Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

...here in Florida, I'm going out on a limb to say...Spring is here...I absolutely love this time of year...everything is so green...all the trees and bushes are the prettiest shade of green...and the azaleas are all popping out...

makes me very happy.

I've been binding away...I am almost embarrassed to say I have 14 quilts that were all quilted last year that are in need of binding...now they are not all what most people would call "quilts"...many of them are minis so that makes the binding process a little quicker.  This one was from a basket sew along with Temecula Quilt Company...

I flipped over those baskets and became obsessed...I absolutely loved making those little bits.  And then I had this fabric for from Marcus Brothers Dressing Gowns 2 group for the setting blocks, binding and backing...Spring Perfection!  Here it is in it's new home, with some of my very favorite people in the world.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Little Bow Tie Love

I've been working on bow ties for months... I do 25 a month and put them in my box ...well, 

Sunday after I finished my 25 I decided to make a block...it was love at first sight...


I can't wait to sew more together. 

I don't have a plan right now for how big it's going to be...as long as I'm having fun I'll keep making little (2" finished) bow ties...Hope you are doing something that brings you enjoyment!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Civil War Miniatures

I've been sewing...here are the first 4 blocks of the BOM from Temecula Quilt Company...Civil War Miniatures...
These 4 inch blocks are really fun to do...I saw this quilt when I was at Temecula Quilt Company back in January...Sheryl had finished piecing it but it wasn't quilted yet...I fell in love with it the second she laid it on the bed...the sashing is out of this world...Thank you so much Sheryl for another amazing quilt!

I haven't just been sewing...I've been sorting, and destashing...check out brownquiltsandmore.blogspot.com for some treasures that need a new home.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You are Here


I was here...

But that was over a month ago..  I've gotten emails and notes asking where in the world I've been...some have sent out all points bulletins looking for me...I've been right here...

and having lots of fun.  I truly have been spending lots less time on the computer...I was wasting a crazy amount of time on the computer, playing games, dang Candy Crush and Words with Friends...I have given it up...NO MORE GAMES!  So because of less computer time I've been stitching and started cross stitching again and I'm loving every minute of it.  I've been working on this block of Winter Wonderland for several months...

amazing lots less computer time and this one is done...ready for another block.

I've also been piecing away...You may remember back in July I started putting the Country Threads Anniversary quilt together...I had it all cut out and broke it up into sections...I just finished piecing it this past weekend...and I am beyond thrilled...

this pic isn't the best...I promise those green stars in the border aren't that bright...they are a beautiful reproduction green...I have no clue!  Now I need to make a back and off to the quilter...I'll share it again when it's bound and washed.

I'm also working on 2 baby quilts...a dear, dear friend's daughter is having her first baby in July...we have been friends for close to 30 years and I knew Anna before she was born so of course she must have a quilt...and my dear friend needs a Grandma quilt.  I wanted to do 30's and I wanted them to be very, very scrappy...so I sent out a plea to some friends for their small leftover pieces of 30's fabrics...I got the most wonderful packages...here is the beginning of the first one...
I'll be back with the beginning of the second one.

I've also been doing some cleaning and purging again

and will take pictures and have this all on my other blog in a day or so.  There are some treasures in this bin!


I will be back!  Hopefully I won't be gone so long...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Oldest UFO Finished

Color me happy! My oldest UFO, I think...it's the oldest one I've unearthed so far...is finished. I pieced this before I closed the shop and a good friend/customer quilted it for me..then I promptly folded it up and there it stayed...I have no idea why, because I love this quilt...some of my favorite fabrics in it...but now I can joyfully say...It's finished!


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Sunday, January 05, 2014

This Just Sums it ALL Up!

I got an e-mail from Life is Good this morning...nothing unusual about that, get at least one a week and usually look and delete...this morning I looked, stopped and looked again.
I had to have it...you may not be able to see but inside the dog it says "Be the person your dog thinks you are."  Could that be any more perfect...truly a lesson for me...my Howie thinks I'm nice, caring, nonjudgmental, happy, loving, good...everything good that we can think of...so to go back to the line from the Happiness Project that I shared in my Word of 2014 post..."act the way you want to feel"...so I need to make sure to act the way my Howie thinks I am! 

Friday, January 03, 2014

I Went on a Journey...

and I didn't leave home.  Sounds crazy huh...let me start at the beginning...in one of the early months of 2013 I got a call from a friend, she was crying, to tell me that her dear, dear friend had died of a massive heart attack the night before.  I was stunned...she was so young...my friend and I talked for a while and then we hung up.  Now, I didn't know her friend but this hit me like I can't even begin to explain.  All kinds of things went through my head...she didn't get to say good-bye, were there things left unsaid, were there things she wanted to do, how was her husband managing after this shock, and on and on and on. 

Then I started thinking about my life...now don't get me wrong, I am crazy healthy, have no heart problems, virtually perfect blood pressure...but when something like this hits so close to home, it really made this girl stop and think...I thought about the 20 pounds I had put on since I closed the shop 6 1/2 years ago...when I closed the shop I was a lot thinner but I was in terrible shape.  I didn't exercise and my weight was down because I just didn't eat...so that wasn't at all healthy.  I didn't want to go back there, but I knew if I could drop a few pounds I would feel much better. 

For whatever reason it took me a while to get myself in gear...I was going to Pilates twice a week and loving that...I was getting stronger and a lot more balanced, which is a wonderful thing since as we get older the balance seems to go...the last thing I want is to fall and break something.  But I wasn't dropping any weight.  Andy was out of town the end of July and I decided this was it...I was here alone and didn't have any distractions and didn't need to fix any big meals...I thought I would try just modifying what I eat, limit the bread and white carbs and decrease my portions...no more sandwiches and Cheetos for lunch...I substituted a salad with lots of greens, cut up chicken a few dried cranberries and a low calorie, fat free dressing (thank you Judy Cash)...I have a regular breakfast and dinner, just less of it...a protein bar mid morning for a snack and a small handful of raw almonds for a snack in the afternoon.  That's it...simple, easy to live with and I'm never, ever hungry...oh wait I forgot my treat...every night at 8:00 I have 2 Oreo's...my Pilates instructor has tried to get me to move those to a different time of the day, but I've stood firm on this one...it's my treat, I look forward to it all day and I don't cheat during the day because I know it's coming at 8...oh the games we play...but it's worked...since the end of July I have lost 18 pounds and kept it off over the holidays.  I feel fantastic...I have more energy...I'm still doing Pilates but have bumped up the pace and the weight considerably since I feel so much better.  I never feel deprived...it's a whole life transformation...and it was easy!

So long story short, I had talked myself into the idea that since I was 60+ this was just the way it was going to be...the weight had settled in and it wasn't coming off...I couldn't have been more wrong...and I couldn't be happier!  I don't know if this will help me stay around here for 30 or so more years to see my grandkids have kids of their own and to finish the zillion projects I have lined up and to read all the books on my list...but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I feel a million times better.

If you've read to the end of this epistle thank you...sorry for no pictures...I'll do better next time!

Life is Better than EVER!!!