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2017
02/22

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Churn dash finish; sleeping bags

Today was a relaxed morning.  I skipped  gym and didn’t do my steps, however, we did deliver the sleeping bags to the church, went to the grocery store, and relaxed a bit before noon.

I tried something new today, which was using fleece on the back of this quilt.   It is very cuddly which I’m hoping makes up for the “issues” I had.   It quilted beautifully, but I must have stretched the fleece, so it doesn’t lie flat.  Another factor was that I wanted to do it freehand which is not something I’m good at.   I like how that part turned out, but it distracted me to the point that I didn’t keep all the quilt tension bars at the proper tension.  So this also affected the overall look.    I’m going to put it through a wash and see if that relaxes it more together.   I am pleased with most of it and I think the soft cuddly”ness” of it will override the beginner look.  I’m always learning, but I also see where I’ve made progress.

2017
02/14

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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Finished: Stars a heart, homeless folks

STARS:

This little 36″ star  quilt, Little Bits “Double star Duo is a paper pieced pattern by Cindi Edgerton with a print date of 2003 on the instructions.   It is now waiting to be washed and gifted.  It was cut out, who knows when, but sewing started just before Christmas, so once I pulled it out, it went quickly.   It is a perfect size for a new baby or a table topper.

The Heart:

This is the heart I purchased the pattern and supplies for several years ago to make for my mil.  She has been gone awhile, but since I had the ingredients, I wanted to make it.   I started it Jan 2, this year and it is now finished and I can check it off my list.   My friend, Mary, helped me with the roses and leaves.   I am pleased with the results.

Homeless folk:

Now about the homeless men and the quilts.   I got several responses to my questions yesterday and some great advise.   As you know quilts are not inexpensive in either materials or time.   Sally send me the following information:

“there is a project called Ugly Quilts.  They make homeless quilts but I don’t advocate their method unless you really want to use any and all recyclable fabric objects.  They are adamant the quilts should be ugly so they don’t get stolen (and possibly sold for cash at a pawn shop).

http://www.thesleepingbagproject.org/help-us/instruction/

Our group in WW, made nicer quilts but out of any sturdy fabric.  They liked that old polyester double knit and I took boxes and boxes of the stuff to them.  They used thicker batting than what you probably quilt with but the quilts were turned and tied.  They might have used the inexpensive sheets for backing.  We do for our Survivor Quilts and get them at Fred Meyer when they are on sale for 3.99 for the single size, perfect for the 60 by 80 inch quilts we make.  They are poly-cotton and tough but not so bad to tie through.  This is a survivor top:

She was then kind enough to send me the page for the sale that Walmart is having on sleeping bags for under $10 each.   So I purchased some of them to give the church.   When I talked to the church secretary, she told me they have some regulars and there were some that probably would sell them to get what they wanted.   So for $10.00, I think this will help them and save a lot of lovely fabric from being wasted.   We do want to help, but sometimes it’s difficult to see what that help looks like.

2017
02/09

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farming
food
Knitting
Life
quilts

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Donation quilts, fencing, new socks

Donation quilts:

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I finally put together a pile of quilts for those with fewer resources than we have and took them to the church.   It’s cold out there.   The secretary said they have men sleeping in the doorways at night now.   I need to make some simple, but warm quilts as she said at this point, anything helps them.

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Then it was lunch time.   I like a simple tostada with a shell, beans, and lettuce, and of course guacamole throughout.   I found that if I order it as a side, I get a bit more.

Fencing:

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Remember the fencing, I spent an hour repairing yesterday with baling wire?   Since the sheep have nothing better to do than to eat and then figure out how to dismantle things, they achieved the dismantle by pushing the 2 x 4s down.    So today I dragged a cattle panel to the pen.   It completely fit that area, so we tied it up and hope that it will last until Sunday and we can get it put up more securely.  But one never really knows.   These sheep are small as they are Shetlands, but they are mighty when they decide they want to be somewhere else.

Knitting:

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That was enough fun for this crazy day.   So I spent some time knitting a new pair of socks.  These are on a size 3 needle and 100% wool, so I will add nylon to the heel and toes to reinforce those areas.  I put the socks on hold that were needing more attention.   These are going fast because I don’t have to think much and it is a larger yarn.  As you can see from my note on the page, I’m only working on 48 stitches.    Maybe, I’ll get these done before the month is over and can go back and work on January’s socks.

Hang on tight and enjoy life’s crazy roller coaster ride.

 

2016
07/03

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A Day with Mary

 

IMG_4847When I get the chance to take a break and lie on my lawn chair, this is my view, which I love.

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Today, Mary and I decided to make the “don’t shake the baby” purple hats for the hospital.   I had a bolt of purple fleece, so we

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cut and sewed the afternoon away while we caught up on each other’s news.

IMG_4850There is only this tack stitch left to do and then turn them right side out.    We have 148 of them for the hospital.  So later this week, I’ll finish them up and in September we will deliver them.  What a great afternoon we had, catching up and doing a good deed at the same time.

 

 

 

 

2016 Goals revisited

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Quilting ufos to be completed and what needs to be done  The goal is to finish one per month

  1. Circus    due 1/15               appliques cut n sewn,  assembling, quilting
  2. tumbling blocks – blue     quilting
  3. baby block – black             quilting
  4. turtles                                  quilting
  5. heirloom                             quilting
  6. fishing    due 8/1               appliques cut and sewn  assembling,s quilting
  7. storm at sea                       quilting
  8. tell it to the stars              borders.    quilting
  9. mittens                               1 block, borders, quilting
  10. BH king size quilt             skirting, quilting
  11. sunbonnets                        quilting
  12. sunbonnets 2                     assembling, quilting

New quilts I want to make:

  1. http://twosistersandaquilt.com/  These are snowman Block of month
  2. http://www.seamstobesew.com/polls-fixed-and-new-previews-of-sue-and-sam/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+seamstobesew%2FUceh+%28Seams+To+Be+Sew+News%29    another sunbonnet quilt Block of the month
  3. 2 “warm wishes” quilts for charity   on line pattern
  4. shop hop tote that I acquired the kit for in 2005
  5. child’s teddy bear with piping  pattern
  6. “Frost’s alter ego”” pattern
  7. “Gift wrap”  pattern
  8. “rob Peter to pay Paul’   GO cutter
  9. “drunkards path”  GO cutter
  10. an owl quilt   GO cutter
  11. choose a book and make a quilt from it
  12. “twinkle little tree” pattern

That should handle the quilting,     I have spoken for the Cormo sheep, not sure yet how many, 6-10

For sewing the plan is 2 doll dresses per month, plus we need placemats for 10 months and I like a set of 4. My goal is to make them one month ahead of need.  So I will start these in February   I  plan to make a couple “Bendy Bags” and “run around  bags” as well as a bolts worth (about 130) of purple baby hats for the hospital.  Then there is a request for the microwave bowl holder for gifts.

I am doing the yahoo groups knit along wash cloth which is monthly.   They offer 2, but I’ll be happy to get one done each month.   I also have enough yarn to do at least 10 pair of socks.  If I can squeak them in here, I’d like to do a couple crocheted baby blankets as well.

So these are my 2016 craft goals.    What are yours?   I’d love to hear them.

 

 

 

2015
11/20

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Knitting
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Knitting update

IMG_3562This was the lovely view coming down the hill to our home this morning after my workout at the gym.  We live just over the hill you see at the end of the road.

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This is my end of the week knitting report for 11/20/15.    I now have two pair of socks that are past the instep and ready to be finished when I don’t have to think.     Someday soon, I’ll get a finish.  A good time to do mindless knitting is when I’m a passenger in a car.

 

IMG_2704 And I was a passenger this afternoon when we delivered all the little hats to the children’s hospital.   Instead, I slept.   That didn’t get much knitting done.   Along with these hats,  Bill crocheted 30 little hats.    His hats took a lot more effort than mind did.

It has been a good week.   Finishes included the monogrammed pumpkins which have been delivered for Thanksgiving, the owls for the boys, the pillow for one birthday, 2 pillowcases for the other, a tote for yet another birthday, and the quilting on a quilt that has waited for over a year.   I’ve tried to get things done by today, since Sunday starts a week filled with a birthday lunch, appointments, and Thanksgiving.   And the next week is surgery.   So this may be the end of much productivity for a while.

2015
10/16

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Warm wishes #3 (galaxy)

 IMG_3353The quilting is done.  The binding is done, but I don’t have enough energy left to apply it.   Maybe on Sunday.   This is another quilt going to the 4H group to give a person displaced because of the eastern WA fires.

Tomorrow is another wonderful day of rest.   It should give me the boost I need to get back some creative juices.   Enjoy the day and we’ll meet again on Sunday

2015
08/20

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Life
spinning

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Closet cleanout

IMG_2932 It’s difficult to take a good photo of the area under the stairs that I use as a storage closet.   But I certainly did get a lot of items stored in there.   And since I did most of it about 10-12 years ago, I didn’t know for sure what was there.   So Mary came over and we took everything out – EVERYTHING!  We spent the day going through mostly fibers, but some other things.   made a big stack for “freecycle”, another for Goodwill, a third for trash, another to work on in the immediate future and the last is fibers that I will do eventually, but there is no real rush . IMG_2933 The wool, I took samples of and put in a notebook along with a number on the tote, the alpaca, mohair, and angora are noted as such. IMG_2934 Though it’s difficult to tell from photos, this is now organized.   I know what is in each tote, and

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this is part of what is going to freecycle.    There was also a stack like this of items going to a nursing home, trash and Goodwill

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And I found the missing dremmel and table.     And we uncovered an extra spinning wheel, which I will sell.    So the totes with organized fibers and all the totes with decorations for each of the holidays now are in that closet.  And stacked so I can easily get to the one I want.    I am so happy to have this done.

 

2015
07/10

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Life
Sewing

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Laundry and hats

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Would you believe that a bolt of fleece, which is 8 yards, produces 136 of these little hats and YES, they are done.   That completes the fleece hats for this year.   They don’t collect them officially until September, but they are DONE

No photos, but also several loads of laundry were done and some tidying up,   Anytime I start feeling like I don’t want to do housework or laundry, I remember how many don’t have it to do.   That makes me realize it is a blessing to be able to do these mundane chores.

Did anyone make yesterday’s cookie recipe?

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2015
06/29

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baby hats and revitalized rooms

 

IMG_2632136 purple baby hats are now cut and ready to sew!  These are 8.5″ high and 15″ wide.

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 I met a young woman with lots of energy who likes to clean house.   So she helped me take these rooms from storage to usable.  We started with the bedroom, which I hope to turn into a guest room

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Then the used and abused kitchen area.   It looks so clean and pretty now with everything put away and all the dish cloths and towels where they belong, as well as the pile of things on the table that didn’t seem to have a home.   There really was a table under all of those items.

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This is the other half of that room.  The tables that we started the plants on this spring are all down and planting supplies are no longer in this room, for the most part.   The lights are still here with a shelving unit, but out of the way.   It feels so good to have this all done.  I know you probably would have liked to have seen it before we started, but I forgot, besides I’m not sure that I wanted you to see.

The current plan is to have it ready for me to recuperate in.   That will eliminate the steps for the first month or however long it takes to get up and down them again.