Saturday, February 6, 2016

Trash to Treasure Auction and Sewing Saturday!

 Nimble Thimbles had a full house for our Trash to Treasure auction!  This is a fun event where we donate all the crafty items we don't want and after a committee kits them up into bags we have an opportunity to bid on the item for a quarter and if our number is drawn we win!  Right off the bat, Kathy won and then won again!  I won several times too.
 There is a gal in our guild who is from Chippewa Falls (where I lived before moving here and where my Dad and Mom's mom is from) and apparently I won some of her stuff.  I have shopped at this shop before it closed.
 Also won these blocks, the pattern and extra fabric to complete the table runner. Some of the blocks are already appliqued too.
 Here is the rest of our haul...the stuff we are keeping anyway.

 All told we bid about twelve bucks!  I am still putting it all away!
 Today we went to 35 th Ave. and got our next ten dollar block of the month.  After that we hit several Goodwills since it was half off day.  I got some deals on clothes...moving my way into a size 16..whoot, whoot!  After that we had a frozen yogurt treat and renewed our library cards so I could keep getting free audiobooks.  Since I am freelancing more, I get more car time and am listening to audiobooks on my ipod.

 I then started and finished clue five for the Nimble Thimbles Mystery.  It is coming along nicely--rather different looking block on the left.  Not so sure I love the grey in that position but that is alright.
 We finally got a chance to recover the ironing board again.  Seems like we have to do it every six months or so. It winds up getting worn through in the area we use the most and then it is a pain to iron on it.  We went with this crazy bowling fabric (which I got from my now ex sister in law for Christmas many years ago) since it is a heavier fabric and I really have little use for bowling fabric.  I kept it all this time because I thought it was cute.

 I then spent what seemed like forever cutting for Circa 2016. I wanted lots of variety, so I got it!
 The new bowling background on the ironing board is rather a busy backdrop!  Clue 5.

 And all the blocks so far. We watched the movie Alive and then Mile, Mile and a Half while we sewed too.
Tomorrow I am hiking with Becky and the kids.  Looking forward to it!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Prepping for Love Shack!

We hiked this morning and I could not find any mojo to sew.  I finally took a nap...unusual for me but just have not been quite myself!  After that back to the sewing room.  We watched Grease Live and loved it.  Finally decided to prep up Bonnie Hunter's Love Shack!  
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There is no pattern for this unless you take her class for it, but you can get the individual block patterns from Bonnie's blog.  I have wanted to make this for a few years now but as a pattern follower I just never went to the effort to print all the patterns, etc.  

I have now printed all the patterns and even did the prep for many of the blocks.  I put it all in a bin and labeled it with my dry erase marker so now  it feels like a work in progress instead of a vague plan.  Pretty sure this will come to quilt camp with me along with some other little stuff and talkin turkey...really need to cut those borders out!
 So really there was not alot of sewing going on this weekend though I spent quite a bit of time in there anyway.  What project have you been dreaming of doing that you just gotta get kitted up?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Playing with the Rainbow!

Amy sent me her Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and I could not resist playing with them, with my Betty's Choice blocks, to see what they would look like.  

I think this last one is the winner so far.  Amy says she is going to play with sashing when she gets time and I may just wait to see what fantabulous layout she comes up with!  Linking up with SoScrappy!
 She also sent me some surprises!  I got some fabric...LOVE those buttons!  AND she sent me some of her homemade soap!  Three different smells, one better than the next!  I don't know if it was just coincidence or if she just knows me and what I like but if I were out picking my own smells I would have come up with these!
 Today I was supposed to go hike but have had a three day migraine so was not up to it.  By this afternoon I was feeling better though so Kathy, Barb and I went to the Rusty Barn Quilt Sale at the fairgrounds.  We ran into lots of quilty friends which was super fun!  BJ, Andrea, Jennifer, Laura, Margarite, Crystal, Debbie, and Berta!  I bought all these goodies and Kathy got some soap and dog shampoo.
 Came home and sewed up the Circa 2016 nine patch blocks for the Temecula Quilt Company mystery.  Love working with civil war fabrics again!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mug Rugs for the Z Crew and Staring Circa 2016!

Yesterday  I went hiking with the Chubby Chicks Meet Up group again.  After about 15 minutes our leader got sick and so she and her adult daughter headed back down along with another gal who was feeling dizzy.  That left only me, Michelle and and Donna to continue on the hike.  We were at South Mountain and we did Beverly Canyon on to Ridgeline and then Javelina Trail back.  I had done the first two trails (though not together) and had no idea about Javelina.  We managed to find our way along with only one small detour.  It was alot of fun and close to four miles and 83 hiking record on the floors for me.  Was killer sore after and we stopped at Ikea and wished we hadn't!  Kathy went hiking on her own so she could take it easy but she had her longest hike post surgery yet.
One of my jobs is in video interpreting.  I work with a fabulous group of people and it makes the job (which is the hardest I have ever had) so much more enjoyable.  I have a mug rug at work that I use in whichever station I wind up working in.  Jenn asked me if she could have one, so I made her this one.
That led to a few other folks wondering at how they get a mug rug.  I then decided I would make a few a month and eventually make one for everyone who wants one.  The cherries were for Lori.
 The heart was for Becca.
 This one was for Kelly.
And one of these is for Christine and one is for Nicole--our cat lovers. 
I have cut out three more cats (this is Lori Holt's Barn Cats Mini Quilt pattern from FatQuarterShop) for Christmas gifts next year.  They are all kitted up to take to camp or get to when I am in the mood.

Here is my first bit of Circa 2016 which has just started over at the Temecula Quilt Company blog.  I love her little sewalongs and am happy to be playing in my civil war fabrics again.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Look Bloggers Review: The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday

"The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday" is the latest in the Living Lights Faith Stories.   Written by Mike Berenstain (his parents were Stan and Jan) it is another great tale with Brother and Sister Bear and their Easter activities at the helm.  The artwork is great as always and it is fun for kids to see a family of bears living as if they were people.  My favorite picture in the book show three bear women heading to Jesus' tomb where the rock is rolled away and includes the verse "Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb." --Mark 16:2

This story has the Bear family dressing up for church and enjoying the sermon about Jesus going to Jerusalem, the last supper, his betrayal, death and how he rose from the dead on Easter.  After a religious themed Easter hunt (not eggs but animals to match up for Noah's ark) Sister Bear asks what Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have to do with Jesus.  The preacher explains that Spring time is a time of rebirth (just as Jesus' ascension is our rebirth) when many animals are born.  He tells the cubs that this has been celebrated for many years before Jesus' time.  The two traditions just got mixed up together and that it is okay to enjoy candy and other festivities on Easter just so long as we remember that that has nothing to do with Jesus.  

The back cover includes Activities and Questions for your family to extend the fun of the book.     I love that part for parents who want to make the story more real for their little ones.  

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Saturday and Some of Sunday Sewing!

 Here is the first block of the Patriotic BOM from 35th Ave.  All done for January!

 I was also super excited to get my Allietare shirt and magnet!  Later on I will order the pin and maybe a travel coffee mug.  They were not ready when I placed this order and I didn't want to wait.  They sent me a coupon so it is all good.  If you want any of the products that ForestJane puts together for Quiltville (profits go to purchasing sewing things for charity sews) go to and search "Forestjane" and all should come up!  Of course on the back of my shirt is my usual proclamation!
 I worked quite awhile on the Nimble Thimbles mystery last night.  I had to do some unsewing and to take my time a bit to get the points to line up decently.  I used the 20 dollar chevron ruler I bought from Quiltz last shop hop to make the chevrons. I gotta say I LOVE it.  The units were great and it did not take me too long to figure out how to use it to get the best results!
I am still in Weight Watchers and am still exercising daily.  I have been staying about the same weight for the past 5 months.  It is not for lack of trying, but between the stress of my life, the medication changes (for the chronic migraines) and the migraines themselves I am happy I have not just gained or given up!  I would really like to get to 105 down this week so am working extra hard.  This morning (54 degrees when we started and 49 when we finished) Kathy and I headed out to hike.  It is only her second hike since her knee replacement surgery eight weeks ago so after a few minutes we split up. I headed all the way down into the mountain and then up and out on the Ridgeline.  This is a challenging hike for me but I am getting faster at it and am happy to listen to some tunes and get my steps in!

 I was happy to have this jacket Becky passed on to me, I think it is the first time I have hiked and kept my jacket on the entire time!  It was chilly.
 After a hot shower I got to finishing up the clue for the Nimble Thimbles mystery.  I am about out of the dimples in the shade I started with, but had another shade which was super close.  So I added it in and unless I look super closely you really cannot tell.

 And all the parts waiting on the next clue.
 Amy (of Amy's Passions) has completed her last block for our swap!  She is sending me the blocks above and I am sending her half the blocks from below. Gonna be a fun quilt when it is done!
Since this was our RSC this past year I am linking up with Angela over at SoSrcappy and next up I hope to work on the blue blocks from the sampler chain I am still working on!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Word for 2016

 Last Sunday I made my first Christmas gift for 2016!  Two Christmas tree napkins for Coleman and Chelsea.  I am going to try and make at least one gift for someone for Christmas each month.  I did that years ago with a challenge and it worked great!
 I missed the recent Quiltcam (but hope to catch it this weekend) but saw Bonnie was working on basket blocks. I decided to try one of her patterns for a basket.  I am not good with the applique part so this basket shall remain on its own for now.  I was thinking it was paper pieced when I started it and I am ready for more paper piecing.  I have a HUGE basket of scraps that I have whittled down to HUGE I might say and I need to start using them!

A few years ago I decided I needed a word.  I chose "believe" as in believe in yourself.  I bought myself a necklace with the word on it and I really did repeat the word to myself all year.  Last year I informally had the word "strong"  as I would be hiking I would be telling myself I am getting strong.  I like the power the word has and so this year I gave a lot of thought to what my word should be.  Someone suggested the word "fierce"  I am thinking I hope to fit that word next year but this year I am becoming fierce...becoming healthy, becoming who I am want to be.  So this year's word is "become"

see how this little kitty is becoming fierce?  That is the goal!