Friday, January 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I know it's only Friday, but the way my weekends have been going lately - it's better early then never!  To see what others are working on - check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times.

Finished the 3rd and 4th blocks of my Moon Glow BOM.  I really like BOM's because I make myself stay caught up - never letting myself get more than a month behind.  That way, at the end of the year, I'll have 2 really nice size quilts to get shipped off to a quilter (which, I'm still looking for a replacement for Margaret .... VBS) 

Right now the quilt is darker than I thought it might be - I'm hoping when all the blocks are together it might pop more, but I still love the overall look of the quilt.  Not sure I'll be able to gift this one when finished. 

Show Us Your Socks

Judy at Patchwork Times is also hosting a "Show Us Your Socks" - just visiting all the links posted makes me really wish I could learn to knit.  One day when the kids are grown and gone, I'll sit myself down with a pair of needles and some You Tube videos and really concentrate on learning how, but until then I'll amuse myself with fuzzy socks, and hand knit socks that I bought from Etsy sellers!  I have found some wonderful Etsy sellers lately - that don't even charge extra when having to knit a pair for my oversized 13's !

These are my most favorite fuzzy socks.  Fuzzy socks are worn in the a.m.'s - especially in the winter.  I get up, slather on some 100% cocoa butter, and then throw on my socks.  My heels get a tad bit softer (not too much, comes from wearing flip flops .... even in the snow!) and as a bonus my hands are semi waterproof for the rest of the morning !

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Design Wall Monday

First 2 blocks done of my Around Times Square Quilt - done !  I really, really like these colors.  This is going to be a large quilt, over 100 x 100 - so once it's finished I'll be able to add all that fabric to my used numbers - but for now - I'm happy to have something to share for Design Wall Monday hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times. 

Another swim meet this weekend - Sr. Elite ...  so I'm posting this early and will link from the hotel!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Design Wall Monday - hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times - keeps me inspired to sew.  Well, I'm always inspired to sew, but the DWM challenge makes me find TIME to sew each week.

This week - I have to finish the block I'm currently working on for my Moon Glow Quilt,

because my first block for the AROUND TIMES SQUARE BOM that I signed up for arrived in the mail this weekend while I was out attending a swim meet with Leenah.   Oh, how I hope the hubster decides to go to work early today so I can get these other rugrats on the bus and I can get to sewing ...

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Finish - 2013

No name for this quilt - The hubster asked me to have a baby quilt ready by Friday .... he asked me this on Monday - when I already had 3 sick kids !  By Tuesday, all 4 kids were sick as well as the hubster - yet I still managed to find enough time between Dr.'s visits and ginger ale runs to whip up a cute flannel Winnie the Pooh quilt.  At least I have something to show for 2013 already !

Stash Report Week 2

I am happy to say that I've got one quilt completed for 2013  !  Of course, the bad news is I ordered the fabric for another quilt.  It's a gift for a newly married couple who are both really close to my heart - they both work with special needs children - and are wonderful with Adam.  So - even though I have a finish this week and it can go in my used column - I have to add more to my added column - but I didn't order backing fabric yet - so it's almost a wash !

Used this Week: 5.5 yards
Used year to Date: 5.5 yards
Added this Week: 14 yards (Mandy's Quilt)
Added Year to Date: 14  yards
Net Used for 2013:  Added 8.5 yards

To see how others are doing busting through their stash, check out Judy's blog at Patchwork Times

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Anniversary

This past weekend was the hubsters and I real anniversary.  We usually celebrate October 31st - the day we actually met - instead of the day we got married (yes, we married 2 months after we met - that was 4 children and many, many years ago - so I guess you can say I believe in love at first sight)

We didn't go out to dinner for our anniversary.  We did go out to lunch - he went out with some business associates, I went out with Leenah and Adam.  I think I had a better time.  I got him 3 bottles of EVOO - if I told him the cost ($50 bottle) he'd freak - but he really enjoys it - it's fresh - like only a few months old - including the time it spent on the boat getting over here.  It's green, green.  And I'll borrow it once in awhile.  He didn't get me a gift.  Never does.  In the beginning - that really bothered me.  Now - if I want a gift - I buy it.  That way I get what I want ...  I still have a wonderful London Fog wool coat he bought me ... I think it was for our first anniversary .... it was about 6 sizes too big.  I keep it as a reminder why not to be upset when he doesn't get me anything.  He doesn't have a clue.  I've been debating on whether or not to buy myself a Kindle  Chances are I will buy myself one - just waiting for the perfect sale.  Since everyone already bought Kindles for Christmas - I'm sure Amazon will offer a sale price .... soon !

But, I did get one anniversary present - from my son.  Most of you know that he was born a micro preemie.  Only by the grace of God is he here.  My friends all over the world prayed for him when he was born - whether they prayed at home, in a temple, in a church, in a mosque - in English, Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese - whatever their language - they prayed, and they kept praying the entire 3 months he was in the NICU - and it worked.  Anyway - because of his birth trauma - he did have some brain injuries - which have created learning difficulties that we work hard to overcome.  One of his problems is retention.  He can learn something today - and forget it tomorrow.  You can teach it to him a million times, and he still might forget it tomorrow.  You can see where this may lead to trouble when learning the correct way to swim.  But for my anniversary - he showed me that he can do whatever he sets his mind to.  Not only did he swim, but he swam so well that he finished in first place - well ahead of everyone else in his heat.  Yes, I give his coaches a ton of credit - the head coach on our team was his first one on one teacher - got into the pool with him, had the patience of a saint, I could never thank him enough.  His current coach is the sweetest lady I know.  She also knows of his problems, yet never seems frustrated at practice when she's teaching him the same thing over and over.  My life is amazing - and that's why a simple gift like this is all I needed for my anniversary

Monday, January 7, 2013

Stash Report, Week 1, 2013

Unfortunately - this is a very easy one for me to post ...

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2013: 0 yards

But - the hubster does need a baby quilt for a friend - that'll be good for next week if I can get it done !

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 2013 - Getting it Done Challenge

Judy at Patchwork Times often inspires me to become more organized.  Will I ever have the neatly labeled food pantries and shelves of color coded fabrics that she manages to keep up with - probably not.  But she has issued a challenge to list 4 things that you'd like to accomplish each month - and I think that'll help me get right on track, with sewing at least !

  • Finish first 3 BOM for Moon Glow Quilt.  I love this BOM.  I want to stay on top of it, so that when I receive the finishing kit sometime at the end of this year, I can box up the top and ship it off to the quilters !
  • Hem Adam's pants.  As a mom that can sew, I feel terrible when my son's pants are dragging on the ground.  He's a tall boy - not real sure why his pants are so long - but I do need to get those pj's hemed !
  • Work on the color challenge from last year.  Judy from Patchwork Times also issued monthly challenges last year to create a quilt using colors from different photos.  I did one - designed it, and worked up many of the blocks, but didn't finish.  It's a quick and easy block to make up, so I'd like to at least work on it.  I'm not putting down that I want to finish it - because honestly I'm not real sure how much is left to do
  • Start designing a quilt for Amanda.  She recently got married to the man who has cooked dd#2's birthday dinner for the last 3 years in a row.  I love this couple, and need to design them a special quilt.  She likes more muted colors than I usually work with - but I'll make her whatever she wants to match her living room !
Here is the first block from Moon Glow - you can see from the colors why I love this quilt !