Category Archive: Sewing

2017
10/05

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
Sewing

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Grape clean up time

In Costco on October 1st.

Today my favorite sewing machine refused to work, so I tried the next favorite and it didn’t like the fabric, so that means a trip to the hospital for repair.   I hope that I find the time tomorrow.   It also means I didn’t sew today.

The grapes are finished for this season and

this crew was very willing to clean up the leaves and any left grapes that weren’t suitable for humans.

2017
10/03

Category:
farming
food
Knitting
Life
Sewing

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October 2017 “to do” list

October TO DO list

  1. Continue with gym 3xweek

  2. finish grapes

  3. Get apples

  4. get split peas

  5. sell 4 Shetland ram lambs

  6. sell 5 Cormo sheep (possibly the  15th)

  7. Build 3 sheep feeders for winter

  8. Build 2 sheep jugs in each barn area

  9. Take care of main floor paper piles

  10. take care of  sewing studio paper and fabric piles

  11. Put hanging sleeve on fall larger wall hanging/find hanger

  12. Finish small fall hanging linked up to Elm Street OMG

  13. add quilting to twinkling snowman hanging

  14. add hangers to above hanging

  15. sell  2 imagine and evolution sergers

  16. get alfalfa in barns

  17. knit red socks

  18. make a food inventory (canned & frozen)

  19. make menus for trip

  20. mini vacation to visit son

  21. get to bed at 9.30 each night.   except for vacation parties scheduled.

2017
09/07

Category:
Bees
Garden
Life
quilts
Sewing

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Devastation and a scarecrow

Devastation is the only word to describe what is going on in the path of Irma.   We have been to some of these islands and the people were very poor before this storm.  I can’t even imagine not being able to get clean water.  The sadness of it seems to bog me down.  So after picking up my co-op order of rice and dates, feeding the bees which has become a daily need, and dealing with the garden produce,

I decided to start work on this happy scarecrow.  It was designed for turn under applique which is not going to happen here for a small seasonal wall hanging.   So I am putting seam-a-seam on the back of pieces and re-cutting them.   This has a lot of small pieces, but it should go fairly fast.  There are enough pieces cut for two hangings so I’ll have one for me and one for a gift.

Whirlwind August

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.

2017
08/27

Category:
Bees
food
Life
Sewing

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Male & Female cardinal, bee suit and naan

This is the female cardinal paper pieced.  It comes with two patterns and not thinking, I made the one facing the same as the male, so at some point, I will make the other so they can face each other.  I am linking up with ELM STREET Quilts “One Monthly Goal”

I finished this male earlier this month

This is my bee suit.   The bees like to crawl in right at the top of the zipper and sting me on the neck.   NOT a  lot of fun.   So I took a piece of fabric sewed it to the neck of the head piece and it will Velcro to the body part.  This is my effort to keep those bees out of there.

And then because I had time on my hands (and a bridge to sell) I made naan bread

to go with the apple butter that I also made.    If you have not made naan bread before, you might want to try.  It is super simple.   Much easier than making bread.  And the apple butter.   Fill your crockpot with applesauce and add cinnamon or what pleases you and let it simmer until it is half the volume you started with.   Yum.

2017
08/20

Category:
food
Life
Sewing

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Tested bag pattern

This is the bag pattern I tested today from the inside.   I can’t show you the outside until it is published, but I did SEW today.   This is a very roomy bag and I would use it to carry quilts to a show n tell or supplies to a class.   I will give you more details when I can.  Meanwhile, it felt great to be back in the sewing room.

We also had some company for a short while today.  We have so many cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and beets to share today.   It’s nice when someone appreciates them.

If you are in the US and planning to watch the eclipse tomorrow, please take caution and don’t get hurt.

Overwhelmed, understaffed, and lists

What do I do when overwhelmed and understaffed?   I make more and more detailed lists.    At the top of the day, when I wasn’t sure which way to go, I started writing down all the things that were bothering me.   I knew they couldn’t all be achieved today or even this week.  On paper, they are not bogging my brain down.  Having made these lists, I could then do a better job of prioritizing.  And yes, more was added as the day went on.  I mean who knew that

the washing machine wanted to die today?    And who knew that when I went to REI to get a pair of gym pants, they would have nothing casual?  Every pair they had were meant to show every wrinkle in the skin.  So after an hour of driving to and from REI, I went to my list and added, “shop for pants and a washing machine”    Costco is sending me pants to try and probably Sears will be delivering a washing machine (still deciding).   Now that was so much easier and better than chasing all over the countryside, wasting time and gas.   I do love some of these modern conveniences even though I believe that we should know how to be self-sufficient.

And who knew my neighbor would call trying to find another neighbor who was no longer in the nursing home (she was transferred back to the hospital)?   Who knows what a day will bring, which is one reason I need my lists for a larger picture of what has to be done and what can be pushed off.

What did I achieve today?

  1. made these muffins that we had with yogurt and fruit for dinner.

  2.  made a list of things to be done by the woman who periodically helps me with the garden and animals.

  3. Called repair for washer and water under wood floor.   Will run fan for 2 days to try to save floor.

  4. at stated above made a trip to REI

  5. researched which washer I want to buy and sent link to

  6. checked bees water

  7. went through fleeces and put a lock in that sheep’s folder

  8. watered hoop house

  9. paid the bills that were due

  10. Copied the utility bills and delivered the neighbors for them to pay

  11. Checked in with a sheep neighbor for info and to see she’s okay

  12. contacted sheep person for registrations for sheep I purchased a year ago

  13. ordered dog food

  14. did two loads of wash before disaster

  15. got lemon tree moved to hoop house

  16. checked on Aunt and found she was moved to rehab today

  17. sew a button on a jacket

  18. and all the things we do every day and don’t count – sweep floors, make meals, feed animals, etc, etc, etc.

  19. There will be more things done between now and bedtime that I can check off.  But then again, I’ll think of more to add.

  20. sewed on my bunny.

Did you notice how many of these items only took a few minutes?     What did you achieve today?   I’ll bet it was a lot more than you gave yourself credit for.   Make a list of everything you do in a day.   It will surprise you, because normally one gets to the end of the day and can’t think of much that was accomplished.  At least that’s what happens here.  When I make a list, I can see that something is done which in turn makes me feel better.

Okay, it’s your turn.   GO make those lists.  And I would love to hear how it went.

2017
05/11

Category:
quilts
Sewing

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Rip it out

This is a paper pieced rabbit.   My theme seems to be “Rip it out” and do it over again and again and again.  Or put another way: practice, practice, practice.   The entire rabbit paper is 8″ x 8″.    

Here is the ear section.  This ear photo is close to actual size which is 2.5″ from the bottom point to the top midsection.  Those pieces are VERY small and at this point, I have had to tape the pattern to hold it together while I rip it out over and over to get it right.    It all seems very backward to me, but eventually I should learn this way of piecing.

2017
02/14

Category:
charity
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
02/05

Category:
Life
quilts
Sewing

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“Before they call, I will answer”; bag; yardage to date

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I have been working on this Babylock “Love of sewing” Challenge,  Nancy Zieman bag most of the week.   Jen, who was to get the bag, was coming over at noon.   I needed grosgrain ribbon to complete the handles and had none.   I checked to see what time JoAnn’s opened this morning and found that would be 10 AM    It was snowing and I don’t drive in snow.   What do I do?   Then the thought came to me to check my mother’s leftover trims box.   In it was exactly the amount of the color I needed with not so much as an extra 1/2″ of ribbon.   Amazing God!    So the bag was finished with the miracle ribbon and done just before she arrived.  IMG_0072zIt’s fun when Jen, Bob and the boys come over to play games.    This is Rummy and involves colors and number sequences.

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I’m linking up to Elm Street Quilts@gmail.com with “One Monthly Goal” which is the four  paper pieced hedgehog placemats.

And here is my yardage use to date

Used this Week:   Feb 5                  1.0  yards

Used this Month (Feb)                   1.0 yards

Used year to Date                          26.25 yards

Goal:                                                  300.00 yards

Yards to goal:                                  273.75 yards

Added this Week:                              3.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                         3.00 yards

New Yards to quilt goal:              276.75 yards
Net Used  2017                                   23.75  yards