One of the things that I try to do is to be as truly prepared for winter as possible. If there is a snowstorm or a power outage, I don’t want to have to navigate the roads and I’m quite sure others don’t want me to either. I also stay home when the flu season is the worst.
I am thrilled to have enough hay now in the hay building for the animals. It was rather interesting since I have not purchased 2 ton for this location. The last bale barely fit into the building.
Add to animal feed, the people food. I have been freezing and canning all summer. We started with the berries and yesterday and today, I cooked some beans and canned them as well as picked 4 pints of green beans. Tomorrow I’ll pick more tomatoes and then can the green beans and tomatoes in the same load as they take fewer minutes. Pressure cooking just takes more time than water bathes. Here are today’s black beans, cannellini beans and some garbanzos. I love being able to just grab a pint of beans for a quick meal, so in September when the weather is a bit cooler, I’ll be putting up many more of these.
Sew Gifts!: 25 Handmade Gift Ideas from Top Designers was the first book reviewed at Sew Fun this morning. It has 25 really cute gifts for both adults and children throughout the year. Some ideas are an adorable owl pincushion, a child’s pinafore, some modern design pillows, a zigzag tote and
This bird pillow
The tablet Covers book had several very pretty covers with each cover being in several sizes for the various size of tablets and readers in use.
This book has 12 fun appliques from cute bees to a happy snowman, with ideas for use, including embellishing table runners, tote, bags, clothing and quilts.
A cute snowman hanging
pears appliques could either be on towels or a wall hanging.
There is a new chalkboard fabric that can be fun. Fabric Confetti has designed wonderful Greetings and Affirmations to go with this fabric. Chalkboard markers are available as well as chalkboard chalk can be used. Wouldn’t this be fun on a shopping bag – especially if you sent your husband for a few groceries? The list wouldn’t get lost.
They had on display other applique patterns, a scissors, some fancy USB sticks, a folding pen, Angelina fiber, a pressing sheet and some BoNash. If you don’t know about BoNash, I really recommend you look this up as this is a superior product for mending as well as for applique. I mended a pair of jeans for DH and it took looking to find the mended spot.
We all have them and at the end of the day, nearly all we have accomplished is to answer those interrupts. That’s how it has been here today.
There were a few questions during more tiling, a long Drs. call, checking on prescription order and checking on the hay order. A package received wasn’t quite right. The raspberries needed picking again. And did I mention that somewhere in between, the fitbit demands all those steps be taken.
However I did get 6 quarts of beans cooked and ready to can. There are 25 of these pillowcases now at the pinned burrito stage. I ran out of pins and it was time to feed the animals their evening meal. It is finally cool enough to start the pressure cooker so I’m headed off to turn on heat.
Have you ever run out of yarn when making socks? This is the first time for me. However since they are for me, and the end of this yarn is near the toes, I’ll look for something that goes with this yarn and have a unique pair. Who will be taking off my shoes to look, anyhow?
The bathroom saga goes on. Half days of work make a job seem to take forever. We are now at the point where the tub surround and front of the tub are done, except for the grout. Tomorrow he will start work on the rest of the room, which will go up 4′. The trouble with tile is one only gets to see one tile at the store. We picked out a very light tile with a tad of brown running through it. But when it came, there was a lot of brown, so the towels, bath rug etc, that we purchased will probably be returned and we will get white to brighten up the area. I will wait until he is finished (another 2 weeks?) to make that decision.
The mailman brought these yesterday (we get our mail about 5 pm or later), but I’m going to be very good and wait until late fall or winter to use them. They are dies for my GO cutter, which saves a lot of time and gives accuracy. The middle one is to make raw edge quilts. They will go much faster with the fringe cut with the machine.. I already have the fabric in mind for the umbrella quilt. But I will wait. Perhaps I will get all the pillowcases done and a couple more I spy quilts for Christmastime done first.
And then there is the computer upgrade that is now on my quilting machine that I must make time to learn before I can do some more quilts. Have you notice that learning never stops?
In between housecleaning—which was screaming, laundry and picking out more tiles for the tub surround, I did grab enough time to finish 25 more pillowcases that I had started yesterday. This brings the total to 40. I think I’ll go back to knitting before I do more of these. Perhaps I can finish the Widsith socks. There’s always hope.
The tub surround is done, now to do the front side of the tub and the curb tiles around the floor – but first I have to decide how tall I want them. Then it needs grouting and sealing and the towel bar and the shower curtain bar and we’ll be finished. So I’m thinking we’re in for another week of disruption. At least it seems that way when it is the Master bath. How can one tiny bath take so long? Somehow, when we’re enjoying it, these memories won’t seem so bad.
Our daughter called and said she’d be in town at noon, would we like to meet her at the Mexican restaurant. The following plates were served – looks good, doesn’t it? It was very good.
The store had called and said my serger was ready to come home, so we went to get it and return their loaner. A haircut for Dh, a stop at the library, some watermelon and cantaloupe at the grocery store and the afternoon was spent. I did get a bit of time in the greenhouse, but it needs to see more of me. It really was requesting water.
Only finished 7 today. However I did topstitch the accent piece on about 50. So next time I’m ready, they will be ready to go.
Recapping how to make a pillowcase.
2″ accent piece width of fabric (wof)
9″ piece for the band – wof
27″ piece for the case. wof If you find are buying a new print, try finding one where the pattern will go around the pillow. Because I was using what I had on hand for these (and they are for kids) I used whatever I thought they might like, even if it went lengthwise.
This is a bit different than the first time I gave instructions because that was before I was topstitching the accent down.
I prewash the fabrics before cutting so I know how it will behave when in use.
Press accent piece in half = raw edges even
Top stitch accent piece to case, raw edges even (know which side you want next to the band)
Lay the band down right side up (again check if you want it to go a certain way)
Put accent piece with case on it, right side down.
Roll up case inside the band and pull band over like a burrito
PIN away from the edge is you are serging, otherwise you can pin the normal way.
Sew/serge the band on
Pull insides out and press.
Sew/serge up side and top
Take a large needle and pull starting thread up through the thread on side