Friday, September 29, 2017

Recapping a Busy September

September was a busy and fun, fun month. But lately I feel as though (as the saying goes), “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get”. Do you ever feel that way? Luckily for me, I am moving more and feeling physically much better since I started Weight Watchers back in June.

In September I lost about 5 pounds, making my total to date a loss of 20.2. But even better than that are my two NSV’s (“non-scale victories” as we call them). First, my annual physical was great and my blood work was all in normal ranges, unlike last year. And then my clothes are looser (one pair of pants keeps falling down - goodbye!) and I’m on the verge of moving into the next size down. The smaller pants are ready and waiting in my closet for the cool autumn weather to set in. I did a lot of walking and hiking on vacation, totally controlled my snacking (easy when peaches are in season!) and lost weight. I’m enjoying this journey!

I thought I’d get more sewing done over the last week, but my time in the studio was limited.  I did sew up all the rest of my orange scraps, making three slabs from fabric crumbs. They’ll be used in kennel quilts later this fall. And I made a couple more strip blocks, stars, as well as two Geese Migration blocks. Linking up to Angela’s So Scrappy blog for Scrappy Saturday.


So here is my Orange Collage for September:
Top Row, L-R:  2 Geese Migration blocks, 20 bowties, 4 Plus blocks, 3 crumb slabs
Middle Row, L-R: 2 Selvage columns, 5 Bookshelf blocks (not all shown)
Bottom Row, L-R: 16 Friendship Star variation, 8 Strings blocks

That totals 62 orange blocks for September, rather down from my usual. But that’s OK! I also made several 12” blocks for my Autumn Farmgirl quilt and cut several hundred 2.5"x4” orange lozenges and began adding 1.5” corners to them. Speaking of the Autumn Farmgirl quilt, I used the leftover HSTs from the Friendship Star blocks to make cornerstones. It’s just pinned, but you get the idea....


And here is the start of a pair of Indian Corn blocks for that same autumn quilt....


This week we visited friends and went out to lunch on one of Bruce’s days off. We got to pick out pumpkins from their pumpkin patch, which is bigger than our whole backyard! It was like being a kid again!  We also had family over (twice), including our boisterous grandkids. I would love to be able to bottle just enough of their energy to use to clean my floors after they leave! LOL.

Also, Darla and Alfalfa had their annual physical at the vets. The hardest part of the whole ordeal was catching them after they saw the cage, which was my fault. It would’ve made a good half-hour sitcom. Something about The Little Rascals and their Stupid Human. All that, combined with a lot of autumn batch cooking (lasagna, pot roast, beef enchiladas, chicken rice soup) made for a busy, exhausting week!

And finally, I have something else I made earlier in the month that I haven’t shown yet, but will do that next week after the recipient receives it.....

Have a great week! Have you decorated for fall yet?

Cathy maroon

14 comments :

Libby in TN said...

Oooh, lovely orange stuff coming out of your studio. Congrats on your weight loss.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You had me at 'several hundred 2.5x4 blocks'....several HUNDRED????!!!! And you say you didn't accomplish much in September????

claudia said...

You are always so productive! And cheery!!!
I wish I could jump on the bandwagon. Soon...I'm on the clock with the grandson's transportation to school and home, which gives me a schedule for sewing! My daughter is home from school, and starting her farrier business. Her boyfriend's job has started and he will be out of the house most of the day as well. Now I just need to pull all my "toys" out and get moving. YAY!!!
All of your orange blocks are so inviting. I have found that I love orange, and as usual, yours are so pretty!

scraphappy said...

So many happy orange blocks! Such a productive month!

PaulaB quilts said...

Congrats on your 20-plus pound loss and your health victories. You'll soon need a whole new wardrobe! All of your orange blocks are fun. I love how the friendship stars are looking. Have a fun week!

Alison said...

Wow that's a lot of blocks! I like them all and it's hard to pick a favorite. :)

Linda said...

Goodness, what a busy time you have had! Great Orange blocks, you will be making some gorgeous quilts. Congratulations on your weight loss, really excellent result.

Magpie Sue said...

What a lovely collection of blocks for the month! And wonderful progress in your personal journey. Congratulations!

Sally Trude said...

It's always amazing to see your end of the month collection. And Molly had a good belly laugh at the thought of "decorating for fall." We prefer a single universal theme...Buddy's torn up cat toys.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is a lovely bunch of orange blocks, Cathy! I like the Indian corn blocks, too - they are just the perfect colors! I'm interested to see what you are doing with them. We have loved our time in Oregon, and it is flying by too fast. I'll be sending you a package when we get home sometime next week.

Angie said...

Great end of the month collection, as always! Congrats on the weight loss, too!

Cathy said...

Impressive stuff!...weight loss and tons of yummy blocks and yummy sounding food.

As to decorating??? Never....well maybe a little at Christmas. I don't like to get stuff out and then put it away. And are we supposed to clean the floors?

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I absolutely LOVE all that orange. Congrats on the weight loss. I'm giving that a try. I started off eliminating pop from my life. Well, heck. THAT wasn't so hard. We have that little boy NIC staying with us for a while so I promised him that we would decorate for Halloween on October 1st but the day was so busy it didn't get done yet. I thought days were flying by. NOW they REALLY are!
xx, Carol

grammajudyb said...

Oh my gracious! You had a very productive September! Kudos on the 5 lb loss!