Quilt Shop Discovery

We’ve been in Florida “officially” since May 15 and would you believe that I just now went to the local quilt shop in Naples?!? What?!?

Is that some will power or what!? Actually, since the longarm wasn’t re-assembled and we had house hunting, then furniture hunting, then wall painting, then company…well, there just wasn’t enough left in me to look for a quilt shop. Fear not, however, I knew where it was! As always, my thanks to Mr. Google! 😉

Flash Quilt and Sew is in our new favorite part of town…conveniently located near The Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, the bank, and other necessity type retail establishments! Flash Quilt & Sew is a Janome and Baby Lock dealer.

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Mr. G suggested we stop in on our way back home from a quick shopping trip! Yes! 🙂

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The classroom is as large as the shop space! I recently joined the Naples Quilters Guild and they meet here once a month to work on charity quilts!

Here is some additional eye candy from the classroom!

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Flash Sew and Quilt has a second location in Ft Meyers. Click here for their website.

I think I can find just about all I need in our new home!

Do you have a new quilt shop discovery!? Let me know! 🙂

 

 

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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