Monday, February 23, 2009

I lost 1.6 pounds this last week!  Whoo-hoo!  I walked five miles, and am waiting for the sun to warm the air so I can go outside!  I can't wait to ride my bike.

Pounds lost 2008:  20
Pounds lost 2009:  8

Friday, February 20, 2009

 Morning Star 2 over at Friday Block Party.  I love this block!  There is a way to make the corner units (the blue and white part) by using strips.  You sew a thinner strip to a wider strip and then cut units.  Then you sew the units together with the blue pieces on opposite ends and then cut diagonally thru the center.  Anyone know where I can find a link to this way of making the units?

I made this block one night.  The spikey units are paper pieced and then the arcs are added.  I think I will continue to make more arcs paper piecing them, but then add the curved pieces by hand.  Putting them in with the machine was really hard.

I gave away this quilt yesterday.  I was so happy to find who it belonged to.  You see, I made this quilt for someone three years ago, but I didn't know her then.  Here's the story.

The fabric on the back of this quilt has the name Chelsea written on it.  All over the design, in fact.  I don't know where I got the fabric or why it said Chelsea.  I knew when I put the back on that one day I would meet Chelsea and this would be her quilt.  

This quilt has been used a few times, but mostly it has been in the closet on the shelf.  I was cold a few nights ago and pulled this quilt out.  The next morning I was laying in bed enjoying looking at the quilt when I realized that I had met who the quilt belongs to.  I washed the quilt and got it ready to give away.

I wait for God to tell me who gets the next quilt.  There has been a family of kids on my mind but I don't know them, I have just met them in passing.  It would be weird for me to give them quilts as they don't live near me.  But the oldest girl just moved back to my town and we have talked a few times.  She is 14, and her name is Chelsea!

When I gave her the quilt, I told her it had her name written all over it!  I am so thrilled to have given the quilt away!  I knew when I made it I would give it away some day and that day arrived.  This is why I make quilts!

Monday, February 16, 2009

I'm a LOSER!

Falling, falling, falling, 
The numbers just keeping falling...

Whoo hoo!  Today was my weigh in and I am down 1.4 pounds!  I walked 10 miles this week!  I can't wait until it is warmer and I will get out my bike for some outdoor exercise!

Weight lost in 2008:  20 pounds
Weight lost in 2009:  6.4 pounds

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Lucky Star! This is the block (with some modifications) from the Fridays Block Party Challenge.  This was supposed to be an 8" block!  I made it 12" and the pieces were still really small.  It is beautiful, but it is alot of work.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Diet Challenge 2009

This week I lost 1.8 pounds! I was soooo good!  Well, I did have a piece of peanut butter cheesecake at an office party.  BUT it was a small piece, and I only ate a salad for lunch that day when everyone else had steak sandwiches and french fries!

Yea Me!

Total loss: 24 pounds
Total loss 2009: 5 pounds

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Catch as Catch Can, Week 6.  I paper pieced this block and if you would like to see the tutorial, head on over to Friday's Block Party blog. 

I wanted to share some Alaskan artwork with you.

This parka is velvet and is worn when the temps are below zero.  You would need to pay about $1000 to have it made, you cannot buy many of these in the stores.  Of course, the fur is real.
These are slipper tops beaded by a middle aged man, given away during the potlatch celebrating the life of his grandpa.

I don't know who made the gloves, but they are used everyday.
 The slippers were made by "Aunt Cecila" and given as a gift to the wearer.

What I wouldn't give for a pair of slippers like that!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

These little hour glass blocks are fun to make!  I start with two sets of four inch squares, mark the middle line, sew on each side and cut.  Iron.  Then put two pieces together, light and dark opposite, mark the middle line, sew on each side, cut, iron and trim.  Then sew the four little hour glass blocks together.  I don't have a plan yet for these.  Any ideas?

And some little Valentine Gifties...

Remember this quilt I made for my mom from her memories of Grandma's Quilt?

Drumroll please... Here is Grandma's Quilt!

My mom said she was very pleased with her quilt after seeing Grandma's Quilt for the first time in 40 years.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

This is the project I am working on today.  The pattern was actually larger and had some trees but I wanted a smaller wallhanging.  It is for a friend to cover her fuse box.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Diet Challenge 2009

Today I weighed in at 238.8, down .2 from two weeks ago.  But I was on vacation and ate some cake, so I guess that is not all that bad.  I will be right on target this week and will surely see a loss next week.

Total loss   22.2 pounds
Total loss 2009 3.2 pounds

Sunday, February 01, 2009

We were travelling this last week around Alaska and I wanted to share some photos with you.

And here are this weeks Friday's Block Party blocks.  The first is Wyoming Valley and the second is Dewey Dream.  And then all the blocks so far.

If you look at the block in the upper left you will see that the red triangles are wrong in the upper left.  Yes, I fixed them!