Fitness Friday

Happy Fitness Friday!

This week I made decent progress on my walking. I hit over 10K steps every day but one. I am still walking in the morning before the girls are up and watching Bones on the treadmill which makes the time really pass quickly. If I don’t hit the 10K on my own during the rest of the day, I take a bunch of laps around the house until I reach it! It looks silly but it gets my count up!! Of course last night, I walked with a handful or two of peanut M&M’s and I knew that was just wrong….tasted good though ;) The scale didn’t move this week even with the exercise but I didn’t expect it to because I didn’t track my food. I didn’t weigh or measure any portions and that is the key to weight loss. We are gearing up for our Disney trip and I know some serious steps will be counted there. I also know I will be eating and drinking more than usual so I don’t expect to lose any weight on the trip!! Not with coffee margaritas and Mickey shaped ice creams around!!! Also Lindsey’s birthday is in a few days and she has requested a chocolate cake with Bailey’s frosting…I don’t see myself refusing that.

I am following along with Ozzypip and her fitness journey. Click here for her blog.

Sandy of Quilting For The Rest Of Us is also joining in today. Not sure if her post is live yet but click here for her blog.

It’s a busy day of last minute errands and list checking. Leah received a gift card for a manicure at a local nail place so I’m taking the girls over for some pampering this morning. Leah is hoping for something Disney inspired like red nails with white polka dots.

I’d love to report some quilty progress but I don’t have any this week :(

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Tuesday Tidbits

I have got a bit of a ramble of a blog post today. I was looking through the pictures on my iPhone and had a few there that I wanted to share.

This week Lindsey made some homemade Rolo ice cream in her ice cream machine. It’s a Cuisinart machine that she got for Christmas a few years ago along with a Ben & Jerry’s recipe book. We used mini Rolos so that they wouldn’t be too hard on the teeth. If you use the regular size Rolos, you need to chop them up. It came out delicious. I would use peanut butter cups next time as I prefer peanut butter to caramel.

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While we were at the mall last week, we found this adorable ice cream container at the Sur La Table store. It was on clearance for about $8 or $9. We found it on the day that we knew we were making the ice cream. Leah couldn’t get her mind off of how cute it was, so it came home with us :)

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We harvested some tomatoes, a Jalapeno pepper and Cilantro from the garden and we made salsa. It was sooooooo yummy. We used this recipe:

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/214893/the-best-fresh-tomato-salsa

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I pulled out my new Sashiko kit and started it yesterday afternoon. I wanted to be sure to have it started before our upcoming Disney vacation. I am planning to work on it on the plane rides to and from. I’d say I’ll work on it during the vacation but I think that will NEVER happen. My family are a bunch of Disney fanatics and love to be at the park when it opens and go all day long. It will be great for the Fitbit steps but not so great for crafting of any sort.

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I particularly like the brighter blue color on this Sashiko kit over the more navy’ish color of the last two that I’ve worked on.

Mark Lipinski had these ADORABLE Eiffel Tower scissors on his blog yesterday. I fell in love with them immediately. I found them on Amazon for $11 and they also have Big Ben ones for $9. Yup, I bought the Eiffel Tower ones. One can never have too many pairs of good scissors, am I right?

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Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Designer-Embroidery-Scissors-Eiffel-Tower/dp/B00JRC9M7O/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=010XAPBHEHDHS6KW0QAK

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Sandi

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Fitness Friday & Art Quilt Progress

I kicked my walking up a notch this week. It was the first full week that I really tried to hit 10,000 steps daily. I managed to get over 10k five out of seven days this week. On the two days that I didn’t, I had 9K and 6k. I have even moved up on the Fitbit leader board by a spot or two and I dropped 2.5 pounds this week. I feel like it was a success even though I went out to eat for dinner one night and had frozen yogurt out with the girls yesterday.

I also made progress with The Lindsey Project. Yesterday morning was spent working on the foreground of the piece. The right side is nearing completion but I need more time in the sewing room to work on it. Hopefully this weekend I can sneak in there a few times and finish that part up.

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My mother and I are taking on an Advent calendar project for the church fair. We are alternating red and green squares with stockings that are open at the top so a candy cane or other small treat can fit in there. On Tuesday we sorted through our fabrics and made a practice block. My mother spent the rest of the week working really hard on it and sent me this picture yesterday. The blocks have not been arranged in the final order in this photo.

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I will work on the numbers for the stockings and the quilting/finishing. I think it’s going to be such a cute raffle in November.

How are you progressing this week?

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Throwback Thursday & Heifer

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I decided to link up with Quiltin’ Jenny today for Throwback Thursday.

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I made this quilt a few years ago when I first received my Accuquilt Baby Go Cutter. I couldn’t wait to make a tumbler quilt. I had seen a miniature tumbler quilt made out of 1930′s Repro fabrics at a quilt show. It was covering a beautiful wooden doll cradle and I just loved it. The tumblers were about 1.5″ each…very, very small. I decided to get the tumbler die and make a larger one. This quilt is also small; more like a lap quilt or baby play mat.

I loved the fabrics I found at the local quilt shop and enjoyed making this quilt. I pulled it out of the storage box to take the photo today and now I think I’ll leave it on my bed as a lap quilt when I’m reading. I also think I’d like to tackle a larger version with different fabrics sometime in the future.

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This week the girls and I visited my mother and we all took a trip to the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, MA. I’m sure many of you have heard of the Heifer Project which is a worldwide effort to supply less fortunate countries with livestock as a way of helping them sustain themselves. Money is raised to help purchase animals of all kinds and the recipients pay it forward with the offspring. It’s a wonderful project and they are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. As former Sunday School teachers, my mother and I are very familiar with the Heifer Project as our churches have helped raise money for it throughout the years.

The Heifer Farm has several barns, gardens, gift shop and a Global Village to walk through when you visit. The Global Village has several huts and crops that are representative of some of the countries that Heifer works in. It was fun to see the animals and pet them. The girls enjoyed it. The farm offers day trips for groups, summer camp and a host of other activities. Click Here for their website.

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Rainy Weekend Progress

The weather here is less than desirable for summer at the moment. It was rainy all day yesterday and very cloudy today. I didn’t mind one bit though because it equaled some stellar sewing time for me!

On the agenda was the three pairs of sleep shorts for the girls. They had picked out fabric at Keepsake Quilting a few weeks ago and I ended up making one pair each day of the weekend. I made Lindsey’s on Friday and discovered that the pattern needed to be adjusted to make the shorts settle more around the hips than the waist. I pulled the elastic out of the first pair, cut off a few inches from the waist and then put the elastic back in. It was a good result and the girls were happier. So the first pair (Lindsey’s) went from this…

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To this…

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A bit more modern looking for how the kids like to wear the shorts.

Yesterday I made Leah’s…

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This morning I made Amanda’s…we are joking that hers look like they belong to a lumber jack!

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It took be about 3 hours to make each pair. The pattern was a Kwik Sew one.

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And it was quick but I would make a minor adjustment the next time I use the pattern. The pattern has you overcast all the edges which is great but I think next time for the hems and the elastic casing, I’ll take the extra time to fold in 1/4″ and press then hem. This would make the raw edges disappear completely. I feel like the overcast edges are a bit messy, especially with flannel that shreds a bit on the edge. I know the pattern is “Kwik Sew” and therefore supposed to work up quickly but I think taking that extra step would be beneficial.

After I got Saturday’s sleep shorts made, the hubs and I headed to the attic to finish the cleaning job we started up there about a month ago. I am so thrilled to have the attic cleaned and organized. You can not imagine how many gift bags were in my attic!!! I could open a little shop with all those bags and tissue paper! LOL!!!

Hubs also had a birthday this week and I got him a Fitbit. I wasn’t sure if he’d actually like it but he’s really taken to it. Now I have to up my steps to keep up with him!

How is your weekend going?

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Fitness Fri, Sewing & Cupcakes

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This was going on today. I decided to take the afternoon and declare sewing time. The kids were occupied elsewhere in the house and I got Lindsey’s sleep shorts made.

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And they came out adorable except for one thing…she’s a teen who wears her shorts around her hips instead of her waist. Sigh. She pulled them up around her waist and did a little jig that she thought was hilarious but me, not so much. Seeing as I have two more pairs to make for two more teen/preteen girls, I had better figure this out. I texted my mom who suggested taking out the waist/elastic and shortening them from the waist. I think that’s a great idea…way better than me trying to take it from the crotch area. The seam ripper and I will have a little date tonight. I wish I had realized this was going to be a problem before I purchased the pattern. I got the pattern at Keepsake and I paid an arm and a leg for it mostly because I wanted the girls to pick fabric and be happy doing so the day we had made the trip there. In retrospect, I should have shopped around for a more current pattern that accounts for teens and their love of low slung pants. Live and learn and I’ll make adjustments and hopefully everyone will be happy. I was really just happy to be at the sewing machine.

I’m going to join Ozzypip with her Fitness Friday reports. I am trying very hard to get up and walk 2 miles in the morning while the kids are still sleeping. I am walking on the treadmill to shows on Netflix. Last week I walked to the first season of Cedar Cove. I’m through that and now I’m starting Bones. I am 1.5 episodes in and I love it. I never watched it while it was on regular tv but always thought it would be an interesting show to watch. I met my 10k step goal on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I hit 9,553 and yesterday I didn’t wear my Fitbit because it was charging and we went to the beach.

I’m trying to get back on the TOPS eating plan but it’s hard when Lindsey keeps baking up yummy-ness like this:

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These are Lemon Scented Blueberry Cupcakes and they are heavenly. Heavenly. Did I mention they are good? She got the recipe off the flyer from the blueberry farm where we picked blueberries this week.

I’m off to seam rip…

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Fall Bed Runner in Quilter’s World Is Out & News

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I’m very excited to see that my Fall Jubilee Bed Runner is in the Autumn issue of Quilter’s World! I was thrilled when it arrived home yesterday as I’m really looking forward to using this on my bed come the fall. It’s a beautiful runner in batiks and would also look good in any fall or winter combination of fabrics! I hope you’ll pick up the magazine and give it a try.

I must be on a roll as I also found out this week that my block will be included in QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 10 issue! I love being part of that publication and being on the blog tour which also means a giveaway for two copies of the magazine. Stay tuned for that!

My next bit of news relates to the podcast. After many years and several episodes, I have decided to give the podcast up. I have loved recording Quilt Cabana Corner but frequently I feel I hold information back on the blog to “save” for the podcast and then the podcast rolls around and the news is kind of old. It’s hard to keep up with a podcast, blog and social media and to keep the content interesting. I’d like to concentrate more on the blog at this time. I’ll most likely do one more episode to wrap it up in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, if you have something you’d like me to talk about on the blog, please let me know.

We have one more postcard swap left on the calendar for the year. The postcard swaps have been happening since the holiday one last December. The first day of fall is September 23rd and that just feels a little to soon for me. How about if we plan for one where the postcard arrives in time for Halloween? That gives everyone a bit more breathing room for the end of summer plans we all might have! I will do a more detailed post in the next few days and start the sign up.

That’s all my news for today. I’m hoping to take my blueberry girl, Lindsey, over to the blueberry farm to pick even though, she has two blueberry bushes here at the house. The girl LOVES blueberries.

Have a beautiful day!

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Throwback Thursday & Our 20th Anniversary

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Here is my Throwback Thursday picture which also is my 20th wedding anniversary picture! Yup…20 years ago today Greg and I were married at the Community Church of Watertown and had our reception at Oakley Country Club with all of our friends and family! We had a blast that day enjoying everyone who celebrated with us. It was a big party and we will always cherish that memory. We look back at our photos and see so many of our favorite people who are no longer with us. It makes us sad but our hearts are also glad for the time we had with them and that they were all a part of one of the biggest days of our lives.

I am lucky. Let me repeat that, LUCKY, to have married my best friend who is still in every way, my best friend. Greg is my rock and my funny man. We lift each other up and balance each other out and somehow we’ve managed three awesome daughters. I could not be more blessed in this life.

PS. The two smaller pictures are from our honeymoon in yes, you guessed it, Disney World. 10 days of running amok without kids in our fav place…it was a fun time! Of course we had a lot more energy 20 years ago!!!

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Keepsake Quilting Trip

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Yesterday we (my mom and 3 daughters) took our annual pilgrimage to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. I didn’t take any pictures of the inside of the shop because I blogged in detail about it in a 3 part series last year. You can read that first post HERE. Part 2 of that is HERE. And part 3 of that is HERE.

Normally, part of this trip is keeping the girls occupied long enough for my mother and I to look at and touch every square inch of the store. This year, the girls are older and they…well, they ditched us! In the same plaza as Keepsake is a book store, a pet shop and grocery store. The girls went to all three, picked themselves up books and coffee drinks and sat on the front porch of Keepsake in Adirondack chairs very happily. It worked out quite well and I didn’t feel rushed at all.

The girls did come in the store long enough to decide that me making them pajama shorts was a great idea. They each picked out flannel in a design they liked and I get to make something new for them…it’s a win! Can you guess which kid picked which fabric?

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Leah chose the pink animal print, Lindsey chose the polka dots and Amanda chose the red plaid.

My mission yesterday was to come home with a creamy fabric for the background of this pineapple quilt and also a light and dark green batik for the leaves and inner border. I think I have most of the other batik fabrics in my stash and from what I purchased at the Maui Quilt Shop when I got the pattern.

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Mission accomplished, this is what I bought…the cream looks better in real life than in this photo.

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I didn’t go too crazy buying fabric for a few reasons. The first being that I have a backlog of projects that I currently have the fabric for already. The second being that most of the fabric there was around $12.60 per yard. That’s a pretty hefty price for one yard of fabric. I do wonder what the market will bear in the future. Will $13 per yard be the limit? My mom was with me and she says that would be her limit. I think it might be mine as well.

Speaking of my mother, she was shopping for fabrics to use in her pyramid quilt out of Cheryl Malinkowski’s Fun With One Block Quilts Book.
This is the quilt she is going to make…

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She picked up some fat quarters to use in the quilt and when she got home, she arranged them on the dining room table and they looked so pretty. She had most of these fabrics already and was picking up a few to round out the selection. I even spy some of my hand dyes on that table!

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I can’t wait to see this finished. Lately, I’m really loving quilts with black solids in them.

So that was our trip! Keepsake never disappoints. The selection is by far the largest around. They have countless notions and always the latest and greatest gadgets. They have tons of books and the gorgeous challenge quilts from their catalog hang gloriously from the ceiling. It is located in picturesque Center Harbor which is next to Meredith. You can’t beat it for a day trip!

Have you been ?

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Progress & A Birthday

I made some progress today on The Lindsey Project art quilt. I finished the sky this afternoon and I’m thrilled with how it came out.

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I cropped the photo here to see how it will look when it’s squared up.

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So, I still have to work on her face as you can see it’s just penciled in at the moment. However, I’ll save that for last and instead work on the ground that she is standing on. In the photo, it is sort of a stamped cement that she stands on but I’ll make it more “painterly” and use these fabrics in the same way I have done the rest of the piece.

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I think it will add some interesting color to the quilt having a nice range of browns in there.

Yesterday was Leah’s 12th birthday. We had a wonderful time at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA. The highlight of the day was the deer path where you wander around feeding lots of deer. Most of the deer are very friendly and eager to eat out of your hand. A few of the deer are skittish and would rather eat the corn kernels that are dropped on the ground.

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The last time we went to this zoo was for Lindsey’s birthday awhile ago and Leah was little and very afraid and I had to carry her on my hip the whole way through. This year, Leah loved it and fed them happily. It was a lot of fun. After the zoo we had dinner at Leah’s favorite restaurant, Bugaboo Creek. We headed home after that for birthday cake and ice cream.

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It goes without saying that I have no idea how Leah can possibly be 12 years old? She is my “baby” after all…sigh. I told Greg that when Leah turns 14, I’m going to buy myself something really nice for having survived three 13 year old girls!!!! LOL!! Something fabric’y or sparkly, perhaps?

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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