I had a short class to teach in the morning (more on that later) and then I had the entire day stretching in front of me. Well - it didn't work out that way!!!! M's friend Caroline "volunteered" me to help with a project that their school is undertaking with a local Senior's Center. Some of the students and teachers volunteer at the center and they wanted to do something for the center. Bottom line - they are making a quilt - a memory quilt to be hung in the lobby of the building. I think it is a brilliant project. The teacher, myself and Caroline arranged to meet once I got home from my class.
They looked through some books and some of the quilts that I had made and then they discussed and came up with a very nice design. Something that will be easy for the students to help the seniors with and yet I think it will look pretty cool when it is done.
After the teacher left, Caroline was left with a task of sorting buttons which she tackled with great enthusiasm.
She left with a nice collection of buttons. And before you say "oh - she took on another project". I am being compensated for the project. The teacher had acquired a small budget which she happily gave to me and I am supplying the materials and the expertise. So it will be a win/win for everyone. I think the due date is early June so there is lots of time and the students will be doing the bulk of the work.
Then I had to drive M to work, drive Caroline home, a quick stop at Indigo (pretty convenient to have that store so close, but I still prefer Chapter's), groceries and then back home. By this time it is almost FIVE. And I had got no sewing done. I was absolutely exhausted. After reading one of the recent self help books, I am trying to get one half hour extra sleep and I am feeling great. Of course with the late Friday night at Cockadoodle, that threw my sleep schedule off. I just had a nap - a nice long TWO HOUR nap. See that's the problem - missing one hour of sleep requires more than a one hour nap to recoup.
Then pick M up from work, have dinner and computer stuff - then it was time to sew. I looked at the clock - 9 PM. I never sew that late. I know you are wondering about the maintenance - well I realized that I had run out of wound bobbins. I spent the next hour winding bobbins and tidying up the sewing room. Putting away stuff that I bought at the show and putting away the things that I had used earlier in the day when Caroline and her teacher were here. Now it is 10 PM - I sewed a couple of seams and decided to go to bed. Could not find my iPad - I know where it is because I can see it in my mind - it's under a pile of books, but where is the stack of books - my brain isn't processing that info. I found a paper book to read. But couldn't get to sleep until after twelve. Crap - going to need a nap today and that throws the whole schedule off. GRRRRRRRR
Oh yes - the other thing I did while winding the bobbins was clean out the bobbin case. I DID NOT take a picture because there was a LOT of lint. Yikes - and I changed the needle on the sewing machine. It is primed and ready for action!!!
Then this morning I was pressing and realized there was crap on the iron....
|Supplies for cleaning the iron - IRON OFF HOT IRON cleaner and paper towel|
Yes - I just use a paper towel, but I believe you can buy kits that have the iron cleaner and a cloth. Yes - I must find an old face cloth to become the permanent iron cleaner cloth.
|Put some of the Iron Cleaner on the paper towel - not too much|
|Gunk taken off the iron|
So yes - it is pretty important to do these maintenance things in order to keep your sewing room in tip top shape.
I noticed that I seem to be spending a LOT more time sewing on my stuff these days. Granted - I am NOT sewing many samples and that is a GREAT thing because as I mentioned a couple of days ago - they just ended up as UFOs. The other is that I NO LONGER have to search for things in my room (OK - so I lost - I mean misplaced the iPad, but that doesn't count!!!!). And the only other explanation I can think is that there is something that I am supposed to be doing, but I can't remember!!!!!
And you are going to get a bonus today - a tutorial on Starch Method Applique. It will be in a separate post.
Now you have waited long enough for the reveal from our Christmas Club. This is such a great group of ladies. They are SO CREATIVE and not afraid to let go and try anything. Remember - this is the Piece o Cake pattern - Welcome to the North Pole.
The first block they had for homework was the Three Stars.
|Three Stars blocks|
|Three Stars Blocks|
|Three Stars Blocks|
The next block was the Elves Rec Center.
|Elves Rec Center|
|Elves Rec Center - Karen - nice sparkly trim for the roof (don't ask where she got it unless you want to go to Mexico!!!)|
|Elves Rec Center - Marlene - she used a frayed lamé as the trim along the roof of her rec center)|
|Elves Rec Center - Linda used construction (bricks) fabric for her house|
|Elves Rec Center - May put a row of icicles (from fabric) along her roof line and it is also beaded.|
|Elves Rec Center - Jeanette used sports fabric for her Rec Center and she has the NEATEST hand writing for the signs.|
And I needed a picture for my article - well here it is.......
|Beth's braid from the Wednesday (last week) class|
|Beth with her lighthouse quilt. I think this was a Lorraine Stangness pattern.|
Linda had a Zentangles tile and another Linda has her Patchwork Sampler. Since you have seen those already - I did not put them up again.
Red White: the center is TOGETHER!!!!!! And I made the missing pieces for the border. Here is the quilt with the last border row on and ready to sew today.
So what do you think - do you like it with the border or without?????
Yep - I agree - WITH the border.
Patchwork Sampler blocks completed: ZERO
Tim Horton Hot Chocolates drank: ZERO (that is TWO DAYS in a row). Yes there were moments yesterday when I would have drank one, but I decided that it is more important that I DO NOT. Besides misplacing the iPad, I think I have misplaced my brain too!!!!!! And do you know how much time I gain by not waiting in the drive thru - plus the gas I will save. OK - SHOOT ME NOW!!! Next thing you know - I'll be running around braless and hugging trees!!!!!!!
Speaking of Tim Horton's my aunt sent me an e-mail last night and I will pull a couple of pictures from it. There were a lot more examples, but I think you get the message. Each sugar cube is representative of ONE TEASPOON of sugar contained in each item.
Bottom line - guess I'll be eating a LOT of carrots, strawberries and Special K!!!! Just kidding - I'm NOT a fanatic - yet!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!