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April 15, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Good to Be Home from Life In Pieces

After a hectic business trip to the West Coast last week, I've spent most of the weekend trying to recover from the sinus crude that showed up while I was on the road. I'm still feeling pretty crappy, but at least the fever is gone.  It's nice to be home.  The sewing room doesn't have magical healing properties, but it was as great distraction from my symptoms.  

I spent some recovery time just sitting and hand stitching the binding for Christmas Mystery quilt, while binge watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. 


I'm just ...

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March 25, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Rainy Days and Storms At Sea from Life In Pieces

Saturday was stormy and cold.  The Scientist in Training and I headed out for a necessary shopping expedition anyway.  The SIT has a poster presentation over her undergraduate research at a regional chemistry conference in a couple of weeks and needed to add some professional attire to her college wardrobe of jeans and graphic tees.  Plus we have a family wedding coming up at the end of April, so both of us needed dresses for that.  We found slacks, shirt and a jacket for the SIT, plus wedding appropriate dresses for both of us.  That accomplished we had lunch in ...

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March 18, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Finally a Finish from Life In Pieces

Spring finally made an appearance this weekend.  Temperatures hit the high 60's with lots of sun.  Even better, it's spring break time so the Scientist in Training made it back to town Friday evening in time for dinner.  This is her first trip home since the start of spring semester. It's been nice to have her home, though she's spent most of Saturday crashed out on the couch and then most of Saturday evening working on homework. She'll be home all week, so we've got plans for some fun stuff.  Consequently stitching may or ...

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March 11, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Stormy Outlook from Life In Pieces

It was a fast moving weekend.  It was sunny but very windy on Saturday and we got a nice taste of spring, but Sunday we were back to the chilly temps with a little less wind. We braved the cold temps on Sunday afternoon to set up the annual science demos for the 5th graders in our area.  I mentioned yesterday that My Guy was recognized at a dinner last week for his role in organizing the annual program.  He'll be busy with that this week.  I'm doing demos on Thursday and maybe Wednesday afternoon if we are ...

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March 4, 2019
Monday Motivation: Good Fortune Mystery Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Probably every quilter on the planet knows that Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville hosts a free mystery quilt every year starting on Black Friday. The 2018 mystery was the Good Fortune Quilt. Since we host Thanksgiving, I usually don’t participate. This year, I jumped in but didn’t keep up. The quilt was revealed around the first of the year, but I was nowhere near ready to put it together. In fact, it wasn’t until this past weekend, I pulled the parts out and made the center blocks.

I put them up on the design wall this morning and ...

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Weekend Stitching: Contemplating the March One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

We ended up with about an inch of snow on the ground yesterday and bitterly cold temps. With the wind chill it feels like -7 F outside this morning.  Schools are out today, not because of bad roads, but because it's too cold to have the kids standing out at the bus stop.  It would be a good day to continue stitching in my warm sewing room, but work is not canceled.  Bummer. 

Hard to believe it's March with the temps being so low, usually we've warmed up by this point.  Warm or not, it's still ...

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February 25, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Moving Things Along from Life In Pieces

This weekend just flew by.  We judged Science Fair Saturday morning, then headed out of town to see the Scientist in Training.  She's a bit slammed with homework and exams, so couldn't come home this weekend.  So we took her out to dinner on Saturday night and then to brunch on Sunday before we headed back. It was a quick trip, but a good one.  She'll be home for spring break in about 3 weeks.  


We were off work Friday, so I spent as much time as I could in the sewing room, it was too cold ...

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February 18, 2019
Weekend Stitching: What's Next, The Down Side of Multi-Tasking from Life In Pieces

We talked with the Scientist in Training last night.  She said she was really sad at how fast Sunday came this week.  The semester is going so fast, but yet the weeks seem to drag.  Yep, that's how I'm feeling about this winter.  Half way through February, but boy getting from Monday to Friday at work has been a chore!  

It was nice to spend some quality time in the sewing room over the weekend.  By Sunday though, I realized it was time to stop and take stock of what each project needed to keep moving it towards ...

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February 11, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Steady Progress from Life In Pieces

It was a good weekend to stay in and sew, which is pretty much what I did. British Baking on Netflix and a few cups of coffee, made for some very relaxing stitching time.  

First on the list was round two of borders for the Christmas Angels quilt. 

Christmas Angels, Pattern by Kate

The quilt is really straight, the photo was taken at an odd angle as the quilt has gotten to big to photograph easily.  Just one more beige border and it will be time to add the final dark green border.  So I'm on track with my ...

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February 4, 2019
Weekend Stitching: This and That from Life In Pieces

It was nice to have a slower paced weekend.  The Aleve hasn't worked miracles, but I was able to sleep through the night last night and can walk without pain today.  Fingers crossed that sciatic nerve problem is in remission for now.   Even better, being able to navigate the stairs meant there was actually some progress in the sewing room this weekend. 

First off the list was the Christmas Mystery quilt. 


The flimsy has been de-threaded and pressed.  I need to check out what other boxes are in the attic, this one is a bit big. This mystery quilt ...

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January 28, 2019
Last Monday Check In: One Monthly Goal, PHD, and 2019 Strategy Progress from Life In Pieces

It's the last Monday in January, seems like a good time to see how my sewing room strategies for 2019 are working.  I really want to move some UFOs off the list this year.  


First up, the January One Monthly Goal was to get Inverted Star sent out for quilting.  


All that got done and the box actually made it to the post office.  It should come back in a couple of weeks.  Fingers crossed this one gets finished before the end of February. 

With Inverted Star sent off, I moved on to the second quilt on this year ...

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January 21, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Back to the Fun Stuff from Life In Pieces

It was bitterly cold all weekend.  Perfect weather to just hang out around the house.  Once a few household chores were out of the way, I migrated to the sewing room for the rest of the weekend.  

First on the list was to finish the not fun stuff from last weekend: prepping Inverted Star for quilting.  ✔



It took a couple of hours to finish off the prep work.  I found the right size box in the left over pile from Christmas. The box needs to be taped shut and a label added then it will be ready to mail to ...

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January 14, 2019
Weekend Stitching - The Not Fun Stuff from Life In Pieces

We didn't get the snow, but we certainly got the cold and wet this weekend.  It was a good weekend to not have any place to go. I made good use of the home time this weekend. Mount laundry was scaled, the top of my "business" desk is clear and the floor of the sewing room is thread free. 

I did spend a good amount of time in the sewing room, but there wasn't a lot of stitching going on.  My One Monthly Goal for January is to get Inverted Star ready for quilting and shipped out to ...

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January 8, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Good Fortune (Maybe Not) from Life In Pieces

The weekend got off to a rough start with some type of stomach bug.  I didn't stray too far from the recliner most of the day Saturday.  But by late evening I was feeling well enough to wonder into the sewing room and trim up the backing for Inverted Star.



Now the backing is ready for it's final pressing before it's packaged up for Trudy to quilt.  I hope to get that done this week.  Next weekend I'll clean up the back of Inverted Star, give it a good press and then package it up to ...

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December 17, 2018
Weekend Stitching - Mysteries of Christmas Past from Life In Pieces

Stitching time was pretty much nonexistent this last week.  Between playing catch up on special projects at work, Christmas shopping and wrapping presents, my stitching time has been pretty limited.  I'm using a single fabric for Good Fortune's Clue 4, so not much to show off there.  The plan is to find out where clue 4 fits in and see how my color choice of black works with the other pieces.  If it doesn't work, I can change it out.  So for now, I'm not going to cut those rectangles.  

So while there is no progress ...

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December 11, 2018
Weekend Stitching: Mystery Stitching from Life In Pieces

This was one of those weekends where I'm glad to go back to work so I can rest.  We discovered mice in the house the Sunday after Thanksgiving. They were all caught in pretty short order, but not till after they had made a nest in the recyclables.  We pitched all that, but we kept catching whiffs of mouse all over the kitchen, living room and library.  So we did some deep cleaning this weekend.  We moved furniture, Mr. Cleaned the wood floor and baseboards in the kitchen, then steam cleaned the carpets in the living room and library ...

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December 4, 2018
Weekend Stitching: More Good Fortune from Life In Pieces

This is one of those Monday's where I wake up and wonder what happened to the weekend.  Mostly due to the annual shopping marathon we did yesterday.  We start early and try to get done before the crowds get really bad.  Now most of the Christmas shopping is done.  There are still a few odds and ends I need to pick up, but I can pick those up here in town or get them when I go shopping with my sister later this month.  

What little stitching time I had on Sunday was dedicated to making a start on ...

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November 27, 2018
Weekend Stitching With Good Fortune from Life In Pieces

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family, but it was nice to have the house to ourselves Saturday night and we all just chilled out.  The Scientist in Training had to head back to college just after lunch on Sunday.  She's got three more weeks of class before Christmas break.  Once she got on the road, I headed to the sewing room to make a start on this year's Bonnie Hunter Mystery, Good Fortune. 

All but one fabric was already pressed and ready to go, so it didn't take very long before the first set of ...

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November 19, 2018
Weekend Stitching: More Mystery Making from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet weekend, which I was more than ready for. Work has been a zoo and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon.  I'm off this all this week and am looking forward to the down time.  Saturday we ran some errands in Tulsa, had lunch with the Scientist in Training and her room mate.  The SIT only has two days of classes this week, we'll see her sometime Tuesday afternoon.  She's looking forward to a slight break before the madness of finals. She and I have made ...

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November 12, 2018
Weekend Stitching: A Sewing Room Break from Life In Pieces

I'm very lucky that My Guy is very supportive of my quilting obession hobby, but he's been wistfully noting that we've not gone anywhere in awhile (he has what his mother called itchy feet).  So we tested our empty nester wings, took a couple of days off work, rented a cabin and ventured out to the Beaver's Bend Folk Festival  and Craft Show over the weekend.  The music was really good and the park was beautiful.  



It was very close to peak color, with the cold that seeped in overnight, what's left of the leaves ...

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