they don't do krampus walks here.. people are very touchy here about any thing about about kids and correcting them. very granola hippy. even at scouts I am the mean one and all I do is have mom eyes and tell them nothing no other normal person would like..no you can't eat candy when no one else has it. hit or get off the stacked chairs etc. get money out of your mouth. like really they have to listen at school or daycare. I mean 20 5 to 8 yrs old running nuts no way. I know they are being normal but still.
12-10-2019, 02:38 PM
Good going on the quilt, Jettsmom. Sounds like you're not far from done.
I'm not doing much I thought I would either, D. Some days are like that.
I gathered up all the sewing trash, about 15 gallons. Nice to have empty trash cans again. The scrap catchers on both sergers were overflowing. I haven't been taking time to do even little stuff like empty trash. Still have to haul out the little vacuum and suck out the lint from the 4 machines I've been using. Flannel makes a lot of lint.
I got some stuff put away off the work table, though not enough.
I was able to combine the gowns stored in the 2 flat totes I bought at Savers a while back into the one flat tote I just emptied DfG stuff out of, and put that in the stack in the sewing room where it belongs. The 2 empty totes go under the guest room bed. I found yarn I didn't know I had, and that will go in 1 of those totes.
I emptied a large flat tote, a smaller one about half that size, and a stacking organizer about 4' high, all full of DfG stuff, by doing all this work now and getting it over with. I'm hoping I won't need an inventory again. It sounds like the Duluth chapter might keep me busy, and I might give the GR kids another chance, since apparently I like smacking myself in the face.
I got sucked into a little project today when I picked up the duffle bag I bought for $1 at GW a yr or so ago. I got it to haul projects around, but never liked it. I got it out the other night to decide why I didn't like it and realized, first, it needed some way to make the bottom flat. Second, I thought maybe I should remove the lining between the 2 end pockets and the main compartment to make it all one big space. I messed around with it last night some more, but couldn't decide to remove the linings. That idea just didn't seem right. Today I cut 2 pieces of heavy cardboard from the recycle tote, and glued them together for extra strength to create the hard base I wanted. I immediately liked the bag much better. It seemed like having a defined bottom also made the sides less floppy, another annoyance. I checked, and the bag with the flat bottom now is sized nicely to stack unsewn shields in 2 piles side by side, no need to make the main compartment bigger. I've wanted a bag I could use for that for a long time. I'm guessing I may be able to get 100 shields in the bag, which would be a nice amount to take traveling. Since it's a soft duffel, if I take less, it can squish down. But the end pockets still bugged me and I finally figured out why. They stick out too far on each end. It took a little while, but I finally figured out how to change them. I marked one, then just cut the pocket right off :yikes:, leaving enough fabric so I had something to reattach it to, folding in the excess fabric. It actually went fairly well, and I love the result. I reduced it from about 3" at its base to 1" all the way around. I only did one so far, and I hope the other one works out just as well. I don't need big end pockets, and every inch matters in our truck and trailer. Here's the original pocket, yet to be modified. See how much it sticks out in the way? It's floppy, too. Attachment 49897
Here's the one I finished. Attachment 49899
Much flatter and nicer. I will still have 2 end pockets but for smaller items, all I should need. I think the whole bag will look nicer too, not so big and sloppy. And of course I still have the 2 side pockets seen in the pics, still plenty of room for assorted stuff.
I messed with the big sewing tote too, and got some things figured out. Since I can't fold the new removable rigid bottom for the duffle, it will have to travel in the sewing tote next to my machine, if the duffle is empty or at home in storage. It fits well next to the sewing machine. My water bottle fits in one of the outside pockets. I'm sure I will be figuring out stuff like that for a long time to come.
I discovered the strap on the backs of bags 2 and 3 in my new set are to slip over the pull handle of the big bag, so they don't fall off. Nice! Time for the surgery on the second pocket. I can't wait, since I love doing hand sewing on heavy material so much. :sigh:
12-10-2019, 04:20 PM
SD, congratulations on getting all that done for the days for girls project.
We have a condo but the main office will not take packages for us. I wish they did. It will be a feature I look for in my next place. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind.
This is a bump week for me. I had jury duty yesterday. Tomorrow I have a dental appointment. The rest of the week is just regular work. I feel emotionally worn out from yesterday.
My work computer has blocked on of my favorite websites - wattpad - as a malicious site. It is a site where people post novels and short stories. I can go to the site. I can look at the descriptions of the book. But when I try to actually open a book to read it, I get the malicious site warning and it is blocked. I can't really complain because it is not work related, but it is annoying.
12-10-2019, 06:56 PM
Jettsmom, glad to hear you are making progress on your quilt. They always seem to take longer than I think they will.
SD, that looks like a good design for a scrappy quilt and a useful modification to the bag.
I got a lot of little things done today, none of which used a sewing machine. I stitched a few rows while the sun was high. Placed a stitch in the wrong place, oh well. I'm sure no one will notice in the end.
Wanted to do some mindless sewing on the blue charity quilt, opened up the box with the fabric and there were no blue squares cut. So for some reason I decided to tackle the scrap pile first, and spent an hour chopping up 2.5" squares. That's a pile of scrap gone and a 4.5" stack of squares to use up.
Tomorrow may be more productive.
12-10-2019, 07:05 PM
Thanks, Kathy. It was lots of work.
I got the second bag pocket modified. It sure didn't go as well as the first one, but at least it turned out well. It was a fight every inch of the way. I'm debating if I should turn the excess fabric inside over the raw edges. Probably should. If I do, that should be quick and easy, a running stitch easy to push through the fabric. I'll think about it tomorrow. I really like how the bag turned out. It's pretty much what I've been searching for on Pinterest the past few weeks and not finding, except not made with cute fabric. It's not quite a repurpose since I bought it as a travel project bag, but it's still a good upgrade with today's changes. And it didn't cost me anything.
12-10-2019, 07:13 PM
There's value in just puttering some days, CH.
I did peek in the box I have my quilt project in. I have a stack of the 3-triangle blocks cut out, so I might try working on those sometime soon. I have bunches of little squares cut for the 9 patches too, because I got lots of usable scraps from all my DfG shields. I kept up with it to save space, so those are ready. I expect this quilt to take years because it's a low priority for me.
12-10-2019, 07:15 PM
Part way through the mattress pad repair, need to get it done so back on the bed. I can finish the hat tonight also I think. 1 more hour of this audio-book as well. But I have to be at work early tomorrow so no staying up late. I have a library book not started yet.
12-10-2019, 07:23 PM
You get so much done, DLR. I like hearing about all your practical projects.
We have another winter weather advisory tonight. I'm back to yelling "shut up!" at the weather guy again. Winds chills are bad and we're getting mid-January temps already. It's one measly degree outside, wind chill at -10 and it's going to be much colder by morning. Then of course it's supposed to warm up Thursday, and snow. Good thing winter goes by fast, like all the seasons.
12-11-2019, 12:32 AM
The front finally reached us but has lost a lot of its punch. We got 1.2Ē of rain and it will freeze tonight, if the hourly forecast is to be believed, for about three hours before and around sunrise. Two of them at 32, one at 31. That sounds benign enough, but there might be some icing on the roads and bridges for the first drivers.
I did a sort of killing time project. I have a container of the thin cardboard floss bobbins that come with the bobbin boxes. I donít use them for floss they are so flimsy. I used some to list all my patterns and hung them on rings by the pattern storage categories. Now I can shuffle through them without having to actually haul the patterns out. If I canít remember what one looks like from the name or the name with a few words of description in some cases, itís probably not worth doing anyway. So I managed some stash and used some otherwise useless bobbins. I culled another five or six magazine patterns along the way and found I have more blackwork patterns than I remembered.
12-11-2019, 12:51 AM
That sounds like a big time saver, D. We sometimes double or triple the flimsy floss bobbins so they're thick enough.
Icy roads are no joke. Rain and 31 degrees is a bad combo. I just got a weather alert here about black ice, because it's so cold now road salt isn't very effective and roads are slick. Glad we don't have to go out tomorrow.
12-11-2019, 09:48 AM
Blech - black ice is worse than snow, imo. Fortunately for me, we only had rain Monday and Tuesday due to the temps being warm for the season (mid-50's to nearly 60*). The temps dropped last night to near freezing and we have some snow. Just enough to look pretty, which will likely melt during the day. I'm just a bit concerned about wet spots on the road freezing overnight.
Did get some work done on wool lapgan #1 last night but I've been restless lately. I haven't really in the mood to get anything done on it. I'm almost finished with skein #3 and should start skein #4 in the next couple of days.
12-11-2019, 10:37 AM
Sunny and cold this morning and I am going to go out. Need to get out of the house. I think I will go up to the sporting goods store and shop for DH. He lost a good warm shirt last month in Florida. Coincidentally it is near Hobby Lobby, so I may find a little something for myself. :)
Going to see about chopping up some blue squares this morning, too. Every step moves the project along.
Not sure about the weather here. We are on the dividing line between the warm and cold air, so a little shift in air currents can change the temp by ~30 degrees and mean the difference between sun or snow in the next several days. It is supposed to get to 40 or 50 today, with a chance of precipitation tonight.
12-11-2019, 12:12 PM
11 and sunny today. It won't last.
I bound the new seams I made in my duffle. It took 4 hrs and my sore fingers may never be the same. But it's done and I like it. One unanticipated improvement is the seams and binding on the ends now make the pockets stiffer, and that helps a lot to support the sides of the bag, which makes loading and unloading easier.
Not sure of my agenda for today. I just started reading the final book in Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series, so might have to dedicate the afternoon to that. The whole series has been riveting. And delightfully terrifying, of course.
12-11-2019, 03:44 PM
Sun finally came out today, after ~3 days of clouds, rain, and snow. Temps dropped ~20*'s though (from mid-50's to mid-30's). Hope that the roads and side walks have dried off enough to keep the black ice from forming.
12-11-2019, 05:29 PM
Hope your icy spots disappear, Ren.
We had an unusual visitor at our feeders again, second time in the past week. I hope it keeps coming back. They've never come to feeders before. Attachment 49901
I figured out I can slip my smallest cutting mat in the side pocket of my middle sewing bag and then clip the top of it to the zipper pull on the top bag. No work, no cutting it down, no bending, no new bag to make. It's a theory anyway. I'll decide if I like it once I actually use it.Attachment 49903
12-11-2019, 06:26 PM
Yesterday I poked around in the recommended shop on AliExpress. It was a bit confusing, but I think I followed the instructions given in the cross stitch group post. I ordered the whole set, that comes out to just under .09 a skein. I have picked out a few patterns and needed multiples of some colors. Also I Need to know if there is a bright snow white like DMC B5200, in either CXC.or another polyester brand. I sent a message with numbers and quantities of the extras, but don’t know how much it will be. I also ordered some size 28 needles that come out to about .07 each. In theory I will get a message back with an invoice for the total cost, so now I just wait.
I’ve kind of lost my enthusiasm for doing much crafting now too. Maybe it’s just that time of year. It might actually be good to just coast a bit and jump back in after the holidays. I’ll do some along, but probably not a lot. Im beginning to miss word puzzles and crosswords. I may take a break for that.
12-11-2019, 07:00 PM
We have those pileated woodpeckers here. They have a noisy annoying call. Pink hat is finished, I'll see if the woman in chemo wants it on Sunday, she should be at the dog club party. If she doesn't I will keep it. Mattress pad is back on the bed. I have some other "makeover" projects and a 4-day weekend coming up (Fri-Mon.) Saturday is at dad's house but I can work on something portable.
12-11-2019, 07:41 PM
SD, that is a neat trick with the cutting mat.
DC, hope you get the thread you want from China.
Dlr, glad to hear you finished a hat.
Everyone seems to be moving along with their plans. :)
I cut blue squares this morning, forgot about it and cut more when I got home. Was able to sew up 20 blocks before dinner. It's mindless work. Sew squares into strips, sew strips into blocks. Here's a pic part way through. You can see I am using up all my scraps.
Cat gets her shot tomorrow and I have some more errands to run, so who knows what will get worked on at home.
12-11-2019, 07:45 PM
Almost forgot. I am thinking of laying the blue blocks out in alternating positions, kind of like this Drunkard's Path setting. Instead of white, imagine blue squares. and instead of pink, imagine the multicolored L of the smaller patches.
We love peated woodpeckers. They're so big and unique looking. I think they sound like jungle birds.
Can't wait to see the mock up of the quilt, CH.
That sounds like a huge embroidery thread order, D i hope you can get it all to you without a problem.
I bought a large hot pad at GW for .50 when we were in Hannibal in October. It had silicone on the bottom, which didn't slip. I was hoping to use it under my foot controls, but it didn't work. Unfortunately, I deconstructed it and cut the silicone in half. Now I have ti piece the silicone together again and reconstruct it. I'm looking at it as an opportunity to add a layer of Insul-Brite. Hope I get at that tomorrow. I want to use it for an ironing pad for travel.
Seems like I'm most interested in small projects for now.
12-11-2019, 09:59 PM
Stupid auto correct. Of course I typed pileated. What the heck is a peated woodpecker?
Yeah, beautiful, but I would go completely crazy trying to graph out that and sew it correctly. Mind blowing, indeed.
I like small projects. It's nice to finish stuff in less than a year. :)
12-12-2019, 03:48 AM
Wow! That’s quite a quilt. CH - are you sure you don’t want to make a couple? How about you, jettsmom?
I think my whole projected cross stitch plan for the year has just gone south. I just finished switching out the fall and Christmas/winter cross stitches on the bulletin board. Huh? I only had 10, and four of those are definitely Christmas. One of the ones with a winter feel I don’t really like and planned to retire it after this year. They look really sparse on the board. I guess I have always put other decorations up with them, and always took them all down after Christmas so didn’t notice. The board is 24x36. The new one I’m getting that will go on the wall and stay up is 36x48. I was going to more or less stitch with the seasons, except for the Christmas presents. However I think I’m going to be spending a lot more time on winter things. I went through my nifty new card file and found some that were winter but not Christmas.
The Christmas kit I just started, the car with a cut tree is going to be immediately retired to the ufo group, and a couple will come out of that. The Christmas car will wait. I have a couple of medium and a couple of large ones as well as a bunch of smaller patterns. I’ll see how the beaded patterns for presents go. I might take that more slowly and plan them for the year after next and just stitch Christmas cards for next year. That would be a big time saver.
12-12-2019, 07:13 AM
My belief is if I want a Christmas item displayed in my house, I will display it. Pretty stuff is pretty stuff. I also gave up long term planning with regard to crafting. It's more enjoyable to go with the flow.
I do want to do a 3D quilt someday, but The Tube is forever beyond my puny capabilities. I like this oneAttachment 49911
or this oneAttachment 49913
I might be able to manage the red log cabin. It looks relatively simple. Seems like the hardest part would be picking the perfect fabricS. The blocks themselves seem pretty straightforward. Feel free to correct me, CH.
Those quilt designs look amazing, SD. Probably a lot of work, though.
Fortunately, the roads dried off pretty well overnight so it was mostly just annoying traffic this morning. Of course, the temps have been going crazy. It was mid-50's at the beginning of week, now mid-30's, then back up to mid-50's (and rain) by the weekend. Sigh.
Been pretty lazy with the crocheting recently. For some reason, one of my elbows has been acting up and is painful when I turn my arm. So I'm trying to go easy with it. The cold and damp weather changes aren't helping. Sigh.
12-12-2019, 10:45 AM
Technically, most of those quilts are not difficult. The labyrinth quilt is rectangles and triangles.
All quilts are a lot of work. I don't think the red and gray one would be more work than average, though, once the colors were figured out, which of course is done and over with at the front end of that type of project. And like many quilts, it's a big project easily broken down into a series of small projects that can each be done in a short time.
I got the ironing pad reassembled without much drama. Not as nice as the original factory job, but since I added another layer, I thought it would turn out worse. It fits nicely folded in thirds and slid into my sewing tote in front of the machine, where it provides extra protective padding. Even though I will probably only use it rarely, it should be worth the 50 cents I paid for it. It's a nice pad. It's about 10x18 which should be a good size for lots of projects.Attachment 49923
Husby was saying he's glad I got the new sewing bags because if I hauled the plastic file box out in cold weather that probably would end with it being cracked or broken. There's probably something to that.
12-12-2019, 11:07 AM
Sorry, DC, I've been working on this one for a couple of years. It would take me forever to do. :smile2:
CH, I love the Chiefs squares in your quilt. I had some chiefs fabric in dgd's crib quilt. I forgot to put the Royals in this quilt for dgd quilt. I found the fabric after I had everything sewn together. I should have cut a big square for the back. Her mom is a St Louis fan. Booo!
12-12-2019, 11:18 AM
I'm not a huge fan of bargello, although I've seen some I like.
I hadn't looked at the labyrinth one in detail. Good to know it might be simple enough for a neophyte like me. I'm tempted to buy the pattern, but since I have at least 4 quilts in the queue already, I shouldn't. (No fair laughing, CH. I know you are hardcore. 😁) It's not like I won't always be able to find dozens of quilt designs I would love to make at any given time.
I did notice The Tube was log cabin, and that most if not all the blocks are unique. I can't even imagine the time it took to design that quilt, much less actually make it. That's part of what makes it so striking.
12-12-2019, 11:29 AM
I donít really decorate much, or really at all, for holidays. I have have a few Christmas and Halloween pics done just because I liked the patterns. Iím more into celebrating winter, probably because we have so little of it. I loved it the few years I lived in Toronto. Iím sure that was because I could enjoy the snow while getting to school and back via subway. I never had to drive in it. Also since I lived in school housing, getting the snow off sidewalks was someone elseís problem. The snow was never really excessive. That happened on the other side of the lakes. I can where snow would be a lot less appealing had I been in Buffalo. Sometimes though there was a lot more ice than I liked.
In short, I will like having more winter pics to put up and will enjoy working on them. I was just really surprised I had so few. Thatís energizing me to get beyond the lazies and start stitching. I just need to decide what to start with.
12-12-2019, 12:15 PM
I would like to finish at least one full sized quilt in my life time. But I do not think I will start with one of the three dimensional quilts. They look pretty advanced. I am thinking maybe have a big panel in the middle with one or two rows of squares around it. Or I might use one of the sets where you get four to six coordinating panels. And then put some stripes or a row of blocks around it. Another idea might be to get a jelly roll or two (collection of long strips). then I could just sew them together for a stripey quilt. Then again, I could go for a modern art quilt with random patches sewn together.
The writing about a stiffer bottom for the tote bad reminded me of a craft from the 70's. When I was a little, someone gave me a purse that was made using a laundry detergent bottle. The bottom and the bottom few inches was the bottom part of a laundry detergent bottle. The top part was crochet. Holes were poked near the cut edge for the crochet.
I have been thinking that at some point when I am older I will reach the point where it is highly likely that I would not use up my supplies during my lifetime. I do not think I have reached that yet. I do not use up much supplies per year right now. But I feel like I would use a lot more per year after I retire. I enjoy getting new things once and while. But I also kind of like the challenge of making things with what I have.
Maybe when I am around 80 or so....
The style of embroidery I do can really work with any color. For example, in real life cats are orange or neutral colors - white, black, gray, brown, tan. However, I have seen some very stylistic cats where they have been embroidered in all sorts of colors. And a mandala type design or any abstract style design or any quote could be any colors.
I have made felt animals in all sorts of non-traditional colors. And of course a dragon could be any color. Dolls are a little trickier, but I could probably to fairy dolls in unusual skin colors like green or blue. As long as I did not pick a color that was potentially offensive - no red. (Our local football team is the Redskins. They have been getting flack about their name being offensive.)
I can picture myself doing a teal snowflake and telling people, "I am not senile. I am just using up my thread stash." I could gift it to my colorblind brother...:vs_smirk: Actually, he could still tell it was not white...so maybe not.
But for right now, I think I will buy more embroidery thread, even though I don't need it. I think I will splurge a little on some valdani brand balls of pearl cotton. It is generally between $5 and $6 a ball which makes it more than twice what the DMC brand is. But it is still something I could easily afford. With my end of the year performance bonus at work I could afford to get 100 balls. But I will show some restraint and only get around 10 or 12.
12-12-2019, 01:28 PM
What is this thing you speak of, this, how do you say it... restraint?
I could never do those quilts I would mix up the blocks lol haha restraint.. whats that. as I just emptied a under the bed storage container that I moved downstairs from under my bed w card stock, stickers etc from when I was going to make cards. was a fad then. dd can use the stock to make card as gifts since she is the artist. lots of my interests like that went wayside and hidden cus little kids and no craft room. dd is like her dad just take over any room w stuff. I will fill it up with yarn and put under bed to clean up our bedroom a bit. we have..don't know what to call it foot of wall that covers the top of the curtain? and then you have the wall. so the armoire full of caron cakes isn't short enough to go under against the wall so filled it with bags of yarn which now I will try to fit into container to go under the bed. there is baskets of yarn too on top. makes it look neat but no one knows how much I have lol said if I die tomorrow you can sell it all to pay for the funeral.
think I will get dh to switch the dresser and armoire too. we have a small bedroom 10ft by 12ft. we were at ikea and looked at the beds that lift up and have all that storage in it. said look all my yarn would fit lol. dh was maybe! my retirement plan lol but really you never know if you can get the colours etc. the multi coloured caron cakes that were suppose to be temporary anniversary thing but took off. I love the multi coloured ones. started me crocheting again. I know a lot of it was stress hobby too lol w mil's illness and dealing w sil so now that sil is out of my life..hopefully. but of course lots of lovely yarn esp the new lion brand mandala but it hasn't told me what it wants to be. I know that sounds weird. but I look at it and can't think what to do with it. some a blanket and some a sweater others wait and see. decided the last ball of bernat rudolph red is a hat and necker for me. working on the necker but have the hat done.
12-12-2019, 03:11 PM
So this is what I'm planning for the scrappy blue blocks. I don't have quite enough of the light blue solid for the center, so there are print ones in their place. The red will be more spread out, it's not a predominant color in my scrap pile. I'll just keep making rings or rows until it is big enough. The nice thing is I can alternate the various blue prints and it will still look ok.
IMO the hardest part of a quilt is starting it. Once you get going it is mostly repetition of the same block, and most blocks are made from squares and triangles. And there hasn't been a quilter yet who hasn't sewn something in wrong and had to rip it out and redo it. With gridded rulers and pre-cuts and cutting machines its so easy to get accurate piecing these days.
12-12-2019, 07:29 PM
That's a timeless design, CH. it will be pretty. So you are going to start with the center block and add blocks around it, like making a log cabin? I've been trying to figure out the best way to do my scrappy quilt with the 9-patches and triangles, and it seems like that would work.
I like making stuff from what I already have, too. The conundrum is I have to have stuff to make other stuff with. I've built up my inventory over the yrs, picking up stuff cheap or salvaging, buying tools for the garage, sewing room, and kitchen. I finally feel like I have enough of most everything and seldom have to buy much. It helps that I'm pretty good at being flexible and using what I have even if it's not my first idea.
Martha, I think you're talking about a cornice above your windows. Sounds like you have an impressive yarn collection. As CH pointed out, we all sew stuff wrong sometimes. I sew, therefore I swear. For lots of quilt designs, you only have to learn to sew one kind of block, then make enough of them to cover the bed, and Bob's your uncle.
I don't much care if I die without using everything up. In fact, it's likely. I don't know how I would calculate how much I will need anyway, and of what. I might die tonight, next week, 10 yrs from now, or when I'm 100. Who knows? Or I might have an accident or illness that changes how my brain works or requires a long recovery during which I can't make things. My interests might change. Tastes might change. Needs might change. Husby might decide he wants to use my stash, like when he learned to cross stitch and took over my stash. There are too many variables for me even to pretend I know what I will need. All I know is, if we ever move, it's really going to be a pain!
Speaking of pain, I finally got rid of the old massive filling in one of my back teeth today. Stuff kept getting stuck between 2 teeth because of it, very annoying and now TMI. But the nice new temp crown is in now. Glad that's over. Weirdly, the gold crown I'm getting next month is supposed to cost me $9 less than a ceramic one. Go figure. Some anomaly with our insurance. TBH, I'll believe it when I see it, but it's ordered now.
Another winter weather advisory already, starting tomorrow. We're in the same precip pattern we've had for about a yr now. Dang. Sure nice Husby doesn't have to be out driving around in winter weather every day.
12-12-2019, 10:08 PM
lol we joke about it since I have a lot of yarn now plus lots of people close to us have passed in the last few years....we had to make trips over the border to get them lol tracking down hard to find ones ...making everyone go though the till using michaels coupons lol. actually couldn't get mandala even across the states only in walmarts so were only in some for a while.. and turned out when we went to orlando a walmart close to us there got them a week before we went. hubby was that is why we went. facebook groups would track them lol but then you get a couple of each colourway and bam! you have a lot. as they say shopping for crafts and doing them are two separate hobbies.
asked dh when he came home ..it is a valance lol I have to practice sewing. I don't do it much so a straight seam is a big thing! when I get the machine fixed.
ch your quilt is pretty.
12-13-2019, 12:56 AM
If you've sewed at all before, you will master a straight seam easily. The main thing is to make sure your seams are the exact width called for. I
bought a little gauge for checking seams. Not very expensive, but handy. Dritz 3100 14 in 1 Measuring Gauge https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UAM408..._uxY8DbMQGC3ZQ
Look on Pinterest for potholder ideas and start small for practice before starting a bigger project. Potholders make nice gifts and they're much smaller commiments of time and money. Attachment 49927