Archive for April, 2012

I’m ready to move on

I’d originally planned to add borders to this quilt although I’d worked up both a version with and without borders in EQ but I’ve got a lot to accomplish in the next few weeks. It’s a good size for donation now so I’m calling this top done as of now. I know not everyone likes quilts without borders but I do and the original antique quilt that inspired this one had no borders either.

You can find a brief description on how I made this quilt on my website along with a couple other options… including one with borders.


Weight challenged

I’m sure I’m not alone here – my weight has always been a bit of a challenge. With regular, vigorous exercise I’m successful at losing weight but always unable to keep up the pace for a prolonged period of time. I guess I’ve come to view my current weight as OK but I don’t like being too sedentary so a couple weeks ago I decided to track my steps knowing that if I was tracking them, I’m just competitive enough to try and increase them.

I bought the new iPad nano – I clip it to my bra strap each morning. In addition to the Nike app that allows me to track steps, I can listen to music or the radio when I’m on longer walks or hikes.

The first few days or so is not really an accurate baseline because I was away from home and dealing with Chesty’s allergies ( he sits quietly when he can sit with me) but I did better the 2nd week. Personally I think it will be easier here at home because I walk a lot of places. I’ll just need to “step it up” a bit.

Not really ready for the 10,000 steps per day thing I did a little research and found these classifications from NIH and am setting my daily goal at >5000

Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.

This is how I’ve done since starting and it will be interesting to see how being home effects the numbers.


Does anyone else use a pedometer to monitor/increase their activity? I’m loving the Nano for this!


Heading home


Barn Quilt Contest results

I didn’t win – so sad – but it wasn’t because of you. Thanks to everyone who voted for my block. The winning block was right next to mine and I have to admit it was one that appealed to me ( almost as much as mine did).

You can see the winners at this link.

Blueberry the monkey

Adam sent me a photo of Caleb with Blueberry the Monkey that Caleb picked out when we took him to Build a Bear last week. The photo wasn’t the best so I played with one of my new apps, Camera+ to apply some special effects.



It took me a little bit to figure out where I was with these socks … Started quite a while ago but perfect for working on while I sit here with Chesty. I have missed my knitting – not sure why I haven’t worked on anything in a while. Probably because of my focus on the embroidery. Seems I can only focus on one other activity at a time along with my quilting.


I wish I could stay

I don’t know where this last couple weeks has gone. I feel like I’ve spent so much time running around that I haven’t had a chance to enjoy my time here at Big Canoe. I’d like to stay another few weeks and enjoy time on the deck looking out over the lake and trees but we’ve just got a couple more days.


Craftsy – I like the idea but….

I should have known better but the Craftsy site is very well put together and I decided to take a couple classes on Art Quilting. Unfortunately, I just cannot sit through the videos. I need to stick to my “book learning”. The pace of the videos is much too slow for me and I don’t have the patience to get through them for the nugget or two that I walk away with.

We all learn differently so I want to be clear there’s nothing wrong with the content and I’ve never been one to take a class to learn something I can teach myself by reading a book so I shouldn’t be surprised that the online classes don’t suit me.

Poor Chesty

Thank you for all your concern and suggestions. Unfortunately, Chesty has always had allergy problems.

He’s gone through testing and treatment, is on meds routinely, and a strict diet. Even with those precautions, there are times like this where his allergies flareup and we have a difficult time controlling them. We use the cone, increase his meds, and I spend more time trying to keep him from biting and scratching.

When he was tested his vet told me that he was basically allergic to life so I guess we’re lucky that they’re under control for the most part.

Just hoping we can get this episode under control without a round of steroids. We avoid them whenever possible and they are a last resort but there are times they are just unavoidable.

Simple quilts

I’ve mentioned before that I love simple scrap quilts. Another eBay quilt inspired this RWB Hourglass – of course I’ll make it scrappy when I eventually get around to it.


And in case you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time looking at quilts on eBay, Chesty’s allergies are giving him a fit and I’m having to spend time sitting with him to keep him from scratching himself to death. At least the cone stops the biting.


In progress

Not sure about this one yet but I’ll reserve judgement until its done and bound. I was doubtful about the others too.


Trolling eBay for inspiration

Another nice thing about having wireless here is that it allows me to look for ideas for new quilts. An antique quilt on eBay inspired this design. In Red and Blue it would make a great Quilt of Valor.


I don’t have a block encyclopedia here so I’m not sure what the name of this block is, I’ll have to look it up when I get home.

The Owl Strippie

These Strippies are just too cute! And quick too.



I’m always on the look for a cute print when I go to a quilt shop and these Owls were purchased at Tiny Stitches in Marietta, GA but you can find lots of cute novelty prints online at That’s where I found the the Ladybugs for Savannah’s quilt and the Butterflies for Emma’s quilt. I’d link to the fabrics but right now their site seems to be slow or down … by the time you read this it will probably be fine … Use their search button to find all kinds of novelties.

OK it’s working now… Here are three I used but there are lots more… And free shipping for orders of $35.

Just remember these Strippies look best with a mid size print, one that’s not too big or too little.

PS, I love the new machine and am glad I went ahead and bought the cabinet too!

Starting to feel homey again

When we moved to Minneapolis we put our mountain condo up for sale because we felt we wouldn’t use it often enough….of course the housing market promptly tanked and after a while we took it off the market and began spending more time here when we came to the Atlanta area to see the kids. We’ve been slowly making it ours again (we’d removed everything that wasn’t going to be sold with it) and this trip I added a sewing machine. Since we’re here weeks at a time I really wanted a machine here for piecing.

I went to the local sewing center and found a BabyLock Grace in a cabinet that will close up when we’re not here. It’s similar to the cabinet I have at home.


The dresser in this room is the right height for cutting too although it’s kind of dark at night, I can get by with task lighting.


I bought fabric to sew a Quick Strippie just to test it out. Next trip I’ll kit up a couple projects.

In addition to the sewing machine, a king size bed was delivered Friday, and we hooked the wireless back up. It’s just like home again!

He’s a good dad


And he learned from the best!


Keith and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary today or as Chris would say, we all celebrate the anniversary of the day we became a family.

I’m happy!

My wireless is up and running so I thought I’d share a couple photos from the other day before going to run some errands.



Last chance to vote

I wanted to thank all of you who wrote that you voted for my block in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt contest.

If you haven’t voted yet today is the last day …. PLEASE vote for my block, # 20 and help me get to the next stage.

My embroidery station

It’s a rainy day here in GA but I’m set up to make some good progress on this first landscape quilt. I did have to pick up a light when we went into Marietta yesterday, my eyes need good light these days and I didn’t have any task lighting here. I love these little Ott lights.


Heading back to Big Canoe


After a day with the kids.


Some embroidery in progress

I decided to start with the small embroidered quilt I’m calling A Walk in the Woods. The flowers are embroidered and so is the path, now I’m working on the trees — I’m really enjoying these small landscapes.


We’ve been doing some running around today – we gave away the king size bed we’d bought for the condo when we first moved because we’d planned to sell the condo but that was 6 years ago and since we’re here fairly often, we decided its time to replace it plus I’ve broken down and ordered wireless again. Even though we’re just here about once a quarter … I’m too used to having access all the time to get used to going over to the fitness center to use theirs once a day!