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I finally finished the frog quilt.  Here it is on the porch.  It was late afternoon, so the tree next to the porch is throwing shadows.  I am really happy with how it came out.  I stitched the binding to the back and curled it around to the front and then I used a decorative stitch to attach it to the front.

Baby Savannah is due in three weeks.  I plan to give her mom the quilt when I see her around the fourth of July.  I am so excited for Tim and Nikki.  She is lucky to be getting such a great mom.

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Super Poker

I’m sure the title of this post will get a few interesting searches. I was having a difficult time finding just the right turning instrument a while back. I used an unsharpened pencil, but it did not get in the corners right. Then I tried a skewer for the corners, but it kept snagging on the batting and was not good for the straight areas. After some trial and error a friend at work suggested I try chopsticks. I tried several different wooden ones and still had the sticking issues. One day I found a set of ceramic ones that looked perfect, but were pretty expensive. I decided the next payday I would get them.

The next payday came and I was going to go at lunch and buy my chopsticks, but I was invited out to lunch by a coworker. I could always go get chopsticks the next day instead. At the end of lunch I thanked her for the invitation and said it was much more fun that going shopping for chopsticks. After I explained what I meant, she said she had a couple of pairs that she used for a craft project and did not need anymore, so would I like hers? I figured they were just like the wooden ones I had tried, but I said sure. She brought me two pairs of the perfect turners. They are plastic, long enough to get into long corners, no sharp spots, pointy enough to get into the corners, but not so pointy to poke through or get stuck in the batting. So, here’s another of my favorite sewing items – my special chopsticks from Rachelle.

The chopstick is sitting on a part of my next project – an apron from a sheet. I cut it out yesterday and made the straps and pocket. I assembled the entire thing and then I realized I had made the top way too long. I should have it fixed by this evening and ready to turn, sew on the pockets, and sew around the edges. Hopefully by my next post I will be able to show you the finished product.

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To rip or not to rip?

I took the frog quilt top to work today and showed it to another quilter at the office.  She unfolded it and said how cool it looked with a few of the blocks going the opposite direction.  She really liked the way it made it look.  I took a look and almost died when I realized one row was sewn with the yellow and red reversed on several of the blocks.  Of course it is not one of the end rows, so I see some unsewing in my future.  She said it adds character and I should leave it alone.  I am just too much of a perfectionist and I can not see myself doing that. Ugh, and just when I thought I was about finished with this one.

I went to the gym on Wednesday night and added some time to my cardio.  I felt fine at the time, but boy have I been sore the last couple of days.  I spent some time in the hot tub this evening and have been drinking lots of water to try and get part of the soreness out.  I like to work out on Friday night so that when J and I go on Saturday I can take the girls to the pool while he is working out and not feel bad about missing a workout.  I am not going to try it tonight though.  I think by tomorrow I should be back up to feeling like a human again and ready to work out with J.  Not so sure the girls will be happy about missing their pool date with Mom, but sometimes it’s not all about the princesses.

Speaking about the princesses, the tv in their room went out and they needed a new one.  We just bought them a v.smile for Christmas and have bought several games and the gym mat for it.  I found them a Disney princess tv and it was on sale.  Woo hoo.  They are so excited.  The tv is pink.  I have been told at least 10 times that pink is their favorite color and it’s so cool that their tv is pink since I got  it for them.  I’m so glad they like it.  Emmy’s favorite princess it Ariel.  When you turn up the volume, Ariel shows on the screen.  She is jazzed.

Tonight I’m going to try and make a chicken bake out of the box and see if it’s edible.  If it works out, it will likely be a new standby for gym nights.  It’s something J could start when I get to the locker room and it should be done about the time I get home.  I’m still trying to figure out how to go to the gym, make food, see my children, and get to bed all in a reasonable time after work.  I am determined to make this work!

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Life ongoing

The frog quilt top is pieced.  I need to pick up batting for it and then figure out how I want to quilt it.  I just am not feeling it with this one.  Maybe I will just go with a meander.  Any suggestions out there?  I probably won’t begin quilting until next weekend.

The girls and I went to the gym last night.  They love the play area and so do I.  I feel very comfortable leaving them there, which I did not expect.  They always have a proper child/adult ratio when I go, the girls are excited to go, the staff are all cpr/first aid trained, there are lots of other kids there, and I am loving the serenity.  Emmy went yesterday morning when J went to the gym so I did not expect her to want to go again with me and was prepared to leave her at home with J, but when I said I was going, she practically begged me to take her.  Hope seems to enjoy it also.  I thought it might be a little young for her, but she seems content when I go to pick her up.

I am down eight pounds in four weeks.  J and I talked about it last night and I feel kinda guilty because I am still eating way more junk than I would have expected to at this point.  Our coach did not encourage us to start dieting, in fact, the information she sent with us suggested we start out with exercise and then add the diet later so we don’t change too much at one time.  I have cut back on sweets and I am drinking more water than before, but I really enjoyed a bowl of ice cream last night.  For me I think that’s the key – I really enjoyed the ice cream rather than mindless eating a bowl of calories because I was bored/stressed/tired/thirsty/sad.

Hope starts basketball practice on Thursday.  I kinda feel for her coach.  We started practicing this week in the driveway.  She is so cute trying to figure out how to dribble.  I’m sure it was hard for me to learn, but it seems like such a long time ago.

I better head out.  Long day ahead.

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Frog Blankie Oops

OK,  I’ll admit it.  I am a big dork.  I just hung it up on the design door and it will be fine.  I had myself freaked out for nothing.  I had figured out how to fix the imaginary problem without ripping it all out before I realized that there wasn’t a problem at all.

PhotobucketPhotobucketI think I sewed the frog blocks on my frog quilt the wrong direction. I realized it when the top was about 90% together, and now I am not sure if I should rip it all out and start over or just go with the flow. The frogs were supposed to point towards the top, but I pointed them all to the left side instead. It’s a pretty busy pattern, but it is not something you could not notice. Ugh.

What do you think? Would you rip it all out and start over?

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Last night I cut out gorgeous cream sashings and purple corner squares for the purple quilt.  I sewed the corners to the sashings and I thought I was ready to lay out and start assembly today.

This morning I started to lay out the quilt on my bed.  It’s the only spot big enough to lay it out and be able to see it all without the girls “helping” me rearrange the blocks while I am working on it.  I got the first row down and it looked great.  Something seemed wrong, but I just kept going.  Half way through the second row I ran out of sashing strips for the sides.  I miscounted the number of sashing strips I needed by 28.  I went ahead and laid out the rest of the strips with the corners attached and the blocks and imagined how great it will look once I get the rest of the sashing pieces done.

I went in to cut more of the pieces and discovered I did not have enough left to finish.  I went to town to pick up the remaining 1/2 yard that will let me finish my project.  The LQS I bought the fabric at is not open on Sundays.  It’s closer to my office, so I usually shop there during the week and I did not realize they were not open on Sundays until today.   I went to LQS#2 and they carry that line but are out of stock in cream.  Would I like the matching yellow, pink, or tan?   Two other stores in town do not carry it at all.  Two and a half hours later I return home without my cream fabric.  😦

While I was at LQS#2 I found the cutest fabric panel.  I talked myself out of it while I was there, but I am going back for it tomorrow.  It was a panel that matched the monkey fabric, but was a panel with the 5 funky monkeys jumping on the bed scenes.   My cousin is having a baby in a couple of months and I think she might just get the funky monkey baby quilt.  Who wants a boring pastel blankey when you can have sock monkeys?  I love sock monkeys.  Maybe I need a sock monkey panel for above my sewing area.

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SNOW!!!

It’s snowing at my house.  We get snow a maximum of twice a year at my house and it usually lasts for about two hours.  I came home from work tonight and made dinner.  During dinner J asked why I didn’t tell him it’s snowing.  I thought he might just be kidding me.  We finished dinner and went out to play.

There were some of the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen.  J brought out spoons and some snow cone syrup and we had real snow cones.  What a special treat!

Hope woke up this morning with pink eye again.  We thought she would be able to go back to school tomorrow, but with the snow I think she might end up with a snow day tomorrow.  Her school tends to be very careful when they decide about keeping them out.  There have been a lot of days that I thought she should be able to go to school no problem and the school thought it was too icy.  School was closed yesterday because it was icy in the morning.  It was clear by 10:30, but they had already closed it for the day.

Purple quilt update  – I have pieced all but two squares.  I originally planned to make it 4 squares wide and 5 squares long with 8 inch blocks and a 2 inch sashing.  After laying it out, I thought it might be too small, so I went with 5 wide and 6 long.  Any thoughts on how wide the sashing should be?  This will be the first quilt I have sashed and I do not want it to look small, but I also do not want it to be overpowering.

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