We are getting close to the end of the big party and I hope you have enjoyed hopping along with me. I sure have enjoyed reading all of your posts on this blog and the guest blogs. It's given me such a wind in my sails that my brain is going overtime! I have two more great bloggers to go so be sure to check them out.
Sandi Scarlett.......she said:
"Sometimes its the pattern that inspires me and other times its the fabric. I never leave the quilt shops empty handed."
Congratulations Sandi, oh I think we can all relate. At least I speak for myself and admit to never leaving a quilt shop empty handed....it's a sin! I will be in touch for your snail mail address.
Today's guest blogger is designer extraordinaire Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.
Julie started off in the quilting world as an awesome blogger (well she still blogs, duh!) and has really taken off for the stars once she started designing and publishing her own patterns. She has just now designed her second ruler (her first one Hex N' More has been a big hit) called the Sidekick ruler and tons of new patterns.
I met Julie when she first came to quilt market after just knowing her through e-mail. Then I really got a chance to get to know her when we both taught at Quiltmaker's Block Party in Portland this spring. She is a ball of adorable fun and I can't wait to hang out with her again.
Make sure you stop by and say hi to Julie, she's got some goodies for you on her blog today.
Today's giveaway on this blog is a quilt as you go pattern foursome, Slivers, Peek A Boo, Which Way and Abundance. They are all quick and fun, can be done with precuts, scraps or fat quarters, perfect for a little instant gratification.
As you might have seen on Bonnie's and Pat's blog, I do work out regularly and run some crazy races for fun. I actually do various workouts, not just run. I like to get my yoga in at least once a week because nothing balances me and makes my body feel as good as yoga....as I get older hmm. I need to get some strength training in every week, because my upper body feels like mush if I neglect that. Running comes naturally to me as I was a runner all through high school and college but like everything, my exercise needs it's balance too.
I feel a lot better when I eat healthier meals and cook from fresh ingredients so it's not that I never eat anything bad (because I do Pat:-), it's just I know how I will feel afterwards, so either I go for it if it's really worth it or am just perfectly happy having a gourmet, healthy meal:) YES, healthy does not mean wheatgrass and granola! I make some tasty food :)
On the total flip side, I am a chocolate freak. I love to have my little chocolate every day or a nice treat (like pumpkin bars or salted caramel gelato OMG). I also like to have a glass of wine every once in a while and there is nothing better than hunkering down in my sewing chair by my machine for a day or two...or a week! But that's exactly what my point is. I have these two flip sides to my life and have found the perfect balance. At least most of the time;-) The indulgent things aren't as enjoyable if I don't feel strong, healthy and in balance. So my philosophy is: Do what you love and makes you feel good, don't deprive yourself but strive for that balance so you can enjoy a healthier relationship with your sewing machine....and the other members of your family:-)
So my question to you is, how do you find your balance in your life? Is there anything you feel you need to balance better or would like to increase/decrease in your life to feel more balanced? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Winner will be drawn at midnight so get your comments in:)