Monday, February 12, 2018

Piddling In My Sewing Room

I was fooling around & making a coiled rope basket. From clothesline cord. I started it & had a 330 yard spool of variegated thread & it wasn't enough. I couldn't go get more, the store wasn't open when I'm off. So Friday I was off early & finally got another spool & finished it. It came out really nice & it's very ridged!

I think that I will use serger thread on any more that I make. That other thread (at 330 yards) is over $5 per spool! Too expensive for just sitting on my nightstand collecting junk.


Friday, January 26, 2018


When we sit in the basement in the morning before we leave for work. We watch TV. We used to do this because Prince Charming smokes down there. (Or out on the deck, but not in the house) He no longer smokes. He got hypnotized back in September & hasn’t lit up since! I don’t miss it. Anyway......we still have our routine. I like to have something small do do. So before thanksgiving I started more applique. I say MORE because I had just finished Maple Leaf blocks. Like 72 of them! This new project will have alternate chain blocks, so I only need 33. I am working on #13. There are only 5 of the 13 pictured.

I'm making them scrappy. Different backgrounds, different leaves, centers & reels.  When I find the pattern, I'll post who the designer is. Can't remember off the top of my head. Black Something Mountains or whatever. They do lots & lots of applique - very small quilts. the one I'm going to make, of COURSE, will be big enough for a queen sized bed.

I can’t figure out how to add photos from an iPad. I will have to add them later. Ugh! (had to add them from my desktop - )

Monday, January 8, 2018

A New Year Already

  Ugh. I totally failed at the goals I had set for myself. Biggest was to complete my Everlasting Wreath Quilt. Excluding half blocks & 1/4 or 1/8 side blocks, I lack 11 getting the blocks done. ELEVEN. I'm in meltdown mode & nothing I touch seems to come out right. So I'm not touching. Piddling here & there. Moving lots of STUFF around.

  We are going to be starting a home office build. Not sure if this will be our last big home improvement or not. I mean...what's left to do???? Other than carpet, or new counters...Nothing else really needs "doing". We don't actually NEED a home office, but it sure would be great to have one! We have the space too. We will, again, be taking an unfinished area off the upstairs family room and turn it into an office. A window & closet as well. Technically? It COULD be a bedroom, only we don't need a bedroom & we are not calling it a bedroom. It is an office.

  We will be starting from scratch. Right now it's floor joists (or ceiling joists depending on what floor you're standing in...) and insulation. No flooring. Nothing. No wiring, no lighting. it will be another BIG undertaking. I imagine this will be our last? I mean, Prince Charming is retiring the end of June, there's no way we'll be able to afford construction expenses after he retires. We shall see. I'm in as good of shape as I was before I broke my leg. So there's no reason to think we shouldn't get it done in under 6 to 8 months. having a home office will certainly go a long way to hiding some of the mess I have spread out for "work". since I work from home most days, I will be the one using it the most.

Well - if you are a regular reader, I'm sorry you waited so long for a blog post. No promises, but I sure hope to do better this year!

Next post I'll show you some applique blocks I started before Thanksgiving. I need 32.