Hope you are having a creative and productive week, and thanks to Debra for her generous fabric donations
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Hope you are having a creative and productive week, and thanks to Debra for her generous fabric donations
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This morning I got my credit card out, ready to go to Weight Watchers online and sign up, then at the critical moment, i just could not.
My first experience with WW was - lordy - 38 years ago! I lost 50 pounds on the diet which was a DIET back then, no matter what they say; it was very restrictive but I did it. Over the years, I've lost and gained and lost and gained about a hundred times.
I guess it's nearly four years ago that I lost 25 pounds. After my mother's diagnosis with Alzheimers, I just went crazy eating for comfort and solace and anxiety and everything else. After visiting her, my family & I would stop at a pancake house on the square near the nursing home and have a big brunch to try & smother our sorrow. After her death, I realized I had to do something, and I was so please and felt so good after getting that weight off.
But there's a pattern to my weight loss stories. I lose, I feel good, I start getting lax, I stop exercising, I gain, I feel miserable, I struggle with whether to do it all over again or just live with it, I'm miserable, I join WW, I lose, etc etc ad nauseum.
I have finally realized this is not going to change, probably, this is most likely just the way I'm wired where weight loss is concerned and I had just as well get on with it and get the weight off.
I could probably cope with the weight I'm at now, about 10 pounds heavier that I want to be; but I know it wouldn't stop there. In another year, I'll be another 10 pounds heaver and so on.
There is a history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in my family, and extra poundage does not help that. Diabetes is linked to Alzheimer's as is high blood pressure.
So I'm going to do it, I'm going to take the step once again to get the weight off and get back on the bike and on the trail and get healthy. Not that I'm not healthy but as we age, it takes more effort to stay that way. I don't want to be sick!!
Is this a bad thing or a good thing? I prefer to look at it from a positive perspective. Yes, I fall off the wagon and i gain weight now and then. It would be wonderful if I could discipline myself not to do that - to immediately lose the pound or two before they become ten or fifteen. But I'm not wired that way, maybe I can change; I certainly will work on that. But at least -- at least -- I put the brakes on (and it's like stopping a moving train) when I just can't stand it any more.
**Big Gigantic Sigh**.
So here I go again. I'll probably wait until my pay check is deposited on Wednesday to take the big plunge, but I think I've avoided it long enough. I know you all understand, even if my family puzzles over why this is such an issue with me. Because it is, that's why. It just is.
And I will feel better and not be so stressed. Those are the two major benefits of my keeping my weight down. It's worth the effort.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Here's an article about his new fabric line, which looks wonderful. In this article, he talks about how his quilter-for-life sister influenced a his creativity. If you recall, Jay's final runway show included a lot of knitting and crochet. I can't remember if there were quilted items and I'm too tired to look it up right now. I can't wait to see the fabric when it comes out (officially) in February. It looks very retro.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Womenfolk: The Art of Quilting, a quilt history web site hosted by Judy Anne Breneman. Judy writes brief articles about the history of quilts and quilt patterns. I came upon this site from the Facebook fan page for Quilting Bloggers, which featured a beautiful Old Testament quilt by the same quilter, Judy Anne Breneman on her blog, Among the Usual Days. I'll have to file this one away for the future, because I'd really love to make that quilt! Her web site, and Womenfolk, have tons of information about quilt history and patterns.
I was looking forward to having Sunday and Monday off, when I thought I'd quilt up a storm. I didn't get a lot done on Sunday but I did bake bread all morning. I had worked on Saturday so I did what I usually do on Sunday when I work on Saturday: recover. But I did get some quilting done Monday, and have almost finished the Horse Quilt top, just need to decide on a border:
I know. It's very busy. VERY busy. I wish I'd used a solid color in the corners but I didn't. Elizabeth loves it, so that's all that matters.
I also got some work done on another UFO, which I'll post next week when they are finished. These are huge blocks, really four blocks in one almost; a pieced block that takes some time. But I'm happy to get it done, it's very, very scrappy.
After that: I'm pulling out a small wall quilt I appliqued who knows how long ago which has languished in my UFO box for years. It's really pretty and is begging for embellishment. I'm kind of glad it's been hanging around for so long, because way back then, nobody was embellishing quilts like we are now.
Glad this is a four day week, and I do not work on Saturday! Wow! A Two-Day Weekend!
Take care and happy quilting!
Monday, January 19, 2009
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be
Allow to cool a little, and tip out
onto a plate if
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from
chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!
I'm afraid I have to report....that his cake is .....
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I found a box with large, 16” blocks I had completely forgotten about, from an exchange I participated in years ago (whoops, I forgot to take pictures before I packed them). They are off to Texas for Debra to work her magic on them. I also came across some appliquéd basket blocks -- if anybody can make them look good, Debra can. They are at least ten years old. It’s such a good feeling to know these orphan blocks will be transformed in to a beautiful quilt for such a worthy cause.
Tomorrow I’m going to try & piece another top for Debra’s homeless teen quilt project. It’ll be simple, large blocks, maybe a nine patch; something I can put together quickly.
Take care, and have a productive weekend!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The horsey quilt - I've been cutting out big six inch squares and I believe I have enough fabric to make Elizabeth a twin size quilt:
I am NOT an artist, I can't draw a stick figure, so I'm struggling with the doll's face. These are the first, second and third attempts.
Been busy baking brownies. For the Soldiers' Angels group. These are going to a couple of heroes:
As is this banana bread - I made severa loaves:And here's the quilt top that's going to Debra for her homeless teen quilt project:
I guess I have been more productive than I thought.
What have you been up to?
Monday, January 12, 2009
My daughter got the best bargain of all, however. H&M was having a sale. She found one sweater, marked 70 percent off, selling for about $20.00. Another was $59.00, marked even lower. On top of that, all sweaters were buy one get one free. She bought both for a little over $20.00: she got them for the sale price of one sweater. Can't beat that with a stick!
Both girls had a wonderful time and I managed to escape without spending too much of my cash.
It's not unique, I know; but it's really wonderful with both girls really look forward to a shopping day with Mom and Aunt Judy.
have a great day and hope to see you all back on Wednesday for show and tell!
Of course, then I have to make DD#1 something special. I am liking the idea of a very simple quilt pattern using themed and large scale prints. The one I have in mind is a simple block with borders in the same background fabric. It gives the impression that the blocks are "floating". It seems perfect for this type fabric. I just hope I don't get so caught up in buying fabric that I never get the quilt made. But real quilters don't do things like that, do they?
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Last year, the daughters, my sister in law and I had a kind of impromptu day at Atlantic Station and Ikea. Spent the entire Sunday shopping. We've decided to make it an annual event and today was the first Sunday we could all get together. We're meeting at 9 am at The Flying Biscuit, a restaurant we love (but DH hates, sadly) and then we will be taking off.
Hope the weather holds out. It poured last night but supposedly will just be cloudy today, no rain. We need rain but hey, could I get a reprieve just for today?
More quilty news tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I'm glad you stopped by -- please leave a comment and link to your projects. We can all inspire and cheer each other on.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
To add insult to injury, the batteries in my camera died last night so, so pictures of quilts or anything else, which is why I uploaded those to irrelevant videos. WEll that, and for another, I was just experiementing with uploading videos.
While we wait for me to get my act together here, are you aware of this interesting project on Flickr?
You are supposed to make a video of your day, edit down to 90 seconds and post on the Flickr group - and you know I'm gonna do that! These are fascinating in their similarities.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I want to invite fellow quilters to joing me here on Wednesdays for a virtual quilting bee.
Stop by and post a comment with a link to your blog, showing your current project , whether it's quilting or sewing or embroidery or even a favorite recipe - you know, something that goes with coffee!
We'll keep it an informal, drop in event; come and go as you please but please stop by, drop a line, have a show and tell and get to know your fellow quilters!
I hope to see you on Wednesday morning!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Well folks, here I am again. After a slight melt down on November 6, 2008, I am back fighting the good fight.
That is to say, the fight to keep my fabric stash to a reasonable level; the fight to finish all those UFOs; the fight to keep this blog updated and running on something besides fumes.
First up: my resolutions for 2009. I have only one: to make 2009 the best year of my life so far. To do that, I will think positively, I will eat healthily, and I will live frugally.
Thinking positively - I will make time for me, and not feel guilty about it. I will sew and knit and quilt whenever I have time and not feel that I am neglecting the two adults and one near-adult who live in this house with me. They can find their own amusements at this point in their lives. Don't they disappear either to their rooms or the den to watch TV or surf the internets? Do they ask me if it's okay with me for them to glue themselves to monitors and TV screens and cell phones, leaving me to amuse myself?
Eat healthily -
ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy got my attention. You should read it too. Find out about the foods that are good for you, bad for you, and can help prevent chronic health problems.
Live frugally - I'm not made of money, in case you didn't know. I have my eye on a digital SLR. How to reconcile those two facts? SAVE MONEY. Which means, and this is something it has taken me a long time to figure out, don't spend. The accumulation of wealth is a direct result of not spending your money. Maybe investing helps but listen, one thing at a time. So I will not buy frivolously, or impulsively but will think hard about what I really need, or really want. Also I will faithfully participate in the $1.00 savings program. That is, do not spend $1.00 bills. Put them in a coffee can or sock or something. If you have to spend money, you have to break at least a $5.00. If you can't afford to, then you don't get to use your $1.00's. It's a good way to save up for something like, say, a digital SLR?
No quilty news today but you may wonder what the title of this blog is all about.
My mother had six sisters. They all, every one of them, had a fiber fixation: quilting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing. For many years, they congregated on my aunt's back porch on Wednesday mornings, sewing project in laps, drinking coffee and eating muffins. I spent my Wednesday mornings there from the time I was six months pregnant with my older daughter. She was a certified member of the Wednesday Quilters from the time she was two weeks old, as was the younger one. I firmly believe being around all those loving aunts and cousins is the reason they are such good people. It also was the high point of my week back then and I miss it something awful as they are all but one gone now.
That's the story of the Wednesday Quilter and I'm back in the blogosphere to blather and show and tell and generally be a pest. But a happy, productive, positive thinking pest.