- Seal of approval
- Zipped up
- Where's the nearest Fabricland?
- Out of thread - again!
Well read on and then you can decide which title would be best!!!!
Another crazy day. I have no idea why I am so driven. It must be my boss. I swear I have NEVER had such a stupid boss. (remember I am self-employed!!!) Oh yes - this boss knows no boundaries as I am forced to work from sun up to sun down and way beyond those hours on both ends, she lets me take breaks, but ONLY if I promise to sit at the computer and edit photos, she never says NO - she just keeps going. Who is this crazy person who is driving me?????? Well it is Sunday and I don't think there is going to be any resting today either!!!!! She says that if we work hard now - that we can take entire days off later. I seriously doubt that - but I'll try to reason with her from time to time for some time off!!!!! BUT - she is fun to work for and always something interesting and exciting going on - I like that!!!
"We" started the day off by cleaning irons. These are the irons from the Monday Mania and Thursday Therapy sewing groups. I brought them home over the holidays to clean them. Well we are back to our regular sewing day TOMORROW and well - I had better get those irons cleaned!!!! They were all gross - but I ran vinegar through them and water. The sole plates got cleaned as best I could and the outsides were wiped down. Oh yes - they are ready for some heavy action!!!!!
|The irons BEFORE getting cleaned - I know - that one on the right is in sad shape - even after I cleaned it. But as a backup - it will be ok!!!!! At least it does look better!!!|
Then time to work on my "daily" project. I have decided that I have a NUMBER of projects (not just that 10) that can be finished in a day. So as I am finding those projects - they are getting put into a bag. Then I get to pick ONE a day to finish. That is so simple. Now in the case of this project - it was just to finish the top and that is OK. I do need to find something to bind it with.
|The second fleece top (thanks again Elaine for the fleece sample pieces) And don't you love the editing on this picture!!!!!|
Anyway - I only had twenty pieces of fleece and I felt that the quilt top was too short. So I went through my stash of fleece and found four more pieces - the first row at the bottom. I added the row on and there is the backing folded at the front. Ready to be quilted. Yes - it would be nice if I could have thrown it on the machine and quilted it -but that would be pushing it - that is all for another time, but not now. So now - we are three projects for three days!!!! If I can squeeze in a bit of advancement on another project - I will try that. I did advance TWO other projects yesterday so that means when it is time to get them done - I should be able to complete them in ONE day.
|Here is the bag of "daily" projects - I hope in two weeks that it will be EMPTY and ready to fill with something else!!!! Or maybe I will just keep finding (or advancing) projects so that they can get done in a day. I am OK with that.|
You can make it any size - don't be crazy like me. The quilt top is about 80 inches square at the moment.
|Storm at Sea with border number one - DONE|
|Outer border fabric|
I went back yesterday BEFORE I started to put on that last border and OH MY GOD - there is that border fabric. YES YES YES - so I bought .5 meter for the binding and now I am ready to get the top, binding and backing finished!!!!!!!!!!!!! That will be a job for Monday.
|The extra piece of fabric to do the binding!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And look what I found in my stash for the backing!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yes - I am dead serious about getting some control on this mess.|
As I was puttering around yesterday - Little Sammy came to visit. We had a little cuddle in one of her dog beds (good thing no one can see me!!!! but who am I kidding - anyone with pets has a little cuddle from time to time and no one needs to see that!!!). Well I turned around and OH MY - a seal of approval!!!!!
|Little Sammy testing out the new rug|
|"OH this is comfy!!!!!"|
Then back to the sewing machine. I thought I would try to advance one of my "daily" projects. It is another Chubby Charmer bag. I had cut two out (the orange one is done) and made some progress on the second one, and today was the day. I am going to do the quilting on it. Until...............
|I ran out of THREAD again!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course I was using a stitch that required a lot of thread, but who cares!!! I was NOT attempting to finish this bag - I just wanted to make some progress. A trip to Fabricland is in order - more on that later.|
|Here is the ONE side quilted - I had just enough thread to get one side done|
|Detail of the stitching|
|Two bag bottoms from election signs and with that handy new SHARP craft knife - it is easy!!!!!!!!!|
Then I found this block that has been floating around for YEARS. I decided to finally get it glued down to the background fabric so I could satin stitch it one day.
|Witch pieces laid out - only to discover that ONE piece is missing. A corner of her dress (right over her leg) is missing. ACK!!!!!!!|
No worries - grabbed some fusible, grabbed the black scrap box.................
|And look at what was staring at me when I opened the scrap box!!!! Oh yes - the SAME black fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And now it is all fused to the background and ready for stitching. I think that can be done in a day!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Here is the pattern - EEEEEK! by The Vintage Spool|
I see by looking at the pattern that I traced the pattern from the reverse and I should not have!!!!! See how my witch is the reverse of the pattern. Ah well - I'm not worrying about that, but I never noticed that before!!!!
Then onto the next project. I told you - there was no break. Well there was an hour break where I proceeded to sort through more pictures. Boy - I did a number on my bike trip pictures. There must be ten copies of them all. I am almost through sorting them????? I keep saying that and then find another problem, but there are two more major issues to deal with and then I think I am done. I hope!!!!!
I decided (no - I KNEW) that I had to work on The Professional Tote sample.
|The Professional Tote|
|Professional Tote ready to sew|
|Had checked through my zippers and found nothing I liked|
So I had gone to Fabricland to purchase zippers.
Last night - I started by sewing in the first zipper.
|First zipper in the outer pocket - all nicely stitched in!|
ACK - I HATE IT!!!!!!!! WHAT WAS I THINKING??????????
|That is HIDEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Yes - I chose a zipper for the main colour - the orange, but when I went to add the trim (which isn't the best colour to go with this project - but what I had!!) Anyway - the combination is HIDEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I got the box of zippers out and tried some colours.................. what do you think??????
OK - so I was getting testy by that point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I am going to settle for the orange. Then there are really just TWO colours and nothing competes too much with each other. STUPID STUPID STUPID - now I have to rip that zipper out!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well - not a big deal - I figure that is about one episode of Modern Family!!!!!!
Speaking of Modern Family and ripping - it took me ONE episode last night to rip this apart.
When I dug out the Storm at Sea quilt - I found the matching background - so OFF with the ugly and add the right stuff.
|You can see that the circle was a tad too small as some of the points got whacked off|
|So back to the drawing board.|
Did you notice that there was red flat piping in that border????? Oh well - can't make things too easy - life would get boring!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I have a BIG shopping list for Fabricland - zippers and thread!!!! But I will be using all of them before the end of the day today. What time does Fabricland open on Sunday?????
On that note - I am off with an updated TO DO list for today and if I don't want it to get too unwieldy - I had better get to it.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!