Sunday, August 2, 2015

Finally Some Sewing!

 I had a baby shower to go to this weekend so Kathy and I finished up this eye spy and got it all tied and delivered...mid baby shower!  I hope Esther and Elliot's baby loves it and the book I gave them.
 I also whipped up another Wild and Goosey block and put the last two rows on...not sure if there will be borders on this one, but I think it has enough blocks!

 This one has been in progress for over two years!  Love it!
 We got some of the family together to play mini golf.  It was fun but HOT.  Note to self, play mini golf in Arizona in every season but summer!
 I cut out a few more Lil' Crumblers...haven't decided if this will count for Bonnie's Tumbler leader and ender project or if I need to make some from all colors for that!
 I did some Skype sewing with Barb (and Kathy eariler) and paged through my books to find something for the Nimble Thimbles President's Challenge.  We have a red fabric and two little thimbles we have to use to make a mini quilt that shows what our guild means to us.  I have already made three of the above quilts (from my dad's shirts) and want to make two more--one for me and one for my Uncle Rick so thought I could make a red cross and call it good....but nope not for the challenge.
I thought about making this little heart quilt and using the red in a heart, but then I found this Turkey Tracks and decided this was the one!  Barb says I should call it "Making Tracks to Guild."

 Here are the fabrics I picked out for that so far.  Progress is due in December so I have plenty of time to get it done.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Super Saturday and into Sunday!

 Yesterday was quite a busy day!  I got up and went to Pilates Jump (two days in a row) and then went to a cool summer salads cooking class, got a therapeutic massage in order to possibly help my migraines, and then had a meeting with Becky and my sewing friend Kathy (we are presenting a Bonnie Hunterpalooza at our guild in August), and then last minute decided to go on a 3 mile hike with Becky, Megan and Ray.  This is Usery Wind Cave Trail--this is now the third time I have done it and it is the most challenging hike I have done still.  It gets really steep.  This group goes fast so it was a great workout.  My legs were killing me before I started but it felt good to do it anyway.  I am finally down 95.2 pounds and really working to get to that 100!

 The day wasn't done after that, Kathy and her hubby Chris met up with Becky, Kathy and I for B.A.D. Bingo.  It is tons of fun and we sang and danced and bingoed the night away!
 This afternoon (yep I slept ALL morning!) I got the red Betty's Choice blocks done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I am doing this year.  One for me and one for Amy!
These blocks just are so happy and make me smile everytime I lay them out!  Five more months to go!  More sewing for tonight!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler 2015

I finally got back into the quilting studio and though it doesn't seem like much I have spent about five hours working on the cutting and sewing for the alternate blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler for 2015.  I still have PLENTY more to go but hey, I got row three all into blocks anyways.  I have quite a bit more to do to get caught up for July too--where did this whole month go?  The color is red, and I just pulled it out (haven't touched it yet).  I need to get to the blocks for this month and to the Betty's Choice in red.  Hopefully tomorrow night or Sunday.  Meanwhile, I will go ahead and link up to SoScrappy for once when I get a chance!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PUP Challenge

At my Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild meeting tonight we had our annual PUPS Challenge.  We brought in three Poor Unfinished Projects and shared why they weren't finished and then the group voted on which one was our challenge to complete before the following July meeting.  I am SUPER STOKED that they picked Talkin' Turkey!  I have eleven blocks done (goal is 24) and in the past month I have done the string piecing for these blocks because I was hoping it would get picked.  Lots of work left to go on the blocks, and the border too.  So excited to get this one back out again!  For those of you looking for the pattern, the block can be found in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks by 100 designers vol 5 and the full quilt pattern is in Bonnie's  "String Fling."

Not chosen were Playing with Jacks and my not yet started Quilty Barn Along.

Sea You at the Beach!

 No sewing has been going on at my house because we have been on vacation in Mexico.  My parents rented a house and had us, my brother and his oldest son and my sister come stay.  My parents and Ben stayed the whole ten days, and the rest of us went up the first weekend and came back again as our schedules allowed.  It was Miramar beach in Rocky Point and the shell collecting was phenomenal!  I got awesome shells for me, all three of my kids and Randy too.  I even got one seahorse skeleton!
 We did a little drinking (some did more than a little), lots of swimming, sunning and reading.  We played games and I read half of "Story Thieves" aloud to my nephew which was fun!
A friend of my sister's parents have a website and they rent out several houses.  There were very few folks even over the fourth of July weekend--since it is a private beach we felt like we were almost completely alone out there.  I would go back again in a minute!  I will get back to sewing soon though, I promise!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Look Bloggers: Willie Out West

"Willie Out West" by Rhonda Walker is a nicely illustrated story (pictures by Alan McCuller) about a young walrus named Willie who is bored at home with his family so he leaves his cold home to travel out West.  He is made deputy and tries to help rid the town of Old Walter the one-eyed whale.  Wille tries to think how he can save the people of the town who are scared of Walter.  He comes up with a plan to throw a harpoon at the whale's tale.  This is where the story really turned me off.  I don't really like to have violence in my children's stories.  This book would have been so much better if Willie could have befriended Walter.  Instead he (and all the townsfolk) bullied Walter who ran out of the town.

I would not recommend this book even though I loved the pictures and all but the end of the story. Just because a fellow creature is ugly (so Wille says) doesn't mean the first thing we do is be mean to the creature.  I was quite disappointed in the ending and don't even want to give away my copy.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. They did not require me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*

Book Look Bloggers: The Day is Waiting

One of my children's favorite books was "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.  The little bear was a hit with my preschool kids as well.  So when I got the chance to preview "The Day is Waiting" which his wife and colleagues created from never before published artwork I had to jump on it!  The simple text is Linda Zuckerman's and it rhymes.  The pictures are truly mini works of art and show Freeman's sense of humor.  Some are of a more simplistic style, but many of them are really breathtaking.  My personal favorite is a goat on top of the house (enjoying the view), but the greenhouse filled with flowers is a close second.  The book is about enjoying the sights in the world while knowing you have a home to return to.  
Though the language is simplistic and the book is short, there are many topics that come up in the book that would make great springboards for discussion with your little one.  There are animals, modes of transportation, cities, people and insects.  Whatever catches your young reader's eye can be discussed at length.  For an older child's activity you could challenge them to reorder the pages and tell a new story!
I recommend "The Day is Waiting" almost as much as I would recommend "Corduroy."
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. They did not require me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*