These two embroidered potholders were done totally on the machine. I first hooped wash away stabilizer, then I stitched that out. I then spray basted the thin batting to the top piece, and placed it in the stitching line. I finished the top side, then for the bottom I spray basted the insulbrite to the bottom piece and basted them both to the under side of the potholder. I think by adding the extra layer of batting, they will be thick enough.
We had the birthday party yesterday at Panera’s and the office girls were each given two potholders. They were delighted to be remembered. Our daughter was given sheets and other bedding since she just had a new queen size bed delivered. It’s a lovely time once a year and we do it before the holidays, which worked out really well this year, since her birthday is on Thanksgiving day.
Interruptions are welcome if one can help a friend. After lunch, I received a text from a friend’s daughter asking if there was anyway I could come up with a service dog scarf in 10 minutes. It needed to be on red fabric and over the dog’s back to easily be seen. It was more like 15 minutes as the sew out was 10 minutes, but it was done and waiting when she arrived. It slides onto the dog’s collar and will be hemmed later. She had to have it to take her dog into an appointment she had. She was delighted and I promised to make her a better one with more time.
The 5 kinds of potatoes are purchased and cut to cure and 3 sets of onions are ready. Now I need to get the stakes for the boxes and get the ground ready this week to get these planted.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have gym and that really interrupts my day as I’m out of energy sooner.
Finished 3 pair of the 12 pair of socks that I kitted, ready to go.
Finished 29 quilts, 10 of which were ready for the quilting. The other 19 were in early stages or not started.
I also made 2 bags and 2 pillows plus embroidered 4 sets of towels. I embroidered a Hatched in Africa set each month for their challenge, two of which were jeans.
There were bowl cozies and pea pods.
Then there were the baby lambs and additional sheep and puppy. I don’t want to forget there was a garden with canning and freezing.
Plus the hospital stays. It appears to have been a very busy year. But there were things I did not finish or even start, so they can become goals for the next year.
I’m expecting much more “out of sewing area” activities. My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s and is near the end. There will be many more lambs plus sheep activities including at least one fair where I will be showing them. We are moving the garden to a more level spot this spring. DH is needing more attention. And there is a big wedding in California in April. I have fewer flimsies, so most quilts still need much work.
Quilts to do: Goal is 200 yards usage
Mystery quilt: Merry Mayhem – NY day mystery
Mystery quilt: “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery
Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” – finished clue #1
Daffodil flimsy – to quilt
Roses flimsy – to quilt
Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt
Celebrate flimsy – to quilt
Bear paw quilt – large, cut out
All aboard – not started twin bed size
Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt
Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting
Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting
Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.
Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt
Finish all the paper piecing blocks and finish the wall hanging with them.
Socks: I’ll keep working on my last year’s kits, since I only finished 1/4 of them.
Learn Electric quilt
Learn cutting machine
Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats
Try 2 new recipes a month
Gym 2x week
Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.
Make hoop house plans as above
Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.
Meet Hatched in Africa’s “Tribal Cat – Zarah” These were the colors chosen by the recipient for her jeans jacket.
And this is what happens when UPS gets the wrong gate and there is a dog on the other side. He didn’t want to open the gate, which was smart, but really, you toss the package at the dog? The puppy was very happy with the package.
I got this far on putting a cat mask on the back of this denim jacket when the machine became unhappy and decided to jam. I had two choices: persist and make it worse or walk away from it and try again in the morning when I’m fresh. I walked away.
Though I don’t yet have the photo, these are the photographers trying to figure out how to set this camera so that it flashes in 10 seconds giving the chief photographer time to be in the photo.
These were my HIA challenge (Hatched in Africa). We use one of their designs monthly. These are their “velvet birds set 3” It’s not seen on the photos but after embroidered, one cuts some of the threads so they pop up like velvet. They are really cute.
This 8 foot feeder is perfect to feed 6 sheep with much less waste. They don’t like to eat food they’ve been trampling any more than we do. This allows them to keep it for food instead of bedding. I was so happy to get this made and will have more done soon.
These snow people look so happy hanging for the holidays and twinkling away.’
What a whirlwind this month of August has been. I feel as if I have been chasing my tail. Today is the end of the month and I did finish 4 sewing/knitting goals, but two were left undone. A third,
is now put together with backing and batting, but when I have time, I’d like to add more quilting.
In addition to these projects, I have spent an incredible amount of time in the kitchen. Today again, there was more pear butter canned as well as more produce brought in. I have another dehydrator full of cucumbers for chips, the last batch of pear butter is condensing in the crock pot, the refrigerator is full of cucumbers waiting their turn. I gave up and gave some raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes to the neighbor. The grapes are starting to get ripe and the weather is so incredible, this scenario may continue for another month. We have started new beets and greens for the winter and they have popped their little heads above ground now. And we water, water, water, water. Usually it rains a day or two when school starts, but not this year.
Today a neighbor came over and we wormed 1/3 of the sheep for the winter. We will be dividing them and giving each group a suitor soon. Then we count out 5 months to start the baby business.
In between all this, we have made time for doctors visits and a very few staples to eat. (Today, I visited with the Geek squad so I could bring you this report – I love those fellows) And we have daily fed, watered, and cared for the bees, sheep, ducks, geese, and dogs – oh, yes, and for each other. I am loving this crazy, out of control summer.
The scrappy hedgehog flimsy is done. I put in two babies to make enough blocks. The fabric on the right will be the backing. But now I’ll wait until a baby is due that is just right for this quilt as it is easier to store flimsies than to store finish quilts with the batting. These little hedgehogs from Hatched in Africa are just so cute and easy to stitch.
There was a bit of inattention going on here. No once, but twice. They had to be redone in the correct size. Now I have two cute little hedgehogs in a smaller size for what – I don’t know yet.
This morning I took the 15 large cucumbers I had picked two days ago to the gym and gave them away. Then I came home to pick some more smaller ones, but they were already big. I put them in the refrigerator. Yes, – this is the cucumber “year to remember”