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Making a Two For One Quilt

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two for One quilting was new to me until my friend Lydia taught a class. I had no idea what "Two For One" quilting was all about, so I signed up. After all, her samples were fabulous, and I could not for the life of me figure out how the heck she did it.

Two For One means that, while you make the first quilt, you are actually also making the second one......all at the same time.

It is sorta like doing bargello quilting, in that you make stratas, and as you are putting the finished stratas together, you are also laying out the second quilt. It winds up with this:

The fabric that is one the INSIDE of quilt number 1 winds up to be on the OUTSIDE of quilt number 2. I have posted photos so you can study what I am talking about.




this is the first quilt.

this is the second quilt.

Here are the two of them together.

I am not sure if the first quilt is actually finished to my liking. I am thinking of doing some applique on it, showing off sun flowers.

I'll let you know if I actually do that!

Ah, the world of quilting is never old, and it keeps our brains working to ward off Alzheimers to boot!

My back is still hurting like blazes, I have almost completed another Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers, and am studying a quilt from the book "Open a Can of Worms".

In the meantime, I am doing what I can, for as long as I can. It will be good to be able to get outdoors again. I absolutely HATE having to "Take it EASY" anymore. And it is all SparkPeople.com's fault.

YOU guys made me this way. Before YOU, I was a happy, fat, lazy quilter. Now I am a happy, trimmed down, energetic quilter who loves to walk and get moving.

You know, being an active member of Spark is like doing the Two For One quilt. When we begin to do the program, we watch what we eat and make sure we get in our workout. Before you know it, the weight is coming off and our bodies are stronger.

Then we notice that, because of the exercise and drinking water, our skin is actually looking and feeling better too.

Then we start wearing more colorful clothing, and even pay attention to our hair.

We drop old friends who were like gloomy anchors, weighing us down, and pick up new friends who bring excitement and enthusiasm to our lives.

I could go on and on, but I think you can see the Two For One effect of Spark.

Yep, Two For One is a GOOD thing!!!

  
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LOVESCAMPING 5/3/2010 10:18AM

    I like them both.

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CARLANNIE 5/1/2010 9:03AM

    Sandy - ah, yes. SP can be blamed for a lot of dastardly doings, lol! You have been quite productive while you are 'taking it easy,' btw. I also love your yellow kitty quilt for the little girl with cancer. What a generous spirit you have!

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LUNADRAGON 4/30/2010 3:41PM

    Stunning quilts. Take care of that back, I truly empathize with you.
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THE_SILVER_OWL 4/30/2010 2:25PM

    Your two new quilts turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing the great pictures and your SP comparison as well.
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~JJ~

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14JESUSGIRL 4/29/2010 6:41PM

    Great ideas!
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TAZZYM150 4/29/2010 3:31PM

    I love the concept and would love to try this.

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DARCEYOH 4/29/2010 2:27PM

    Ugh! The doctor told me to take it easy at one of the times I went there for my back, and I looked back at her dumbfounded. I don't know what "take it easy" means I told her. But I followed directions (didn't help by the way).

It makes it easier to compare one thing to another, and be able to relate the two completely different things, to better grasp and understand the entire concept. At least, it works for me that way.

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KAROUSELL46 4/29/2010 1:53PM

    What a concept. I really like that idea, two for one. I totally agree about SP. Exercising is good for me but killing me in the mean time. Can't wait for these bones to feel better so I can go exercise. emoticon(yeah right)lol...Karen

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RELGRAM 4/29/2010 1:25PM

  WOW! Gal! What an accomplishment! I still can't picture what you are doing, but I bet I could if I could watch you. How about if we meet halfway between Washington and North Carolina--say, Branson, MO.??? And you SHOW ME!!! Wouldn't that be fun? Talk about pipe dreamin' Love ya

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LOSETONEED 4/29/2010 12:49PM

    Pretty quilts, and I liked the comparison between the quilts and SparkPeople. Take Care.

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But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  
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LUNADRAGON 5/3/2010 3:46PM

    OH dear. Stay in the house next time, or do something else. Let him do it.
Glad you are feeling better.

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KAROUSELL46 4/29/2010 2:03PM

    I know how you feel. I've been looking at my back yard. It's screaming at me. I can't stand to sit there and give orders/directions on how I want my plants or yard art. My knees are giving me so much heck right now. May we start feeling better....Karen

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CARLANNIE 4/28/2010 7:31AM

    It's just so dang hard to act our age, isn't it? I hate reading instructions, and so I would have pushed through just like you did, lol! I hope you're feeling better real soon. Put a calendar reminder on your Outlook Calendar or computer something like this: Note to Self: Avoid mowing side yard, or at least do it in stages....

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SLKIDDER 4/27/2010 9:01PM

    Yeah for nice looking yards! Good job on the yard, but I'm sorry you got hurt. Take care and get better!

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NOTFATCAT 4/27/2010 8:57PM

    Gad zooks, girl.
Hopefully that will get you a pass on doing any of the hillside yardwork for this year!!
Take care of yourself and listen to what you hear your body saying before it shuts you down again.

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BABB2222 4/27/2010 7:52PM

    That weekend warrior !!

I have done the same thing when cleaning up a fairly large bush with thorns and heavy branches.

The area looks good! but I look like I have been through a war. The thorns have cut my skin and the dirt and bugs had invaded my hair and clothes. yak
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ROBSMANDY 4/27/2010 7:46PM

    Trust me, you are not alone. I'm guilty of doing more than my back allows at times, and I'm only 31 yrs. old! I shouldn't have a back problem, darn it!

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ROBSMANDY 4/27/2010 7:46PM

    Trust me, you are not alone. I'm guilty of doing more than my back allows at times, and I'm only 31 yrs. old! I shouldn't have a back problem, darn it!

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But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  


But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  


But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  
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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 4/27/2010 8:06PM

  Awww {{{hugs}}} I hope you feel better fast! I know I do the same thing and drive myself to hard to get things done. This sounded just like something I would write! {giggle}
I am sorry you missed out on your events and dinner with friends! I hope you will recover from what is going on with your back! I hope you get it checked out by your doctor to see what is going on!

Take care and slow down!



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