2014
10/21

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8 Flannel receiving blankets + busy day

I like to start my day with a list – even a mental one – and do the least desirable first.   Today, that was emptying out the bee water.   I didn’t suit up as these are such gentle bees and it was barely 60 degrees out, so there weren’t a lot of bees out.   I removed the roof, flipped off the water unit, and quickly covered them again.  Since I forgot to go back and get those water containers after the bees left them, that’s where I’ll start tomorrow.

That project done, I proceeded to the greenhouse where I lopped the banana trees back to about a foot high and used their foliage for composting them.   I learned these are Musa Bajoo which are a Japanese hardy banana plant.  They are strictly ornamental and can survive to 5 degrees below 0 F.   So this winter I’ll think of a nice place where they will get lots of sun and plant half of them outside in the spring.   I have really enjoyed the tropical atmosphere they give in the greenhouse.   I might even put a start in a pot and have a house plant.

DSC00064 cleaning bananas n mulch

For that I rewarded myself with lunch, then finished putting the last of the pears on the dehydrator.     They will do done tomorrow and I can bag them and clean all the stickiness off the trays.    Then off to the sewing room.      Well, I tried, but the turkeys don’t like sleeping on the ground and I covered their night enclosure so they can’t go over and be some coyote’s dinner, so they didn’t have a perch, but they do now, though a low one.   (that window is screened in)

DSC00067 turkey roost

Then the alpacas needed their dishes moved out of the rain into a building.   That was easy as I only needed to do a bit of cleaning out and put two pallets in there.   I’ll know in the next couple days if that really works, or if they knock the side out of the building pushing the pallets through it.

DSC00065 grain feeders under cover

Then, I was free to sew the baby receiving blankets.

Hint:  before and after I leave an opening to turn, I like to sew from the edge of the fabric to the seam.   This makes the seam line up much better after the item has been turned as the open area wants to turn in to match the seam.

DSC00061 sewing side to seam

 And corners are another item that many of us have had trouble with.    So this is how I get a nice sharp corner:  First I sew the 90 degree corner, then fold it over on the seam line.

 DSC00070 foldover  on seam

Next I fold the top seam down over this and hold it all with my thumb and index finger.

 DSC00075 fold top seam down

Now take the back fabric up over this seam being held with the thumb and finger.

DSC00076 hold with thumb an

  It took a bit of practice the first time, but now I get a nice sharp corner.   I turn all the corners this way, then pull the blanket right side out.  Press and topstitch.

 DSC00077 sharp corner

Here’s a photo of the blankets.   Some were different on each side and some were the same on both sides.

DSC00078  8 finished receiving blankets

 

 

 

 

2014
10/20

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Life
Sewing

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6 Fleece blankets

Canning is done except for the applesauce and the apples aren’t yet picked, so not a rush there.  It was time to start cleaning the kitchen and put away those canning kettles, etc.   That took longer than I thought it should, but now it is done.  A few other household tasks kept me from the sewing room until this afternoon.

Yesterday, my daughter and her husband came over to “hang out”.   He helped by repairing a hole in the dog fence and she helped me with the pile of flannel that was growing here.   So we cut and put aside to be sewn this week 7 flannel blankets and she folded all the remnants 36″ or less.  Once again all the flannels fit on a shelf – on no – that is two shelves because we also took down some fleece on the other shelf which I readied for the street mission.  Now there are no more piles of flannel in odd places.  That feels good.

First I want to show those of you who haven’t seen yet become acquainted with a rotary pinking shears which works just like the scissors type, but much faster.   And yes, they are sharp.

DSC00057 rotary pink sheers

So I pinked the two blue baby blankets and serged the two football toddler blankets and the two plaid adult blankets.   They won’t keep anyone toasty through the long winter nights, but they will be nice to snuggle with when the weather isn’t too bad.   And when the weather gets cold, it will be nice to have an extra layer.

DSC00059 6 fleece charity blankets

PS   If this is something interesting to you, JoAnn’s has a 60% sale or maybe more the day after Thanksgiving – plus another 20% off if you are  there very early in the morning.   This is when I purchase my fleece and flannels for gifting.   It actually makes it affordable!.

2014
10/19

Category:
Sewing

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Microwave dish holdler

DSC00055 around bowl

This is meant to go under the bowl in the microwave so you don’t burn your hands taking it out.   Therefore it is EXTREMELY important that everything that becomes part of it is 100% cotton.   There is a batting made by “Warm and Natural” for the potato bakers which is cotton and does not have the scrim on it that other cotton battings have.  This is what I used.

I selected 2 pieces of fabric, each 10″ square.   They can be different if you’d like the top and bottom of  this to be different colors.

DSC00039 micro fabric

 I cut 2 pieces of batting the same size – one for each side and pressed them to their individual sides.  Then I  sewed an X across each 10″ piece to keep the piece together with its piece of batting.   The first time, I used a poly thread, which I realized as soon as I finished the X and which I then took out and replaced with cotton thread.  I have made that mistake before and had a fire in the microwave.

DSC00040 cotton batt

I needed some shaping darts.   For a 10″ size I folded the piece in half and measured 1″ from the center out and 2″ down.    Then I flipped the piece and measured the same on the opposite side end.

DSC00041 sewing darts

 These were sewn, then I folded it the other way and repeated this.    This dart needs to be one on each side of both the main piece of fabric and the lining piece.  After I sewed down the triangle,  I backed stitched straight up to lock the seam.  There are a total of  8 darts.    I then trimmed my darts, but that is up to you.

DSC00042 backstitch darts

It was time to place one inside the other with right sides together.  I pinned the darts to go opposite directions and sewed around leaving a small opening.

DSC00050 turning

Pulling it through this small hole was difficult.  Next time I think I’ll use about a 3″ opening.  There I did get it through , smoothed out and topstitched.

DSC00053 top stitched

As you can see, the bowl sits in the holder nicely and my hands are safe.    It could be used to stack bowls as well.

DSC00055 around bowl

DSC00056 stacked bowls

PS  Measure around your bowl from one edge, down across the bottom and up to the other edge first.   If you need it larger I would make the darts 1/2″ longer for each 2″ larger I made the holder.      Have fun and don’t be afraid to make them taller or shorter, just be sure to try the first one on the bowl before making the lining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014
10/18

Category:
quilts

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On Grandpa’s pond finished top

I really wasn’t anticipating this much cuteness.

DSC00036 on pond finished

I’m very pleasantly surprised.  Have a terrific day!

 

2014
10/17

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Life
quilts

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The fisherman block

He is done!   And he’s a cute little feller.

DSC00034 fishing

 After a bit of housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation for tomorrow, I did get back and finished this small top which is baby sized.   But since I know I won’t be sewing tomorrow, I’ll save that post for then

2014
10/16

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quilts

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Aug “pond” block finished

DSC00033 turtle block

Here is the turtle block added to the windmill block.   Then this new larger block has been added to the fish block.  As you can see, I’m ready to do September’s block.

DSC00032  windmill section

2014
10/15

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Life

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On Grandpa’s Pond – Aug bom

This block is not yet finished and most likely if I didn’t tell you that the block is completely backwards, you  would  not know.    I’ve decided to leave it this way because it’s my piece of art and it won’t matter and I don’t really  want to re-do it.   It is a quilt that I have lost interest in, so will still do it carefully, but I just want to be finished.   Then some child can enjoy it.  I think it is another technique that I don’t enjoy as much as others.

August b;pcl

2014
10/14

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Life

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One purple sleeve

There were a few “run around” chores on the list today plus one canner of 7 pints of pears to can.   So I didn’t get much done, but here is the first sleeve.

DSC00030 purple sweater w one sleeve

I wish I knew how to add a hood to this little sweater.   It’s a size one, can any of you help me with directions for a hood?

2014
10/13

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Knitting
Life

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Purple sweater start

The doll clothes just don’t wish to be made.   Instead this 11 oz. skein of Sensations purple yarn bellowed at me that it was next.  It’s a very soft, fuzzy, variegated purple.

DSC00029 sensations purple yarn

  So after spending an hour looking for the right pattern, this is a little sweater is now in the making.    And at the rate the yarn is being used, it may become two baby sweaters.

DSC00028purple baby sweaterI like that it starts at the neck as one piece and the sleeves are on hold until the body, which is done without side seams, is done.

 

 

2014
10/12

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Life
Sewing

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Purple baby hats started

Lots of happenings today.   I worked in the greenhouse a bit, loaded 9 trays of pears to dehydrate,  went and picked up chicken and alpaca/sheep grain and had an opportunity to sew.  It was a good day.

  I know I’m calling these purple and they really are, but since I dropped that camera, it wants everything to be blue.   I tried using my new cheap camera and found that I was already out of battery.   Hopefully next time, you can really see the color.

I had cut out of fleece 100 little hats a few days ago and they were begging to be sewn.    So I took a cut out  (for newborn 14″ width x 10″ high)

P1020371 14 x 10

folded it in  half so it was 7 x 10 and sewed a 1/2″ seam

P1020372 sew 12 seam

Then I put that seam in the center and sewed across the top

P1020373 sew across top

Next is the only fussy part.   Bring the two top points together and zigzag them in place

P1020375 points tog

Turn right side out and your little hat is done.

P1020374 finished

At this point it still doesn’t look like much, but see how cute it is when it is when the lower edge is rolled up.

P1020376 rolled up

And here are the first 50 which DH turned right side out to help me.

P1020370 50 hats