M - teens being teens. Evolution failed us on that one. Neighbor little girl isnít there yet being only ten, but I think sheís having moments when sheís practicing for her upcoming starring role as the only teen on the block.
Ren - great news on the nearing completion. Is there any way we could see a pic?
CH - have all the cats forgiven you for going away? I hope they got lots and lots of pets. Or food, always an acceptable substitute. Iím glad youíre back home.
SD - Iím glad your serger is finally healed and back at work. Thatís a serious bummer about the mistake. If you canít rescue it for dfg, make a quilt? That is not an intuitive way to sew pieces together. Better you than me with the milk. I know almost nothing about our family because the family never talked about family and as the youngest, I didnít see a lot of it. One tidbit I did pick up was that as soon as we were off the bottle, both my sister and I refused milk. Apparently I resisted even a bit earlier, because those were still the days of glass bottles and at one point my exasperated dad decreed that the next bottle I threw and smashed was it and I would learn to drink from a cup. Either he relented or I mastered the cup because Iím still around - lol.
I didnít work on the robin as much yesterday as I planned, but still got a good bit done. This top corner page is a walk in the park. Lots of big areas of solid color background. This is going to be a lazy hobby day here too. The cold is finally getting around to us. It may rain starting mid afternoon, but the rain forecast keeps diminishing. Today I want to make some of the needle minders and Iíve pulled out a sheet of poster board to back pattern pages. I want to get a few more of those taped on and labeled. And then just carry on stitching.
11-11-2019, 01:10 PM
dc - I don't have a smart phone although I probably could find a way to upload a picture from my current phone. If I can find a way to take a picture and upload it, I will. This is the yarn I'm using for the current WIP:
Yeah, they're a bit pricey, especially for a full sized afgan but I decided to indulge for myself. (The gray and vamp afgans are both for me, personally.) Especially since it supports small vendors. I made wool afgans for myself using the Fisherman's Wool brand from the local Joann/Michaels stores. I've always liked using multiple blankets/afgans since I can always add or remove them as needed. Since I have electric heat, I can keep the thermostat down in winter this way.
CH - yeah, the wool afgans are coming in handy right now. I know the wool afgans I made for these friends last March were definitely appreciated as I was able to get them theirs just as the temps dropped again. (And I think their power went out for a couple of days due to a storm.) They're good people so I know they'll take good care of the wool afgans.
11-11-2019, 02:53 PM
think the ones who get their way w attitude w parents don't like me much cus they know by instinct don't work for me. like at scouts I tell them kill yourself on your own time lol when they are doing stupid kid stuff. think I am getting to the time of month cranky lol one used to have ds and friend as a posse at school and didn't like any challenges to her rule lol well moms win that one and not scared of a 14yr old lol I now know why my mom used to just say yes dear and ignore me lol
haven't crafted but we got all the stuff out of the house... costco was nuts so we went to walmart... red heart sparkle yarn in blues called my name pricey at $7.97 a roll but got one. will made cute hat. dd is always up for a little sparkle. just teaching dd how to make potato and leek soup for lunch. will craft during our veg day at home
11-11-2019, 04:11 PM
I was able to get all of my quilt squares sewn into rows. Now the process of sewing the rows together. I have 3 rows put together now. I think dgd is going to love it. Everyday, except the weekend, I've been setting the timer for 30 minutes and sew as much as I can. If I'm really close, I do keep sewing until I get to a good stopping point. I'm getting really excited to get it done. The next one, won't be as involved, but it will have some piecing to do. I just need to figure out a backing material. I don't know if I'll piece together the fabric I have laying around or if I'll get something new. I should probably just use what I have. I'm sure there is a enough to make it look nice. Thanks for all the encouragement. Of course when I mentioned the quilts to dil, she had to come back with telling me about a lady that made her a baby quilt. Everyone raved over it. Whatever. Mine is sewn with love.
11-11-2019, 04:22 PM
SD - it’s my turn to do something wrong. The magnets I have are too thick. You would think I would notice that. I glued a couple on, turned them over, and had the oops! Moment. So that project is on hold until I can get some properly sized ones.
I’ve prepped a few pattern pages, killed a lot of time on line, and now I’m ready to stitch. About time.
11-11-2019, 04:43 PM
I wanted to give my new serger a good test drive, so ripped 5 liner strips from 5.5 yds of flannel. I serged all 160+ feet wide open and pretty much nonstop. It did a beautiful job, but developed that hot new motor smell. It didn't seem too hot and cooled fairly quickly once I was done. I called the tech about it and he said new machines usually don't smell, but it could be due to the machine sitting unused for so long. (Twelve yrs.) I think it's just more proof this machine was literally never used, like not even once. The tech, who sold the PO her new machine she traded my serger for, thinks she did mean it literally that she never used it, since she brought it back still in the box. Which also looked new, come to think of it. I plan to use the heck out of it before the warranty expires, but I agree with the tech the smell will probably work itself out. He also said there's no break-in period, so I can use it as usual. I think I need more fabric. 😁
I put split pea soup in the Crockpot for supper. I've never made it and can't recall ever eating it, so I hope we like it. It has low points, so works for WW. Only pts are a little bit of ham per serving plus some crackers. And the milk I'm militantly refusing to count.
11-11-2019, 04:51 PM
The snow has moved off and it is bright, sunny, and cold.
Jettsmom, your quilt will be beautiful and warm. Good idea using a timer. Bet that 30 mins just flies by. A pieced backing is a good way to use up stuff. I did that with my last big quilt. Looks a bit odd, but nobody sees that side.
M, hope your teens grow out of that soon. Glad you got the basement cleared.
Ren, that yarn is so pretty. Love that red and black combo. I see why you'd keep it for yourself.
DH and I are just hanging out, drinking tea and watching it snow.
11-11-2019, 05:12 PM
Jettsmom, your quilt will be much loved because Grandma made it special for her.
D, sorry about the magnet oops. I'm sure you will get it straightened out. My magnet oops is the magnetic screen door I tried making for the camper doorway. I put that on hold about 5 yrs ago because it was for Sugar and she couldn't camp anymore. But it wasn't going well. I don't even know what happened to it. I didn't use strong enough magnets, for starters, plus the shape of the door just made the whole thing not work right. Friday I bought a new magnetic screen door to try again next spring. I hope I don't ruin it.
11-11-2019, 08:00 PM
R- that is gorgeous yarn. The afghan are going to be amazing.
Where did the day go? I’ve done precious little.
SD - I like pea soup. I hope yours turns out well.
11-11-2019, 08:50 PM
I liked the pea soup. I'll make it again. It's a big batch so we'll be eating it a few days.
11-11-2019, 08:57 PM
I want to work on cross stitch but have such a poor arrangement in my recliner. Chester likes to sit with me and I know his time is limited now, so I want to sit with him, too. Of all the cats we will miss him most. I just took his pic and he didn't wake up, but started to purr. His nickname has always been Purrbox because he purrs so often and so easily. Attachment 49769
11-12-2019, 08:36 AM
Jettsmom - I'm sure gd will appreciate the quilt, because you put all that work into it.
I'm glad you all like the yarns. I'm making two afgans, one with each type. They're both going to be light and soft, which makes them great for cool weather. I think they'll be good in winter, if I pile them on.
SD - glad the pea soup worked out. I'm thinking of picking up a pea soup mix from the local Heavenly Ham store. The store also sells ham bones (as well as bone-in, spiral sliced hams) to use in the mixes. Of course, if I do make it, I'll have a lot left over and will likely need to put some in the freezer.
11-12-2019, 11:22 AM
SD, what an adorable kitty. I see he is a good lap warmer. :) Our cats are happy to have us back. They keep chirping at us, and last night I had both girls curled up on me while we watched a movie at home. And of course, being 10F outside has nothing to do with that. :)
I wish DH liked split pea soup but he does not. He has some very unkind things to say about it. It is definitely better with ham, IMO. I did recently make a red lentil and carrot soup which he had no complaints over, though.
It is bright and sunny and the cat dos not have to be at the vet for her shot until 3pm, so I am going to leave the housework for a rainy day and work on crafts or sewing today.
11-12-2019, 03:09 PM
The new table cloth is hemmed. That is the piece of cream with gold foil leaves I bought just before our trip. Probably all I will get done today. It is not perfect but neither would anything I bought be. I have two more zip pouches but I'm out of fusible interfacing so a trip to JA is needed. I prefer to avoid them this time of year, oh well. Just need half a yard, so I hope the cutting table line is not long.
Came across this textile piece, it is a pillow cover. I never used it because it does not go with anything in my living room, but it is interesting so I kept it. I'm now eyeing it as potential purse fabric. I'm still searching for the perfect small purse. I have a pattern for a small laptop or tablet bag that I haven't tried yet. Ironically, I forgot to take one of my small bags with me to Florida to use at the beach. Had to buy one in a gift shop.
Have just about enough time to enjoy a cup of tea before wrangling the cat into her carry box.
Ren, I bet the sodium is sky-high in a pea soup mix, especially if you buy broth. If it makes a big batch, you could probably make a half batch pretty easily instead. I just used a couple 8 oz bags of diced ham, added right before serving so the flavor didn't all cook out.
I bet your kitties are happy to have you home, CH. Try JA early in the morning to avoid the rush.
I saw a drawer mod I might try on the new serger table file drawer. It's a genius mod that involves removing the upper section of the drawer back, so the top tray can slide out the back when the drawer is open. That way, the top tray utilizes all the space, instead of only half. I like it. I could use that entire huge drawer for thread cones. Or something. I'm having trouble thinking of what to put in that drawer in its current form. No matter what I think of, it would leave a lot of wasted space at the top. Will have to see if it would work for thread.
11-13-2019, 10:25 AM
Thanks for the reminder to check the sodium content, SD. I haven't picked the mix up yet but it's definitely soup season! Then again, I tend to make my own and don't add extra salt. The most I do is a bullion cube or two to a relatively large amount of water and that's the extent of the salt/sodium, other than what's in the cans of tomatoes if I use those.
Got some more work done on my car WIP. One of my neighbors works for a clinic at a hospital so I may pass some stash-busting lapgans to her for people at her work. I don't care if the employees end up with them, either.
11-13-2019, 11:44 AM
I don’t know what our low was last night but the forecast guessed 21. That just ain’t right!
Today I should be able to get past the half way point on the first robin page. It’s all thanks to the big solid areas of background. I’m getting to a mildly confetti area though so it will slow down.
I am resolutely ignoring the growing entropy in the house to keep stitching, but I think I will have to give in and wash some dishes today.
11-13-2019, 03:54 PM
The day started out sunny but clouded up fast. Thought about working on my quilt but decided to string some bead earrings as a gift for my cat sitter. Spent a while looking for the ear hooks. Then digging through the box of loose beads (in baggies). Then digging through beads in floss boxes. And back to the loose beads.... Went to etsy for inspiration, got a few ideas. Ok, so now I know what I want to do, and my head pins are too short. Adding those to my JA shopping list for tomorrow.
Looked in the JA flyer, all interfacing is 60% off starting tomorrow. It's going to be dry and slightly warmer, too.
Spent some time cleaning up. A couple of the deck/house plants have died, so the pots went back outside for the winter. Some of the plants needed trays under them so they could be watered, got those out of the garage. DH left some bonsai pots on the landing this summer, put those away. Cleaned the glass bowl of one of the living room lamps. It had about half an inch of dust in it and... a blank envelope? No wonder it wasn't giving off much light. I thought we had lost a bulb.
Guess I'm not sewing today, beads all over the table. No sense cleaning that up just so I can get it out again in a day or two. I'll find a book or something.
I was just informed DfG is phasing out solo sewists. If I want to continue sewing for them, I have to join a group. The nearest group is in Duluth, 110 miles. I've contacted them several times and never gotten a response. The next closest group is in GR, 120 miles. Dealing with those kids turned into an exercise in frustration for an assortment of reasons. Once bitten, twice shy. It's too far to go on a regular basis anyway. So I guess I am done, as soon as I finish up current inventory. I'm sure I will stop crying sometime.
Just when I thought this week couldn't suck any more.
11-13-2019, 07:24 PM
That's terrible, SD. You've done so much work for them. I wonder how it will affect participation in the long run, when only people in big cities can help. I'm so sorry.
Which reminds me, I have quilt guild on Monday and need to prep something to work on. I will have to try Friday if I can get past the bead project. DH and I already have plans for Friday eve and all day Saturday. Sunday is going to be a catch-up day. There goes the week.
In other exciting news, I washed out my old college backpack. DH was using it for a while when we traveled, but he has a new one with more pockets. I'm not sure when we used mine last. It was full of sand and stiff as a board. Maybe one of the cats peed on it. Anyway, hope it is clean now. Other than being a little crusty it is in great shape, no tears, working zippers.
Kathy, that's a pretty photo. Stay warm.
11-13-2019, 07:50 PM
Thanks. CH. I'm still in shock. I understand why they're doing it. It's an attempt to increase quality control. Having worked with volunteers myself, I can just about imagine some of the stuff they must get shipped to them by people who mean well but don't have skills, don't follow guidelines, think because it's for poor people it doesn't matter, etc. But it sucks for me and others like me.
Hope the backpack comes out clean and decrusted.
11-13-2019, 08:21 PM
Sorry for the bad news SD.
I have some wool remnants hemmed up that can be used as table runners. A nice-sized red one can be used as-is. I recycled white cotton lace from a top sheet and pressed it, I'll attach the lace to the sides of the narrower hunter-green piece.
I polished some of the silver last night, gotta make it all shiny.
11-13-2019, 08:29 PM
Thanks. I'm trying to look on the bright side. I now have about 50 yds of fabric to use for quilts.
11-13-2019, 09:41 PM
I’m really sorry SD. I know that project meant a lot to you. I hope you can find something else to inspire you.
11-14-2019, 01:49 AM
Thanks, D. I explained to them why it's impractical for me to work with a group, but doubt if it will matter. I reread their e mail and the reason they gave was it's too hard to keep solo sewists updated about changes. I think this might end up biting them, but there's nothing I can do about it. Very disappointing, is all I can say.
Last yr I did some panic buying to make sure I had enough supplies to sustain my DfG efforts for 2-3 yrs after retiring. I have about 300 pieces of PUL cut for shields because of that, and plenty of fabric for those, too. I have flannel for liners but not sure how many it will make. I also have a few dozen bags cut. I suddenly have way more to get done than expected this winter.
11-14-2019, 08:39 AM
Sorry to hear about DfG, SD. I get that they want to be able to spread information quickly but that's still frustrating. Can't they use emails or a central website to update people? I can see their reasoning being fine before the internet but now that we do have the internet, there are better ways of spreading information and not shooting themselves in the foot. Oh well. Good luck with all the fabric and your projects.
Got some more done on my gray afgan. I'm glad I'm still working on it because it's been cold. I'm pretty sure this will be the last skein I need for this afgan but it will still take some time to finish. I have some other WIP but I think most of them barely cover my lap right now.
I do have the wool lapgan I started to use up the yarn from my friend's afgan. I ordered some more online since I think my friend will appreciate having something to use while sitting and doing projects or watching TV. If she doesn't need it, I"m sure she knows people who will appreciate the work and can deal with the maintenance of having wool.
11-14-2019, 12:31 PM
SD - those machines are going to be smoking this winter! Maybe you can work through a lot of the supplies. It needs to leave your stash so you don’t get frustrated every time you see it.
My day is off to a slow start. It is cold and rainy and my bed was so toasty warm I just stayed there for an hour after the alarm went off. Retirement is sweet!
I’m about half done with the first robin page. If I do one a month I can finish it in about 4 years. However I’m sure I won’t do one every month so I will be satisfied if I finish it in five. This is the largest of the big patterns. This page is going quickly but that’s because there is so much background. That will change as I progress.
11-14-2019, 04:08 PM
At about 3 AM I decided to look at the Duluth DfG site again and see if they had updated it since I had e'd them. That might have been last year. Can't remember. Anyway, there was a ton more info so I sent an e. I got back the nicest, long, welcoming e about 9 AM. It all sounds very promising. Their next meeting is in January, and I plan to go unless the weather is bad. I have high hopes. At the least, I will be able to drop my stuff off with them once a year and won't have to ship it. The last time shipping was $55. Gas to drive to Duluth costs less than that, and then we get to do some urban shopping at big box stores as a bonus. This group meets 2 consecutive days during each school month, so it would be easy to work a trip or 2 in during the yr. They sew together, which is what I've wanted to do for a long time. It all sounds pretty good now, so I hope it works out. So it looks like business as usual for my DfG sewing, and I can smile again. 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 This group even gets grants to buy supplies, so I might actually be able to sew for free and save our money. I'm not exactly sure of the details.
I moved the double knit fabric from the big suitcase in my sewing room into the suitcase I have for my travel sewing machine. I learned on the last trip I'm better off packing my machine in a smaller bag, with a couple other small bags for supplies. There's no room for one big case, but 3 small ones fit in fine. If I decide to use the suitcase again, I can just empty it and then put the knit back in when I'm done. I like the changes which make more space in the sewing room. I will donate the big suitcase.
I finished resewing the liners I spent all day yesterday ripping, and got everybody counted, stacked, and ready to serge, so that part of the project is back on track.
I made the narrow side table for the right side of my new serger desk. The suitcase withe the knit sits under it. Three cuts, 6 screws, and Bob's your uncle. It will be handy. I never have quite enough room on the right side of my machines. Maybe sometime I'll paint the little table or nah.
Got 35 or so shields pinned and ready to sew together. The DfG person asked if I sew shields because they need someone who does. Since I have about 150 in process right now, I'm about to make her day. 🙂 Seems fair, since she made mine.
11-14-2019, 04:42 PM
That's great news SD. I really hope you're able to connect with them again in January. Did they get a new person in charge?
Got what I needed from JA, and there wasn't that much of a crowd. I am already done with seasonal shopping and self entitled idiots. Especially people who use the handicap spots as a loading zone.
A package arrived from Florida. Saturday before we came home we did a little shopping. DH took me to the local quilt shop. It was huge.
It came as a kit, all fabric and panels for the top included. So I got that and some backing fabric. It should not take long to put together as it is panels and borders, but there are a few pieced blocks. And of course the actual quilting and binding.
11-14-2019, 07:10 PM
I love that dragon quilt, CH. It will be beautiful. And seeing all the cool stuff in the store, too. What was the item with the 'broken sewing machine' saying on it? I think I might need it, whatever it is.
I called the DfG person this afternoon and she's so excited to have someone to sew shields. They do have one person, but she's in the Cities. They send all their stuff to El Salvador and she said they can use as many as I can make. They also have a die cutter and will cut stuff for me. And they provide all the materials free. Wow. I hate cutting, so getting everything cut would be a big deal. And a big time saver. And being able to sew as much DfG stuff as I want for no cost? DfG heaven! That will save us a lot of money. There doesn't seem to be any down side except it's in Duluth. I'm going to donate the suitcase I emptied today to them. They will use it to take kits to El Salvador. My goal now is to fill it up before January 11. Not sure if I have enough PUL to make that happen, but I should get around 300 shields, 200 liners, and maybe 35 bags if I get everything done. It would be great to empty out those totes. Of course, I will be picking up more supplies when I drop off what I get done.
I love it when something good comes from something bad. Seems like they need me as much as I need them. 🙂
11-14-2019, 07:20 PM
Wow! That dragon quilt is gorgeous! I would be willing to get the sewing machine out for that.
SD - that sounds promising. If you would only have to go a few times and do the rest at home it will be a very workable solution. I’m really glad you won’t have to stop. They will be thrilled to have someone with your skill, speed, and dedication.
11-14-2019, 08:41 PM
That's terrific news, SD. Im glad you found a group to work with, though it sounds like you will be awfully busy this winter.
I thought that was a laundry bag, or I'd have bought it myself. Turns out it's an Aunt Martha's feedsack dish towel. They have a website. They are also located right here in KC so I should be able to find one locally. I need one hanging on the stove. :)
I got a pair of earrings made today, and boy is my dexterity and coordination off kilter. I think I will continue doing bead stuff tomorrow, just for practice. A few extra earring sets to have for gifts won't be a bad idea. I also found a necklace in the bead tray that I totally don't remember putting together. It needs to be restrung, though, and have a clasp added (bought some today).
11-14-2019, 09:17 PM
I'm excited about the changes to my DfG work. I think it will be a savings for us in the long run, and save me so much time by not having to cut.
I found the dishtowel saying on a tee shirt at Amazon. It shall be mine!
Sounds like you're having fun beading.
I'm switching gears on the DfG stuff for now. I want to get the rest of the shields cut out so I know what I have. Then I can let C, the DfG person, know how many shields I will be donating. Then she can cut the replacement parts so I can pick them up in January. I want to give her as much time as possible.
11-15-2019, 01:34 AM
that is good news spirited! I wasn't sure what it was you were making but figured it out. if it didn't work out there lots of other charities etc that take them. you can make kits. something I had thought about doing w dd for international service for guides. kids for africia
that is a beautiful dragon quilt ..can you buy it online? my dd would love it. and looks easy enough. didn't do much just been in a funk got stressed yesterday so made a bunch of scrunchies ..no idea what I will do with them. maybe send them to school w dd. have more leftover yarn bits to use up Attachment 49793
11-15-2019, 05:55 AM
Thanks, Martha. DfG would have taken my final shipment. I couldn't donate them elsewhere because their patterns are proprietary. It would be expensive to assemble kits myself, because of everything that goes into them. I also heard from DfG HQ yesterday. The person I had contacted had looped in some others, trying to find a solution because, she said, "we don't want to lose you." Volunteers are the lifeblood of DfG, and I know they realize that. I'm just happy I will be able to keep sewing for them. When I talked to C yesterday, she said she thinks DfG is a calling. I never thought about it before, but I think she might be right about that.
The people who take the kits to El Salvador take pics of the girls as they receive their kits. I can't wait to see the smiles! It makes the work seem so worthwhile to see girls in need whose lives will be changed for the better, in part because of my work.
Hope I can get everything cut today and maybe pinned. Probably won't. Pinning has to be precise and is kind of putzy.
I still recall how I got started with all this, years ago now. Remember Peanut? She was griping about having to make 10 shields and how long it was going to take. ROFLMAO! I was curious, so looked at the website and decided to jump in. No regrets! But without Peanut's mention, I probably would have never found out about this charity.
11-15-2019, 08:15 AM
Good to hear that things seem to be working out with DfG, SD. You've put a lot of work into those.
Got some work done yesterday on my gray afgan. Not as much as I would've liked. Not sure if it's because I'm sorta in the 'meh' stage since it's a lot of work or if I'm just cranky from things going on at work.
11-15-2019, 10:35 AM
Yes, M, the kit is online, but hurry if you want one, I think the materials will sell out. Look for "In The Beginning Fabrics Dragons Quilt Kit." There is a red one and a blue one. The shop I was at only had red left. You can also get the 2 panels and add your own fabric for borders.
Those are cute scrunchies. They look like flowers.
Very stiff and achy again today. Woke in the middle of the night with stabbing pain in my hip. WTF? I have been off the steroids since early Sept but it appears I need to start taking them again.
11-15-2019, 12:34 PM
I have not made scrunchies recently, but I have done a bunch in the past. I generally wear them for my own hair. I did have two give up their elastic in the past month or two. Only around 30 left - maybe time to make some more.:vs_smirk:
SD, I am so glad things worked out for you.
I really like the dragon quilt. I have not done quilting for years. I would like to try it again sometime..maybe when I retire. I see the individual panel are for sale too. I might do something smaller with a panel.
I have been very busy this week at work. The reorganization at my office started this week. I think things are starting to settle down a little bit.
I started on my shoe cuffs. I came up with a pattern. It is a long rectangle. It is simple, but I think it will work. It is sewn together, but I want to do a crochet boarder around the edge. It also needs some buttons to hold it together. I plan to do loops for the buttons instead of holes.
11-15-2019, 01:37 PM
I was way too optimistic. There's no way I'll get everything cut and pinned today. For one thing, I ran out of pins. For another, I forgot how dang long it takes to cut stuff out. I did get 114 more shield pieces cut. I think that took about 5 yds of fabric. That, along with what I had already cut, will be enough for the next 100 shields. I will still have 100 PUL pieces left, so guess I will need about 10 more yds of fabric. Hope I have enough I want to get rid of.
I guess it's time to start counting and split up the shields in progress into runs of 25 and start sewing so I can get some pins back.