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Monday, June 11, 2012

Snow Days Block 14

Wheeeeeeeee! The 14th and final embroidered block of the Snow Days quilt has been completed!!! Full steam ahead... bound and determined... with a pot of coffee beside me... I sat down in my stitching chair at 11:58 am yesterday... and with only one potty break (yah... coffee does that! lol!) I pulled the last stitch at 3:58 pm. Another... wheeeeeeeeeeee! :-)

Now comes the fun part of piecing! And, learning to piece at the same time! lol! My history of quilting is short and sweet... First, I made a rag quilt. You can see that here.... and next was a 20" square mini quilt... and tried some minor hand quilting with that one. You can see that one here.

Now... my original intentions with this Snow Days BOM was to complete each month as they arrived... *grin*... but, because I signed on for 3 BOM's all at the same time... I fell a bit behind schedule... *blush*... But, the thing of it is, each month also included the material for the pieced parts. And, I tried the first month's pieced part here... but, they didn't turn out so good. Soooooooo, I asked the ladies at the Quilted Crow if they could ship me another Block 1 fabric bundle... and they did... it has been safely tucked away with the other fabrics... and, hopefully (throughout the past year) I have read enough tips and watched enough YouTube videos on piecing to finally get it right this time! lol!

In the last post I had promised some red, white & blue... and some strawberries... well... they ain't done yet! ;-) I'll be stitching some tonight and promise that the next update will contain some "seasonally appropriate stitches". :-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Snow Days Block 13

Whew! It's been a hectic two weeks... and I honestly don't know how June happened so quickly? ;-) In another 25 days, the year will be half over! But, don't let that little tidbit of information pressure anybody into enjoying the Summer that much MORE INTENSELY!!! lol! :-)

Actually, I'm about two weeks into recuperating from a mild Pneumonia. Yep. I did not have a fever. I just felt totally drained of energy, very tired (but could not sleep), and a general feeling of "something's just not right"... so, I went to the doctor's just expecting him to tell me I was imagining things... but, after a breathing test and chest x-ray... doc said my lungs had fluid in them and my lungs were functioning at a third of what they should be. Hmmmm.... ? Never had pneumonia before... so this was a huge surprise! So, the past two weeks have been slow and restful... just finished all the meds today and am breathing much better! :-)

Block 13 of Snow Days managed to get completed this past weekend! :-) This one was a biggie that measures about 9" x 15". Took quite a few (enjoyable) hours. Block 14 (which is the final embroidered block) is much smaller and should be a quick stitch! I'm looking to start the piecing in a week or two...

Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend, and continuing with the parades taking place on streets lined with Old Glory and Summertime now upon us... I've been having a craving for the red, white and blue... and strawberries...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!
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