2017
03/22

Category:
machine embroidery
quilts

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Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes

 

Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes has been an all day project which obviously isn’t finished yet.  The digitizing isn’t perfect .  It’s a learning process.   Even so, it is so very much better than if I had just done a machine zigzag around each of these pieces.  It took a lot of time to cut around the fabrics before I could continue to sew.    I need to get my Scan n Cut learned to make this faster.   Now that I’ve taken a photo of this with the sashing, I think I may have to change that.   It has the same aqua/turquoise, but just doesn’t seem right.   I will decide later.

It will not get finished as I have other embroidery that must be done tomorrow.   A neighbor is turning 90 in April and needs a lap quilt for in her wheel chair.   So that is a priority tomorrow.

2017
03/21

Category:
Life
machine embroidery

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Neurologist, new phone, digitizing

DH has been having some issues with balance and shuffling.  Today we went to the neurologist for a review.   He says the only thing he can see that indicates Parkinson’s is the shuffle and is sending DH to the physical therapist to work with him on that.  He also said that DH should be reminded frequently to stand up straight and take long strides.   His brain will be retrained in that way.  DH had a brain scan and the doctor remarked that the brain “looks beautiful”.    Apparently if it is Parkinson’s, DH is very fortunate that he is getting it at this age instead of younger as it advances more slowly.

Since Christmas I have not had a dependable phone, even though the Apple people have tried to repair it, and replaced it once.   We went to the store and I now have a new IPhone 7.   So hopefully all my phone woes are over.

The rest of the afternoon, I played with the digitizing program and hopefully tomorrow will be able to do some more stitch outs.

2017
03/20

Category:
Life
quilts

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Mistakes and a finish

Mistakes make life interesting would be an understatement.    I started in the studio with a success.   I discovered why my design was not getting to the embroidery machine.   It was too large.    I downsized it, put it in the machine and started my first flower.   Then I couldn’t find the applique scissors.   I called DH down for a second pair of eyes.   He found them in the drawer in which they belong.   And we found a pair of reading glasses for very up close work – taking stitches out.   After trimming, I put the design back under the needle upside down.   That’s a great reason to mark your item with a “L” and/or a “R” if there might be a question.    Starting again, I marked the L and R, but forgot to put down the bottom layer.   Here is the third mistake, which I was able to salvage and get right.    No, I won’t be wasting the fabric in the first two mistakes.   They will be turned into something else.  And finally here is one finished flower.

The rest of the day went good, but I certainly feel like I spend hours learning – like Edison from mistakes.  This has been a great quilt for learning.

Because of all the large appliques and it is a small baby quilt (34.5 x 39.5) I decided to just stitch in the ditch.   Then I bound it with some on the bias binding I made for a different quilt and changed my mind.   So I now have one finish for March.  If you are interested, this quilt is Debbie Mumm’s Sampler Quilt in her Favorite themes group

www.Debbiemumm.com/Projects/QuiltBlocks/2013/january.pdf

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2017
03/19

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Hoop house gardening plus digitized owls

Finally I ventured out into the much neglected hoop house to see if anything lived through the winter.   I have been very discouraged because through our coldest times, I have found the door open.   So I didn’t expect any live plants.  Much to my surprise, the parsley and kale (left) seemed happy.   The kale on the other side also survived.The Swiss chard here is coming back and there are still a few onions.   Today I eliminated all the weeds you see on this side.  Since I didn’t get plants started, I’ll wait another week, then the store should have the organics in and I’ll just buy started plants this year.

Here is one of the digitized owls sewed out.


It’s a small quilt, but is coming along and giving me a chance to learn a new program.  There is still another row of larger flowers to put below these bugs.

 

2017
03/17

Category:
Life
quilts

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Disagreement with God day

Disagreement with God day started out with me being impatient with DH, because he wanted to go with me to the store and I had my agenda for the day and didn’t want to wait.   However, I did rearrange the schedule and then kept asking him to hurry.    I am way behind in the goals that I set for this month and I wanted to at least get one top quilted.   I haven’t finished a single project this week.  I also wanted to get some embroidery done for the birthday quilt.     We got back from the store and one of the daughters called and wanted a homemade gift for a friend’s birthday Sunday.    I don’t have the time to come up with something.

I guess my impatience reminded God that I needed another lesson.   So all afternoon, I was in the “school room” learning through one process and then another.   The digitizing didn’t go well, my phone isn’t working.  I spent an hour with the Apple people and they thought they had it fixed, but it still isn’t working.

I quilted on the quilt and had one more row to go, when I saw the above very bad tension.   The entire row was like that.   I looked good on the top, but was very bad on the bottom.   So I stopped and took it all out.    What is puzzling is that the row above this as well as the row below have good tension.   I’m guessing the bobbin was the problem as I was having to refill it frequently.  At least the quilt is still on the frame, so it will be easy to find my place again.

I did not want this lesson on patience, but my Heavenly parent saw the need.   In fact, I never ask for patience for fear another lesson will be forthcoming.    He, also, reminded me that He gives me 24 hours every day and that is plenty of time to get done what He thinks is necessary.    So I need to learn what the unnecessary items are and cut out some of those.

Now He has given me 24 hours to rest and be refreshed.    Happy Sabbath to each of you.

unknown socks/digitizing practice

I knitted 2 inches of ribbing for these unknown socks and then decided the yarn is too heavy for the pattern I chose, so will look on Ravelry to find a different pattern.  There are plenty of socks patterns that use a size 2 needle.   See the shadows, even the weather person didn’t forecast sun for today, so it was a big, happy surprise.

Today was productive, but so much was background work, like cutting and washing the batting and backing for the next quilt to be quilted, choosing fabrics for a quilt for my neighbors 90th birthday next month, and cutting the blocks which will be embroidered.

I did a bit more practice on the digitizing and this is the result stitched out.   All these things are done in the background and there isn’t much to take a photo of until things come together.   Then there are the normal living things, like getting up, dressed and walking the 10,000 steps. meals.   I try to get half the steps done before lunch.  It seems if I fail that, the steps don’t get done.

I started reading the time management book last night and one thing I picked up was to not only make a list – which I do, but to put times beside each item so you know how long it really takes as so often we under guess.  That was interesting.   I found that a 2.5″ sock cuff (cast on 3 times) took me 3 hours with a 10 minute break each hour for walking.   Some things took longer than anticipated and some took less.  Some things didn’t get done, which is okay.  I also only allowed 30 minutes of computer reading time until late afternoon.   I realize when I don’t really want to do something, I’m very entertained by reading email instead.

Tonight, I will put together a list for tomorrow, which will include grocery shopping.   I am hoping 90 minutes will be okay for that.  And I need to chose a design for the quilt that is now mounted on the machine and threads for the neighbors quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

2017
03/15

Category:
quilts

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Flower quilt flimsy finished

The flower quilt flimsy is now done.   The pattern called it “rose” but Sally said it looked like crocus and I agreed.   I cleared off the ironing board and the cutting table to get the room that I needed to cut the boards.   I have no idea why I made this queen size, but it is.   I had no plan when I started, I just wanted to make the pretty flowers.   And so piecing happens.

It is now on a hanger in the closet complete with binding until it tells me how to quilt it.

Into my mail account this appeared today.   It is an absolutely must read.   This woman never has a mess in her sewing room.   Unbelievable!   Go look at her system.   Maybe she just needs a larger room so she doesn’t have to be so tidy, but I don’t think even that would change her.

Aurifil 2017 March Designer of the Month – Melissa Corry

Now I’m off to read a book I found on the shelf  “Time Management”   I obviously need some help in that department to get done what I plan.

Learning new skill is difficult

Once again, I am reminded of how frustrating and difficult learning a new skill is.   I don’t wonder why children get tired and balk .   I’m ready to throw up my hands and scream.  Their whole early life seems to be learning new skills.   I think I understand and have the concept learned, and then, I mess up.   It is very frustrating and exhausting.   And if I keep at it without taking a break, I start making all types of stupid mistakes.  So tonight I have only my first attempts at digitizing applique to show you.   I was going to do the owl quilt in the conventional way and got “smart” and decided it would look nicer if the applique was embroidered on.   Yes, it does look much nicer, but the learning will make the quilt take me longer.

So tomorrow, I will try to get a quilt on the quilting machine for a change of pace.   Then I will go back to work on the digitizing.   If I intersperse it with other work and keep practicing, I’ll learn.   Never too old, right?

2017
03/13

Category:
Life

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Rose flimsy and runner ducks

The rose flimsy is now in one piece, except for the borders.   My ironing board is full of pieces and my cutting table is also full of pieces of another quilt, so this will have to wait for the borders and trimming until those pieces are together.  Interestingly, the vote for which way they should go together was a tie.  I asked DH, as a tie breaker, which way they should go and he wanted them standing up straight.

These 4 runner ducks came to live with us today.   The colors are called buff and blue.   They are absolutely beautiful and I love the way they run with their necks held high.  They are still a bit scared and I forgot to take the camera at feeding time tonight.

2017
03/12

Category:
Life

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Cleaning clothes closets

Cleaning clothes closets can take up the major part of a day when you need to try them on and then even wash some of them.     However, there are now two full garbage bags of clothes in my car to take to the thrift store.   Some of them are new – never worn – but don’t fit any more.   Most of the others are in very good condition and there are a couple pieces that will go to their rag bag section.   Now my closet (and drawers) hold only the clothes I intend to wear this year.   I have no clothes left to grow into (up or down).   If I change sizes, there will be new clothes to wear and some of these to go.  Now if it was that easy to take care of the other places in this house, but it isn’t.   I often find something that I haven’t used for a year or two is exactly what I need today.