Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - Week 26

I was able to do a little bit of sewing this week.  Although I already counted this fabric as "used" from the quilt class earlier this year.  We were taught needle-turn applique in class, which I did for a center heart section of applique and one leaf in the picture below.  The other three leaves I tried using freezer paper and pressing the seams over the freezer paper ahead of time.  I definitely liked this method better.  It was much faster, too.


I also prepared backing fabric for my cousin's quilt. So that amounts to about 2.3 yards of fabric used! :-)


So here's the numbers for the past few weeks/months:
Added This Week:       0.0 yards
Added Year to Date:    37.64 yards
Used This Week:         2.3 yards
Used Year to Date:      23.45 yards
Net Year to Date:        14.19 yards

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - Week 25

Its been quite a while since I posted for stash busting.  We've been really busy with moving and starting to build a new house.  However, I have gotten some sewing done.

I made the quilt top for my cousin who is having a baby next month (her first).  I also made a light-weight blanket (basically a quilt without any batting) for my niece.  I had made a real quilt for her when she was born, but in the summer its just too warm for her.  She wouldn't sleep with anything else though at night since it was made by Aunt Sarah.  So a lightweight blanket was requested.  I was able to make it completely out of my scraps from other baby quilts...and it looks very cute.

So here's the numbers for the past few weeks/months:
Added This Week:       0.0 yards
Added Year to Date:    37.64 yards
Used This Week:         4.35 yards
Used Year to Date:      21.01 yards
Net Year to Date:        16.63 yards

Thursday, June 16, 2011

House Update - 16June

I haven't posted in a while, but there's been quite a bit of progress on the lot.  In the past week or two, not only did they finish digging the hole for the foundation, but all the footings were poured and the forms for the walls were installed.

Here is a picture from 15JUN with the forms installed.

We think that they will pour the walls today and then within a few days they'll be able to start back-filling around the foundation.  We're pretty excited to see things start to come together.  We had a bunch of rain earlier this week and thought that we would have another delay, but the workers kept working through it and have made a ton of progress this week.

I'll have lots more pictures as framing starts and the actual house starts to take shape. :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

House Update - 07June

A lot of progress has been made in the past week.  It's surprising to see how much our lot has changed.  Here's how it looked on June 1st.  A lot of stumps pulled and the driveway partially finished.


One big 'ole pile o' stumps!


Here's how it looked on June 6th...just yesterday.  The driveway is finished (the final coating of gravel doesn't go down until we're ready to close) and most of the stumps and wood are gone.


Here the lot is today - June 7th.  We can actually drive our car right up to where the house is.  Yay!

Here's the hole for the foundation! :-)  Its not the whole thing, but its about 2/3rd of the foundation.


Since the equipment was there...I couldn't help but get up into it. ;-)  Probably the only time I'll sit in the driver's seat of a bulldozer!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I've been meaning to get more exercise lately.  I've put on some weight over the past 2-3 years and its definitely past time to get rid of it!  Now that we're in the "country", there are a ton of roads near us that are great for biking.  Depending upon which direction I head out of our rental house, I can get a different type of workout.

South -- fairly flat, but with a few small hills
East/West - pretty flat, but some small, long distance rises
North -- LOTS of hills!

While out last weekend, we decided to get bikes.  Below is the picture of my new bike. :-)

We had to order the bike for R. since they didn't have his size at the store.  We were still able to get a sale price on it though. 

So far, I've ridden pretty much every day since Saturday.  I didn't ride on Monday since it was a really busy day with chores and stuff around the house and I didn't ride last night as I got home late from work and we needed to go look at the lot.

Tonight, I plan on a nice long ride.  Its windy today, but its much cooler (the high is only 62).  I think it will be good weather for a nice ride after work. :-)