Thanks for the tip about the sale, SD. I probably won't rush out to the store today. If they have that brand all the time then they will be on sale again. Your runner looks great, with two colors nobody will ever know it wasn't what you planned. Happy accidents happen all the time in quilting.
Dlr, hope it clears up enough so you can enjoy your walk.
We are having flurries here this morning. Doesn't look like any rain is coming.
Want to start some stitching, got to do it soon if I'm to make progress by christmas. Hands are swollen but it may be dehydration. It's so dry here with the heat on now. It's even hard to swallow this morning.
12-01-2019, 12:27 PM
Bright sun here today.
I got sidetracked last night - no surprise there - so didn’t finish the decluttering. An hour tops should polish it off today.
Then begins officially the cross stitch year. Mentally setting all the other possible crafts aside, or even moving them out, has really energized me. As has buting some large full coverage projects. I’ve dabbled with them before, but never actually finished any for one reason or another. I’m really excited to get back to stitching after a break to deal with the house.
I’m sure you don’t remember, but I have seasons samplers. I have done winter, summer and fall. The winter one is for December through February, and I will work in those blocks, hence the start of my cross stitch 2020 year today. I’ve decided to defer the big projects I’m itching to really get underway. I need to do some experimenting to decide how I really want to stitch them. First up is to finish the Noel single color piece. Then I am going to focus on the beaded kits for gifts next Christmas. They will take a chunk of time so I really want to get them done. Then I can play with whatever I want to for the rest of the year.
Today or tomorrow I will switch out the fall cross stitches on the bulletin board and put up some Christmas/winter ones. But first, breakfast and decluttering finish.
12-01-2019, 02:25 PM
that is a good price for the bags spirit. always good to go to a place that is not nuts for sales! dh didn't want to go to any tool sales. not that he doesn't have enough. here boxing day is the bigger day for sales. hope you are feeling better ch! hope everyone is ok w storms.
really not motivated to do anything but should. popped an allergy pill yesterday. fed the hungry outside wildlife. still need to put another suet block out. made eggnog waffles and pasta which I am sure will go to the raccoons and crows. kinda take leftovers and add sauce. kids have dentist and dh origami xmas at library. library runs and think of dinner. if the family liked casseroles would help heat the house and be easy.
when I did a reorg of some yarn to put away stuff I bought found 2 I got on clearance last year. bernat pop which I am not fond of but it was xmas yarn only in canada rudolph red so started a cowl. tans, red, white. for stash. should work on the big projects but...
so hallmark and crocheting most of the day besides errands. dh and ds are helping a friend in the cold. 0 c or 32 f which ever you go by. should take the fall stuff down and put up xmas stuff but don't feel like it. cats are avoiding me because I gave them flea meds. so not much in and out and whining at me the slave.
12-01-2019, 02:53 PM
Martha, the store was packed, just nobody impatient or rude. I don't think they do like some stores do and stock way less items than what they know the demand will be, just to get people in the store. I think that's what causes a lot of the fights you see on the news. But then again, millions of people peacefully shop holiday sales so the crazies have to be a tiny minority.
Got the runner done except making the supreme sacrifice of finishing the binding by hand. :sigh: I should be able to get it done today so it can go on its way sometime this week and I can get back to DfG stuff. Still lots to do before 1/10, and my suitcase still is not full.
12-01-2019, 03:11 PM
CH, Menards frequently has 11% discounts storewide, including sale merchandise, so if you can hit a sale plus 11% off, you might get a pretty good deal. Although the discount is a store rebate, so if you normally don't shop there, it might not help you. We buy lots of stuff at Menards so a store rebate works for us. We get cat food and litter there, tools, paint, all sorts of things since it's the nearest big box home improvement store for us.
Sounds like some of us are already planning 2020 projects. I need to think about priorities here. I was going to work some more on baby gowns, but since I haven't figured out what to do with what I've already made and since I'm doing about 3 yrs worth of DfG stuff with probably more to come in January, I might skip the baby gowns for this winter. We still have a half-painted bathroom in need of attention so I think that has to be a priority after I get the DfG suitcase filled.
Winter is going to go by fast.
12-01-2019, 05:13 PM
I got a little bit done. Hands don't want to loosen up today, it's cold. Opened the package with the two new refurbished kits, they look fine, just like new. One has the smaller weave fabric, so I put that aside immediately. The other has larger weave fabric but it is huge, at least 12" wide, I will have to check auction description. So I put that away for now, too.
Marked the fabric for the cardinal stitch kit. My blue washable pen is giving up its last. So that is done and I can start when my hands want to cooperate again.
Realized that the dance group christmas party is this weekend, so I NEED to finish those last two pouches for gifts. Got one pinned up and ready to sew.
We get menards ads every week, so I can keep an eye on their sales. They are a bit out of the way for me, though. There is another hardware store here which does that store rebate/credit thing so I am familiar with how it works.
12-01-2019, 05:43 PM
I found a felt poinsettia to pin to the knit hat and packaged it for mailing. I went thru boxes looking for yellow pipe cleaners to make more poinsettias. I KNOW I have them but cannot find. Found other stuff to make use of through. I have a cross-stitch that is nearly finished (baby-type gift) and correct floss to finish it so that is "on deck". That baby has probably graduated college by now. Think of something else to do with the finished piece, but at least FINISHED. Did not go to the park hike but took the dog on a long walk through a new/different neighborhood - massive houses and nice decorations. Free entertainment.
12-01-2019, 07:13 PM
Hope your hands feel better, CH. Other places like the hardware store you mentioned, might offer suitable tool totes as well.
DLR, sounds like a pretty hat with the poinsettia. I hate when I can't find stuff, so I feel your pain.
Hand sewing sucks. It's why I've in ested tjousands of dollars in power tools. But the torture is over now. I just have to press the runner and de-hair it with a sticky roller, I can send it out to Massachusetts to start its new life.
Tomorrow I can work with my new serger again. The tech added some new oil while he was replacing the faulty part, so I'm curious if that helped the smell any.
12-01-2019, 09:18 PM
yes it does matter how the customers are for sure. and if the stores are set up well.
remembered fabricland was having a really good sale ..turns out for everyone not just members and I just renewed the membership when dd was waiting inline for fabric cutting. she got 4 meters of some fancy polar fleece for $11 a meter. was $22 a meter. she wants to make another cape. birthday money from grandma gone fast. we didn't have much time since kids had dentist appts. my allergy pill had worn off so had a sinus thing going on so just wasn't into shopping. not that my sewing machine works. reverse didn't work and now dd says it only sews in reverse so.. yes can't just go and sew. kids...
12-02-2019, 08:59 AM
Looks like everyone was busy this weekend. :)
I was pretty lazy this weekend, although I did get quite a bit done on one of the wool lapgans. I finished two skeins on it and started skein #3. It looks like the four skeins I planned on using for it will definitely be enough. (I have enough for a second wool lapgan as well.)
12-02-2019, 11:00 AM
I’m finally back to stitching. I did some on the Noel last night. I’ll continue that today and should be able to get quite a bit done.
After all the rich Thanksgiving food and leftovers, it’s time for plain and simple. I’m soaking large lima beans, my favorite, to cook after while. I even have some bacon to go in them. Good solid southern cooking.
12-02-2019, 11:29 AM
Martha, fabric prices are why most of what I buy anymore comes from thrift stores. It's crazy at fabric stores, and quality isn't what it used to be either. At least you don't have tariffs tacked on to the prices there.
Ren, there's always more yarn. Or fabric. Or cross stitch. Or books to read.
D, glad you're able to settle back into working on your first love. Now that I'm done trimming and turning shields in the evenings, I want to do some cross stitch, too.
I was shocked to see a pileated woodpecker at our feeders today. Poor guy must be really hungry. They've never come to feeders before.
Got the runner all done and ready to go, just have to write a card and put the address on the pkg. Glad it's done and turned out nice. I hope it's not too big. Attachment 49875
12-02-2019, 11:40 AM
I love the runner. I hope to do something like that sometime. I need to finish these quilts. I'm going to get one finished for sure. That's my goal anyway. I've seen quite a few projects I'd like to do in the future.
I'm still trying to get the quilt done. Haven't worked on it much this past week. Dh has been home and dgd has been here quite a bit. She comes over a lot when papa is home. So I couldn't work on the quilt. I guess I could have gotten the backing put together, but oh well.
12-02-2019, 12:15 PM
Thanks! I hope you get your quilts done. We have 6 days less than usual though, due to T-day being so late this yr.
12-02-2019, 03:20 PM
Got the parts cut for Mom's birdhouses. Can't believe it's December already. Christmas is 3 wks from Wednesday, so I need to get those going. Besides, it's warm today, 27. It's going to take several days just to paint them due to drying time.
I serged 25 liners, mostly on the old serger. The new one is puckering the fabric, which I'm fairly sure is operator error. I can't put my finger on the problem and of course the book is no help. It seems to work okay on straight areas, then bunches up on the curves. The old one did that for a while too, hence operator error. Seemed to be better after I slowed down. I hate slowing down. I'm also having trouble judging exactly where the new serger cuts. It's not on the edge of the foot, but about 1/4" in where I can't see it. Frustrating. I should not be struggling with that machine for this long. It's especially annoying because I can tell I'll like it once I get past the learning curve.
12-02-2019, 05:40 PM
I decided to go out today, it was just too sunny to stay inside. Last night I realized I had some extra herb/spice gift sets around, I could take one of those as my white elephant christmas exchange tomorrow. Mostly seasonings with pepper or cayenne that DH can't eat, maybe someone else will like it.
While I was out I went by one of the asian import stores --closed on Monday-- but next door in the old shopping center was a pop-up flea market, so I stopped to have a look. Lot of glass and china, some books, tools, odds and ends. They had a good amount of corning ware, a whole huge set in cornflower blue. There were big signs up saying "60% off today only" which I am sure have been up for a week. Anyway, I found this and was sorely tempted:
DH said to get it, so I did. I have no idea where I will put it. There was a matching oval bowl, about 12" long for similar (60% off) price.
But what really caught my eye was a cute little white edged candy dish in the dot pattern I bought last year. It was by the register and I asked about it, because it had no sticker. Similar pieces were marked $3-4. The guy running the register said "we're using it to hold candy". So I nicely said "I'd like to buy it", since these people were obviously here to sell as much of their crap as possible and move on in a short time. And the place was full of other little candy bowls they could have replaced it with. He looked at me for a moment and said "Forty dollars." The couple checking out ahead of me started choking and laughing. I just put the dish down and walked away. I'll go back later this week and see if someone who isn't an asshole will sell it to me.
I got a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul for under a buck and will include that with the spices.
Jettsmom, hope you get some time to work on your quilt this week. I hope I do, too.
SD, your runner looks quite nice, I hope your friends like it. You'll get the hang of the new serger soon enough.
12-02-2019, 08:15 PM
I love that blue carnival glass. I have the oval bowl. I use it as a fruit bowl in the fridge sometimes. It's a reproduction from the 70s. I got it at a garage sale at a house we had looked at a few months before, and I had seen the bowl in the house then and been tempted to offer $10 for it, but knew the owner was in crisis and didn't want to bother her. We knew the nephew of the owner, and when we saw they were having the sale, we asked him if the bowl was going to be on the sale. He called his parents who were an hr from opening the sale, and they said to come right over and get the bowl, so we did. They had it marked $5. Everything was very cheap. Mom was furnishing her new townhouse and we bought a truckload for her before the sale even opened, with their encouragement. I regret to this day not buying the Singer Featherweight they had for $50. At the time I had never heard of them and didn't need another machine. (Like that ever stops me.) I was enlightened shortly thereafter, but of course it was too late.
Sounds like you had fun, CH, in spite of the asshole. Hope you can get the candy dish at a reasonable price.
I think I might buy a clear foot for the new serger. Tech suggested loosening up the pressure on the foot and that seemed to help. Wonder if that has anything to do with the puckering though. Will have to check. He also said it might be because the feed dogs are new and not worn down at all and/or because the feed dogs are wider than the old serger. I think the worst is there's no margin to trim off on 2 sides of the liners, so I have to line up those sides perfectly without being able to see them, so the stitching is all on the fabric without trimming anything off. I end up with loops hanging over and that's unacceptable. I don't have much trouble sewing neat curves on scraps where fabric is being trimmed off. I might drag my serger along to Duluth and see if anyone there has any advice. Wonder if it will fit in the file box with the lid on.
12-03-2019, 08:14 AM
Table runner turned out very nice.
I made 2 poinsettia pins last night using a red pipe cleaner instead of yellow. Good enough and easy to fix if I ever find the yellow ones.
12-03-2019, 11:43 AM
Got one of my zip pouches sewn up last night, all but the hand stitching and the zipper pull dangle charm. One more to go. Also took apart the earring and replaced the mis-shapen bead. Now I need to scrounge up a small gift box. I know I have some around.
Not going to worry too much about the candy dish. If it is anchor hocking like I think it is, there will be others. I did notice yesterday that nothing they had was very old or valuable. It had been well sorted out. No depression glass, no jadeite, no Frankoma ware, no Japanese lusterware, no Fiesta, no Avon, etc. They must sell the good stuff to antique shops or dealers.
What's everyone working on today?
12-03-2019, 12:48 PM
Thanks, DLR. Glad you could get your pins done.
Good going on the bags, CH. I know you've been working on those a while.
I've been working on liners today and got 101 of them packed up. 50 left to go. I might do those yet today since they don't take long and it would be nice to wrap up another big portion of this project. Both sergers seem to be working well but still puckering. I think that might have to do with how I'm manipulating fabric going around the corners, since both of them are doing it. I'm finally getting the hang of using the new one, I think. I did 30 or 40 liners on it and only had 3 or so that needed some improvement. Much better than almost all of them needing correction. The suitcase is almost full, just the last brick of 50 to get done and put in its reserved spot. I do still plan to get the bags done, but if I don't, that'll be okay too. Total count on the liners should be 301.
New serger still stinks but it's vastly improved. Tech said it was run nonstop for half an hour after service to make sure it worked, wouldn't overheat, etc, so no doubt that helped some of the smell burn off. He also added some new oil, which again probably helped. I think the smell will go away in time. That's another reason I want to get the bags done. Lots of serger-tunities making those. I have a couple months of warranty left and want to put a few miles on to make sure everything is okay, as much as I can.
12-03-2019, 01:50 PM
Still working on the first wool lapgan. It covers my legs but not my feet yet. I do miss having the length of the afgan while working on it since it's gotten cold recently. But it's nice to work on something that's going so quickly after how long it took with the wool-blend afgan.
12-03-2019, 04:44 PM
:cheer4: Liners are done! There was a miscount somewhere and the last run had 54, for a total of 305, more than twice what I planned to donate this winter. But there's no point in me keeping this stuff, and I know these kits are needed all over the world so might as well move it all out and let it be put to good use.
I also glued and screwed the roof pieces for Mom's birdhouses, and drilled holes in the dowels for the threaded rods that will hold each house together. The rods go into the dowels to form a perch under the entry into the birdhouse. I'm hoping hot glue will hold the rods in the dowels well enough. Once I get the holes drilled in various parts, final assembly should take minutes. It really is a simple pattern. Then it'll be just sand, prime, and paint. She will be happy to get them.
12-04-2019, 11:54 AM
It sounds like finished projects are rolling out at quite a clip! I’ll have one today. I’m nearly finished with the Noel and should be able to easily polish it off today. It’s been a quick, rather simple minded project since it only uses one color, but I have to admit I’m getting a little tired of 820.
The best thing about Christmas is the music and I listened to almost none last year. All I have is on CDs and my CD player, just an old fashioned boombox, died in the spring. A few nights ago I dragged out the CDs, and found a replacement player at Amazon warehouse. Instead of a couple of dollars off, the usual, this one had about $15 off, but was listed as like new condition, for $20. That’s coming today. So when I start the Santa kit, I’ll break out the music.
12-04-2019, 12:47 PM
It's sunny and warm here today but I am achy and not motivated to do much. I will putter around and do little things, and undoubtedly drink a lot of tea.
12-04-2019, 01:12 PM
Well off for another round of spending more and saving more. A bit of contradiction I suppose, but when my husband makes a big purchase I tend to follow up with talking to him more about saving. Well to be fair, I have established that him talk to me before making a big purchase. This nice was a cyber Monday deal on a new TV.
But since he handles all the finance for us, he always says "I checked the numbers and it is okay."
But we are talking about putting more in our TSP accounts which is like an IRA but for government employees. At one point the maximum contribution was 10% of your salary. I did not realize this but back in 2006 the % max was dropped. Now it is just a flat number amount regardless of what you make. The amount for 2020 is $19,000. Plus since we are over 50 we can also contribute another $6,500 a year for a total of $26,000 a year. Each. I don't think we could quite pull that off. But we can certainly go beyond the 10% we are contributing now. I do not like saying how much I make, but I will say the max is above 10% of our income by quite a bit.
The details are yet to be decided.
It is time to balance standard of living now with hypothetical future standard of living. I told my husband I want to save more, but not to the point where we can't get nice things once and while.
12-04-2019, 03:34 PM
Not much progress on the quilt. I did lay it out to measure, so I can cut the backing. I got as far as getting the cutting mat, ruler and fabric out and figuring the sizes for the pieces. Now to actually start cutting. Life has been so crazy the past week with dh's mom passing away. I try to work on it to keep my mind off the chaos.
Dgd came over last night and wanted to do some more decorating. I just don't have it in me to put the tree up right now, so I found some foam ornaments in my mess and she had a blast putting them together. They were just peel and stick. Then she went in the room looking for something else and found my little bag of pom poms and wanted to do something with that. I cut some circles out of some foam and gave her the glitter glue and she had some fun with that too. Yeah getting rid of more stuff.
12-04-2019, 05:45 PM
Got the table runner ready and Husby shipped it off.
No progress on the birdhouses, but I made a couple templates for the DfG bags and got 6 done except for ribbons, with 17 more in various stages. I'm going to do all the ribbons when all the bags are done, so I only have to drag out the hot knife once. The templates are a big help and do seem to speed things up. I also put the steps for construction in a more logical order and implemented a couple shortcuts. And I dispensed with the finger-burning and completely unnecessary step of turning under and pressing 1/4" on the ends of the bag which get serged and hemmed anyway. Pointless. Making bags is almost fun now. It seems like runs of about 10 or 12 is a nice amount to work with at once
The smell from my serger seems to be disappearing. Can't happen fast enough for me, but at least it's better.
Another good day with lots of progress, although it might not seem like it just to read about it.
12-04-2019, 06:04 PM
The last of the 12 zip bags is done. Done. I was just finishing that when the nurse called and got me set up to get a steroid shot tomorrow, so yay! I've just about had it with this flare-up. Was able to get in about 40 minutes of stitching on the new kit. The thread on this one is much longer than I'm used to, 2ft or more. My knees started to hurt from sitting for so long. But it is started. I'm going to alternate between that and the quilt for the rest of the year. Hope to get the blocks assembled by christmas.
Going by HL tomorrow. DH needs a spray can of something and a timer for the holiday lights. We seem to be short one every year.
12-04-2019, 07:19 PM
The woman I mailed the hat and hand warmers to on Monday called to thank me tonight and we chatted a bit. I offered to make more but she said she would be fine. I'll finish the hat I'm working on, it's really a nice shade of pale rose.
12-04-2019, 08:25 PM
Glad you'll get some relief tomorrow, CH.
12-04-2019, 08:27 PM
DLR, that sounds like a nice gift to your friend.
12-04-2019, 11:00 PM
everyone's projects look so nice! that guy was an ass think it is just the mood of middle aged guys lately. here you don't find fabrics in thrift stores much. think last time I saw some was a church rummage sale that had a lot of craft stuff. kinda one off thing. sad though when it is someones old projects etc. like being in value village and you can tell someone died or went in a home because all the stuff. value village even sell yarn more then michaels! even the vintage 70s stuff. like seriously when it says 99 cents on the label and marked 6.99. thinking losing mil and the season is making me more sad. we have a lot of the things mil made. she did a bunch of xmas things in the 90s and early 2000s. didn't sleep well because feels like dd gave me her cold. you know where every cell aches. feel better after curry from food court.
need to get used to working early and more days. my old job was more 12 to 6 though this job is flexible more during the time I would have time to myself. dh and I were at lowes last night got paint for kitchen and a on sale snowman inflatable family. today I drove my friend to doc appt and we went though the mall and value village. she is the one who dislocated her hip so can walk with breaks but no driving. clinic was at walmart so I got jeans for dh for xmas and his cheap choc covered cherries. there was a blue and silver dragon onesie in the mens dept so got it for dd. loves dragons.
of course looked at yarn and they actually had marked down mandala ..took years to get it to canada $8 a skein this was marked down to $3 plus I got a bernet because of colour. label had been marked down to $5 before. this doesn't happen here. not that i needed the yarn but... we had 20% coupons so went to a value village near walmart I haven't been for years. lots of stuff but more junky. found a sweatshirt pullover for ds. he isn't thrilled w it but who cares classic grey and style. and roots brand. a cinderella doll and a bag of little xmas stuff. not much happening w crafting but need to get the blanket done. realized I have a fuzzy scarf I can give them too. Attachment 49883
12-04-2019, 11:23 PM
Nice yarn finds, M. Don't find quilt fabric or nice stuff in thrift stores here. Lots of shops, lots of quilters. People have friends or guilds to give it to when they want to get rid of it. The quilt show 'yard sales' are good sometimes.
I see my guild is having a holiday party on Monday. I'm already attending 2 this weekend, so I may skip it. 12" holiday block exchange.... means I'd have to sew something... and then I'd have a random quilt block. Regular monthly quilt bee is the 16th, I can wait for that.
They are doing a new mystery quilt. Not sure if I want to start one. Here is the first set of instructions. https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2019...ry-part-1.html Won't know what it looks like until the end. Wouldn't be using raspberry and blue, though. May wait until we're a couple of weeks in to see what is involved and what colors I have that would look good. Or what I have the most of. I really want to get some existing projects done first.
12-05-2019, 08:02 AM
Mystery quilt blog seems unnecessarily complicated. She wants you to do 144 squares this week? Seems like a lot.
I'll be a bag lady again today. Hope to get at least 25 done. I have another dz or so cut, but after seeing them again, it seems like the fabric might be too thin. I might trash that and just use something else.
12-05-2019, 09:03 AM
Still working on the wool lapgan. I think I'm a little worn out from getting the gray afgan done. At least it was for myself and I've been using it. And the lapgan is coming along pretty quickly.
I probably won't get any crocheting done around Christmas. I'm going to see my Dad for a few days. I haven't seen him in three years, although I do call him nearly every day. Then again, I will have to deal with my siblings. I'm closest to my next oldest sister but I'll have to deal with the oldest sister (and brother) as well. There's nothing really wrong with them. I just have no patience for them.
12-05-2019, 10:56 AM
Jettsmom - Iím sorry to hear of your MILís passing. If you mentioned it earlier, I missed the post.
I finished the Noel. (I donít know why autocorrect always capitalizes that but I donít care enough to fix it.) Iíll get a picture up after I get it trimmed and pressed. Last night I got out the gift Santa kit and separated all the thread. I had forgotten they are done on 18, which is doubtless why the tree took so long. Even on a 5x5 that takes lot more stitches than usual, and all the beading slows things down. Iím going to cut a larger piece of fabric for this from stash so I can use a larger hoop. I also need to separate all the beads. There are 11 different kinds used in the pattern. Iíll get that started today.
12-05-2019, 10:59 AM
Ren, hope you get through the family visit with no drama or trauma. Funny how we can be so closely related to people and rub each other the wrong way.
Another sunny day, though it may cloud up and rain later. I am going to use the morning sun for sewing.
SD, I think the mystery quilt is done intentionally to keep you guessing what the pattern will be. She is a professional quilter and teacher so she is teaching methodology as well. Make the 4-patch and do enough to get good at it rather than try to make one block at a time. The strips will go fast if you do them like she says. I found the blog post with the other color choices, whites, light aqua and light green. It all looks good together, but I'm still not convinced I want to use raspberry. Here's a pic from a previous years project. They probably started the same way, bunch of 4-patches, then a bunch of triangles, different colors, and assembly last. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/41869471516287907/ There should be a new clue posted today and I bet it is triangles.
Feeling better today, go figure. Still want to get that shot, though.
12-05-2019, 01:11 PM
I have had the same experience with yarn in the thrift stores here too. And I don't think I have ever found yardage in a thrift store either. Although to be fair, I really do not go to thrift stores that often even though that is where I get most of my clothes. I tend to repair and alter things to keep clothes going for as long as I can.
I have relatives I am not particularly close to as well. There is this family dynamic where eat out at their favorite places, talk about topics that interest them, etc. I think they are aware that me husband and I have very different tastes and interests than them. But they feel we should be "considerate" of them. It becomes stressful even though there is no out and out meanness.
12-05-2019, 02:22 PM
Sorry about your MIL, Jettsmom.
Spell check was created to be annoying.
I guess I'm of the opinion that if instructions are being written for beginners, that's all the more reason to keep things as simple and plainly written as possible. But it seems to work for her, the way it sounds. What I read just seemed confusing with too much extraneous commentary, but we are all different in our approaches to both learning and teaching.
I got 12 bags done, 13 more about half done, 9 more cut, and sorted the ones I was thinking about not using. I think those will be okay after all. There are maybe 10 of those. IIRC, the total is around 44. Be glad when they're done and packed away in the suitcase, ready to go.
12-05-2019, 05:16 PM
Worked on pinwheels this morning for a while. Have not counted, but it is progress.
SD, that woman writes a blog and books and lectures for a living, so it pays to be wordy. People want something chatty to read, and want to feel like they are her best friend sitting in her sewing room. I'm like you, just want to scroll down and find the actual directions and measurements. I'm like that with recipe sites. Don't care what inspired you or when your 3 year old gets out of day care, just give me the ingredient list. In a couple months those quilt instructions will be taken down and she will re-write them more concisely and offer it for sale as a PDF. Meanwhile, if you want to participate there are social media channels you can follow. (No, I'm not either) And, of course my quilt guild is going to be following it. Probably going to be half a dozen or more of these quilts made and hanging in the quilt show next fall.
I got my shot, and went to Hobby Lobby, figured out what DH needed.... and some clearance fabric fell in my cart... along with some 1.99 patterns.... went to the grocery store, and now I'm ready for a good nap. And coffee. The shot has not kicked in, I still hurt, so laying down might be a good idea. But not drinking coffee (while laying down).