Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Girl Interrupted….

not the crazy/depressed psychotic girl. The girl that kept starting things and had to stop to help others.

The only thing I wanted to do this week was sit and sew at my new machine.

Monday doesn’t count because Lar and I go to dance class and right now we are learning a really great Cha-Cha. to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars.

Wed. these came:

My winnings I mentioned in the last post. Thank you again Marian at:Seams To Be Sew: http://www.seamstobesew.com.

The other box is a facial regimen my daughter-in-law Kim sells. The brand is Arbon and I really like it. I started using it in Aug. and I notice a big difference with my skin. Just let me know if you would like to try a sample (for a nominal fee).

When I was sewing Wed. night and I got a call from Lar to come down to the garage and help him get this out of the garage.

Is this a catbird that he was chasing around for 4 hours? And yes it did make a mess(es)…. You guessed it, that was the end to my sewing for the night.

Thursday I started straightening up my sewing room and gathered some of the accessories to the 730 I traded in at Hoover’s.

Fri. I had to help a friend make 2 pair of earrings. She had a pair of studs in the colored stones and wanted them dangly. After thinking for a while I cut off the posts and added a few crystals to design this.

The other pair she wanted was to make her button pearl studs into dangly earrings as well.
I could tell the first pair we altered was made using a metal alloy and then silver plated. When she showed me the pearl ‘set’ (necklace, bracelet, and earrings) I told her I was going to see what kind of metal was used to make them. After looking at them I told her to put the earrings back in the box because we were NOT going to cut anything on them. They were made with 14k white gold.
I gave her materials to make these fresh water pearl dangly earrings instead.

After I got home I finished gathering the accessories and started re-winding the thread off the bobbins I was turning in. Can you guess how many? There will be a give-away to the lucky guesser!
Sat. I went down to Hoover’s and Leon wasn’t there so I came home with some of the items I will be returning when Leon is in. I did pick up my Panasonic cordless iron. I will let you know if I like it when I get to use it.  I also picked up feather stencils at Verna’s, pics to follow in a future post.

Just typing this is making me woozy....
Do you have a problem with spiders this year? I do not like spiders and they seem to be everywhere this year.
Here is a simple solution that will help:

Have a great week.
D.G. L

Sunday, September 20, 2015

He's Baaaack!

Jack The Ripper that is!
I know  it's not Halloween but he didn’t have to visit me!
You can find (I named him Jack) the pattern here:
http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/Grim_Ripper whimsical mini Halloween quilt

I started this at my spring retreat and pulled it out the other day to work on getting it finished.

One of these things is not like the other one:
This is the pattern picture. Even with the diamond on the wrong side on my quilt which I could have lived with, I added the bottom 2 rows to the side....
(Too tired, having too much fun, or was it
on post 'Back to Reality', 7/12) 

(I'm beginning to think I do more reverse sewing then actual sewing! Not really, how else would I have any finishes?)

I am not a big fan of Halloween but Lar is. To try out my new machine’s embroidery option my friend gave me towel patterns. I thought this would be a nice design for that specific day.

I will have to name him after he's washed and pressed. Any suggestions?
We went to a few car shows yesterday and at one of them you could buy a chance for $50.00 to win one of these:

I sure wanted the car but was not willing to give up the money. That’s like a new presser foot I need or a few yards of fabric!
Now if someone gave me one of these I’d take it!

The cars look similar but there is about a $30,000 difference and quite a bit more horsepower! Just think of all the presser feet and fabric I could get with that amount of difference!
Speaking of winning, I did win a gift certificate to 'The Fat Quarter Shop' from Marian at:
Seams To Be Sew: http://www.seamstobesew.com   Tell her I said for you to stop by!
I will show you my goodies when they get here.

I canned 2 pints of diced tomatoes and 2 pints of peppers from my big harvest this week.

Last post I showed you my RBR Experience. This row had thin fabric strips that represented the waves of the water.

When I cut the pieces out I thought I would ‘save a step’ and just quilt the waves down. BIG mistake! Do not skip this step!!
My tip this week is to apply some sort of fusible adhesive such as Heat n Bond Lite, Wonderunder, or whatever your liking to your pieces and set them as per instructions Before you do your quilting.
I had to go back over all the waves and stitch them down.

Have a great week.
D.G. L

Sunday, September 13, 2015

12,000 +

My son and his family were up from TN last month for our family reunion. He wanted to see Joe Pa:
 and of course my Daddles had to catch a bird that was trapped in one of the shops to put it outside:
 At our Schneck family reunion my Jellie won a small prize for being the youngest attending.
 My uncle and aunt won a small prize for being married the longest, 63 yrs.
 My Doodle’s won a cake. Notice the snail shape? That is the translation of Schneck. Really?
 We saw ‘the first’ house of Schnecksville where they raised 10 children. I still don’t know how everyone fit in such a small house.

Kitchen, Dinning area

Downstairs bedroom

Upstairs bedroom
I have been so busy harvesting….yes, this is one harvest....
And this is my reward. Whew, I’m exhausted!
I also put up peas, lima beans, green beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, corn, and carrots and is one of the biggest reasons for not posting for so long.
I finished my Row By Row experience yesterday! Because it was raining I could not get a good overall picture so I sectioned it so you could see some of the detail.
Verna’s, Amish Children, Mifflinburg
Hyderhangout, Depicts the Ocoee River, Cleveland TN
Lana’s Quilts, depicts Red Clay’s Blue Hole. Red Clay is where they housed the Cherokee Indians before the Indians had to walk ‘The trail of tears’ to OK. Cleveland, TN
Quilt N Sew, The Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Chattanooga, TN
Spool, Chattanooga is the hang gliding capital of the states, Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Quilts, Fish and turtles, Chattanooga, TN
Ready Set Sew, Chattanooga has a great aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
Hoover’s Bernina Sew, Lighthouse scene, Mifflinburg, PA
 The Little League Series was in town and this was in the air by our house for 2 weeks.
Lar and I went on the annual 9/11 Memorial ride. This year there were over 12,000 bikes. Some said as many as 15,000.

It was a fantastic, humbling ride. People came out to show their patriotism.

Back to that RBR. I took it into Hoover’s to show them my quilt and I don’t know what happened but the next thing you know, I walked out with this!!!!

The B 790

 I hated cleaning out the strainer on my machine when making the tomato sauce and juice because the little holes get full of puree and are hard to clean.

As I was scrubbing to get the puree out of the holes on a whim I stuck my Scrub Daddy inside the strainer and continued to use my little scrub brush as before. (You can stick anything into the strainer.)

It worked like a charm and took me no time to clean out the strainer.
Have a great week!
D.G. L