Looks like everyone had productive, if laid back weekends. I went larping on Saturday so didn't get much done then. I did offer to make some afgans for friends but also told them it might take a bit to get them done. I want to finish the two wool lapgans first.
Got some writing (not as much as I would like) and crocheting done on Sunday, though. I'm on the last skein for wool lapgan #1. I don't know if I will use the entire thing but I know that one of the people I am giving them to is definitely taller than I am. So I will probably end up using the whole skein. Even if my friends don't keep these, whoever they end up giving them to will likely be on the tall side as well.
12-16-2019, 11:09 AM
DLR, I haven't started writing again yet. Thanks for the reminder I need to get that organized, starting with finding out where I stashed my manuscript. I haven't done a thing about getting my office in shape either. Every time I go out there, I'm so overwhelmed by the stacks of stuff, I just leave again. Gotta get over that somehow.
Kathy, you don't need to use 4 cones of matching thread on your serger. You only really need to match the thread in the left needle to the fabric. There is also a hack I've seen online where you can use your sewing machine bobbin winder to wind thread onto an empty spool to use on the serger. Although now that I think about it, I don't know why just the bobbin wouldn't work by itself, if you only need a small amount of a certain color. What has saved me the most money over the yrs is using either black or white thread. Most print fabrics have either black or white or both in the print, so using one or the other works just fine most of the time. That applies to sergers or sewing machines. Black and white thread is generally cheaper than other colors, so I use it whenever I can. I buy serger thread in any color at thrift stores or anywhere else I see it cheap, and if I did not, I wouldn't have anything but black and white. If I don't have a matching color to serge something that can't use black or white, I seam the item on the sewing machine and use the serger just to bind the seams, a technique I sometimes see in ready mades, too. I've accumulated a big drawer full of serger thread only because of the incredible amount of thread I burned through making liners for DfG. For those, I usually used four different colors because it didn't matter. Since that's what's usually in my sergers, I often use it on other projects where color doesn't matter, too. Given that it costs $16 each to thread my 2 residential sergers and $75 to thread my little industrial beast, there's no way I'm going to invest in a bunch of different colors!
Machine tension can be touchy. Last time I had my little serger serviced, the tech made a diagram for the settings. I put stickers on the machine by each knob, so I don't forget.
I got the last paint on the birdhouses, so that's done. They can dry till tomorrow. All that's left is to attach the chains for hanging, which will only take a few minutes. I even have a box to put them in for wrapping. All set.
Still snowing here. It seems like good soup weather. The chicken juice leaked all over a cauliflower in the fridge, so we can't eat that raw. I guess I better go find a cauliflower soup recipe.
12-16-2019, 11:18 AM
I like this scrappy quilt. It's different and easy. I'm not a fan of using selvages though. Attachment 49941
I seem to be spending way too much time on Pinterest lately. 😁
12-16-2019, 12:11 PM
That afghan is gorgeous. I would like to do something like that if I could figure out crochet. I've always like the look of multicolor afghans. I like the idea of a selvedge quilt, but you need so many of them, and a lot of fabric doesn't come with any. Just seems like an exercise in futility.
SD, could you blanch the cauliflower and still eat it? It would still be fairly crunchy after a few minutes in hot water. I love creamy cauliflower soup, though. It's such a versatile vegetable.
It's snowing again, though we won't get much today.
12-16-2019, 12:57 PM
I really like that quilt. How is it constructed? It looks like the individual blocks were quilted before they were joined. Is that just an illusion?
Our weather here always feels like old news during the winter. The system has finally reached us and the rain has just started. The last I looked it was only.showing rain a couple of hours, but we’re under a tornado watch until 6:00, so that may have changed. It was 75 when I got up, but the temp has started sliding down, should be at the freezing mark by tonight. The next two nights are predicting around 29, then it’s over. A pretty typical winter storm for us.
SD - my worktable is like your office. It’s just overwhelming and I keep putting it off until tomorrow, but eventually tomorrow really does have to become today.
Kathy - those can be hard decisions to make, but I always feel better after I have let something go.
12-16-2019, 03:21 PM
Good going on working on your writing, Ren. I haven't even turned on my computer since September. Need to get back to BITCHOK.
CH, I could blanch the cauliflower, but I'm not sure that would do it. The cauliflower was sitting on the stem in a puddle of juice, and the stem was wet through the wrapper. Not sure what might have gotten sucked up inside the plant, so want it thouroughly cooked. Soup sounds good anyway.
I bet if you asked your quilting buddies to save their selvages for you, you could scare up enough. Not everyone would want to make one themselves. I wonder if places that do long arm quilting commercially or other places that deal with lots of selvage yardage ever save that stuff for people. It might be cute to make a quilt with a few selvage accent blocks and the rest string blocks or some other kind of scrappy blocks. You know, something you could do in your spare time. :lol:
D, I like the quilt in part because, the way it's quilted, it resembles a string quilt, which I like. I think the batting was quilted to the blocks, then the blocks joined together. If I did it, I would add the backing in strips as each quilted row was added, but I'm lazy that way. I can only dream of doing a quilt as perfectly neat as that.
I'm working on modding this curtain today: Attachment 49943
It's taking way longer than it seems like it should. A lot of ripping was involved though, which is all done now. My pails with all kinds of stuff in them are at the bottom of the rack, and I get into those often enough the curtain is an annoyance when closed, so it ends up never closed, thus never protecting my fabric which is its sole purpose. The pails don't need protection from light, so I'm making the curtain about half as long. I doubled the curtain since it's just a cheap, thin, almost transparent sheet, and stitched the hem to the header, so just need to make a new hem. I think I will like it much better.
12-16-2019, 03:38 PM
I know how you feel about your work table, D. Mine isn't cleared off yet either. I don't know why. I like it so much better when it is.
12-16-2019, 04:01 PM
SD, thanks. I'm not doing as much on my writing as I would like. I keep distracting myself by going on the internet when I'm at the coffee shop. Although I'm starting to want to write at home so there's some improvement there. I am keeping up with my notebooks with ideas to potentially use in my writing, so I'm glad about that.
12-16-2019, 04:33 PM
Nobody ever does as much writing as they would like. :sigh:
12-16-2019, 05:22 PM
Got the curtain done. Attachment 49947
Shoulda washed and pressed it, but nah. It's good enough for who it's for. At least it's one more annoying little chore off my list. It looks better than the stuff behind it, which is well organized but cluttery.
12-16-2019, 07:46 PM
The cauliflower soup is delicious. Fairly healthy, too. I threw in a pound of shrimp to make it extra nummy. Lucky it turned out good because there's lots of it and I can't freeze it.
12-16-2019, 08:30 PM
I've rarely seen a soup that doesn't freeze well. What did you use in it?
After ~36 hours the snow has finally stopped. It's been in the 20s all day and supposed to drop to the teens tonight. I'm not sure about the snow, they say we got 7-8". Schools closed again tomorrow, but main roads have all been plowed. I have to clear my car anyway tomorrow, so depending on how it looks I may go over to the pharmacy in the afternoon.
Didn't get any sewing done, just not enough light today. I did get the kitchen cleaned up, so I *could* make cookies tomorrow. Had to clear enough counter for two cookie sheets plus bowls, plus the mixer.
DC, heard there was a tornado, hope you were not near it.
12-16-2019, 09:22 PM
It has milk in it. I haven't had good luck freezing creamy soups.
12-16-2019, 10:25 PM
Yeah, the dairy will separate, but usually you can fix it with more cream when you reheat, or really good whisking. I make a gravy with butter and flour, like for broccoli cheese soup, or chicken pot pie, and then add milk, and that doesn't separate often. Most of my creamy soups I do with the stick blender, which is really good at reincorporating the dairy.
I have soup on the menu for Wed, need to see what is in the freezer. I have chemo in the afternoon and want something easy. Something DH can fix if necessary.
12-17-2019, 02:35 AM
Thanks for tips. I don't think it will last long enough for the freezer though. It's pretty good. I cook for leftovers so I don't have to cook for a while. If we get tired of eating something, then it gets frozen.
12-17-2019, 08:38 AM
I like the look of a lot of the scrap quilts. However, I have realized that you need to quilt quite a bit to have enough scraps to make one of the scrappy quilts. Philosophically, I like the idea of using every bit of the fabric. I think the selvage edge quilting is more about not wasting any bit of the fabric than it is saving money on fabric.
I have found two camps that embrace the no waste idea - although there is a lot of overlap. One is a frugal/money saving approach. I do not need to spend money when I can use what I have. It is a practical approach. The second approach is more philosophical and idealistic. It is based on environmentalism with a bit of anti consumerism and anti materialism thrown in. The idea that many things are thrown away/tossed in landfills that do not need to be. And that is not good for the environment. And there are the resources that go into making new cloth. Those could be saved if you used bits of old cloth sewn together.
I wonder how many frugal people wrap themselves in environmental words because it is more popular now. I am not cheap - I am just helping the environment. Or course, many people sincerely embrace both the frugality and the environmentalism.
I am not quite sure how this fits in, but I feel like the hoarding compulsion can mix in there as well. I can only speak from my experience having parents who are hoarders. I am not sure if this generalizes. But there is this idea "there might be something I can use this for later." I was conditioned, practically brainwashed, with this idea of "don't throw it away, you might use it for something later." Of course my mom did not actually use or reuse most of the things she saved. Well in fairness, she did try on a few occasions. I think I told you the story of how she tried to pass some horrid 1970's children's clothes to my son.
But I do actually use some of the fabric scraps and recycled fabric I squirrel away. But it seems almost every little pretty scrap I come across I want to keep. I look at my left over bits of thread from sewing and embroidery. I throw them away, but I feel like I could make something with them. I just googled it and people are making some interesting things with scrap thread. The internet is a dangerous place. :vs_smirk:
So the basic technique is to use these clear sheets that dissolve. One method is to sandwich the threads between two layers of this paper and then sew back and forth a lot to hold the thread in place. Then you wash out the clear sheets and just have kind of a lacey thing left. The other method you have a base sheet of regular fabric or felt and the top sheet is the clear stuff. In this case the treads would be attached to the base sheet. General the base sheet is solid white. However, I can see it working nicely with solid black.
And also a bunch of other cool pins I saw on pintrest just from my five minute search. Completely unrelated of course. I saw something on creating art that looks like a paint pours, but used sharpies and alcohol. The kind from the medicine cabinet, not the kind you drink. And I saw some abstract sculptures made with puffy fabric balls sewn together. Abstract art + using up scraps. Two of my favorite things.
12-17-2019, 10:13 AM
I have been looking more into sharpie painting. So apparently you can use them on fabric to get a tie dyed or watercolor effect from using sharpies and rubbing alcohol on fabric. It is hard to get feed back about how wash safe this is. There are vague statements like "I hand wash the shirt just in case." Some people have mentioned ironing or putting them through the dryer to heat set.
This is something I would like to play around with a little bit. I am looking for dye alternative that are less messy and have less toxic chemicals in them. Sharpies would probably be bad if you chewed on them. But compared with the cotton dye in powder form that I am supposed to wear a little mask over my mouth and nose, it feel safer. I would not accidentally get sharpies in my mouth.
I think I might try it out on a pair of plain white ankle socks. I may also try with the left over bits of silk yarn that I have. The food coloring thing was a bust, but this could work. It may also work with crochet thread or white DMC floss.
I am also thinking about using it to have an interesting background to embroider on. I could try on white felt blend. I have been toying with doing free form stitching on cross stitch fabric. I could do this to white cross stitch fabric as an alternative to the pricey hand dyed cross stitch fabric.
If it works, I may try it with a t shirt or other wearables.
12-17-2019, 11:37 AM
Kathy, I have seen some thread art using the techniques you describe. I even bought some specialty fibers that fuse when ironed. Have not done much with it. It is a lot of work for very little "material" afterward. Might be ok to decorate a shirt or other garment or a tote bag.
I think that bit of selvedge patchwork shown earlier is pretty small. The printing is typically only a few inches per yard, so each of those rectangles can't be more than 4-5" on the short side. One of the women at the quilt bee is collecting strips, so I'm not likely to get any there, and she is welcome to them.
If you wanted to do a scrap quilt you could collect up fat quarters and charm squares. I remember ads for charm squares in quilt magazines when I was a kid. Pre-cuts are not a new thing. People still do charm square trades through online groups. You can even buy them on ebay and etsy. If you want you can save men's cotton dress shirts, there is a lot of good fabric left after the cuffs wear out or stains ruin the front. I have a baby quilt my mom made for me out of my dad's old work shirts.
12-17-2019, 01:37 PM
I don't know about others, but the original powdered Rit dye is not toxic. I don't think the same can be said about Sharpies. One of our puppies years ago ate an entire box of Rit. I called poison control, which informed me all would be well. It was interesting having a puppy with a navy blue tongue for a few days though.
It seems like using up a bunch of water soluble stabilizer and a bunch of sewing machine thread would negate any savings, either monetarily or environmentally, from using up scrap thread. It might be an interesting effect though.
I fall into that trap of thinking I have to keep something because I might need it. OTOH, very often I do. I'm good at thinking outside the box to make things we need, which saves us loads of money and gets us nice things we wouldn't otherwise have. Often I make things I couldn't buy, even if I wanted to. This makes it hard to know what to keep and what to let go of. I will probably always struggle with that.
I've made things from lightly worn fabrics. I refuse to put a lot of time and effort into remaking stuff that's mostly worn out, unless it's something like rag rugs intended to be made from rags. There are exceptions, of course, but for anything I want to be really nice or that's labor intensive, no.
I finally started sewing my quilt I started cutting a yr ago! Managed to mess up the first 4 blocks, so had to redo those. Then I discovered I have about 4 dz blocks with seam allowances a tad too big. I sew, therefore I swear. :sigh: I hope to have those ripped yet today. Here's the pattern for my quilt. Attachment 49951
Here's the center of my quilt. Attachment 49953
Thanks, CH, for giving me the idea to make this like a giant log cabin square. I was planning to do it in vertical strips, which would have guaranteed I messed it up. The log cabin approach should be much easier.
I started this quilt to use up scraps from making shields. Those are perfect for making 2.5" squares, and I got quite a few because of what was left along the selvage after tesselating, and between the shield pieces. Now I'm probably going to have to buy fabric just to make squares, but I'm okay with that. It'll give me something to shop for at JA, since I need an excuse for public fabric fondling. I was thinking about FQs and might buy some, but those are $4/yd on sale. I can buy regular Qs for $3/yd or less on sale and that should serve just as well for my purposes.
I'm going to try to avoid putting any more of the quilt together until I get a few dz 9-patch blocks together, so I can mix them up and not have all the same scraps in one area. I can get the triangle blocks and half triangles ready, since they're all the same. I need to cut squares from the last batch of shield scraps, too. Plenty to do.
12-17-2019, 01:45 PM
CH - thanks. The nearest tornado was the one in Alexandria, which is around 1.5 hours south of us, so not close at all. We got a little rain, maybe 1/3”, but that was all.
After much dithering, I’ve decided on the first non-present cross stitch, a completely new entrant into the competition. I’m going to pull out the pattern for the spring season sampler. I have done the other three seasons, so it will be good to finish up this set and I’ll have it ready for March. I’ll probably start it later this week, but I’m still just unambitiously puttering around. I need to pick up some med samples from the doctor, so I’ll probably go to town Thursday to do that and pick up groceries.
I’ve started an ort jar for my floss cut offs. It sounded like fun. I’m using a fish bowl type vase, and after starting the trees and the noel project, it’s leaning heavily to blue and green. Some stitchers fill Christmas tree ornaments with them. Some of the extreme frugalists in the groups object to discarding anything much longer than a needle. After all, when you only have a stitch or two of the color you could use it. They apparently keep their floss in the little ziplocks, and just put those little scraps back. The only time I can imagine doing that is if I were using the very expensive silks, which I don’t. If a leftover is long enough to be reasonably usable, I keep it, but there’s a limit.
12-17-2019, 02:28 PM
I'm with you on that one, D. It took me a very long time to get over saving every. little. thing. and I'm not going back. I was headed toward full-on hoarding and worked too hard to make too many changes.
12-17-2019, 04:17 PM
While RIT die is reasonably safe it does not quite work for the kind of dying I would like to do. I want to use lots of different colors but only a tiny little bit of each color. I suppose it could still be done though. RIT seems to be designed for using one color on a item. Although I think it could be modified to do more than one color on an item. Well I will keep it in mind. I think I have said this before, but when I was looking into dyeing, there was so much written about how it best to use professional quality dye. There was a lot of looking down on RIT. There was also some implied looking down on people who used it - lazy, ignorant of the best methods, too poor to buy the high quality stuff, etc. As opposed to just wanting to use something less toxic. I think for me the less toxic is probably more important than any potential drawbacks. I also think the liquid dye would be more easy to work with than the profession grade stuff which is all powder.
In the meantime I might try the sharpie method just because I have sharpies at home. Also, I can do a good chunk of the process without gloves. I just feel like I prefer craft projects where I am actually touching the supplies with my hands. Wearing glove creates a feeling of distance between myself and the project.
At any rate, I am not trying to make some heirloom thing that will last forever. Wearables will most likely wear out before the dye fades. In terms of embroidery and decorative items. Well there really just is not generations it will be handed down to. I only have one son. My son and DIL will not be having any children. I am completely okay with that. It just means I do not have some expectations my handmade stuff will be passed down forever. The point is, I am not obsessed with making heirloom quality stuff, since none of the stuff I make will be heirlooms. Mostly I make things for the joy of creating them. Having the things itself is just kind of a side effect.
When I think about the points made for the fabric/fabric embellishment for thread, there were some good points raised. When you factor in the sheets that dissolve, you are not saving money or reducing waste. I have seen the thread ball ornaments. I have seen some that turn out pretty nice, but I also have seen others I do not like at all.
I suppose it is a bit like scrap quilting. Sometimes bits of fabric that do no seem to go together some how all come together in a quilt that looks amazing. Sometimes it just looks....um....less than amazing...
I think it is a bit like abstract art. Sometimes it all comes together in something amazing. Sometimes it is ... not so amazing. Of course it is all pretty subjective. And I know some people who do not like abstract art at all. I like it, but not all of it. I feel like abstract art has a lot in common with quilting and freeform embroidery. It also lines up with other types of freeform fiber art like freeform knitting and crochet.
12-17-2019, 05:08 PM
I don’t have any plans for my thread bits. I just thought it would be interesting to see what I accumulate over time. I might put the current lot in something smaller and start a 2020 bowl in January. I’ve only done it for a short time, about half way through the toucan. It’s not art. Maybe just a weird way of keeping score? Lol. If it required any extra effort at all I definitely wouldn’t bother.
When that new floss order comes, I am going to have a ton of bobbins to wind. I’ve done an extraordinarily unfrugal thing. On a group someone said she had used the large Yarn Tree floss bobbins for years and would never use anything else. I had never heard of them or seen them. I got a package to try and I am utterly in love. Amid a huge wash of guilt I’ve ordered enough for the new floss - and it cost more than the floss did. Way too much for plastic bobbins. But they are sturdier, easily hold two skeins of floss, and have slits that are real slits. All the new regular bobbins I can find are useless with the slots made so wide they don’t secure the thread. Someone suggested the actual DMC bobbins that are themselves not cheap, and though better, still hold the thread more loosely than the original ones I have from years back. Dang modern world. They just don’t make bobbins like they used to! Fortunately the other night when I was putting some floss on the ones I got, I found a great way to get the job done. Put on a cd of the US Marine Band playing Sousa marches. It’s astonishing at what a clip that thread leaps on the bobbin!
12-17-2019, 06:57 PM
I used to save floss thread bits because I did freeform embroidery. I stopped doing that as my arthritis progressed. Used up all my small bits years ago to tie a quilt. It was very colorful. Now I have a Fairy Jar. It's like your ort jar, but it has beads, sequins, rhinestones and other shiny bits. When I find beads i dropped they go in there. When I need a single bead for a project, I look in the jar. I haven't put much in it this year, being so busy with quilting.
Now, if we want to talk about quilt scraps, I composted a plastic grocery sack STUFFED with unusable ends and thread snips, and have another one about half full at the moment. Yeah, I could have made a lumpy pillow, but nobody wants that.
Kathy, have you tried these? https://www.amazon.com/Jacquard-JAC9...6627203&sr=8-1 No mixing of powders, the dropper bottle let you use small amounts for hand painting, and you get a bunch of colors at once for a reasonable price. Joann's used to sell them, maybe they still do, so you could use a coupon.
Can you cut the slots deeper in the problematic bobbins? A razor blade or Xacto would make a thin slot. It wouldn't have to be very deep.
I have maybe 10 blocks left to rip. I should be able to finish tonight. I've already cut a groove open in my little finger, pulling out threads, so I want to get it over with. It'll hurt worse tomorrow.
Wind chill is 50 below here. News said frostbite in less than 10 minutes. Plenty of people braving the cold though.
12-17-2019, 07:31 PM
Been working on the santa X-stitch ornaments. Wouldn't it be nice to finish that project before next Christmas.....
1 month away from my projected last day of work. Booyah!
12-17-2019, 09:53 PM
I got this far on the blue quilt today. It takes longer to pin the sections in place than it does to sew them. This section is 2ft by 4 ft. It's starting to get unwieldy. I need to think about how to construct side panels to assemble into a full quilt.
Did not get any stitching done. Sun goes down ~4:30 now and goes out like a light.
Got the blocks ripped, so I can resew them tomorrow. I should cut the last batch of scraps, too. Then maybe I could make a fresh batch of 9-patches for the next ring. I'll never be able to wait. Who am I trying to kid?
12-18-2019, 07:26 AM
27 below, wind chill minus 40. Good day to sew and watch history being made. It's a solemn day.
I finished up the birdhouses and got all that stuff put away. I'll let them sit out till Christmas so the paint can harden as much as possible. Assembly will take a couple minutes. The houses are made to come apart for easy cleaning. I love that design because of how simple and logical it is.
12-18-2019, 07:35 AM
It never ceases to amaze me how many ways simple geometric shapes can be combined to make infinite beautiful and different designs. Attachment 49957
12-18-2019, 08:39 AM
Bead stringing in progress. I can totally finish this after I come back from the dentist all medicated. Probably.
That's really pretty, Kathy. If you're having a temporary crown put on like the one I got last week, it shouldn't be that bad. It was actually interesting to see how they did it. Not my favorite way to spend an hour and a half, but it wasn't particularly painful. By the end, the meds had pretty much worn off. My appt ended at 4:30 and I had no problem eating a normal supper at 6.
As you all know, I've been obsessed lately with how to haul around DfG parts. I've been scouring Pinterest for weeks, looking for ideas. I need particular things in the container itself, but storage is also an issue in my sewing room. I haven't found the right thing, although the flat bag for hauling a truckload of FQs to quilt retreats came close. Off and on, I thought about a duffel I have that flattens down so the ends zip together for storage, but I remembered it being fairly small. Because of that, I haven't bothered to drag it out and look at it. But since I wasn't happy with all the options I've seen, I started to reassess what I already had and decided to give the folding duffel a look. I don't want to add more stuff to the house if I can avoid it, don't want to spend money, don't want more work. Should have done it way sooner. It's HUGE! Attachment 49963
I can probably squeeze in 3 stacks of shield parts side by side, and it's tall, too, so it's going to hold a lot. The best part is how small it folds down. It's only 2" thick, thin enough to sit on top my new sewing bags under a machine in the sewing room. Attachment 49965
Between this bag and the one I just modded, I should have plenty of space to haul things. If not, I have my ginormous Mountainsmith bag. I can put both duffels on a Magna Cart if they need wheels, simple, and if they don't, they can be carried without the extra weight of an attached wheel and handle assembly. Both duffels need straps added to their backs to fit over the Magna Cart handle. The folding one also might need a shoulder strap added and a rigid bottom. I'll see if I actually need it before I do much with it, but doing a couple small, quick, easy mods is better than having to make something from scratch and/or buy something and then have to store it. I love when stuff works out so nicely. 🙂
12-18-2019, 10:51 AM
That folding duffel is great. I think I have one like that DH recently brought home. I thought it would be good for a trip where we expected to bring stuff home with us.
Beautiful block, SD. You realize it has about 65 pieces and something like 75 seams? Simple geometrics, but lots of time involved in assembly. I've done a few quilts like that but these days I am all about simple and fast.
Pretty beads, Kathy. Hope you're able to finish it later.
I am off to chemo clinic for the day. Taking a book. I want to do cross stitch, but can't see that working well with everything piled in my lap. If I drop something I can't get up and get it.
12-18-2019, 11:20 AM
CH - I was luckier with chemo. It was an hours long drip so they always put me in a room on a bed and I could spread out stuff all around me. They also gave me “free” lunch. I’m sure that down in the fine print there was nothing free about it.
Kathy - I hope your dental appointment goes well.
Looking at a calendar last night I realized that Christmas is abruptly upon us. Various friends and probably some relatives of the others will be out here on Christmas so we are doing our present exchange Sunday. I guess with everything finished so early for a change it has just slipped up on me because I haven’t had to be thinking about it. I’m just going to have another quiet day. Of course, I seldom have any other kind.
12-18-2019, 01:02 PM
DC, I have a comfortable recliner. It's good for readling or napping. I'll be here for a few hours but had to bring my own coffee and snacks. Congress is on TV, I suppose it's better than game show s but I d rather have silence.
12-18-2019, 02:39 PM
I thought the same about the duffel when I bought it, but we never go anywhere without a truck and often a trailer, so a duffel usually isn't needed for stuff we buy on trips. But it's been one of those things I haven't been able to part with, which might turn out to be a good thing. I've never seen another one like it, but I haven't looked at retail places.
Could you make a beautiful quilted apron with large pockets along the bottom, so you could take your cross stitch to chemo? Or whatever else you have to have on your lap.
I know that block would be challenging, but what struck me was ho ow complex the design is even though the individual elements are so simple.
I found out the dozens of triangles I ripped yesterday were too small anyway. Ugh. So I did some math and cut several large squares to do the 8 half triangles from one square thing, instead of being smart and doing just one to check things. Luckily, they were all too big instead of too small, so I cut one down and of course it was too small due to seams being too big. I knew better. I knew I need to use the clear foot with the graph lines on it, not the regular one. How many times do I have to learn that lesson. I redid the math so the big squares were finally right, and switched feet so the seams were right, and, surprisingly, the squares are now magically correct. I'll never be a quilter.
This is the month for dental work at our house, I guess. Husby got a call at 10 today there was a cancellation for 10:30, so he hurried in, thinking he would get a tooth pulled. They pulled 3. Poor guy. I have another treatment yet this month, too, plus we both have more appts next month. It'll be nice when it's all done. At least we can get everything done in town now, so that's a plus.
12-18-2019, 09:03 PM
I've been thinking about it all day and decided I want to do my quilt as a quilt as you go project. I plan to make 9-block squares, like the one I just finished. That should make the project go relatively fast. It's going to be a large quilt, so I don't know how else to do it. I really liked making the first block as an overgrown log cabin block, and that should work well. I can do the hand stitching as I join the blocks and not have a ton to do at the end. Now I just have to figure out how to add the batting and backing to the block I have done, so I don't have to rip it up. I haven't looked at it yet to see how the seams are set together.
I was reading about someone who does all her quilts as QAYG projects. I think I'll make that my default method, too. It would make them all so much easier to manage.
This feels like the right choice, even though I hate hand work.
12-19-2019, 11:21 AM
Got a bit done on my wool lapgan yesterday. We got out early (Department staff holiday party) so I had a few more hours to work on it. I'm debating as to whether to finish up the skein or not. I think I'll finish what I've unraveled from the skein and finish it off. I can use the remainder for a scarf. Then I'll start the second wool lapgan.
I won't get any crocheting done next week. I'm going to be visiting Dad, which means traveling. I do want to see Dad but I hate traveling where it means I can't drive myself. But the week after, I'm on vacation at home. So I'll get a lot of crocheting done then. I'm likely going to just binge watch DVD's and crochet. The only other thing I plan on doing is going out occasionally and doing some writing. I may or may not watch the last Star Wars movie. If I do, I'll do it one of the days when I'm off and not on the weekends.
12-19-2019, 11:50 AM
Sounds like a nice couple weeks coming up for you, Ren.
I'm trying to make a grocery list for foods that don't require much chewing, for Husby, but still are reasonably healthy. Not that easy. The dentist told him to eat protein, but soft proteins tend to have too much salt, sugar, and fat. :sigh: At least he likes squash and sweet potatoes and other soft veggies, so that will help. Eggs will help too. I'm sure we'll muddle through it.
12-19-2019, 11:56 AM
I have to go to town today to pick up the sample meds. Everything I’ve been taking is generic so has not been charged against my pharmacy deductible. These would trigger that and add copays so I would get clobbered with both for just a few weeks here at the end of the year - hundreds of dollars. I asked if I could defer it until the first of the year and she offered me samples. Thank you! What a nice doctor. She loves bright shiny new meds, but is also very conscious of costs. Since I have been indulging a binge of bright shiny new floss/ patterns/kits, I took her up on the offer with alacrity. Sigh. Jan 1 I have to return to the world of responsible adulthood. At least I will have lots of new toys to take with me.
SD - I agree on the quilting. If I ever get back to it that is the only realistic way to do it. As you know I’m not on the best of terms with sewing machines and struggling with even a lap quilt is just too hard. I’ve done it, but it wasn’t any fun.