Who Inspires You?

I have had difficulty getting motivated this holiday season…the warm weather and having two friends grieving over lost children had put a damper on my spirits. But I have been blessed with a wonderful group of women who I met through my fitness studio, ZLifestyle, owned by Pauline Henriques. These ladies whom I affectionately call my “Zeeps,” inspire me everyday with their motivation and perseverance. They have all had struggles, yet are willing to share their experience and wisdom. They boost my spirits daily. They jump started my holiday mojo last night with a great holiday party hosted by Zeep, Jane. It really got me going and Mike and I got all the decorations out today! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here’s my Zeeps minus Jane taking the photo!

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And here’s a preview of a few holiday decorations. A favorite quilt (LOVE these Laurel Birch fabrics!), our tree awaiting its decorations and a table runner and cross stitch Santa I had made for my Grandmother when I was a teenager.

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Catching the spirit!

With the weather in New York so warm and sunny this time  of year, its hard to get into the Christmas spirit. So Mike and I decided to take our daughter and her friends to the local mall’s tree lighting ceremony. Music, dancing and Santa on a fire truck! Now that’s the way to get in the holiday mood!

Thursday Throwback andWhat’s New!

Last year I was feverishly working on this quilt to finish it for a Christmas gift. My friend’s Mother in law had cross stitched it and she asked if I would quilt it to surprise her. So thoughtful! It turned out beautiful and her Mother in law loved it!

Next up is this unusual quilt. It’s made of clothing from my friend’s family and she embroidered names and places that are significant to her. The different textures should be a challenge! But first, I’ve got to get a 3 mile run in! Gotta keep the body in shape as well as the mind!

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Pieces in the Night Sky!

Besides resuming my blogging, I have resurrected a few old projects I had abandoned. One that I am finishing is a Night Sky quilt designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. This is the first pattern I’ve tried by Julie. It uses her Sidekick Ruler. The directions are well written and the ruler is a breeze to read and use. Sewing diamonds and triangles have never been so easy! I have two rows to sew on and then its ready to be quilted! I can’t wait! Hoping to finish in time to give it for a Christmas gift! Here’s a full view!

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Here are a few finished blocks…looks intricate but it a breeze!

 

The 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge!

I began this blog earlier in the year to document my quilting and my fitness journeys. Unfortunately life got in the way and I fell off my goal. Cheryl Sleboda, a fellow quilter, has inspired me with her 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. So I am planning to blog every day this month and hopefully develop a new habit!

Although I have not been blogging, I have been keeping busy! I completed my first triathlon in September and have been doing a lot of quilting! I look forward to resuming this blogging journey! I hope you will join me!