Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday

Yep.  It's been my New Years-mid year-holy cow the year is almost over resolution forever.  I finally put my money where my mouth is and signed up for just about the only thing that can actually get my butt off the couch and exercising - a Disney half marathon!!

Now, before you go all, "Whoa! That's crazy! I could never run a half marathon!" just know that's exactly how I feel.  Every single moment that my feet hit the pavement, that's exactly how I feel.  But, I decided to jump in and sign up for a Disney half because they're relatively low pressure.  The time requirements are generous enough that even if I just do a brisk walk for the whole stinkin' thing, I should still avoid getting picked up by the slow-runner-paddywagon.  Plus, the run goes through both Disneyland parks, AND the Angels Stadium!  No better way, from my perspective, to keep me entertained through what I normally find a very boring activity.

My awesome hubby has decided to jump in with me on the training, and we're just finishing up week two.  The dogs come along for parts of the training run/walk sessions, which is a great way to get them to burn off some energy.  As we all know, a tired puppy means a happy mama!

I'm finally making my way up the ranks amongst the Twilters on FitBit, and am having fun logging everything I'm doing.  Hopefully, doing some Fitness Friday posts on a regular basis is also going to help keep me on the right track!

Steps in the last 7 days: 64,619  (Soooo close to 70k! Hopefully next week!)
Miles run in the last 7 days:  10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Fall is coming....

It's time for ...


 And ...


And .....


This is just a single Swoon block that I whipped up to turn into a Halloween wall hanging. I'm still trying to decide if I want a border, but it will be quilted up soon!  Stay tuned.... 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A fun finish!

Do you have a go-to pattern?  I definitely do....

It's this pinwheels and prairie points quilt, found here at Moda Bake Shop.  I can't even keep count of how many of these I've made!


This one is in Mirabelle, by Fig Tree Quilts, and was commissioned by a co-worker to give as a gift to yet another co-worker who just had a new little girl!  


It's the perfect quilt pattern in so many ways - uses one charm pack, the perfect size as a baby quilt, uses a backing that's WOF, and of course, SUPER CUTE!  Can't wait to make the next one! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Clean it up!

I had a super productive weekend!  Thanks to the new puppy, we've been cleaning the house like never before. Stuff has been getting out away - so she doesn't chew it up - and the carpet.... Well, the carpet has been getting deep cleaned in a variety of little spots, if you know what I mean.

Who, me? 

This weekend, I also went on a deep cleaning craze, and got tons of stuff done. That included my master bath, which was in need of a good scrub down. 

When I started the bathroom, I realized that one of the messiest aspects was my jewelry - it was scattered all over!  So, I hit pause on the cleaning frenzy, and went to my sewing room. About half an hour later, I had this: 


Once I got everything put away, I realized that I was missing one other thing. When I sit down in the morning to put makeup on, etc, I always, always, have my cup of coffee with me. Based on the dried coffee drips I had just wiped up, I realized that I needed a mug rug in here! 


Ahhhhh..... That's better! 


Now, the place is really starting to look good!  We even cleared out the loft, which means I now have room again to baste some BIG quilts. More on that to come! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grateful for the Guild

I joined my local chapter of the MQG, the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild, a little over a year ago, and it's definitely been a fun year.  I've met some great people, who also happen to be great quilters, and I look forward to the meeting every month.

Lately, I find myself just very grateful that I have the guild.  I've definitely been in a sewing funk these last few months, and the guild has pulled me along.  I'm participating in a bee that started back in March.  That means that, whether I like it or not, I have the responsibility to get my butt in front of my sewing machine for at least an hour, once a month.  It also means that I've gotten to make some fun blocks, that I otherwise may not have!







We have also done some swaps, too, and these have also gotten me sewing.  I made this fun potholder for a swap:



And I also made a sweet mug rug, with English paper pieced hexies - another new skill for me! - and completely forgot to take a picture of it.

If you sew something up, and forget to take a picture, did it ever exist?  But I digress.....

I sewed up some economy blocks to contribute for a charity quilt:




I participated in a mini-class on bloomin' quilt as you go panels (and even finished it up into a mini-quilt!):


And of course, recently, we participated in the Michael Miller challenge:


And not only did I get myself sewing for the challenge, I also get a ridiculous amount of inspiration from my guildmates - I mean, just look at this challenge entry by Guinevere!!! 


With every meeting, I come back home full of ideas, completely inspired and re-energized, and ready to sew again.  For as much as I feel like I haven't really been getting any sewing done, I actually have a lot to show for myself, and I can't wait for next month's meeting!