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The quilt is coming along.

I thought I’d post an update with pictures for those of you who aren’t connected with me via flickr, twitter or Facebook. These are just in the order I received them in.

All the blocks received so far.


A few weeks ago, a dear friend from junior high(!) posted that her granddaughter was in the hospital with a broken collarbone and fractured skull. The prognosis at the time was dire. They weren’t sure she would survive. She begged us to pray. Turns out, 3-year-old Kilah was abused by her stepfather. Here is the story in the news:
All links open in new window. – Kilah – Kilah

Video Story from WBTV on Kilah

Donations through PayPal for Kilah’s medical expenses

Team Kilah Blog

So there’s the story. And ways you can reach out to her. I would love our online quilting community to come together and create a quilt for Kilah. I’ve already had several volunteers to make blocks. I’m really hoping one of our expert long-arm quilters will volunteer to quilt it beautifully for us. Even if they don’t, though, I’ll have it quilted professionally and quickly so we can get it to this sweet baby.

In our Bee A {Modern} Swapper swap, we made these blocks for someone and I love them. They’re simple, bright and cheerful and have lots to draw the eye for a little girl needing the extra motivation and stimulation.

Here is the tutorial for the block: Fussy Cut Scrappy Square Tutorial. I’d love it if you’d stick with bright, girly colors, though it doesn’t have to be all pink and purple. But the fussy cuts? Yes! The girlier the better. I’m currently planning to sash with Kona White unless some other color looks like it will match better.

I really think it’d be great to have 24 blocks, so if you can do more than one, I’d be grateful. Contact me directly for mailing info: karen(at)lintonville(dot)com – I’m assuming y’all know to replace the (at) with @ and the (dot) with a period? ;o) While you’re making these blocks, will you also spend time praying for this sweet girl?

Above all, if you can’t make a block for Kilah, would you please commit to praying for her every day? You can get daily email updates about how she’s doing.

Thanks everyone! My quilting friends are my heroes.


Blocks committed to:
01-mtngirl81 (2 blocks)
06-Rebecca_Peachey (2 blocks)
11-ws_on_etsy (2 blocks)
12-MermaidSweets (2 blocks)
14-Bethadeezoo (2 blocks)
16-Kim (2 blocks)
17-true2beeme (2 blocks)

The addition of Carol’s block brings us up to 27 blocks, so we have enough blocks. I will either put the extra three on the back or make them the start of another quilt to donate for another abused little girl. If there are more than three extra (which might be the case if I’ve assigned quantities incorrectly), I’ll definitely start another little quilt with them. They will not go to waste. I promise.

Also, Art Gallery Fabrics (they are awesome!) has volunteered to donate fabric if needed. I’ve already asked for backing fabric. If you’d like to make a block but don’t have girlie stuff in your stash, please let me know. I have lots and can send. Thanks so much to Kate Spain for donating fabric to make blocks with. Please let me know if you need anything to make a block!

Running Update

Yes, I’ve been running, plus on the 4th I started a class at the gym: TRX Suspension Training. It has been kicking my butt! Hoping that the combo of running and strength/resistance training will kick my metabolism back into gear and get me moving down the scale.

So, miles update follows:

06.06.2012 – 5.3-mi (Week 6 Day 2 of Couch to 10K)
06.11.2012 – 6.2-mi (Week 6 Day 3 of Couch to 10k)
06.13.2012 – 6.2-mi (Week 7 Day 1 of Couch to 10K)
Total June miles: 27.05
Total 2012 miles: 144.43
Shoe Miles
Running: 371.64
Walking: 75.34
Total: 446.98

Somehow, as busy as I was…

I did manage to find time to sew. I completed a Twistr quilt top, and though I am considering adding borders to it, for now, it’s done. I used a layer cake of Sandy Gervais’ Lovely as well as about (roughly) 3-yds of Kona Snow, also cut into 10″ squares. (I don’t really know how much Snow I used. I just cut a pile of 10″ squares and when I ran out, cut more. So helpful, I know. Sorry.) Alternating the colored squares with the white gives lots of white space, keeping the quilt from being so busy, and makes it easy to use the pattern that comes with the Twistr tool and still make a big quilt without an extra layer cake.

Running is my friend

We didn’t talk for a few days, but really, running, I was busy. First we had the house closing – no time for running. Then, we had the poppy’s elementary school reunion – no time for running. Then the ds2 and the dil were here – no time for running and in the middle of their visit, we had a couple of days down with anemia. It just couldn’t be helped. I’m sorry, okay?!?

Very hard run on Monday, so a nice easy run today.

You know, I started out running approximately 37-lbs ago. That’s awesome. I mean that I’ve lost that weight. But for nearly a year now, I’ve been plateaued and could not figure out a way to jump start weight loss again. So, since I’ve been running at the indoor gym, and all new classes started Monday, I’ve started going to the TRX Suspension class. I’m going Monday and Wednesday evenings for a half hour and Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 45 minutes. Plus, I had a friend show me where the circuit room is and, beginning today, I also added that to my workout. So, while today was a nice easy run, I also did 2 circuits and the suspension class. Phew. I had to come home and nap!!

06.04.2012 – 7.1-mi (Week 6 Day 1 of Couch to 10K)
06.05.2012 – 2.25-mi (Week 1 Day 1 of Easy 10k)
Total June miles: 9.35
Total 2012 miles: 117.38
Shoe Miles
Running: 353.94
Walking: 75.34
Total: 429.28