Quiet but not idle

I seem to have skipped the last 10 days in blogging…oops! Let’s see if I can catch up in one (not too long) post.

I’ve been sewing & quilting:

  1. I finished my Teddy quilt. I free motion quilted using a couple of different motifs – a first for me! I used matchstick quilting in his tummy & feet…connected circles in all the color squares and meandering in the white.


2. I made a spring/summer table topper using applique for the flowers and then I free motion quilted leaves using a contrasting green thread.

Topper cropped

Topper close up

3. I started another quilt (surprise!), this one for an online charity group called Hands2Help. I have no idea where this design idea came from but I’m really loving how it’s looking and I’m learning a TON about piecing diamond shapes :-p


4. I’ve fallen a little behind on The Splendid Sampler blocks but here are a few I finished recently

Block 13 Scrap StarBlock 17 Family Stars

I also finished piecing the back for the memory quilt and now it has to be basted – ugh, I hate this part! I asked DH to help me this afternoon cuz it’s definitely a two person job 😉


I’ve also been running, not much, but I did go out two days in a row (what was I thinking?!) I had slacked for 9 days and knew I needed to ‘get er in gear’ so I went out Friday after lunch and put in a short 2 miles.

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about using my new FlipBelt…I LOVE IT! So much so, I bought a second one so I’ll always have one clean and ready. (p.s. they’re offering a 13% discount using the code FB13 and standard shipping is free!) (p.p.s. no, I’m not getting any kickback).

The one on top they call Carbon and the bottom is Violet. The water bottle in the middle is the 11oz size and I got two of them.


These feel like a second waist band when they’re on and they stretch to fit whatever objects you put in them…like my phone and the water bottle. Once I have everything in place, I just ‘flip’ the belt over so the slits are facing my body and nothing moves!! It’s great…and SO much better than running with a big old fanny pack :-pIMG_3049

Now back to the running…my stats from Friday; I’m still following the same intervals of 3 min run/1.5 min walk but I’ve been running a different route that takes me over some pretty big hills in my neighborhood:

Garmin 4.8.16

4.8.16 garmin

One of my running buddies hasn’t been feeling well, she came down with the flu and hasn’t run in over a week (maybe I took a ‘sympathy break’ with her, LOL) so when I asked if anyone was running on Saturday I didn’t get any takers. Plus it was cold here Sat morning (39 degrees in SC!) so I waited until after lunch and went out for a planned 3-4 mile run – yes, on top of the two I had run on Friday.

I followed my normal intervals and took the same hilly route but the added difficulty was the wind – ugh! It was pretty darn breezy with gusts up to 20 mph and of course it was NOT at my back when I hit the hills – double ugh! By the time I finished 3 miles my legs were done in.

Garmin 4.9.16

4.9.16 garmin

Ok, I think I’m all caught up for now…have a great Monday!!




9 thoughts on “Quiet but not idle

  1. You did fantastic with that wind in your face! It’s like it wasn’t even blowing! Just think of it as resistance training, hehe! I’m loving that Teddy bear quilt! What an amazing job. I don’t know how you can keep all those projects going! It’s totally impressive!

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    1. Thanks Paula! I think I’m getting better at hills but I need to keep at it cuz I’ve signed up for a local 10k in June that’s got some pretty severe inclines.
      I’m totally hooked on quilting…I love every part of it! It only took me 50 years to find my passion…LOL!

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    1. Thank you for your comments about Teddy 😀 I knew it was going to be hard to keep up with The Splendid Sampler – I’m 3 blocks behind right now and we’re going away for the weekend on Thurs so I’ll be 5 blocks behind by the time we get back…ugh! But it’s ok…I’ll get caught up at some point…I hope!!


  2. Love your quilts–your FMQ looks so great! Great job on the running, too; I’ve been exercising at home, but haven’t been very good at getting out in the amazing weather we’ve been having.

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