Monday, August 31, 2009

Quilt For Sale!

This beautiful handquilted and handappliqued quilt is for sale. It was given to a fellow missionary to sell in order to raise support. The maker did not have money to support them but made this quilt hoping to raise some money for the missionaries.

I looked closely at this quilt and the handapplique is really almost invisible! The quilt is quilted at about 22 stitches per inch, no lie. It is the smallest quilting I have ever seen. Many of the applique blocks are designed by the maker of the quilt.

Please let me know if you would like more info and I will put you in touch with the seller.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Diet Challenge 2009 Update

I have lost a total of 35.4 pounds since March of 2008. I lost 20 of those in 2008, so that means I've lost 15.4 pounds in 2009.

I have had an up and down summer, not losing much but at least the numbers are mostly going down. Two weeks ago I reached one of those "memorable" numbers, 222. In 2003, I had lost down to 200 pounds and then my husband got sick and was in the hospital. I started gaining the weight back, and in October was up to 222. I laid on the bed and just bawled. I was so unhappy. You would think I would have used that misery to inspire me to lose the weight then. But no, over the next five years I gained another 40 pounds. So 222 represents a time when I was totally miserable, and I happy to report, I am miserable once again.

Last week, I gained 1.2 pounds. However, it was an unusual week. Tuesday, I ate lunch at a meeting, then dinner was at a potlatch (like a potluck). Wednesday was dh's birthday celebrated with a cookout and cake. Thursday was a dinner meeting. Friday was lunch out with a friend and dinner at someone else's house. Saturday night was another potluck. Sunday was dd's birthday, celebrated with cake. How could I possible lose weight with a schedule like that?

This week, I will eat healthier than I could last week. I will continue to drink water, and I will get some good exercise in.
My friend Harriett brought me back a present from her vacation. She made me a bag and it touched me so, I had tears in my eyes. Thank you so much, Harriett.I know this is a quilt blog, and I haven't posted because I haven't been quilting. This is summer in Alaska, and I spend time riding the bike, walking the dog, playing with the kids, that I don't have time for quilting. However, the leaves are turning yellow and the days are getting colder so I know fall is coming and soon it will be cold outside and inside activities will be calling my name.