Monday, December 31, 2007
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 10:32 AM
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Reminder: I will be drawing a winner for the mini-quilt on January 1, 2008. Post a comment by midnight 12/31/07 for a chance to win it. :)
Late this past summer, I began an unplanned but much needed diet. Health issues forced this on me, and without them I probably would still be eating what ever I want whenever I wanted to. However, since I have been following my new diet, I have seen many changes, pretty much all positive, in my life.
This brought me to thinking about ways to further improve other aspects of my life. And one that came to mind almost immediately is my sewing/quilting habits. They are, quite honestly, as bad as my former eating habits. I quilt what I want, when I want to. Some things get finished right away, many more get tossed aside when something new sparks my interest. And I have a tendency to buy fabric without having any idea when/if I will use it. As a result, my sewing room is packed full of fabric and unfinished projects. It is always a mess!
So, I have decided that it is time to put myself on a fabric diet now too. I am going to attempt to finish up the majority of projects I have already begun within the coming year. And I will also try not to buy any new fabric unless I need it to complete a specific project. Am I looking forward to this? Heck no! I am breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it. But, I am hoping that this will lead to some positive outcomes, much like the food diet has. I have posted a reminder badge on my blog. Hanne made it and offered to share.
Care/dare to join me?
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 8:20 PM
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I think this will need more borders added, as it is not going to finish large enough as it is. That is yet another design feature I need to concentrate on. My youngest child has expressed an interest in this one already, so it will likely be for his bed when finished.
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 5:50 PM
Friday, December 21, 2007
My posting is pretty sporadic- I have not got a regular daily routine-yet. ;) However, I have managed over the past year to post 99 times. I am happy with that number, but I will try to improve upon that for this next year.
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 8:14 AM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I was inspired to get caught up on my buck a block quilt yesterday. I am not sure when I posted last about this one. There are still two more months left, so I don't have all the blocks yet, but I have some of my blocks assembled into a partial top. This is what I have so far.
And I will share another flimsy with you today, just because. I have quite a pile of tops needing to be quilted. I hope to get some of them finished after Christmas is over with. I have several new projects that I would like to start, but I really need to get some of the current ones completed first.This top is made from swap blocks from a couple different internet swaps. It has alot more color than the picture shows. It is probably too busy. But this is the way it will stay.
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 3:19 PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
In my travels through blogland, I found a post with a recipe for gingersnap cookies. I'm sorry I don't have a link to her blog, I tried to go back but just couldn't find it (airhead attack!). But, I did copy the recipe. So I put on my favorite (ok,only) Christmas apron and whipped up a batch. Yummy! They are fantastic!!! And I will share the recipe with you.
3/4 cup butter (softened, not melted)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Mix together above ingredients until well blended, then add:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger
Beat all ingredients well. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least an hour. Then roll into small balls (large marble size). Dip balls into a bowl of white sugar, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 preheated oven for 8 minutes (not a minute more, you want the cookies to be crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.)
I want to admit that I was impatient and did not allow my dough to chill. And you can see in the picture that my cookies came out quite flat. So I would recommend that you allow your dough to chill.
I also baked some gingerbread so that I could make this house. Usually I use alot more color on my gingerbread houses, but this year I decided to stick to just red,green, and white.
There is still so much to do before Christmas and I really don't know when I will get another chance to stitch anything. But I will try to post some pictures of some of my other projects soon.
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 7:38 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 11:11 AM
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Today I finished up the last block of the Debbie Mumm 'Garden Favorites' block of the month. I changed the flowers in the block to make them easier to applique using a technique that does not use fusible webbing.
This evening I stitched the blocks together into a top.
But now I have a problem. The pattern calls for a couple borders. When I made the blocks for this quilt, I pulled all of the fabrics from my stash, using mostly fat quarters. So I don't have enough of any fabric for my borders that is already in the quilt top. So now I don't know what to do for the borders. What would you do?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sorry it is not the best picture. I probably should have waited for daylight. But I think you can see it well enough to get the effect. Have a great day!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 8:57 AM
Saturday, December 1, 2007
For those who are interested only in quilting, today's post is not for you. I will be blogging on a little bit more personal level today. I have hit a personal milestone, and feel the need to indulge myself by blogging about it.
At the end of August, I was diagnosed with type two diabetes. Oddly enough, a trip to the emergency room for a severe kidney stone attack is what alerted me to my elevated blood glucose numbers. Anyways, I had a series of tests done that verified I am a type 2 diabetic. And more tests to find the cause of recurring kidney stones.
I was sent to diabetes classes to learn how to manage my glucose levels and given an eating plan. I was just nicely getting accustomed to this new eating plan when I got the results of the kidney stone lab tests. Turns out many of the diabetes friendly foods were not friendly to my kidneys. So, I went for a visit with a dietitian, who helped me develop another new eating plan.
I have been following this plan fairly faithfully since the end of September. It has not always been easy, but I can feel a difference in how I am feeling. And I have lost 38 pounds. This is a significant amount of weight, but only a fraction of what I still need to lose. I had tried weight watchers a few years ago, and lost nearly this same amount of weight before I hit a plateau, lost focus and eventually dropped out of the program. Only to regain all of the weight within a couple years.
That is why today I was overjoyed when I stepped on the scale and realized that I am now below the weight I had gotten down to on the weight watcher plan. And my "skinny jeans" I was into then are now too big! And this disease that I was not too thrilled to be labeled with a few short months ago has turned out to have some positive effects on me. God works in some pretty marvelous ways. :)
Posted by Pieceful Jane at 1:57 PM