Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weeks 32-34: August 9 - August 29

I have completely dropped the ball on this picture a day thing .. however, I'll try and do better.  I keep saying that don't I?

Sunday, August 10 - Napa, again!

Thursday, August 14

Saturday, August 16

Wednesday, August 20

 Saturday, August 23

Monday, August 25

Wednesday, August 27 (biscotti)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Improv Blocks

So, a while ago (it's been so long since I've blogged I can't remember when it was) I worked on some blocks for the improv quilt.  It took me about two months to make these blocks.  Katie tells me that she's making a whole bunch next time so we can actually get around to finishing the quilts ..
The first two blocks are for my quilt...

and these next three are for Katie's.  I think I want to add some reds to my quilt so I'll do that next round and I promise it won't take me quite so long.  You'd think I was the one who had the baby.

It'll be fun to see how these look when they're finished...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Start Light, Star Bright

first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish, I wish tonight.

So here's what the finished top looks like.  The only problem is the size.  I need to decide if I am happy with lap quilt size or if I should make it bigger. 

I'm happy with the way the pattern turned out.  Let me know if you think I should make it bigger (by adding more rows/columns or by adding a couple of borders). 

Week 31 - August 2-8


 Sunday - Solana


Tuesday - Thursday

 Friday - Happy Birthday Kelly!!

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter -- I missed posting yesterday on her actual birthday but I figured better late than never.  

We are meeting her in Napa tomorrow and then she'll be around for a bit before she leaves for New York for the next phase of her medical school.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Beginnings ... August

One of my goals this year is to start something new each month.  Although I missed out on June, I'm not giving up ..

I started a new project today using this pattern, called Star Bright Quilt.

Pattern from here.

I'm using the charm pack Katie gave me, Noteworthy by Sweetwater.

If you have a new start that you'd like to share, link up below and leave a comment.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Kite Quilt or Go Fly a Kite

So, another finish!  yay!

The quilt I started last week, was for a baby shower today, so I finished it up last night .. here are a few pictures.

I decided to call it the kite quilt/go fly a kite because it reminds me of a kite.

My YD and I also made a diaper motorcycle for the shower which turned out great.

August Goals

I work better with goals, even if I don't achieve them.  At least I work in that direction.  I want my goals this month to be reasonable, yet I want them to push me just a little.

1 - make 4 Grinch blocks

2 - Start a new project

3 - go to the gym 8x

4 - lose 8 pounds

5 - try a new recipe

6 - read a book

7 - unplug once a week (no games/blogging/facebook)

8 - take a Saturday walk somewhere new/different

9 - do something kind for someone "pay it forward"

10 - make improv blocks and mail them out

That's all I am coming up with now.

Here's my July recap:

1 - make one Grinch block -- didn't happen

2 - start a new project - started and finished (though I finished it in August).

3 - take a hike - I didn't do this in July but did talk a long walk this morning.  I guess that doesn't really count ...

4 - lose 2 pounds - I lost one pound so that's half way there.

Week 30 - July 26 - Aug 1

Saturday - oranges on a super hot day!

Sunday - finally another project!

Monday -- nada

Tuesday - coffee mug

Wednesday - nada



So, since I've not been very good about taking a picture a day, I decided to try having a theme to encourage me to take pictures .. something to think about and look for.  This week, the "theme" was red...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Beginnings ... July

Okay, so I was totally out of it in June and didn't start anything.  This month, under the pressure of having a gift to be made (by July 30), I have a new beginning!

 To be fair, the strips were pieced by someone else, I just cut the squares to size and made the squares from two triangles added the sashing and sewed them together.

This is the quilt top.  Kind of has a nautical feel to it.

Here are the backing fabrics I was auditioning.

The person for whom I am making the blanket opted for the dinosaur print so that's what it'll be.  I've started the quilting and hope to finish that tonight or tomorrow night and then attack the binding.

Anyway, if you feel like joining me in my quest to start a new project a month (or in my case, I'm hoping now for 11 of 12), please link up and leave a comment so we can check out your new projects.

Week 29 - July 19-25

 Saturday - Baseball

Sunday- Sky High

Monday - Thursday ...

Friday - fancy dinner

Okay, I obviously am having trouble with the taking pictures every day thing.  I promise to try harder this week...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Goals

I know this is late, but I think I should have a few goals for the next week ..

1 - make one Grinch block

2 - start a new project

3 - take a hike

4 - lose 2 pounds

Okay, that's it.  I think I need to make a quilt for someone so I should probably get on that ASAP.  I'm not really inspired but that's okay, I guess.  I have two quilt tops finished so I could use one of those if I get desparate (sp??). 

Weight-wise I'm at a plateau that I want to go beneath, but I don't want it so much that I'm actually doing something about it.  I joined the challenge at work again, but my money has been wasted this time.  It should have motivated me, but for whatever reason, it hasn't. 

 New York - Little Italy