Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blowing off the dust

A finish!  And an old one at that.


I have had this one loaded on the longarm for months, just sitting there.  Waiting.  Waiting for me to feel like it. It's not even like I had to decide what to quilt.  I had already decided to try to do my first pantograph.  I just needed to find my sewing mojo again.

I am happy to report that I have found it!  After months of only going in my sewing room to find stuff that I put in there during the remodel, I have been sewing again.  I literally had to blow the dust off my machines and cutting table.  My first order of business was to finish up this Batik Tile quilt that was one of my oldest UFO's.  The pattern was "Tile Style" by Cheryl Rose Creations and was published in American Patchwork & Quilting back in 2010.  2010!!

One big boost to my sewing mojo was being asked if I wanted to be the featured quilter at our guild's annual quilt show in September.  While I am not sure yet if I have been chosen, I realized that if it happens, I better have some stuff to feature!  So, it has really lit a fire under me!  Now that my longarm is free, I've pulled out a few other finished or close to finished tops to do next.  I've also started piecing my Aviatrix Medallion quilt.  AND......I took a class on a technique that I am so excited to try out!!!  I don't want to tell you about it just yet (in case I fail miserably at it).

In other news, I finished the Whole 30 diet and am right in the middle of reintroducing different problematic foods.  I am still not 100% sure what was causing my issues, but I am feeling so much better.  I've also lost 9 pounds!  The diet was hard!!!  I didn't realize how much I eat to comfort myself or because I was bored.  Identifying these things has helped me though, and I can now recognize cravings vs. real hunger.  I do plan on trying to eat similarly to the diet going forward.

Yes, despite the difficulty, I recommend the diet.  I feel better, look better and I know I ate better.  I never starved myself.  In fact, I stuffed myself the entire time - but only with foods from the plan (meat, veggies, and fruit).  If you want to check it out, the book is It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (Affiliate Link***).  If you have any questions, you can also email me.

Thanks for reading today!  Now back to work.....


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  1. Oh my the quilt is GOR-GEOUS! Just stunning!!! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. I picked up the whole 30 book but haven't decided whether or not to commit. I'm pregnant and need a good balance of everything. But some of the recipes look amazing.

  2. so good to read the diet has helped so much and you are feeling better, like you I tend to comfort eat but need to stop as have gained too much weight.
    God news that the sewing mojo is back the batik quilt is a great project to get you stitching again and I am sure once started there will be no stopping you

  3. That's great! And the quilt is gorgeous! I was staying with my daughter two years ago when she did that diet and it was life changing for her.

  4. Your quilt is beautiful! Yay for getting back your sewing mojo - sometimes we need a break and occasionally those breaks lost longer than we think they should. :) Congrats on feeling better. I hope all continues to go well for you!

  5. Jen, good going for a finish. I love the quilt! You may be the only finish in LB.
    what's your next project?

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