Jettsmom - welcome to the thread! I’m looking forward to following your progress. I have very substandard quilting skills and admire those who are good at it.
Jettsmom - welcome to the thread! I’m looking forward to following your progress. I have very substandard quilting skills and admire those who are good at it.
Sounds like your traffic is working so far, Ren. It should get easier as commuters adjust.
I hear ya about logging trucks, D. Logging is big business up here, one of Minnesota's big three, timber, taconite, and taxes. I wrecked a Ferrari F40 under a logging truck once in a novel. That was fun, but very sad for so many reasons. But the scene was well received by my beta readers, so it was worth the emotional toll it took on me. But I digress as usual. Glad you got through the logging truck gauntlet okay and found an alternate route.
Martha, one of ours is peeing where she shouldn't, but I added a tray in one spot where she's committed multiple offenses. It's easy to see the mess now and easy to rinse the tray so it's always clean. If our vet is right she won't be with us much longer, so we clean up and just live with it. She's in a crate at night where she always uses the box, so that helps a lot. She's lucky she's so adorable.
I spent another frustrating morning with the old serger, then called the tech. We plan to take it in again tomorrow. I sure hope it gets fixed this time. I'm sure they're frustrated, too.
I cut 90 shields so they are ready to be serged, and pinned another 16 yds together to sew, then cut another 60 more from that. I need to find some pink and/or purple flannel to put with some scraps big enough to make liners from, so will see what JA has tomorrow. I have a short list and some coupons.
It sounds like Husby wants to go to GR. I might find a good serger table sooner than expected, since we will shop at least 5 thrifts, most likely. It's going to be a long day again.
Welcome, Jettsmom! Looking forward to following your quilt progress.
Kathy, it sounds like you would like Fox River socks, which are a thick, soft wool blend. Very warm and machine washable and dryable. Although if you have cold hands and feet but not circulation problems, it often means you're not dressed warm enough on your torso. A body will starve the heat out of extremities to protect its core. The saying I was taught by someone who spent a lot of time in the Arctic is, if your hands are cold, put on a sweater.
They’re here!! I love them all. I want to start and finish them all this week! I can’t decide which to begin. Each one I pick up and look at is definitely the one tiggers like best!
I think it was good to have struggled with the shelf so long. The confetti in these doesn’t look bad at all after that. Lol.
I’m not going to copy these yet to split the pages. The main reason I always use one sided is so that I can cut off the bits I’ve finished so I have smaller and smaller pieces to mess with. There’s no reason I have to, except for convenience.
Back to floss management.
Wow, it looks like you guys have been busy.
Kathy, I m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for shoe covers.
M, cats can be so crazy at night. Fortunately my current ones are quiet.
Today was a beach day. Went with a woman whose husband works with mine. We stopped at Ft Christmas, and I took pics of the beautiful Seminole patchwork.
The beach was lovely but a red flag was up, so no swimming.
Tomorrow we leave Orlando for Coco beach.
And I have to add, one thing we are not missing down here is the construction traffic and delays. Not looking forward to that back home.
Welcome Jettsmom. You will find lots of encouragement here.
Kathy I like the boot cuffs idea. I have seen people turn old wool sweater sleeves into boot cuffs. I think hot glue may be involved.
I got 1 skein of yarn at JoAnn using 60% off coupon for the hand warmers.
Last night I watched some videos by a young woman on a channel called Quilters Workshop. She has made several videos with Christmas/gift related ideas. Many were the usual stuff but she had 1 cute idea of making stuffed triangles and sewing together to get a Christmas tree-shape, she hot-glued to a small flower pot to make it stand up.
Well, the traffic has been ok so far. I think the announcements leading up to the road closure may have helped a bit. I do find it amusing that people aren't using the new 'left' lane on the road out of town as much as they could have (at least until they see other people using it). Then again, I think a good number of people are just trying to take the right hand turn onto the highway.
Still working on the skein for my wb afgan. It's taking longer than expected but I'm glad I'm working on this WIP. It's cold today and likely to remain that way for the next several days. Then again, it's only November and it's only going to get colder.
I spent 30 minutes sewing quilt blocks together and was able to get 4 rows done. I have 8-9 rows left. Setting the timer for 30 minutes really helped. It kept me focused on getting the job done.
I'm not a quilter. I just do what I do. I cut blocks out of fabric, sew them together until I have the size I want and then put the batting and a backing fabric on and start sewing straight lines until it's "quilted". My mom used to make quilts and so did one of my grandmothers. They did is all by hand. I'm just using my regular sewing machine. They aren't perfect, but they are perfect enough for my dgds.
I may go to town today after all. I just won’t be happy working on a two sided pattern. Also i would rather keep it unmarked should I really screw up the counting. Backups are good. I also found last night that I only have about a yard of a color that requires 2 skeins on 25 count. Doing it on 18 I will need even more. I think it’s slso used on the trees. There are also quite a few colors needing multiple skeins. I really need to just grit my teeth and do the JA. Last time I called from the parking lot to see if one of the riding carts was free, to see if I had to haul the walker out of the car. I’ll do that again. They only have two and lots of old shoppers lol. They used to have none though so this is a 200% improvement.
I’ve decided to stay with plan A and start the Morning Cheer pattern with the little robin. I also decided to work from the top, that I rejected after starting the shelf there. Since I’m gridding the fabric for these, I can easily work from the bottom of the top page, if that makes sense. I don’t know why I didn’t figure that out before. I would rather have the finished sections coming off the top of the hoop than gathering in my lap. This one is 49 pages, a lot more reasonable than the 84 pages of shelf.
The fabric is posting now as late. I hope it comes tomorrow. It’s just as well because there’s stuff I need to do before I leap into a new project.
J - that’s how I made the one on my lap now. Only I just used solid cloth front and back. Talk about lazy. I have some fabric squares I want to make into a quilt. Some day. Right now it’s all about cross stitch.
Will catch up later. Sitting at a gas station in Hibbing, burning data on my phone. But I'm so excited about my big sewing desk score! Had to share RIGHT NOW! LOL! I got a beautiful piece, solid maple, with dovetail drawers, for $35 at ReStore in GR. More than I wanted to spend, but when I saw the quality I knew it was worth it! It will work great for me. It's very solid and should be immune to vibration. Already thought of a drawer mod I want to do.
It's been a long day, sun's going down, hour and a half from home, deer are on the move. It will be good to get there.
Jettsmom, I would call you a quilter. It's not about how fancy you make it, it's about love and creativity. You enjoy the process, they enjoy the gifts you give. The best quilts aren't perfect, they have their own unique characteristics.
DC, I look forward to seeing your Robin when it is done.
Great find,SD. You fit the best stuff. I struck out today. I have been trying to find a silver charm for my bracelet. Disney didn't have any. We tried local pawn shop s and jewelry stores. It was a wild goose chase.
Going to do some more hand piecing tonight. Tomorrow is our last day.
SD - what a great find! Youíre one of the luckiest thrift shoppers I know.
I had a fun day. I decided at the last minute to just gather up all my big two sided patterns and get all of them copied so I donít have to do it again. I was not going to deal with the grumpuses at Office Depot so I went out of my way to a UPS Store. When I got there I was the only one, so the girl at the counter just did it all for me while I sat on my walker and watched. Just as we were finishing three more people came in so I hit that just right. How pleasant to have an employee that wasnít highly annoyed to have a customer!
Itís a big stack of pattern pages. I did the three I just bought, the ďwhen I am oldĒ ladies, and two other Heaven and Earth patterns that Iíve had a while, a teapot and cups with birds and a funny owl called Hrmpff. Also the garden pixie Iíve had a long time from Mystic Stitch. Years and years of stitching.
Then at JA I got my list of thread. Mostly it is what I needed for multiple skeins, but also some I have found I am just very low on. I have some magnets Iíve been wanting to make some needle minders with. I have three or four Iíve bought, but I really like my stash stuff better. I use them less for hanging on to my needle than for attaching my pattern. Anyway, the strung beads were 70% off so I picked up a few. Iím not sure the snake will work, but it will be cool if it does.
Here are the two patterns I don’t think I’ve ever posted. High tea is much smaller than most of this company’s patterns.
The pixie pattern isn’t available anymore on the site, and the picture on the front of the pattern is squished down and doesn’t look much like the pattern so no point in getting a photo of it. It’s pretty confetti intensive so I’ve been skipping over it.
Edit - I found an art print of the picture.
I love the patterns, D, especially the grumpy owl. You pick out the coolest stuff. Love the tea time colors, too.
I had a list of stuff for JA, but ended up only buying 3 hunks of flannel to fill in a hole in my DfG stash. I escaped having spent only $14. Picked up 2 half yd pieces at GW for the general purpose stash, plus another 1/2 yd of flannel for DfG, all for $1 each. Didn't find too much else at thrifts. Don't care, I got what we went for.
I guess I am pretty lucky at finding stuff, but part of that is keeping an open mind and being able to see potential in something not my first choice and embrace it. But I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at different ideas, and this desk configuration was my #1 pick. That's lucky! I'm not a fan of early American style, but I can live with it. Here it is! It looks nicer IRL but the lighting was all wrong.
The bottom 2 drawer fronts are actually 1 ginormous drawer. I can't wait to move all my serger thread into that. I also want to modify 1 or 2 of the pullout trays we salvaged and add sliders to the bottom and possibly middle drawers to make better use of the vertical space. Will have to check tomorrow to see what's possible with the materials I have.
I finally figured out dollar store reading glasses are just a set of magnifiers that hang off of ears, so I tried a pair of Husby's over my prescription readers and they worked great. I picked up a couple pairs of my own today for embroidery and beading. Should make life easier.
More good news today. When we took the old serger in, we happened to catch the tech there. Normally he's at the Duluth store. I talked to the other tech a while, and showed him the mangled scrap I left in the serger yesterday during the ill fated test drive. He could finally see exactly what I had been telling them about the cutter. The serger guy took over and found out the cutter was misaligned, so he replaced the blade which was also worn and adjusted it. Labor was still under their warranty so free, and the cutter was $22, so I can't complain. I will be very surprised if this doesn't finally fix it.
That's weird. The pic showed up in the draft but didn't post. Trying again...
This is the Pinterest desk I liked so much. I had potential alternatives I would have accepted, but this was what I really wanted. I got pretty darn close! I think this one is longer than mine, but mine is only 1" shorter than my maximum allowance.
Welcome jettsmom. If you make quilts you are a quilter. There is nothing that says you have to make a certain type of quilt or be at a certain level of skill to be a quilter. There are no craft snobs here.
It is a little cold here this morning but the ground is dry. My husband says he might telework on Wednesday if it is icy. He says he doesn't feel confident walking on ice. He walks with a cane currently. I suddenly realized that his wanting to move to a no snow place when we retire is probably more about this than not liking the cold.
I wonder if this is why so many seniors move to Sunbelt cities.
Thick socks would seem like the obvious solution, but my shoes don't fit if I wear the really thick socks. I may play around with it this weekend. I am also working on my stuffed chameleon.
Now the pic in the first pic post above is there. Gaaaahhhh! Computers!
I'm all moved into the new desk! I absolutely love it! So glad I didn't hold out for a dirt cheap bargain. I went over it for flaws and other than the scratches, all it needed was a replacement screw on one of the drawer pulls. Scratch remover took care of all the small ones and greatly improved the one bigger one. Can't complain at all.
The middle drawer is the perfect height to hold serger thread cones, so I will use it for that and not build a tray for it. I realized the bottom drawer is a file drawer. I don't know if I can make that work to my advantage but will give it some thought before I decide to make a tray. It's nice to have almost all my serger thread in one space now so I can see what I have. I'm going to focus on using up the partial cones to help get better control of that stash.
I have a large suitcase full of vintage double knits. At some point, I plan to make rugs from it, and then I will get rid of the suitcase. That won't happen till we don't have cats, because they love to pee on those rugs. There is room for it at the end of the new desk. The plan now is to make a U shape from some lumber and set it over the suitcase. That will expand my space to the right of the serger, where I need it. Should work great.
Hard to get a good pic because of limited space, but here's the new work desk in its natural habitat, with a couple stacks of liners waiting to be serged. I hope the dust will settle now on The Great Serger Drama of 2019 so I can finally get some work done.
Kathy - that’s a good point about the ice. I certainly wouldn’t want to be out walking on it, even with the walker, and absolutely not with a cane. There is no way I would make it to my destination still upright.
The fabric is out for delivery, so I have some housework to do before it arrives because there certainly won’t be any done for a few days after it comes. CH - don’t sit up nights waiting on the robin - lol. If I were very diligent and worked on it steadily without veering off to other projects, which won’t happen, I would say a couple of years. It’s big, like all the HAED patterns. 49 pages. I’ll also be working on the trees, a mere 20 pages. And other WIPs.
I’m thinking though that what I should do to spell off the big ones is to pull out some little patterns so I can actually finish something now and then. I would also like to start using up some of the small cuts of fabric I got to sample colors. Most of these are 8x12 or 9x13. I might do geometric motifs on some and use some of the variegated floss stash. That would be good stash goal for next year. Since I seem to be moving toward bigger and bigger projects, it would be good to clear out some of these small cuts.
Ice and snow removal has been raised to a fine art in Minnesota. Of course, we do have to be diligent and careful, but it's not as big a deal as you might think, even with a cane or walker. Besides, with Amazon and local grocery and drug deliveries, there's less and less need for people to go out if they don't want to. Public spaces generally are kept clear of ice and snow.
Big relief here. I just serged 20 liners without a problem, so I'm feeling confident my serger is back to normal. Now I just have to learn to use the new one.
So many projects, so little time.
:vs_bulb: idea! I have several patterns with the Quaker style motifs. A couple of small ones but two big ones - the carols and an autumn one. Instead of doing them as complete big projects, that will take forever, I can use the motifs separately to work down the stash of small pieces of fabric. They will also be good fillers for my bulletin board display.
Another idea Iíve had for a while now. I want a 36x48 magnetic whiteboard and a bucketful of tiny magnets to replace the cross stitch bulletin board. I think that will be the sum of my community Christmas wish list. Magnets will be easier than pushing little bendy pins into a hard cork board.
Iím still waiting for the fabric. Mail comes very late most Saturdays. They must combine some routes.
SD I think the trick was taking the machine in with the snarl sitting in full display. Good work and happy sewing.
This is the project I worked on last night and today (while on break from yard work.) Used some larger pieces of green felt and a lot of random buttons. It is about 6" tall. Attachment 49757
love those cross stitch patterns! great desk.. maybe file area is good for patterns. raining here now and long weekend ..we planned do nothing but the basics..first free weekend in ages but life and kids. got invited to a neighbours engagement party..questionable one senior younger woman..dating a few months..he doesn't have kids etc but turns out she does adult cooks and cleans for him..special needs apparently. we don't know all the details and he thinks that he won't be living with them. says won't get married until he is in housing..well even kids w good jobs have a hard time w rents now so $$$ so apparently going for a visit w relatives for a few months back home. think he is being naive the kid will be living with them. you marry the family too. not saying she is after his money etc but would be set up very nicely if she gets the house etc over $1million. of course he bought it w his late wife in the 70s and fixed it up and property went nuts here in the last decade or so. so get to met her tomorrow at the tea. neighbourhood gossip lol I know our kids will be home for a long time because of costs out there. will crochet them a blanket for a gift if the wedding is far enough away.
dd invited friends over to sew tomorrow (didn't ask) so basement needs cleaning up. mostly stuff going out anyways but didn't need to do it today. it is on the table there. stuff giving away. so cleanup..had a moment w dd cus she was bitching about cleaning and I was seriously you don't ask ..don't mind they are coming over but now bitching about cleaning up so she changed her tune..teens... already had the talk of you have your stash stay out of mine lol. just in case her friends get ideas... dh got his new tires on the car $650. need gas since really cheap too.
will be crocheting and watching my shows as much as possible after chores ..at the moment the little mermaid live...not great.. they have popups going singing in 3 mins..etc.. not that I was a fan of the movie but was like 30 when it came out. always makes me think of the original story lol
that is so cute!
Beach was good for a walk this morning and then we drove around a bit. Found a quilt shop. I will show you pictures when it all comes in the mail.😀
Got rainy, and dark already, so we're at the airport watching the TSA line get longer.. 2.5 hours until our flight. No rush.
Will be good to get home.
Dircpa - what a cute tree!
M- oh well. At least you have a clean basement lol
I have some ideas about padding wire coat hangers. That will use up fabric scraps, batting, yarn, etc. Could even make hanger pockets for accessories or a hanging storage bags.
I want to make some fake fur cuffs for mom's old gloves. Nice gloves but the style was wrist-length and can leave a gap. I have brown and black fake fur scraps already.
CH - I hope you had a good flight home. Any vacation that caters to stash building is a good vacation! Oh, and beaches are nice too.
The robin is started! Ready to go and progress by bedtime. Moving right along! Lol.
I cut and labeled the fabric for the other large ones last night so I wonít forget and cut up those large pieces. I obsessively did the math and checked it and checked it again, measured, marked, measured again, cut, measured again - just to be sure. Cross stitch fabric is too expensive to screw up a big cut. I could use it for smaller things, but would have to buy another big piece. The only one I donít have fabric for is the hare. I had to buy a full yard for the robin, and was able to get the tea cups from it too. It turned out to be the exact width to cut both. Iím rarely so lucky.
Forgot to put in progress photo. I’m absurdly excited to be starting this. The fabric looks white in the photo but it’s a very light gray.
WB, CH! Sounds like you had a fun, relaxing trip.
DLR, that tree is so adorable. I agree the visual aid of the mangled fabric left in the serger was a big help. But what really did it was when the first tech sewed 2 straight rows and didn't have a problem. He still didn't get it, so I said, "great! Now do a curve." He did and instantly ended up with his own mangled mess. To be fair to him, he was honestly trying to help and he's not the serger tech. His area is sewing machines. But he immediately got the serger guy and it's finally fixed. I serged 20 liners yesterday with zero problems. What a relief!
D, I'm glad you're having fun again.
I pinned and sewed all the liner fabric I plan to use this yr, and also gritted my teeth and worked through all the odds and ends that have been hanging in the flannel tote for a few yrs now. I hate that kind of sewing because it takes too long, but I finally bought the other fabric I needed to use the odd stuff up so had to do it. Then I cut everything. I ended up with just over 200 liners. Not sure how many I sewed and cut today, probably about 80 or 90. I serged the 20 yesterday and fought my way through maybe about 8 when the serger wasn't working, so have around 180 left to serge. Shouldn't take too long, now that the serger is fixed. I'm not ready to start working with the new serger yet till I get some practice on curves.
Been reading and watching videos about using a serger. I hope I remember the tips when I need them.
Nice quiet day here for a change. It seems like all we've been doing lately is running around for various appointments and the ailing serger. Really glad the sewing table issue is settled before winter, too. It's been unseasonably cold this yr and the lake is already iced over a month early. :sigh: Saw a lot of Ice Castles being towed Friday, so people are getting ready for winter.
DC, that's a very large piece of cross stitch fabric.
Good to be back home, but yesterday was a very long day. Flights were smooth, only annoying part was the 45 minute "layover" in Atlanta. By the time we were off the arriving plane our departing flight was boarding and we had to get to the opposite end of the airport, different terminal, on foot, not a minute to spare. I've got to find lighter luggage. That will take some research and time.
I really wanted to hobby today, missed my sewing room. There were plants to water, cats to pet, different cats to feed, shopping list to make, meal plan for the week, unpacking, cats who wanted attention, laundry, shopping to be put away, cats to feed again, leaves to rake before the storm, mail to go through, dinner and dishes, and I am still sore from yesterday. My head is spinning, so I think I'm going to spike the egg nog and it will be lights out in a little while.
WW just rolled out their new plan. I like it! It includes the option to stay on the current plan, which I will do for now, but I can change to the other options later if I want. I still feel WW makes the most sense for me. I know from bitter experience I can't lose without a good food plan. After all, I got into this mess by guesswork and wishful thinking, so clearly that doesn't work. WW gives me a road map. I long as I follow it, I lose. If I don't, I get nowhere. I am going to rebel, though. Plain ff yogurt is a zero pts food, but skim milk isn't. It never made sense to me. I just found out the reasoning is that liquids aren't as filling as food you have to chew. Who chews yogurt? I'm going off the rez and adding 1 cup of milk per day and defiantly not tracking it. So there. I really miss milk with supper. It's been yrs now and I can't seem to get over it. The water I drink with supper these days does not fill me up, either, so might as well drink my milk.
Hope I can spend most of my day sewing. This is the first week in a long time I feel like I can actually sew in my sewing room instead of having to build or rearrange or solve some problem. Looking forward to it.
Finished the skein on my gray afgan and started a new one. I think this new skein will likely be the last one needed for the afgan. Yay!! It was a lot of work but I think it was worth it. I can use this afgan in the spring and fall since it's lightweight. I still have quite a few skeins left of the gray yarn, though. I don't know if I'll use them for scarves or make a lapgan with them.
I think the next WIP in the queue will be the wool lapgan I started with the leftover skeins from my friend's afgan. I'll pass that one along to my friend as well. I'm sure she or her family will get use out of it. If not, I"m sure she can find people who will appreciate it since she has more contact with people who homestead or practice/are learning herbalism.
Ren, a wool afghan sounds really nice right now. Hope your friend likes it.
SD, sometimes I don't understand diet plans either. Sometimes I think they make arbitrary decisions for "the plan" just to make the choices less confusing. WW has some good recipes, though. Sometimes they are a little too lean/low fat for me, but you do what works for you.
Snowy and windy today. DH and I are going to stay in and hobby. Among other things, I want to make a pair of earrings for my cat sitter. Couldn't find any suitable gifts in Florida, it was all tacky plastic junk. I am going to string earrings to match a necklace she bought from me last year. Then see if I can remember where I was on my other projects.
Good going on the afghan, Ren.
I started serging liners again and realized I pinned, sewed, and cross cut at least 50 of them wrong.
They should be sewn with the wrong side of the narrow strip against the right side of the wide one, not wrong sides together. I still can't believe it! I pin and sew the narrow strips to the wide ones using 4-yd lengths, then cut into 9" pieces. I did at least 4 lengths wrong, 16 yds of opportunity to notice the mistakes while staring literally at every inch of those yds, twice each. Don't you think I'd have noticed the multiple errors in all the handling of this stuff? I e'd DfG and I'm hoping they will okay me doing them as is. I'm afraid all the handling to rip them would fray the flannel, and/or trying to sew them back together perfectly would be impossible. The liners would function the same way and could be folded inside out, but I know DfG strives for continuity across the brand. It's an epic screwup on my part. :sigh:
Other than that, I'm enjoying my day. The serger is purring like Chester, and I got 70 or so liners serged with no issues. Will probably switch over to shields or practice with the new serger after my break. So much to do. It's going to be a short winter.