100 details for 100 days Day 25

Day 25
Today we have another couple of simple seam embellishments and a button cluster just to top it off all in the same detail. So people are spoiled for choice this morning.

Down the left side is a row of buttonhole stitch which has been topped off with a row of sequins alternated with detached chain stitch worked in DMC pearl 8.

Chevron stitch is the foundation row for the other seam embellishment. After stitching that in Pearl 5 I worked a row of straight stitches and at the side worked detached chain stitch in a thread the same weight as DMC pearl 8. This was topped off with a novelty bead. A button cluster is flowing over the seams as well! It’s really a very encrusted block.

Every morning I do a swing around the blogs and flickr sites via my bloglines account and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to see who has posted what.

This morning I discovered Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has posted a charted design for a black work butterfly. I have been collecting these motifs that Pam is so generously publishing online and plan to work a good few of them.

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has more tips about checking the condition of your needles.

Allison Aller has produced some raspberries on her latest seam

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has posted a detail which involves buttonhole wheels and detached chain.

Bonnie of Dakini Dreams has posted her latest block which has incorporated details from this series.

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group and photos are tagged 100detailsin100days

10,000 steps a day

Who reads this blog and is trying to motivate themselves to if not get fit at least lead a healthier life style? Karen South of Karen South’s Crazy Quilting World is trying to walk 10,000 steps a day and I must admit I am too.

The Heart Foundation suggests that walking an average of 10,000 steps a day is a good way to improve fitness, aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, and balance blood cholesterol levels and glucose tolerance.

Recently Jerry and I have purchased pedometers. A pedometer is a small device, worn clipped on the hip, that measures and records how much movement you have performed in a day. In other words it measures your activity levels in the form of steps. They give you feed back as to just how active you have been in a given period of time. Jerry and I quickly realized that although we thought we were quite active, in fact we are not.

Both of us decided to embark upon the 10,000 steps a day program. At first we tried to hit the 10,000 steps a day mark every day but quickly found that although we were being more active we had a cycle to our week. During the week we were less active even though we took stairs, parked the car at the far end of car parks, took walks in our lunch breaks at the end of the day our steps did not ‘measure up’. On the weekends however we have found it is easy to get our step count up as we often get out in the garden, take our cameras out to take photos and in the process walk without even realising it. Generally on the weekend we are more active. I bet many people are in the situation.

Rather than become discouraged every day, we decided to shape our goals to suit us and let our pedometer run for a week. Every Sunday night is the cut off point, every Monday morning we set them to zero. If through the week we are a little behind we try to make up for it on the weekend. It is possibly not an ideal solution but it does mean we are more active.

Now here is the glitch. It is winter here in OZ and our count is slipping so I have decided to go ‘public’ and publish my weekly step count every Monday morning. I know if I do this just the fact that is is public will motivate me to be active. So as of next Monday my pedometer count for the week, will go public.

I am wondering if others out there are struggling with health goals like this. Is there anyone who might like to join me? The 10,000 steps program is not difficult or expensive. Choice magazine has reviewed pedometers and the American equivalent program is Shape Up America. At least think about it. If you think blogging progress or targets met, will motivate you reach your health goals let me know as a group might be able to support and motivate each other.

100 details for 100 days Day 24

Day 24
A different type of Wisteria vine is featured today which is made by creating bunches of caston stitch in a silk thread that is the same weight as DMC pearl 8 or for finer rings pearl 12. In the middle of each flower I have stitched a French knot

The leaves are detached chain stitch worked in a rayon thread which is the same weight as DMC pearl 8. The same thread was used to work the stems which is done in whipped stem stitch

Julia (aka Ribbonwiz) Camille’s Place has posted some of her interpretations of wisteria on her blocks.

Annie Whitsed ‘s Christmas in July theme is still running on Annies Crazy World

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has a charted design of a strawberry online. Once again I really like this motif.

The numbers of people jumping in and joining this challenge are growing in this as Mary Anne of Magpies Mumblings is going to use some of the details to propel her forward and complete a number of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects)

Rissa of Rissas Pieces has also joined the challenge by embracing the challenge as a opportunity to skill share and has added tips and tricks to the list of possible interpretations this challenge can be.

Since this series was set up as personal challenge for me and I never expected people to join in let alone stitch along it’s quite an open ended challenge. Typical of crazy quilting it’s turned into a no rules personal challenge to be in interpreted as you choose. I feel people can join in as much or as little as they choose, stitch along, put up and highlight their own details, provide patterns or skill share. No need to start from the beginning just jump in, shape the challenge to your needs, and join. If you drop behind for some reason don’t fret just pick up where you can. Simply put, just focus on a detail a detail at a time, a day at a time, any detail, any time and that is that. I think one of the reasons it is shaping up to be so much fun is because it is so open ended. I am going to be very sad when it ends!

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group and photos are tagged 100detailsin100days