You might not think I like to cook since I don’t blog about it much – but I do. With Fall and Winter coming I’m looking for good soup recipes. My favorites are those that are a meal by themselves and broth vs. cream based (I am still trying to lose a few pounds after all). Any good recipes or sites you’d like to share?

Tonight we’ll eat homemade Tortilla Soup and cornbread. Yep, there’s a piece missing – since the cornbread is from a mix, I had to taste test it before serving it to Keith!

Later, I’ll probably load the HeartStrings top finished the other night – it will be #10 of 10 once it’s quilted!

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I’ve been busy

Last night I finished piecing the borders on this top from HeartStrings blocks donated by the Quilting Queens guild – it’s done and ready for quilting.

After working upstairs in the sewing room this morning on bindings and backings, I loaded and quilted this top from the St. Mary’s quilters in CT.

Not a very good photo of the quilting but I used the pantograph Happy Times.

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Weight-loss Wednesday

It’s a good thing my scale has a decimal point or I wouldn’t have anything to report!

  • 0.8 lbs lost this week – total loss 8.2 lbs in 8 weeks
  • Exercise minimum goal met – barely
  • Still not back to drinking my 64 oz of water daily – once I got out of the habit it’s been hard to get back into it. I usually manage between 32 – 48 oz.

How did you do this week?

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HeartStrings Block Party

Our HeartStrings block inventory is low so I’ve decided it’s time for a Block Party. We’re going to be sewing HeartStrings blocks to send in for group quilts this weekend. We’re asking for everyone to join us in making blocks according to our guidelines that will be combined with other blocks into quilts and donated.

The center strips can be BLUE, RED, or GREEN.

If anyone wants to join us – you can make 1 or 100 blocks, all contributions are appreciated – please email me for the address to mail blocks.

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Lots of progress since yesterday afternoon. Top #8 is quilted – this HeartStrings quilt will go back to Deb in AZ who pieced it.

I also started assembling the blocks from the Quilting Queens guild. I spoke to them about HeartStrings in August and they surprised me with these blocks. Some I cut some in half for the border and this is all ready for me to add a red border and then the string border.

And finally, I ran Chesty in for grooming – he’s still not allowed to be bathed but he was so hot and way overdue for a haircut that I had them shave him.

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My main Quiltathon activity so far today has been watching the USA win the Ryder Cup but I have been working on hand quilting my Wonky Trees. All my words are stem stitched (click photo for a larger view).

I’ve quilted a tree in this tone on tone block and although I’ve quilted through the other trees I think this one will get lost if I quilt the fly stitches on the inside so I’m leaving it as is for now. I still have most of the top row to fill in with fly stitches but it’s coming along.

This top by Deb in AZ is the next one to be loaded – it will be going back to her to donate and she said she’d be happy with Baptist Fans BUT I’m not going to quilt across this dark sashing with light thread so I’m going to do some line dancing in these blocks.

I’ve been practicing on paper but first I wasted time looking for my copy of the book. I couldn’t find it anywhere but luckily, there are examples online so I was still able to pick a design.

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