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I can't believe it! It's been several months since I checked in and wrote a post. So much has taken place that my quilting passion has been put on hold for several months.

Firstly, I won a couple of red ribbons on several quilts that I entered at the NJ State Fair, Sussex County Farm and Horse show! I was hoping for a couple of blue ribbons. Guess I'll have to work on techniques sighted in the comment cards.  But I'm happy that I took home a few ribbons. I must remember that it isn't about winning ribbons, but the journey to completion of a quilt.

Secondly, I have enjoyed my new machine (Brother 6700 with the embroidery features). It is a very high tech machine and I was just getting into it with the embroidery club that I joined through Pocono Sew n Vac when my life started to change forever!

Here's the story. You may not know or maybe you do, (?) that my husband has been pushing me to move to Pennsy since I retired from teaching. I've dragged my feet on this for many years and with one last push to see an MLS listing just outside of Bloomsburg, PA, I went with him for  a 'drive-by' of the property. (also included was a trip to Verna's fabric shop (mid summer sale) and the Lewisburg Farmer's market that Wednesday in July. Well one thing led to another and the property and house looked promising, so we booked a viewing with the listing realtor. Meeting my brother and sister-in-law at the site, we proceeded to walk through the house and from that moment on, I really fell in love, actually fell in love with it. There was no question, this was THE HOUSE of my dreams. I told my husband that if he didn't make a bid on this home, I'd never again go house hunting again with him! That was the beginning of how my life has changed.

From that moment on, the bid was offered, accepted pending home inspection, and the paperwork began. We were now in pending stages of buying a new home. That was mid -July. Now I was faced with packing up my house (the closing was scheduled for end of Sept.). With the fair coming up, a two week vacation, and a promised open house upon my return at the beginning of Sept., I was in a tizzie! How am I going to clean up this house to ready it for an open house in September?????? The task was daunting as you probably can relate. A quilter's house is usually in 'pieces' as my coffee cup says!

So every waking moment was spent with collecting and filling boxes, finding alternate storage for that which was to be taken to Pennsy, donated,  given away, and simply thrown out. In 24 days, prior to our vacation in mid - august, the house was ready to be photographed and listed. My husband and I rested up after the big push for two weeks in Maine, all the while I'm packing in my mind and planning the next step in the process of purging. What a nightmare!

We came back to begin the next phase of the packing process, in time for the open house. Again it was a push. More packing, donating, giving away, garage sale preparations, and more throwing out filled my days as we pushed to get the house ready for prospective buyers. No, we hadn't sold our house. So the main focus was to prepare for that special 'day'.

To date, the garage sale was behind us, our first open house was history, and a few buyers paraded through our humble, but small abode. The realtor caravan saw our home as a 'priced to sell' opportunity, a curb appeal presentable home with lush gardens, lawn (thanks to our landscaper) and potential garden spot that would envy any farmer. (the soil itself proved to be fertile and the best the county has to offer). The closing on the Pennsy home became history this past week and the reality of owning this new home in Pennsy has finally set in. We've begun moving those boxes that were carefully prepared and we continue to hope for a buyer on our Jersey home. We've had several promising 'visits'.

I'll post more as we make progress going forward.

Love to all.


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Comment by Terry F on October 17, 2013 at 6:20am
Congratulations on your ribbons! Will you post pics of your entered quilts? And happy moving, so nice that you found your dream home. So Billie, what have you been doing in your SPARE time??? LOL
Comment by Donna Sykes on October 15, 2013 at 3:59pm

Congratulations on your dream home! How exciting. All your hard work over the last few months is going to pay off. Hope your previous home sells soon and you canreally settle in.

Comment by Joanna liguz on October 15, 2013 at 3:11pm

I hope you sell your old home. We can't move unless we sell the old one forst...Isn't it exciting to be in that mode-"moving"? We are only 1/2 way there,,going to give our deposit this coming week to our new home,,I hope they accept it...Glad to know your in your new home...

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 15, 2013 at 11:16am

So fun to hear about all the changes in your life, Billie.  Exciting stuff!  Hope the move goes without a hitch and that the current house sells quickly.  We'll be looking forward to hearing the next installment of your adventure.

Comment by Janet/MO on October 15, 2013 at 7:52am

Whew, I'm tired just from reading your post!  LOL   I hope you get your previous home sold soon so you can move on with your new life.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 15, 2013 at 5:07am

This is sooooo exciting! A lot of work, but what a great find for you. Sounds like this house had your name on it. Doesn't it feel good to purge the old place! Enjoy the process...good luck with a quick sell on the Jersey home!

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