Saturday, February 1, 2014

My First Quilt Along (QAL)

I am happy to be taking part in the 2014 Online Quilt Show, hosted by Hobbies On A Budget.

I was finally able to take part in my first QAL. (Quilt Along).
It was hosted by Stitched in Color.   I happened across it while going through the WIP Wednesday posts of others one week.  One blog that I hopped over to talked about her and her daughter taking part in the QAL.  I clicked over and to my delight it wasn't too late to join in.

You can click HERE if you would like to know more about the QAL, even though it is completed now.

I started to learn how to quilt several years ago, but still consider myself to be in the beginner's stage.....maybe heading in to intermediate since I am learning more and more all of the time.

This is my first quilt completed in 2014!!  It was to be done before Christmas, but I didn't make that deadline.  I'm glad that others didn't either :)

Here is a picture of the completed quilt:
Here is a close-up.  This is the first time I have attempted to machine quilt anything this large.  (It's called lap size but seems a lot larger to me).  Prior to this one I've only machine quilted a baby quilt.
I did a simple straight line, and should have done more than I did, but I am happy with it.

This photo shows the backing I used (a thicker bed sheet) and the binding.  I was fortunate that I had this blue binding already made up and it was the perfect size for this Penny Patch.

I had so much fun making this quilt!   I like the design too.

I am now taking part in a sew along with Terry's Treasures and a UFO and NewFo challenge with Joanie's Trendy Quilts.   You will find buttons for both of these to the right if you are interested. Both buttons are clickable and will take you to their blogs for more information.

Click along with this year's 2014 Online Quilt Show below.  Every blog taking part has this list at the bottom so you can go from one to the next until you have seen all of the quilts.  Have fun!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha--Part 4 Lean Body Fat Wallet--Chapter 10 Health

Excerpt from:
Lean Body Fat Wallet
Discover the Powerful Connection to Help You
Lose Weight, Dump Debt, and Save Money
By Danna Demetre and Ellie Kay
(Thomas Nelson – Dec. 10, 2013)

Part 1: Frugal Friday With Marsha--Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Raising Fit and Frugal Kids Part 1 

Part 2: Frugal Friday with Marsha --Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Part 2 

Part 3: Frugal Friday with Marsha --Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Part 3 

(pg. 186) HEALTH
There is a troubling and obvious trend manifesting all over America.
You can see it every time you are out in a crowd—at the mall, an amusement park, or even church. It is visible, it is growing, and it is significant. The problem is the increasing number of not only overweight but also truly obese people. But the most troubling fact of all is that many, many of those people are children!
I (Danna) am very concerned as I watch more and more kids choosing television and video games over going out and riding bikes or actively playing. In my neighborhood, I see more youth on motorized scooters than ever. When our now-sixteen-year-old adopted grandson was younger, we implemented intentional timelines for watching television or playing video games so that he never developed a habit of sitting in front of a screen for endless hours. One year in junior high when his grades were not reflecting his ability, we acted on a previously set boundary and sold his Xbox game system. He was very unhappy, but two years later, he admitted the Xbox was a waste of time, and it had become too easy to “zone out” on mindless activity.

It’s Not My Fault!
If you spend any time at all with eleven- to seventeen-year-olds, you will hear the words “It’s not my fault” far too frequently. In recent years, there have been numerous criticisms and even threats of legal action against fast-food companies and other food-industry promoters of the American fat epidemic. But let’s be completely honest and ask ourselves the right questions such as, “Are these companies telling us their products are healthy? Are they force-feeding us their supersized, calorie-dense products?” Of course they are not. We willingly line up, drive through, and dig into their burgers, side orders, and desserts with gusto.
The important question is this: Whose responsibility is it to choose the foods we eat and to live the lifestyles we live? Do we depend on American marketing to tell us what is good for us? That is absolutely absurd. That being said, our children are certainly not informed enough to discern wisely for themselves how they should eat and live for maximum health. That responsibility is up to parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the like.
So what kind of mentor are you to the observers in your life? And I don’t mean only children. Wives influence husbands and vice versa. Friends influence each other. And most importantly, parents are the key role models for their children. When Dad starts the day with coffee and a doughnut, what does that tell your son? And when Mom skips breakfast altogether, what example does she set for her adolescent daughter? The influence is great . . . the responsibility even greater.
If you don’t want your son or daughter to be one of the increasing numbers of children who will have type 2 diabetes before they reach college, then you must take responsibility now. If that isn’t a great incentive, I don’t know what is!

Growing Healthy Kids
Getting young children to eat healthfully is a huge challenge. The suggestions below will help parents and grandparents understand some important factors that influence young ones toward a lifestyle of healthy choices. Adults and children have their own unique responsibilities when it comes to mealtime. A child’s responsibility is to chew and swallow. The parent’s responsibility is to provide a variety of healthy foods in a relaxed environment. When these lines are crossed or confused, mealtimes can become very unpleasant.
It is important for parents to realize that every eating experience is an adventure for your child. There are many skills required for young children to master eating—from grasping a fork to capturing a roll-away pea, not to mention simply getting something slippery or scary-looking into their mouths and swallowing. Young children engage most of their senses (smell, touch, sight, and taste . . . sometimes even sound) when they are discovering and eating foods. They love to feel it squish or crunch in their little hands and often will play with it before it enters their mouths. Of course, we should accept that of our twelve- to twenty-four- month child. At six years old, food experiments at the dinner table are unacceptable.
Parents need to slow down and approach mealtime with the same wonder and amazement as the child experiences, realizing it takes at least eight exposures to a new food before a child can actually develop a positive taste for that food—no matter what his or her age. My son’s sixteen-year-old girlfriend has had very limited exposure to the wide variety of foods our family eats. Sometimes I hear him prodding her on, saying, “Come on . . . try it . . . You’ll like it!” I remind him that he hated avocados and artichokes until he’d experienced them many times—all the while smiling inside as I realize he’s responded in healthy ways to our gentle, yet persistent encouragement to try new, healthy foods. Today he’s on the varsity football team and is one of the strongest offensive and defensive linemen—thanks in part to healthy foods!

Taste Physiology
Your taste buds actually grow and mature as they are exposed to a variety of new tastes and textures. Unfortunately, most parents give up after one or two negative experiences, convinced that “Johnny just hates vegetables.” But the truth is that Johnny never really got a chance to develop a taste for those veggies. Mom or Dad caved in to his initial negative response, and Johnny is ultimately the loser as his little body is shortchanged by not receiving all the incredible nutrients God power-packed into many healthy foods.
There are four types of taste buds: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. The sweet taste buds are strongest at birth and also surge in puberty, especially in girls. If we do not foster development of the other kinds of taste buds by introducing foods that promote their growth, our children will never learn to enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods. So how do we get our kids to even try foods that challenge their “sweet sensibilities”? Creativity, persistence, and patience are essential. The objective is to find something that will motivate your children to at least put the food in their mouths. Here are several ideas to help you in that quest:

If your child is into dinosaurs, then talk about foods such as asparagus or broccoli being “dinosaur” food. Tell them that one reason dinosaurs were so strong was because they ate lots of green foods. (Hopefully, they won’t ask you if that’s why they are extinct also!) Talk about how some foods build muscles (boys love that), make their hair shiny, or give them lots of energy to run faster and jump higher.

Give Them Tasty Condiments
You don’t have to be a complete food purist. Realizing that your child’s sweet taste buds are the most developed, you may want to add a slightly sweetened dip for fruits and veggies that are still not on your child’s “favorite” list. Some kids simply want a flavor they recognize, such as butter or chicken broth, in some foodsMost active children can handle the few extra calories that help them enjoy the foods they need most but are resistant to trying.

Dealing with the Veggie Rejecter
You may have a child who clenches his teeth and begins a forceful standoff anytime veggies are even mentioned. Take heart. There are five fruits that provide very similar nutritional value to many key veggies. They include kiwis, mangos, cantaloupe, strawberries, and apricots. You can also sneak carrot juice and “super green” supplements into fruit smoothies or protein shakes, and they won’t even know it. Don’t ever stop offering veggies to your kids. Research shows that children who are introduced to vegetables early in life will return to them in their teens and adulthood.

Stay tuned for part 5 next Friday!

Disclosure:  These book excerpts were sent to me to share with my audience by Nelson books.  I was not compensated for sharing these other that receiving a copy of the book for review.  Posts do contain my affiliate links.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 1/30/14

I'm pretty ashamed......
I was linking up with Nonersays this week and decided I should go in and change the how many day until Halloween on my Visit a Kansas Pumpkin Patch lens.  OMG!   It was still set for 2012, so I never even changed it last year.  Sheesh!

Also while there I seen that one of the zazzle items was only showing the coding.  It was within the google maps module.   I first thought that the t-shirt wasn't being sold anymore. I went to zazzle and searched and found a cute postcard invitation that I thought I would put in there instead.
Nope....only the code showed up again.  I am guessing that we can no longer put anything else in with the google maps least not html.

I liked the post card so well that I did change out what was in the guestbook for it.  I'm adding this lens to the linky along with another one from about the middle of my lensrank.

I really do want (more like need) to get busy on working on lenses!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday 1/29/14

This has been a sewing week for me.  At least most days.

Let me start out by showing my 5 blocks for January in the Goodnight Irene sew along, which is hosted by Terry's Treasures.   See the button on the right for more information and to click over.  There is a linky on her sidebar with the progress of others who are sewing along.

The first 16 patch that I did, I worked in rows.  The other 2 I worked first into 4 patches and then together.  This works out so much better for me as I am then able to square each 4 patch to 4 inches before sewing them together.

Now let me tell you that my pre-cut smaller squares were 2 1/4 instead of 2 1/2, so my squares for the other blocks are 4 inches instead of 4 1/2 inches.

I've also not decided yet if I am going to stop at 5 rows of 5 or make this one larger.

Next up is the log cabin blocks that I am working on.  92 of them at a time, 1 strip at a time is taking some time to get done.  Also, I keep running out of what I cut for strips and having to dig in my stash to find something else.
See, I cut the strips from what I had and then divided those into envelopes marked for what round.  It's just taking a lot more fabric than I thought. 
I'm on the 1st 'round' of the darker side.
 `Here we are to my progress on the applique bunny quilt.  I'm a little disappointed on just how small this is going to turn out.  It will have to be for a child, or a nice lap quilt.  Months and months and months of working on this one.  2nd row of 5 is together.

Now, I have joined in on the 2014 Project UFO and NewFO sponsored by Joanie's Trendy Quilts.
See to the right for the button and click for more information.
From this week out I will be posting my list as well as updates on each item each week.
This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time so I was glad to see this to motivate me.

Log Cabin quilt
2 Log Cabin wall hangings
Rectangle quilt
2 rectangle table runners
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Quilt for sewing club at church
Applique Bunnies quilt
 (Finished) Penny Patch Quilt
Yo-Yo Table runner

Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Spiderweb quilt
Easter wall hanging
Cat wall hanging
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)
Hexagon table topper.

Whew!   Back to sewing!

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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