Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday stitches

What a lovely, long, weekend.  There has been time to sew and read and knit and cook.  Time alone and time with family.  Yesterday, I decided to tackle another unfinished project.  This is a rail fence quilt that I made last summer from Sujata's Cultural Fusion book.  I am excited to take a class with Sujata at Sister's this summer and thought it would be nice to finish up this lovely quilt before beginning another.  I had actually pieced a backing sometime last winter so it was simply a matter of getting out my pins, turning on a movie, and starting.  I was able to get about 1/3 of the machine quilting done before I needed to stop -  for dinner and for my aching shoulders.  I hope to get back to it tonight and tomorrow.  Then, a bit of binding and I should have it finished before we get too far into June.
I also got to do some hand stitching on my Cuppa blocks this weekend.  The wool colors are really beautiful.  Can't wait to show it to you.  I am also looking forward to the next step in the Gwennie QAL.  My little basket block is patiently waiting to grow.
I have been thinking a lot about my mom this month.  It was early May when mom passed and the end of the month when we had her memorial service.  A lot of firsts have come and gone.  Dad still tears up when he talks about her but he is starting to sort things out.  I have promised to spend some time with his this summer, sorting, packing, and purging.  It will be good. 
Don't forget to visit Kathy to see what others are working on this week.  I am sure I have something to hand quilt and now that the days are longer, it is good to have a little project on my side table.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hello Friday

The end of the school year is drawing near and because we had a fairly mild winter, we get an extra day off.  For the first time in years, there was an extra day on our calendar for a snow make-up day but since we didn't need it, we now have a four day weekend.  What a gift!  I have been playing with fabric this morning, mostly cutting out some applique for one of the Cuppa blocks that I cannot show.  But I also started looking at some of the other project piles I have waiting for some attention.  I seem to be favoring bright fabrics right now.  I am going to work on the four patches that will make up the last border of a basket quilt top that has been waiting patiently on my design wall.

Earlier this week, I finished up another shawl.  This one is from Helen Stewart, the Hilltop shawl and was knit from stash yarn - a big goal for me this year.  I finished a smaller shawl for a friend earlier this month so that is two projects off the needles.  I am about 30% on a third shawl that has been in progress since February too.  Of course, it isn't really shawl weather now but I will be ready when it is!
Happy Friday.  Hope there is some fiber in your day or at least your weekend.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


I had a lovely chunk of time this weekend to start playing with ideas for that special baby quilt.  Yes - we will be welcoming our first grandchild around Thanksgiving.  I took my daughter to pick out fabrics awhile back and have a glimmer of an plan.  I played with half square triangles in two sizes (we bought plenty of fabric) and then last night, a fun idea popped into my head as I was finishing up some knitting.  So I will probably plan on paper a bit this week and get back to the cutting board next weekend.
Stay tuned!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kitchen Monday

Last month I listened to this audio book and it made so much sense that I purchased a copy of the book.  Since January, I have been searching for balance in my diet.  I have been eating a veggie rich diet for awhile now but have found that I am less able to eat starchy carbs.  In January, I had a nutrition consultation and was advised to try a more plant based diet with rice, quinoa, and beans every day.  I was so hungry - all the time!  It only took a few weeks to know that this was not for me.  So I went back to more protein and veggies and reduced the starchy carbs.  Slowly, I have come back to a place of balance.  This book does not focus on weight loss as the goal.  Instead, the idea is to conquer the cravings for sugar and starch and to increase the kinds of food that digest more slowly and keep those hunger pains away. The author suggests writing a Big Why.  "When you define a clear and compelling reason for making changes - your Big Why - you create a touchstone for support during moments of temptation, or when feeling off trakck.  Your Big Why should center on the most important issues in your life." (p.128)  My Big Why is health related.  I want to be healthy enough to keep running, quilting, knitting, traveling, and playing with that grandbaby that is coming into our lives.
I spent a good part of Saturday reading the phase one recipes and doing my meal planning for the week.  Then I went to the store and loaded up on everything I need to make this first week work.  Sunday was spent prepping and cooking.  The first phase is two weeks and only just a bit restrictive since this is pretty close to how I already eat (no bread, pasta, or grains).  This is a busy week but I think I am ready. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

quilting along

Lori has started a new collaboration and invited all of us to join her in quilting along with a medallion project inspired by Gwen Marston.  The center block will be a basket but the reveal is not for a few weeks so I will just show you some of the fabrics and one of the pictures that has inspired me from Gwen's Liberated Medallion book.  At the start of May, I made a list of my current projects but that did not deter me from joining this QAL.  My center block is pretty small and I am determined to work from my stash.  There will be a new border every month (each one chosen by one of the collaboraters) so the pace is nice and slow.  I should still have plenty of time to get to work on that baby quilt for a special addition to our family.

I am excited to have a project so I can link up with Kathy and her slow stitching group today.