It’s been awhile…

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since I posted last. I don’t have much of an excuse, I was caught up in the day-to-day stuff of life. I had to travel to Las Vegas for a conference for work 2 weeks ago. I’m not much of a fan of Las Vegas. I don’t gamble and the cost of everything drives me nuts (what happened to Las Vegas being cheap?). Whenever I travel for work I always look forward to one night where I just stay in the hotel room, watch TV and order room service. The day I arrived the hotel I was staying at ended their room service amenity. What hotel on the Las Vegas strip doesn’t have room service? I was very disappointed. Oh well, I did manage to get a couple good meals after long days attending the conference.

Last week Katrina wasn’t feeling so good, she had the doggie flu or something. So, I spent a lot of time with my carpet cleaner trying to remove the signs. I hate when she doesn’t feel good, the house is too quiet and she looks so fragile. As you can see, she’s on the mend! I took this photo right after she came back from the groomer Sunday. She loves going to the groomer, they all love her there and she gets lots of attention.

Aside from all that, sewing has happened. I’m not sure if I mentioned it but about a month ago I listed out everything I need to finish by the end of the year. Of course I did it in Excel and printed it out and it was 2 pages (landscape orientation). I am proud to announce that I have completed all the projects on the first page. So I feel like I will be able to get everything done by the end of the year.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I decided to take part in a Polaroid Block Swap. Above are the Polaroid blocks I have sent out so far. I think these blocks are so cute and I’ve always been intrigued by them. There are 20 people on my team so I’ll get 19 blocks and I make 19 blocks (I can make my own block if I want 20). It’s been fun to go through my stash to find bits of fabric that will look good in that 2″ window. It makes me look at the fabric in a different way. So often you look at the whole print or pattern to see how it will work with others and with these blocks you get to focus on teeny aspects of the fabric. I’ve looked at Pinterest to get some ideas of what to do with them. It’s a good project for me because the blocks will not necessarily match which is something that drives me nuts. I like projects that force me out of my comfort zone which is why swaps are good for me.

One last thing, remember the Blog Hop in September where I shared a tutorial for the Mountains All Around block? The wonderful hosts of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers collected the blocks all the participants made with plans to make quilts to donate. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is working on the quilt that includes Mountains All Around. You can see it here. It’s kind right in the middle. I love how all the blocks look together! I’m so happy I was able to be part of this great group!

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