SD - Isn't it funny how things can be so upsetting and then turn and work out? I am happy that you are able to
keep going with this project. It did seem to be dear to your heart and helpful to the girls. You will figure out your
new system. You have a knack for it.
Hadnt thought about Peanut for a log time. Wonder how her journey is going?
11-15-2019, 05:23 PM
Second pair of earrings. First pair had blue venetian beads, otherwise identical. Just noticed one of the blue turquoise beads is smaller than the other, so I will have to take it apart and fix it. Thought I photographed the necklace. Oh well, maybe tomorrow. I put fray check on the knots and am letting it dry before I wear it.
I've been obsessing about sewing machine carry cases lately, searching Pinterest for a good DIY, thinking about how I could make some kind of bag. I really like the suitcase I bought for my machine, but I can't lay it down if we're on a long trip due to lack of space, and can't put anything taller than 21" standing up in the truck. I love the laptop case I used on our last trip, but it's about an inch too short and doesn't protect the thread spindle and bobbin winder on the top. I worried about it the whole trip. I wanted something with hard sides and top to keep it all safe. There's not much out there. I finally remembered the folding file crate I bought for moving my serger. It's 18" tall. Check. All hard sides. Check. Will probably fit in the space available in the packed truck. Check. Has space for accessories and some supplies. Check. Already has designated storage in the sewing room. Check. Not a project. Check. Looking more like a winner, so I dragged out the machine. Perfect fit, except I didn't like that the fragile parts on top were even with the top of the box. Then I thought about the bed extension I made for it. Tried that. Half inch too long. Grrr. Light bulb came on. Slid it down outside the padded liner I made for the box instead of inside. Perfect, like I planned to put it in that space when I cut it. Yea! I had a 2" pad in the bottom of the box, so I rummaged through the cushion stash and swapped that for 1", which adds an inch of clearance at the top. So that obsession is over, luckily. No money spent, no additional storage space needed, very little work or time involved in making it work. It should work well for dragging the machine to DfG sewing events.
I think I will like sewing at DfG groups. They have people for everything, so I don't think I'd have to do anything but sew. Others could do the trimming and turning, which would really boost productivity. Can't wait to see what all happens. I've wanted to sew with a group for so long.
Here's the folding, rolling file case. I don't think it shows up much on the pic, but the bed extension is against the front wall. It's exactly even with the top edge and just fits in the length, too. I was all set to cut it down, but glad I don't have to. Attachment 49797
11-15-2019, 07:38 PM
I am so envious! Someone on a cross stitch group just posted that she bought a bolt end of Aida 18 on eBay for $3 plus $12 shipping. She expected maybe 1.5 yards. It turned out to be 32” wide and 6 yards long. As someone commented, she should go buy a lottery ticket!
11-15-2019, 08:04 PM
How much does that Brother machine weigh? I cannot imagine dragging an old Singer around.
Dad-sitting tomorrow. Clean, oil and lube the old Singer 401. It would be nice to have a running machine at dad's house. Otherwise knitting and library books. :sewing:
11-15-2019, 10:10 PM
Six yds of 18 aida would last me forever. I don't use it much because it's hard for me to see.
Amazon says my little Brother weighs 12.6 lbs. I was going to guess 10. I can lift it easily with one hand. I got mine at WM. It's been a good little machine and as picky as I am as a loyal Viking/Husqvarna owner, I've been happy with it. I think I paid around $100 for it.
11-15-2019, 10:11 PM
Amazon has that machine for $85.
11-16-2019, 12:16 AM
Spirit sounds like the perfect fit now w the new group and changes. think sometimes they get someone running groups or taking charge of a part that shouldn't so things don't run well. I don't know peanut. I was on the dollar stretcher for years but I know what you mean.. there are lots of people there I chatted to for years that now gone. some here but others had stopped posting before. one passed away shortly be fore it closed. he said he was going to close it down at one point, kept it open and then said no down at this date and then did it before then no notice. think he was just upset that the forums was the only part that was active.
thanks ch! those are beautiful earrings. I looked and they said they were going to get more in but will see what dd thinks first before spending the money. we need to actually do something with all the stuff we have!
I had kept some scrunchies and bows from the 80/90s and gave to dd years ago. my hair is too short. now that they are back a way to use up bit of yarn and quick project like 20mins for one.
11-16-2019, 01:15 AM
The rolling file looks like a good fit, SD. Some of the quilt guild ladies use similar carts for the sewing bee. I had looked at getting a machine case, too but did not see any good options. The ones I saw at JA were cheap and flimsy. Some I saw online were more sturdy looking, but expensive. My biggest challenge is getting it up and down the stairs. At the sewing site I only have to go a few steps from the parking lot to the building, so I'm not sure I need it just yet. And nowhere to store it when not in use.
$3 is a great price for anything more than a yard. What a find!
11-16-2019, 07:54 AM
CH, I've used a Magna Cart for my 990, yrs ago. It worked well. We keep one in the camper for hauling water, so when I saw one at a sale for $4 I bought it for the house so the camper one can stay there.
Magna Cart Personal 150 lb Capacity Aluminum Folding Hand Truck (Black/Red) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HVVSDU..._hH-ZDbJ9CGPRB
I agree the carriers seem flimsy. Way overpriced for as cheaply made as they are, IMO. Also, no place to store one here. I also could not find one big enough for my 990, which isn't an overly large machine. My file box folds to about 3" thick and stores behind my quilt cabinet. The liner and 2 duffels I have for carrying supplies sit on top of it. The handles on the duffels slip over the file handle when in use. I can stack them if need be. My 990 would not fit in the file box, and my Brother is an exact fit with no extra space. I got lucky there.
I found a toiletry bag last night that should work out nicely for organizing my sewing tools and machine accessories. It's a good fit in the box, with space left for my thread tin and machine mat. That fills the box, but I need to make different legs for my bed extension. I don't like the ones I made from cans and they won't fit in the box. If the plan I'm cooking up for the new ones works out, I think I could squeeze them in. Here's the extension as it is now. I do like it, so need to figure out how to make room for it. Attachment 49803
I bought one of those flexible stick-on sewing machine lights for my new serger. Not sure I can make it work, but I'm impressed with how bright it is. I bought just one because I was so skeptical, but have a few places I wouldn't mind adding one. For sure, I want one in my travel machine. Bad lighting is almost a given in meeting rooms, and it's too fatiguing and a headache maker for me. I'd love it if I don't have to haul a desk lamp along.
HONEYSEW Sewing Machine LED Light Strip Light Kit 11.75inch DC5V Flexible USB Sewing Light 30cm with Touch Dimmer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TVCH5XQ..._Jf.ZDbMSASXFM
11-16-2019, 10:26 AM
I don’t mind 18 count in a light color. That’s what the robin is on. I can manage a darker one, but it’s pretty miserable. Black, navy - nope. Unless it’s something very small. I worked all yesterday afternoon and last night and got the robin confetti section done. Hours for part of one leaf. What was I thinking?The rest of the page is background and will go quickly. I would like to finish it this weekend but there is probably too much of it left to do that. After that I think I’ll go back to the Noel. It’s on 18 too. The sparkly doesn’t come in 16. Or 123 Stitch doesn’t have it. I have enough of it for the Yule goat too. I don’t know if I could finish both of those before Christmas but I might try.
I’m starting to think about goals for next year. So many WIPs, so many patterns and kits! 2020 is going to be the year of Serious Cross Stitch.
DC, relax and enjoy your stitching. No need to feel you have to finish it right away. I've always felt hand work should be done leisurely.
Going to pack up bead stuff today and get ready to sew. May not actually get any sewing done, as we are meeting friends at 2pm.
11-16-2019, 12:22 PM
Sounds like a lot of progress to get you off to a fast start, D.
CH, I wouldn't have room for a folding wagon either. I can see where it makes sense for some though. I like my file box for now. I'll have to see how it works out in practice. The truck box has hard covers, so the vertical space is a limiting factor for me. I like duffels for supplies because they can be squished into tight spaces where a hardside container might not work.
11-16-2019, 03:40 PM
I have in to another kit. It’s a disease. I love the gray, red, and green. It’s from Lithuania and is already in Chicago, but I probably won’t attempt it this year unless it’s smaller than I remember.
Someone in a cross stitch group just pointed out that collecting stash and stitching are two completely different hobbies. I need to turn that into a sampler.
CH - I’m not pushing too hard on the project. I didn’t intend to do all that yesterday but once I got into it, I just kept going. However I’m dialing back my ambition for how much I hope to get done next year.
I think giving myself permission to totally ignore all the other things I still want to eventually do, like the embroidery, and just cross stitch for as long as I want to, pretending the rest doesn’t exist, has made a difference. That’s given me mental space to start these big projects. Also finally joining a couple of big Facebook cross stitch groups is motivating. It keeps the energy alive. However I do need to spend less time looking at their stuff and spend more time on mine - lol.
11-16-2019, 06:23 PM
I like the color contrasts, too, D.
It's been a long day. I pinned at least 150 shields, topstitched 21, and sewed 25 more together. I think I have everything pinned that even remotely coordinates, so I need to count PUL parts so I know how many parts I still have to cut. I think I have about 80 PUL left, so that would be about 160 parts to cut, not so bad. I also ironed about 8 yds of fabric which I might not need now. One piece is 5 yds and 60" wide. I may keep that for a quilt back. I thought I would need more pieces than I do.
I'm keeping most of the fabric I got on bolts so cheap at GW a couple yrs ago. Two of the pieces are huge and will make nice quilt backs, and they are blue, which I use a lot, 2 different prints. The other 3 pieces were good sized but smaller, and I used the last of that today. I have some smaller pieces of other stuff I hope will be enough for what I still need.
Tomorrow I hope to do the last of the cutting so I can try to make sense out of the giant mess that's been created in the past few days. Things are slightly less chaotic today because of all the pinning, but I have piles all over the place. Once the cutting gets done, I can put away the multitide of fabric I dragged out in the hunt for what I need.
I also figured out the legs for my sewing machine extension, I think. It's a theory anyway. I got the piece of aluminum bent that I needed. I hate trying to bend circles but it didn't turn out too bad. The PVC is partially cut too, and I hope to finish the whole thing tomorrow. Shouldn't take too long. The legs should fit easily in the file box for travel. Once that's all done, then I can put away the little machine and file box and all, which is now in my way. I need to make a list of everything to pack in my sewing bag and the file box so I don't forget anything, and store it in the box.
Need to get started on the table runner for my friend in MA, too. Christmas is coming fast. Maybe I can do that once the DfG cutting and pinning is done.
11-17-2019, 08:38 AM
Thanks, EB. It was so upsetting at first, but after talking to C who heads the chapter in Duluth, I'm feeling very hopeful. This chapter is running a big operation and seems well financed. C seems like a great organizer. She told me more than once she doesn't want me to pay for anything, all she wants is my effort. She's so excited to find a shield sewist up here on the Range, even though I'm 2 hrs away. I can't wait to meet her and everyone else.
I got 25 more shields sewed together. The process is pin, sew together, trim, turn, sew bottom of pockets, turn pockets, topstitch, so I have a long way to go. I'm going to do some time checks to see how long it takes to do 10 from start to finish. I'm hoping it averages an hr or less. If so, I think I could commit to doing 10 per day, 5 days per week. That would be more than 300 every 2 months, except summer months. That would be a lot in a yr. Will see how it goes today. Topstitching takes about 2 minutes each, but I haven't run time checks on anything else in yrs. If others can do the assembling and pinning, I will be able to do more because pinning takes a lot of time. My guess is getting them pre-pinned would not be a problem. C has made it clear she would prefer I do nothing but sew, which is fine by me.
Gonna be another busy day.
11-17-2019, 08:46 AM
Cleaned & oiled the old Singer at dad's. It runs well enough for repairs I think. Pleasantly surprised with the JoAnn Big Twist yarn store brand yarn. I think it's soft enough for baby items. I bought it for finger-less gloves but won't need the whole skein. Everyone complains the Red Heart Super Saver is not soft enough and I tend to agree.
11-17-2019, 11:47 AM
Good going on the machine, DLR. Having a machine to use at Dad's should be a huge help to you.
I decided the first thing I had to get done today was finishing the new legs for the sewing machine extension. It turned out a lot better than expected. No more clunky tin cans for legs! Although I never minded those except for all the space they took up, because they did work very well. But the new ones look much better. I also figured out they could be folded without taking them apart. Bonus! Attachment 49805
And as if that wouldn't make me happy enough, the folded legs are a perfect fit inside the rolling file box. Double happy dance! Attachment 49807
Everything fits nicely in the box with a little space left over. I'll be surprised if the file box doesn't work out very well. Sure hope it fits in the truck when we travel, because there's only one place it can go.
The box and everything in it are all put away now, which helps with the sewing room chaos. Another thing that worked out just right is that I can stack the machine in its case and the 2 bags that hold the stuff that goes in the rolling box under my industrial machine, which is the only place it can go. Good thing I figured out how I could dump the big suitcase that was there.
Back to work.
11-17-2019, 12:54 PM
This morning keeps getting better. I decided I wouldn't be able to stand it till spring to see if the file box will fit in the truck with our camping stuff in it. We dragged out the stuff we needed to find out, and everything fits with about 1" to spare. Perfect! Now I can enjoy the winter and not have to dream up a second system for vacations. There's even 6" or so of space on top the box I can maybe use for taking supplies. I'll worry about that later.
11-17-2019, 02:39 PM
What a happy ending to story, SD. For everyone involved. I’m really glad it has worked out so perfectly. It’s great that it will be funded too.
I think I can finish up the first page of the robin today pretty easily, though I’m getting s really late start. Yesterday I put in all the colors except the principal one, so now I just have patches of fill.
This week I need to give some real time to the house that has been sadly neglected. I have boring medical appointments in town Thursday and Friday so that will take a chunk of time. I might take this week and next to whip out a few more scarves. I haven’t touched that project for months. While I’m doing that I can give some thought to goals for next year.
11-17-2019, 03:32 PM
I got the interfacing I needed the other day and was able to start on the last two zip pouches. I will take those to sew tomorrow at the quilt bee. I've been so tired and sore this week I really haven't done much of anything. I have some triangle sets I can work on, too.
11-17-2019, 03:38 PM
Being funded should make a big difference. It isn't just the cost of materials we'll save, it's costs that weren't so obvious, like driving the extra 60 miles to go to JA for the fabric. Having materials provided will save a lot, even with driving to Duluth. I also found out from C our local vet has a satellite office on the North Shore. There may be a chance to have stuff delivered by our vet to that office and picked up by C at times. That's not something we would want to abuse, but if theres a time crunch, or during winter if weather is bad, it might be an option. C did not know the name of the vet even though she takes her dog there, which seems odd to me, but I'm pretty sure I know who it would be. I would be comfortable asking about transporting stuff if possible. Something to think about in the future.
11-17-2019, 04:24 PM
yes all the costs people don't normally think of ..driving etc would be a help. did a cross border shop last night...got dh to buy me this set at joanns for xmas. got the napkins and puzzle for neighbour. plus some fabric and a pattern..don't know why I guess because they had the vintage ones on display...but the costs though all on sale. ran into one entitled idiot there so was shopping to avoid them in the cutting line. got one skein of mandala mermaid at walmart but it turned out to be on sale ..never on sale there and not marked. they never have much yarn. plus groceries, some clothes for xmas. raining a lot so cats not happy plus they got flea combed yesterday. got new meds and a flea spray for furniture etc. will do neighbours too her covered porch is where cats sleep a lot.
repairing machines reminds me that is on the do list.. dd said she did something to mine... like ds and cooking.. no one listens to me or asks before doing. and the one from mil.. she could never work hers so another mystery. all the others are vintage. start working with all the stuff I buy lol just going to work on crochet projects today. carrot soup on the stove because we have lot of them why it takes hours to get them soft who knows. but good health/cold buster lots of carrots, onions and garlic seasonings and blend after cooked.
Lots of cool stuff, Martha. I love the RV fabric. If I could find some with Aliners on it, I'd be all over that!
I did a time check on making 10 shields and it came out to just under 8 min each. I guess an hr was optimistic, but I can live with it. Not much I can do to shorten it except use my Tribute instead of 990, but I'm saving a lot of wear and tear on the Tribute.
Still cutting. I forget how much PUL is left. It seems endless but maybe it's under 50 now. I'm going to make a point of finishing that up tomorrow. Then pin everything and get it contained somehow, and start sewing about 10 shields per day. I need to get an exact count so I know how many per day I have to do to get done by 1/10. I think I will have about 400 shields but 85 are done. I have 200-250 liners but a bunch are done. Oops, forgot I have more to cut, too. Need to use up the flannel. And then there's the 35 bags. Gotta figure out a more efficient way to do those. I might leave the liners for C. She said she likes doing them but she does not sew anything else. Problem is I like doing them, too. But it's an option for me.
I think I might have about 2 more hard days before I can clean up. Then it'll just be the fun of sewing and I can start the table runner.
11-17-2019, 09:56 PM
I probably won’t finish the page tonight. I didn’t do anything on it this afternoon, then the Girl Scouts had a Thanksgiving party and I went over afterwards for leftovers. Visited, then some of the other neighbors came in from work, and suddenly it’s almost 9:00 and I’m just getting home. I might be able to finish it, but if not it won’t take long tomorrow.
It’s cold out tonight but supposed to be in the mid 70s again this week. The weather is definitely interesting now.
11-17-2019, 10:36 PM
Sounds like a fun day in your little community, D.
11-17-2019, 11:55 PM
I have never seen one with aliners or tent trailers. no cute decor either. got 3 yards thinking of a real basic nightgown for me. I like the different fabrics but then you have to think what to do with them.
11-18-2019, 05:40 AM
Yeah, A frame themed stuff is basically DIY. Like the basket covers I made this yr. At least I found a pattern for that. I did a cross stitch popup yrs ago when we still had one. I wonder what happened to it.
11-18-2019, 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by dcompton
Someone in a cross stitch group just pointed out that collecting stash and stitching are two completely different hobbies. I need to turn that into a sampler.
I have seen that for other hobbies as well. In the knitting/crochet groups they often say that collecting yarn is a separate hobby.
I suspect that hold true for almost every hobby that has things you can buy. I know it seems to be true for myself and my husband for things for D&D and other games. Well mostly it is my husband buying it, but he is buying it for a hobby we both share.
I finished the edges for my furry ankle cuffs. I just need to add a little more yarn for some button loops and sew on some buttons. Based on the weather this past week, my feet are okay when it is temperatures above freezing. So I might not wear them that much. I did get caught on a metro car once where the heat was not working properly and my feet got a little cold. I might have them in bag for just in case times.
I made a few simple hair scrunchies as well. They are thin ones with just single crochet. I will probably make a few more. I have one yarn I was using that is variegated with a long color repeat. The first scrunchy was mostly one color. So I did a second scrunchy with the same yarn but it turned out a slightly different color. I have long hair and I wear scrunchies almost every day. I also have used scrunchies as kind of a hair bun accessory. I do a hair bun and then have the scrunchy around it at the base. My hair is thin, so the hair bun is pretty small. That only works with the thicker hair scrunchies.
Does anyone remember yarn covered hangers? I have a bunch my MIL made in the 70s and 80s. I think maybe they were a fad then. (I did not crochet at the time.) When I googled it, I saw that some people were still making them. I might make some of them. It seems like a good way to use up little bits of yarn. There is a practical use to it as well. Sometimes my clothes slide off the plastic hangers. It seems like it is also good for yarn that might not be as soft and smooth as you would like for blankets and wearable items.
I think the ones she made may have been using a macrame knot, but I could easily use the same method I use for the scrunchies.
11-18-2019, 09:58 AM
Sounds like everyone's had a productive weekend. :)
I got some work done on both my gray afgan and the wool lapgan. The wool yarn I ordered came in over the weekend. I think I will have enough for two lapgans but that's ok. I can send them to my friend and her husband.
11-18-2019, 10:22 AM
I have never seen yarn covered hangars, but it sounds like it would work like a padded hangar to keep from getting creases in your good blouses.
Staying home today. My back, arms and hands all ache and I can't bear the thought of hauling the machine down the stairs, etc. It's not a great strain, but we've been go-go-go since we got home last week and I really need to rest. I will miss chatting with people. but probably get more done at home.
11-18-2019, 10:23 AM
So close! Four little rows.The feathering at the side and bottom edges is to break up a solid line that can sometimes show.
11-18-2019, 12:45 PM
Good progress, D, Ren, Kathy, anyone I missed. I hate that I can't look back on FV mobile. My memory isn't thst god to remember everything everyone has been up to.
Finally, cutting and pinning of shields is DONE. If I counted right, I have 85 completely done and 241 to sew, of which 50 are partially done. If I want to finish on 1/10, I need to sew at least 8 per day, not counting weekends, Christmas, or New Year's. This should be total cake. I want to get 15 done today so the first 100 are done. That will put me ahead right here on Day 1.
So happy to have the first steps done on all these shields. It's going to be lots of work, but worthwhile.
11-18-2019, 01:20 PM
Some stash management today. Little Girlís mother has said she used to cross stitch. I have more kits than I can ever do, especially since I seem to be getting into these monster projects. Today I am going to go through and take out the ones I mist want to do. She said last night she would love a kit. Iím give all the ones that arenít top of my list to her. Some Iíve had for so long Iíve just moved on. I have plenty of hoops and such that can go with them.
Itís great to have all those basket sets sitting ready for Christmas. I was thinking about next year last night. Iím going to make a cross stitch Christmas decoration for all of them. I will need four. One for each of the three households here and one for next lot neighbor. Last year I made a beaded kit for a good friend that was beautiful. Iíve kept the pattern because eventually I want one too. There are four in the series - tree, snowman, Santa, and reindeer. I have the first three already, so last night I ordered the fourth, the reindeer. The tree took much longer than I expected, so I will need to peg away on them all year. These folks love to decorate. The guys already have their Christmas tree up - lol.
DC, it's good to find thing a home where they will be enjoyed. That is a very nice holiday kit. I liked the santas and snowmen ornaments they had, too. Was tempted to get one, but who am I kidding.
The sun has come out, I've done a little light housework, and it seems like a good time to sew.
11-18-2019, 03:08 PM
Some year I might like to make some ornaments and put up a tree but it will probably never happen.
11-18-2019, 05:58 PM
Beautiful tree, D. Beading never looks as good in pics. I'm sure people will love to receive those as gifts.
101 shields done, folded, and packed. It's a nice start, thanks to the 75 I had mostly done when everything blew up last week. I have 50 to trim and turn, so will do that sitting in the recliner tonight. Easier on my back. Then those will be ready to sew the next step tomorrow.
I'm still trying to figure out the table runner. I'm hoping it will make more sense once I start working on it. I'd love to send it on its way a week from Wednesday, but probably won't get it done by then. I sew, therefore I swear.
11-18-2019, 06:47 PM
Sounds like everyone mostly had a productive day. I got triangles sewn into pairs, pairs sewn together, those sewn into blocks. Made 8 right facing pinwheels to go with the 7 I had, total 15. Have a stack to make 8 left facing pinwheels later this week. Need 25 of each. Dug some dark red fabric out of the stash, because I need to cut more triangles soon. Also pulled out a 1yd print, delicate red floral on cream, may become part of the backing. I'm planning to use several 1-2yd cuts on the back. It is a scrap quilt, after all.
Got out my quilt notebook and started an entry for this project. This is something I started last year. It's just an inexpensive lined notebook where I make sketches, keep track of sizes and number of pieces, etc. I used to write notes on scraps of paper and post-its, but I got tired of losing them. It's also a way for me to track bead costs when I make necklaces, so I know not to undercharge for them.
Dr visit tomorrow afternoon, way across town. I will probably spend the day out, have lunch, dump coffee on myself, maybe do some shopping. I forgot to get milk on the weekend, and vet said we could try baby food for the cat with allergies. Makes sense, I bet there's no 'chicken by-product' in baby food.