ASTROSCOPUS's SparkPeople Blog ASTROSCOPUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 7 of 7000 New Year and new goals. Instead of sewing every day I'm going to work on my steps and walking goals, starting with 7000 steps a day. It took me until 11 tonight, but I did get my steps in this week. <BR> <BR> Thought about staying in today, since it was freezing cold (literally) for most of the day - my goldfish pond even froze over. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> However, I got on the ball and went out to spend mon... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:27:54 EST Twinkling Star Happy New Year's Eve! For the first time I actually kept my New Year's resolution for the whole year. I'm going to work on making that a precedent. Next year, healthy eating goal. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 366 days of quilt blocks, ending today with a much more complex and involved block - Twinkling Star. I was planning on using a sparkly fabric, but the purple showed up in my hands and I went with it. Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with 366 quilt blocks of various s... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:45:40 EST Only One Left Yesterday was ridiculously busy. The closet project was so overwhelming I spent half the day cleaning the bedroom carpet instead. Procrastinating by cleaning...a good thing, or still avoidance? What it meant was late to bed, because I still finished the closet section as scheduled. <BR> <BR> Today wasn't quite so bad - and the closet is done! <em>224</em> There are still things that need to go into the closet, but the whole thing is organized and ready to go. <BR> <BR> Yesterday... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:49:47 EST Windblown Square I met all my goals for today, even started working on my closet. <em>244</em> Well, not my eating goals but I'm actually okay with that. Unfortunately, my closet project is bed is covered with clothes and linens! Can't get to it, so I'll be sleeping in the living room tonight. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Today's block - Windblown Square - looks harder to make than it is. I like this pattern more the longer I look at it. Only 3 blocks left! <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:53:07 EST Zigzag Home again, with the cats somewhat calm for part of the trip. The car is unpacked, the block is made, and I'll still be on time for bed to get good sleep. Can't wait for tomorrow...I'm going to get organized! At least, my closet will. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Zigzag - is a nice block. I enjoyed making the block, just too tired to think anymore. Only 4 blocks left. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:17:32 EST Three and Six Happy Boxing Day! The day started with my sweet, calm, little fluff-ball cat slapping the the doo-dah out of my dad. She wanted to be petted, he picked her up, and she attacked his face. <em>40</em> I was upset with parents kept saying "poor baby" to her. They're crazy, but at least no blood was drawn. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Three and Six - was made with gorgeous fabric bought with today's sale and my Christmas gift card. First day all month I haven't worn a Christmas... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:26:30 EST Christmas Star II Merry Christmas! <em>446</em> and Happy Hanukkah! <em>500</em> Morning gifts from Santa, parents, friends, and (strangely) my cats. Didn't know cats wanted to buy me socks. I am encouraged by them coming out of hiding and interacting with people; it's only taken them 5 days to get this comfortable. Of course, in 2 days I'm traumatizing them again with another 4 hour drive. <BR> <BR> We then loved spending the afternoon with extended family. I'm kind of proud of myself - with a... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:45:17 EST Simplex Star <img src=""> Merry Christmas Eve! Today was spent cooking...okay, sitting in the kitchen while my mom cooked. (She doesn't let anyone do anything in her kitchen. If I load the dishwasher, she rearranges it all.). We're looking forward to tomorrow's dinner with family. Not looking forward to the drive, but will enjoy the people. Today's block - Simplex Star - is a wonderfully simple and quick block. I was excited... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 21:21:17 EST Wheel of Time The Wheel of Time turns and the year comes to a close. Today's family gathering was nice to attend - I haven't seen some of these relatives in about 10 years. I even managed to be less than completely rude to that one person. It was hard, but I managed. Ate more of the snacks than was probably wise, but didn't over eat at lunch. The gumbo was good, so I didn't miss the rest of the food I skipped. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Wheel of Time - had to be made early, but there was plenty of tim... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:19:19 EST 357 Down, 9 To Go Christmas week is finally here! All the gifts are bought (even if my dad's is the wrong one) and wrapped. Work gifts are all distributed, with instruction labels. Friend gift exchange is done - I got SO many ornaments! Now we're having fun relaxing and waiting on 3 family Christmas celebrations. The cats are even getting over the trauma of riding in the car for 4 hours. I love Christmas and the associated fun!!! <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</e... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:09:35 EST School Girl's Puzzle <img src=""> First really cold day - even started a fire, and the cats weren't sure they liked it. Almost all the presents wrapped, laundry done, and living room put in order. Much more productive day than yesterday. Today's block is simple, and I enjoyed it. Only 13 blocks left. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:50:11 EST Wild Duck <img src=""> What a non-productive day. Fell asleep twice before I managed to get the block made. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:08:08 EST Thunder and Lightning <img src=""> Can't wait to get rid of this headache. I skipped out of the basketball game because of it... Today's block is not bad, but very fiddly and detailed. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:23:45 EST Last Week... ...before the end of term. Yeah! Final exams aren't fun, but Winter Break is. And the weather is turning colder, wonderful when you get to be inside. Can't wait to sleep in. <BR> <BR> This week's blocks have been fun. I love Christmas fabric. <BR> <BR> Monday's block - Pennsylvania - is candy canes and light bulbs. I had to finish it before leaving for the Observatory, then none of the kids showed. Still, quick and easy block. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:30:10 EST Indiana Puzzle II <img src=""> I've accomplished almost nothing today. Was supposed to go to a friend's church program, but felt awful and stayed home instead. Did get the block done. Indiana Puzzle II - I think it's a Snail Trail, but it's a pretty pattern no matter what the name. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:25:15 EST Waves and Trails What a wonderful, cold Saturday. Woke up to find my cats refusing to make a new friend. He's a sociable kitten, but doesn't like my babies more than they don't like him. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's block - Waves of the Sea - was interrupted by the basketball game. Our boys won 90-48. Pretty exciting game. Finally got back to the block about 10pm. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:34:19 EST 31 Days Later How do I keep forgetting to post pictures? It's been a lovely time - Thanksgiving with family and friends...just super busy at work. So, 31 days of blocks. <BR> <BR> November 8 - Wild Goose <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 9 - Tonganoxie Nine Patch <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> November 10 - Whirling Square <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:25:29 EST Day by Day I think I might have been ill the last two days. Allergies or something, not sure. Not much got done, I know that...and lots of stuff needed to be done. Ah, well. Maybe tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's block - Jack in the Pulpit - did get done. Kinda dig the teapot fabric and the pattern is fun. This would make a good secondary pattern in a full size quilt. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's block -... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 21:34:51 EST Quilting Weekend Spent seven hours walking through the International Quilt Festival yesterday. Lots of good stuff to see, and I managed to (almost) stick to my budget. Of course, my bank got confused when I went shopping in Texas, Virginia, and Hawaii all in an hour. <BR> <BR> One of the booths had fabric kits for Quilts Beyond Borders - a charity that sends quilts to kids in need. Since there's not a set deadline, I picked up 3 to complete. The fabrics are a bit all over the place - I'm sure some are ... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:45:02 EST Whirling Five Patch Long day, getting longer. I've accomplished quite a bit - crossed off a lot of my To Do list - but it's not all done. Need more sleep, so I'm quitting while I'm behind and will start again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Whirling Five Patch - isn't done as well as I would like, but I'm not changing it. It's a definite change after a month of Halloween and pink ribbon blocks. Back to blue and sea shells...I do like it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:35:50 EST Eccentric Star Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and spooky night! <em>275</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Today's block - Eccentric Star - is fun, but the last of this year's Halloween fabric. Well, I still have more, but won't be using anymore in this year's blocks. I kinda want to see how this block would look made into a full size quilt. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:56:21 EST Handy Andy Another weekend over and done with. I even managed to get some things accomplished. Not a lot, but anything is better than nothing. <em>30</em> I'm looking forward to next weekend - Quilt Festival! <BR> <BR> Today's block - Handy Andy - feels familiar. I think I've made others that are very similar. It's not bad, quite easy, and fun in orange and black. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:53:51 EST Fun, Busy Wednesday was a busy day, without much getting done. Did get the block made - Jack's Delight. I was told it's a scary block, that it looks like Dracula's mouth. Guess that means the pink fabric is less appropriate than orange would have been. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thursday's block - Lola - was quick and easy, and I like all the Halloween batiks. Good thing it was quick, it was als... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:30:08 EST Hazy Daisy Tried teaching knitting for the first time, to only one pupil and with a full 30 minutes. Failed miserably. She managed to drop every stitch, and I couldn't figure out her hold on the yarn. Maybe we'll try again next week. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Hazy Daisy - was fun to make, even though I can't see any kind of daisy. I'm even impressed with my corners and points. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:06:50 EST Windmill Square Hello, Monday. Early morning, couldn't wake up. Ending the night with stuff not finished (or at least rushed through). Not sure how to catch up with the week tomorrow...the whole week is going to be super-busy, can't fall behind this early. <BR> <BR> Besides work stuff, right after getting home I looked up to see my orange cat on top of the eight foot bookcase. I could deal with that, until he came off the case on top of the 15 gallon aquarium. Thought he was going through the lid! Lat... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:04:26 EST Cross and Chains Friday was a tiring day. After making the block - Castles in Spain - I wound up sleeping for 12 hours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So after waking up late on Saturday, I made the quilt block, Boxes, and went to the pink ribbon football game. Yes, we lost (badly), but it was an enjoyable evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:21:17 EST Spinner The white and BOO are supposed to be switched, but I wanted the blue in the squares. I'm such a rebel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:19:48 EST Willow Haven There is nothing more boring than walking around for 4 hours, watching people take a test. Hate testing days! <BR> <BR> I had even more fun after getting home, because I'm brilliant. I told myself, "You don't have enough of that fabric." Then I cut that fabric. Then there wasn't enough of that fabric. It's shocking! So, now there are 2 different whites in the block...Willow Haven variant. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:02:18 EST Double Square I'm a winner! I took part in a shop hop a couple weeks ago, and found out today that I was the grand prize winner for one of the shops. Almost didn't check that e-mail...all those "You're a winner!" e-mails look like scams. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Today's block looks easy and nice, but I don't really like the block itself very much. The Halloween fabric is fun, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:25:16 EST More Orange and Pink What a weekend. Friday was a late night - out with friends and enjoying ourselves (except for the mosquitoes). Got home, started sewing, and finished Diamond Plaid Block just as the clock turned from today to tomorrow. Strip piecing is my friend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday was fun. Not a whole lot of productivity, but I got some stuff done and enjoyed it. Found some Halloween batik fat quarter... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:12:57 EST Another Day Managed to get through today. Got work done, and I'm a bit surprised I'm only 45 minutes late on that. All because last night's sleep was hideous! Don't even know why. Tonight probably won't be better...I'm concerned about my uncle's health and mind set. He's been seriously ill for a while and is in a place where he doesn't feel hope. There's nothing I can do to help him or his children, and sending good thoughts only goes so far. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's block - Round the Corner - should... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:57:11 EST Return of the Swallows <img src=""> Except they're flying geese and I don't know where they're returning to or from. I like these pink geese. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:12:02 EST Kansas Star <img src=""> I was supposed to meet people tonight, but no one showed up. Highly annoying. At least today's block wasn't annoying. I quite like it. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:46:05 EST Rhode Island <img src=""> I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow. I want to get up early and accomplish stuff. Then I have to be up late. Things happen. Today's block isn't my favorite. It looks fine, but I didn't really enjoy making it. Maybe tomorrow's will be better. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 23:53:33 EST Storm Signal <img src=""> Tea and chicken soup to fight whatever bug has invaded. Didn't do much else all day. Pity. The block worked out well, though. October pink. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:57:00 EST Windmill <img src=""> This block name makes me want to go to the Netherlands. Or somewhere in Europe. Okay, I want to go anywhere. Although, right now (I think) I'm catching a a warm beach sounds good. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:21:12 EST Nine Patch Straight Furrow <img src=""> Thursday night football games should be banned. Today's block was quick, at least. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 22:28:50 EST Yankee Puzzle Fluffy, cuddly kitty cats are the best. I keep thinking I want to take up kayaking. It would be nice if a consistent thought would stay in my brain. This is what happens when the brain is sleep deprived...such a theme in my life lately. And tomorrow is a football game. Maybe I'll leave at half time. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Yankee Puzzle - should probably be in red, white, and blue. But it's October. This month it's either orange, black, or pink. Can't break that pattern. This bl... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 21:18:47 EST Temple Court <img src=""> No sleep last night means I'm exhausted tonight. The brain isn't working well anymore. Today's block is detailed, but I like it. I'm surprised I didn't mess it up. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:51:17 EST Sailboats I don't care for this pattern much. It makes 4 blocks at a time, but only 1 of the 4 turned out well enough for my standards. Probably because I don't like it well enough to be careful. Ah, well. At least I got to enjoy my roasted veggies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:42:31 EST Cypress <img src=""> Another weekend of not getting much done. Not good. Looking forward to a better week. Today's block - Cypress - is fun, enjoyable, and I love the batiks. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:49:33 EST Blocks in a Box <img src=""> I don't understand the name, but it is a super simple block. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:51:07 EST Magic Triangles <img src=""> Yea! End of a very long day, and looking forward to a busy weekend. Today's block is all half-square triangles and flying geese. The pattern calls for one light, 2 mediums, and 1 dark. Of course, I chose 1 light, 2 darks, and 1 darker. At least it's a quick pattern. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:50:50 EST An Original Design <img src=""> It's not my original design. I guess it's the calendar publisher's. I like the block, but it's not my favorite. I've been getting more sleep, but am still feeling very tired. Don't know that more means better. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:35 EST Flock of Geese Monday night I was dreaming. Then I was woken up by a lion fish swimming through my bedroom. I didn't want to get finned and have to go to the hospital, so I hit it with a pillow. Definitely need to get better sleep. At least I got all my steps today. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Flock of Geese - is wonderfully simple. All half square triangles, and I love the pink fabric. Wish I'd bought more of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:59 EST Magic Cross This one makes my eyes cross. No way to simplify the pattern, but it went together well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:52:50 EST Malvina's Chain Staring at the screen, again. Not knowing what to type. And that's not changing. So, I made a block. <img src=""> Good night. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:35:47 EST Plaid Autumn Tints So, Friday night I got home exceptionally late from the football game - Go, Team! - and chose to swap the Friday and Saturday blocks. For some reason, I didn't want to be sewing for 2 hours after all day at work and then 3 hours of screaming in the stands. <BR> <BR> Friday's block - Plaid - isn't quite what it is supposed to be (I think the yellow and green should be swapped), but I like it. Plus, I got to sleep before midnight. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:57:30 EST Been a While! Wow! Almost a month since I last posted...I am ashamed. Back to school got busy, my phone got stolen (AGAIN!!!), then my house lost A/C (odd and annoying, since the unit was only replaced about 3 years ago), and wound up sick for no apparent reason. Still managed to get all my blocks made, but I've been off my eating plan for a couple weeks. Going back on after this weekend - I will be dedicated! <BR> <BR> Okay, blocks... <BR> <BR> August 26 - Cut the Corners <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:15:14 EST Around the Corner <img src=""> Another surprisingly quick and easy block. Don't usually like black and brown together, but this appealed to me. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:03:02 EST