Where do the days go? I thought with an extra hour, maybe I could get something extra done. But, NO, that didn’t happen
I did finish one bear paw. These are going to take so much longer than I expected because it seems sewing a straight line on a 1.5″ piece is much more difficult than sewing a straight line on a 3″ piece. And there are 40 pieces in a block. So now that one paw block is done, I can calculate how many I will need and cut them out. Then they will go on the back burner and I will do a block now and then as the mood strikes me. It will not be a ufo, but rather a work in progress.
After gym this morning, we decided on a shopping trip to Costco to gaze at the toys and other Christmas things. I think my grandsons have grown past that stage and will probably want games or money. 2 of them will be 13 this month. However, we found some clothes and foods and managed to fill our grocery cart. Checking out, the card did not work. So we stepped to the side and called the issuing company. The card was on a “fraud alert” which was resolved and we were able to bring all those items home with us.
I had plenty of help spreading the straw, actually they went to work after I laid the straw down. Some of the straw was quite wet and a tad more difficult to lay in place, but my helpers made sure it was well spread.
Now all this garden is ready for winter, except the strawberry patch and I’m not sure how to mulch that without killing the plants. As you can see in the distance, even the pond, which has been dry since mid June, is now filling up. Maybe, it’s filling because we had 10.04″ of rain in October. Usually the pond is full about the first of October, so it had some making up to do.
Just a reminder that this is the weekend we lose an hour of sleep. For us it won’t matter much, since the forecast is for rain. But maybe, I’ll get some sewing or knitting time in. What about you, have you started more winter activities?
Today we used the pintuck foot on the coverstitch part of our serger for a variety of looks. The first is ordinary pintucks.
Then we made pintucks the other direction for crosshatching.
This piece shows that either the back or the front of the corded pintucks can be used to make the garment interesting.
These corded pintucks have a narrow ribbon sewn on top of the pintuck as the pintuck is created.
And this is a fluffy yarn laid on top of the pintuck as it is created. There are so many interesting looks one can get with the various ways to sew pintucks. I really enjoyed this class.
After class, I went to get Lacey. She has been in the hospital since Monday, but was finally well enough to come home today. They kindly gave her a bath while she was there and she very clean. A pasture dog rarely gets a bath. She dislikes the car, so I asked the attendant to help me put all 80# of her inside the back. For the first time ever, we got the back open and she jumped right in. It seems she really was ready to come home.
When the sun came up this morning, it made a beautiful stream through the trees. And it remained a sunny day – such a treat!
After gym this morning, I went across the street to the grocery store for 3 items. The produce man helped me load the cart with free pumpkins. I checked out and went to the car. My phone rang and it is DH. “If you are still at the store, will you buy ….?” Being a good wife, I went back in and purchased that for which he asked and also loaded the cart once again with free pumpkins. I got out to the car and looked at the first receipt. She forgot to give me the 7% senior discount on that purchase, so back into the store to get that refund. I arrived home to a husband who wanted to know what I’m going to do with all those large pumpkins. I sure hope the sheep like pumpkin. I think I will have to split them first and I’m not sure how to do that. But next sunny day, I’ll be outside with a hatchet. There’s no rush to use them as they will last all winter in the barn or garage.
After lunch, I started cutting the Bear paw quilt. After cutting enough for 50 paws, I decided I wanted to change the way the colors were, which meant that 1/4 of what I cut will not work for where I cut it. So I washed some brown fabric to use instead of the off white and started cutting again. This quilt has a large number of pieces. I am cutting only enough for the paws to begin with. After they are made, I’ll cut the sashing and corners. Meanwhile, the sewing room will be chaotic until this is assembled.