Change at the Speed of Life

March is here and with it comes change. For most people, it just means a change in the season…are you slowly thawing out where you live? Are your favorite things starting to bud and bloom? For us, it means another adventure!

Recently, Bonnie Hunter posted this photo on her Quiltville Facebook page…

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Thanks, Bonnie! What a timely phrase! Change is scary but it’s also sometimes just the thing you need to do.

If you have followed this blog for a bit (or know us as friends and family do), you know we have moved a few times in our 36 years of marriage. For the most part, the reasons have been (mostly) economic conditions and/or chasing a dream. Our move to Hawaii in 2015 was a big dream…and guess what!? we sat in the front row and did it!!

But, things in life have a way of changing…not that we WANT them to change, sometimes they just do all by themselves. As much as we would like, we can’t control everything life throws at us.

Yet the things we CAN control do take action. So, most of our friends and family know that we are action-taking types and know when to make things happen.

Moving to Hawaii was a big risk…it would be a 50/50 chance. Should we take it on? We weighed all the pros and cons and took a deep breath, and did it. We knew there would be things we couldn’t control but it was worth a shot…this one chance to live our longtime dream. Reality can be harsh, however and we found we were on the second part of that 50/50 chance…the part that usually stops most folks in their tracks.

So, now what do we do? Where do we go? When do we leave? What’s the plan?

Well, then it’s time to start a new dream!

When we first considered moving to Hawaii back in 2014, Florida was our backup plan. Now its THE plan! And we’ve taken action! Watch out Florida…here we come!

Our beautiful Kauai home is already under contract and we are set to close on April 4! Most of February was spent making it ready to sell and fortunately for us, our buyer was renting across the street! They love our neighborhood and all the upgrades we have done to the house was greatly appreciated. Just this week, Mr. G sold his 1-year old Tacoma pickup in less than 24 hours!

After we close on the house in April and yet another tax season is out of the way, we will take some time to visit Maui and the Big Island…we might not be this close to them ever again…so we are taking advantage of that! Then, we’ll take some time in May to visit our parents as we make our way to Florida.

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We hope to be in the Ft. Myers/Bonita Springs area by June 1st.

Yes, Stella (the longarm quilting machine) will cross the Pacific, again, and I will continue the blog and quilting. I’ve read there are 120 quilt shops in Florida! And, of course, I can still quilt barefoot and get my toes sandy!! Woohoo!!

As Bilbo Baggins said, “I think I’m ready for another adventure!” Let’s go!!

Stay tuned!

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Barefoot Beach!

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Top Ten Tuesday { Quilt Labels, Display and Storage}

Good afternoon!! It’s been a busy morning…I have been cutting fabric for the next quilt since the electrician was here updating our circuit breaker box and some outlets. With the power safely off for him to work his magic, I was more than happy to cut and play with more fabric!

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With that said, the computers were offline, too…so I am just now posting today’s blog…Tuesday Tips! I really like the tips shared by Aurifil and this topic just came up with another quilting friend. I made a label on my new sewing machine, third attempt, and I am liking it. Practice makes, well, almost perfect!! Mr. G pointed out I should put my blog address on the label…more to tweak on this!

I saw a post by Bonnie Hunter explaining how she labels her quilts. Genius! So simple and effective! Here is her post.

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Putting a label on a quilt is important and helpful but a personal choice of the maker. Drop me a comment on your favorite way to label your creations or why you don’t. Either way…I hope your quilts are used and loved for a very long time!

Aloha!

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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Do you have beautiful quilts that have no labels?  Do you own lovely works of quilt art that remain folded up because you have no idea how to properly display them? Not sure how to fold a quilt without crease line?  This week is for you!  Learn how to make a label with all the information for your loved ones to know your quilt’s history. Learn how to make a quilt sleeve or tabs to display your beautiful quilts and check out some cool ways to store your ever growing collection!

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1. How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial by Amy from Amy A La Mode6656326915_af79a4f55b_z

2. What information to include on your quilt label by E. Wolfmeyer

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3. Quilt Storage Tips from Sherri McConnell for Craftsy

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4. Hang Your Quilt! (Hanging Sleeve Tutorial) by Jacquie from TallGrass Prairie Studio

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5. A Quick Quilt Label Method

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