Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WiP Wednesday - Stitch by Stitch

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

I haven't had much in progress to post about in awhile, but I'm really trying to sew at least a few seams a day. Just like with cooking, cleaning, or exercising (or not, as the case may be), the more I sew the more I sew, if you know what I mean.


Quite frankly, I'm getting sick of this spider web quilt hanging around. It doesn't seem like it should be taking this long to finish, especially since both Jodi and Lynn finished theirs ages ago. The whole quilt is eighty wedges, which make twenty blocks. And even though it feels like I've done about a million of them, I've actually made forty wedges, or enough for ten blocks. I'm only halfway finished.

My plan is to make four wedges a day, which takes less than an hour. If I can do that, I'll be done with the wedges in ten days and can then start laying it out. I'm sure I'll do some agonizing about the arrangement and possibility of borders, but that should keep me on track to finish this quarter.

This week has been good. I made four wedges Monday and four more yesterday, and that's on top of the new throw pillows I am working on for the couch. I'm hoping to show you those by Friday.

What's in progress at your place this Wednesday?



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Going to Guild - Mary Stori

How cool is this jacket?
Last week was our April guild meeting, and our speaker was Mary Stori. I knew her name, but wasn't entirely familiar with her work before this program.


Mary did a great combination of slides and actual quilts that made for a wonderful mix of information and eye candy. I am in awe of the detail and work she puts into the beading on her quilts. It was incredible! It is worth clicking on these pictures to see them more closely, and to notice the little details she includes. Check out the beaded border on the one above and the beaded binding on this one below.


Mary also uses some larger stones and gems on her quilts, like this one below. That little "pyramid" beading on the binding just kills me! 

I can't get over this amethyst. You can even buy this quilt! 

I was also excited to pass along the first of the WannaBee round robin blocks that I've worked on. Only six more to go.





Monday, April 14, 2014

FAL Q2 Goals - Let's Try This Again

Finish Along 2014

It's time to announce those second quarter goals for the FAL 2014. Hopefully this quarter will see an actual finish. Any finish will do!

Obviously I will still be working on the WannaBees Round Robin Challenge, which won't translate to any actual finishes by June.


What do I think I might get done this quarter?

  1. New throw pillows for the couch. (This one is a little of a cheat, because they are already almost finished, but I want them done by next Sunday when we are having some company over for Easter.)
  2. Do I dare put my spider web quilt on the list? I would love to get it done. I think if I commit to sewing at least a few seams every day I'd make it. Even if I only get the top finished this quarter, I will count that as a success.
  3. I should also get back to quilting my Star Surround. I abandoned this to finish Batman's quilt and never went back to it.

That's not the most ambitious list, but it seems possible for now. 


Have you linked up yet? Today is the last day!



Menu Plan Monday - Recovery Mode


It's Menu Plan Monday and last week's attempt at clean eating was a total bust. It was a combination of too many activities and not exactly loving the recipes on the plan we were trying to follow.  This week I decided to go back to what was working for us (translation: Skinnytaste) and choose recipes from Gina's clean eating tag. My exception is Wednesday, when Gracie has an orthodontist appointment that we've been warned will be long and painful, so she got to pick whatever soup she wanted. Poor bunny!

I have also contacted FitBit and hope to be getting a replacement soon. The scale still has not been replaced, so I have no idea how I'm doing; I figure this is a good week to be in denial!

My user name on My Fitness Pal is QJ2013 if you want to be friends.


MyFitnessPal - Free Calorie Counter
What's on your menu?



Thursday, April 10, 2014

#TBT - Throwback Thursday - Happy Birthday Keira and Alli

Quiltin Jenny

It's Throwback Thursday here at Quiltin' Jenny, and I hope you'll link up and share your own creative adventures from your pre-blogging days.  Today I'm sharing a pair of quilts made for my cousin's twin girls back in 2005.

 When we found out there were not one but TWO precious girls on the way, Mom and I got together to decide what quilts to make. We didn't want to make two exactly the same, but we wanted them to be connected. I decided to use a favorite for baby girl quilts, the Baby Tears quilt from PS I Love You Baby Collection by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith. I first made this quilt back in 1998 for my goddaughter, and I just love the pattern.


We found this beautiful line of sweet, girly fabric in two colorways, as well as a faint white on white check for the background. I pieced both tops and gave them to mom for hand quilting. I love the finished quilts, and the girls love them too. I have received several pictures over the years of them, and am so excited that their family recently moved a little closer.

I can't believe these girls are nine years old this week. Happy birthday, Twinkies!

Now I want to see your blast from the past.  Link up and let us all see!





Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Spring Break!




It's Menu Plan Monday and the younger kids are on spring break this week. That means Grace gets to go with me tonight to quilt guild, and we've planned a couple of college visits as well. Both sets of grandparents have come home from long trips and want to see us the kids.Translation: I barely have to cook at all!

We're still pulling recipes from the Eating Clean Plan by Melissa of Bless This Mess. So far it hasn't been too bad (mostly because it isn't that strict), but I have a feeling that this week will be a bit of a challenge with so much eating out/away from home.

I told you my FitBit is missing, but now the scale has decided it is also on strike. It's not the batteries, because it still lights up and goes through all of its paces. When you step on, though, it stays at zero. So not only can I not track my steps, now I can't track my weight until we buy a new scale. And then, who knows how that scale compares to the old scale? I know, I know, first world problems. But when it comes to being healthier, the obstacles don't have to be that high.


My user name on My Fitness Pal is QJ2013 if you want to be friends.


MyFitnessPal - Free Calorie Counter
What's on your menu?



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FAL Q1 Wrap Up - Not So Much

Finish Along 2014

It's time to link up with Katy of The Littlest Thistle for Finish Along 2014!

Sadly, there's not much to report. My first item of business was to make a quilt for Another Little Quilt Swap 8. While I did get this finished, it doesn't actually count because I didn't use the leftover block like I intended. I started from scratch, so it wasn't a UFO.

My president's quilt and the 4" block swap? Never even pulled them out. Whoops.

I have made some good progress on the WannaBees Round Robin quilts. I have had two passed to me and finished one. The other is in the works, so I'm not holding up the line. I cannot wait to show these to you! It will probably be quite awhile, but everyone is pulling out the big guns on these. We are allowed to show them to the bee members who aren't the owner in between rounds, and I've already been warned that I'm going to cry when I see mine.

So I'm getting some stuff done, but not much on the FAL. Oh well...any day sewing is a good day!

Hope you're doing better on your list!



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