Thursday, March 23, 2017

Twosies...



I tackled the neutral four patches for En Provence yesterday. First I cut the strips. Then I sewed strips together and cut them up. Now I have lots of twosies! I think I'll make more of these before mixing them up to make four patches. This quilt is getting done!


Here's another little doggy painting. Meet Henry, the dog of a friend. He's a cutie, no? I finished this several days ago, but am just now posting it. I wanted it to be in my friend's hands before I made it public. 

I had to run a few errands yesterday - one priority was to buy some new shorts and t-shirts. The warm weather is here! And I had no summer clothes that would fit me! And now I do - I'm happy. 

Good news! We both got our lab results from our physicals - we are both very healthy, indeed. It's amazing how much our numbers have improved since losing weight - though we were never at risk even then. Always good to have good numbers! 

Okay, Thursday is Autumn Garden day, and this quilt is now being machine quilted on Mondays. So what to do? I'm thinking I may work on more twosies (En Provence), maybe some circle centers for the dresden (Gardenvale), and hopefully I'll finally pull out my paints. Sounds like a fun day! 

Have you noticed I have a LOT of quilt tops that will finished soon! My machine quilting Monday will have a queue. 

We may (or may not) have our new patio poured today. They are pouring the driveway next door, so we are hoping to wrangle them over to do our little job at the same time. We'll see how that works. Hubby is outside hoping to make it happen. Fingers crossed. We been trying to get an estimate for weeks now and it's so hard to track down the correct people and get them to call back. So we may get the price quote five minutes before the concrete is poured. Or not! 

Wishing you a fun filled day!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Done With Dresden Wedges!




I finished the last of the wedge sewing yesterday for Gardenvale. Boom! Ready for the center circles!
Boom!





And then I set about stitching a few zippered pouches. I'm still addicted to make these! Here's my stash of pouches so far. I'm trying to make a few every day this week.

Our physicals went well, except for having to go without breakfast until almost 11 am. By then I was starving and ate way too much lunch. I ended up going over my calorie allotment for the day by about 75 calories. Oh well. One day over won't kill me...


We both had to get a Tetanus shot - just to keep up with our immunizations. Owe! Sore arm! Sore shoulder! Headache from lack of breakfast. I'll be glad to get back on track with meals today. But it is always a good idea to get checked out and worth the discomfort! Blood work results will be available in a few days. By late afternoon I was ready to kick up my feet and read on the screened porch.

We both have dermatologist checkups next week. And then I'll have my mammogram a week or so after that. And then I'll be done with checkups for the YEAR! Yay!

Rodan and Fields News!

Guess what?! There's a Luxury Shopping Event put on by my team at R and F beginning Thursday evening on Facebook! There will be several Consultants featured explaining various products. AND I'M ONE OF THEM!!! And there will be prizes for viewers! Don't you want to see me in action? LOL! I'm no video star, but boy does my neck look skinny in the video! Haha!

So anyway, if you'd like to view it, send me an email (juliacwood@mac.com) or Facebook message and I'll add you to the private group. If you're busy Thursday evening - no worries! The event can be watch through the weekend - at your leisure. Maybe you'll win something!

Happy Hump Day - I'll be working on neutral four patches for En Provence!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Back to Machine Quilting



Autumn Garden! It's always a bit intimidating to begin machine quilting a quilt. The first thing to do is the ditch quilting - around every block and the sashing. Today I finished all the ditch quilting in one direction. Next time I'll stitch the other direction and begin quilting each block. I did quilt one block (free motion) to try an idea - I liked it. I can quilt a block without a single stop - a very good thing! 

I don't think this quilt will take too long. Another good thing!



Bird 7 of Bird Dance is well underway. I'm loving the blue of the birds in this kit. 

This morning Hubby and I are headed out the door - we both have our yearly physicals this morning. I'm always glad to get this behind me. 

And then, today is for dresdens! I should be able to finish the last of the dresden plates for Gardenvale. Next up will be preparing the center circles for appliqué. Getting excited about this project! 

I hope to paint a bit later today, also. I have another doggy to paint...

Wishing you a warm Spring day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sewing!!!



Looky, looky! I sewed dresdens! I made two full and two half units. How many are left? Only two full and two half! Woohoo! (I'm not thrilled with those half dresdens - the dots line up in a weird way...)


What else did I get done? I pulled out the kit for the next three birds for Bird Dance. I cut all the pieces and have them divided up in plastic baggies, ready to go, ready to sew! 

This is such a time saver for making these blocks!




We've had such dreary weather as of late, but the sun FINALLY came out! And Cooper found the sunny spot in which to relax...ahhh...

I must run to the grocery store this morning, but it will be a quick trip. And today is machine quilting day!!! Autumn Garden will be under my Bernina and we'll see how far I get.

The weather is warming up around here again. I'm so ready for Spring, as I know you are, too. We are planning to have a new patio added to the back of our house soon - I picture myself sewing or reading out there before long.

Okay, peeps! Let's all have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good Intentions...


All my good intentions yesterday? They went nowhere fast! I guess I was a bit tired. I sat in my chair and chilled most of the day. And yes, this block was close by so I grabbed it to work on. I finished a few leaves and a bow. And now I'm tired of looking at it!

I vow to get up out of the chair and work on more projects today! They have been calling my name and today I'll answer them, I promise!


Remember that I said I bought a couple of additional Craftsy classes recently when they were all on sale? One of them is a creative t-shirt class taught by Marci Tilton. This was a great deal at only $19.99 because it even came with a Vogue pattern (retails at $30 by itself!). The pattern came in the mail yesterday. The class is more than just a walk through the process - it teaches ways to use multiple fabrics in the same shirt and tips for sewing knits.

Yes, I have another project...haha! But I have no fabrics to use for this yet. I may be placing an order soon though.

I neglected to mention yesterday that it's National Quilting Weekend! Today I'll do the holiday proud, I promise!

Rodan and Fields

Some of you have given it a go! Blessings to you who have tried the products and even purchased them! No one has EVER regretted taking better care of themselves! Personally I have never used a skincare product that provided visible results - until NOW! I'm so thankful for discovering the Rodan and Fields line of products; they make me feel so much better about myself!

I got my paycheck last week for my first full month as an R and F Consultant. Wow! It was more than triple my first paycheck - in full disclosure, it was enough to purchase a ruby and diamond necklace at our local jewelry store. Actually it was enough to purchase almost TWO of these necklaces! Or I could have used it to buy dozens of yards of premium fabric for quilts. But I didn't use it for that. I'm just using it to get my own skincare (making my stuff FREE) and donating the rest to various charities. So what are you waiting for?

I would love to start a group of quilters sharing the skincare love - we can do it, I know! And very little time is involved, I promise! I have not missed a beat in my quilting schedule because of R and F.  If you might be interested or want to hear more, just send me an email - juliacwood@mac.com

Now let go enjoy the remaining National Quilting Weekend! Go sew!

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's the Weekend!



Okie Dokie! I got my hexie on yesterday - making my way around.



And I back basted all the leaves in place on The Rowdy Flat Library quilt. Boom!

So what's on tap today? Hmmm...

I'm thinking I may work on dresden plates (Gardenvale) ...or neutral four patches (En Provence)... or I may pull my painting supplies out. Or maybe all three???

Are you still keeping up with April, the Giraffe? I am - I'm so ready for her to give birth! But I'm guessing it will be a few more days. I'm predicting March 21. Let's see if I'm correct!

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Let's make it a great Saturday!




Friday, March 17, 2017

Fingers Finished!


Can you tell I sat around and visited A LOT yesterday? Ha! I worked on the fingers for The Rowdy Flat Library Quilt all day long...using approximately 8-10 different fabrics.


These are tiny little things! Itty bitty! That circle is only 5 inches across!

Daughter 2 and SIL 2 are leaving this morning - we will miss them! And so will the doggies!

Today is hexie day - and I plan to pull them out and work on The Bee's Knees. Hoping to make a bit of progress here. Other than that it will be a quiet day.

So what are you working on today? Ready for the weekend? I am!

Have a wonderful day!