Weekly update

Workout wise, last week was another wash out…I created a new exercise tracker in my BuJo in hopes it might motivate me to do something so I could fill it in but that didn’t seem to work! I started out with short run on Monday and did a 30 min Yoga video on Wed and then…nothing.

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I’m not giving up! If I keep trying eventually I’ll find a plan I will stick to…all suggestions are welcome!!

As for sewing & quilting I got a bit more accomplished this week. I basted the commissioned tshirt quilt (any UVA fans out there?)

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And I started quilting on it yesterday using my go-to ‘all over meander’…I’m about 1/2 way done with it now.

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Friday night I made a mad dash to finish the Honey Pot Bee June block…haha, nothing like waiting until the last minute 😉 I still love these Blueberry Park fabrics…I hope they never stop making this line!

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I also took a break from FMQ yesterday to make another Traveler’s Notebook. The first one I made isn’t big enough to hold my Bullet Journal and the little notebooks and I wanted to keep them all together. I picked up a cheap plastic placemat at Walmart to use as a stabilizer and gathered up a few other necessary supplies: two fat quarters of fabric, elastic cord and some batting.

 

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You can’t see the fabric in this pic – it’s wrong side out under the placemat

I measured the circumference of two journals to make sure the width would be sufficient and cut the fabric 9.5 x 14.5. From there it went pretty quick putting it all together.

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I used the awl to punch holes for the elastic and that large needle to feed it through
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A real close up shot to see the top stitching
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There are two more small notebooks underneath my Bujo…

I’m so tickled with this one!! The added batting between the fabric and the placemat gives it a soft-to-the-touch feel but it’s still very sturdy with the plastic insert.

That’s about it for me today…I’ll be finishing up that tshirt quilt today and I now have two more people waiting in the line – I’m becoming a tshirt quilt queen…LOL!

A belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors up north and an early Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!!

How are things in your part of the world today?

Ugh!

That title pretty much sums up my enthusiasm for this past week… 😦

Workouts? Not many since my last post…

Wed 6/21:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 10 min ABS video

Stretching: 15 min

Thu 6/22- Sun 6/25:

NOTHING! 😦

Clearly I’m going to need to figure out a better way to hold myself accountable!!

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Not much sewing/quilting happened last week either – we had friends visit and I just didn’t feel right spending a lot of time in my sewing room. I did make a decision on the Afternoon Tango project I started and then got a creative block…I made another pull from my stash to fill in the missing strips and forged ahead with the original pattern. Here’s the top all pieced together:

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I think adding a little more yellow helped with the overall look. I’m now contemplating adding a single white border to corral all that ‘busi-ness’ and call it done.

I took a detour from quilts and made myself a Travelers Notebook cover…if you’re not familiar with those just Google it, you’ll get an overload of information. As I’ve mentioned before I’m using a Bullet Journal to keep track of my tasks, appointments, notes and ideas and I’m getting ready to move from my first BuJo to my second (a Gold one, wow!). At the same time, I’ve just finished reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done” and want to incorporate his productivity method into my BuJo. I quickly realized I don’t want to keep re-writing my lists and I just so happened to have a few small notebooks lying around that would serve me well but I needed something to carry them in…enter the Travelers Notebook cover.

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It may be hard to see but there are actually 3 little notebooks inside, they’re all just about the same shade of pink 😉

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So, that was all the progress I made last week…let’s hope next week is MUCH more productive!!

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Workouts

Well…this week isn’t starting out so great but I’m gonna keep documenting it anyway!

Sunday 6/18:

Nothing 😦

Monday 6/19:

Nothing 😦

Tuesday 6/20:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 15 min ARMS self directed workout

Stretching: 15 mins

Projects

Woohoo! I finished putting together the commissioned t-shirt quilt top

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I asked the client what she wanted for the backing fabric but she’s a little distracted as her father just had triple bypass surgery last week – thankfully, he’s doing well. I started looking around online and found a collegiate fabric for UVA and sent her the link. I told her No Rush, I just wanted to send it to her while I was thinking of it…she loved the idea so I ordered it yesterday.

With that project on the back burner I decided to work on another…while in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago I visited a local quilting/fabric store with my friend. She had seen the Busy Bags I made last month for charity and wondered if I could make her one with a golf theme…I said sure! She found some fabrics she liked and I brought them home. Since I had a break from the t-shirt quilt I figured it was a great time to work on her bag. I cut all the fabric and fusible fleece one evening and put it together the next…voila’…done!

I can’t say I love the fabrics…but hey, it’s not mine so that really doesn’t matter!! 😉

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I was itching to start something new so I pulled out a FQ bundle and started looking up patterns. I really liked the look of Afternoon Tango and thought my fabrics would work well, but now I’m not so sure…ugh!

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The pattern calls for 9 FQ and this bundle only had 8 so I added a coordinating fabric from my stash…however once I added it to the mix I didn’t like it at. all. so I pulled them out, hence the missing strips. Now I’m not sure whether to keep going or scrap this idea and turn the strips into something else…argh!

I’d love to hear your thoughts…Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Workouts

This week was a mixed bag of exercising and being a lazy slug!! Clearly, I need to watch “the video” again (and again…).

Monday 6/12:

Cardio: 3 mi run

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Strength: 15 min Total Body video

Stretch: 15 mins

Tuesday 6/13: 

Nothing 😦

Wednesday 6/14:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 15 min ARMS video

Stretching: 15 mins

Thursday 6/15:

Nothing 😦

Friday 6/16:

Cardio: HIIT video (extended to 30 min)

Strength: 10 min ABS video

Stretching: 15 mins

Saturday 6/17:

Cardio: Run (it was supposed to be 3 miles but between the humidity and stopping to talk to my neighbor I ended up short…ugh!)

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Strength: None

Stretch: 15 min

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I’ll have a sewing/quilting update tomorrow!

 

 

I got my baby back!

I picked up my sewing machine last Monday after we got back from Myrtle Beach. They said the reason the feed dogs were acting up is because too much lint had built up! I clean my machine after every project but I can only reach the area around the bobbin case. With a Pfaff you need to take it in for a service cleaning to get deep down inside and obviously it was time!! She’s working great now 🙂

Unfortunately I didn’t get much sewing in this week – we had friends stop by for a few days who were traveling from FL to MD and we’re about the halfway point. Before they arrived, I finished fusing the stabilizer to tshirts for the commissioned tshirt quilt I’m making but didn’t start piecing them together until our friends left.

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I played with the layout until I got the colors pretty well balanced – there are a lot of white shirts.

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I started trimming and piecing last night and hope to have the top put together by tomorrow morning because we have more friends coming in to visit tomorrow afternoon. They’re staying until Wed and I’ve taken time off from my day job so I should be able to get it done. The client hasn’t decided on the backing yet so I guess there’s no real hurry.

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Other than this, I haven’t sewn anything!

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I’ve been sticking to my daily workout regimen and even ran with my running buddies yesterday!! We’re all signed up for the July 4th – 4 miler so I know I’ll get to run with them again soon but hopefully we can plan a few more weekend meetups before that.

Sunday 6/11:

Cardio: 30 min beginner HIIT video

Strength: 10 min ABS video

Stretching: 15 mins

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That’s all for now…let me know what’s happening where you are!