Mom’s been busy

Mom had two quilts from my instruction sheets to show me when I arrived on Monday. Here’s the Strippie – this one is just too cute. She also finished quilting the Fish Quilt. She uses her regular sewing machine and decided that straight line quilting would be easiest – I think the quilt looks great!

I head home tomorrow morning. It will be good to see Keith and Chesty!


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Weight Loss Wednesday

I posted my 1/2 week results on Sunday and am pleased that I’ve lost 7.4 lbs in 4 weeks. Other than trying to watch what I eat, drinking lots of water and increasing the amount of walking and biking I do has helped.

I did manage to meet my exercise goal for the week before leaving on Monday morning which is good because there won’t be much going on while I’m gone.

How did YOU do this week?


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I have been reading this summer too

I’ve been lazy updating my Shefari bookshelf but caught up Sunday before leaving. I’ll just warn you that my rating system only denotes how much I enjoyed the book and not necessarily how well it was written.

Mysteries and historical fiction tend to be my favorites and I LOVE books that come in series so I can read about the same characters.

In addition to my knitting, I’ve brought the Kindle along and *stocked* it with a handful of books to keep me entertained.


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Knit one Purl one

You know I’ve been spending the Olympics binding quilts but I finished the last one Saturday night and decided I needed a project for the Closing Ceremonies and to carry with me on my trip.

Inspired by all the knitting I’ve seen going on in blogland I decided to start a scarf. It’s simple, knit in seed stitch but I’m pretty slow at switching back and forth between knit and purl for each stitch. I wonder how much I’ll have done when I get home Saturday??

Speaking of knitting, what’s your FAVORITE simple rectangular shawl pattern? I don’t like to knit complex patterns especially since I have pretty basic knitting skills and like to let my mind wander when I’m knitting but want something more elegant than garter stitch.


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UFO finished/Sunday Progress Report/Weigh in

Here’s the last top finished this week – it’s also a UFO finish and completely from stash so I’m very pleased with this one! I love the texture the Bubbles pantograph gave it and think I made the right choice for quilting. I left this photo large so you can click on it to see a better view of the quilting.

Instructions can be found at my MaryQuilts.com site for anyone interested.

So my progress report is:

  • 2 tops quilted – goal of 10 before the end of August met
  • 4 quilts bound
  • Wonky Tree blocks assembled into a small top 
  • My Stash used total goes up to 77.5 yards (includes completed quilts only)
  • No fabric purchased this week

I also did my weigh in this morning since I’ll be leaving tomorrow for the airport at 3:30AM!! I have a loss of 1.4 lbs for a total of 7.4 lbs in 3 and 1/2 weeks. I’ll be traveling most of the next two weeks so I hope I can avoid gaining any back – we’ll see!


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