Thursday, February 21, 2013

The top is done!

Dinner at La Pita last night was so good--I was starving when we got there, however, which made it hard not to scarf down my food. Usually, I eat dinner early, at around 4:30. But Jerry got home from work at 6:30, and it's a 45 minute drive.

Our server brought over warm pita bread and deep-fried pita chips to snack on while we waited for our food. Normally, I have no problem resisting those, but I ate some of the pita chips because my stomach felt like it was going to start eating itself if I didn't eat something. Finally, my yummy dinner arrived:
That's the lunch portion chicken kabob--the dinner portion is twice as much food! I calculated that I ate 25 PointsPlus total (yes, I included the pita chips I snacked on). Totally worth every PP!

This morning, I decided to run on the treadmill instead of outside. I started a new series on Netflix (did I mention that I watched the first four seasons of Breaking Bad already? I swore I'd only watch it while I was running, but I got too sucked in one day, and it was all over then...). I started Sons of Anarchy a few days ago on the treadmill, and this time I am going to ONLY watch it while I run. So today I watched the second episode.

I was scheduled for 4 miles, so I just set the treadmill at 7.1 mph and didn't touch it. I was absorbed in the show, and the time passed quickly. I really wanted to finish watching the episode of Sons of Anarchy, so when I hit 4 miles, I just kept running. The episode was 45 minutes long, so I managed to get in a little over 5 miles. A little closer to my 100-miles-in-February goal.





This afternoon, Noah was complaining of not being able to eat his pear because his tooth was too loose. He freaked out when I mentioned pulling it, but I told him I had to do it. So we worked on wiggling it for a long time, and I sneaked in a few hard pulls, but it just wasn't coming out. I even used some lidocaine that I had from after my jaw surgery to numb it, but he complained that it still hurt.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos to see if there was an easy way to pull it, and I decided to try dental floss. I tied a little loop around his tooth, and then pulled on the ends. That sucker popped right out! Noah looked super cute with the gap in his teeth ;)
That was only his third tooth to come out. He's 8 1/2, so he's pretty far behind his classmates as far as missing teeth go. I was the same way when I was a kid. And Eli hasn't lost a single tooth yet--he's 7 years old. Eli desperately wants to lose a tooth, and he even asked me to ask the hygienist if she could pull one of his teeth out. He would have gladly traded places with Noah today!

After that drama, I spent the afternoon finishing up the quilt top. I actually got the whole top done!
It was hard to get a picture of the whole thing, because it's pretty big. Also, Estelle  couldn't stay off of it long enough for me to get a picture.
Now that the top is done, I have to do the hard part--backing it and then actually quilting it. The quilting is when you sew all the layers together, and I'm terrified to do that. In the other quilts I've done, I've tied them instead of quilting them, which is where you tie the layers together in random spots--you can see on this picture of my denim quilt. All the white ties are holding the thing together...

Anyway, I love how the top turned out, so I'm afraid of screwing it up! It may be a while before I'm brave enough to finish the thing.

33 comments:

  1. I was always too scared to pull my teeth out, so you have quite the brave little boy! You're quilt looks wonderful so far, I'm sure you'll finish it perfectly!

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  2. The quilt looks amazing!! And I agree. La Pita is worth every damn point!!

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  3. Great job on the quilt! The hubby and I started watching SoA and I am hooked. We are actually starting season 3 as I check out your blog! We try to get 2 episodes done a night.

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  4. I wish there was a La Pita close to where I live. Every time you post that picture it makes me want to try it! The quilt top looks great!

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  5. The quilt looks awesome! For quilting it, if you have a walking foot for your machine it will work easier. (As it helps keep the layers all moving at the same speed, and not pulling at slightly different speeds.) That said, most people do not see the quilting that much, so it is really hard to mess up! :)
    (I can quilt, but am just starting to figure out the weight stuff! Your blog is totally awesome, and inspirational! Thanks for writing it!)

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  6. Oh my gosh, that quilt looks BEAUTIFUL! What a fantastic idea to do with all your race shirts! I wish I had your crafting ability! You amaze me!!

    Noah is adorable with his missing tooth. :)

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  7. The quilt looks awesome!!! Makes me want to try even more!

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  8. Quilt looks awesome!
    I'm a quilter and I take it to someone to quilt it who has a big expensive machine. so worth it ;)

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  10. My middle child is almost 7 and has just started losing teeth! And thanks for reminding me I'm on Tooth Fairy duty tonight. It was supposed to be last night, but the Tooth Fairy was on vacation. Funny, she was on vacation last tooth as well.... I suck at being the Tooth Fairy! Love the quilt!

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  11. Your Quilt top looks really good!!! it's a great idea too

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  12. Your dinner looks amazing! Yum!

    The quilt is turning out really well! Maybe I'll get brave and do my own at some point - though with my lack of skills, I still think paying someone else to do it may be the way to go. LOL

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  13. LOL! Love the anonymous comment! And I love the quilt. My quilt would be a bit boring since most of my race shirts are grey and white.

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  14. That quilt is very cool. You should be proud.

    The Kidless Kronicles

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  15. The quilt looks great! And now I'm craving La Pita ;-)

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  16. Your quilt looks amazing! Great idea for all those races shirts. I am starting to collect a bunch, but don't have the heart to part with them yet. I wear them more. It's like my badge of honor. "Yup, I ran this while you sat there and ate doritos". :)

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  17. Nice job on the quilt! Not sure how much it costs, but I know that you can have completed blankets quilted too.

    I am seriously obsessed with SoA. I will warn you that S4 &5 get a little gory, but they are worth the watch. S2 is my favorite because there is a lot of, ahem, action! And S4 is great because then Jax finally cuts his hair, and oh man. HELLO! I feel like I am your pervy-ist commenter :)

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    1. I'm obsessed with SoA too!!! I don't care what length Jax's hair is, he is F.I.N.E. I should try running to SoA and just pretend I'm chasing Jax! (I don't mind joining in on the pervyness) haha

      Season 2 has been my favorite so far, by far the best and most dramatic finale ever! But they are all great and it is one of two shows that are MUST sees for me.

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  18. I made the quilt top for my high school band shirts. I cut them all the same size so they fit on a rectangular grid more easily. Like you I made the quilt top and was afraid to go on with the rest. I actually put the project away and haven't touched it in nearly 3 years. Someday I'll finish.

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  19. Have you thought of 'stitch in the ditch' to quilt it together? That is what I did with one of my quilts, it wasn't too bad and I did it while I watched tv. Your quilt looks great!

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  20. You can tie a tshirt quilt. I have done three and I just tie at each corner of the tshirt block!

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  21. Awesome quilt!! That is going to be a really nice keepsake.

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  22. I must go to La Pita. That looks like heavan on a plate.

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  23. LOVE the quilt. I have saved a couple Pins about how to put together one of these t-shirt quilts, not that I will ever actually DO IT! But hubby has a lot of old t-shirts and I think it would be fun. Now that I'm retired, I have no excuses, except I just never get around to doing stuff. Still haven't scrap-booked my New York trip in November, and I have bought all the supplies.

    My grandson just turned 7 last week, and has lost several teeth, in fact he looks a lot like Noah in that picture with the gap where the tooth used to be--so cute!

    I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad, but haven't seen Sons of Anarchy yet. I want to start Downton Abbey, it must be fabulous, but I'm afraid hubby will think it's too artsy-fartsy to watch with me. Of course I have all day everyday here at home alone, so again...no excuses not to watch it anyway!

    Your pictures from LaPita always look so yummy. Is that a "one-of-a-kind" restaurant, or is it a chain? I guess I could Google it.

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  24. That is the best-looking t-shirt quilt top I have seen in a long time! Please don't tie it off! You could take it to a long arm quilter if you don't want to do it yourself....or see if someone rents their machine nearby.

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  25. You can usually find someone who can quilt it for you for a fee. My mom has a quilting machine that cost more than her car. She quilts for a living. Her rates are really reasonable and it's less time consuming for someone like her. Not saying to use her, just saying you could find someone else to quilt it for you. It's a great quilt though! I'm sure you'll love it when it's complete!

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  26. You did a great job with the quilt top! And looking at your dinner photos makes me very hungry! Great job on the workout. The only way I can survive my treadmill workouts is to be entertained in some way.

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  27. It looks great, Katie! I'm thinking of doing something similar with all of my old college t-shirts - the ones that I don't really want to wear anymore but also don't want to throw away. I'm not great at sewing but my sister quilts a lot...maybe I'll get her to help me out. Yours looks amazing!

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  28. One of the funniest lines ever blogged: "my stomach felt like it was going to start eating itself if I didn't eat something" LOL.

    I absolutely love your quilt. I've got a stack of t-shirts in my closet from my year-of-the-race in 2012 (when I ran a race each month) that would be so fun use in this way. Super fun idea.

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  29. Beautiful! You did a great job and it looks nice.

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  30. Did you ever finish the quilt?

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    1. No, unfortunately, it's still waiting to be backed and quilted. Hopefully this winter I'll get to it!

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