Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stash Report Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric in November: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: 1.5 yards
Fabric Out November: 1.5 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 79.75 yards
Enhancement: 108 .25 yards

      It has been an interesting week. I finished my secret gifts which accounted for .5 yard of fabric. I made a doll/dog quilt with backing and binding for 1 yard of fabric. I went into my sewing room at least once a day for at least 30 minutes and sewed.
    I have now switched gears and have begun crafting Christmas gifts. I will be making potato bags, microwave bowls, towels, pillowcases, and cell phone charging stations. 
     Saturday, DD#2 and I went looking for grommets and "Wrap & Zap". WalMart advertised that they had both but our store didn't so we traveled to Lafayette to get some. We found both grommets and "Wrap & Zap" at JoAnn's for twice the WalMart price. I bought some, but will buy online next time. We, then, went to Barnes & Nobles to calm my nerves and get the new 100 Blocks magazine. 
  Marie and Lucy making friends but Me-New & Lucy not so much.

   On the home front, Lucy is training very well and has had only one accident. The only problem is Lucy and Me-new have not become friends yet. It is better but not great. Me-new does not like all the attention Lucy gets that was hers.
      The carpenters have been working super hard getting the trailer livable. We are so excited that we now have a real lockable door and a floor. If all goes as it is going, Sammie and Marie should be able to move in by Christmas.  
    Also DH is going to get the carpenters to help fix the area that will be my studio. I can do most of the work, but figuring out load bearing walls is not something I will attempt. Nor is putting up ceilings or electrical work. Those things are best left to the experts! Once the ceiling is done and it has been determined which wall is load bearing, I will begin turning it into a proper studio. It has been a long time in planning!
    Well, back to the sewing room.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sit and Sew In - I Hope!

I have been trying to have a "Sit and Sew-In" since Monday without success. 

Monday DH asked me to drive him and DSD#2 to the dentist. That took until 3:30 and then it was time to go bowl. We won 4 games out of 4 which was interesting. I did however finish a secret project that I can't post until after Dec. 15th.

Today, I am working on various projects at intervals. I sew until I get cold and then stop and warm up. At least I am sewing! I will post updates and pictures of the not secret projects as I go!
 Thursday, I plan to sew until 2pm and then drive to BR for a guild meeting. Hopefully, I will get to do some sewing but plans are just that-plans.
I got to finish the 4 coasters and then finished 3 LSU / Saints microwave bowls. Then Marie came. She had no socks and no extra clothes. DH and I went to the dollar store and bought socks. When we got home, Marie had pooped everywhere so we needed clothes. Our neighbor has twins so we asked for a spare in Marie's size. Problem solved except the twins didn't use size 6-9 months. They are big children.
We got her changed and then Marie and Lucy began getting to know each other. Lucy is a pit puppy from my neighbor. I wanted a medium sized dog for the inside. Leapaul is getting old and having problems. He perked up when she arrived. So far there is only one problem....Lucy and Marie are jealous of each other. If one is next to me, both must be!
Right now I am sitting with Marie sleeping in my arms and Lucy sleeping on my hip. That may become a problem as they both grow.
Oh well! Tomorrow is another day for sewing.Lator Gators.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stash Report November 9, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric in November: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: 0 yards
Fabric Out November: 0 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 78.25 yards
Enhancement: 109 .75 yards
     I did sew last week but not much. I worked on log cabin blocks for a swap and then on 5" blocks for Dee. Just wasn't in the mood to sew. My arthritis was very active and still is. Even the blocks we made for the class came from Dee's stash. When I got home, it was all school work. I haven't even unpacked the sewing stuff. 
   This week I will be at school on a strictly volunteer basis since the powers that be in Louisiana think that it is wrong for retired teachers to work at what they do best for more than 1/4 of their retirement pay. These lawmakers would rather have untrained people in the classroom even long term. Then they wonder why scores are low! Rant over!
    Hopefully, I will get to the sewing room for a while on Tuesday and Wednesday. The official sub gets to grade papers and do duty which leaves me time to sew. Still exhausting since I will be doing the actual instruction! I might even bring a machine to school and sew in a vacant room during down time.
     I am planning on making pillow cases, potato bags, microwave bowls, and embroidered towels as gifts. Also some personalized coffee wraps for co-workers.  Good thing 2015 is just 2 months away and I can reset! This year the stash won hands down! Hopefully, next year I will stay even.
Lator Gators! I'm going steal a few minutes go sewing time.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stash Report Nov. 2, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric In October: 0 yards
Fabric in November: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: 0 yards
Fabric Out October: 8.5 yards
Fabric Out November: 0 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 78.25 yards

Houston has been fun! 
     Friday we covered the vendors. I left without buying fabric and not much else. 
     Saturday, we took a class with Gyleen Fitzgerald. She is fantastic. Her butterfly seams are wonderful! DD#1 and I teamed up to make 5 blocks with side arms.
     After class, I went pick up a ruler that I really likes. You get points like paper piecing. Then I got a gift for my great grand-daughter. Next, I pice up stuff to make a block. It is not being counted since it will go out immediately. Finally, I picked up 4 spools of Aurifil thread.
     Today, Sunday, we plan on going see the quilts. And possibly fabric! 
     Next week I will be sewing in the apartment. DD#1 has a t-shirt quilt that I will be working on.
Lator Gators.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stash Report October 26, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric In October: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: 3.5 yards
Fabric Out October: 8.5 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 78.25yards
Enhancement110.75 yards 
   I am making a Fat Quarter bag as a gift. It takes 6 fat quarters, 1.5 yards of lining fabric, and a half yard for straps. I will show it later.
     The "no-buy" session is coming to an end! Next weekend I am going to Houston and I am planning on enhancing my blender and solid stash. I also plan on buying more thread. It is a short list but important list.
     DD#1 and I will be in Houston from the 31st to the 6th. DD#1 works in Houston that week so I will be on a "retreat" by myself most of the week.
    Before I leave DH and I need to go out and get a new mattress. Our waterbed mattress developed a small leak. Yes, we still have a waterbed! DH has to decided if he wants another one like we have (I don't!) or a conventional mattress or one of the new waterbed mattresses that look and feel like regular ones. 
    This week I only work Wed. and Thurs. sounds wonderful, but I still have to prepare for 2 weeks of lessons. The 7th is my last day of subbing. After that it will depends on how I feel as to how much time I spend at the school!
     Well, time to pack and plan. Lator, Gators!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stash Report Sunday October 19, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric In October: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: yards
Fabric Out October: 5 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 74.75yards
Enhancement113.25 yards     

     I finished the bubble top from the class I took with Connie Ewebanks and cut a back for it. It now resides at DD#1's house waiting to be quilted. 
     Subbing is seriously cutting into my piecing time! Well, it will soon be over and I can settle down into my usual routine. Halloween and Thanksgivings can not come soon enough.
    Lator Gators! I have to go get my plans ready. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stash Report October 12, 2014

Fabric In: yards
Fabric In October: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 188 yards
Fabric Out: .25 yards
Fabric Out October: 0 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 69.75yards
Enhancement118.25 yards     

Only sewing done this week was putting the binding on my charity wheelchair quilts.  

Great news! My amazing oldest daughter finished quilting my quilt and it is fantastic!