Starting 2018

2018 hasn’t had the best start. Both me & DH got sick right after Christmas and we’ve carried it into the new year 😦 We both are finally starting to feel better but it’s been so bitter cold here in SC that we haven’t left the house! Ha, now I know what a hermit feels like :-/  The upside is I’ve been cooking more (nothing elaborate that’s for sure) and we’ve been supporting the local economy by ordering in 😉

Needless to say I haven’t been sewing or quilting much this past week but I did get a spurt of energy and started my Scrap Attack project for January. If you’d like more information about it, check out Sarah’s blog post.  I searched Pinterest a few weeks ago and made a board of the scrappy projects that would fit my chosen precut size of 2.5×4.5. When I’m done with a project I take what’s left, cut it to this size and store it in a clear plastic box (sometimes I don’t cut it right away but I keep what can be cut to this size in that box as well; anything smaller goes in a large pillowcase to be donated to an animal shelter when it’s full).

I printed small versions of those Pinterest posts and put them in a tin, earlier this week I pulled a project for January – it’s “Mother’s Own” block. This is a free block pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and it makes a 5.5″ block. I didn’t really think about the size until I started cutting – the pieces call for 1.5×2.5 and 1.5 square. I’d already made two blocks when it dawned on me that I could save myself some cutting if I up-sized the block to 10.5″; the pieces would then be 2.5×4.5 and 2.5 square – duh!!! No brainer!

MO first blocks

After making the first up-sized block I noticed I could make a couple more smaller ones and when sewn into a 4-patch they’d be the same size…so…here’s my progress to date. Not sure if I’ll make more of the smaller size or not, I’ll figure that out as I go along.

MO more

An added bonus to sewing with my scraps is using up bobbin scraps from previous projects…Yay, 8 bobbins emptied without wasting the thread 😀

Oh wait, I did make a few blocks for another project. Carole of From My Carolina Home is making quilts for folks affected by the terrible fires in California and I made these blocks over the new year’s weekend…unfortunately I haven’t mailed them yet because I haven’t left the house (sorry Carole!!) They will definitely go out on Monday!

fire

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As for running…well, I’m sure you can guess – I haven’t left the house because of the cold so I sure as heck haven’t been running! I’m really kind of bummed because I was making really good progress running three times a week 😦  Oh well, the temps are supposed to be in the 50’s later this week so I’ll get my butt out there and get back on track. I haven’t run since Week 4, Day 2 so I’m planning to step back a week and pick back up at Week 3, Day 1.

Tennis is starting again with warm-up tournaments before the Australian Open later this month…squeeee, I do love to watch tennis! Roger Federer is still on fire and with both Andy & Novak continuing to nurse their injuries, he has another great shot at that trophy. It’s going to be fun to watch 🙂

Have a great day & week…ttfn!

 

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