. . . . . . Enjoying the journey of quilting

Sunday, September 9, 2012

All on a Sunday!

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I was planning to go to church. 
My head was throbbing like it did a couple of weeks ago when I had a virus. 
Oh no!
 I have been feeding myself water and vitamin C 
along with some other goodies all day long. 
Though not feeling well it didn't keep me out of the kitchen.
 I remember seeing a recipe for Baked Blueberry Oatmeal on Pinterest.
Are you loving Pinterest like I am? 
Instead I found a wonderful recipe for Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal. 
Great for a morning that says Fall is coming soon! 
You can find the recipe on my Breakfast board
The pinned picture will take you to chocolatecoveredkatie.com's blog. 
Her specialty is desserts.

It was divine hot out of the oven with brown sugar sprinkled on the top. 
I added raisins and walnuts in the recipe. 
It would have looked and tasted fantastic with some whipped cream!
Of course a cup of coffee complements it well!

Next I made Weight Watcher's Zero Point Soup.
 I keep a large bowl on hand. 
It's great for when you are feeling absolutely starved 
and want to eat every carbohydrate in the kitchen pantry. 
That's what I want to do after hibernating in my office/quilting studio 
working many hours beyond meal time. 
Just one cup heated up in the microwave keeps me going 
while making dinner or lunch without devouring everything in sight.

Head was still throbbing yet I wanted some play time 
being motivated by seeing the quilts on Pinterest.
 Celtic Psalms and Hymns soothed me enough that 
I was able to cut the pieces for 
Cleopatra's Puzzle Block (a September Crafsty BOM). 

Not too bad in spite of feeling a bit incapacitated!

So now as I write this message I have Riverdance playing in the background.
 Mike and I went to see them when they performed in Charlotte.

Many of you may have seen some of Charlotte if following the DNC on television. 
Hubby works at the airport and this past week has been extremely busy. 
20,000 people left Charlotte Friday morning. 
A Friday morning typically sees about 5,500 by noon. 
On Friday there were 16,500 people.
He was so content to come home today and kick back in his
 recliner and take in the Panther's football game.
Thus dinner was on me this evening and it was leftovers.

Leftover chicken, pork chops and turkey sausage.
Added Yukon potatoes, onions and lima beans,
 all cooked in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
 Dish up and add ketchup.
Hubby gave thumbs up!
Not too bad for cleaning out the refrigerator.

Now do I give in to this headache and go read a bit or do I start another quilt block?
Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild is having another block swap. 
Looks like a fun block to make.
 Click on the link and check it out!
Since visiting the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild's website 
I have been reminded that I signed up for a mug rug swap 
that is due September 27th. 

It's mug rug time instead of Japanese X.

Happy Sunday or a good day if you are reading this after Sunday.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A New Day a New Block

Chain Block, a derivative of the Drunkard's Block, is a bit more time consuming to sew but well worth it! Another Craftsy BOM - September's precisely. Precisely is not exactly what I would call the workmanship, but not too bad for the first one. You know how you have to make one to learn what you can do to make it better the next time around? Do you make a test block before sewing blocks for a quilt?

The curves are a bit testy, but not nearly as formidable as first thought. Definitely need to stick to the SCANT 1/4" seams on this block pattern. I chose to sew on the concave side of the block and pin upward rather than downward. That helped greatly in stepping up the speed.

In order to make the intersections so that they didn't have a hard hump I twirled the seam intersections on the backside. To do so I did have to twist the seam midway in the two center blocks of each row. This is something I would have never done in the past but since the twist is less noticeable than the hump I will do it again.

I am celebrating today!
I have officially lost 9 pounds as of today! Everyday it has been at least an hour of cardiovascular and keeping calories below 1200 per day! Eating the right foods does make a difference.

losing weight challenging

Here is a website on some good ideas for success! Advocare Nutrition Works.

So this evening since I worked late hubby decided  he wanted to go to Showmars. Oh my most of the meals  are equal to the calories I have been keeping to on a daily basis. I decided on a baked potato and steamed vegetables while my hubby had his Chicken Platter with french fries, breaded fried chicken and cole slaw. I did help him with a couple of his french fries since I think they are the best! I googled their nutrition list before leaving and had a plan of what I could eat and stay within my calorie limit.

Until tomorrow wishing all a wonderful day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Can I do this in 23 minutes?

Only if the World Wide Web will cooperate! Everyone must be on the internet today since it is Labor Day, especially blogspost and facebook.  A holiday and we spend it on the internet - me too - well sort of.

So what is the 23 minutes all about. At  I Sew We Sew  there is  a message about segmenting our projects, cleaning house etc in 23 minutes intervals.

 She states: " OUR brains can only handle about
 23 minutes of  any activity at any one time." ( it then begins to wander)

Today will be the second time I have worked in 23 minutes segments. On some projects slightly longer because I wanted to be in a good stopping place. But before I started doing this today I thought I better go to the gym and do my workout for the day - which takes me anywhere between 1- 1 1/2 hours.

Immediately I came home showered, washed my hair, threw clothes from the washer in the dryer, began another load to wash. I went to my hubby and said Hancock Fabric's is having a sale on Kona Cotton. I have made two trips to Mary Jo Fabrics and both times they were out of it! I like to buy it there because regular price is always better than JoAnn's or Hancock's. But a sale at Hancock's is the best price. I need it to complete a quilt that I have had in  progress for awhile - just have been waiting to buy more Kona White. They had it! Of course I did have to check to make sure there wasn't any other fabric that I had to have but no. I was proud of myself,  I stuck to accomplishing my mission.

Home again. Now to start the 23 minute projects. I worked on the Double Star block featuring flying geese units, on to sweeping the floors, on to making lunch and back to finishing the block, fold and put clothes away and start another load. Finish up the Double Star Block. Now can I write this blog message in 23 minutes? I'm sure it will have a lot of grammatical errors!!

Tah Dah the Double Star Block. - Would you believe as I was typing the title of the block my computer froze!! My alarm hasn't gone off yet - you will know what that means after reading the 23 minute message. I found that I push myself to work faster knowing I have a timer that will go off. I just want to beat it!

While googling to find the 23 minute article I noticed there is part 2 to the 23 minutes. Now to go read it.  Check it out here - Part 3.

I am off to another 23 minutes doing what? Beginning Craftsy's September BOMs  that features curves.

Wishing you a Happy Labor Day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Plugging Along with Craftsy BOM

Ohio Star - Craftsy's August Block of the Month

I wish I had enough energy to do the other block for August this evening but my bed is calling me.

It was another busy week between work, Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild meeting (fun), doctor's appointment and working out at the gym. Fortunately, I had been already exercising doing cardiovascular and weight bearing exercises. I received the letter from my doctor stating that my cholesterol and blood pressure were slightly elevated. Thank goodness for slightly! That was the first time my blood pressure had not been in the normal range. Now that means it is time to get serious about losing weight. Myfitnessplan.com here I come. I really don't want to take medication when results can be accomplished by exercising and careful eating. 

I found a blog Peace, Love and Low Carb where Kyndra is hosting a


I'm thinking about it! She has some great recipes too - all low carbohydrates.

Well Good Night All!


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