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Saturday, August 30, 2008

With a day to spare

A week ago, I reviewed my list of goals for the month of August and realized I had better get cracking on a few things, so I did and am happy to report that I have achieved all of my goals for this month with a day to spare! More detail on the list of accomplishments in a couple days as we are taking a quick overnight to Cincinnati tomorrow, but I just had to share the next to last of my accomplishments...the final block in the Carol Doak BOM series....now I just have to figure out how to set all 12 blocks in some way other than boring...I think I will enlist the help of my friend Dan who is a graphic artist in hopes that he will see something inspiring in them!

I'll be back on with the final list of accomplishments, hours, and Sept goals Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Little bits of progress

I haven't posted about sewing for a while, but am working on finishing up projects this month. I have taken on mostly small things that just need to get done and have finished quite a few so far. I worked tonight on another one with my mom here. It is so nice to sew with her...but the time really flies! Especially since I have to be up and at 'em in the morning to get to work on time.

Here are a few of the blocks I have completed recently...this one is for a member of one of my online groups who is in the Navy and currently deployed. 20 from our group are making red, white, and blue blocks and sending them to another member who will put a quilt top together. She will be starting on it soon, and I will link to it when finished. Mine is the Africa star from Carol Doak's Mariners Compass book.

I also finished making my blocks for the Quilters in Indiana block lottery the other night and they have been sent away to Rhonda, the winner this month. She already has received about 20 blocks and I can't wait to see what she does with them. They are so much fun...and I really like the red, white, and black color combo, so may have to do something with those colors.

Tonight, I was multi-tasking....trimming up blocks to 12 1/2" for a lap quilt that will be finished sometime in the next 2 years, and making some pillowcases that will be sent off to a friend soon. Not going to post pictures or say anymore about that now...but will share after she has them. I was remarking to my mom tonight how I remember making my first 2 pillowcases, and how it was so hard and took me all day! Now, I do them late at night after a full day at work because they are so easy! Progress feels just great.

Well, I should head to bed now....I guess I am still a little overtired from 2 weeks of watching the Olympics way too late...I just tried to put hairspray instead of toothpaste on my toothbrush! I caught myself just in time!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Our friend Richard

Richard is the son of a good friend of ours, Sara (who is a faithful reader of this blog - thanks!), and is three months older than Jack. He is tall for his age and follows Jenna around like she is leader of the pack (she doesn't think there is anything wrong with that). Last weekend, I took the kids to Mike's and Sara's softball game and we went to Mug'n Bun afterwards. The kids were wiped out, as it was close to normal bedtime when we arrived and they had just spent an hour running around the ballpark, but they had a good time anyway.
Side note: if you live in the area, they have great root beer floats at Mug'n Bun...10th and Lynhurst.

Monday, August 18, 2008

What a blog

I hope you will take a minute to venture over to Cake Wrecks. Make sure you read the older posts. Mike and I were just referred there from Jen's blog and have been laughing so hard we are crying...well, at least I am! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My favorite things

Back when I had my old (short lived) blog on yahoo, I started what I hoped would be a series on my favorite things. I only posted one favorite thing there, Pandora radio, which I still love....however, since getting my iPod earlier this year, I have become addicted to podcasts. I don't listen to the radio or CDs in my car anymore...it is podcasts all the time. That leads me to my favorite podcast...The Satellite Sisters. It is a group of 5 sisters who do a 3 times/week show that is about an hour long. They talk about lots of current events, news, movies, and have lots of fun laughing and sharing stories. I really enjoy their shows and encourage you to check them out. If you don't have an iPod or iTunes, you can listen to them directly on their website. The youngest sister, Lian, is also writing some very funny posts with random thoughts from the Olympics on their blog.

On a quilting/sewing note, it has been a very slow week in my sewing room, as I have been parked nightly in front of the TV watching Olympics (much too late)...maybe I will get back to making some progress when they conclude!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Next Big Quilt

Since the beginning of my quilting "career" in late 2003, I have completed mostly small projects. Wall hangings, baby quilts, purses, etc. This year, I took a big leap and finished my first twin sized quilt (the Red, White, and Blue Lottery Quilt pictured in this post), which had not only a pieced top, but also a pieced backing (in case you've been on the edge of your seat, the darker side is the backing). Now, I am ready to take a really big plunge and start a king sized quilt to adorn the new bed that we bought back in March. I am sure that it will take me a while to complete this one, and I am hoping to start on it this month. As it is a wide range of colors in batik, I am going to prewash all the fabric (ugh, something I never do) in hopes of avoiding bleeding issues. I will post progress as it goes, but here's a "before" picture of the fabric and the pattern.

Monday, August 4, 2008

July Accomplishments and August Plans

The month of July was a really productive one for me, and I really feel good about the amount of sewing I got in. I tracked my hours this month, as several members of one of my online groups were doing. I didn't even complete 10% of what some of them did, but am happy to report that I spent 16.25 hours sewing in July. All that, even with a week and a half off for vacation and recovery!

The things I completed in July are:
  • Red, White, and Blue top and back from Quilters in Indiana lottery blocks
  • 2009 Quilt show opportunity quilt block
  • May and July Carol Doak Blocks of the Month
  • 2 Lottery blocks for Quilters in Indiana
  • Hanger on Jack the dog UFO
  • Attended the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show and had a fantastic time in Oregon visiting 10 quilt shops and vacationing with Mom and Jack

August is being marked as "Finish It Up Month" for one of my other groups, Prolific Online Quilters. We are all working hard to get some old UFOs completed, and I am going to concentrate on that too. My goals for this month are:

  • Complete August Carol Doak BOM (last in the series of 12)
  • Complete a few blocks for the Quilters in IN block lottery
  • Finish UFO #2, Collin's Stocking
  • Work on some other UFOs
  • Machine quilt something! For pete's sake, I took the class in May and haven't had the guts to do anything since then, so I really need to get a move on.
  • Work on something new and exciting (thanks Sara for this suggestion!)

I will report in throughout the month, and it is already looking good, as I have completed something each day I've sewn so far this month.