2016
02/09

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quilts
spinning

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Quilting old and new and a festival

 

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  Finally, I  chose a flannel backing and have mounted this ready to quilt – which won’t be this week.   All these trips are taking their toll on my time and me.   I am getting much less done, because after all this driving, I’m to tired to tackle anything big.  Now the legal work is done and we only have to sign the house deed over to our trust when that paperwork is done.    So happy we don’t have to think about dying any more, I can get back to living!   I still have a few more treatments before I know if the work he is doing to avoid knee surgery is doing the job.

IMG_3989Isn’t this a beautiful piece of fabric.  It will become a part of my next quilt, which will be pieced without any applique.   I have pressed the pieces and will cut them  tomorrow.

IMG_3987This  was my first spinning wheel – the one upon which I learned.   It is a wonderful wheel, in fact, it is still being made today by Clems and Clems.   They are now charging over $800 plus $30 for each extra bobbins.   So on Craigslist it will go this weekend.  Can I call this downsizing?  Hopefully, someone who doesn’t want to float a loan will have the opportunity to learn.   If I had to pay that kind of money to learn, it wouldn’t have happened.    By the way, if  you live in the Seattle-Tacoma area, the big fiber festival is Thursday (and free).   You will find it by googling Madrona fiber festival in Tacoma.   I have not been  before, but I’m planning to be there this year.   I will be checking everything out – not taking a class this first time.   And of course, I’ll try to remember photos for those who can’t go.

 

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2016
02/08

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food
Garden
quilts
spinning

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Exercise, spinning and gardening

I started the day with exercise and then a knee treatment.

IMG_3710  By 1 PM, I was ready for a rest.   I spun another 30 inches of roving (I tore the roving into 30″ lengths – just 28 more of this particular one to do at one a day).   When the roving is spun, I’ll ply it and look for a sweater pattern

  Then to the greenhouse where I thought there might be some potatoes from last year that we missed.

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This is what we found – about 1/3 bucket of potatoes and one single leek.   Enough for a couple meals.   There were a number of tiny potatoes, so we left them to grow new plants.  I need to get someone to dig the beds outside as I have about 50 potatoes with 6-8″ long sprouts that need to be planted.  Maybe what I need is a whole week of sun without appointments.

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I looked  again at working up these two kits and decided they need to go in a very back spot.   The designer gave all the patterns and fabrics, but not much in instructions.  And applique is not my favorite thing to do. Maybe when I get old………..I can drag them out again.

Meanwhile, I think tomorrow, I’ll go sign some legal documents, and by then it might be warm enough to go play in the dirt and I can get a few of these potatoes into the ground.   And I need to buy peas and get them started soon.

 

2016
02/07

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Life

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Giraffe kit

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The giraffes are cut out and ready to sew down.   The kit was for a 23 x 21 picture, but by adding a few fabrics it is now a 36 x 40 baby quilt size.   I can then donate it to a need rather than just collect quilted pictures.

As far as my number for this week, I have not finished anything so have nothing to count as out.

2016
02/05

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food
Garden
Life
quilts

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Cooking and Cleaning

IMG_3961 IMG_3962 IMG_3963I was looking for something else, but this is what I found.  Somehow, they were put in a tub and the tub was put on a shelf and though I knew I had them, I didn’t know where.  I don’t even remember how old they are.   The giraffe is the only one open so far and the pattern date is 2002, although, it probably was  purchased in a later year. They are kits,  so the fabric is with them.   They are reasonably small – the giraffes are 25 x 23, the owls are 36 x 42 – and the elephants 25 x 33    I may just make each of them into a baby quilt.   The instructions are a bit scarce and the giraffe pattern is only of the three giraffes, but they include fabric to make legs, hooves, and faces.   Too bad, they didn’t create the pattern that way.  These will be next on my list, if only to get them done and out of a box.  I can at least get them to the flimsy state, which is where I seem to be stopping this year.  Maybe that’s a good thing as I’m supposed to be able to see better after the April cataract surgery.

The rest of my day was spent at the gym, making a lasagna, washing clothes, and cleaning house.   Yes, I cleaned the house, but not the studio.   It’s nearly time for a deep spring cleaning and since I no longer climb step stools, I have a younger friend that will help me at that point.   Do you take everything out of your cupboards and closets, and clean and do all the woodwork as well?   I like to get that all done at one time.  Then I feel I can garden and enjoy the summer without that hanging over my head.  And this weekend, I will try to start the tomatoes, greens and peppers.  No promises though.

2016
02/04

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food
Knitting
Life

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Sock progress

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The heel is done and now I’m on the home stretch.

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After the doctor, we stopped at Whole Foods and each had a veggie burrito.   They really fill the shells up.   I have tried filling them like that and end up with a mess that doesn’t all fit.

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On the way home, we stopped in Renton

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as I needed a pair of size 5 needles to do these socks and I was limping along with one way to short and one waaaaaaaaaaaay too long.  I like a 24″ length to do the socks.  I’m not sure about this pattern, so am trying to follow their directions.

2016
02/03

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Life
quilts

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Finished owl flimsy

 

 

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This is the finished top.   I decided to redo the last owl upright as too many didn’t like that he was falling.   It is 36 x 40″.   The owls sit on a background that was cut 6 x 6.5″   I cut 6″ width of fabric twice = 1/3 yard.  Then I used width of fabric 6.5″ wide for each side and 3.5″ for the length between the columns.  There is a 3.5″ piece sewn on top of the column and then again on the bottom of each owl.  I With 42″ fabric, it worked out that  I could cut 3.25″ from each side and put it on the bottom of two of the owls and by cutting the 3.25″ off the middle two columns and sewing it together to place under the center column of owls, then using 4 widths of 2.25″ for the binding, it took 1.25 yards for the front and binding.   Another yard will do the backing, unless you are doing it on a quilting machine, in which case it will take a bit more.   The owls, etc are cut from scraps.  There are about 86 leaves, and are for the most part cut the same as the wing.   I used the width of 2 and the length of 1.8 zig zag on my machine.

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IMG_3951Then I received a bit of a happy surprise this afternoon.   Mary and her daughter, Tiffany (Tristan’s mom) came over to show him off.  He’s a bit unhappy as he had just seen the doctor.   He looks all boy to me.

2016
02/02

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Knitting
Sewing
spinning

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Up to the heels and more

IMG_3949These socks are progressing nicely.   They will have a  contrast heel and toe.   I’m also happy it is an easy pattern, so I don’t have to think too hard.    The pattern I’m using is an internet find, called “Lace Socks” by Jacqueline W.  I am using an 8 ply wool made by PANDA.   The contrast for the heel and toe is by them as well, but 50% wool and 50% acrylic, so hopefully will wear well.

Today was a great day with some spinning, some sewing, some knitting and added to that, I took the machine to have it serviced and went to the Dr.   I feel like I accomplished much.   I’d love every day to be like this, but then I might not appreciate it as much.   Oh, and did I say the sun has been shinning today.

 

2016
02/01

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Life
quilts

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The owls

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Today, I cut and applied a lot of leaves on this little quilt.   I am using 2 wide and 1.8 length on the machine   I’m liking the way it is turning out, even if I am designing it as I go.  And yes, the last one is falling out of the tree.  I have two rows of appliqued leaves to go and then sew the quilt together.

 While I wasn’t looking the machine decided to wrap thread around the wheel which ends up inside.   This is why I have contracts on my machines.  It takes  care of things I do inadvertently.  So tomorrow, the machine goes to the repair shop, which is why I need a back up machine.

2016
01/31

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Life
Sewing

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A birthday party! and a bag

 

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We had a terrific “open house” birthday party yesterday for DH.  I think there were about 20 of us and he was given a number of cards which are now in his special place to  be read periodically.  He loves his kids and his cards.  So it was a great time.  We had a token cake because most of us enjoy pie more.

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I worked on the bag again for a bit today.   In fact, it is now completed!.   These are the front and back blocks that I chose to put on it – just keeping it simple, but I do love that owl.   The bag finished at 18 wide by 15 high by 7″ deep.   Here it is completed and very roomy with two large pockets on one side  and 3 on the other side.   They are about 9″ deep.  So now a 2005 project  is finished.   Yeah!!!!

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If you would like this pattern – I am done with it.   Just let me know your name and address and the first request gets it.

2016
01/29

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Life
quilts

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2005 Kit

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Does purchasing this in 2005 mean that it’s vintage?    It’s a fairly small project and time to get it out of the sewing room.   I can only assume that the blocks that were supposed to be on the pockets became part of a quilt, so I will have to come up with a couple blocks for the pockets.  I did get everything cut out and the front pieces and the back pieces sewed together.

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Then I put batting on the back and drew some lines 2″ apart and sewed on them for the quilting.    So now I need to make blocks, put them on, and start the inside pockets

For the first half of this year, I’ll have fewer hours for handcrafts since I am taking treatments for 2 months to hopefully avoid knee surgery and then in April will have the cataract surgery.  That will be gardening time, and I am so hoping to be able have a garden.    Please be patient, even so. I will try to get some fun and informative things done to tell you about.

IMPORTANT:   For those of you who are over 65, check with your insurance to see if you can get a Silver Sneakers card.  If you can, many gyms will honor them and you can use the gym at no cost.   If you want training or classes, they are less expensive as well.