I tried out a few new things this week, and took a couple pictures too! I have much more that is "in progress" and I even cleaned up my sewing space (and then messed it up picking fabric for the patchwork prism QAL).
First I wanted to share some non-sewing business with you. I've been trying to hit the gym frequently to get rid of some "extra stuff" I'm carrying around and went with a friend on Monday. This was new for me.
I don't really like working out around or with people I know. I'd rather sweat like a fool and look like one around perfect strangers. But, my friend had invited me to a class, so I laced up my Asics and went. And I went to the wrong one...in the wrong room... It was an aerobics type class and wasn't super challenging except for the abs part (but holy cow have I been feeling it since).
Here's the thing though, I am a 5' 10" uncoordinated mess when it comes to having "moves"... I look like a total loser in a room full of mirrored walls, and have always been shy and self-conscious...yikes...so the fact that I stayed and did the workout was an accomplishment for me. So yay! There's that.
In more interesting news, I tried Hexagons! It was easy! And fun! I was prompted to make these because I joined a hexagon swap. I figured I probably wouldn't give it a try unless I had a reason to make them and this was it. I followed my friend Katie's tutorial and it was wonderful. I don't use thimbles though and found my fingers were ok (so far - granted I've only made about 30...I made some more last night after I took this picture)
Then, I made these two blocks with fabrics from my scrap box for Katherine in one of the bee's that I just got a spot in. She's making this quilt as a gift and I think it's going to look really wonderful!
check it out. It's an amazing free pattern from Anna Maria Horner and there are some truly amazing prizes (like a new Janome sewing machine!!), so I'm all over this. It's being hosted by Bianca who is amazing, and you don't want to miss it. Seriously.
It's much more color theory than I'm used to wrapping my head around so I kept this post from Bianca open while I pulled my fabrics (all from my stash so far) and I really like the way they look together. I want to add a yellow and perhaps another brown and another red. What do you think? Anything you would add or take out?
I really like looking at these and haven't moved them off the table yet.
I'm also working on the Zooey pattern by the great and talented LuLu (here's her Etsy shop) and should have the top done tonight or tomorrow (I hope) and then it can hang out with the other tops in the pile on top of the dryer :)
On an unrelated note we have also been trying no naps for either kid this week (their choice, not mine...) and Abby has been wearing real underwear and using the toilet to go potty. She's doing pretty well so far, but I'll spare you the nasty details. It's been an interesting week so far.
To you experienced moms out there, what did you do when your kids stopped taking naps? I'm trying to figure out how to still get that break in the day that we all need, and haven't quite figured it out yet. Any tips or advice would be wonderful!!
I'm hoping to get to the post office today to annoy the mail lady some more, and hopefully I'll be able to get some things finished this weekend between potty breaks and laundry.
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced (be sure to check out the other lovely projects over there!)
Happy Wednesday everyone!!!
p.s. This is my 44th post - I'm thinking something fun for my 50th! Stick around!