Lots of sewing going on

It’s a new year so of course I’ve started a few new habits…we’ll see how long I stick with them. I know that sounds negative but if I look at my history, it seems to be what I do. Start out with big plans in January only to fizzle out at some point. So here goes:

First of all I’m doing a challenge on IG started by a quilting friend last year with her sister called #dosomethingquiltyeveryday They did this last year and I loved the idea but never really joined in – however I started out on Jan 1 this year and I’ve posted something every day so far!! Woohoo and I’ve gotten a lot done too.

I mailed off the commissioned tshirt quilt to it’s new home. Surprisingly enough it got there in one day! I used the medium flat rate box with USPS, dropped it off on Monday morning and she posted this pic on Facebook the next evening!!! She was so happy and grateful ❤

I’ve started making the Plaid-ish quilt by Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting. This FREE pattern has been on my bucket list for a little while and I kept seeing pics of others making; I just couldn’t wait any longer so I jumped in last week. Here are a few of the progress pics I posted on IG – oh and this is all from my scrap bins!!

“Dark” blocks all cut
“Dark” blocks pieced, “Light” pieces laid out

My plan is to layout the “Mid value” blocks today and start piecing a few. The beauty of the #dosomethingquiltyeveryday challenge is it’s making me go into my sewing room every day and do something even if it’s just laying things out or sewing one or two seams – yay!

I’m also trying to create a habit of walking at least 15 minutes every day. Nothing too daunting at this point, I just want to create a habit that will stick. I really don’t move enough – I sit at a desk all day and then sit at my sewing machine at night. Ha! Not good! I’ve been doing really well with it, I actually started Monday 12/30 and haven’t missed a day yet! I’m using a paper planner this year and I’ve got a habit tracker sticker on the monthly page for January where I can see it every day. A few more weeks of this and I should have a habit!! I listened to the book Atomic Habits by James Clear a few weeks ago so I’m following his suggestion to start small and get the habit in place before making it bigger, sounds plausible!

I’m also trying to be more consistent with cleaning my house so I’m following the Fly Lady program; if you want to learn more you can visit her website by clicking the link or you can follow along with Steph the Secret Slob as she breaks it down for newbies. I found her videos easy to watch and her way of adopting the program resonated with me. I’ve been doing OK with this so far in 2020, I only missed one day :-p

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I weighed in at WW yesterday, I was fully expecting to hit the 10# mark…but it was not to be 😦 UGH! I really tried hard to stay within my points budget and I walked every day last week but I guess it’s gonna take a little more time! Onward and upward!

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We go back to Charleston next week for Sammie’s 30 day follow up. We’ve noticed she’s been acting a little weird the last few weeks – nothing really bad, just different from her ‘normal’ self. She’s been very restless at night when it’s time to go to bed. She usually gets up in bed and stays there all night but recently she’ll get down and lay on the hardwood floor – like she’s hot and needs to cool down. She’ll stay there for a few hours and then in the middle of the night she’ll get up in bed. She’s also been sleep really hard, what I mean is it’s hard to wake her up. My husband and I both experienced a moment of panic when we tried to wake her and she wouldn’t move!! Finally we shook her pretty hard and she opened her eyes…that was pretty scary! I don’t know if it’s the meds, her age or her illness, we’ll ask the doctor next week and see what she thinks. Other than that Sammie is doing really well, still running and playing as usual.

That’s all for now…have a great rest of the weekend!

T-shirt quilt is DONE!

I think this is the fastest I’ve ever completed a t-shirt quilt (that is, once I got started!). I started deconstructing the shirts on Dec 12 and I put the final stitches in the binding last night! This quilt was commissioned by one of my old running buddies and her birthday is today…I wanted so badly to get this to her by today but alas I missed 😦 I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow and she’ll have it by mid-week.

I went outside this morning to grab a few shots…it was windy and the sun was streaking through the trees :-p

I used the same fabric for backing and binding – her favorite color is blue!

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I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for 2020 goals, I’m going to make a list of all my UFO’s so I can keep track of what I finish this year. I have a box just for finished tops and there are some really pretty ones I want to finish, not to mention the ones I basted last week (Meadowland, Granny Cabin & Rainbow Improv). I’ve tried the APQ UFO challenge before but that uses a random number to determine what gets worked on and I’d rather use my gut to decide what I work on.

I’ve also decided I’m going to take on the challenge to #dosomethingquiltyeveryday. This was an IG challenge started by another quilting friend last year and I think it will help me stay on track with my 2020 goal. It can be as little as 15 minutes but it will keep me accountable to doing something every day and post a pic on IG to ‘prove’ it!

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I actually went to WW to weigh in yesterday and thankfully I maintained from the last time two weeks ago! Whew! I got there as soon as the doors opened to beat the “January” rush but I didn’t stay for the meeting/workshop. I’ve been doing really good staying within points and not eating ‘junk’ so I’m planning to see a loss next week!

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That’s all for now…have a great rest of the weekend 🙂

Goodbye 2019

As the year winds to a close I wanted to look back on all the quilty things I accomplished this year. Here are all the ‘finishes’ I had…there are quite a few more ‘starts’ that are still waiting to be finished :-p

Not as many as I’ve had in past years but I’ll give myself a break…we moved from Lake Wylie to Myrtle Beach in 2019 and that took a lot of mental & physical energy away from quilting.

For 2020, I hope to focus more on quilting for me….meaning, accept fewer commission quilts and just do whatever strikes my fancy!! Maybe I’ll finish more than I start, which means I’ll have to venture into my UFO pile!!

Merry Christmas?

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Ours was pretty low key, we exchanged a few presents and watched Sammie open a few. We also had friends join us for dinner and then watched “A Star is Born” (Lady Gaga version) afterward.

The weather here in Myrtle Beach has been unseasonably mild…like high 60’s low 70’s for the last few days – Yes! That played nicely into my plans to get a bunch of quilts basted, unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures 😦 I pulled my big ironing surface outside on the back patio and grabbed 4 quilts: Commission tshirt, Rainbow improv, Meadowland and Granny Cabin

I used my favorite basting spray from June Tailor but I grabbed the can I had purchased right after they changed the formula…ugh! Not only does it have a very strong odor but the spray is immensely sticky and not in a good way 😦 I wrote to them earlier this year to complain and they said they had to change the formula due to regulations in California; they said they were tweaking the formula to fix the smell and a few other issues and offered to send me a new can when it was released. I received the new shipment in late August but I completely forgot about it when I grabbed all my stuff to go outside yesterday…grrrrr.

Anyway, I finished basting those four quilts and I’ve ironed the tshirt quilt so it’s ready for quilting. I cleaned my sewing machine, changed the needle, changed to my free motion foot and I’ve picked out the threads I’ll be using on top & bottom. I’m all ready to get started!!

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I skipped my WW weigh-in yesterday because I knew I was up several pounds and I just didn’t want that written in my book! Ha, so silly! By my scale I’m up 2.4 over Christmas…damn cookies! I’ll probably skip the next weigh-in too simply because it will be the 1st one of the new year and all the folks who just signed up will be there, it will be pretty crazy!

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That’s about all for now….have a Happy New Year (and decade)!!

A little good news

We had Sammie’s 2 week follow up appointment with the oncology vet this past week and we got a little good news – her lymph nodes have shrunk a little, Yay! The Dr was very pleased by this and said it normally takes a little longer to see results so she’s encouraged that Sammie will continue to respond well to the treatment, Yay again! She’ll continue with the chemo & steroid meds and we’ll go back in 30 days for another checkup.

I snapped this picture of her the other day – she hates to have her picture taken but while I was getting ready to let her clean my oatmeal bowl she sat there so pretty I had to grab my phone and snap a pic before the moment passed

That little tongue sticking out just kills me ❤

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I’ve made considerable progress on the commission tshirt quilt – the top is almost done! I have two vertical seams left to sew.

I reached out to Kitty to get her ideas for backing and then went online to find some options. I sent her six possibilities and she chose this one, which I’ll also use for binding:

I’ve been itching to start something new but I really, really, really need to finish up a few other projects. I have everything ready for basting on three other quilts (Rainbow Improv, Meadowland & Granny Cabin) so I’m planning to spray-baste them the same time I do this commission quilt.

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In WW news, I was down .4 yesterday…I only need .8 more to hit the 10# mark! I can do this!!

That’s about all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

Starting again

I’m slowly getting back into my sewing room and this past week I finally pulled out the tshirts for the commission quilt I need to make. This quilt is for one of my running buddies in Lake Wylie. We’ve run together many times and as I went through her shirts I reminisced about all those races.

Once I saw all the colors and laid them out on my design wall, I messaged her to get an idea of what kind of layout she preferred and as is the case with most of my commissions, she didn’t really know! I sent her a few example pictures and she liked the ‘random, puzzle’ style…so that’s what she’ll get!

Here are all the shirts pinned to my wall, this isn’t the final layout but you can see what I have to work with – lots of color! Yay!

I just realized her birthday is coming up on Jan 5th…if I can buckle down and work on this a little every day I could certainly have it done by then! Oh please let my mojo kick in!!!

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I skipped the WW weigh in yesterday. I could tell by weighing on my own scale that I hadn’t lost any weight & they were having a big open house – I just didn’t feel like messing with a crowd.

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I took Sammie for a picture with Santa yesterday…as usual, she hates getting her picture taken so the expression they captured is kind of perfect!!

That’s about all for now…I’m off to my sewing room to work on that tshirt quilt!

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Getting back into it

Our little Sammie girl started her chemo & steroid pills this past Monday and so far she’s doing very well. The chemo pills are pretty scary because they come with warnings that we need to wear gloves when handling them! If I can’t even touch them what the heck are they doing to my fur baby!? I was a complete & utter nervous wreck when we gave her the first dose – I was so worried she was going to have a bad reaction. The Dr said if she was going to have a reaction it usually happens within the first few hours. As you can imagine, I was watching her like a hawk…several hours later I finally started to calm down and by the next day I had regained my composure. Clearly, it’s a good thing I didn’t have any human children ;-p

Six doses in and she’s still acting like her normal, playful self. The only difference we’ve noticed is her drinking (and peeing) more often. The Dr told us that is to be expected with the steroid. I’m relieved that she’s not had any adverse reactions and I can only pray the meds will do their job and help my baby live a long happy life ❤

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In other news, I went to WW yesterday and I was down 1lb which is a minor miracle since I baked cookies last week and of course had to ‘test’ several! I’m so close to hitting the 10# mark I really, really need to buckle down!

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I’ve been finding it hard to get back into my sewing room…I guess I was feeling down (and sorry for myself) with Sammie’s diagnosis but I forced myself to get back in there last night and again this morning to finish the backing for my Granny Cabin top.


I know this doesn’t look like much but it’s one vertical seam shy of a completed back. I pulled 14 low-volume FQs that have been sitting in my stash for far too long and sewed them together in a random layout. I finished that last seam this morning before the football games started. Now all I need to do is cut batting, get it basted, quilted and bound – Ha!

That’s about all for now…have a great rest of your weekend!