Squared Up

I’ve been going into my sewing room for at least an hour almost every night this week. It’s amazing how much I’m getting accomplished just by committing to ‘do something quilty everyday’!

I had the urge to start a new project so I scrolled through Pinterest and found a simple square in square pattern I had saved a long time ago and decided now was the time. I had just received a fat quarter bundle with 12 fabrics which worked out perfectly for this pattern.

I worked on completing the top and got it glue basted over the next two nights.

And then I had a “squirrel” moment! I kept seeing posts on IG of people completing a paper-pieced block and I just had to give it a go!

These are the individual letters, I’ve since sewn them together but didn’t take a picture…now I don’t know what I’m going to do with it! LOL

I quilted and trimmed the Squared Up quilt last night and put the binding on this morning.

I love using this FMQ Daisy motif when I have square blocks! The quilt is getting a quick wash and then it will go in the ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with it’ pile! I seriously need to find a charity that wants all my quilty finishes!!

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I went to my WW weigh in yesterday and as I expected I was up a pound. I’m going to try a different day for my next WW meeting, I’m not really enthused by the Saturday group…it’s very crowded and I’m just not connecting with the leader. I’m going to go Friday morning and see what happens… if I don’t like that one either I’ll probably make the decision to just change my membership to online only.

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

More finishes

I continued doing something quilty everyday this past week…except for one day! I just ran out of steam Wed night and didn’t even go in my sewing room… and I’m ok with that!

Here’s what I got done last week: I quilted my Meadowland quilt. It took three evenings to get all the loopy swirls completed and on the fourth evening I got it trimmed and put on the binding.

My fur baby helped with this photo!!

I found the perfect fabric in my stash for binding, Purple mini bracelets for the win!

The color is more true in this close up. I now have three finished quilts with no home 😮 I’m going to put them up for sale and see what happens 🙂

Yesterday I finished this golf cart seat cover for a friend. I’ve made a few for her last year, she likes to give them as gifts to her golfing buddies. The golfer print is cotton and the light green is flannel. The last time I made one the elastic handles were too long so I shortened them up…hopefully not too short. I don’t have a pattern for this so I’m just winging it!

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I skipped WW again yesterday. I think I’m going to switch my membership to Online only before next month’s billing. No sense paying for the whole package when I’m clearly not using it!

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Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on their SuperBowl win! It was a great game to watch and I suspected they would come back in the fourth quarter 😉

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That’s all for now! Have a great rest of your weekend!!

Rinse & repeat

It seems January was on constant repeat, meaning I’m in the habit building stage so every day consists of many of the same things – walking, cleaning, quilting.

I’m happy to report 2 out of 3 went very well…the cleaning one, just eh! I’ve been walking every day – even when it’s been a bit chilly. There were several days last week in the low 40’s and yesterday was a gray, chilly, drizzly mess…but I walked 🙂 As for quilting, I’ve been doing something every day and in just one month I’ve pieced a new flimsy top (Plaidish) and completed two UFO’s that have been basted for more than month. As for cleaning, my plan is to spend just 15 mins a day/5 days a week cleaning a section of the house. It sounds super simple and it is, but most days end up putting it off 😦

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This is my Granny Cabin quilt before washing. I quilted an all-over meander motif and used a grey print for binding. It finished 58″ square.

This is my Rainbow Improv quilt before washing. Since the fabrics and design are so dominant I wanted to down play the quilting with simple diagonal lines. I corralled all that color with a medium grey binding. This one also finished 58″ square.

Next up, I’ll be finishing my Meadowland quilt…here it is all ironed & ready for quilting. I searched Pinterest & IG for quilting ideas and I think I’m going to do all-over random swirls. That should play nicely with all the angles. This one will finish 48×64.

I have no specific plans for these three quilts…I’ll probably post them for sale on FB and if there are no buyers they’ll likely go to charity 🙂

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I went to WW yesterday for my weigh in and I’m still .2lb away from a 10# loss…UGH!! I’ve been see-sawing back and forth with the same couple of pounds for months now. I haven’t been great at staying within my points so it’s no surprise…I’m just not sure how to get my head in the right place but I’m going to keep trying!

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I finished watching the Australian Open this morning with the Men’s final match and yesterday was the Women’s final. If you don’t want to know who won…stop reading!!

In the Women’s final it was American Sofia Kenin vs Muguruza from Spain. Kenin dropped the first set and it looked iffy as she started the second but in the end she fought it out and won her first Grand Slam title! Congrats Sofia!! Today in the Men’s final it was Novak Djokovic vs Domonic Thiem. It was a tough 5 set match and momentum swung several times but in the end I guess experience won out…Djokovic broke Thiem early in the 5th and never looked back. Congrats Novak!

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That’s all for now, enjoy the Superbowl later today! I’ll be cheering for the Chiefs but either way I’ll just be happy if it’s a good game 🙂

I'm on a roll

I’m so happy I’ve been keeping up with my habits! I’ve been walking every day – not very far, my goal is to walk at least 15 minutes everyday. The last week or so I’ve been going about 20 minutes but the goal right now is to build the habit of walking every day and then I can increase the time or distance. I started this habit on 12/30 so as of yesterday I have a 27 day streak going – Yay!

There are all kinds of varying reports on how long it takes to actually create a habit you no longer have to think about…I’m going to go with the longer time frame of 61 days just to be sure I have it firmly in place.

I’ve also been doing my IG challenge #dosomethingquiltyeveryday. I almost broke the chain a few days ago because we had some unexpected visitors and I didn’t feel it was right to go spend an hour in my sewing room…so I stole a quick 15 minutes two days in a row to fold some fat quarters and sort through my orphan block box.

Our visitors left yesterday morning so last night I spent some time quilting all over my Granny Cabin quilt. This has been basted for a few weeks now but was laying folded on the floor so I had to iron it out pretty good before starting.

Before our visitors arrived I put the final stitches in my Plaidish quilt top. This is still hanging on my design wall – I just love looking at it!! ❤

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I skipped WW again this week 😦 Not because I thought I hadn’t lost any weight but our friends didn’t leave until after my meeting time yesterday. I was planning to go weigh-in this morning and when I checked meeting times for today the earliest is 12:00. Ugh, I want to weigh in before I’ve had anything to eat or drink so I think I’ll check for other early morning meetings this week and go weigh in then.

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I’ve been enjoying watching the Australian Open tennis matches – we have DirecTv and they have special channels that show 5 or 6 different matches (no clue if other cable companies offer the same!). Because they’re 16 hours ahead of us, most of the really good matches come on after midnight, UGH! I’ve been taking a short nap each afternoon so I can stay up late to watch my favorites. Unfortunately most of my favorite women have been knocked out (Serena, Coco, Keys, Bencic) but I’m still rooting for Barty, Halep & Kvitova.

As for the guys, my top 4 favorites are still in it – Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, Djokovic; and the local Aussie Nick Kyrgios is still in it too! Lots of great matches so far!

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That’s about all for now, have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Plaidish progress

I’ve been working a little every day on my Plaidish quilt. If you haven’t seen this quilt on social media, click the link above to check out all the pictures on IG. It’s a FREE pattern from Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting and it’s really easy to put together.

Here are a few shots I captured this past week as I made progress. The last one shows the two left vertical rows all pieced. I’m planning to get the rest done today!

So far my plan of ‘do something quilty everyday’ is working out very well. I’ve got an 18 day streak going!!!

My habit of going for a walk every day is also doing great – I’ve got a 20 day streak going with that. Alas my Fly Lady habit did not go so well this past week, especially with traveling to Charleston Tues-Wed but I did some cleaning yesterday to make up for it and will do a little more today too.

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We took an overnight trip back to Charleston for Sammie’s 30 day check up – we decided to spend the night rather than put Sammie through the round trip in one day like last time. The Dr said her lymph nodes had shrunk a little more – although we couldn’t tell. She measures them with a caliper so I’ll take her word for it! They drew blood as usual and said they’d like to see her again in 30 days. We asked if we could have the blood work and ‘measurement’ done at our local vet next month because Sammie just doesn’t like long car rides anymore. They said that would be fine, so I called yesterday and setup that appt locally. The Charleston vet called Friday with the blood work results and said everything looks good except her liver enzymes are a little elevated. Nothing to worry about right now but they’d keep an eye on it.

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I skipped the WW weigh in yesterday…I knew I was up a little with the short trip to Charleston 😦

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

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 🙂