Monday, April 21, 2014

Excuse Me While I Detox

I haven't posted for a bit and probably won't do too much for the next ten days while I detox.  No, I'm not detoxing from illicit drugs, I detoxing from a completely legal one - SUGAR! According to the book The Blood Sugar Solution, 10 Day Detox Diet sugar is 8 TIMES MORE addictive than cocaine. Now, I eat pretty healthy already, organic, gluten-free, but this takes away ALL things that turn into sugar or spike insulin in your body or possible food allergens. If you are overweight, you have a sugar addiction, even if you don't eat sugar. Grains, potatoes, bread, junk food, diet soda, etc., etc., etc. all trigger insulin in your blood. So no sugar or sugar substitutes (worse than sugar by Dr. Hyman's opinion), no caffeine, grains (including wheat, rice, quinoa, corn, etc.), or dairy. Just lots of whole foods, clean protein, lots of veggies and good fats. Also some exercise and relaxation.

They say you can loose anywhere from 7-25 pounds in the 10 days, lower your blood pressure and sugar and generally feel lots better. It resets your brain so you loose your cravings.   Today is day 1. My husband is joining me in this, so I hope that all goes well, fingers crossed.

I promise to return to quilting soon, just need to take care of me and my husband for a bit. Wish us luck!


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P.S. I have NO affiliation with this plan, book or doctor. I just wanted to try it out and thought I would share.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I did it. I finished joining (QAYG) my guild's benefit quilt on Saturday. That was a big job, but rewarding. I'm quite pleased how it turned out.

 I think this quilt turned out amazing, especially with no planning other that the emotions surrounding cancer. The Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild has some seriously talented members. I love them all!
I think I like the back almost as much as the front, just different.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Cancer Resource Center Quilt

Well, my part is complete! I think it turned out nice.

Each block was created, pieced and quilted by members of the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. I joined the blocks with QAYG methods. The theme was the emotions around cancer. The quilt is for the benefit show at the Hangar Theater to be raffled off and proceeds to go the the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. The dimensions are approximately 65" x 62". I think that even the back looks great.

I'm linking up today to Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Assembling The Cancer Resource Center Quilt

Yesterday I worked diligently on the Cancer Resource Center (CRC) quilt. To complete the quilt, I needed to three additional blocks and a border to a section. All done QAYG, of course. Since this is an emotion quilt, I wanted to add some emotional words, but subtle and let the guild members blocks shine.

 At first, I was just going to use the grey 50wt Aurifil, but then I remember I had some orange 28wt Aurifil. I think it really adds to the blocks.

 This little strip was added on to a section that I have joined. I used the same orange Aurifil to quilt the words. I've always just used 50wt, I may have to start experimenting with different weights of Aurifil.

I have the most complicated section joined. Once the all sections are done, I'll join them all together.

This is the back of the section I've joined. I like the back too!
All in all, I think the quilt is coming together nicely.

Since I finished my blocks to complete the quilt and did some FMQ I'm linking up with FMQ Project Friday, TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and Finish It Up Friday

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIPping Cancer, A Benefit Quilt!

My new project that WILL be done by next week is my guild's Cancer Resource Center benefit quilt. The benefit is April 19th, sew time is short.

I got the final block yesterday, well worth the wait. She dropped it off on her way to get her stitches out from cancer surgery! As she described the block to me; a person starts out strong with energy and with each (orange) jolt of chemo you become weaker, drained of energy and knocked over. Powerful to say the least! But with all that said, Ruth is a very vibrant person and I can't imagine her staying down for long. She stayed up until 4:00 in the morning to finish this block. Bless her!


Monday, April 7, 2014

A Special Project

As some of you may know, I'm a member of the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. We are working on a very special quilt for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes to be raffled off at a benefit show at the Hangar Theater on April 19th. Yikes, that's less than two weeks away. Guild members each made a quilted block that will be joined by a QAYG method. Oh yeah, and they asked me to join the blocks together. How can I say no to this fabulous group, for such a good cause?

Some blocks still need to be trimmed and I'm waiting to add one more block. So this may not be the final layout. I should have the last block tomorrow and I'll determine the final layout and start joining the blocks.

Some of the stories behind these blocks are amazing, I really need to make sure we document them.

I'm linking up today to Anything Goes Monday at Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day April

Happy April! I am so ready for spring. I hope it is going to come around my way soon, although today is supposed to be in the 50's. Yippee!

What the question is, what did I accomplish this month? Well, not as many finishes as February, but I have a lot of nice starts and some new quilt tops.

1. Casserole Carrier
2. 2014 Pantone Challenge Quilt
3. Mod Olive block
4. RMQG QAYG Demo sample
5. Tree quilt top and quilting
6. Tree quilt back and board basting tips

Lily's Quilts

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