a long 16 hours to Starkville, MS through much rain and many accident slowdowns. Once my son gets going, he drives straight through....boy was I tired when we arrived at his house. I'm staying with them until the house sells so I have my own room where I have set up a sewing area. I really haven't had much time to do much sewing but I have done a bit.

First off I am making a baby quilt for a friend's daughter who is having a baby in December. I am working on it now since I don't know what my schedule will be like. It is a Quilt As You Go Coin quilt. I have finished all of the coin rows and they are neatly pressed and ready to start the QAYG process.

I am using Connecting Threads' Lotta' Dots with a Light Stone Lotta' Dots  backing to go with the gray walls the nursery has been painted.

Since I really like this quilt, I looked at the fabric that I have with me and found a layer cake that I won sometime ago! I cut the 10" blocks into 4 charms each and then cut them in half to make a huge pile of coins. I can work on the strips in free time and be ready to make a couple of quilts when I finally get settled.

Here are my coins before I divided them into separate colors.

One other project I have started is making cloth napkins. My daughter-in-law really likes be environmentally conscious so I hunted through my fabric that I have with me, and have made two practice napkins and have found some more to make a set of 6. This is really a easy thing and helpful keeping so much paper from landfills. I found a really fun pattern at Chocolate and Zucchini that has two sided napkins. Here are photos of the two sides.

Cute little owls

Coordinating floral fabric

Please forgive the photos but my camera is in the storage unit and I'm having to use my phone...not really too good but til I can get there to retrieve my camera these will have to do! I will try to post somewhat regularly but we will see how things go. It is great to be back!


  1. Moving is never fun, but it sounds like you had some amazing help. Good luck on the sale of your house and getting back to a new "normal." :O)

  2. Wow....It sounds like you have had some busy times and even time for a bit of sewing. Your napkins are darling. I love using cloth napkins.

  3. Moving is like uprooting a tree of 18 years! It's a LOT of work and some roots need to be cut. Good luck with the house sale. Hope it's a fast sale so you can get back to normal life with your things around you. You did pretty good job with the sewing. I'll have to sew some cloth napkins. We don't use paper napkins, the boys just use their t-shirt no matter what I say! lol. ;^)

  4. You raised a very nice son. How great he came and helped you. I like your coin quilt. I will have to try this. I have fabric leftover from 2 crib quilts, this would be a good way to use the rest up. Blessings, Gretchen

  5. What a busy time for you; glad you can make time to sew and enjoy it. Hope your house sells soon! Cute fabric and patterns!

  6. Wow, great job cleaning and moving after 18 years. That must have been overwhelming but I hope you feel cleansed now. My hubs was a long distance mover once and always says it is easier for someone else to move someone as there are not memories attached to everything for them. Good thing your son helped you de-stash!

  7. Your coins look beautiful. The range of colors looks like it would be very comforting to a baby nestled beneath it.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,