Self Isolation feels so weird

So weird but necessary…I still feel like we’re stuck in a Sci-fi movie. I’ve done a pretty good job of staying away from all the negative news and I’m feeling a little better but I haven’t gotten as much done as I thought I would.

Early last week I started piecing the monochromatic Plus top. I decided to break it up into 9-patch sections so they’d be easier to sew together, this is where I stopped that night.

It was 2 days later when I finally finished the top

Then a few days later I pulled out my batting scraps and made some ‘franken-batting’ for this quilt. I don’t usually do this many scraps but once I got started I just kept adding. I sure hope all those seams won’t be noticeable in the finished quilt :-/

Once I had that finished I glue basted it all together – and this is where it still sits. I can’t decide how I want to quilt it…I’ve looked at charm quilts online for inspiration but nothing is speaking to me 😦

I got my shipment of sew-on velcro and finished the Safelight case set I started 2 weeks ago, now I’ll start making a few more sets.

I had such high hopes of spending all my ‘isolation’ time in my sewing room and that’s just not happening.

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No weight loss this week but I’m staying steady so I’ll take that as a win!

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Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Keeping my mind occupied

I’ve been trying to keep myself and my mind occupied so I don’t obsess over every bit of news that gets announced. It feels like they’re doing updates every two minutes and it can be so overwhelming if I let myself consume it all…so…I’ve not been watching very much TV and I’ve been trying to stay off social media as much as I can.

I want to spend all my time in my sewing room but for some reason I have this ‘fear of running out’ mentality – UGH! There is no way I’ll run out of fabric in the next couple of months but my mind just keeps saying ‘but what if I do?’ and that seems to be spoiling all the joy. I’m going to fight off that feeling and get in there today!!!

I did get a few things accomplished before this ‘fear’ mentality set in. I finished quilting the Plus quilt

And here’s the back side

I even got it all bound. I chose a dark blue batik I had left over from another quilt a few years ago

Then I took a little break to work on a smaller project for a charity called Safelight Project 2020. Carole posted about this a few weeks ago and I printed off the pdf pattern for the sunglass case, cosmetics bag and tissue holder. I initially used a self-adhesive velcro and tried to sew through it but my needle got so gummed up I had to remove it. I pulled off that velcro and I’ve ordered some ‘sew on’ velcro from Amazon.

While that project waited I pulled out some orphan strip sets and sewed them in columns but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them until Debbie @sparethreads suggested I add background fabric between the strips and use it as backing – brilliant!!

I pulled some white from my yardage bin and cut the pieces. I’m not sure I like the quality of this white fabric (it’s a little to ‘gauzy’ for my liking) so I’ve left it hanging on the design wall until I make up my mind. Once I figure it out I’ll piece the monochromatic plus top and this will be the backing for it.

And that’s where my sewing ended… it was National Quilting Day yesterday and I didn’t go in my sewing room at all! Ugh, so sad!! 😦 But the weather was gorgeous here yesterday and I spent a lot of time outside. I’m hoping all that vitamin D will give my mood a boost! 🙂

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No weight loss this week, but no gain either :-p We’ve been eating at home almost every meal and before all this social-distancing stuff I believed cooking our meals would help me drop weight…now that I’m doing it all I see that was just false hope – HA! I really need to watch what & how much I put in my mouth!!

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

Unsettling times

It’s a very strange time right now…it feels like science fiction movie I can’t get out of, but I’m trying to stay calm and not let anxiety rule my thoughts. The best medicine for me is to stay in my sewing room as much as possible.

I decided to use one of the Connecting Threads fabrics that came in a few weeks ago and the remaining blocks from the Chandelier quilt to make the back. It kinda gives it an ‘antique-y’ feel.

I no sooner got that done and I found a pattern I wanted to try with all those 5″ squares I cut so down that came and up went this Scrappy Plus pattern

And here is it all pieced! The pieces sat on my design wall for a few days until I decided to throw caution to the wind and sew it together.

Last night I made a backing out of yardage scraps but I didn’t stop to take any pictures! I glue basted it and now it’s under the needle waiting for me to quilt on it today

I’ve also put another Plus quilt up on my design wall and this one will be pieced next…don’t adjust your monitor it’s supposed to be monochromatic!

I still have more than half of that stack of 5″ squares left so I’ll need to figure out what’s next!!

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I’m going to mention this again…this horrible situation has taken a back seat to all the COVID19 stuff but I don’t want to forget about these people who still need so much. If you’d like to help out you can get more details here. I haven’t taken my quilts to the Post Office yet…but I better get a move on before THAT gets closed down too 😦

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I haven’t lost any weight this week but that doesn’t surprise me, I’m a stress eater…however I’m happy to say I haven’t gained any weight either so I guess I’ll mark that as a win!!

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That’s about all for now…stay safe and have a great rest of your weekend.

On and off

I spent a little time in my sewing room last week but it was scattered. I have my scraps sorted into bins by color and I got started by pulling the ones that were over-flowing and I just kept going. I started cutting 5″ squares last time I posted and I kept that up…by the time I had gone through all my bins I had this stack almost 8″ high!

Now that I’ve done all that cutting I need to decide on a few ‘charm’ patterns to make! Lucky enough, Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is running a series on her blog this month with those kinds of patterns!

I also got my Chandelier quilt top pieced…I sewed the diagonal rows together a few each night and now it’s done!

I’m still trying to decide what I want to use for the back – I grabbed some fabrics on clearance from Connecting Threads a couple of weeks ago, one of these just might do the trick

I have 6 blocks leftover from the front that I’m going to work into the back as well, my plan is to get that done today [fingers crossed!]

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I officially changed my WW plan to Online only last week and I’m actually relieved. I think the stress of attending a workshop I didn’t really like was making me eat more! Haha!! And now that Officials are recommending we we stay away from large crowds (Coronavirus!) it makes even more sense.

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I’m sure you’ve heard about the horrible tornado that hit middle Tennessee last week. If you’d like to help out you can get more details here

I’ve got 4 lap quilts I’ve finished over the last couple of months just waiting for a home so I’ll be sending them off next week.

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And hopefully you remembered to change your clocks last night/this morning:

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 🙂