Minecraft Creeper Quilt

I finished Kaylee’s Minecraft Creeper Quilt and I’m thinking about writing up a how to on it. It wasn’t really all that hard to be honest with you. A bunch of 9 patch squares, and then a bunch of 5 inch squares. Maybe some time when I feel like it I’ll do it. But until now just pictures.

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Monthly Update

Because I’m apparently very horrible at updating this thing.

So we had what I would say is our first “weird” day with Kaylee and her blood sugar. Typically we’ve seen stable blood sugar and lows only in the 70s and 60s. That day she was in the 50s and would come up and drop fast. To say a lot of candy was eaten that day would be an understatement. But I haven’t figure out what and still am not sure about what caused it. Usually it’s sickness and while she ran a mild what wouldn’t even be considered a fever by a doctor for that day and the next, there was nothing else and she was fine by Saturday.

But the lymph nodes on her back were inflamed and that typically means she was sick. Luckily whatever it was she got over it quickly.

In quilting news I’m almost done with Kaylee’s Creeper quilt. I plan to fully finish it this weekend. I made a table runner one day and it’s cool. I’m going to make a Halloween one this weekend as well.

I had several people request I make them quilts, like they would pay me. I had to turn them down. While it would be cool, I don’t know how much I would enjoy making a quilt for someone else and frankly that’s a lot of pressure for perfection and I don’t want to do that. Plus I have three projects I need to get done by March of next year so I just don’t have the time.

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Common Core

I don’t know anyone that reads this anymore but I’m going to do a little humble bragging about Kaylee.

Her school has been closely aligned with Common Core, not on purpose, but because that’s just how they’ve always been. They’re making the switch to align everything completely with Common Core right now. Frankly I’m excited because the results I’m seeing in Kaylee are amazing.

So lets start off where Kaylee left off in 2nd grade.

She ended the year at the following grade levels:

Reading = 5.1
Math = 4.2
Language = 12.5
Spelling = 6.1
Environment = 3.7

Overall Grade Level = 5.4

Kaylee has been in school for just about a month now and her current scores are as follows (in order of the list on the website):

Music = A (100%)
Math = A (96%)
PE = A (100%)
Homework = A (100%)
Listening & Speaking = A (100%)
Reading = A (93%)
Science = A (96.4%)
Social Studies = A (91.3%)
Spanish = B (87%)
Technology = A (90%)
Writing = B (85%)

I’m certainly not complaining about all of those scores. They’re amazing to me. The writing one will improve, she tends to try to do things fast, when she slows down she doesn’t miss things as much. The Technology grade only has had one assignment and it was out of 10 points and Kaylee got 9, so I imagine as time goes on and more assignments are added things will improve.

This is pretty typical of her class as well. Now I can attribute this to several things, Kaylee is smarter than most (which I believe to be true), she attends a private school so that helps, and frankly their curriculum is amazing. So I guess I’m failing to see the huge issue with it when I’m seeing such huge success. I guess when my kid goes into high school and is at a college level we’ll just pretend it had nothing to do with CC.

 

I said I would post more…

So why not with a rant about how silly people are these days.

You know the internet has really brought out the tacky in people. Remember when it was Bridal Showers and Baby Showers with specific gift requests that were just tacky. Now it’s people on the internet asking for donations to help them go on vacation or buy things they don’t need, but rather want.

When the hell did society turn into a bunch of tacky people who instead of doing what most sane people do, saving money, would rather ask for it from others.

Hey, newsflash, if you can’t afford a vacation, you don’t get to take one. If you can’t afford the fabric for your quilt, you can’t make one. Suck it up and save money until you can. But don’t go begging around the internet asking for someone else to give you money to do your hobby or take your vacation.

I mean how rude in general. As if the people you’re asking money from don’t want to vacation themselves, or do hobby’s they may have.

No one wants to work hard anymore. They all want it given to them. They’ve been fed this bullshit that they deserve this and that, well guess what, you don’t. You work for what you get.

If you’re in true need, that’s when you ask, that’s when you go to your friends and family and request help. But for this crap like a vacation or hobby funding, that’s just rude and disrespectful in my opinion.

Sure I’d love people to give me money to do what I want with, I’d love to go on a vacation that’s not paid for by me. I’d love to make a crap ton of quilts without paying for the fabric. But you know, that just isn’t going to happen.

And then all these good hearted people who give, I mean good for you for wanting to help, but you’re just making this entitlement problem worse. What’s even more sad is when people in real need try to fundraise and what not they get nothing because all these fools asking for vacation donations.

 

Send me a song

Title only because I couldn’t think of anything to put as the title. I really have to keep up with this blog. Maybe now that Person of Interest is picking up again I’ll post some more.

Anyone watch The Leftovers? To say I’m confused would be a understatement. I don’t get it. I am pretty confident that’s what they want for the viewer, to be completely confused so much so that you continue watching the show. Thank God it has a good looking guy as the lead and frankly seeing The Doctor helps too cause he’s my favorite Doctor after all.

So A&E cancelled Longmire. Why? Probably because the demo was wrong. So what if it was the most viewed drama on the station. The wrong people watched it. Plus A&E likes to control their content and they don’t actually produce the show. But you know what that means? That someone else will probably pick it up, because they aren’t idiots like A&E is.

School has started. Kaylee has decided she wants to do band. So she will be learning to play the Alto Sax. To say that wasn’t a bit of me pushing it would be wrong. Frankly I would have loved to learn to play the sax myself. I have a love of Kenny G. I don’t have any real expectations for Kaylee. She may enjoy it or she’ll hate it. But either way it’s a good thing to learn.

She’s also doing ballet which she is enjoying and taking very seriously.

Then she has a minor obsession with Minecraft and I think with the other things that all is balanced out so I don’t need to be concerned.

Annabelle is just being Annabelle. In a month or two they will open up registration for Softball which Annabelle is excited to play. She wants to do ballet but there are very few studios that offer ballet for her age that isn’t combo with tap.

I finished one quilt and am now working on Kaylee’s Minecraft quilt. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few weeks and then I can start on another quilt. I also have two ideas for other quilts that I’m excited to get on doing.

Here’s a picture of my finished quilt. I’d say what it’s for but it’s a surprise for someone and just in case they’ve found me out I’m not going to say what for. LOL!

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Quilting Adventures

It’s been a while so I figured I needed to post. I finished Annabelle’s quilt, which there will be a picture of at the end of this post. I also am half way through another quilt that’s a surprise. I have to find some fabric to do a border and backing for it though, but I have a while to finish that quilt. I also started on Kaylee’s Creeper Quilt.

So quilting is going well.

Other than that, school starts soon for Kaylee and that’s exciting. But nothing really fantastic is going on.

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Getting Serious

So I’m getting serious with quilting. I purchased a sewing machine of my own (instead of using Kaylee’s). I also purchased a program that will allow me to develop patterns and I can’t wait to put that into use. I intend to make patterns and sell them. I’ll also make patterns into quilts as time allows, but that takes time obviously. I also purchased fabric that will allow me to finish up Annabelle’s quilt and also do Kaylee’s quilt.

This past month or so just has been draining. Not sure why really. Maybe just frustrated with the situation in general. I have to get over it, hopefully quilting will help me do that.

I am going to try to quilt my quilts rather than stitch the ditch. Of course I’d have to find a design. For Annabelle’s quilt that actually will be easy, but for Kaylee’s I’m not sure what to do because it’s a Minecraft quilt.

Oh! I scheduled myself a vacation in the end of August right before Kaylee goes back to school. I have a whole week of stuff planned out. We’re going to like five museums that week. It should be fun.

Lucy & Cali

I don’t know if I ever mentioned the two kittens we got about a month or two ago.

Check them out (click on the picture)!

Dancing Girl

Just some pictures I took this week.

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I have to get out more…

Well maybe. I mean it would be fun to go out with “friends” every once in a while. That would require friends to go out with in the first place, and sadly I lack any.

I was though thinking of just getting out after the kids go to bed, going for a walk or something. For an hour. I even got a free app which looks pretty cool that will track what I’ve done and how long I’ve done it. Summer would be a good time to start because frankly, it’s not as dark as early as winter. Guess I should get up off my ass and do it.

So tomorrow, I have to somehow manage to make a rainbow cake for Annabelle’s birthday on Tuesday. I’ll probably be baking all day because we only have two round pans and I need six rainbow layers. Hopefully it turns out good. I’m going to let the cakes fully cool though this time. I tend to be impatient and try to do things too early and that results in cakes that don’t stand up.

Kaylee has dance recital pictures on Thursday night and because I can’t do her hair without her having a major meltdown I’m going to have my friend and hairstylist to it instead. Seriously it’s a simple bun but I want it to look good for the pictures and I know I won’t have the ability to remain calm trying to do it with Kaylee acting like I’m killing her because I brush her hair.

What’s interesting is I wrote a bunch for my book, and now I’m sitting here thinking I might remove some of it because frankly I just don’t think it was all that realistic. I hate filler and that’s the problem, I was trying to put in filler. But the filler really wasn’t all that great.

Or I might just start over. LOL! Yet another one of those things that I want to do that I just don’t get around to doing.