Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A two-year hiatus, but still alive and loving life

The time it takes to write blog posts simply hasn't been a priority for me over the past couple of years, however don't think that the business of life has taken a turn for the worse.
Quite on the contrary -- Life is FABULOUSLY busy with my three extremely active girls!  And I'm truly loving (just about) every crazy second of this hecticity!
The household now has a Senior, 7th grader and Freshman, ALL extremely active playing volleyball in the Fall, basketball in the Winter and Track in the Spring, additionally softball for Candace in the Summer.

As for most people, the realization that we have a graduating Senior this year is a bit surreal and downright crazy to fathom.  The ol' cliche "time flies" has never rang so true!!!!!!!

Cass has certainly committed herself and has been self-driven to achieve seasonly and yearly goals over the past year, both for herself and for the betterment of her teammates and the school.
Parents are usually defaulted into being proud of their children; with these three, it's so easy to follow that default :)

On the crafty side of things......
OH BOY!  Opening admitting that my quilting room NOR my crochet needles have seen much action of any sort for the past year.  A T-shirt quilt is slowly in the making for Cass's graduation, but other than that, there simply hasn't been much ambition to fire up the sewing machine.  There IS time in my schedule, however.... "ambition" is truly the key word.  Much of my evening time is devoted to editing athletic photos for the girls' teams and updating the school's athletic Facebook pages.
My sewing machine and needles will always be there and ready for whenever the mood strikes;  until then, I've gotten over the initial guilt of backing away from that part of my life.

RUNNING update --
This hobby, on the other hand, is (hopefully) going to be taking front and center stage again after having some downtime since 2013.  No crazy plans for another marathon, but reaching a healthy running stage is a goal I hope to achieve again.

For now, that's where I'm at......
Happy 2019 to all!

Forever in our hearts:  Shadow (June 2006, August 7, 2018)
2018 Family Trip - Badlands

2018 Running Log

2018 Running Log....
Total:  miles: 114.36

12/25/18: 2.1 miles
8/19/18: 2.91 miles (15:07/mile)
8/18/18: 1.26 miles (17:32/mile)
8/18/18: 5.24 miles (16:00/mile) Partial Lake w/Bailee
8/13/18: 2.51 miles (15:37/mile)
8/12/18: 2.00 miles (14:34/mile) Shortened by bears
8/11/18: 2.13 miles (16:18/mile)
8/10/18: 3.34 miles (16:44/mile)
8/7/18: 2.10 miles (18:39/mile)
8/6/18: 0.63 miles (24:51/mile) Hike with girls
8/6/18: 2.36 miles (21:46/mile) Lost Creek Falls hike
8/5/18: 1.40 miles (18:38/mile)
8/5/18: 2.51 miles (27:34/mile) Bayfield touring
8/5/18: 3.28 miles (16:02/mile)
8/2/18: 9.16 miles (15:17/mile) Lake Walk w/Tess
7/31/18: 2.61 miles (School forest walk w/Candace)
7/30/18: 4.95 miles (16:24/mile) Mon Morning school forest
7/29/18: 2.00 miles (17:58/mile) Walk w/Shadow
7/29/18: 3.68 miles (14:01/mile)
7/26/18: 3.27 miles (14:11/mile) Power walk w/Bailee
7/25/18: 2.04 miles (18:49/mile) Walk w/Shadow
7/24/18: 2.05 miles (18:49/mile)
7/16/18: 3.98 miles (14:36/mile) Power walk w/Tess
7/13/18: 5.13 miles (14:43/mile)
7/11/18: 5.64 miles (14:56/mile)
7/10/18: 4.41 miles (15:20/mile)
7/3/18: 0.26 miles (12:50/mile) 400s cut short
6/27/18: 1.14 miles (14:16/mile)
6/21/18: 5.03 miles (14:44/mile)
6/20/18: 1.78 miles (16:24/mile)
6/19/18: 5.11 miles (15:02/mile)
6/15/18: 3.02 miles (15:05/mile)
6/14/18: 4.08 miles (15:13/mile)
6/13/18: 4.01 miles (16:04/mile)
6/10/18: 1.27 miles (17:14/mile)
6/10/18: 1.04 miles (12:57/mile)
1/21/18: 1.14 miles (17:57/mile)
1/8/18: 1.70 miles (16:23/mile)
1/7/18: 1.15 miles (15:03/mile)
1/1/18: 0.94 miles (14:28/mile)

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Running Log

2017 Running Log....
Total: 17.73 miles
7/4/17: 2.03 miles (13:03/mile)
6/10/17: 0.50 miles (20:37/mile)
6/8/17: 2.00 miles (11:44/mile)
6/6/17: 2.40 miles (12:32/mile)
4/23/17: 2.78 miles (14:17/mile)
4/22/17: 2.11 miles (14:45/mile)
4/21/17: 1.87 miles (14:37/mile)
3/15/17: 1.87 miles (14:30/mile)
1/9/17: 1.17 miles (14:54/mile)
1/2/17: 1.00 miles (14:45/mile)

Something's gotta change next year

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Customer quilt -- change of plans...

The current customer king-size quilt on the frame is a bit slower-going than normal due to this cute creative orange border addition.

Typically, I'm an edge-to-edge pantograph quilter, however this little lip will create havoc in that plan.  Therefore, time is being taken to tie-off threads at the start and end of each pass in the center portion of the quilt in order to keep her border treatment to remain unique.  Once the center is quilted, the quilt will then be reinstalled length-wise in order to quilt her outer borders.

Pantograph of choice:  this edge-to-edge 7" pantograph from Cheryl Barnes.

In other news...

A few moments were taken this morning to transplant a few early Cherry Tomato seedlings that are destined to be potted plants, producing (hopefully) by mid April.  I'm waiting somewhat patiently for the end of March in order to plant all the rest of the Garden 2017 tomatoes; a couple new varieties being tested out this year.

Caitlyn has been joining me downstairs during my recent quilting endeavors in order to bring her quilt to completion.  Last weekend, she finished up piecing the blocks.  Today, she hopes to get all (most?) of the top's center pieced together.

And last weekend, after hours of standing behind the quilting machine, my back was given a rest when I pulled out the ongoing (FOREVER!) WIP monster king-size Manghan for the hubster.  The good news is it's over half completed ;)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Virto di Mare - Quilted

This past Saturday was my first Saturday open since December 31;  the reality of being a basketball mom to three girls has kept me in the bleachers rather than in front of my machines.
However, with a little discipline and LOTS of motivation, I set out to finish up the quilting on Vitro di Mare.

... good ol' Murphy seemed to have other plans in mind!  >:|
Thankfully, I was only sidelined for a few minutes.  Seeing as I was changing out the broken needle, the time was given to perform a quick machine cleaning, removing some lint from under the bobbin and needle area, and then... I was back up-n-runnin'!

The moment a quilt is unwound from the frame is truly always a super amazing moment!  I'm forever in love with this craft!

Being President's Day, we have a scheduled vacation day at school.  Therefore, shortly, I'll be heading downstairs to see if I can finish up a customer quilt that has already been loaded on the frame:  a 103" x 103" log cabin style.  That one will keep me busy for a bit.

Happy Monday everyone!