I fear I have become a lazy blogger. No fair to just read all of your posts and then never write one. Becomes a bit of a one-sided conversation. Here is a quick update for you.
Julia and I were called to jury duty on the same case – a faux pax on the part of the jury selection system I suppose. Anyway, we both went and answered their questions as well as filling out a huge questionnaire. Fortunately neither of us were selected. It was an ugly case involving domestic violence, rape and more. I know this stuff happens and it is horrible but listening to this case for three weeks would have been quite unpleasant and we were both just fine with not being picked for the jury.
Last week we both (Julia and I) decided we need to up our exercise game. We walk most days which is nice. After tossing it around a bit, we downloaded the Couch 2 5K app. This is an app that adds short segments of jogging to the walk and eventually shortens the walking segments and lengthens the jogging. Today will be the 3rd day of it. (We walked on the days in between doing a segment of C25K). I have used this app before to get into running and it works quite well. In the beginning, where we are now, it is basically a warm up, then walk 90 seconds, jog 60 seconds, and repeat for about 20 minutes, ending with a cool down walk. My legs are a bit sore but that is to be expected. So far I can’t say Julia is loving this but she is willing to keep at it for a bit.
In the sewing room the other day, I wasn’t feeling like working on the myriad of projects I needed to be. So instead I decided to try something different – I wanted to learn something new. I decided to make a pair of underwear. Not the normal project for me but I had fabric that would work as well as some lingerie elastic. Needing some cotton fabric for the crotch lining, I went to Ray and asked if I could cut up one of his white undershirts. He looks at me and says sure you can, but why? I told him I wanted to make underwear. He got such a funny expression on his face and says, ‘uhh… for me’? Hahaha, nope. For me. Anyway, I made a pair and it worked quite well. The only problem was I cut the elastic for around the hips too big which means it didn’t gather correctly. While they fit reasonably, I think they would feel like they were slipping down. So, I am going to try again. It was fun to do something different. No pictures because I am just not much on modeling underwear!
The Bloom with Grace quilt that I am making for Mercy Hospital is coming along great. I am just over 1/2 way done with quilting it. Shouldn’t be much longer and this will be a finish to share. More on this one soon.
My sweet Vermont native was beyond thrilled to have snow in her new home in Washington state. This girl loves being outdoors and cold has never been an issue for her. She was so excited to have snow to play in for a couple of days.
For my other sweet girl, snow was a completely new experience. She isn’t quite walking yet so when plopped down, there she stayed. I don’t think she quite knew what to make of this cold stuff! Luckily her parents have tons of snow gear in all sizes from her sister so they were well prepared.
Finally, I finished the dolly quilt for the snow bunny up above. I need to take some pictures and I will share that soon. It is adorable!
In shop news, you might have seen this cute bolt of wide back fabric in a rainbow of polka dots I shared on social media last week. Well, after I shared it there were a number of orders for it. (Thank you so much!) As I unrolled the bolt to start cutting orders, I noticed all of these teeny tiny white spots splattered on the fabric. At first I hoped it was just the one area. I unwrapped the entire bolt and checked it. This is no small feat with 108″ wide fabric! The spots were all over the place. Ugh. I returned the bolt to the manufacturer and they said they were having trouble with this run of that particular fabric. So sad because it was super cute. Anyway, if you wondered what happened and why I took down those posts, now you know. Customers were very gracious when I explained the discovery and canceled their orders.
I spent some time cleaning up yesterday. For my bargain hunting customers, there are a number of new bolts added to the Clearance section. Plus quite a few new remnants were added to the Remnant section. Be sure to take a peek and see if anything catches your eye!
That’s it for now. I hope you are all staying warm wherever you are located! Such a crazy winter this is for most of the country.
Linking up with Stitch Sew & Show over at Life in the Scrapatch.
What a delightful post, Bernie. Your two littles are growing and they are just beautiful girls. I’m glad you were passed over for the jury duty – you definitely didn’t need that, either of you! Bummer on the wideback fabric!
Thank you Wendy. I am more than a little bit biased but I sure think they are cute!!
The girls are adorable 🥰
You are really branching out with your sewing….Underwear!!!
Hahaha – something new to learn – Ray cracked me up tho. He clearly does not want me making his undies.
I’m starting to try to get back into an exercise routine myself (what was I thinking starting up the week QuiltCon starts, haha, oh well, it’s good for me); I hope that the couch to 5K works as a great resource for you and Julia! I wouldn’t be keen to model the underwear either o_O, and hooray for learning something new!
Years ago I really enjoyed running. But migraines kept me on the couch and inside so much I stopped. Since December my migraines have really improved this is the first time I have actually out out some real effort to exercise and I have to say, it feels soooo good. Are you walking, doing yoga, or what?
Thanks for sharing the photos of your snow loving grand-darlings. So precious. The Mercy quilt is looking good. I have not sewed a garment since the few dresses I made for my own grand-darling when she was small. She is also an outdoor girl and prefers play clothes to dresses these days. How frustrating that the wide back bolt was not good and had to be returned. I am feeling tempted to check out your fabric bargains, but I really do not need more fabric. I need to sew what I have. Thanks for linking up this week … 🙂 Pat
Lucky you not getting on that jury – I feel like you. I did Federal Grand jury which was once a week for over a year and half…a lot of time but important. Good for you and Julia – I wish running were something I loved. I vowed not to gain the “covid 19” and lost over the year, but upping the exercise game is vitally needed. Today was the first day in maybe 4 that I went outside…not a winter girl unless it is sunny and 30 or above. I love the snow bunnies above – just adorable. Phooey about the fabric, I hate when that happens. Gonna check out the clearance…but with moving I am limiting what I am doing although everytime I start a project, I realize I am missing fabrics, so I may do some filling in!
Hi Kathleen – Living in a cold climate must make it really tough to exercise. I totally understand. I am a fair weather person too.
We are hoping to see our grand daughters next month so we can celebrate their 1st and 4th birthdays. Cannot wait!!! It has been too long.
Hope you enjoy the weekend!!
Hi Bernie, I’m finding it difficult to blog as well right now. It’s been a year now and I think we’ve all had about enough of this new lifestyle. I appreciate the ones you do get written because they are always positive and uplifting. I love your pictures of the places you go and those children are just too adorable! Glad you are in our blogging lives.
My very best wishes,
Good morning Carol – Nice to hear you are enjoying my very sporadic posts! Today is a sunny day and I am hoping to get out and walk. Yesterday was a migraine day so it will likely be a sloowwww walk. 😉 We are getting ready to take a long drive up to WA to see the grand children. Both girls have birthdays in March and we are going to celebrate with them. I can’t wait!! I am working on some gifts for them so that is my focus in the sewing room right now. Take care and stay in touch.
Look at that gorgeous sky and it definitely a lovely view to go walking. Lingerie is also on my bucket list to try but I have not found a suitable fabric for it.
I’m glad you got out of that case–I could not have stomached that one! The littles are so cute out in the snow, and so good for them! My daughter gets her kids out in it a lot, too. They love it. It’s interesting to see your walking path–it looks so green with all of our white!
Life sometimes is meant to be lived and blogging has to wait, certainly snow days with those cuties is one of those times. Have fun making lingerie!
Lol on Ray and his suspicions! I should check into making my own as I never like the way they fit. I’d love to start jogging again, but my bladder objects to the bouncing. 🙁 We just need to get out and walk. Your girls are so adorable, and the photos are priceless.
So glad your girls got snow! My son has been so sad that we have had zero snow, especially as he sees pictures of his cousins playing in the snow! Looks like you and Julia have a lovely road for your couch to 5K adventure!
The snow has been crazy all over the country. Some parts getting next to nothing and then poor Texas got decimated for a while. The snow up in WA didn’t last long but H sure enjoyed it while she could. Hope you have a great day Emily!