Category Archive: Sewing

2017
01/23

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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Peacock pillow cover; quilt frame repaired

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This is a peacock that I embroidered a few years ago.   I was not as happy with it as I wanted to be, so it has been languishing in a corner, waiting it’s turn.    Hatched in Africa designed it and now has us finishing up old projects, so I pulled this out of the corner and it is now a pillow cover.   I’m just waiting for JoAnn’s to have a sale on pillow forms so I can put it on the couch.

Quilt frame repair

IMG_0088I had taken apart one of the bars to insert a handle with the ratchet.   After getting it apart, I discovered they sent me the wrong package.   I received the correct one right before getting sick, so nothing happened.   The poor machine has been in disrepair for 3 weeks.   Today, I kept my promise to it and repaired it.   Now it has loaded on it “Storm at Sea” and we should get that quilted this week.  It is so amazing how when you put something on your calendar it has a much better chance of getting done.   Without that, I believe I could have procrastinated quite a bit longer.

 

2017
01/13

Category:
Life
quilts
Sewing

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Sunrise, an apron, and blocks

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SUNRISE

This was the gorgeous sunrise I enjoyed when I went out to let the animals outside.

 

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This wonderful apron was in a squishy that came arrived in yesterday’s mail.  (We do get late mail).    Sally, my friend, made it and sent it as a surprise.   Everyone needs a ” Sally” friend.   After being down all week, it was a real ” pick me up”.   And the workmanship is quality beyond fault.   Thank you, Sally

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Look at the pocket.   It looks like a flower pot.   And the words are so positive.    I just love it!   It is my “Special Occasion” apron.  Mother worked in the kitchen, then when it was time to sit with the guests, she would change into her special apron – which for her was often one of those frilly half aprons.

More quilt blocks

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It would have been so helpful if the shop owners had come up with a one size block.   My various blocks were meant to be anywhere from an 8″ block to a 9″ block.   At this point, I’m not real sure how that will work.   For now, I’ll make the blocks and see how many of each I have.

I am feeling so much better that DH is getting a turn at feeling the bug.   It’s really difficult to not try to get right back in the swing of things, but remembering that people seem to get this twice in a month, is slowing me down a bit.

 

 

 

2017
01/02

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Life
Sewing

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A pretty valentine pillow

 

img_0156sMy first project this year is this pretty valentine pillow which is stretching my comfort zone.  I purchased the fabric and ribbons in Jan 2007 to make for my mil, and then it didn’t happen.   So ten years later, seems an appropriate time to get it done.

Today we worked on fencing (photos tomorrow if I remember)  and then DD and family came over for a visit.    We always love to see them.   The 13 year old is now taller than I am and his brother will be in 2 years.  DH was showing them how to play cribbage, so now they went home to really learn the game and will be back in 3.5 weeks to win a few rounds.

 

 

 

2016
12/13

Category:
farming
Sewing

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40 year old MOLA

img_0081dThis Mola was gifted to me by an exchange student from Bogota, Columbia more than 40 years ago.   I think because I was unsure what to do –  pillow, hanging or question, I did nothing with it.  Also back then, the green was not a popular color and difficult to match.    How things have changed.   I had this fluffy trim in my studio which goes with it beautifully.  It is 5″ wide so was tricky to put on.  I doubled it and taped it down a bit so that I could sew it.   The Mola part finished at 12 x 17.  With fringe it is 17 x 22.  The little travel pillows JoAnn’s has are 12 x 16, so I inserted one of those.

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img_0075sWe also had to include a trip to the vet this morning.   Lacey has been limping for a week, so we thought we should have it checked out.   These two cuties were just leaving.    The vet didn’t find anything wrong, so updated her shots and we came home.

At this point, my song is “Oh, what fun it is to live on a farm today” which I swiped from Jingle Bells.     No photos as we were too busy sorting everything out.   Our swinging property gate is not moving by itself, so we have to get out, open, drive through, get out, close, etc.   DH thought since all the animals were in pastures we could just leave it open while gone.    I  wasn’t convinced that Beau wouldn’t try to get out since we had Lacey with us, so I closed it.   Driving up to the gate, Beau met us, which meant that had I not closed the gate, he could have been miles away.    Driving further, I notice the 8 younger sheep are not in the right place, in fact they are in with a breeding sheep group.   After a good half hour, everyone was back where they belonged, but I’m afraid with what I saw, that we might have a very young mother in 5 months.  One or more of these animals tested a fence that was shut with baling twine, that was well rotted and kindly let the others out.

To add more fun, a neighbor sent an email saying she saw a cougar in another neighbor’s pasture yesterday.   Life can be fun when you are never sure what to expect.

2016
12/02

Category:
Life
Sewing
Shopping

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Sweetpea Pods for gifts

img_0007sLazy Girl’s Sweetpea Pods are fun and make up quickly.   They are marvelous for small items that you would like to keep together and not lose.  If it was holding liquid, I would estimate about 1.5 cups.  It measures about 3 x 6″.   The first one took a bit more time to make.   The  zipper trick was knew to me, and was a bit fiddly the first time, but once you do one, it becomes easy.   The directions are VERY clear.

img_0003sOne needs only a 10″ square of fabric, another of lining, and another of batting to make two of these.   One zipper with two pulls is also needed.   So you can really make these little cuties with scraps.

img_0006sHere is my first one.   They will make perfect little gifts.   I want to look around for some fun zipper pulls to attach.    I highly recommend you make some of these for yourself and for gifts.  The patterns are available at quilt shops as well as on line.

JUST for fun:

img_0001sBig red, medium red, and little red cars were parked in front of us at the grocery store.  It amused me.   It doesn’t take much, does it?

I want to thank each of you who sent suggestions in the medical field.   We have an appointment in a couple weeks and are lining up questions to pursue.

We wish you a wonderful weekend.

 

 

2016
11/03

Category:
farming
Life
Serger

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Pintuck class and Lacey comes home

img_5577sToday we used the pintuck foot on the coverstitch part of our serger for a variety of looks.  The first is ordinary pintucks.

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Then we made pintucks the other direction for crosshatching.

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This piece shows that either the back or the front of the corded pintucks can be used to make the garment interesting.

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These corded pintucks have a narrow ribbon sewn on top of the pintuck as the pintuck is created.

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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.

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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.

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When the sun came up this morning, it made a beautiful stream through the trees.  And it remained a sunny day – such a treat!

2016
10/06

Category:
quilts
Serger

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Serger foot class and pumpkin potholders

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Today’s serger foot class was very interesting.  Here are the samples I came home with using the lace foot and the lace foot and the blind hem foot.   The above is sewing lace to lace and lace to fabric as in heirloom sewing.

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Then we worked on the flatlock stitch which can be used with either side as the pretty side.   This was very popular on T-shirts a few years ago.

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I folded a part of this fabric so you could see both the front and the back on a blind hem.

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I tried, but will need more practice to hit those little sequins right in the holes that are in the middle.   I was supposed to just sew in the holes, but obviously, I missed.

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And here’s another place that I need more practice.   The one on the left is normal quilt binding.   The one on the right was using commercial bias tape.   Binding potholders is a place with plenty of room for improvement.

2016
09/28

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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September Sew fun Ideas and “me time”

I made a brief visit to the Sew Fun program this morning and found:

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These quilts made from foundation piecing and Mylar Stars books.   Neither were extremely exciting.

 

 

 

Sew Fun had the usual purses and pressing mats, pillows, and even a purse organizer, but I think more thought should have gone into this program.   I think the program chair may be running out of ideas, or maybe it is just difficult to keep coming up with new things to sell us.

I left early and got some quotes on lumber prices to fix the stalls in the barn and a few groceries and was back home by lunch.

AND THEN, after lunch, I took some “me time”   The weather was so beautiful and it will soon be winter, my soul needed to be nourished by just sitting in the sun enjoying the gorgeous view.  Do you ever do that?  Just be quiet, sit, and enjoy.    I think I will do it more often.   Why am I always in such a rush to get things done that I  don’t take time to enjoy the little things?

The rest of the day was spent cleaning a freezer and doing credit checks on a potential tenant.   Tomorrow we will take the money to the attorney and the following day, the papers should be signed.   And then, the real work begins, getting the house ready to live in again.

 

 

 

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2016
09/06

Category:
food
Knitting
Life
Serger
Sewing
Shopping

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Socks and honey

IMG_5219Slowly, but surely, with little minutes here and there.  The gussets are nearly done.  I think I’m a slow knitter because it takes me 18-20 hours to do a pair of socks -time dependent on how much cuff and how many stitches I drop and have to pick up and how many times I have to lay the project down and pick it up again.

No photo, but I spent an hour in the dentist chair this afternoon having 2 small cavities filled.

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On the way there, I stopped and bought 2 gallons of honey from a friend who has many hives of bees and has them at various people’s farms.   I learned that our hardware store now sells food grade buckets for food.  And guess what,  their logo gets spread around.  DH believes that everything one sells should have something to help sales.   This qualifies.

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The last thing to purchase was a storm door for the hoop house which will be recovered this weekend.

IMG_5220And here’s a HINT: for all these holidays coming up.   Buy yardage, serge or hem the edge, pop it on your table to look all cheery and when the holiday is over, you can save it for next time, or make something else from it.

 

 

 

 

2016
09/01

Category:
Life
Schedules
Serger

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September declutter

IMG_5194Today in serger foot class we practiced with the elastic foot both putting elastic on

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and putting on  a wire edge which would most likely be used on ribbon.

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Then we used our bead foot for beads and

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ribbons, yarn, or whatever would go through the machine for a pretty edge.  The classes are fun with only 4 of us and  the teacher having time to show us extra uses.

We are starting the first day of a new month and the first day of the last third of the year.   It has once again come to my attention that we are not promised tomorrow.   And I wish to leave areas that are easy for someone else to step into and take care of the disposal of items – or at least not leave them a mess.  When hospitalized for 3 months several years ago, I was running a business and was very organized.   Others were able to step in and dissolve the business.   When Mother had to move to an assisted living, we were able to easily clean out the house.   So it is possible.   My goal for this month is to declutter and organize the sewing room and at least one other room.  I usually keep like things in the same area which really helps.   How about you – Do you have a room that could use attention?   Would you like to join me?