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Sunday, April 21, 2019

We made it to Arizona!

This past week for spring break we headed out with two vehicles, a camp trailer, and our bicycles to complete our trek to Arizona.  It was honestly the most scenic stretch of country EVER!

Each night I sewed on my quilt and completed the columns before returning home.  Here are the totals:

Hiked:  62 miles
Biked:  195 miles
Total:  257 miles

We started in January and ended on Thursday the 18th of April.  It took us only 11 days.

The days change from black to white in the quilt.  Each log is 1 mile.  Yellow: hubby walked alone, purple: I walked with him, green hubby biked alone, orange:  I biked with him.

I can honestly say that on the really steep hills (10% grades) I chose to skip.  I did do a few of them but not all.  The first day of this past week was downhill through a gorgeous canyon, but we had a head wind which made it so very very hard.  After 33 miles and terrible aching legs, I chose to go lay under a tree and wait for my husband to go 10 more miles and bring the car back.  

The bottom of the last column has room for something else.  I happened to have this panel of fabric that looks exactly like the country we were in.  I may add it.  I may also try to find more of it for the back.

I will be adding pieced sashing between the columns with diamonds in it.

Look at these switchbacks.  You can see three levels of road if you look.  There were twice as many more coming off this mountain.  Yes, we rode DOWN it.

This is the infamous Forest Gump Highway.  I rode to here but chose not to go up that long hill.  My husband is in yellow on the bike.  From here it was 7 miles up hill.  There is more up hill than can be seen in the photo.  No thank you.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Journey to Arizona

The next section to Arizona (and my quilt that tells its story) inludes 10 miles of hiking and 10 miles of biking in one day.  My husband's sister joined us on this wonderful adventure; she was such a joy.  I honestly have not been on a bike for years.  It was really fun.

The next day we went 40 miles on a bike.  My sister-in-law was not in a hurry to get started, so I waited at camp with her while my husband did 24 miles alone.  I regret that because I wanted to do more.  This was probably the prettiest stretch thus far.  The sun was shining, and the red dirt formations seemed to cheer us on.

We made a stop at a place called "Fat Man's Misery".  We have been there several times, but it was a first for my sister-in-law.  It is a very narrow crack that you climb up.

When you climb out on top it looks like this.

Here is my quilt update:

The purple is for hiking together.  Orange represents biking together while green means my husband biked alone.  Also, the days alternate between black and white.  You can easily see that we get a lot more miles in on the bikes.  Each log on both sides of the colored square is a mile.

15 min to stitch report:

I am linking up with:
Moving it Forward
BOMs Away

Friday, April 5, 2019

April One Monthly Goal and other ones as well...

The UFO Challenge # 11 for April, randomly drawn by Patchwork Times, is to quilt and bind my barns.  My students made this at school last year.  It is a "throw" size so quilting should go pretty fast.  I will need to piece a back and make the binding.

This will be my One Monthly Goal for April.

Also part of that draw number was to assemble my frog round robin quilt.  This one goes back many years, and blocks were made by close friends.  I think my grand babies might enjoy it.

I don't know how far I will get on this one with the busy month I have ahead.  We shall see.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Another Princess and 4 NYBs...

Mulan is pieced.  I am loving the pink behind these princesses!

I also made 4 NYB blocks this week.  I am shooting for two more before Sunday.  I am at the phase now where I am mixing rings from different blocks together to form new blocks.  I really don't want to duplicate any patterns if possible.

I hope to be posting more braids from our Journey to Arizona  trek later in the week as well.

I am linking up today with:

Wait Loss Wednesday
Needle and Thread Thursday
Midweek Makers

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

11 NYB blocks completed in March!

I had twelve NYB blocks done in January/February and eleven during the month of March.  Marie is pushing me along.  Perhaps if I can do as many as she plans to do over the next two months, I will be able to quilt it this summer.  That would be wonderful since I barely planned to even piece this one this year.

Here was my March progress:

I have loved every second of making these blocks!  They are so easy for paper piecing projects because all the spikes are the same size and, for the most part, every ring can be done in one section.

The photo below shows all of my finished blocks thus far.  There are getting to be too many on my wall to get a good photo.  Most blocks have the corners on them, but I am starting to leave a few off until the end when I will be deciding the placement.  Most will need white corners, but a few will need red or black.

I am linking up with:

BOM's Away
Monday Making
Moving it Forward
Tish's UFO Busting

Sunday, March 31, 2019

One Monthly goal is complete!

I am so excited to say that I finished my One Monthly Goal!  Snow Globe is quilted and bound after many years of progress.  I started this prior to 2002 as a group "Sliced Quilt Challenge".  

I am linking up with:
 March's One Monthly Goal finishing party.  
Patchwork Times Draw a UFO Challenge.

Here is a link back to my original post.

Here is my 15 Minutes to Stitch update for this past week.  I am pleased with what I was able to do in March.

This quilt was on my 1st quarter Finish Along list.  I am linking up this finish with She Can Quilt; check out some amazing finishes there!
Here is a link back to my original goal list.

2019 PHD report:

The Snow Globe quilt is my second finish this year for my PHD.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

MARIE: New York Beauty blocks for March

I reached my goal of making 13 New York Beauty blocks this month. Now I have half of my blocks finished. I will make a goal of making 13 more in April and then again in May. I hope to have the quilt top finished by the end of June. This is a fun project!

Monday, March 25, 2019

One block at a time makes a quilt or two.

I am excited to have a few more blocks completed in some of my "Create Your Own BOM" projects!  

First off, my daughter has been making the princess quilt with me.  This has been her first experience with paper pieces, and let me tell you, she is absolutely addicted.  She is also having her second baby in July and wants these blocks done before her life gets a little crazier.  Because she is on a roll, I am trying to keep up as best I can.  My goal was one princess per month, but she did three this month.  I was able to squeeze out Pocahontas (my second princess this month), but that may be all I can do until April.

Here is my Pocahontas:

Here is her Pocahontas:

I really like her darker skin, but I didn't have any.  I live too far from a fabric store to just run out and get it.
Also, here is her Belle.  I did my Belle on a pink background and LOVE it, but hers is so gorgeous too!

I made a couple more NYB blocks these past few days as well.  My original plan was 1 a week, but I am way ahead of schedule.  My cousin who is making this with me has made 13 this month.  I feel driven to keep up, but I am short 6 blocks to do so.  We shall see what this coming week brings.

I also finished some stockings for my Christmas Row Quilt.  I don't favor them nearly as much as my elf leg blocks, but these were so fun to make and gave me a break from paper piecing.

I have been machine quilting a little and hope to have a finished Snow Globe quilt to show by the end of the week.

15 Minutes to Stitch Report:

I am linking up with:

Monday Making
Moving it Forward