Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Road trip!

I have been offline for a while. We took a road trip to visit my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Lynnville, Tennessee. It was a 7 day drive with the truck and 5th wheel camping trailer. Right before we left home I quilted another UFO for the guild challenge I knew that I could work on the binding during the trip to Tennessee and get a photograph submitted before the 1st of May. And I did get it done in time. We did not have any internet until we got to the farm.

Starting the spiral
I have quilting spirals on smaller pieces, but wanted to try it on a large-ish quilt. I think that I started the center a bit too large. I did try to go back and walking foot it into the center, but it was not a success, so I backed it out to where I started and left it a large center. I may try to go back and try to FMQ the center.
Still spiraling
I don't have the best space to machine a large quilt, but I just make it work. I run into the window and have to adjust constantly. I may have to adjust my space to add another table. I will figure it out when we get back home. I really want to make a dent in my pile of quilt tops.
Glamor shot
And my glamor shot on the front porch of the farm in Tennessee!

White Sands National Monument
On our way to Tennessee we stopped in New Mexico and visited the White Sands National Monument. It was so beautiful! I cherish our National Parks. I hope that they will survive.
Texas Bluebonnets
We went through Texas and camped for the night at Lake Arrowhead. Along the side of the road I was able to see Texas Bluebonnets in person. Lovely!
Lake Texoma
We spent a night camped on the shores of Lake Texoma. It is on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. We were on the Texas side. We had the most beautiful sunset that evening!
Dogwood blooming
Our last night on the road we camped in DeQueen Lake State Park in West Tennessee. The Dogwood trees were blooming! Just lovely!

We will be attending my sister-in-law's graduation on Sunday. She is a writer and last week won an award in the English Department for Best in Fiction for her short story! I am so proud of her! Here is a link to her short story. It is the first in a series of stories. I would love to hear what you think of it, it is a very timely story.

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Amanda Jean




  1. Do you use a ruler for the spiral?

  2. Ack!! Where is the rest of the story?!?? I was totally hooked by the suspense of it. Oh, and congratulations on your newly completed quilt!

  3. Fun to hear of your adventure across country. It's good to have handwork while traveling. Binding is the only thing I can do in the truck while pulling the 5th wheel.
    The story your sister-in-law wrote is very well done. I think we forget the parents, or family of the perpetrators, left behind in the wake of the mass shootings we have endured lately. I recently saw a short piece on television about the parents of one of the shooters in the Columbine Tragedy. So sad!

  4. Lovely colours and great job on the spiral.

  5. Congrats on your finish. The green goes well with the blues. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

  6. The story had me so interested......and left me hanging in thin air......augh!!!
    The "glamour shot" of your quilt is lovely. Great quilt. Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday, Judy.

  7. What gorgeous photos!! Yes we love our bluebonnets and Lake Texoma is wonderful. I'd like to see more of your quilt because what I see is beautiful!! My hubby and I used to camp a LOT but he's been gone 5 1/2 yrs now. Sure miss him.


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