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Wow! Septembers are always busy for our family (4 birthdays!), but this one was especially so! Last week we drove our daughter to college to start her freshman year....her school started later than the rest of the country. The weeks before that included dorm and clothing shopping. Also, because of the now empty nest and my bad knees, we put our 2 story plus basement house on the market. Crazy Busy!!! But I'm looking forward to a one level house and access to my sewing room without pain :)

In the meantime, I've been sewing like crazy. I made this Sweet & Sour Plaid quilt last month for the photo shoot, but couldn't tell you about it. Here is Angela modeling it (it was still warm out!). I'm just finishing another photo shoot quilt that you'll see in January....it's sooooo cute! Hint, Vicki Bellino designed this one.

The downside of the house move is that most of my sewing room, all of my quilting books, cook books and reading books are now packed - aaackkk! Hope the house sells fast!

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Comment by Catherine Bungard on October 2, 2009 at 1:40pm
Wishing you a quick sale on your house and an easy time with the move into your new one. Best of luck to DD in college. Just think of the fun you'll have unpacking everything and rediscovering what you have hidden away. It'll be like you just went shopping but on a larger scale.....lol.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on October 1, 2009 at 4:31am
Karen, I know the feeling about the stairs. We have a 4 level back split which means we go upstairs, from the living room and kitchen, to the bedroom and bathroom and go down one flight of stairs to the family room, my office/sewing room and another bathroom and then another set of stairs to the laundry, storage and DH office. Some days I don't know why we bought such a big house but I do have a lovely big sewing room even though my computer and office takes up part of it.
Since not having children, I do not know that empty nest syndrome but I can feel for you. I remember when I got married and left how hard a time Mom and Dad had. Hope you sell and find a new place real soon. Thinking of you.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on September 30, 2009 at 7:12pm
Well, you sure know how to tease us....again. If it's one of Vickie's it has to be nice. I love her patterns.
Good luck on the home sale. I, too have a basement but it was mostly for our boys and their friends and storage. My son wasn't even out of the driveway when I converted his main floor bedroom to a sewing room. I hate stairs too. Only go downstairs when I have to....
Comment by Nicola/De on September 30, 2009 at 6:22pm
Best of luck for a quick sale of your too big home and a quick find for your new home!!! Best of luck to your daughter with her college years and all the challenges that will follow!!!!
Comment by Ally Bryant on September 30, 2009 at 5:56pm
All the best on the sale of your house, a good distraction for you at the momment. It's hard this empty nest time but gradually you get used to it, I know you feel you have lost your best friend. But life has a way of taking you to the next stage and eventually you will enjoy that too. And they always come home usually with additions!!LOL.
Comment by Marnie/NH on September 30, 2009 at 5:30pm
We didn't move when the kids moved out, I remember some real sad days when I missed them. I am glad that part has passed and we now enjoy the grandkids that we have been blessed with. A new phase in life can move on to an excellent phase. Oh boy, I did it again...yak yak yaking away . Thinking of you Karen.
Comment by Kate in OK on September 30, 2009 at 5:04pm
Good luck with the selling and moving.
Comment by Trevi in Texas on September 30, 2009 at 4:18pm
Karen, maybe the house sale, packing, & unpacking will be a welcome distraction while you are adjusting the empty nest phase of life. Best of luck to you & your DH with the house sale & to your DD on her college experience.
Comment by Ginger Anne Johnson on September 30, 2009 at 2:51pm
We moved two years ago from a house with an upstairs and a basement that we had lived in for 42 years. But my knees were so painful on the stairs that It was a relief to move into our one floor town house. The painful part was the downsizing that I had to do, but I knew where we were moving to and I knew there wasn't room for all my "stuff" so I knew that lots had to go. My quilting totes spent the last two winters in the little shed but hopefully this year I'll have a chance to use them. I wish you lots of help in packing and moving and peace in your heart as you make this change. Ginger
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on September 30, 2009 at 2:49pm
I will pray that your house sells quickly. Know what you are going through as we did that last year.
I had a very hard time when my daughter left. I missed her terribly and she was only a 20 minute drive away!
Our house is a one storey with the basement fully developed. Because we designed it we were able to have an elevator put in. For my son in the wheelchair. BUT it has been a blessing with my knee!

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