Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wicked Indigo!

Last Thursday night Kathy and I went and saw Wicked!  A few years ago she gifted DJ and I tickets but didn't get to go herself.  I thought it was time she got to see it too. It was great again!

Sewed up my indigo log cabin bitty blocks today.  Just in time for the next month's pattern to come out.  There just doesn't seem to be enough time for sewing these days.  Not sure if it is my work and exercise schedule or what but just less time that I can sew somehow.

Here are al the bitty blocks so far.
We have a wedding shower and wedding coming up soon (and another wedding after that) and the couple loves green and gold (but not like Packer fans, lol) so I found three of Kathy's leftover Celtic Solstice blocks and added borders to it so we have a table runner for the shower.  I found fun backing fabric and now I just need to get it quilted!
Last weekend we met up with Ros and traded out Orange Crush for Grand Illusion.  I got the binding attached to one side tonight.  Tomorrow I hope to finish it off.

And I caught up on indigo for the RSC.  Here is Mr. Roosevelt's Bow Tie and Road to California.
All three of this month's indigo blocks. Linking up with SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Indigo Sunday!

 I sewed up two blocks for the Nimble Thimbles Block Party today.  Kind of fun to work in batiks since I have been hoarding them but almost never do anything with them.  They gave us the center fabric and we were to add anything batik to it.

 Here is the RSC Betty's Choice in Indigo.  One for me and one for Amy.  These blocks are still super fun to make!  Linking up to SoScrappy!

 And here is the first of the indigo RSC Sampler blocks--this is bullseye!
Challenged myself to do a 5K on my elliptical tonight.  Took me 52 minutes--normally I do 30.  Pretty proud of myself since I could only do two minutes on the thing when I first started!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Catching Up on the Happenings!

 My oldest son moved back to Wisconsin to be with his girlfriend a few months ago and they decided to get married.  I was unable to take more time of work to go back for the wedding (was just off work twice and am going on a cruise in October) but I attended the wedding on Skype.  I looked like heck because I had just finished Jump Pilates and arrived at work when I got to see it.  This was my view! Here are all the folks that went to the courthouse.  They had a party after at Famous Dave's and then headed to a bar.  I skyped with them there after work too.
 Here is Coleman with his bride Chelsea and my daughter Hannah and son Mackenzie.  

 Tried super hard to get to 100 pounds down last week.  Got up at 5 AM to go hiking before it got crazy hot.  117 around here lately! This picture is me with my leader Joelle (her last day leading) and I was so thrilled to get to 100 with her!  Only took me almost 18 months, but hey I got there!

In some quilty news...a few weeks ago Tuesday my friends Becky and Kathy and I presented a Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Palooza at our Nimble Thimbles meeting.  We brought tons of quilts and tops as well as binders full of patterns, books and pictures.  We talked about the scrap user system, leaders and enders, mystery quilts, social media and anything else we could think of related to Bonnie Hunter.  It was a lot of fun!

I really haven't much been in the mood to sew lately at all.  Not sure what is up with that.  I have been reading alot and haven't started on my indigo for the August RSC sampler or Betty's Choice blocks, or on the log cabin bitty blocks!  Hopefully something will happen tomorrow!

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.