Good thought about baby food for cats. Chester is losing weight and it's hard to get him to eat.
I had a great day so far. I trimmed and turned 25 shields last night. Trimming is hard on my hand, so will probably stick with the runs of 25 I settled on a few yrs ago. 25 is a nice size run to work with. I serged maybe 50 liners on the new serger. I'm getting used to it, which helps. It still smells, but seemed a little better this time. I have a 90 day warranty on that, so need to use it enough to know if it has any problems. So far, except for the smell, I really like it. Love the new desk, too. Still can't believe I found such a nice piece for so cheap. I also sewed the second stage on the 25 shields, and sewed the first stage on 25 more, so will trim them for tomorrow. In between, I cleaned (there's always a little hair, lint, and spare threads), folded, counted, and bagged everything that's done, after final inspection of everyone. So 101 shields and 100 liners are packaged for delivery in the big suitcase I'm donating, with the 25 shields I just finished stacked and waiting to be packaged when the next 75 are done. Also cleaned and folded 29 more liners I had done. Based on how I package things and what I have left to do, I will fill the suitcase including having to deploy the expansion panel it has. That makes me so happy to know I'll be helping at least 150 girls get their period days back so they can live healthier, fuller lives.
I sorted and shuffled stuff amongst my small totes so everyone is now counted into 25-piece runs and in covered containers, since Chester loves to sleep on fabric piles. It's a big help to have the right containers in the right places now.
In my spare time, I decided I wanted a new apron to wear as I work on this stuff, to help keep hair off everything. I dug out fabric and a pattern (why reinvent the wheel?) Then I went looking for bias tape and remembered I needed to empty a drawer in the bias tape cabinet. I moved all my zipper pulls to an empty storage box and put away the bags of bias tape in the empty drawer, finding what I needed along the way. I hope I can get the apron made before 1/10.
I got tired of tripping over the 2 pails that lost their home when the sewing room got rearranged, so figured out how to fit them in a space that was an inch too narrow. Now I won't have to give them up, and the file case with all my interfacing organized in it can sit on the pails again.
I also came up with some ideas to speed up construction of the DfG kit bags, so will have to find time to make a couple patterns. Hope that works out.
Also did some calculating for the table runner. I had hoped to make the center block 8", but then it appears the whole thing would be over 6 ft long. Back to the drawing board, I mean, Pinterest.
No wonder I'm tired. Also happy. Getting everything under control has helped a lot with the sewing room disaster and it's almost normal again now. Work table, not so much, but that's better too.
If I can keep this up, I should have shields and liners done by end of next week, and just have bags left. Not optimistic because crap happens, but it's a goal.
11-19-2019, 05:41 PM
I’m getting a lot don’t be too. Page 1 is finished and folded away. Yesterday I sorted through all the kits. I had removed the fabric from some. I think she’s coming over this evening to see if she would prefer 14 or 16 count, and then I’ll finish that up. The ones she doesn’t like or want to do I’ll send anyway. She works in housekeeping at a hospital and I’m sure she could find some fellow employees who would like them. I need to find my size 24 needles and be sure all the kits have them.
Now that I’m getting into such big projects I’m taking a second run through my normal patterns and culling some of the “maybe” ones I kept last time. A lot are just from magazines I subscribed to for a while. They weren’t specifically chosen and bought, though a few of those may go too. Tastes change over the years.
11-19-2019, 05:56 PM
I found a new runner I like. This one should be easy, simple to adjust the length, and it will be easy to figure a nice width, too. It's pretty. I might make one for myself sometime. I'm thinking 3" squares (finished) with two 2" borders. Make any sense, CH? That would make a runner about 17" wide, and I can quilt in strips as I go to save time. https://pin.it/vi2xzgc5ii6j7y
11-19-2019, 08:31 PM
Looks like a nice pattern. I think 3" half-square triangles would be a good size.
With the other pattern, if your pointsettia print square was about 6.5 and you bordered with red and green strips that were cut at 1.5, I think it would end up about 11" wide at center and ~ 33" long. But I would double check that before cutting anything.
Here is a photo of the necklace I made last week. I can't take much credit for designing it. I bought the beads on a strand at the craft store. All I did was add a handful of colored glass beads (the tiny blue and green ones on each end of the tiny brass seed bead sections) to give it more color and sparkle. I used real silk bead thread found on clearance at HL this summer. I wore it two days in a row and it did not fall apart. :)
I'm off to etsy to see if they have any christmas cross stitch left.
11-19-2019, 09:19 PM
All of those runners were pretty. Sew4home today featured a quilted "bed runner" - to put across the foot of the bed. Idea being you could put your feet up or where pets would lie down, and only have to wash the runner, not the entire quilt or comforter. Made sense.
Kathy I agree about using yarn to pad hangers or make them non-slip. Small balls of yarn would be great for that.
I sewed recycled ecru lace onto the dark green wool remnant, about 10"X56". Some hand sewing remains. Definitely hand-wash only now. Every bit of dog or cat hair wants to stick itself to that wool.
11-19-2019, 10:24 PM
lovely necklace ch! way to go spirit! that is a lot of period pads. I think that is nice share the kits you don't want. wool just seems to attract pet hair!
the scrunchies I made were single stitch to cover elastic and then 4 dble stitch in each single stitch which make the ruffle. got it from ravelry. yes I remember yarn covered hangers have a bunch that my mil and her sister did out of that ribbon phentex lol not that you can get it anymore. they last forever. though that bernat home yarn seems similar. I have the ones she gifted me and I had taken the ones she had in the closet after she passed but they smelled way too much of rotten old perfume even after a few weeks outside so off to the thrift store.
haven't done much crafting except buying. really just errands, work etc. and running into grumpy old men. so many books too from library too feast or famine!
11-20-2019, 01:03 AM
SD - I like that pattern to. It has a lot of movement, begging the eye to follow it. Nicely designed.
11-20-2019, 07:46 AM
Best is it would be so simple to do. It caught my eye the same time the diamond runner did, but in the interest of time I need something easy. I decided on only one border, too. I picked out fabric and it's waiting to be washed. I hope to start cutting later today. Gotta figure out how many squares I need. Shouldn't be hard. It should be a fun project, I hope.
Did the trimming and turning on all 50 shields last night, so I'm a day ahead. Goal today is at least 25 liners serged and 25 shields done, plus step 1 done on at least 25 more so I can trim and turn this evening. With the ideas I thought of to make bag construction quicker, I'm looking forward to getting started on those. Have to finish liners and shields first, or at least shields. I have some more flannel for liners to make up, too, so should do that soon. Maybe I'll put off the runner till tomorrow.
Another busy day. I like that because I don't have time to think about food.
11-20-2019, 11:47 AM
Last night I ran out of enthusiasm to do anything, but finally made myself finish sorting through the patterns. I have them by categories in zippered pouches and I consolidated some of those to free up the pouches for other uses. So thatís a little progress.
I asked the neighbor not to come yesterday evening. I just didnít feel like dealing with it. Maybe on her next day off.
Iím still thinking about cross stitch goals for next year. Right now Iím considering one page a month on the trees or robin, alternating. Then blocking the year in quarters. Each quarter one of the Christmas present kits and one other kit. I would like to start working through those since they take up more room to store than my patterns. If I get all that done, work on some of the WIPs or some small patterns to start using up the small cuts if fabric.
Then that will all fall apart because the older I get the less well I handle regimented plans. Still, itís a good plan, working on some bigger projects but with some flexibility. The Christmas kits are the only must do part.
Between now and the end of the year Iím going to focus more on the scarves. I really need to keep whittling down the yarn stash.
11-20-2019, 02:37 PM
I bought this last night. It looks like something I could finish in a few years.
There is another kit, smaller, with a cat, but pic is so bad I won't share it yet. Also put bids down on two "refurbished" kits, seller has added new thread to old instructions. If I win those I'll be set for life.
Not doing much today, still sore. Taking it easy and enjoying the sunny, 65 degree day.
11-20-2019, 02:58 PM
Didn't think I had much flannel left for liners, but I sewed up as much as I could and then cut them. I got 97. Those will need to be serged, but that's good because it's the best way to test the new serger and maybe get rid of the smell, and learn to sew curves on it. I think I have a total of 172 of those to serge yet.
I got my 25 shields done up to topstitching. That should take less than an hour. But Chester had a really bad seizure that involved him falling off a chair. Now he just wants to sit with me and be loved, so of course no sewing will be happening till he feels better. Priorities.
The Christmas runner fabric is still waiting to be washed. Thanks for your input, CH.
11-20-2019, 05:25 PM
I finished my shoe cuff. Well one of them anyway. The second one is almost finished.
It is hard to see the whole thing while I am wearing it. So I took a picture of it on and one of it by itself. Then another picture showing it unbuttoned. The crochet edging goes all the way around the top, but it gets a little hidden by the fur.
SD, you're really zipping through that flannel. Sorry to hear about Chester, hope he is dong well this evening.
I didn't do much today. Made myself rest. DH has another cold. Thank goodness for made-ahead chili in the freezer and boxed corn muffin mix.
I opened up the package with the dragon quilt fabric. It is for a twin-size. I did some calculations for making it queen-size, ~20" wider, and ordered 3 more yards of fabric online. That is extra border and yardage to add to the sides. I may also rearrange the blocks and/or panels around the sides. Have not finalized that yet. Wanted to be sure I have enough fabric before it gets sold out everywhere.
11-20-2019, 09:03 PM
Chester is himself again, luckily. He has a seizure about every 3 wks. Poor boy.
Those look warm, Kathy.
Good thing you looked at the quilt kit before it was too late, CH.
11-20-2019, 09:50 PM
Kathy - Those should definitely keep your feet warmer.
I haven’t accomplished a lot today. I spent a lot of time online shopping. I got some ideas. Ordered some gift card boxes and a couple of books. I’ll order the gift cards next week. I want to be home when they are delivered to the mailbox. That will about do Christmas. I’m not finished with the crochet baskets after all. I forgot I ran out of yarn a couple of rows from the end of one. I ordered it but by the time it came I was so tired of crocheting them I just left it. It will probably take 15 or 20 minutes to finish. After that I think I will haul out the sewing machine and make some large bags to hold them. I have lots of fabric I can use. Or maybe not.
11-21-2019, 11:23 AM
Chugging along with the gray afgan for myself. I did find a hole where the yarn seems to have been weak. I'll stitch it up with some extra yarn once I'm finished the whole afgan off. I'm debating on whether or not I need one more skein to finish it. I have the extra yarn but I think I probably won't use it. The afgan's long enough for the most part and I'll probably get too frustrated now that I have the end in sight.
I think the wool afgan is next in the queue. Those will just be lapgans so they'll go a lot faster than the gray afgan. I think I'll work on finishing up the other WIP I already have before I start anything else. Well, except for the vamp afgan. That can wait until spring since it will take time, much like the gray afgan. And if I do start other projects, I can go through my stash and not go to Joanns or Michaels. Both those stores are in strip malls with annoying parking lots, which get worse during the holiday season.
11-21-2019, 12:30 PM
My neighbor wanted 14 count which made me happy. I seldom use it anymore except for blackwork so getting it back with kits cleared some of it from the stash.
I know I sound terminally undecided but I am still feeling my way with these big full coverage projects. I’m giving the trees a re-start. I had started them on 16, but 18 is really the way to go for me on them. I also planned to frame them, but I’m just not willing to spend that much. I had started the trees on gray, just because I had it in the stash and if it was framed none of it would show. If not framed, it will. So I will start again on 18 cream or white. The page I had done was a partial page at the bottom so it’s not as much lost as it could be. That will also save quite a bit of floss.
So the tree pattern is essentially an unstarted project. Because of that I may switch to one of my raven patterns. It’s smaller, 12 pages instead of 20, and it would be nice to get one of these done in a reasonable time.
11-21-2019, 03:25 PM
I have 3 rows left to add to the quilt. The top is almost done. Now to figure out what to do for the backing. I'll see what I have and piece something together. I'm sure dgd will love it. Then to start on a quilt for the other dgd. Hers won't have all the squares. It will be mostly strips with a square here and there to make it big enough. It just takes too much time to cut and then sew it all together. I just don't have the time I'd like to spend on it, plus I want to use up what I have. It's time to downsize my fabric stash. Trying to make some other things for Christmas. I think I'm going to do some quilted coasters for ds & ddil. They just moved into a new house, so maybe they'll like it. If not, whatever. I'm thinking I might try some soup bowl cozies and potholders. I'll see what I have time for. If I don't get to it this year, I'll start working for next.
11-21-2019, 04:25 PM
Everyone sounds busy and productive.
I finished up and bagged 50 liners, and finished 50 shields. Those were all done over several days. A bag holds 50 liners or 100 shields, so it takes longer to do a bag of shields not just because each bag is twice as many, but each one takes a lot longer. I also have 50 shields at 2 different stages of completion. I hope to finish those tomorrow, maybe. My suitcase is filling up!
My new serger has quit.☹️☹️☹️☹️ It appears the foot control is broken. I don't know if that's related to the bad smell or not. It doesn't seem like it would be. So we have to take that back. Fortunately it's still under warranty. I hope my great deal doesn't turn out to be a lemon. I'm just starting to like it. So that brings working on the liners to a halt, because I need to have lots to do during the warranty period and the liners are a good test for the serger.
We got 9" of snow overnight. So far power outages haven't been too disruptive, fortunately. I hope we can take the serger in soon, but it might be a few days. Our driveway isn't even plowed out yet.
11-21-2019, 05:31 PM
SD that's annoying about the serger. Does stuff like that happen often?
Jettsmom sounds good you are getting close to finishing the 1st top.
Got JoAnn ads in the mail today. They have me on lists under both married and maiden name, so I got a large and a small flyer. Realize I need to get busy if I want to justify buying anything at the sales. I recently bought a skein of yarn and have only made 1 hand warmer from it so far. Tonight need to finish hand sewing the lace onto table runner and figure where to use it.
11-21-2019, 06:08 PM
No, I don't think foot controls are usually a problem. In all the years I've sewed and all the machines I've owned, I think this is only the third one, and it's brand new. I wore out one on my 990 after many yrs. It was replaced by a used one maybe 10 yrs ago, and now that one is acting up. Will probably have to replace it but want to see if it's DIY fixable first.
11-21-2019, 11:42 PM
I have been looking for a new cup. I decided I might as well be honest. It arrived today. Of course, buying it from a pattern site where I found the best price, I couldnít get out without a pattern. An odd one, but as I looked at it, it grew on me. Itís also refreshingly not huge.
Cute mug! That's a different kind of pattern for you, but those are the colors you love.
Bummer about the foot control, SD. Glad you caught it now and not in January. Hope they can replace it quickly. I wouldn't take it apart yet, that could invalidate the warranty.
Got the new JA flyer, too. Have not looked at it, avoiding all shopping for the next ten days. Except for last minute food stuff. I still need to find dried cranberries. Neither the grocery store, Aldi, or Walgreens had them. But it won't ruin anything if it is December before I buy them.
I got a puzzle out yesterday, cleared the coffee table, it just fit. Pieces are in a pile, but whatever. At first DH was like "do you expect me to help you?" He did help me flip over pieces to get them right side up. He walked away after that but has been coming over and spending more and more time on it. We were up past midnight last night and spent most of today on it. It is definitely a challenging puzzle (the winter tree scene). I'm enjoying it but I think I'm going to be a different kind of achy tomorrow, from not moving.
Rain and/or snow expected tomorrow. A good day to sleep late and stay in.
11-22-2019, 07:53 AM
Runner is done and I decided where to use it, I have votives and silver bowl for greenery. I'm going to finish hand warmers and then knit a matching hat for the chemo friend, hopefully done next week. Kind of a blah beige but I can probably find some pins or beads to dress it up. Crochet flowers?
11-22-2019, 10:16 AM
Coming along on my gray afgan. I hope I'll have it done sometime next week. Not that I really need it since the temps will be reasonable. It's mostly because it was a lot of work.
Thankfully, the next few WIP's use worsted weight yarn so they'll go faster, especially since they're only lapgans and not full twin-sized afgans. Well, one will be a full afgan but I already have that one started. I think I'll get the lapgans done first to use up the yarn.
11-22-2019, 11:03 AM
Little girl came over and picked up the cross stitch kits after I got home from town yesterday. Now I don’t have to feel guilty about them anymore - lol. I hope she finds some she likes.
Tea tastes really fine the new mug. In the photo it looks like it holds about two quarts but it’s 15 oz. still big, but not that big.
Last night I took out a scrap of 18 ct and experimented with half cross. I got solid coverage with three strands, but it wasn’t easy stitching. Maybe if I used a size larger needle to open the holes wider it would help. It would use less floss and half the time, not a small consideration on these giant patterns. But the jury is still out on this one. I also cut a scrap of the pre-gridded fabric to try to wash out the grid. Some report real problems with it, but I followed the directions for water temp and time and it came out. That gives me more confidence to use it because if I don’t frame it, it would show. That’s good because with all the starts on the shelf pattern I have about an acre of it, mostly 25 count. It wasn’t that bad to stitch on, or would have been if I weren’t trying to do it with such a ridiculous pattern.
I going to stop kidding myself that I’m going to make scarves. I’m having too much fun with the cross stitch. My goal though is to stop procrosstinating and really get caught up on the house by Thanksgiving. It has been sadly neglected.
11-22-2019, 11:41 AM
I finished the quilt top last night. I measured it and I will probably remove one row. I think I needed to add one square to each row for the "perfect" twin size. But instead of a 12 inch drop, it will only be 9 inches. I think it will be fine. I brought some fabric up from the basement and chose two pieces that I will use for the backing. I need to iron it and then measure each piece for cutting. I found a couple of backing ideas on pinterest and will use one of them. Hopefully I have enough of the one fabric to do it. If not, I'll just modify it. Getting excited to finish this one up. I don't know if there are any good batting deals on black Friday. I'll have to look for the ads. If not I'll wait or get it early to avoid the crowds. I was there one year and oh man it was busy.
11-22-2019, 02:40 PM
Good luck getting the batting, jettsmom.
I avoid shopping on Black Friday. If I do go to the mall, I go in the evening after the worst of the insanity has died down. This year, I'm thinking of staying home and doing crocheting, after I get my wash done. Thankfully the strip mall with the coffee shop I go to on Sundays to write is mostly restaurants so it shouldn't be too bad. And there's a grocery store so I can avoid the worst of the holiday shopping season where my usual grocery store is.
11-22-2019, 03:53 PM
That's a nice mug, except they misspelled "common sense" up there at the top. 😂
Another 50 shields done today, so I was able to bag up another 100. My suitcase is filling up. I'm obsessed with filling it, the sooner the better. I also sewed step 1 on 50 more, same show, different day. I hope to get those done tomorrow, but we might run the newly broken serger over to be looked at. Don't want to. Including the step 1 shields from today, I now have 225 shields yet to do and about 150 liners. If I can keep getting 50 done every day, it won't take long to finish up, but there are some days upcoming that I'm not likely to make that goal. Even so, I should be done well before Christmas. And it looks like I will have the right amount of pieces to exactly fill the suitcase. The people at my new chapter are going to be so surprised. I had told C I normally made about 150 shields each yr, but I will be donating 425 shields, 300 liners, about 35 bags, and the suitcase. Each kit gets 2 shields and 8 liners, plus one bag and some other non-sewn items, so all these hrs of work will help improve the lives of many girls. It will also clear out a lot of space in my sewing room. Love that.
I'm taking the rest of the day off, except for trimming and turning the latest 50 this evening. Glad things are proceeding so fast.
11-22-2019, 04:00 PM
that sucks about your machine spirit. hopefully a one time thing. I think crochet flowers would be nice. pinned on so they can remove it if they like. here black friday starts early all the sales locally. lots of people cross the border to go to family and shop. not me! only local or online.
home day, housework and hallmark! will make more scrunchies and work on my ongoing wips. only one big one earmarked for xmas. need 2 gifts for xmas gift exchange at moms group.. one of those past the present, steal etc type. so will see if I have a hat done in the stash and use scrunchies. needs to be $5 and under. so got more of the little yarn end balls out of the bag they are kept.
I ordered a bunch of xmas stuff from someone who has a small business online too. $175 but lots of gifts covered. totes, plate cozies, produce bags etc. I know stuff easily made by you guys but for me not so much and really not going to happen before xmas lol not enough sewing practice. one day!
discovered when moving the dead orchid a yellow leaf fell off and oozed a bunch of liquid out all over!
11-22-2019, 04:03 PM
Ch, I'm not touching the broken foot control on the serger. The one I might try to fix is for my 990 sewing machine. Its warranty expired in 1987, so nothing to lose if I try to fix it. It's only acting up occasionally so far, so will put up with it for now, but it has the same symptoms as the original one did before it quit, so it's probably the same problem and eventually will fail. ☹️
11-22-2019, 04:52 PM
Check Joann.com daily. Usually around a holiday they will have at least 1 day with a free shipping code. Unfortunately I don't think you can use more than 1 coupon code per order. But for a twin size the regular price may not be that bad for polyester. Actually they have a 2-pack right now 72X90" that is only $12.49. It is low-loft but I'm preferring that now since I use a regular machine to quilt and less to cram under the throat of the machine. If you get free shipping that sounds pretty affordable.
11-22-2019, 09:34 PM
I called the Viking dealer and he thinks the serger problem could be the foot control or the motor. :yikes: Sure glad this happened under warranty. The tech said the store wouldn't be open tomorrow. He's usually the only one there, and he was coughing and sneezing. He said he would either be home sick tomorrow or in his deer stand. 😁 We might take the serger in Monday. Don't really want to go later than that or the grocery stores will be chaos. Besides, I need to make some little Tortuga rum cakes for T-day. Loaded with butter, sugar, and rum. No calories there, luckily.
Tech said if I bring the foot control for my 990 in with the serger, he would take a look at that, too. He said there's some kind of plate in those that wears out, and he would check it. I might do that. It would be nice to have that reliable again.
Got today's 50 shields ready to sew tomorrow, so that's a relief. That project is moving along much faster than anticipated, thanks to the suitcase-filling obsession.
11-22-2019, 10:42 PM
Sounds like everyone had a good day sewing or shopping.
JA has foam and batting at half price fairly regularly. If not you can use a coupon on it. The current ad is enough to trigger a migraine, but I see they have it on sale Nov 27-Dec 4 for 50% off.
The "Cardinal Joy" stitch kit came today. I may start on it this weekend, depending on how my hands feel. And if I can find a hoop.
DH and I made good progress on the puzzle. I think we can finish it by Thanksgiving. I got one of the large trees connected, top to bottom, down the middle of it. Have the heat turned on and it is playing havoc with my sinuses, giving me vertigo when I bend over the table. So I stop and start when I get a bit dizzy.
Need to dig through my stash of little gifts, too. The ladies at the gym are having a holiday luncheon and gift exchange in early December.
11-23-2019, 08:01 AM
Sewing and errands are on the agenda for my Saturday. I hope to get 50 shields done by noon, but that might be optimistic. But that's okay. I need some poster board to make a template for the DfG bags, so I'll finally be able to get that, I hope. If DG or our tiny Ben Franklin has it. Limited options here.
My joining the Duluth DfG chapter renewed discussion of moving to Duluth. It has lots to offer. But I think we laid that to rest. Again. We love Duluth, but GR offers more bang for our housing buck by far. It's not hard to do the math. For the extra $50,000+ it would cost for a house in Duluth, we can buy in GR and also avoid the much higher property taxes in Duluth, plus the city sales tax there, then use the savings for ocassional overnight trips for events in Duluth. We've watched enough people over the yrs to see retirement income often does not keep up with inflation, so we're trying to plan for 25 yrs in the future instead of just thinking about our current income and current COL. Starting off in a higher COL city doesn't seem like good planning for us, so we're back to GR as our first choice. It also has a lot to offer at a much lower COL. The 2 places don't offer the same activities, of course, but each has things of interest to us. There are only so many hrs in the day, and since we find plenty of things to do now in our current situation, I'm sure we wouldn't be bored in a smaller town. Hopefully, saving that much money on the front end of our retirement will help ensure we don't come up short later on. Still so much to think about. Decisions would be a lot easier if we didn't love living on the lake so much.
11-23-2019, 12:49 PM
Going to tackle the house today. Today is - boo!! Hiss!! - kitchen day. I have to stay with the boring job until itís done. Even the refrigerator. Tomorrow is the living room because I canít stand it any more. Then the rest. Ok. I know weíre all laughing at this point, but thatís the plan.
Little Girl just came over to pick up my old faded threadbare lap quilt Iím donating to their dogs, both elderly rescues who will enjoy it, and she asked if she could get ďone of those things you push the thread through the needle with.Ē Ah. Needle threaders. I have a bunch I randomly picked up on eBay, the old fashion flimsy wire kind. I got them for about a penny each. I sent all of them since I never use them. I asked her which one her mom was starting and got a not very helpful reply. The one with the biggest holes. They all have 14, though some probably have more prominent holes in the weave. It later occurred to me that most of the kits coming out of China have 11 count and that may be what she had done before in the Philippines.
While Iím on such a stash building binge, and starting to use a lot of 18 count, I ordered a yard of my favorite color, a very light cool gray, from 123 Stitch ($$$) and a yard of cream from Amazon (only $$). That finishes off the fabric stash. I also added a little pattern on sale for a biscornu- that I had never heard of until a flood of patterns started appearing. I got the next lot neighbor or a book to go with the bags, so I needed something for the mother. She sews, so Iíll make it for her for a pin cushion. If Iím smart enough to figure out how to sew it together.
That's a very fancy pincushion, it will make a lovely gift.
I was out with friends most of the day and haven't done anything. My extra dragon/fire fabric came today. I haven't checked it yet, will do that tomorrow during daylight. 2nd stitch kit was supposed to be delivered, but now it says delayed.... not that I can do anything, my hands and wrists are swollen up again.
11-23-2019, 10:21 PM
CH - I hope your hands improve soon. Lots of quilts to make!
I finished the kitchen except for sweeping the floor and clearing out some disgusting containers in the fridge. I was out of any place to dry more dishes so I’ll do that and the floor in the morning.
11-23-2019, 11:46 PM
Thanks, DC. Hope your kitchen is sparkling clean tomorrow. I've been laying on the anti-inflammatories, but I think I've been sitting too much, too. Some rest is good, too much rest makes me even stiffer and more sore. I've missed the gym all month.
11-24-2019, 04:07 AM
Hope things improve for you soon, CH. Frustrating, especially with new fun stuff to play with.
Good going on the housework, D. It's always a good feeling of accomplishment, at least for the 8.6 seconds it lasts. Beautiful pincushion. Any sewist would love to have one on her table.
It took me till 9 PM, but I made my 50 shield quota. I hate errands. It just takes too long and accomplishes too little, while disrupting the entire day. But I'm set up for the morning. I can't seem to do math correctly lately, but I think I will have 75 shields left after Sunday's 50. Weather doesn't look good for a road trip Monday, so maybe I can push myself to do all 75 in one day just to be done with them. Unless I've miscounted yet again. I can't believe how much I've gotten done in the past 10 days or so.