String Flings and Lifestyle Changes

I have two swaps that I’m hosting in July and August involving string blocks so this week I’ve been working on getting those out of the way and finished so they are ready to mail once they start.

In total I have 32 blocks to mail out, 16 for each swap. Each block finishes at 8.5″. I have 11 blocks left to go!

Here is my stack of blocks so far (I haven’t trimmed yet):




And my utensil caddy that at one point, organized my strips according to length:


I completely cleaned out my string bin so all my strings are in my little caddy ready to use! I can tell I’m going to have lots of strings left to do many, many more string blocks with and scrappy string borders. Once the swaps are complete and I get 32 blocks back I’ll figure out how big I want to make the quilt and finish everything up. I think I prefer doing string blocks on muslin more than the paper since I don’t have anything to tear out when I’m done! We’ll see how much I love it when I’m done quilting.

Bonnie Hunter’s String Block Tutorial – this is the method I’m using.

In other news, I’m changing a few things in my life to work on getting healthier. I will be tracking my progress on My Fitness Pal (free to use and it has a great free app for smartphones) and I’m excited to have my husband on board with me. If you follow me on Twitter or Pinterest you probably already noticed me chatting with other folks about it and pinning new recipes to try.

I have a horrible sweet tooth so that has been one of the hardest hurdles to get over. I’ve never done a diet where I truly watch my carb and sugar intake so closely. After doing it for three days now I feel better and the detox headache is gone! My cravings aren’t so bad either.

If you are interested in joining we can become friends on MFP and I can even create a group for all the quilters working to get healthier or stay healthy! It’s free and you’d have a great support system of friends. Comment if you’d like an invite.


  1. Hi Katie! My hubby & I have been doing the same thing since January and found My Fitness Pall very helpful. So far I’ve lost 35 pounds and feel great!

  2. My husband and I have also been using my fitness pal. I hope you have much success! 🙂

  3. I’d love to join you in this journey! I’m a little hesitant to sign p for yet another app/website though.. lol

  4. Glenna in TX says:

    Katie, yes, please invite me (on MFP) to lose weight with you all. I’ve lost 16 #s so far myself, but would like to chat with others. Thanks. (I’m Glenna Walker on MFP)

  5. Ann McGorty says:

    Hi Katie. I have the MFP app on my Iphone but haven’t used it much. Would love to be “friended” by you & other quilters as it may be the motivation I need. I’m “annmcg25” on MFP. Thanks.
    Ann McG

  6. Congrats on the wight loss. I don’t have anything that will “do” Apps at the moment, so I am not sure if I could join MFP.

    I’ve been on Medifast since 05/04/12 and am down 28 lb with 30-50 more to go [depending on how far down this 50 year old body can get.] I’ve walked away from a LOT of buffets and tried not to mourn them.

    All the best.

  7. Hey friend,

    I’m on MFP too (ltdermdvm) if you want to friend me. I haven’t been on there much lately but plan to hit it hard again right after vacation! Talk to ya soon! PS – I am SO behind on HoopSisters!!!!!

  8. I made my first spider web quilt using Bonnie Hunter’s phonebook paper method. It turned out great, but I didn’t like pulling of the paper. So for my second spider web, I decided to use a fabric foundation. Big mistake! Fabric stretches, paper doesn’t. I’ll finish this one, but I’m going back to paper foundations.

    Good luck to you in your weight loss. I’m working on it too, but I’ve hit menopause, and my progress is super slow. Believe it or not, the younger you are, the easier it is to lose weight. You are good to get it under control before you hit 30.