Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gotta get back to running!

Okay, so, I finally went running today.  It felt really good but I tried really hard not to overdo it.  Only went a little over a mile and a half. 
I still am hoping to make it to a 10K again by May 3rd so here is my plan. 
I have to run 4 times per week!

This week- 20-25 minute runs and maybe 3 miles this weekend 
Week 2- 20 minute runs and 3.5 miles on Sat.
Week 3- 25-30 minute runs and 4 miles on Sat.
Week 4- 30 minute runs and 3.5 miles on Sat.
Week 5- 30 minute runs and 4.5 miles on Sat.
Week 6- 30 minute runs and 5.5 miles on Sat.
Week 7- 30 minute runs and 4 miles on Sat.
Week 8- 30 minute runs and 6.2 miles on Sunday- Run for the Zoo
 That means the 10K  will be a challenge as it was last summer when I ran it in July.  

I am absolutely going to have to start running at about 5:30 in the morning- not just for me but for Jack.  Black poodles get very hot in the sun, very quickly!  It was only 66 degrees outside when I ran today and Jack was already dragging his tongue!  It doesn't help that he refuses to drink water on our runs.  I even carry a little bowl and extra water for him.  It is a waste though because he won't touch it.  

I have not been very motivated to sew lately either.  I just end up being lazy- watching TV or reading.  Maybe my running will give me more energy.

I got a bit depressed today when I was looking at the calendar.  There are still more weeks left between now and summer vacation than there are weeks IN summer vacation! Ugh!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More stitching...

Okay, I saw the announcement of yellow and since I was already in that mode...
I didn't have much variety in my yellows but it came out ok.  

I also got my Snap Shots block done, just before February was over!  Yay!

So, here they are together.  I think I am going to LOVE this quilt when it is all finished!

And here is the only HP block I finished today.  Can you see the shimmery fabric for the Invisible Book of Invisibility?

We had about 6 inches of snow as of around 10 am.  It is almost all melted now and, so, we just have a wet mess.  Gotta love winter in the desert. 

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Here are my RSC blocks for February. 

Ans here they are all together.  I have no idea how I set them together.  I am not even making them a regular size.  I am starting with 6.5 inch squares, sewing them in to half square triangles, then pinwheels, and trimming them up to 11 inches.  I guess, if I decide on a regular pattern, it will have to be with 10 inch squares and I will have to trim them all down to 10.5.  But, if I use just a simple sashing & cornerstone method, they are fine. 

Thinking I will head back up and work on a few Harry Potter blocks and my Snap Shots QAL for this month. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snowday Play

I can't believe we had a school closure snow day here in the desert, at the end of February!
But, I loved it!

I dove into the scraps and made a couple of potholders with double layers of InsulBright.  I like them thick!
I save my left over binding so I have a drawer of it all ready to go for things like this!

I have been wanting to make something with this "tag" method.  So, I cut out my white fabric & batting in pillow size and went to town.  I have been wanting to do this with my long-arm but started just on my sit-down machine.  May try a baby quilt size on the long-arm in the future. 
I made the backing out of white flannel and I happened to have a pillow form in the closet.  I had a lot of fun!  I really needed this day off, too! 
Happy stitching this weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Second scrappy trip block

Here is the second Scrappy Trip block-Bonnie Hunter style. 

Here are the first few blocks for my other scrap quilt.  They will be set on point with a narrow lattice so they will be a bit more tame than this. 

Can you tell that I had strip sets of that pink, blue, green, and yellow left from another project?  I promise, they won't all have that color scheme. 
I have even done something I never have before- included Christmas fabrics in with everyday.  I know Bonnie does it all the time. 
Can't wait for the weekend so I can make some more progress. 
It takes a lot of time to search through and cut up the scraps. 

I also need to catch up on my Project of Doom/Harry Potter & Snapshots quilt along.  I am going to be a busy little quilting diva!

Slipping in some scrap time

Here is my first block for a Scrappy Trip quilt (see www.quiltville.blogspot.com ).
I have quilt projects coming out my ears but these scraps must be tamed.  So, in addition to a scrappy half square triangle quilt, and some scrappy music note blocks, that I have planned, I have also started this and another scrap quilt from the Spring Quilts and More- A Pinch of This p. 59.  I may make it  larger though.  Depends if one of my kids decides they want it.  If not, it needs to be king size. 

I am struggling with motivation on my Orca Bay.  I love it, just is tedious and seems to be taking forever.  Someone want to nudge me on it???

Here is my puppy.  He will be 1 year old in May.  Surprised I got him to stand still for this.  He usually jumps at the camera.  He just came home from the groomer.  He is very rambunctious and I don't know if I will ever be able to train him to be a polite boy.  For his sake, I hope so, because he is driving my husband and my kids crazy!

I stayed home today-fighting off a cold and I have a stiff neck, in addition to my knee killing me from overdoing it with a long run this weekend.  Guess I will try to head in to work tomorrow and tough it out. 

Hope you have a marvelous time quilting!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Harry Potter Blocks

These blocks are addictive!  I am having so much fun with them!

I was really excited to see the picture frame block since I was already planning on putting a few pictures in. 
I really like the picture of the Hippogriff that I found online.  I have a lot more planned with printable fabric. 
Not much getting done on other projects.  These are too much fun to focus on anything else. 
I am making good progress on a crochet shawl. I have used almost 2 full skeins and am only about half way finished with it. 
So glad it is a 3 day weekend!


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