I finally after all these years ---- I'm first in a thread!!!!!
I tore my sewing room apart and am weeding out, gifting, donating. and saving for me to do. What a mess. I have soo much stuff - I need to find a newbie that could use some rulers and other notions...I've been blessed to be gifted with all kind of things and I have such a smalll spsace now. Need to share.
Back in Feb I took a class with Bonnie Hunter, figured I would make a quilt for my son's 25th birthday.Ha!, that was back in April. Finally got back to working on it this past weekend, but hey, Christmas is coming, right? Still need to make more blocks. These are just laid on top of my cutting table. I am making progress.
Home again to find some lovely fat envelopes from swaps in other threads.
I need to get back into my exercise class. It's called Silver Sneakers and my health ins. pays for it. I really enjoy going and feel so much better when I do. I'd been going 3 days a week M-W-F, until I went to TN. I'll be back in class Fri. I'll need a couple days, I took a spill in the garage while loading my car. Skinned up a bit, nothing serious but I sure am sore in a few weird places. Sitting in the car driving for 4 1/2 hours didn't help much, stiffened up quite bit. Made for fun unloading the car.
Oh Karen - I'm sorry to hear of your fall. Maybe a nice warm/hot soak would do you some good. We only have a shower here and I haven't had the luxury of a soaking bath in five years...
guess I'll just have to talk Norm into a hotel for a night!!!!!
I usually shower but we do have a huge footed tub. Found it in an alley when we were building here and had it refinished. The kids love it. I just might soak a bit tonight. I look worse than I am, I'm one of those that get cuts and bruises easily...thin skin and thin blood. Usually I have no idea how I cut myself it's just there.
Karen, hope you are feeling better from the fall. I didn't fall but did manage to bruise myself on the ladder...not sure how but I have a whopper!! Babysat the granddaughters yesterday afternoon and we built tents using blankets and the dining room chairs. Had a blast until I got out of bed this morning. What ever made me think I could get down and crawl around on the floor like they were? Must have had a serious "blond" moment. Confession: I loved doing it.
lol Marion - great confession there! I'll just BET you loved it, and would do it again, right? lol
Pat - when we rebuilt our bathroom, I had them put in a soaker tub, a blue pot light above, and a step up with a wide area around it so I could put my wine glass there, at my elbow height... I really pampered myself in the tub, with scented bubble bath, etc...oh, and the step up had a door so I could store "stuff" in it.
I usually just shower now since we moved here, cuz now we have a tiny tub, and it's just not "pampering" big enough...
Had a steam bath put in with our recent renovation. it's an enclosed jacuzzi tub with all sorts of shower heads and then can fill it with steam. It's DH's toy. Still has a leak so can't use it much yet. I rarely have time to take a bath. Just want to hop in the shower, get the dirt off, and move on tot he next thing on my to-do list.
Today I plan to get a lot of sewing done. Would like to finish up the 2 I'm working on.
The baby's color scheme is pink & grey. Can't find any babyish print I like with a grey mixed in. FOund a jungle print but it sure didn't look like something for a baby girl.
I should have fought harder not have the big tub we have in our bathroom. I never used the ones in any other house and I didnt want it here. Could have had a great corner vanity, bigger closet, anything. It now is just a big storage bin for the beach towels and bigger stuff that takes up the linen closet. Its a pain to clean, it takes a ton of water, and I have to fill it twice because I want anything yucky that has built up in all the hoses to get blown out before I get in. Im sure it feels good once you finally get in, but just give me a shower with great water pressure and all is well.
They have a sewing machine for the todays special on HSN. Not looking for a machine, but they do such neat things when demonstrating it. I sure wish I could sew like they show. Martha Stewart is on now, I just had to walk away. Everything looks so easy till I get it home.
Marion sounds like great fun. Great grandson Brody age 3 in TN would pile in with me every morning. (actually all three would but he was usually first, and the other two wanted to cuddle) He was all about playing. I said to him "I'm not your play toy". He replied" Yes you is". Soooo I had quite a few "mysterious" bruises show up, not that he was unduly rough just that I bruise so easily. It was extra hard for me to leave this time, their family is in an upheaval and the kids were so clinging to me.
I wish I had $200 I could afford to spend! Between needing new tires, a truck battery that exploded, a frig for the renter AND replacing the washing machine that went out... uuh no. Concentrating on getting the BILLS paid!!! LOL
I swear there is a moratorium on baby girl fabrics!!!! None in either LQS. Times like this I really miss those large PA quilt shops that had EVERYTHING!!!! I did buy a "wedding" fabric that has off white bg and small pink hearts & heart outlines. It will fit in the quilt somewhere.
Had a very nice chat with the guy who does the LA quilting there. He is very nice & encouraged me to bring any top I was having problems deciding on how to quilt.
tsk tsk tsk Marion - seems there are a few sistahs you're killing off LOL Me included! Wish I could convince myself that I had the $$ AND that it's ok to order online... Neither seem to work for me lol
I mean... convincing myself doesn't work... I'm a "tough sell" LOL
I use online banking all the time, and know it's secure, but it's too easy for me to buy online, and not have to think about it, so I don't
Ya, that's like me and the debit card. I was MUCH better watching my pennies when writing a CHECK than using the debit card. I'm going back to debit ONLY. I will use my debit card now in the same circumstances as I would have had to use a credit card. At the gas pump, online order etc.
Oh it does take discipline with the debit card for sure. Trust me I have to set up a budget and stick to it...husband's 401K (retirement pension) is only disbursed once a year so it could be feast or famine at this household. I have this horrible (?) habit of putting all my change in a coffee can and when it gets really heavy I roll it...that is my "play" money. Then I splurge on fabric...on sale of course. Don't even get me started on plants and what I would spend if I had the extra money!!!!
My card works both ways as credit and debit. Comes out of the same account, no interest, no fee. My Credit Union told me it was safer to use it as a credit card, no chance of someone "seeing" my password. So unless I want to get some cash back (no ATM fees), I use it as credit.
Marion, I'm always surprised at how fast "spare" change adds up. We save it in a container too and once a year we take the younger grands and the greats to a place we have called "Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum". This place is packed with arcade games from antiques to the latest. If we go on a weekday we have the place nearly to our selves and for a few hours the kids have a ball.
I have decided I am not buying any more fabric or sewing stuff, well except for the batting I ordered from Joanns (I believe I owe a "Thank You" to Jean for letting us know about that one). I am moving out of the basement of the townhouse I have been in (one large room) for the past 2 &1/2 years and into a 2 room 'master suite' with a private bathroom and a private entrance. Will still have to share the kitchen but it will give me more space and a bedroom too. Closer to work also. So no buying anything until I am in there and have seen what I have.
my late DH loved saving his coins. We did Arizona one year with the change. Hotel "El Tavor" at the Canyon and Sedona, some cheaper motels.wonderful trip. I hated wrapping them. My coins are in my ourse, thats it.
Camping (tenting) stuff's packed and sitting on the deck, waiting for a bit of Bob's input, and his packing of the truck... it's after 2pm, and he's still heading home. He ran some errands after work, and should be home soon...
Rain's stopped and should be sunny & warm/hot the rest of the holiday weekend!
Hubby should be up here in about two hours, oh yeah, he got told they wanted to keep him through Aug. now. Looks like I will be making him a big batch of pickled beets this week-end. I just ordered the beets from our local farm market. I try to make him enough to last the year. I like to use the small beets and make them whole but will make some sliced from the bigger beets. He will eat some every day, he likes them that much.
Mmmmm we love them too. Our youngest son used to beg for them when he was just little. He used to go to a neighbors and help weed their garden so he could have some raw beets to eat. He'd come home with beet juice running down his shirt, scared me the first time I thought it was blood.
Oh Karen, lucky you getting fresh beets. I can't remember the last time I saw some nor the first time I cooked them as a new bride! LOL Yeah, the old "white beets" mess. My late husband loved them and so does Kim...she also has to limit them in her diet. I do fix them at rare times as a special treat.
Could I get one of you to send me your pickled beet recipe? Hubby loves them, and I've not made them before from scratch. I watched Alton Brown make a refrigerator recipe with sliced onions and tarragon wine vinegar a while back... looked easy enough!
Here's my grandmother's recipe, the one I always use.
About 2 quarts of beets, wash, put in pan and boil until cooked through, dump into sink and let cool until you can handle. Peel (skins will slip easily). either slice or quarter depending on size.
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup vinegar
Mix together in pan heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Put 1/2 of beets in a sealable container. (Glass or plastic even glad containers work) sprinkle on 10 or 12 whole cloves, add 1 whole cinnamon stick. Repeat with rest of beets, cloves, cinnamon stick. Pour over water, sugar, vinegar mixture to cover beets. (if not enough mix a bit more) put on lid and store in fridge for a couple weeks. Now its a matter of taste when they are done. Try a bite and see how you like it. You can also add one or more hard cooked eggs if you like them pickled. Store in fridge until gone. Ours have lasted fine for a year.
You can play with the recipe to get a taste you like...as you mentioned tarragon vinegar and onions etc.
Thanks! Now to just see if I can find some fresh beets at the farm stand, or I may just try to plant some seed... looks like there are a few good planting days coming up according to Farmer's.. Was just at WM looking at canning jars (pints), and jelly jars. Those little squatty ones are so cute! My youngest just sent us a text this morning, saying that they had picked 250 ears of yellow corn from the garden, and hadn't even gotten to the bi-color's yet... fortunately, he has friends at work that are buying from him. So far this makes between 5 and 600 ears. Got a feeling that he's bringing some with him in a couple weeks. LOL Good thing, a dozen is going for 4.95 here!
Helene, thanks for the idea of the beans! I used to make Dilly Beans for the ex, a pickled green bean with fresh dill sprigs in the jar. Not a fan of them myself, but the kids and the ex ate them all! I'm sure Hubby would like them, he can go thru a gallon jar of dill pickles by himself. I used to make a corn relish, with fresh corn, onions, red/green peppers, etc years ago, but don't have the recipe any longer. He said he would try it, but I hate to make 7-9 pint recipe if he isn't going to like it. The ex and the boys used to put it in their bowl of bean soup for zip.
This is hubby Walt, with this years beets. Small jar is 1/2 gallon, That's for a friend. I think the big jar must be at least 2 gallons. There's another 1/2 gallon of the tiny beets that we left whole. Now all I need to do is get him to wait a couple of weeks for them to develop their flavor.
I'm one of those people that prefer veggies as simple as it comes, maybe a drizzle of butter and salt/pepper, but that's it. Once in a while I'll melt some cheese for Hubby, but prefer plain so I can actually taste the veggie, instead of whatever covers it up. Weird, I know! Although my DIL's mixed veggie casserole is really good, but that's only when I visit home...
Baby beets with a little butter - YUMMY! Hated them when I was growing up, but love them now. Same with steamed cabbage - as long as it's not cooked to death to resemble yellow slime! Spaghetti squash is really good too, if it's cooked correctly.
We had a really big supper tonite - corn from the Farmer's Market and a bowl of cantaloupe LOL But boy was it good!
the local Market sells some type of green beans that taste like they've been soaked in sugar. Mine never tasted anywhere near that. I use them to make a big skillet of garlic beans, could eat the whole thing by myself!
Seems like the tomatoes I've been getting from them don't hold well, or they have bad places inside, but look perfect on the outside. I do have a couple big ones left for bacon/tomato sammies tomorrow. Found a recipe last week, using thick slices of zucchini topped with mozz/provolone cheese, baked. Can't remember now whether it used tomato slices or not, but sounded pretty good. Love grilled veggies!
Karen, nice picture but I wouldn't hold my breathe on him waiting til the flavors set! No, I am one who doesn't think beets taste like dirt..taste like beets to me. I love Harvard Beets but is a no go now with our diet.
You all are making me so hungry now. I want a big plate of just veggies to top off my liverwurst and dill pickle sandwich. I buy fresh turnip roots...no ladies not parsnips but what southerns call turnips with greens that can be cooked. I steam the turnips until they are soft and sprinkle Everglades Seasoning on them. Yummmy! This seasoning is similar to the Greek seasoning you see in the stores.
nothing wrong with steamed turnips, (and a drizzle of butter) we've even mashed them in with potatoes. Parsnips are good mashed too, old cookbooks mentioned them 'whipped' in the menu sections. I'll let you keep the liverwurst... LOL
I'm just the opposite Marion. I love the liver and don't care for liverwurst!!! Love my liver with crisp bacon and sauted onions-----steamed green beans and a dinner roll. NO potato as the roll is the carb...
Went to publix to get some beets. A 'bunch' of three rather small beets was 3.99. I skipped them but did get some turnips. I rather enjoy them, either in mashed potatoes or just boiled with salt pepper and butter. Wrapped a pork tenderloin in bacon and it ready for the grill tonight, going to have the turnips then. Publix has the tenderloin on sale so I like to throw some in the freezer. Its also the week they have the bigger stouffer lasagna for 3.99 instead of 7.99. I just love that stuff for 3.99...so easy when nobody comes home till 8 at night.
Marion...Altho I wont eat liverwurst..I too put pickles on my bologna sandwhiches
Just the word "liver" makes my nose crinkle at the memory of the stench!!!! YUK!!!!
Back to sewing. I have the borders cut for my triangle quilt and have cut pieces to make a baby quilt. Taking a break from sewing to paint the foyer.
Oh, was in Kohl's this AM with my 15% off coupon & it is tax free back to schools shopping here this weekend. Decided to roam back to the baby dept & see what was on clearance. I got 6 adorable outfits. One was a set of 3 Pooh onesies and 2 had 3 pieces (onesie, pants, jacket). All but one was originally $24; the other $16. I got all of those for (drum roll here) $25!!!!! Hopefully baby Kayla will like what I picked out for her. I think baby clothes are just adorable. I was upset when my cousin's girls grew up.
here in NJ we devour "Heirlooms" love purple cherokee.
Drench calfs liver in wondra with salt and pepper added saute on one side, put pressed, then fine chopped garlic on the upper side turn and saute.serve with mashed potatos and green bean/garbanzola bean salad.
Fry some finely chopped bacon until crisp,need to add a bit of butter saute some sliced onion in this adding a peeled rough chopped apple, salt pepper to taste and cook chicken livers in this. Unusual but so good.
Mmmmm sounds good to me Helene.
I got my beets at a local farm market $8.00 for a peck. Actually ended up getting 2 pecks, hubby wanted a jar of the tiny ones and I wanted to send some to my aunt for her to pickle too.
Looks like our "focus" for August is food not sewing. LOL
My foyer is painted and now I need to make the pasta salad for dinner. I add "slightly" steamed broccoli and what ever other raw veg I have on hand. Today it will be cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, and colored peppers.
Having that with turkey meat loaf ( I don't eat anything that has 4 legs (no 3 legged cows either)) and tossed salad.
We had a place back home with a drive-through that sold deep fried chicken livers by the pint. Can't believe how many of those we used to go through going to picnics and impromptu cookouts! They were really good, not sure what the seasonings were, but they sure didn't taste like chicken livers! Just to find liver and onions around here, you have to search out the Mom n Pop places midweek..
Paid $5 for a small seeded watermelon yesterday, cut it open today and it's only a dark pink and tasteless. It was heavy, yellow bottomed and had a great thump.. all the signs that usually tell me whether they're good or not, but not this one. I'm sure if I collected all the seeds that are in it, they would account for part of the weight! LOL Mom said the Mennonite family next door are growing the small seed type watermelons and even with their irrigation and fertilizing methods, the man told them to only eat the middles out of the melons, as the rest of it wasn't worth the time to mess with... I want a big seeded old time melon like I had when I was a kid!!!!
Yes, we had part of GREAT watermelon yesterday in Yakima. Hermiston, OR grows some of the best watermelons in the US, that's were this one was from. Hermiston is least than an hour from where I grew up. .
Back in IN, when Jackson County melons are ready, you can't beat them! Sometimes you can find a trucker who brings some this way, but you almost have to be there when he stops.. They are really sweet, something about the ground there. But since I haven't been back to IN this summer, I'll have to do with what I can find here. So far, I'm not impressed, but I think the weather has played a big part in quality this year. Doesn't seem to be much flavor in melons or tomatoes. However, the beans and corn are wonderful!
i was reading 2 weeks ago to look at the stem if it is wilted turning to brown good sign for it to be ripe if the stem leans toward being green and wilted picked too soon. not ripe So we tested this at the farm and had good luck. I was thaught to knock on it for hollow sound that doesn't seem to be correct in this electronic age.We are having an awful time with corn this year to starchy and not tender. Probably the heat.
What quilting computer programs do any you have? I priced EQ, $189 and I'm hoping for something cheaper to start with but in all likehood I probably should just get it and get it over with. I am not certain I would be happy with the options of a "lesser" a program. ; What are you thoughts?
I found EQ 6 for MUCH cheaper than 7, does 7 REALLY do that much more than 6? should I consider buying and using 6 to decide if I NEED to upgrade to 7, IF I like it and will use it?? What da ya'all think?
I understand, I just need to know if any of you have had 6 & 7 and can honestly say it's worth the difference in purchase price? I can buy EQ6 for more than $100 less, but I don't want to "waste" my money if I honestly don't use and enjoy it at ANY price!! LOL
no, I don't have EQ. I bought a set of DVDs that are more for training purposes to use BEFORE you invest the money. But I couldn't justify spending the money until I get much, much better. Right now, I use graph paper and colored pencils, make a test block from scraps and go from there. I found a couple links to download other programs online, but they were just basic designwork, or were free only for a specified time..
Barb, the box came and you packed so many wonderful things in there!!! I simply LOVE the paper pieced pumpkins! I have not decided whether to prepare each one seperate with additional borders and use as a little wall hangers to hang from the office numbers for each of the offices at work or combine 9 of them into a larger wall hanger for my office. I think they would make good practice pieces for "quilt as you go", I'll let you know when I decide for sure.
I'll get you a check out in the mail for postage. I can't wait to get the Tiger panels incorporated into a piece for my son. THANKS again!
Just popping in for a few minutes to let you know that lightning struck a big old willow tree down at the lakefront. Three days later (right after Jack finished mowing under it) it split in half and fell over across the yard and into the lake. Thank God no one was hurt and no major damage to us or the neighbor property. My youngest sister and her DH are helping us take it down and clean up. Spent all day yesterday cutting it up and dragging it up the hill and across the road for town pickup. Quite a bit left to do to make the remainder safe.
Here's how it looks after yesterday's cleanup.
The good news is that since the woodchuck departed I have lettuce.
Jean. Linda Kay posted in the other building (maybe here also, don't know for sure) that she would not be able to get a new computer until this fall. She told LK to tell everyone she misses them!
Mittsy, I, too, am so glad no one was hurt. Beautiful view of the lake. Oh my when can I snitch some of that gorgeous lettuce for a salad? Hope all your family is doing well...you too!
Had grandmother duties yesterday...not a complaint...it was time to take the school list and gather up all items needed for the year. Funny how we take some thing for granted and to a child it can be a major milestone. My youngest got to have "skinny" pencils this year instead of fat pencils...everyone in Target knew it!!!! A real notebook you can put papers in, sharp (well sort of) pointed scissors and your very own eraser. Yes my sides are sore from the laughter! Days like yesterday makes me stop and realize just how special some small inexpensive items can be in our lives. The older one it is just routine now.
Lk, know what you mean LK. The girls go to a Catholic school so that has never been an issue...plain from the start. I am beginning to think that uniforms in all school also would be a good idea. The stories Kim tells of what the kids are wearing to school are unreal...just 2 days in to the year. I know they are "testing" the waters but some of the outfits are just not fit to go out of the house wearing.
I thought you guys would enjoy this
this is on the recipe forum, scroll to the bottom to see the quilted table toppers Laurel made for her DD wedding with fabrics from dresses of her child and fabrics she may have had. Planning to take off all sashes and making a wedding quilt for the couple. This certainly is a wonderful mother.
What a wonderful memory quilt.
I had made my daughters gown and her brides maids & flower girls gowns, 11 in all. She had 4 flower girls because we had 4 little girls the same age in the family and couldn't exclude any of them. I took left over fabrics from all the gowns and made her a quilt. Not very practical as it was all satins, but she did have a photo of each of her babies taken on the quilt.
I just got my catalog and I see that quilt Helene. For some reason, circles aren't doing it to me this year. Maybe because I did cathedral windows last year. I'm doing very simple for a while... Give the old head a rest!!!!
Edited to add: however I just love the Cactus flower table runner on page 17!!!
I have made my way to this thread after a heads up regarding my post on the Recipe forum re: the quilt face toppers I did for DD's post nuptial wedding party. Let me say right off, I am humbled by the comments from the expert quilters here. Thank you so much for your responses. I have posted, on occasion, over the years on the Quilting forum. I am a needle worker that expresses my quilting interest in stitching. I am not experienced with machine work or the high level of piecing and machine skills shared here. That said, I will continue to concentrate on my hand work. I would be happy to share the progress of the pieces. Those too wide borders will get trimmed down to appropriate sashes and joined, then framed up with a cotton batting and hand quilted. It's a "flying by the seat of my pants" project. May take a few years.
Indeed, the fabrics have history as they came from my maternity clothes, my mom's nightgowns and fabric stash cabinets, her older two brothers' surfing shorts, her naming dress, her preschool dress (that I made), her bat mitzvah weekend and the many fabrics that she and I created for her high school plays, etc.. The only stipulation was that they were 100% cotton, and that is, IMO, the only fabric for an heirloom piece. This will be framed up with heirloom cotton. I have not decided on the backing but would like to use leftovers and expect that it will take me a few years to quilt. I love traditional needle patterns on the quilts I collect but generally stick to outline hand work with a few diversions when quilting my own work. I am also not averse to adding hand embroidery or applique as that is my focus. Please wish me well as I attempt to continue to thread Piecemaker 10's.
Please, Please, Please, your work is beautiful because it comes from the heart. At what ever time the quilt is finished it will be a treasured keepsake. Most of us are not experts by any means. We do a lot of "flying by the seat of our pants". Most here feel there is no wrong way of doing things. Quilting is a fairly new hobby for me. I've done mostly clothing for children & grandchildren. I used to love making them "heirloom clothing" with smocking, lace insertion, and embroidery. Now these old eyes just can't seem to manage the fine detail. The quilting I do is a far cry from some of what is done in here for the same reason. However what I do is done with love and so far the grands and greats are happy to have it.
This is a grand group of friends, we love our swaps and trading help and we love having new friends join in.
Well, that said , I must pop over there as she has popped over here!!!
Welcome Laurel - and as Karen said, we are all just plodding along with whatever we choose to work on at the time. We do have a lot of fun and chat almost continuously. You are so welcome here and I, too, just love the table toppers you made for your daughter's wedding. It will make a spectacular quilt and just knowing the love that is in every stitch will make it treasured forever. Enjoy the process no matter how long it takes!!!!
Laurel - what a wonderful idea for an anniversary quilt! And the memory will be stunning! she'll be able to look at it and remember each piece of her childhood fabric! So charming!
So glad you joined us.
I can remember when we would get a quilt from my great granny, how much fun it was to search for familiar fabrics. My mom and grandmother both sent granny scraps so most of what was in the quilts matched the clothes we wore. Some by the way from feed sacks. I can remember also my mom giving me a few quarters and sending me to the feed store to buy feed sacks. I thought it great fun to pick out sack and later to have a dress from "fabric" I chose. I don't remember whether there was great artistry in those quilts, but there was certainly love.
Well bummer, I sent Happy Apple Quilts an order for $37.00 in fabrics. Today i get a message they are refunding $21.00 with no specifics as to what I'm not getting. No biggie I guess as I was just stash building but it would be helpful to know in case I decided to order more.
I want to add my welcome to all the others Laurel. Barb said it best...we do have fun and learn so much from each other. No longer strangers but family through sewing and quilting! Love the idea for the table and what a wonderful gift those will make.
Karen, I am shocked about Happy Apple Quilts not telling you why. I had placed my order before I posted the link and it came yesterday. I didn't get some of my fabrics either but they did call me on Saturday to tell me why. In fact, several filler pieces I had ordered were already sold out. The one that called did say the online response had been unbelievable.
Thank you all for the warm welcome. As I said, I have popped in and posted now and again over the years. Ya'll may have forgotten me. Because I hand quilt and embroider, I'm as slow as a slug. I check out what you are up to here and there and marvel at how fast you turn out such beautiful work!
The idea for the quilt came from one of Daughter's favorite children's books http://www.amazon.com/The-Keeping-Quilt-Patricia-Polacco/dp/0689844476#reader_0689844476 It's a very beautiful story. Since she was married under her prayer shawl, which is not quilted but made by me thirteen years ago, I wanted to make a quilted remembrance in honor of her marriage. Well, there ended up being more toppers needed for tables than a king quilt so maybe a baby blanket will be in their future. :)
Karen - too bad you aren't getting all the fabric you wanted... strange they didn't say which ones were sold out...
Laurel - guess you & I are the "slow pokes" then, cuz I embroider and hand quilt (not too well, I might add... just learning).
Happy to welcome you to our group, cuz we have all styles and speeds of quilters here lol
Some of us are fond of UFOs and others are so quick that it hardly seems they start before they're finished LOL
I'm disappointed Susan, but I was just ordering to build my Christmas fabric stash, so it's not like it was something I really needed. I'm wanting to get Christmas tree skirts put away for each of my grands as they get married and/or set up housekeeping. I have 5 done 10 more to go, youngest are still pre-teens so I know I have time. I will just feel better when they are done and stashed with their moms, right now I feel pretty good and am still able but you never know what the future holds. That's why I request Christmas fabrics in the swaps I'm involved in. I will get two tree skirts from the Dresden plate swap alone.
That is cool Karen, great idea.
Laurel, I do remember seeing some of your posts but know you are not a consistent contributor to these threads. We do WANT you to feel welcome, no matter how often or infrequent you stop in to post.
morning ladies, had a quick minute to jump in here before I leave. Check out the link for quilts made from men's ties... 2nd row - 4th from the left, I had seen this recently but can't remember where. just noticed it on the link page so thought I would post for anyone interested...
Have a great day!
Just got my order from Happy Apple Quilts. Included was a note that started out...Go Blue! (I'm assuming "Jean" is a former MI resident LOL). There was an apology for the fabrics that had been sold out, but included was an extra yard of one I ordered and 2 fat quarters of Christmas fabric at no extra cost.
Needless to say, I'm very pleased and will certainly order from them again.
Karen, that is good news to hear! I didn't want to mention the bonus items because of the ones that had sold out. I really didn't know what their policy would be. Yes, I have been more than pleased with all my dealing with them...they are very quick on refunds too. Well I have received them quickly.
About a 5 hour drive--tons of road construction around that area so it really is a mess to travel through. I am not sure where the new shop is located as I haven't googled it so far but will one of these days.
No but that's pretty cool too. If you Google and then click images, it brings up a bunch of things to do with ties.
Susan, so sorry about your job. It's hard for me to understand why they would rather go through the time and expense of hiring and training someone new than just paying the darned fee. Seems penny wise and pound foolish to me.
re: the job I'm temping at - apparently in just over 2 years they've had 5 or 6 people in the job.
One of the managers (Jessica) said she knew from the start I was better than the rest and likely too good for the job. She also said "I don't know What they want..." Right now my boss, Darla, seems pretty pleased with me - she knows I'm a team player, and doing ok in the job. I have been there only a month... takes more time for me to know what is needed and where things are, after all...
Well, the agency is looking for another job for me.
sorry ladies, a lightning strike hit a transformer right as I was posting, maybe that's why it didn't take here. we were out of power again until late and I had already gone to bed... if you're still interested and this link doesn't work for you, I just did an image search on ' quilts made with men's ties '
Yep, Kathy, worked this time! Some great pictures, fun projects.
Jean, I have your ties all boxed up and ready for the post office. I took today off work to get caught up before I work the extra On-Call while my boss & coworker are out of town.
I've turned in my application 2 weeks before the deadline. The County Commissioner's have already approved the funding for my motel for 15 nights. Now all I have to do is wait and see if I'm selected to participate in the Geratric Specialist training. We're short cars at work so I'm being "encouraged" to take my own car and submit the billing for mileage. No small deal as it's 200 miles away and by the time I make 3 seperate trips I'll have 1200 miles logged in.
Two weeks ago the doctor doubled my DH's antidepressant and that's an improvement. They have also given him a medication for nerve damage and he's getting much less severe phantom pains.
I hope to get some "catch up" done today while my DH cans cherries. AND some sewing!! Yeah!!! I need to sort thru the underwear drawer and closets and get rid of my "too big" clothes. I've dropped 80 pounds in the last 15 months. 40 over the year before the surgery in May, 40 since. Unfortunately, a lot more to go! I thought I'd try to sell some of the clothes to help pay for the replacements but... we'll see. I might get impatient and just donate them.
Pat - great news on the funding & weight loss!!!!! I have always had a weight issue and I'm big boned & solidly built. My most recent joke is that I have a closet full of clothes that will last me the next 30 years as long as I stay this size!!!! So no more diets for me!!!!!
My weight has been up and down, HUGE losses and gains so my prayer is that I will lose enough to improve my health and stay STABLE at one weight. I was able to buy a large number of clothes used in various sizes so that has been a huge help with the cost of this change. A friend loaned me 8 dresses. I can wear 2 of them right now, and will be in several more in another month or so.
very good idea.
I have to look into a quilt guild here. Do have a shop close to the house.
I want to share this with the new GM's to be.
My DD has step GDD who is 4 quite tiny for her age. Loves her MiMi, my DD.
She was here and then went off to art class (newly enrolled for 1 week) DD had to take her at 1PM. This is the kids 2nd day. My DD says to teacher I am... and this is Olivia. "Oh we know Olivia she takes over the class..." This is so cute because O has not been anywhere out of her Moms sight before. Very gregarious kid. Next day, Wed. update is. Oh we know Olivia she had every one made up in glitter makeup.
Olivia you must not do that." oh it's ok MiMi put it in my secret pocket in my backpack" . Mimi is under the bus. It was intendet to be found at home as sub. for candy which Olivia had asked for.Good thing is she wants to share.Should be my GD.
I am glad that things at home are improving. When you see someone suffer and can;t help it is very draining
Way to go with the weight loss. Look at Al Roaker?spelling he has maintain now for years.When you can wear nice clothes right off the rack it gives mental strength. i am now PL or ladies M and love it as I order things on line and they fit. Not too many stores near here. Of course not too swelty because of age.
I did look at a health and fitness center, yesterday, here - in my 40's I was on crutches due to back issues, which I still have and had 2 huge cancer surgeries since, but can walk. I improved my strength with laps. At the time I took my DD s with me and they learned early to maintain their health ( both are a bit overweight now in their 50;s but they watch). So at this health center is a pool. I may join. In Fl i have a pool 20 steps from my place but don't use it much as I am sun sensitive and swimming bothers my eye.
Jean I did find nice chairs at "bizchairs" thanks for the info.
Pat that is really good about the weight lose...it is hard when we get older..atleast it is for me. My DD seems to be doing fairly well with her but has more to go. The first 70 went quickly when she was put on the diabetic diet. I think I am finding her weight.
Been a busy day and I am going to just kick back and rest for a few...
I'm enjoying my day off. I have been watching my CRAFTY Quilting big quilts on small machine lesson. I watch some, do a little house work, etc and come back again... soaking my feet getting ready to debry the feet, don't look, it ain't gonna be pretty!! LOL
I'm getting a real education here so far. Not sure it's about quilting. LOL
After all the time spent piecing toppers I've gone digging for unfinished projects to warm up stitching fingers. Found two pillow shams intended to go with an Amish quilt purchased many years ago.
I try to do several hours of aerobic work each day whether it's exercise, gardening or house work and reward myself with time to stitch. Procrastinating and the computer are the two most fattening things for me.
Ya, off topic sometimes RARELY happens on a thread, at other times you'd be hard pressed to guess what the thread started as if you didn't read the headline! We're so glad you have found us and hung around! You never know what we'll talk about next.
I finished the quilt top for the baby. It's yellow, pink, & green. Then 30 min later get an email from DD saying "oh, the baby's room is purple, pink, & grey. Somehow they put purple in. Now I have a ton of purple fabric but opted for the green. Oh well!!!!
Then I made 4 simple burp cloths/small blankets from pieces of flannel I had here.
Now I'm debating making a pink & purple quilt also and putting some crazy colorful elephant fabrics on the back. All needs to be together & in the mail by end of the month to get to NH in time for the shower.
Elephants seem to be in right now. My grandson and his wife did the baby's room in an elephant theme...after they found out it's a girl. If you look in the stores, there are many cute girly outfits with elephants on them.
Quilted elephants, eh? How cute is that?
Yes, Laurel - we chat about everything under the sun, moon and stars! and some of us are "star quilters" (VBGrin) That wouldn't be me though I have fun with it!!
I'm still learning to ride a bicycle - Well, last night Bob & I headed out to the park with our bikes, and I tried to pedal... but discovered the bike is too small for me. How strange for me to find a bike that's Too Short!
I wasn't able to do a full extension of my legs, so I was kinda awkward. I fell 2x in the 1/2 hour, and poor Bob was quite worried the first time - it bothers him to see me fall of course. I ended up with a tiny bruise as I couldn't fall far with the short bike
Anyway, hope to get out again tonight - with my full-sized bike!!
Susan, you are certainly working at that bike issue!! Sorry to hear that you took a couple of falls.
I ordered the cheap Quilting program, Wizard. It's my "starter" and I hope to graduate to EQ7 sometime within the year.
I finished my Online class from CRAFTY "Quilting BIG projects on a small machine" Today I started cleaning and sorting my sewing room. I'm trying to find and organize some practice quilt tops so that I can build my confidence and skill so that I can tackle the King sized quilt top. I took out the navy, gold & white world/sun print quilt and measured it. It just doesn't "work". I'm thinking of picking it and turning it into 2 pieces, framing it with some big borders and turning it into 2 lap quilts or crib quilts. The squares are just too small and busy looking to be turned into a twin size quilt like I thought I would.
I'm buying a free motion foot on Monday. I'm going to have to find my sewing machine manuel to figure out how to drop the feed dogs. I certainly don't see anything labeled for "darning" or other indication where to adjust. It's the "Victoria" model of a Viking.
Oh, the falls were really nothing - soft grass, y'know!
Good for you on the Quilting program! How was the "Quilting BIG..." program? I would like to have taken it, but as always I steer away from purchasing online.
I MAY be coming out of the "dark ages" about online buying however... I bought parts for my car online just today cuz my mechanic says he does it from this company all the time, and it was the cheapest option he had for my car. He doesn't have internet, so I had to order it... just over $60 CAD... and I also paid $10 for earrings from Dealfind - normally $119 . I guess I figured $10 wasn't so bad if I lost it, but Dealfind is a reputable company...
Y'never know - I may be able to do this "online purchasing" after all...
Just took the baby quilt off the machine. Now to sew the binding on. Should only take a couple evenings since the quilt is rather small.
Just got my RWB Mystery blocks sewn together. Will get the borders on this afternoon. This will be a QoV.
Weather is rather nice today. If DH was feeling better I'd suggest we go for a drive to see what is south of us. I do believe we will go out for dinner this evening. We have a couple Gift Certs to use.
THink I'll grab a bit of lunch before I go back to the machines.
Dropped off to Joann's before crossing the border yesterday, picked up supplies to few more tote bags for Christmas..tired but thought with jelly roll strips I got in the last swap that I might take out my sewing magazines and see what ideas come to mind.
Walked the gardens, all but finished here in my nexk of the woods so time to sew..
This will be my next project "vintage motor cycle quilt" fabric here when it comes in. quilt at keepsake quilting.SIL is a harley hobbyist. He gave up his office in the house for my sewing room, hence the quilt is well deserved.
On one of my machines the feed dog lever is in the back underneath the machine on some brothers its in the utility box on my $$ expensive machine you just press a button.,If there isn't a way to drop, some people paste credit card weight plastic over them with a hole for the needle to go up and down.. open end darning foot will work if one came with the machine. It's berdt to have an open end darning or free motion foot. My 5 centts/ Pat you go girl, you now have such energy...
I will try the credit card trick if I can't drop the feed dogs. I NEVER dreamed it MIGHT NOT drop!!! YIKES! I'm going to the Viking dealership on Monday and I'll ask them if I can't figure it out on my own.
I just received a great question from a quilter via email:
"I have been sewing for years but as far as the free motion quilting I am a beginner. I just watched the video on how you use the Janome sewing machine. I really am interested in learning more about the "not dropping the feed dogs" comment. I purchased a babylock and love it, but I followed the instructions and drop the feed dogs when free motion quilting and it's really annoying that the tension is so persnickety. but if I could avoid that I think I would be in heaven."
I liked this question a lot because it reminded me of something important today - too often I assume that if I say something one time, you've all heard it and it's old news.
I need a monthly reminder that new, beginning free motion quilters are finding this project for the first time every single day, and that saying something once is never enough!
So here's a lesson I teach at every workshop, usually have to say multiple times at every lecture, and should learn to repeat weekly here on the project:
I don't drop my feed dogs.
I don't drop them when I'm free motion quilting. I don't drop them when I'm piecing. I don't drop them when I applique. I don't drop them here or there. I don't drop them anywhere! I don't drop them in a box. I don't drop them with a fox...
Er...Okay I ran off on a tangent there with Dr. Seuss, but you get my point!
Now here's why:
When I started free motion quilting, yes, I dropped my feed dogs loyally. That is what I'd been taught, and that is what I'd learned in countless books on the subject. For free motion quilting the ultimate, absolute rule #1 is always to drop those little teeth down inside your machine.
But what happens if you forget? What if you get so excited to quilt your next quilt, you simply forget to drop the feed dogs before getting started?
Will the Quilt Police suddenly ring your front doorbell, demanding you to stop free motion quilting immediately? Will the sky blacken with clouds of quilting doom? Will your quilt sit up and yell at you, "NO! Drop those feed dogs first!"
Nope, none of the above. The truth is, the feed dog rule has been a bit overblown.
Because every single book mentions it, and most teachers teach it, quilter's have come to believe that unless a machine has the capability of dropping those dogs, it can't free motion quilt.
And worse, many quilter's believe, if you don't drop your feed dogs, you cannot quilt your own quilts.
But this isn't even logical! It's a rule we've heard and swallowed blindly, without stopping to see if it actually applied to our specific machines!
The ONLY reason to EVER drop your feed dogs
is to stop them from feeding your quilt forward.
But does your quilt actually feed forward with the feed dogs up? Try it and see.
If it feeds a lot, put your stitch length to 0. This basically turns the feed dogs off because they're not feeding anything anywhere. They're just moving up and down!
If you don't feel any feeding or pulling forward from the feed dogs, why do anything about them? They're not hurting anything by being up. If it's not broke, don't fix it!
If you do feel a slight tug, why not just cover those feed dogs instead? It achieves the exact same purpose, and when covered with a Supreme Slider, your quilt will glide and move so much easier over the surface of your machine bed.
Personally, I've found the only times a machine needs the feed dogs dropped due to the quilt feeding forward, it's not the machine, the feed dogs, or the quilt that is the real problem. It's the free motion quilting foot.
I've said it a million times, but I'll say it again: most darning feet are not well designed. They literally squish the quilt flat to the surface of the machine bed, making it almost impossible to move the quilt freely in free motion.
Click here to learn about modifying your foot so it works better for free motion quilting.
I'll be sharing a video soon showing you how I modified the generic darning foot I'm using on the Janome HD-1000. Straight out of the package, the foot worked terribly, but with a rubber band and a little elbow grease, the foot works perfectly now.
So the dropping of feed dogs continues, not because the quilt is really getting fed forward by the feed dogs, but because the darning foot is squashing the quilt so badly. Ultimately it's always the feed dogs that get blamed for the quilt not moving smoothly.
But here's the catch - most machines don't react positively to dropped feed dogs. Suddenly tension goes finicky, thread nests on the back of the quilt become far more common, and the stress level of the quilter in question soars.
Who can blame you for getting frustrated? Your wonderful machine that has so far been a loyal and trusted friend has just thrown up ugly stitches on the surface of your quilt.
Many try free motion quilting, but throw in the towel after just a few minutes because they can't achieve a decent looking stitch with the feed dogs down.
Worst still - the blame for the bad stitches is usually put on the machine. My personal opinion is this: if a machine can piece beautifully, it can absolutely free motion quilt beautifully too.
The biggest question should always be: IS THIS EVEN NECESSARY?
Seriously, do a test! Free motion quilt with the feed dogs up, then free motion quilt with the feed dogs down. See for yourself which one works better for your specific machine.
Blindly following rules will never get you anywhere.
So test! Try modifying your darning foot, try quilting with the feed dogs covered instead of dropped, try quilting with a variety of different threads and needles.
But more than anything else: DON'T GIVE UP! Don't stop trying just because things don't work immediately. You really CAN quilt your own quilts in free motion, but only if you take the time to test and find what works and doesn't work
I got an email from Thunder (BarefootT) and she is indeed still having computer problems and they have 2 trips to see sailor & soilder sons this fall, then they will be saving for new computer. I know several of us have missed Thunder and didn't know the latest status. Just wanted to give ya'all an update.
I'm still in there movin stuff around, boxing and measuring things. Hummmmm... feels like procrasination. Maybe I'll just push the rest a side and check out the feed dogs or not to feed dog question and stop "preparing!" Or as my DH would say, "kill two birds with one bush" and tackle that old quilt repair for my son. THAT will accomplish TWO things! And yes, my DH intentially slaughers sayings!
Thunder did post on a couple of threads in the other room. She's on a borrowed machine. She's doing great, and got the Winter Wonderland quilt to a veteran in the same division (although earlier) as her son. She was wearing a t-shirt with the division name on it and he stopped to talk to her. After getting to know him for awhile, she was informed by our group that she "won" the Winter Wonderland quilt for her to give to a deserving person of her choice. She gave it to Rob for his service! She also posted some pictures. It was really moving to be able to support the US servicemen this way...
I dont know about the other room...unless your talking about the 'cube'. Is it still there. I lost track of it when Dave started a new gardening website and all my daylily group went there. There is no sewing forum. I just thought that was the end of the cube.
Well, Im glad everyone picked it. It amazing what this thread has gotten me thru.
I want to get with the program and try to learn some quilting myself. Cross hatch on a potholder is as far as ive gotten. You see, if I get as far as the quilting, it actually means I will have finished something...well almost.
Well, I switch back and for between this and the "other" but must confess...I enjoy this site more. No offense intended to anyone but it just seems friendlier to me...shucks, you ladies are my extended family ...oh wait..ladies and gent. I could never forget Stu. Sure miss his posting and participation but do understand.
Slowly working my way through the mess here and finally feel like it will be under control before long.
Has anyone used the fabric storage system that involves wrapping the fabric around the pre cut boards? Guess I should get the official name of the things. I have been looking at them and thinking about trying them. Will be happy to hear any comments before I actually purchase some.
o yes...binding is the one thing I would pay to have done, thats why I need to learn to quilt. If I could learn to turn the corner, that would be so great. When we had the pot holder swap, I had to turn mine inside out and sew around because I couldnt get the binding. So embarassing. One of the pot holders in that swap had the edges just finished by cutting with decorative scissors and then sewing around the edge with a decorative stitch. Brilliant, and it worked without binding. Not good for some other things, but sure makes quick and easier work out of a potholder. I cant wait to get a look at that link.
every day a feast as this family loves good but plain food. Today hungarian chicken paprikash with spaetzle (dumplings) wedges of large potatoes on top ( eye appeal) with fresh grown green salad plain dressing from the farm and cukes salad with sourcream dressing from the garden. Fresh peaches.I love to make peach Kuchen bt they don't eat dessert often.
Last night heirloom (brandywine) tomato salad from garden. Green beans in a tomato onion medley from the farm. Fingerling german poato salad - this was very tasty but rather plain and grilled ital. sausage fresh made that day at "Rambos" country store in califan NJ. He gets his Meat from the farmers, so no water added. Delic.
Well we were talking that perhaps we should do something on LBK when I get back.Yup start driving.
Chicken Goulash. 3-4 Lb cut up, no back, breast cut into 4s. Saute 3 med onions chopped ,one mild green pepper (such as cubanelle)chopped, add chicken pieces, 3T (yes table spoons) of sweet paprika hungarian or spanish.
one med tomato chopped salt and pepper to taste, simmer, covered for 1/2 hr. check for liquid, if nec. add a bit of water,(may not need) top with peeled, baking potatoes cut into wedges length wise, and simmer another half hr.done. Blend 1 T sour cream into sauce serve in a rustic pot, such as clay or cast iron.
Here's the link Barb & Pam. I seem to need a refresher on what to do at the corners because it's a while between quilts.
Back home again only to find two baby shower invites, Sept 8th across state and Sept 9th downstate. Sheesh I do want to go to both and I think I can swing it but it'll be pretty crazy. Guess I need to get busy on a couple blankets. Both boys and they won't see each other so I can make two just alike if I want.
Laughed at my grandson Brendan 14. He begged and begged to go to TN with me. I told him several times that I was going to be down there for 3 weeks or longer and he said that was fine. Of course after a week he was nagging to come home. but I just told him tough he signed on for the duration. He did have fun in spite of himself though. Yesterday as soon as he saw me at the grad party he started begging to come home with me. I said haven't you had enough of me for this summer? So here we are, he'll be here all this week at least. Now why ever would a 14 year old boy want to spend that much time with his grandma? You don't suppose it has anything to do with the lake I live on do you?
s'funny - I don't feel connected at ATP, but do, at Cubits, and Absolutely Here!
although I love gardening, and quilting, I get my sewing fix there, and my gardening AND sewing fix here.
I enjoy both sites thoroughly, but never go to ATP. Guess having 3 sites going full bore would be too much.