Thursday, April 2, 2009

Another Guild Block of the Month Incentive Gift

My Quilt Guild, Thunderbay Quilt Guild (no affiliation with Thunder Bay Resort, although we are in the same county) has another Block of the Month going this year. Actually we have two going on. I have noticed over the years that a lot of the women take the patterns and don't end up making the blocks and/or quilts. So I decided to make incentive gifts for those members who make their blocks each month. This month (actually today is our business meeting) I have made the Clicker bags for the members who have made their March blocks. Have you made the Clicker bags yet? They are really fun to make. It takes 2 fat quarters and some metal tape from a tape measure and about 20 minutes to assemble. When you pull on the little praire point handles the bag makes a clicking sound. I made 24 for the Guild, 1 that I gave to Pat Sloan when I took her class in Pigeon Forge and 3 for my grandchildren. Allie, at 21 months old was running around clicking her bag and just a giggling.
For the February quilters I made little pin cushions and for the March quilters I made the wonder wallets. Now to think of what I can do for May!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Biggest Loser

Have you been following The Biggest Loser? This is the second season that Steve and I have been faithfully following this program. Actually this is the only television program I regularly watch. I am not really all that interested in television programs unless there is a good Hallmark movie. I would rather sew. Anyway, we have been following The Biggest Loser and it is just amazing watching the transformations. I do have concerns about health issues but I know that they do have a Dr. on site too. My favorites this season are Kristen and Mike. Steve and I have been doing a Biggest Loser program at our house. For me so far I have lost 7 pounds. Not big numbers, but a loss is definitely better than a gain. At last count Steve has lost 10 pounds. We have been changing our eating habits and have been walking. Although the calendar says April 1 we still have some snow here in Hillman and right now it is 40 degrees. We have been walking during the evenings and some evenings are down right cold. We also put our treadmill in the house after we took our Christmas tree and decorations down. I prefer to walk on the treadmill in the mornings and Steve prefers evenings. No if I can just figure out how to do some quilting while walking on the treadmill!!!