Friday, February 8, 2019

Blooming

I made this quilt to donate to the Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project.  It is made using blooming nine-patches.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It is 46.5 in x 67.5 in.



Friday, January 18, 2019

Beautiful Wall Brick Quilt

This small quilt was made for the Border Wall Quilt Project (https://www.leamccomas.com/border-wall-quilt-project/).  It is 8 in X 16 in.

My inspiration was by President Trump's tweet on December 18, 2018 that the border wall would not be made of concrete but of “artistically designed steel slats, so that you can see through it ….It will be beautiful and, at the same time, give our Country the security that our citizens deserve.” 
 I added green leafy vines up the steel slates to add help “beautify” the wall.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Three More Knitted Hats

The first hat was knit using the pattern Jason's Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson.  The yarn is Malabrigo Yarn Rios in colorway Diana (#886).  I think I may keep this one.
The second one was knit at my husband's request.  I used the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright.  The yarn is Cascade Superwash 220 in black.  
 I then used the leftover yarn from the above two hats to knit the third one seen below. I used the pattern Gingerbread Hat by Angela Whisnant.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Another Scrappy Child's Quilt

Finished this quilt last month.  It measures 42.5 in X 56 in.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  The first photo is a full shot and the other three close up to show some of the different fabrics used.
 In this section you can see zebras, an angel, motorcycle, sunflower, bear, Holly Hobby, and horses.
 In this section there are trees, sailboats, hobby horses, shapes/colors
 In this section words (raiders, bbq, cat), dogs, a rooster, an elephant, zebras, an angel, flowers.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Two Gingerbread Hats

Recently knit these two hats using the pattern Gingerbread Hat by Angela Whisnant.  I bought Super Traveler yarn by Dragonfly Fibers at my local yarn shop (Yarn Kandy) in colorway Turning Leaves.  They only had one skein but I thought I'd have enough to make a hat.  I was wrong so I went online to order more and ordered Traveler rather than Super Traveler.  Only needed one skein of traveler weight but needed about 1.3+ skeins of the super traveler.  The hat knit with traveler weight is on the left in the photo.  Added Big Bad Wool fur pompoms to the hats (bought at Yarn Kandy)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Three Hats

I have been knitting hats lately.  Here are three that I've finished.  The first one is knit using the pattern Bankhead by Susie Gourlay.  The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (186 Lagoon colorway).
These two are knit using the pattern Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright (only I used a K1P1 ribbing rather than K2P2). The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (105 Cocoa Bean and 186 Lagoon colorway).

Friday, November 23, 2018

Blue Wisp Scarf

I actually finished this scarf a few weeks ago.  It was knit using the pattern Wisp by Cheryl Niamath (have used it many times in the past).  I used one strand of two yarns knit together -- Blue Ridge Yarns Silk Shimmer Lace (in Waterfall) and Malabrigo Yarn Silkpaca (in Azules).  It is about
10 in X 64 in after blocking.


Friday, October 19, 2018

One Row Scarf

Just finished this scarf.  It is longer than I intended but it is lovely and can be worn doubled.  The pattern is One Row Lace Scarf by Turvid.  The yarn is Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the colorway  Anniversario. Blocked it is approx 10 in X 86 in.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brown Marketplace Bag

This is the second market bag I've knitted using the pattern Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin.  This time I use better yarn ==Good Earth (a cotton linen blend) from fibra natura.  


Friday, September 21, 2018

Red and Blue Lap Quilt

The center indigo dyed fabric is from the indigo shibori dye class I took in early June.  I like the added strip of red.  It is 45 in square, machine quilted.  I have haven't decided who I'll give it to but have a friend in mind.  

The back is a neutral fabric with a strip of red along one side.

My rescue dog Lizzie likes the quilt.  This photo was taken before I had sewn down the binding.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Local Lululemon Community Sweat Challenge

It's Lululemon's 20th birthday.  The local Lululemon decided to put together a "sweat challenge."  They gave out "passports" to individual participants along with cards from 20 local gyms/clubs for a free class.  The business "stamps" the passport when the participant takes a class.  The challenge started at the end of August and last until September 23rd.  My regular exercise routine consists of Pilates at IM=X (once or twice a week, paid), yoga classes on Sunday mornings at said local Lululemon (free) and sometime Sunday afternoon at Fleet Feet (in store yoga for runners, $5 donation), treadmill (45 mins walk or walk/run mix), and walking my small dog (more of a stroll).  Initially I was reluctant to participate but decided to shake up my routine and try some new classes.  It has been fun.  I have enjoyed all of them, some more than others (they fit me better). 

Here's a summary of the classes I attended (date, business name (instructor name if remembered/known), class type (time) along with my other non-challenge workout activities.  I only numbered the activities that earned a passport stamp.

1. Friday, 8/24/18.  The Floating Lotus -- Happy Hour Yoga (5: 30 pm class).  Enjoyed. 
2. Saturday, 8/25/18.  IM=X (Emily)-- Pilates Reformer (8 am) -- this is part of my normal routine.
3. Saturday, 8/25/18.   Little Rock Athletic Club (Heather)-- Hot Yoga (4 pm).  Enjoyed.
Sunday, 8/26/18.  Walk with Lizzie (my dog) at Two Rivers Park  (~7-8 am) -- this is Lizzie's big walk of the week, the rest are short walks once or twice daily.
4. Sunday, 8/26/18.  Orange Theory (Quen) -- OT60 (9 am).  Enjoyed.
5. Sunday, 8/26/18.  Lululemon (Catherine from Big Rock Yoga) -- yoga (11 am). Enjoyed.

Monday, 8/27/18 --  treadmill at home
 6. Tuesday, 8/28/18.  Omnis Crossfit -- crossfit (4:30 pm).  Enjoyed, made me feel out of shape.
7.  Wednesday, 8/29/18.  Clique Cycle (Annie) -- yoga rather than spin class (6:30 pm)
8.  Thursday, 8/30/18.  Clubhaus Fitness (David) -- hot pilates (5 pm). Great class, great instructor.
9.  Friday, 8/31/18.  Zen Studio (Kelly) -- Barre Bounce (noon, took off work early for Labor Day weekend)
10. Friday, 8/31/18.  Arkansas Yoga Collective (Wesley) -- all levels Yoga (5 pm).  Enjoyed.
11.  Saturday, 9/01/18.  Barefoot Yoga (David) -- Hot Yoga (10 am).  Love this class.
Sunday, 9/02/18.  Walk with Lizzie (my dog) at Two Rivers Park  (~7-8 am).
12.  Sunday, 9/02/18.  Big Rock Yoga (Sandra) -- all levels Yoga (10:30 am).  Enjoyed.

Monday, 9/03/18.  Cammack Village 5K (hills, heat, humidity) -- finished in 36:37.02, won 3rd place in female Senior division
Tuesday, 9/04/18.  IM/X (Emily) -- pilates/Abs (4:30 pm)
13. Wednesday, 9/05/18.  Straightright Boxing (Anthony) -- adult fitness class (6:30 pm).  Love!
14. Thursday, 9/06/18.  D1 Fitness -- Adult Training (5:30 pm) -- Great workout even if it reminded me of line drills from my old basketball days in Jr/Sr high
15. Friday, 9/07/18.  Blue Yoga Nyla -- Happy Hour Yoga (5 pm).  Enjoyed.
16. Saturday, 9/08/18.  Full Out Barre   -- Barre w/ cardio (9 am).  Great workout, tough.
Sunday, 9/09/18.  Walk with Lizzie at Two Rivers Park  (~7-8 am)
Sunday, 9/09/18.  Lululemon (Kelly from Zen) -- all levels yoga (11 am)
Sunday, 9/09/18.  Fleet Feet  -- in store yoga for runners (4:30 pm, $5 class) -- great stretching

Monday, 9/10/18.  Treadmill at home
17. Tuesday, 9/11/18.  Pure Barre  -- Pure Empower (5 pm) -- Great workout, tough.

I learned that I need to put more cardio into my routine.  Either I need to run more on my treadmill or add in something like Orange Theory, Straightright, crossfit, or cardio barre.  I would be willing to do that especially if I could get my husband to do those with me (he won't go to pilates or yoga with me, I've tried; doubt he'd do barre with me either).  I think he might like those workouts.  Will work on him. 

I found it harder to eat health with so many out of my house workouts during the week.  I have not mastered the cooking healthy meals ahead of time on the weekend for the upcoming week.  My husband was working out of town during this time period.  He isn't much of a cook but might have helped with meals if he had been home however I'm not sure he would have liked me not sitting down for meals with him. 

I had to give up some of my quilting/sewing time to do the challenge.  Not an issue in the short run but I know my "soul" needs the sewing time like I need sunshine.  I will somehow have to find some balance between exercise, sewing/quilting, and home cooked meals (rather than salads, soup, sandwiches).  Life is journey and this challenge has been a nice adventure.

My thanks to Lululemon for putting this together and to all the businesses that participated.  There were some I was not able to try -- R.E.P.S., Unleased (Roland), McClure Fitness (Benton), and Crossfit Maumelle.  Either hours didn't fit my schedule or distance (drive time to/from was greater than workout time).   You know what would be lovely -- a city/county pass that would allow you to buy 10-20 passes to be used in say a 2-3 month period but could be used at several places rather than just one. 

Meet my rescue dog Lizzie.  This is where she insist on sitting when I sew.
This one was taken out at Two Rivers Park.  She allowed me to place her on the tree branch and then stayed put while I took the photo.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Marketplace Bag

I found the pattern (Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin)for this bag on Ravelry.  I used some cotton yarn I had recycled from an old sweater years ago.  It works okay for this bag but I think a different yarn would be more durable.  Still the bag is functional and I now know for sure that I like the pattern.  Will try this pattern again with other yarns.