Fitness Friday

I’m linking up with Ozzypip and Sandy of Quilting For The Rest of Us for our Friday fitness accountability posts.

Two days were spectacular as we were still in Disney World. Racking up steps there is super easy with all the walking around the parks and hotels you do.

I haven’t been very good since I arrived home. I haven’t made any specific move to exercise or walk. I blame it on the exhaustion of the trip, the plane ride and now a sore throat, ear ache and cough…all of which is viral says the doctor! I hope next week, I’ll get myself back into a routine again.

Here are my step counts for the week:

Friday 5,181
Saturday 17,009
Sunday 18,200
Monday 6,807
Tuesday 4,750
Wednesday 3,377
Thursday 5,026

Here’s hoping for a more fit next week!!!

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Throwback Thursday

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Today’s Throwback Thursday project was one of my very first quilting endeavors. I was so very pleased with myself for having succeeded in making this Log Cabin sewing machine cover that I made one for my mother as well!

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The one I made for my mother was blue and yellow.

The pattern came from this book that I used to teach myself to quilt.

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I think I purchased it at Walmart and I made several projects from it. I decided in 2004 that I would learn to quilt and along with this book, I purchased fabric, batting, needles, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and curved safety pins. I’m 99% sure the book came from Walmart and the other supplies from Joann’s. I remember an employee there showing me around the store to the various items that a new quilter would need. I’d say she done good!

Sadly, this sewing machine cover doesn’t fit my new machine but it was fun to pull it out today and have a look at my handiwork from quite a few years ago.

Do you have any throwback projects to share? I’m linking up with Quiltin’ Jenny and Ozzypip today.

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Announcing Fall Postcard Swap

Happy Wednesday to all!

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I am happy to announce the details for the fourth and final fabric postcard swap of the year. We began this journey at the end of last year for the holidays. It has been a fun and creative way to connect with each other and I hope you’ll join me again for this one!

The fabric postcard swap is open to anyone who would like to participate. Postcards can be 4″x 6″ or 5″x 7″. You may decorate, embellish, quilt and finish your postcard in any way you like. There are many fall holidays to draw inspiration from. See how easy this is? You may send the postcard in the mail with a hand stamp or regular stamp OR you can send it in an envelope.

Please let me know by midnight Monday, September 8th if you would like to participate. You may contact me on this post or by emailing me at sewsandi8@yahoo.com or by sending me a direct message on Twitter. I am @quiltcabana on Twitter.

****Send me your full name and mailing address when you sign up. I very well may have your address already but people move, my emails get deleted and stuff just happens so send the address again, please!

I will match participants up and will contact you with your swap partner’s name and address shortly after Sept. 8th. At that time I’ll also ask you to confirm with me that you have received the name of your partner. This is probably not necessary but saves me from waking up in the middle of the night wondering if Susie actually knows Mary is her partner! LOL!! This actually has happened…I’m such a worry wart!

Please have postcards in the mail to arrive at your swap partner’s home by October 31st (Halloween in the US).

All levels of quilting ability are welcome in this swap…I want everyone to have the opportunity to try out participating and creating a small work of art. I will set up a Flickr Group for photos soon and I’ll post a link here.

I hope you’ll join in the fun!!!

Sandi

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Fitness Friday

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This is a short checking in post as we are in Disney. It’s been a banner walking week for me as I have accumulated 97,850 steps since last Friday! I have to brag a bit because I won’t see these numbers again for quite a while!!! Lol!!

I’m sure I’m eating way more calories than I’m burning but that’s what vacations are for!

Hope you are having a very active week too!

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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

Quiltin Jenny

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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