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Sue Spargo’s Open House and Last Minute Quiltcon Prep

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At the end off January, I was lucky enough to live very close to Sue Spargo’s Open House!

Sue was a very busy lady but took time to sign my purchased book and take a photo with me.  She was as wonderfully delightful as her designs and products!

These were the first displays I saw when I walked into the building.

Her sense of color and style is so captivating. I found myself looking at every detail and coming back to different pieces to look again.

I must admit, I’ve become obsessed with circles because of her designs.

She had a great selection of not just threads, but wools and other interesting textures to add to embroidery.

I was drawn to the piece on the left with the houses and cars but couldn’t stop looking at the circles on the right!

As I browsed through the fabrics, I enjoyed the chatter and activity around me. Sue’s daughters were working at the event and graciously gave me permission to take these photos.

This wonderful piece was laying on one of the cutting tables, and while I’m pretty sure they didn’t mind anyone touching it, I resisted. Many years of quilt etiquette, I suppose. It was hard to resist all the different textures and stitches here!

These delightful ladies rang up my goodies and allowed me to capture their beautiful image. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with them and the ladies in the checkout line.

I walked away with a bundle of gorgeous fabric, a Sue Spargo book of embroidery stitches and some thread. A free calendar was my reward for stopping by!

I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d be using my purchases until a week or so later. Circles were all I could think about and as Daisy and I were chatting about a small round robin we will be starting at Quiltcon, inspiration hit.  I hadn’t begun my center yet and needed to hurry!

This is what I came up with. I call it “Clothespin O’Clock”.

I grew up in a very crafty family and Pack’o Fun was a magazine often seen on my grandmother’s end table. In her dining room hung a gold clock made from big empty thread spools, narrow ends pointing to the center and arranged in a circle. The center had a clock movement and the hands pointed towards the fat ends of the thread spools where a single wooden clothespin per spool held the clock numbers (I think they were gold plastic and glued to the ends of the pins. The whole thing was spray painted gold and admittedly gawdy, even in our crafty, pack’o fun family!

I’m not sure where it went but I have a copy of it in my memory. As circles danced through my head, that clock was the main thing I saw. As I stitched my circles down during evening TV time with the hubs, I told him about that gawdy clock. We laughed and threw jokes back and forth when I asked him, “What time is it?” as I finished the last circle. He replied, “It’s Clothespin O’Clock!”

Yes. Yes it is.

Quiltcon time is nearly here and I’m a nervous but excited wreck!

After looking high and low for the perfect travel bag, I made this one.

The nine patches are made from 1 inch strips, finishing at 1/2 inch. I even placed a wide section to keep it in place with my luggage as I wander through airports!

Nothing fancy inside, but it is pretty roomy. My 26 pound pug fits with room to spare!

Wish me luck with my first flight and I promise to podcast very soon 🙂

Grab me and say hi if you see me in Savannah!!

#39 Weezy’s High School Reunion

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In this episode, I discuss knitting and some sewing in between visits with family and friends. I talked about my high school reunion experience around minute 21:40.

We celebrated the grands birthdays by visiting Cedar Point.

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Autumn and Lizzy were just as excited as I was to be high in the air overlooking the park!

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This was the return trip in the sky at the end of our visit. Hubs and I were tired but happy!

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I took the grands toy shopping and stopped for lunch at Five Guys. Yummy!

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Hubs tipped a few back with me at the reunion. This man is truly my hero and best friend.

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Shelly and I have been friends since were we very young. She loves vintage machines almost as much as I do.

I also got to reconnect with a very sweet lady who does this radio show. Thank you Claudia, without you, I’m sure I wouldn’t have stayed and had such a good time!

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I did some knitting on the return trip from Indiana. Just one more sleeve to go before I cut the steek stitches!

I finally found the other knitting patterns I bought long ago and now have the skills to try. They are both White Lies Designs and I may be in trouble. There are a bunch of gorgeous designs I may need to own! The two I have are Filigree Lace and Heirloom Lace Jacket.


Since Baby can’t have regular treats, I did some research on substitutes for her. I found this suggested recipe in the comment section of the product page.

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The treats I made use both dry and soft food. Baby eats low fat ID only. I ground 2 cups of dry food in the food processor until it was mostly powder. I took a few tablespoons out to “flour” the board I will be using to roll out the dough.

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Next add one can of soft food and blend until mixed well. It will be soft and clumpy.

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Scoop it out and roll it to about a half an inch thick. I use a smooth glass as a rolling pin and work with a hand full at a time. I have a set of dog bone cookie cutters but you could cut the pieces with a butter knife to the size you want.

If your dogs are around like mine, they will be at your feet and begging to lick the spoon!

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Place the bones on a cookie sheet using a liner or parchment paper. You don’t want the bottom to stick or burn. Place the sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for half an hour (don’t preheat). Remove and cool before storing in the fridge. Use the treats within 2 weeks and don’t count them as part of your pets nutrition. Heat changes the protein properties.

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The leftover raw food can be shaped into balls and used as pill pockets! What I should’ve done and didn’t, use something like a straw to create a hole for the pill to go into because once refrigerated, the treats become solid and will crumble easily if you try to stick a pill inside.

The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous

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First for the bad. Yesterday morning, as I was letting the puppies out in the back yard for potty breaks, I heard sirens. They sounded close but I really thought they were down the road and around the corner out of sight. I couldn’t see across the street where they were. I do remember chills down my spine and a very uneasy feeling. As the puppies came in, my thoughts turned to other things.

Later in the early afternoon, hubs came into the cave and asked if I knew what our neighbor’s daughter was talking about on Facebook. It seems her mother had passed away.

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I love this picture of Brenda. It almost captures her beauty, her sense of humor and her friendly and radiant style. She was just a little over a year older than me and we shared a love of sitting around a bonfire, drinking wine and laughing. She was one of the first friends we made in our neighborhood. I still can’t believe she’s gone.

She had knee surgery last Wednesday and her family says she hadn’t felt well the past few days. An autopsy is pending because they aren’t sure why she died. I’m just speechless.

Now, the good stuff.

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“Keeping the Faith” finished!

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Its prettier than I thought it would be. I think I have to keep it!

OK folks, this is what happens when you lose weight and your under wired bra doesn’t fit anymore. And you go bowling.

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At first, I didn’t know how this happened. It was much worse than this photo shows. But then, the next day at work, I figured it out when my already sore arm got poked some more. Good thing I kept my “skinny to fat” clothes. I have a size for each stage but this time I’ll be getting rid of the clothes as I shrink. Great incentive to work at maintaining loss!

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Because the hubs had let the grass get long, we found these. There were 5 but only 3 made it to this picture. Sadly, Baby found them a few days ago and shook one before my son knew what had happened.  We thought it would be ok, but hubs removed it from the nest this morning. The final 2 are snuggling to each other with opened eyes and ears almost fully erect. I’m sure they’ll leave the nest this week. I read they leave around 3 weeks which is very surprising to me. They are about the size of a fat chipmunk right now! I may regret them once the garden is in but I need to fence it in anyway.

last night, we went out to celebrate our 11th anniversary. (May 1st)

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We had a great time with my work mates, Steve and Becky…

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Daughter and son in law Colleen and Jesse…

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And our bestie neighbors Cheri and Butch!

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I broke my diet for the night and enjoyed a degree of enebriation.

The answer to the question I asked was 2 pounds. What was my question? How much weight can one person gain in just one bad night of eating. Haha!

Finally, the gorgeous

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I made myself a new bag. I used my favorite pattern but made it wider.  I also made a matching wallet but you’ll have to wait to see it!

 I’ve been saving this fabric for some special project. I almost bypassed it, saving it again in a stash where I don’t get to see it much and enjoy it. Especially with what happened to my friend Brenda this week, I am reminded that today is a special occasion. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Every day should be cherished. Even at work 😉

#36 Finding My Balance

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Lately, my focus is on food. What to eat and not eat. What tastes good and not so much. Pinterest has been a help but I’ve found a few stinkers along the way.

Kale chips are delicious but if you don’t follow the recipe, you could end up with something that reminds me of munching on fall leaves fresh out of the yard (not that I would know first hand, I’m just guessing here).

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If you decide to make kale chips, keep in mind they must be rubbed COMPLETELY with oil. Not drippy wet with oil, but a good coating. If you have tossed you kale with a couple of teaspoons of oil, there will be enough on your fingers to spread it around.

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This batch was sprinkled with ranch dressing seasoning. Yes, there are chemicals but I didn’t care. I needed a potato chip diversion and this did the trick! I also made a sea salt and pepper version that hubs loved. I wasn’t a big fan but they were ok.

Balsamic tofu.

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Oy. This was so gawd awful I couldn’t eat all of it. Now if you like very vinegary, sour foods, this is for you. I do like vinegar and sour but I couldn’t hang with this one. I followed the pinterest instructions to a T, even marinating overnight. The brussels sprouts were wonderful so there’s that. Also, my vegetarian chef step-daughter told me tofu will always be rubbery when baked unless is slathered in fats of some sort. Good info to keep in mind. I shall be making a new pinterest board, “Gawd awful recipes I’ve tried”. This one will be at the top!

Cauliflower tortillas.

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Looks like scrambled eggs, right? I think this one’s my fault or I just need to make a few adjustments. I don’t think I used enough cauliflower or pressed enough liquid from them once cooked. I should’ve known when I couldn’t press them into patties for baking. They were delicious and I will make them again. My intent was to make little pizza like creations.

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I ended up with something that resembled a salad. I don’t normally use cheese because I’m allergic to milk products (and have always eaten them anyway) but I needed the calories and really miss pizza. Sometimes you have to compromise to get through the tough parts! This was a tomato, avacado, spinach and feta cheese topping for my cauliflower tortillas. 500 calories of heaven for this shrinking woman!

I had the pleasure of having 2 chefs cook my dinner Thursday.

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My step daughter and her magnificent husband have moved back to Ohio! We are over the moon to have them so close. And one of the perks….

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I loved this view. Seeing artful creation in my kitchen and knowing it’s going to be delicious!

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Halibut steak with buerre blanc sauce and mushroom and asparagus risotto.

Jesse placed the sauce off to the side in case we didn’t like it. I want this sauce on everything I eat from this day forward!  This meal was to die for but sadly way over my calorie count for the day. I figured I have been strict for the past 5 weeks so one night wouldn’t undo what I’ve accomplished. I’m now down 24 pounds and steadily moving forward!

A few weeks ago, I found this fabric at Joann.

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Yes, this is one fabric. I love that its a different print on each side. I don’t know what the fabric content is, so I washed it in hot water just in case it would shrink or otherwise change before I make something with it. I need a spring and fall coat and I have just the pattern for it. A long, hooded coat made to be reverseable. Just my style! More on this later…

My sister asked me to make a quilt for a raffle to help save her friend. Sher Snedeker needs a double lung transplant to save her life and our health care here in America leaves much to be desired. This quilt will be raffled off to help her cause.

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Please visit her facebook page and consider helping my sister’s dear friend.

Awhile back, I talked about a quilt top that I found in a stash of stuff purchased through Craigslist. It was very poorly constructed and I asked you all if I should leave it as is or redo it. The consensus at the time was to leave it as is and honor the quilter’s efforts. Friends, I was going to, I really was. Then as I was preparing to make a back for it and load it onto my frame, I discovered things that couldn’t be ignored. There were huge spots of discoloration. I couldn’t remove them and they smelled awful when wet. So I removed them with the intention of taking enough rows off to replace the missing pieces. Ok, so hours later it was all in pieces. When I emerged from the seam ripper dust, I had all these little triangles! Yes, I took it all apart.

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It still isn’t perfect but it will be useable and pretty, I think. It in the process of hand binding. More pictures when it’s finished.

Today, after I record the podcast, I need to finish up this beauty for a client.

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The baby isn’t born yet but when he is, he will be sleeping with Dr. Seuss. The blocks are all cross stitched by his family and friends of the family.  The grandmother bought the blue fabric but I thought it needed a pop of Dr. Seuss color. I haven’t decided yet whether or not the binding will be black or red and white. Maybe a darker blue? I’ll post it when finished!

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I designed the label using an appliqued hat. (those are water spots from my crappy, dying iron)

Toodles!

Diets, Twilter Swap and Bowling

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I started a diet on pi day. I didn’t chose the date on purpose, but that’s how ironic my choices can be. It all made me laugh when I realized it half way through the day. At first, I thought the interwebs were out to get me, with all the delicious pies plastered everywhere.

I chose a Monday because I’d be at work where temptation could be limited, and it seemed a fresh start. I’d also seen all the wonderful pictures and posts about Quiltcon 2015. Something sparked in me and I just had to start making plans to go next year. After all, it’ll be on the eastern side of the US, so much closer to me!

Then I realized a lot of different things all at once. My back pain in the beginning of this year and last. How hard it’s been to walk any sort of distance or even tie my shoes without a giant struggle. I was starting to feel the need to buy larger jeans *again*. Sigh.

But here was the kicker. I’d have to fly to Savanah. I’ve never flown before and I’ll be doing it alone. And doing it fat. Ack. I’m terrified of driving in snow although I’ve done it most of my adult life. There’s usually a lot of snow in February you know, and that’s when the next Quiltcon is. So I have to fly.

I’m a big girl. Most of my life I’ve fought the battle to lose weight. In my very early 20s, I had Grave’s disease and lost 80 pounds in 6 months without trying. I went through treatment for it, got healthy and maintained that weight for a decade. Gradually, my weight climbed until about 7 years ago when I was asked to be a bride’s maid in a tight, strapless gown in a wedding party full of skinny chicks. That’s some amazing motivation right there! I ended up losing 50ish pounds and felt pretty good about where I was heading. Another 50ish and I’d be thin again!

Then my dad died.

I’m now working on losing 125 pounds. I’m also working on loving who I am at each stage. It can always get worse, and it will if I don’t proactively push myself in the opposite direction.  I’m all for self love and loving your larger frame and living in the moment. You do you, baby. I’ll cheer you on and dance it out with you. I’ve been very comfortable with my plus size and it took me years to get there.

But now, things are different. I’m in physical pain and I’m uncomfortable. I know my first plane ride will be uncomfortable at my size and humiliating as a result. Once I get to Quiltcon, I’ll be winded in a short time, my feet will hurt and my back will ache.  Diabetes and heart disease killed my dad and maternal grandmother. Odds are I’ll follow in their footsteps and in my 60s as well. I figure if I can quit smoking, I can lose an average sized, grown person. Piece of cake! Ahem.

Today closes the first 5 weeks of my new lifestyle. I had fried pickles at  Melt 2 weeks ago and felt horrible about it, but haven’t stepped off track other than that. This morning, my new friend Mr. Scale told me I’ve lost almost 24 pounds. I’m using the Lose It! App to track my calories and what I’m eating. If you use the app, you can friend me through my email weezyworks at yahoo.com.  Fitbit tracks my steps and syncs to the Lose It! App.  There have been a few days where I’ve gained a few pounds back but usually a lose those and more within a few days. I know there are people who believe you shouldn’t weigh in every day or at all, but I need to. It’s helping me gauge what’s working and what’s not. And it’s damned encouraging most days!

So, as of this moment in time, I’m pretty sure I’ll fly for my first time like any normal sized person. I’ll stroll through Savannah and Quiltcon with ease and have a fabulous vacation to celebrate. I may not be to my goal by then, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be a lot closer than I am right now.

Hubs and I have started going bowling with our children on Sunday morning. They’re all so busy but this seems to be a great time to go for all of them. Plus, it’s great therapy for Larry as he’s still recovering from his spine surgery a little over a year ago.

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In fact, he bowled the sole right off his bowling shoes. Can you believe this happened after 4 games, and just as he returned from his final frame of the day? The man is lucky, I tell ya. Don’t worry, his new shoes are on their way! (Along with a new bowling bag because it has to match his shoes)

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Lastly, the Twilters are having a go at this block swap in honor of Frances Dowell’s new book “Birds in the Air”.  I’m hosting this one and so far, we have 37 ladies participating. In July, I’m going to be up to my ears in blocks!