September 30, 2008
I have quilts hanging all over. Most of my smallish wall quilts were exercises in learning or refining a technique. These are the quilts on display on the loft rail currently (badly combined into one image). The two on the ends are a folded technique involving a base plus 2-5 additional layers. The one in the center is out of ladies hankies with a folded technique much like the paper things we used to put on our fingers that opened and closed with our fortune.
September 29, 2008
I know not too many people have a hidey-hole like mine but a nice drapery rod could achieve the same purpose, or like Pat here, who has used one of those wood clamp hanger on a kitchen wall. Great place for ever changing wall quilts, and then just pop in the one you need a photo of, easy peasy. Something to think about...
Monday Gratitudes: Hope*Love*Kindness
September 27, 2008
September 24, 2008
All I have to do is leave the room for a few minutes and they'll take over whatever project I'm working on. This was 6-7 years ago.
The photo below was just a few days ago. The quilt they are on in these two photos is a utility twinish sized quilt that is on its third top. The bottom is getting pretty thin so it's next stop will probably be in the doggy basket.
This is Jessie in the hoop when I was quilting my Dear Jane reversible quilt Two Sides of Jane.
Jessie and Ike are a lot of fun and excellent company, but some days I wonder what it would be like to not have cat hair in my quilts. Probably not nearly as nice...
Strike benefits and no one getting hurt so far
Healthy clients so I can play in my jammies today
Sunshine through the window warming cat belly's
September 22, 2008
These are dead simple. Took me about 2 hours, but I had to stop and give a friend a haircut in the middle of the project. I got the basic pattern here (thank you Annie!) except mine are a different size which was determined by the length I had left, and for the hanger-upper I pulled two old celluloid or bone rings from one of my button jars. They are probably the same age or a little older than the tablecloth was, seemed fitting to me. In the 50's and further back many people had roller shades under their curtains and those roller shades always had pull rings, which most needleworkers promptly dressed up, some gorgeous samples here.
Will you keep your vintage linens in a deep dark closet, or will you let them out to play once again?
September 20, 2008
We used the tablecloth grocery bags yesterday, (see post below) for us I'd give it a 10 and I got compliments from everyone in line. While we were waiting for out turn though I got to observe the checker dealing with the bags other people had brought in... not a pretty sight. We were at Fred Meyers, I'll watch now and see how the other stores in the area are handling the problem. Everyone seems to have different types of bags, all with different styles and configurations of handles and fabrics. This check-stand doesn't have any way of coping with that so the checkers must hold the bag open with one hand, while scanning and filling with the other. It is quite awkward for them and Really slows the process down.
When I got up there for my turn I talked to her about it and asked if Fred's (now owned by Kroger's) had any plans in the tube for setting them up better, as most consumers figure before too long the stores will stop offering bags. She said all they checkers are sending in opinions and ideas but for now it really is a nuisance because it slows down the line so bad. A different view of using reusable grocery bags I'd not considered. One way we could help is to have our bags completely unfolded and lying flat over the end of the cart. They certainly shouldn't have to unsnap, untie, unfold...which is what I saw happening yesterday.
On the other hand I had a real brain fart on what to do with my little bit of left over tablecloth fabric. Stay tuned~
A Tempur-Pedic mattress...Bliss times 100
Friends who care
Sunflower seeds and the creatures who enjoy them
September 17, 2008
I looked at a lot of pattern ideas on-line plus deconstructed both plastic and paper bags. I ended up using the handle and attaching idea from Morsbags, French seamed the sides and used the pleating method in Safeway's plastic grocery bags for the bottom.
This tablecloth is a heavy cotton, almost jeans weight, if I were using one of my blouse weight cotton tablecloths I would probably make the handles wrap the whole bag or line it. All in all a fun project and extra glad to be enjoying this beautiful table cloth in a new way. I can get 4 or 5 more out of this tablecloth and I think I will tea dye them for common-sense sake.
Next will be beautiful veggie bags from some old sheer curtain fabric I have left over from my Spirit of the Mesa quilt where I used it for headpiece and feathers.
My little Pom is recovered from her bacterial infection.
Autumn leaf colors
I've lost 20 pounds in the last year and a half.
September 16, 2008
If there is a way to contact blogger I don't know what it is, the help section is mostly full of unanswered questions and girly spam.
As Fred Flintstone would say, "rackafratz".
edited on 9/20 to add zero response from Google. If it doesn't correct when the month rolls over I'll move to another service. After putting up with Ebay Glitchville for 7 years I swore I'd never do it elsewhere...way too many other options.
On the other hand, today's blessings:
A favorite client is coming by today.
We can find and order what we need online, phooey on local shops who could care less about their customers.
All my furry friends are feisty and frisky.
September 13, 2008
We drilled the shelves and put in dowels to hold the thread and used just one nail on each end of the shelves so they can be tipped a little bit. I need to stand on a stool to reach the top two shelves but this is very practical storage, as again I can see what I have and what I need at a glance. These also have thread wraps for dust protection but glass doors would work great too if the skill and time were available to make them. We used the same oak strips as in the cotton thread storage below.
Corn on the cob
September 11, 2008
But... I did do a few projects with the tapestry type ones. Three foot stools, and this little switch plate cover in my quilt room. Dead simple to make and probably didn't take 15 minutes. Try it...with any of your deluxe fabric, then fling or donate those heavy books, lighten your load! The heavier fabrics you can just pull tight and use glue gun or tacky glue, thinner quilting fabrics you can do the same or decoupage for a shinier effect.
Blessings for today:
Jan Karon's Mitford books
A birthday approaching and I welcome it
Stunningly gorgeous autumn day
September 8, 2008
Sometimes over the years the twain has not met, other times it seems to mesh fairly seamlessly. I was thinking about these sides of my woman's nature yesterday as the setting sunrays came in the kitchen window and fell across my newly canned dill green beans. Squatty jars from the 50's, rings from the 70's, beans from September 7, 2008.
Mostly I really do know who I am.
Sometimes I'm rather confused.
FlyLady helped immeasurably.
Accountability has its importance.
Commonsense is key...for me anyway.
Photos and particularly digital cameras
On-line Dictionary and Thesaurus
The magnitude of free hours strangers put into websites that I pass though. Thank you.
September 7, 2008
Fresh garden goodness
An amazing husband
A tiny dog that made me so proud this week
September 1, 2008
Doing all those knots using the Colonial Knot stitch is a treat, much nicer than French Knots stitch.
My back is better