After gym today, a friend came over and we went over some quilts she wants to make/have quilted for the displaced people in Eastern WA. It truly was a lovely afternoon and as you know, the topic is never strictly adhered to, so she updated me on some things in Australia.
She is working with a 4H group over in Eastern WA that will be handing the quilts directly to the recipients. Some of them are also involved in learning to sew a quilt top. A 13-year-old girl sewed this one together. It is roughly 80″ square (before quilting) I have sewn the back together and mounted as much as I can. It is large enough I had to preshrink a new piece of batting. Knowing this particular batting shrinks a fair amount, I didn’t want to take the chance of quilting it without preshrinking the batt.
Here is a loom that I was given. It will sit until I have a reasonable amount of time to figure out what is what. Or until Mary comes over and insists we figure it out.
“Warm wishes” has been completed.
The quilting is quite simple but looks nice on it.
Mary and I spent the afternoon at the sewing center learning about the new machines and other products and we came home empty handed!
Tomorrow I will be back to finishing the grapes. After using all our will power to keep from making a purchase, I was just too tired tonight to finish them.
Get up groggily, get breakfast on the table and then eat mine. Still tired, but not enough to go back to bed, so sit down and spin wool for a bit. After I catch my breath,
grate the two huge zucchini with plans to make bread, brownies, and patties for the freezer.
It grated into 3+ gallons of zucchini. I refrigerated that for later use. Next I get out the jars and other canning supplies to can the potatoes.
About then DH would like to eat at his favorite local Mexican restaurant. I had a large tostada with beans, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. We get back just in time for a conference call I agreed to attend. Oops, lasted nearly 2 hours instead of one, and then another 1/2 hour phone call. Wow it’s 3.30 and I haven’t accomplished much yet.
14 quarts of potatoes.. The plan is to do another 14 quarts tomorrow plus the zucchini products.
While I was waiting for the pressure canner to heat up, I went out to check the grapes which are small this year, but that’s probably because we didn’t know how to prune them I am thrilled and delighted with the sweetness. They are so wonderful. I filled the bowl I took with me and will finish picking them tomorrow.
So I get to the end of my day and there were more things I wanted to get done than got done. In fact, I feel as if I am swimming backwards. If I could get going a bit sooner in the morning and not have phone conferences……………but then tomorrow there is gym, then a drive out to get a loom someone wants to find a home for which I’m sure will consume 3 hours, then to finish picking the grapes and canning the potatoes. There is no time in this schedule for housecleaning and gardening and so the garden suffers a lot and we won’t talk about the house. Oh, and there are still carrots and beets, to get done in the near future and applesauce after that.
I found a little bag called a “small flat tote” on the label. In fact, it was a flat bag without the side seams sewn. I embroidered this on one side.
Here is the back side of it.
Then I sewed up both sides and across the bottom corners and here is a cute small bag which measures 11″ square. Another little gift ready when I need it. And the embroidery took the longest. If you don’t embroider, you might want to do some other thing such as paint, etc.