En Provence! So happy it is done. Did I mention that before?
Monday, April 3, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Last Sunday my cousins and I met up at the Grand Canyon to hike Bright Angel Trail and Plateau Point! My Uncle Rick and his daughter Lindy flew in from Wisconsin with their exchange student Caca (Katja) and a good friend of the family Kersten. My Aunt Lisa was unable to come so Kersten was a last minute substitution and she decided to hike too. My cousin Tricia flew in from Minnesota. We left about 8:45 AM and this first picture is the before picture!
One of us has a picture of the five of us out there, but I don't have it yet, so here is the one of the four of us that Tricia took.
On the way up we separated into two, sometimes three, groups. It was 301 flights of stairs up, 12.7 miles total and took me 8 hours and 55 minutes! The average time is 9 hours so I was pretty happy with that! Caca is a hiker she beat us by 45 minutes--she is 17. Kersten got a migraine and was sick all the next day and in the ER. I think she didn't have time to train though she is 20 and in great shape. She beat us by 30 minutes. Tricia stayed back with Lindy and I and cheered us on or she would have been up with or before the others. The altitude was killer. My body held up great and I felt strong, but my heart would get pounding and I needed more air way too often. It was so much harder to breathe on the way up than I have ever experienced.
|Kathy with Allietare!|
|Me with Talkin' Turkey!|
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Barb finished up her 35th Ave. BOM from last year so I can mail it off with mine to Alycia for QOV. Kathy still has about five blocks to go!
Well, off to work! Super excited that I am hiking the Grand Canyon on Sunday!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC!
I also finally dragged out the Playing with Jacks blocks from the Tuscon workshop about four years ago! I had decided to do these blocks in modern fabrics....however when I got going I realized I did not really have enough contrast in some of my blocks and he greys really faded in and the design did not show up really well. So they languished away for a few years. I finally decided to take the two worst offenders out and to make six more blocks that contrasted better. And here you have it. Works for another baby quilt!
SEW fun to knock two more quilts off my UFO list (well not entirely as they need quilting and binding but forward progress!).
Today we got our March blocks from 35th Ave and had lunch with BJ. We ran a bunch of errands and went and celebrated my nephew Colton's 4th birthday! To top it off we headed to the casino for the first time in forever! We won! Kathy lost 40 bucks (plus the free 15 they have her). I played my free 15 and won about 95...so we netted 55! Happy campers!
In about 1994 I met a fabulous woman named Michelle in my American Sign Language 2 class at Phoenix College. She was my mother's age but we hit it off right away. She was very motivated to learn sign (and at the time wanted to be an interpreter) as was I, she was a mother of two and her older son was Deaf and had multiple disabilities. We had so much in common that even when I moved away we kept in touch. When I visited I would see her. She took me to Deaf Day at the Renaissance Faire for the first time (pic below).
So the weekend that I was in the hospital with my gallstone issues I found out Michelle had taken a turn for the worse. She passed away before I could get to see her though her daughter gave her my love while I was on the phone. I will miss her always and am grateful for my own good health (other than the migraines). They are selling the house and most everything in it so her daughter let me know I should come and go through her things. I found these four blocks and put them into a little top already. So sweet.
I am so happy to have this sewing box that was hers. I have always wanted one for my living room and this one will always be special to me. It had a tiny rotary cutter pin it in so I put that on my guild name tag so Michelle's spirit will come to Nimble Thimbles with me.
Of course I did get some fabric and sewing odds and ends too. I hope Michelle is smiling down to see her things being used and loved. I will be sewing with Michelle for awhile--with her things anyway--wish we could have had that sew day.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Now where the lists come into this post. I am loving those Projects at a Glance sheets I wrote about a post or two ago. I had absolutely no idea how many projects I let accumulate. I always say I am a finisher and I am! I updated my Pinterest (in sidebar) for the WIPS/UFOs and seriously think I have accounted for them all by now. Lord I hope so! So here is what I have going on:
Handwork in Progress--3
Works in Progress still being stitched-20
Works in Progress to be quilted or tied by me-13
To be Longarmed-8
That is after I accounted for these two easy finishes. I quilted and tied them so I could check them off--see the lists are working already!
We Wish You a Merry Christmas tiny tablerunner also is quilted and bound. Not great, but done.
In all my listmaking I was able to put my hands on the RSC BOM blocks for both January and February so I could get a picture of them together. LOVE Quiltville's Straits of Mackinac! Looking forward to the next month's color!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Okay it is hexies and UFO's not hexes, but it was a fun title! We have been super busy and running like crazy lately. Last weekend we went with the family to Mund's Park and stayed in a cabin. The kids played in the snow and we played lots of board games and went to a wine tasting. It was fun. I managed to finally sew all but two of my hexi flowers onto the taupe fabric they needed to go on. The UFO number for #APQResolution was #8. It should have been this hexie project below, but I misread it and skipped right to the hexie flower one. Then today I had to time to prep up stuff for this one even though I had decided to continue to just do the other one. This is Bonnie's Little Bit Hexie.
blog with projects at a glance pages and full pages for each project. I am a list maker so I printed some out and put them in a three ring binder. I was SHOCKED to discover that I could fill up an entire page with works in progress/UFO's! There are twenty lines on each page. I have not even started the page for those that need quilting. That is next. Really fun to cross things off (just crossed off most of the first one with Hexie Flowers) and also to remember what all I have going.
I started another page of "quilts I want to start" and have twelve on there already. Sheesh, I know lots of quilters have lots more of these than I do, but I do not like having so many in progress. Many of them are super close to flimsy stage so I am happy to be doing the UFO challenge and to knock them off the list.
My Pilates instructor broke her knee a few weeks ago--so no Pilates. She should be back at it soon. Meanwhile I have gone back to hiking and I love it again! I am actually training to do about 12 miles at the Grand Canyon in March. My cousins are coming in from Wisconsin and Minnesota to hike. I am up to four miles and need to keep on upping it! My knee is holding up and I have a break in my day that while the weather holds out two days a week I can hike midday. The good news with all this is my weight loss started moving again! I was down 115.6 pounds this morning! It also happens to be three years I have been going to Weight Watchers. Year one I lost 81.4 pounds, year two 24.4 pounds and year three 9.8 pounds. Slow and steady but what a difference!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Angela's blog. So fun to have a simple goal and a place to link up! This group has grown and grown over the years and I have made friends of many of the participants. I love to see what block or project everyone chooses to work on all year!
I also made block two of the Pat Sloan's BOM for 2017. Barb and I are both doing this one. Nice to use up scraps and be surprised by how it comes out.
In other news, Kathy was super happy the Patriots won last night. It was quite a nailbiter for awhile and then there they were! I do not have as much time to sew as I would like...I am teaching three classes this semester (and interpreting too) and the prep keeps me busy. One of the classes is a new curriculum...so much work setting everything up, Should be easier here on out though because I will finally have the basics together and can just improve as I go!
I entered two quilts in the AQG Quilt Show in March. I wanted Talkin' Turkey which I made for the Rainbow BOM to be shown. I am not that kind of quilter and wish I could enter without getting any feedback. I have heard they are super picky and none of that matters to me. That has held me back from entering anything but I could not resist this time. The other one I entered it the mystery I made with my guild. It is nothing to write home about at all, and my colors were the peaches--it is a bit much, however those in the guild who did it are entering them as a group thing to represent our guild so I went along with it. I need to make and attach the binding to it soon. Kathy is also entering for the first time! Her Allietare is going to be in the show. She got half the binding on yesterday. We also need to make quilt sleeves for them all too.