Weekly update

So far this month I’ve kept up with all my goals and tasks…yippee! I’m not sure if it’s the Bullet Journal or if it’s still too early in the year to ‘fall off the wagon’! LOL

Speaking of the Bullet Journal, I really do like it a lot. I’m using it multiple times every day and I hope I’ll make a habit out of it. I changed the layout for next week’s spread so I’ll have a little more writing space for each day. I tried to do a little shadow/echo effect with the month title…FAIL! lol oh well, I only have to look at it for a week!

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I’ve been keeping up with the C25K program by running twice during the week. I saved my third run for today because the temps were supposed to be in the upper 60’s, however my stomach was giving me a fit and I almost didn’t go…but I figured I’d give it a try and see what happened. Wow, maybe I should run with an upset stomach more often – lol!

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I’ve also been keeping up with the two sew-alongs:

The Honey Pot Bee issued it’s first monthly block – actually there is a choice of two blocks each month or you can make both. I decided to only make the Star block this month but the pattern actually results in two stars. I rotated the center HSTs to try to give each star it’s own look:

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There was also a wild card block issued before January but I hadn’t opened my layer cake yet so I waited until now to make the Patchwork tree block – and funny enough this one also nets two blocks:

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The other project I’m following is the Cookbook Quilt Along with Amy Gibson. This one releases blocks weekly and follows the book Amy published last year, as such the blocks are not a surprise and if I need to I can sew ahead. Block two is called “Cherry on top”.

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I knew I didn’t have enough solids to complete this quilt along so I searched online for more Kona fabric and I found a windfall at Craftsy!! They had these bundles on sale for a GREAT price so I scooped them up…squeeeee!

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Last but not least, I’ve basted The Kittens and started quilting on it this morning. I’m doing my standard ‘over-all meander’…not sure if you can really see it in this pic but I’ve got six kittens done. I’m using a brown Aurifil thread on top which blends very well except for on the white part of the faces and a dark gray Aurifil in the bobbin.

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That’s about it for this week…I’ll be cheering for the Packers and Chiefs later today!

ttfn…

Doing and procrastinating

So the first week of January has been productive in one regard and not so much in another…argh!

I’ve picked up a new obsession…Bullet Journal (Bujo to the in-crowd). I had read about it a few years ago but didn’t really ‘get it’ so I moved on.  I stumbled back on it last week when I was starting to use The Quilter’s Planner, Stephanie mentioned that her planner could be used to Bullet Journal and it piqued my interest. I Googled it and searched Pinterest and, well, that’s all she wrote…I’m hooked!

The good news is, I think I ‘get it’ now and I’ve jumped in with both feet. I bought the recommended journal and started using it right away. What I like about it the most is that everything is in one place. A few years ago I wanted to start writing in a gratitude journal every night but I would forget and just go to bed – I also wanted to track my progress for exercising but the spreadsheet was in the computer and I would forget about it…there seems to be a theme 😦

Anyway, the point is each thing was in a different place and I would just forget to use them. With the Bullet Journal the idea is to PUT IT ALL IN ONE PLACE. Yes, it’s a written planner/journal/tracker but I find my mind connects better when I actually write stuff down versus using technology. Now don’t get me wrong, I still put my appointments in my phone/calendar so I get automated reminders but everything else is going in my Bujo 😉

The other thing I really like is there’s a whole online community that is so supportive and encouraging – kind of like the quilting community. Creative people are so dang nice!!

If you’re interested in learning more about Bullet Journal here are a few resources I found very helpful:

BulletJournal.com from the creator Ryder Carroll himself

BohoBerry.com Kara Benz has fully embraced Bullet Journaling and offers many hints, tips and techniques. She also sells printables to use in the journal

Here are a few pages from my very first Bullet Journal:

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Next up – I’ve started C25K over this week and YAY I did all three workouts…whoop whoop!! I’ve already posted the first two days so I’ll just put day 3 in here. We had a bit of bad weather Friday night into Saturday (nothing like the weather forecasters were predicting – thank goodness!) Still, I didn’t want to run outside so I talked Hubby into pulling the treadmill out of the corner of the garage and setting it up where I could use it 😀

My times are not quite as good as when I run outside but I’m not gonna fuss over it!

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Now comes the procrastinating part…I’ve had lots of available time on my hands over the last many days that I should’ve been putting into finishing The Kitten quilt — but have I finished it??? Nope. I’ve worked on it here and there and the top is almost complete, I just need to add two more border strips but I know I should’ve had it done by now. I’m not sure what the problem is but I committed to having it finished this month so I better GET OVER IT!

Here’s a picture of the rows all pieced, I’ve since added borders to the left and right

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As I did last year, I’m following along with a few BOMs (Block of the month) and QALs (quilt alongs). First up is Amy Gibson’s Cookbook Quilt Along. I followed her Sugar Block Club last year and I really enjoyed it so it was a no-brainer that I’d do this one too. I’ve decided to use all solid fabrics for this one…this should be fun! Here’s the first block:

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The other one I’m following is The Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles. This is not a traditional bee where you mail blocks off – with this one you keep everything you make and at the end of the year you finish the quilt. I haven’t actually made the January block yet but it’s on my list today (argh, and finishing the borders on The Kitten!).

While I’m sewing I’ll be watching the NFL playoffs and there are only 7 days until the Australian Open!! I sure have missed watching tennis 😉

ttfn…