Oops. I saw some sale Christmas fabric I liked and forgot to go back and pull bolts, two if I remember. Cheating to go back for it? I’ve decided to let fate decide. I have a 2:30 ophthalmologist appointment and set a grocery pickup between 4:00 and 5:00. If there is time between, I’ll get it. If not, too bad. My guess is the doc will be busy today right after all the closed holidays. When he said 2 weeks for another post op exam, the scheduler stared at the computer for a long time before coming up with this slot. I figure I have about a 50-50 chance of squeezing in the JA Christmas fabric pickup. It’s out of the way between the doc and grocery store, so that narrows the odds too.
01-03-2019, 12:17 PM
I made 73 of my 60 (no typo :sigh:) half square triangle blocks, which I'm sure have an official name. THEN I found out they're 1/4" to 1/2" too small. Ugh. It would be less of a problem except I also cut 53 triangle in a square blocks, and I have all those 2.5 squares cut already, too. I will have to figure out how to manipulate seam allowances to make everything fit. At least I only had one 9 patch block sewed. Oh, and I only need 12 triangle in square blocks, too. Give me some time, I'm sure I will find some other ways to mess up this project.
The templates make everything fit together nicely though on those blocks though.
Somehow I managed to make hot pretzels in the microwave without setting the kitchen on fire.
01-03-2019, 03:43 PM
wow SD. You don’t usually make mistakes like that. The rest of your year is bound to be better.
I’m in town and didn’t so much drive in as take the car for a swim. There is high water everywhere, so regardless of the timing, there will be no return to JA. It’s on a street that floods easily and I’m definitely not going there today. As it is I took the very long away around coming and will go back that way too. It was bad enough. My usual route may be almost impassible. I’m not going to find out.
My sewing machine cart is assembled and all the containers are here, so when I get home I can dive into the decluttering again. I can’t wait to get the piles cleared away.
01-03-2019, 05:09 PM
I hope the flooding doesn't get any worse, D. Have fun organizing.
I hope my quilt doesn't get any worse, either.
The forecast looks good here Saturday. I don't know if we'll make it to JA or not.
01-03-2019, 05:40 PM
I got 1 queen quilt batt for $10.17 after sale & Sr discount at JA. :vs_box: That is for one of the inherited quilt tops. It's put away for a while. I did pull scraps and start cutting into squares and rectangles just for storage.
01-03-2019, 05:56 PM
DC, the way I figure it, if you can get back to JA to get the fabric, great! If not, it wasn't meant to be. Sorry you are having so much flooding. This year's weather pattern is really pounding the south.
SD, ugh. I have done that. I have to say that one thing I really like about my cutting machine is that it never gets the measurements wrong. (Though sometimes I pull the wrong die).
I had fun window shopping today. Did not really see anything I had to have. Got a good deal on some clearanced Yankee Candles, and spent a whopping 1.18 on two remnants of white fabric at JA.
Tomorrow is quilt club. I think. I don't know if anyone else is still attending. I'm going out anyway. The shop owner is clearing out all the fabric @ 50% off, in order to concentrate on selling batting and doing custom quilting. I've been avoiding buying yardage, but.....
BTW, I ripped the seam on the weird trapezoid block and re-did it this morning. It looks much better, but didn't exactly come out square and is a little shy of the correct size. Glad I am never making another one of these.
It looks good, CH. You know we're our own worst critics.
Here's how unimaginative I am. I was reviewing some stuff online about angel gowns and stumbled on the idea of cutting the patterns from heavy plastic, to help with determining exact pattern placement for utilizing the trim on the gowns. WHY THE HECK DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? It's so obvious now, of course. I even have the plastic, if I can get the creases out of it. Clear patterns will be so much easier.
01-03-2019, 09:08 PM
I wouldn’t have had time for JA anyway. Usually I don’t have to wait long for these appointments, but I finally saw my apologetic doctor at a few minutes after 4:00 for the 2:30 appointment. I’m sure he was doing his best. The little car (hereafter named Duckling) made it home with only one heart stopping moment. I was in traffic and all the cars seemed to be plowing through a wide puddle across the street with no issues, but I started to slide. I got control just as it felt like it was going start fish tailing. That would have been bad because I would certainly had hit someone. I wasn’t going to attempt my regular route, but I heard at the doctor’s office that a stretch of it was being closed. When I left home we had only had a couple of inches over the two days but the ground was already saturated. Happily I have nowhere else I have to go for days.
Dircpa - that’s a great deal on the batting. CH - the block looks ok to me but what do I know? I can only imagine what it would look like if I tried it!
01-04-2019, 05:56 AM
flooding here is bad too. a neighbour about 4 houses down is actually sitting in a pond now of several inches deep water over about an acre of their land with the house sitting in that too. And they had just put on 2 new porches about a week or so before it flooded out. and it has been raining so much here, that I haven't seen it go down much in the last 2 months. the riding lawn mower has been sitting in that water ( with the water up into the engine area) since that time. It will start to dry up and go down an inch or two and then the rains come again. It is so sad to look at when we drive by. I showed my daughter in law and her jaw dropped at how awful it looks and expressed my feeling exactly. I feel so bad for them. got the bride coming in today to try the dress on and see if I need to take any more in and talk about the bolero and decide how she wants that to go. as for doing much of anything else, I have been a slug. does practicing the piano count?!? I actually do add to my stash of music too. haha! but I did get my 10,000 steps the last 2 days. I have a lot of the string blocks to the point where I need to press them and I haven't ventured into that room to get that done yet so that is where I am there. Enjoy your day!
01-04-2019, 08:27 AM
NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO! Husby just called. Someone at work saw on TV this morning that our GW store will be out of business January 19. I can't believe it. It's our only thrift store. This will be a huge loss for our whole community. ☹️
01-04-2019, 09:20 AM
Sorry to hear about the GW store closing, SD. Especially with it being your only thrift store.
Getting close to finishing skein #6 on the wool afgan. I might be able to finish it over the weekend, depending on my mood tomorrow. I don't really have any plans beyond going to the winter farmer's market but that's in the morning.
01-04-2019, 11:01 AM
Knotme, that’s terrible about your neighbor. Wednesday when I was driving home on the regular route my eye caught water. I was the only one on the road so I slowed to look. Several large houses at the front of their properties were ok but a little farther back they had instant lakefront property. Acres and acres underwater. Our pond is out of its banks but not threatening anything but a pergola, and the low place beside my house, my “marsh,” has spread as much as I have ever seen it. When our well was being drilled several years ago, they hit water at eight feet. I think most of the time Louisiana just floats.
I worked on the fabric that was already in the cabinets last night so it looks like I have not done anything at all. It won’t take long to finish that today and then I can move on to the visible piles. My goal is to be able to put away the temporary table I’ve been using for sorting. It is greatly in my way.
SD - that’s a shame about your GW. You will really miss it. I never did get to the large one here. I planned a trip to check it out before Christmas but it just never happened.
01-04-2019, 01:37 PM
Hope everyone's flooding goes down soon. We're getting more rain in my area tonight. While nowhere near as bad as knotme's or dc's situation, it's still been a very wet year for us too. We still have some standing water in places but it's also gone down a bit in other places. At least I don't have to worry about my parents' old house any more. That's now the new owner's problem. (The house was on the lowest lot in the development.) As for me, I don't have to worry about flooding. But I do have to worry about the roof leaking. The 'dry' wall has stains from roof leaks (I'm on the top floor) but hasn't come down. Apparently the apartment complex had a roofer come in to fix the roof but I'm not sure if it was done back in September and they only now closed out the paper work or if they only just now fixed the leaks this week. At least the siding construction is finished on my building and the scaffolding's been removed. The first building they did (mine was the second building), the construction took three months and they ended up with leaks as the scaffolding was anchored into the roof for stability.
01-04-2019, 04:02 PM
I hope the rain and floods don't cause major problems for anyone.
We lost power for a couple hours this morning so I worked on trying to figure out the latch hook project. The picture is supposed to be an eagle and it takes up a big share of the project, of course. There three shades of brown in the eagle, but 2 of the colors used for printing the canvas are very close, so it was really hard to see what color yarn went where. I haven't been working on it in daylight, but with no power it seemed like a good time. I was able to barely see a difference in the printed colors, so I went through and did all of one of the colors. The othe 2 are distinctive, so now it will be easy to do the rest. Now I have eye strain and a headache, but it was worth it not to have to struggle to differentiate colors again.
I'm so bummed out about GW closing. Our next closest thrift store will once again be 50 miles away.
01-04-2019, 04:23 PM
Well, it's just been a crappy day all around, hasn't it? I arrived at quilt club to find myself the only one there. Chatted with the owner a bit. Due to lack of interest she is going to cancel it. There is another shop in the area selling the cutter and dies now, I may check them out. On the positive side, she let me shop the sale a day before anyone else, since I was there. $5 a yrd fabric. I picked out 3 prints and got half to 1 yd cuts. It was a really good deal but I can't squeeze in any more yardage. She is selling off the fabric to concentrate on custom quilting and selling high end batting. It is where they make the money, she says.
We just found out a friend lost his young son over the summer. He is so emotional over it he couldn't even talk about it to anyone for months. We saw him in September and he never said a word. I cannot imagine his pain.
I am not sure what we are doing tonight. It is supposed to be dinner and games, but one person is sick, so I don't know what everyone will want to do. She has chronic medical issues, like mine, and I know she is feeling really awful if she has to cancel on us. I was going to make food but now I don't now what to plan for.
I hope it does not get worse for those of you in flood land. There's been so much destruction already from hurricanes. Spring has the potential to be devastating even if the weather is not extraordinary.
Sorry about the GW, SD. I hope something new and wonderful takes its place.
01-04-2019, 07:47 PM
SD - I'm so sorry to hear bout you GW closing. :hugz:
No crafting, just lurking.
01-04-2019, 08:43 PM
We were at GW today and it was like a wake. Everyone is upset about it. Employees didn't know till Wednesday, public didn't know till yesterday or today. The place has already been ransacked. We did find a few things.
Remember when I was whining about wanting a stainless steel trash can for the little narrow space by my sewing cabinet and work table? And that I wasn't going to spend $100 for the one I liked? Guess what! TA-DA! Attachment 48187
GW had this little gem for a mere $4. It doesn't have the step on flip lid like I wanted, but I'm good with that since it does have a lift off lid. Two, in fact, not sure why. It's actually a tea or coffee server made by Bunn. It's much heavier steel than a trash can, and it's a perfect fit for the space where it has to live. It only holds 3.5 gallons, but I can live with that too. I love the style and uniqueness of my freshly repurposed trash can, and it should meet my needs. I think I can peel the label off of it, if I decide I want to. I looked this up on Bunn's website and it sells for $168. Of course I wouldn't have paid that for it, but regardless, it was a steal at only $4. Happy me!
I do love a good repurpose.
Dang, we'll miss that store.
01-04-2019, 08:45 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the run of bad luck surrounding you, CH. I hope 2019 will treat you more kindly.
01-04-2019, 10:53 PM
Another nice coincidence with my new trash can is a plastic grocery bag exactly fits in it. It will hold more than it looks like, I think.
01-04-2019, 11:47 PM
that sucks that your thrift store is closing. all that rain! like here but we are not flat so it runs away. not a flat area. that is really hard for your friend. I can't imagine that pain. on a different note.... finished a blanket for kids cousin ..she didn't want it bigger told her to give it back if she did. mandala yarn phoenix colourwayAttachment 48191
01-05-2019, 12:29 PM
Wow! That’s a pretty afghan! I love the colors.
I made good progress yesterday but still it was mostly in places behind doors so the clutter does not seem to be appreciably diminished.
I decided that since I need to choose thread by color now rather than specific number I would take it out of the floss bobbin boxes and just use shoe boxes. That way I can put all the types of thread - floss, perle, blending filaments and such - together. That will make choosing threads easier and I’ll probably put threads away more promptly if all I have to do is toss them generic color boxes. I will probably still cross stitch a little this year and pullingbthread for that will be a right pain, but on the whole this will be more efficient for now.
Yesterday I finally got the fabrics I ordered from China. They were sold in half yards (18 x 36) for about 3.50 each. I bought more than I should have but I am happy I did. They are gorgeous, beautiful rich colors, great quality. Many of them have traditional dragon or phoenix patterns, but some fussy cutting and embellishing will keep it from screaming “Chinese.” Most are tone on tone or very subtle colors but as an afterthought I added two with a large bright floral pattern, one on green, one on purple. I’ll get a photo eventually but it’s guarateed not to do these fabrics justice. Going through them was like strolling through Aladdin’s glittering cave.
That’s almost the end of the huge fall of ‘18 stashing binge. I still have a couple of panels to come from here and a few more laces and ribbons from China that could come today or a month from now.
Today’s agenda - finish the threads. Regroup beads by color. Sort through bingo loot. We played bingo Christmas and NYear, and they went nuts with prizes. I was (fortunately?) very lucky the second night and brought home a big bag of stuff. Sharon was caller and determined to give every bit of it away so we kept going on every round towards the end until every game had three or four “winners”. There was still a pile left and the last game was winner take all. Little girl and I tied so I had to take half of that too. Lol. I will definitely get a picture.
01-05-2019, 04:02 PM
That afghan is pretty. It's like a Lone Star quilt design.
Sounds like you're having fun with stuff, D. The Chinese fabrics sound gorgeous.
We drove over to the next town, but not to Hibbing. We ran into ice fog on the way and decided not to make the trip any longer, so I still didn't get to JA. I'm disappointed because, with GW disappearing, my idea of just letting the bear paw quilt happen based on the random fabrics I ran across there is over, too. OTOH, I do need to focus on angel gowns for a while. That will take a few weeks. It's not like I have nothing else to do.
We had very short shopping lists, but I wanted to get my sewing machine looked at. I expected just to drop it off and then go back in 2 or 3 weeks to get it. We planned our shopping based on that. We took the machine in last, and luckily the tech was in. He fixed it for me right on the floor, so we won't have to go back. That saves 10 gallons of gas. He stuck a pin between the tension plates on the top and popped out a big blob of lint, and that was the problem. I'm so happy! I was so afraid I would lose that machine. I had looked at the plates but couldn't see anything, but figured it had to be a tension problem. Then I tried to pay the guy and he wouldn't accept it, said he appreciated that I bought my sewing machines there and kept coming back for service. That was so nice of him.
We picked up 500 pounds of corn for the deer, so won't need to go back for a few weeks.
Didn't find anything for crafting. I did get a good sized bag of scrap yarn at GW yesterday though. I used up the scraps I had a while back, and now need some to make keepsakes to go with the angel gowns. I was eyeing the bag of yarn and waiting for it to go to half off, so it was nice to get it yesterday. It's mostly soft colors and lighter weight yarns that should make up nicely.
I just realized how we built up our craft stashes from our GW. When they opened 5 years ago, they sold stuff like yarn and crochet thread dirt cheap, and a lot of my knitting and crochet stash came from there. We've gotten a lot of cross stitch stuff there, too. And of course, there's all the fabric I bought there, too.
I got my new trash can cleaned up, which didn't take much, so that's ready to go. Still can't believe I actually found anything at all that will fit that little space, much less something that nice.
01-05-2019, 05:01 PM
Really pretty blanket, martha. I bet she loves it.
Great find on the "trash can" SD! Sorry about the GW closing. I wonder if they transferred a lot of stuff over to another store to get rid of it faster. I know regular retail chain stores will do that to avoid having to put too much on clearance. I wouldn't give up on the bear paw because I'm sure you still have a lot of great fabric in your stash, and once the weather gets better you will be able to take those longer trips.
I've had some things showing up in the mail recently, things I helped crowd fund last year. A cookbook, some artsy postcards, and a few new resin models to build. I'm expecting some hand processed tea from Nepal "real soon". The customs process has been frustrating.
Spending today cleaning up. Putting some more christmas stuff away. Packed up my quilt club project for now. I've got ~18 blocks, so I could make a wall hanging, or take it larger, but not a lot more. Put my new fabric away. Cleaned up some in the basement.
It's 59 out. I meant to get out in the yard and pull honeysuckle. It's the only thing green so it's easy to spot this time of year. There's tomorrow.... it will only be in the 50's but that's still nice for yard work.
01-06-2019, 06:56 AM
I'm not worried about the quilt. It's just a little frustrating. There will be a reason to go to GR or Duluth and then I can get my stuff. I doubt I have what I need because the bg on the bear panel is a weird purplish blue color. Half the blocks and borders have to coordinate with it. The main color is a rusty brown the other half of the blocks have to go with, and I don't have that either. Or the background. Basically, I have to start with the blocks but don't have anything I need for them. What I do have is the mess I created when I miscut the 9 patch, so I need to figure that out soon, or it will turn into another Lone Star project that sits here 20 years. I can't start the bear paw till I know what to do about the 9er.
I'm also excited about working on angel gowns, especially because I have my 990 running again. It sits next to my work table which will be convenient.
I have plenty to do to keep myself amused. 😁
01-06-2019, 10:56 AM
Today will be more of the same. I never imagined this would take so long but I should know by now that for reorganization with lots of fiddly little stuff I should estimate the time I expect it to take and multiply it by about six or seven. It’s important though to get this done so I’m staying with it and deferring the real fun until it’s finished.
Yesterday I got to the beads and expected to be just rearranging the tiny containers in their trays. Piece of cake. Wrong. It went that that for a while and then I got to the tray with the shapes - triangles, bricks, squares, crescents and such. They were sorted by shape, not color. Oops. That really slowed things down. It shouldn’t take long (that is, long x 6) and then I come to the larger beads. I know there will be some re-sorting by color there, but that will be much quicker than the seed beads. I never sorted the small batik scraps so I’ll try to do that today. I think that will be the end of the really time consuming stuff. I hope after that it will speed up and be mostly just putting stuff away. I am prepared to admit this may be wrong.
The two fabric panels came yesterday so the only part of the hoard yet to come is the bits of ribbon (2) and lace (several) from China. There is also one tool on its way from Australia. It is a set of stencils that was so expensive I feel some actual guilt for buying them, but they are so cleverly designed they were irresistible. They are less designs than design elements to combine in endless patterns.
I’m moving learning free motion quilting from this month to farther down the road. I just want to start playing with all my cool stuff.
01-06-2019, 04:03 PM
I don't think GW is moving their stuff out yet, CH. They're still taking donations anyway. Maybe someone will decide it's a good time to dump thier fabric stash.
I hate sorting little stuff, D. It never seems like I'm getting anywhere. But the up side is I can store a huge assortment of fun stuff in a small space.
I've had a good day so far. I got the 990 set back up in its space. Haven't sewed on it yet though.
I finished up with my clear patterns for angel gowns, which got interrupted by the power outage the other day. Then I sorted through that folder and added another folder to keep stuff more organized. I ran across a pattern I had saved for those little plastic canvas crosses, tried it, hated it, so I modified the pattern to make it smaller and easier and cheaper. I like it now. I thought I had more 1/8" ribbon but it looks like I need to buy some. Attachment 48201
I cut a bunch of my scrap canvas into blanks to cut into crosses, so those are ready to prep. Somewhere I have a package of small safety pins to use for the crosses. It's been drifting around my work table for a couple weeks, but of course now I can't find it. These crosses will go with the baby gowns as mementos. I need to make some flowers and hearts so parents can have a choice.
I messed with the 9er and I think I have it figured out. I made the 12 triangle in a square blocks. All the pink and red checked blocks are done for now. I haven't decided if I will make the quilt with all pieced blocks, which will take more blocks, or finish it off with borders instead. I will figure it out when I get that far.
I dumped my old trash can into the new one and was happy to see it holds the same amount. I plan to keep the big one I brought in from the garage, too, since it also has a lid. Still can't believe I found that. Sometimes I think there must be something wrong with my brain that I can look at a commercial tea dispenser and see a trash can. Weird.
01-07-2019, 08:29 AM
I think those embroidery templates might be the same ones I have my eye on. Are they the ones from pintangle?
I plan to start on embroidery this year. I have dabbled in at in the past. I also did cross stitch for a couple of years back in the late 80's. I still have some thread from it. It is old, but I do not think thread goes bad.
I have seen some really nice cross stitch out there, but I feel more drawn to free form embroidery. I also like how it will let me use what I have. For example, a flower would just need something green for the leaves and something flower colored for the flowers. I remember the frustration with cross stitch of having lots of thread, but not the exact ones I needed.
I fought with my sewing machine yesterday. I thought it might be broken, but it turned out it was just a bad spool of thread. I put a different spool in and it ran with no problem.
I was able to finish a simple drawstring skirt.
01-07-2019, 09:02 AM
Nice afgan, beautiful colors.
Finished skein #6 and started skein #7 on the wool afgan over the weekend. So far, I'm about halfway through skein #7. I ended up not doing much on Saturday. That's probably a good thing since I have plans for next Saturday, if the weather holds. Next Saturday is an open hearth cooking class at a historical site near me.
I'm glad I picked up the two extra skeins for the wool afgan. It definitely looks like I'll need them. Good thing is the afgan covers my legs, especially since the temps are dropping again. I was thinking of putting the wool afgan aside to work on the wool-blend afgan for myself for a bit of a change. But since I promised this wool afgan for someone else, I'll keep at it. The wool-blend one is for myself and I can take my time on it.
01-07-2019, 09:34 AM
Embroidery floss sometimes rots, Kathy, but not quickly.
Good going on the afghan, Ren. Those are good winter projects.
I stayed up till 2 AM cutting out little plastic crosses. Don't know why. I just wasn't tired. I will probably crash and burn this afternoon. I remembered a kind, thoughtful soul here at FV sent me her unwanted ribbon stash when I started making angel gowns. It took me a while to recall where I had put it, in a separate storage container, neatly organized, clearly labeled " baby gown ribbons", and stored in plain sight on top of the sewing room shelving. :duh: I kept it separate from my private stash, since it's for the babies. Anyway, I was happy to find I have 21 reels of the correct size ribbon to make the crosses. It's a big help to me and I thank that thoughtful person again.
I also found a picture of angel ornaments made from a wedding gown. No pattern, but making a pattern would be fairly easy. I like that idea for keepsakes, too, and I will have plenty of scraps left from making the gowns.
I thought of a couple more little tweaks to my work table area. It just gets better and better.
It's going to be a busy day.
01-07-2019, 11:57 AM
Ha! SD - I win the why in the world am I doing this now competition. I was sorting buttons at 3:30 am. I don’t expect the afternoon to go well either. Lol.
Kathy - yes, they are the Pintangle templates. I briefly scanned through the ebook files that were sent when I ordered them. So many pattern ideas! I think they’re going to be great to work with. I’m thinking that embroidery is probably going to become my major craft. I did a little when I was a little girl - the typical 50s silly transfers for kitchen towels - kittens doing chores and such. In high school I did a lot of pictures with satin stitching. My best friend was a jaw droppingly talented artist who provided patterns. In later life she studied archaeology and was site artist for archaeological digs. I love cross stitching but it will be great to be freed from a pattern.
Today more of the same. Make that “long x 10”. I’m going to cull a lot of old buttons that realistically I will probably never use. Several years ago I bought a big lot of buttons on eBay. They were about half and half five star and one star, with some middling ones. No point in keeping the one star variety. It was still definitely worth what I paid for it, especially given the ridiculous price of buttons now.
01-07-2019, 01:46 PM
This reminds me of an interesting piece I saw on line with embroidery and buttons. Google "year of stiches and buttons"
I am thinking of making something similar. I have lots of buttons.
I made some cashew butter in the blender today. We have been using up some of our food stash. We have been down to getting just fresh fruit and veggies and using things from the freezer and cubbords. We have been eating pretty good. This week is gumbo with beans and biscuits.
01-07-2019, 04:40 PM
We did the same with food during the state lockout here a few years ago. That's what freezers and pantries are for, after all.
It looks like we got about 5" of snow from the storm, followed by rain. It's still raining, more of a mist. Just enough to slick up the roads tonight. It's 36 dang degrees here right now. In northern Minnesnowta. In January. I hate this warm weather.
I tweaked the 990's cabinet today and created a mousehole in the top, so now the foot control sits all the way down on the floor. The way it had to be routed before wasn't good. I also added a hook for the scrap catcher. It was buttoned to the sewing machine mat where it was in the way. Both those are small but significant changes.
Finished cutting the crosses.
Cooked 20 pounds of chicken for dog food and got that ready for the freezer. It was .99 last week. The turkey chubs I usually use were $3.85/lb. :yikes: I'm more than happy to save almost $60 on 2 batches of dog food any day of the week.
I poked around one of the totes with baby supplies but can't find the vests I had started. I might have tossed them because they did not fit the gowns they were supposed to. Luckily I have a big selection of bridesmaid gowns in various colors to make more vests.
01-07-2019, 04:43 PM
Should have said the cord for the 990 foot control was rerouted, not the control itself. Although now it can sit in a different spot, where it belongs and functions better.
01-07-2019, 04:52 PM
thanks! finished a granny square cardigan too. just need to take a picture. bought more yarn in the states on sat mostly lion brand woolease..new colours lol not that I needed more. sunday helped a friend learn basics of crochet which was more dont' try learning new things with the kids around because you need peace to learn lol mistakes happen when dealing with kids etc.
still have the all the sorting of craft stuff to do downstairs. some xmas stuff down. enjoying the first day at home alone besides cats. Attachment 48203
01-07-2019, 05:11 PM
I like the button project.
Sharon Boggon is the creator the templates. Google her name for images to see some of her work - and way down there are pictures of the templates. I can only aspire to such beautiful work.
01-08-2019, 06:21 AM
I drove by the neighbour's place yesterday and it looks just as bad still. It also looks like they have added a bunch of stones for a sort of walk way to get out of the house and to the vehicles without hitting much water. But it also looks like the water sitting has spread further back into the back acres of the lot. And there is possible snow coming this weekend. I am sure it will turn into a skating rink there. Bride came for the fitting. I need to take in another 1 and a half to 2 inches on each side still. so Jack the ripper will be my friend here. Still need to hem a pair of boys jeans too, but they are pinned and waiting to be pressed so I can get that done. Hopefully today. We got DS out the door for his last semester at the University. Today I hope I can get the pattern drawn or at least started for the bolero jacket for the bride. It should be a quick thing to do.
Lovely afghan. I love to do crocheting too. ( and sew and make baskets and embroider and...... Well, you get the picture.) I am also working on a CQ Christmas stocking for my youngest DGD. I have almost all the stocking fabric pieced together then will embellish with embroidery and beads and lace etc. Hope DD likes it for her DD. I did manage the 10,000 steps yesterday but not the 2 previous days. And working on music for the wedding too. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! lots to do.
01-08-2019, 06:23 AM
ooh and I forgot to mention I like those crosses too. Look so pretty and what a worthwhile project to work on.
01-08-2019, 08:27 AM
Thanks, Knotme. I found the little safety pins and figured out how to attach them, so that worked out. I will probably set those aside for now to work on at crafts, since I won't need them till I get a whole bunch of gowns done.
I think I need to do marathon cutting of gowns. Not sure how that will work out and if I will be able to stand it because it's so tedious. I can't just stack the fabric up and have at it, everything has to be considered and placed and cut one piece at a time. I think the new clear patterns will help a lot. But I have to start developing some more efficient methods to speed things up, especially the actual sewing. The fun part. 🙂 I need to get my inventory built up so I can find some more hospitals to make gowns for. When I took the last batch to Spearfish, I didn't allow myself enough time and wasn't able to make any boyish gowns or add as much detail on the other gowns as I would have liked. I don't want that failure again.
01-08-2019, 10:51 AM
I’m still chipping away on the organization but making steady progress. I think I’m actually farther along than it looks like. I want to finish up with the beads and buttons today.
Today may also be a sort of kitchen day. I’m debating what to cook but I need to do something. The leftovers are getting pretty thin. I really, really need to catch up on dishes but I burned my thumb a couple of days ago and it still has a hissy fit when hot water hits it so I will probably only wash, very carefully, anything I absolutely must have. I hope I don’t see anyone today because washing my hair would not be pleasant either. With luck by tomorrow my thumb will be less sensitive to heat. It’s ridiculous that so small a thing is so disruptive. Or maybe I’m just a wimp.
01-08-2019, 04:20 PM
I have been working through my fabric stash. I have three completed skirts. I have a forth one on the couch. I am doing a blanket stich with yarn plus a row of since single crochet for the edge.
After all this my fabric stash has gone from three boxes to ........ Three boxes.
Later this week I will go through the boxes and see what bulky things I can do stuff with.