Category Archive: Sewing

2017 Recap and 2018 goals

 

2017 Recap:

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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

2018 goals:

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

  1. Mystery quilt:  Merry Mayhem  –  NY day mystery

  2. Mystery quilt:  “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery

  3. Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake”  – finished clue #1

  4. Daffodil flimsy – to quilt

  5. Roses flimsy – to quilt

  6. Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt

  7. Celebrate  flimsy – to quilt

  8. Bear paw quilt – large,  cut out

  9. All aboard – not started twin bed size

  10. Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt

  11. Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting

  12. Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting

  13. Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.

  14. Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt

  15. 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.

Other goals:

  1. Learn Electric quilt

  2. Learn cutting machine

  3. Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats

  4. Try 2 new recipes a month

  5. Gym 2x week

  6. Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.

  7. Make hoop house plans as above

Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.

 

2017
12/13

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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Pink 9 patches

There are 4 more peapods finished and one more cut out, but I don’t have a zipper for it, so it will be a ufo until a zipper happens my way for it.

Then I pulled out the quilt pattern I am testing.  It has several pink and white 9 patches..  I worked on them until my machine rebelled.   When a machine misbehaves, it usually is operator error, so I shut it down for tonight and it will probably be just fine tomorrow.

2017
12/11

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Life
Sewing

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Bowl cozies done

The bowl cozies are done.   I love the variety of colors.  And that means I can cross the third item off my December check list.  I’m working on the sheep registrations and we now have an ad up for the rental – though I’m not sure people really want to move this time of year.   Maybe tomorrow I can advertise my sergers.  It might be a good time to sell them as well as my Featherweight sewing machines in which I’m really not interested.   It feels as though I am moving along on the list this month.

2017
12/09

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Hay delivered

Yesterday – 10 Tons of hay delivered.   This should keep us until spring fills the pastures with grasses once again.

I was shivering cold at the end of these 3 hours.  And I so appreciated the folks that helped get the hay off the truck and stacked into the barn.   This should take us into the spring when the pastures green up again.  When the truck left, I quickly went to get a few weekend groceries and then stayed in the house trying to get warm.

The following hat is very easy to make and has the pattern for several sizes.   I’m hoping to get 2-3 made for myself for this winter.

Fleece Hat with Ear Flaps FREE Pattern and Tutorial

This big outdoor dog may want to live a cat’s life.   That’s a room heater he is lying in front of.   When he went to the door, he poked his nose out, looked at me like “you’re kidding, it’s freezing out there”.   I persuaded him that he would be happier out there.  This same dog loves playing in snow.

2017
11/24

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food
quilts
Sewing

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Apples and bowls

Black Friday and I no longer have dates, so I moved on to other things.   Did you brave weather and crowds for a special priced item or two?   If you did, I’d love to know about it.

100# of apples are now all sauced and about half of that is now finished apple butter.   It seems to take longer than I remember it taking a few years ago.  Then there was a major cleaning job in the kitchen as I made some of the sauce each of several days without totally cleaning each time.   But now all is finished except the applesauce becoming apple butter in the slow cooker.

I was able to move on into the sewing realm.  These bowls are coming together one seam at a time.   Today I finished half the darts and then moved on to getting  this quilt on the machine.   My goal is to get it quilted and maybe finished before the end of the month which is this coming Thursday all ready.   Hard to believe isn’t it?

 

2017
11/20

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Applesauce, raisins and darts

All the 40 of these have the darts cut now and are sitting at the machine ready to sew.40# of apples are now applesauce with another 60# in the wings.  I’d like to finish before Thanksgiving, but that won’t happen.

The crockpot is full as DH really enjoys the apple butter and that’s what much of this applesauce will become.And then the raisins!  I have had my dehydrators about 35 years and they have been very busy during those years.   One quit heating and the other got way to hot, so I now need to replace both of the heaters.   However the company has gone out of business, so I’m looking at other options.

For your enjoyment:  There are times the hay ends up on  someone’s back because they move just as I toss it.   As you can see, the one on top really didn’t care where the hay was as long as it was accessible.   She was quite willing to jump up on a back.

2017
11/19

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food
Life
Sewing

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Sewing with Mary

The morning started with a trip to the grocery.   We use a lot of bananas in this house and we were out.

After lunch Mary came over and we had a great time choosing fabrics for these bowl cozies

I think we have enough 10″ squares cut now.  We need one for the top and another for the bottom of the bowl.   And we sewed a piece of the batting to each square.

Next time, I will cut the darts out and sew them closed.

Another 6 little (Lazy Girl pattern) Sweetpea pods are now in the gift basket.  Little by little, we get the sewing done.

This fellow wanted to show you the latest style in garlands.

And here you can see what I saw this morning.   The moles have invaded the pasture

2017
11/16

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Life
Sewing

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Home again, Hurray! and Felici

 

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.  We appreciated them.

This machine records echocardiograms.  It is fascinating to watch the heart as it pumps.  No problem with DH’s heart.   And truthfully I’m not sure what we are going to do differently.  He is back to normal now and the doctor said with exercise, the body will create new pathways to take the place of those that were blocked.  That leaves me not knowing how to try to prevent this in the future or when to know if there is trouble.

So what does one do when needing to relax?  Obviously, go to the sewing studio and sew.   There is a luncheon we are invited to tomorrow and the 4 ladies involved in the company will be there.  So I thought perhaps they would each like a pair of bowl cozies.   (https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern)  They are now ready to wrap.   It helped a lot that they were all cut out.

PS> Knitpicks has the Felici yarn back

2017
11/12

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Life
Sewing

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Uncharted territory

Is this as much uncharted territory for you as it is for us?   It was like we were in a foreign country speaking a foreign language.  The doctor suggested that there have been good outcomes using this for Parkinsonian symptoms without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.  I must admit we were out of our comfort zone.   But DH will try it for a month and see if he gets better sleep and appetite as well as having better balance.   Any one of those would be more than he can get from the medications now offered.  If this is something you have had experience with, I’d truly appreciate it if you would share.

I have started making the bowl cozies.  They will take a bit of time, but I’m liking them and they are reversible which is terrific.   I put the website for making them on yesterday’s blog.

2017
11/10

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Life
Sewing

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Bowl cozies

 

https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/

It’s time to think of gifts and here is another idea.   Today I selected fabrics for the microwavable bowl cozies,(https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/ I’ll be making).  Of course, I was really getting my act together and had chosen and cut out the fabrics when I realized that a trip to JoAnn’s was in order.  Fortunately I had 2 60% off coupons, one for 50% off and a 25% off entire order.   Plus I was using a gift card, so my little excursion was inexpensive.  If you are making these to put into the microwave, it is imperative that every item you use is 100% cotton to avoid a fire.  Many battings have “scrim” on them which helps it to hold together, but it can also catch fire in the microwave.   If you are using the cozies only when you take the food out of the microwave, you can get by with that.   But since these will be gifts and my DH always heats his soup with the bowl in one of these, I play safe and pay the extra for this batting.  (If you click on the red, the website for the cozies should pop up).

These bowl cozies take 2 – 10″ squares of coordinating fabric plus the batting.  The pattern is on the website.  Enjoy making them.   I’d love to see a photo.

Remember the list I wanted to accomplish in November.   Now that it is Nov 10, I have finished one of the projects and started 2 more.  I’d better get more serious since there are 20 items on the list you saw, but more that weren’t on that list.