I was Away



Yes, I was away in Hawaii for 10 days!  I loved every minute!  Here is a picture of the view from our Airbnb on the east coast of Oahu.

Can you imagine listening to the waves all night and waking up to this view?   I loved the warm weather (it wasn’t HOT).  It was pretty great … and is now a wonderful memory.




We didn’t do much shopping, but did stop in a few fabric / quilt stores.  My husband bought more than me!  I bought 4 yards, he bought 5!  I bought the 2 on the extreme left and the 1 on the extreme right.  He bought all the ones in the middle.

Stash Report

Nothing is finished, so nothing taken away … but shopping happened as per picture above.

* Fabric Used this week: 0 yards
* Fabric Used this year: 7.4 yards
* Fabric Added this Week:   4 yards
* Fabric Added this Year: 4.5 yards Hawaii fabric
* Net Fabric Used for 2019: 3.4 yards
* Husband’s purchases 5 yards

Design Wall

With being away, I haven’t worked on much!  Yesterday and today, I worked on a few blocks from the Bonnie Hunter mystery, Good Fortune … Adding the grey sides to the 4 patches.  Not all 4 patch blocks have sides on them … still have tons and tons to do!

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Stitchin’ Time

Sew, I’m doing this a little different than Kate (Check out Life in Pieces Blog).  I’m only counting the days that I’m home, not when I’m away on holidays … and it’s only counting time spent actually sewing or cutting. Kate suggested taking hand work with me when I’m away … but I really don’t do much by hand … and I haven’t figured out how to fit a sewing machine in my carry-on (with all my clothes etc) or in the front seat of the car!

So far this year, in January, I’ve been home 9 days and I’ve sewn on 8 of those days.  Only missed one day.  88% 

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects


The stats are looking pretty grim here!

That’s OK … perhaps next week I’ll have a finish.  Well, maybe, … maybe not!

If you want to join in and get your PHD in 2019, today is the LAST day to sign up.  More information is HERE!

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Happy Quilting!


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19 thoughts on “I was Away

  1. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful trip. A great place to be to stay out of the cold stuff that’s been covering a lot of the US. You both have really great taste in fabrics. Hope you’ve been able to get back to working on your PhD program now that you are back.

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    • Hi Kate,
      It was wonderful and warm! We don’t have snow here on the WET coast … but we do have rain and dull grey skies!

      It seems like it always takes me a few days to get back into the groove of sewing … and this time it’s taking longer! Oh well, a little progress is still progress, right?

      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  2. I would give anything to wake up to that view and those sounds 🙂 Maybe one day. Sounds like you have an amazing trip! The year is young, there is plenty of time for finishes…bask in the return glow that was Hawaii.

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    • Hi Tish,
      Well, I waited 42 years for my trip to Hawaii! My husband had been before we met and I always made an issue out of it (in jest)! So, finally, I got to go with him! It had changed a LOT since he was there!
      I’m afraid that return glow is fading fast in our dull rainy weather!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • Hi Cherie!

      My husband was in Hawaii a few months before we met. I’ve always talked about how I had never been! And, yes, I’ve been to places that he hasn’t (India, Thailand and a few Canadian cities – for work). So … after 42 years, I finally got to go.

      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  3. Hi Gail! Ohhhh, that picture looks just perfect. Yes, I can remember hearing the waves and feeling that breeze. Mine is a very distant memory, but I can still dig it out. It’s only the 21st so there’s plenty of time for a finish. I know your PHD sure helped me get everything finished up, so I hope many participate this year. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne!
      Memories are awesome!
      YOU are so very encouraging! I’m glad that the PHD helped you get rid of all those UFOs!
      I’m hoping to get a finish this week, but I’d need to work on it, right? 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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    • Hi Kathleen,
      Yes, I’m dreaming of warmer temps as well. It’s just above freezing here!
      Ha! Ha! My orderly keeping track? I think it’s the only thing that’s orderly in my quilting life! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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