On the Road Again

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I’ll be on the road again by dawn tomorrow. I’m heading to Florida for a couple of weeks to work during the day and play at nights and on the weekends. One of the first things I want to do it take a long walk outside in the sunshine. I do so love the seasons in western New York, but at this time of year I crave a clear blue sky.

My roommate and I are taking the Amtrak Auto Train from Washington DC to Sanford, FL. We’ll put the car on the train in the afternoon, roll away from the station in late afternoon, then wake up in Florida in the morning. We rode this train home from Florida about 10 years ago and we’re looking forward to another great experience.

While I’m enjoying the warmth and the sunshine, I’ll be on the hunt for more red fabric because I’m bored with my current pile of postage stamps. I’ve been googling thrift shops, fabric stores and flea markets in central Florida to see where I can hunt for treasure to help support my crazy queen size postage stamp quilt project.

The current block counts are as follows:

  • I have 60 finished blocks. Each block contains 16 postage stamps.
  • I have 18 blocks worth of 2 row strip sets.
  • I have 75 blocks worth of 4 postage stamp strip sets.

So… I have the makings of about 153 blocks. I believe the finished quilt will have 253 total blocks (19 rows of 15 blocks each). I’m calling this almost half way done, but still a long way from a victory dance!

I have begun to consider what the backing should be for this quilt. More red? Something different? Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.

P.S.I considered taking my machine to Florida, but have decided to travel without it. Maybe I can find a bargain on a light-weight travel machine while I’m in the sunshine state?

7 thoughts on “On the Road Again

  1. Chela's Colchas y Mas says:

    Love the red postage stamp quilt! I’d say more red for the backing. Or maybe a white with red polka dots. I started one, using scraps of all colors. So, far, I made one block just to see if I liked it. I do. I am busy cutting squares every chance I get. This will be a LONG term project. You were the one that got me started on this idea!

    • sandradny says:

      Chela — I took your advice — sort of– I think I need a white with red polka dot border to lighten things up. Maybe I’ll use it for backing too? Fabric on order!

  2. piecefulwendy says:

    Did I read that right — you put your car on the train? It’s late, I’m tired, so maybe I read it wrong! Leave some sunshine and lovely weather there for us — we’ll be heading there in early March! Happy hunting for red fabric and a travel machine!

  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Sandy! What a nice update on your postage stamp quilt. It looks like a nice variety of red fabrics but I can certainly see how you would be bored with them. It sounds like a fabulous work trip, with plenty of time to go on the hunt for some red gems or other sewing finds. I’m going to check out that Amtrak Auto Train – that really sounds nifty. Safe travels and good luck in your quest. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day! says:

    Oh!! Those postage stamp pieces are soooo lovely! I can see a black and white backing of some kind on the back. It sounds like you are going to have a great time on your train ride trip . Fun fun!! I hope you find a nice travel machine. Enjoy your trip!!

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