Saturday, April 20, 2013

Little Quilts and Blue

I'm still making things with blue fabric. I was looking for something yesterday and found something else.  For some reason, as soon as I saw the bag of squares I remembered the quilt I started long ago and instantly became inspired to try to finish it.  Does that ever happen to you?

I don't know what it is about this antique doll quilt but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The blues and the dots pulled me in, I think.

I had cut out the pieces but must have gotten busy, packed it away and never had the urge to finish. So I immediately put down the other project I had been working on, took some of the already cut pieces from the bag then updated them with some newer blues and pinks and background squares and started to sew, with CNN on in the background. What a day.

I can't remember exactly when I started cutting the squares for this little quilt but I know I fell in love with the quilt years ago. It's in a book by the Little Quilts ladies and was one of the first quilting books I bought when I first entertained the idea of quilting in 2000. See, I had to buy a whole bunch of books first to inspire me - then I took the leap. There were not a lot of books on small quilts out then.

The very first quilt I made was also from a pattern in a Little Quilts book. Who knew that a few years later I'd become addicted to making small quilts and would be designing my own and getting them published? That's the beauty of quilting -  you never know exactly where it will take you.

I sure hope I can finish it this time. I think it'll be really cute when I'm done. And it will probably turn out much better because I waited.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires

Some of you who are in my Yahoo group Small Quilt Talk participated with me in our recent 6"  x  6"  charm fabric swap. My charms arrived yesterday and Oh WOW, take a look -

Receiving a package of fabric in the mail is enough to make me swoon. How about you?
Question: Do our husbands know this?? I don't really crave diamonds, rubies or sapphires. Fabric in beautiful colors is gem enough for me sometimes. My husband "persuaded" me to fall in love with him on our first Valentine's Day together by sending me at least 50 different funny valentines he arranged to have delivered throughout the day at my office. It drove the mail department nuts . . . I think he paid them to send someone to run upstairs with a few every 15 minutes. So sweet and romantic. He knew I'd love that more than flowers or candy. Oh, okay, sure, I'll be your girlfriend. I think I'd fall in love all over again if I got pretty fabric in the mail on a regular basis. (Hint, hint . . . I'm also partial to silver now, Hon. )

I signed up for 2 sets of 40 and so received 80 squares of assorted reproduction fabrics.
Gorgeous, no?
I love the variety. As you can imagine, I played with my squares for a very long time.  So pretty and many I had never seen before. No uglies! Lovely prints in so many different colors.
I am going to look at them for a little while longer before I actually have the heart to cut into them . . . .

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Getting Healthy from Lack of Sleep

I go through phases where I don't always sleep well at night. Every woman I know has had this problem at one time or another too and for some it's chronic. I'm a very light sleeper and I'm usually fine until something wakes me up, whether it's snoring or the dog whining to go out. Just about anything will wake me and once I am awake I often have a hard time falling back asleep. One night, a few weeks ago,  I woke up at 3:00 a.m. for no reason and could not get back to sleep. Instead of tossing and turning I went downstairs to make a cup of weak tea and watch TV, thinking it might help me to relax and eventually fall back asleep. It usually does the trick.
All that's on TV at 3:00 a.m. is infomercials. I got caught up in this one for the Nutribullet.  Have you seen it?

Transform ordinary foods into Superfoods and add years to your life!

It's not a blender! Not a juicer! The Nutribullet PULVERIZES your fruits and vegetables to make smoothies that are healthy and easier to digest (one of my weak points) so your body can absorb the nutrients better.  Juicers remove all the fiber (I need fiber) and blenders don't actually blend fruits and vegetables to a smooth consistency that well. Trust me, I've tried it.
Could this be for real? I was too tired to question it.  I remembered my son's energetic fifth-grade teacher telling me years ago that "juicing" changed his life. But did I listen? One woman in the infomercial said she finally had a good night's sleep the SAME night she started drinking the Nutriblast smoothies. Oh my gosh, that did it, LOL. (This must be why they put these commercials on at 3:00 a.m. when no one can sleep.) Who doesn't want to be healthy and sleep well too? If it sounds like a gimmick you're probably right. But, tired as I was at 3 a.m. it was one I could not resist. Hey, it could have been worse - I could have been taken in by that 40-ft flexible garden hose that's being advertised all over (sorry, Judy) or wound up with 8 fake suede jackets in all the colors of the rainbow.

I did not immediately rush to buy it over the phone in 3 easy installments, give me some credit. I resisted, did some research and then took my 20 %  off coupon and headed over to Bed, Bath & Beyond the next day.

Laugh if you will but I have to say, I haven't had so much fun with a new kitchen appliance since I bought my percolator . . . which is still working by the way.
This is a lot of fun. Easy to use, very easy to clean up. I should start feeling great and looking younger any day now . . . .
The recipe book calls for spinach or some other healthy greens as a base, then you add your fruit and water. Add nuts for protein if you like. I added a dollop of yogurt and a tiny bit of apple juice. I am thinking of buying some protein powder and adding that too. Frozen fruit gives it a nice cool texture.
My son the Nutrition Expert thought it was good and said - "Add more spinach to mine next time, I can't even taste it!"  When was the last time you heard your child say THAT?
I love this thing. The smoothie tasted great. I won't lie though - if you put in too much spinach it will be green. But I could not taste the spinach at all -  the whole thing was very, very fruity and smooth. Last evening after dinner, instead of bringing out the chips bag, I caught my husband grabbing the vanilla yogurt and cutting up some strawberries, bananas and frozen peaches and heading over to the Kitchen Smoothie Counter (from now on the KSC, if you will). Definitely the first time I have ever seen this happen.
This chip clip OINKS when you open the package. Someone bought it for someone else at my house. (No names.)
Vote now -  am I the only crazy one out there who was sucked into this??