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Friday, April 7, 2017

And then...

there were more scraps.  Not fabric this time, but yarn scraps left from the baby blankets I posted a while back.  I used the same pattern but added a small strip of pink to each end of the white blanket, making it a sweet wrap for a baby girl on a winter day.

Thanks to everyone who left encouraging comments for me concerning my upcoming cataract surgery.  No date has been set so I'm just waiting it out,

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 31, 2017

A little bump in my road of life is happening.  It all started when I went to get my driver's license renewed.  When I was asked to take the vision test, the minute I saw the image I knew I was in trouble.  I kept waiting for those large letters I thought I remembered being on the chart, but they never appeared.  And when I attempted to read them, "E, ? ? ?". the lady told me< "They're numbers." I failed the test, but if I had my eyes examined and got glasses I could get the license.

I was able to get an appointment the next day.  Same chart; where are those big letters?  The doctor flipped different sized lens in front of my eyes and then told me, "I can't do anything for you with glasses."  So I have cataracts in both eyes and will have laser surgery after a physical and more tests.

I don't particularly dread the surgery; I'm a tough cookie, but not so tough when it comes to making the early morning trips to the office.  You see, I'm somewhat agoraphobic, and being away from home makes me very nervous.  I think of things at night and I can feel my insides being tied in knots; then I pray and try to think of my sewing room.  Sometimes I'd like to just fasten the door, work on my projects and not ever have to feel those knots again. 

I had to find a PCP because I haven't been to a doctor since the 80s; I haven't needed to go.  Now the magnets on the refrigerator hold slips of paper with dates and times and I try to ignore them and push it all aside.

It's strange, how years ago I couldn't see up close and had to have glasses to read; now that's changed, I can see up close fairly well, but everything in the distance seems to be in a fog.

Since I'm still able to see how to sew, I'm making things from larger pieces of fabric.

A towel attached to the apron is a handy thing.  I have another apron almost finished.  I've always wondered when my last stitch would be made; hopefully there will be many more ~ and more accurately made.  I may let the blogging sit idle for a while until this has passed but I'll try to keep up with your words.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Quilt ~ Wild Goose Chase

Remember the box of little scraps left over from the Pickle Dish units?  I asked if there were any bets on what I'd do with them.  Some thought I would make doll quilts  or wall hangings from them.  But all the time I had in mind to make a baby quilt.  So the top is finished and here it is:

Small pieces for sure, and very time consuming to piece, but so worth it.  If you're looking for perfection you won't find it here.  Despite all my pressing, marking, and pinning, not all the points matched at the center squares.   I learned a long time ago, while making doll quilts, mistakes are more visible when the pieces are small; even the width of a thread can throw off the perfect seam.

I took a few clippings from the wastebasket and put them near the bird feeder; maybe a bird will take some for her nest.  For instance, can't you imagine this conversation:  Popa Mocking Bird says to Mama bird as they ready a new nest, "See what I found today for you to use in your nest.  Mama Charlotte laid them out just for us, with only one request, that we sing by the light of the moon when summer comes."

There are many scraps left in the box, but I'm tired of working with small pieces and have a hankering to use a larger piece of fabric for a change.  So, I'll put the lid on the box of scraps and perhaps, just maybe, either get brave enough to throw them away or make a doll quilt.

May your weekend by a pleasant one.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Baby Blankets

My after-supper projects have been finished.

These are two, fast and easy, baby blankets.  Easy, because it is made with two stitches, single crochet and chain stitch.  It would be a perfect pattern for a beginner; I'm not a beginner but I'm all for easy.  Fast?  Well probably for most people, but age is making me slower and besides, what's the hurry.

The instructions leave it up to the person doing the work as to what she wants to use for a border.  I chose a simple shell pattern.  

The yarn used for these blankets was BERNAT baby sport and I used a size 6 crochet hook.  The closeness of the stitches makes the blanket feel almost like a thermal blanket.  The free pattern can be found here: https://www.thespruce.com/easy-crochet-baby-blanket-pattern-978033   If you crochet, give it a try; I think you will be pleased with the outcome.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Bit of Humor

I'm a little short of something to post about this week, so let's settle for a bit of humor.  These are a few clippings from my collection of Frank and Ernest cartoons:

Now it's almost 3:00 p.m. which leaves me about two hours to piece a few Pickle Dish units before going out to do the evening chores.

Hope these give you a smile.  After all, they say "laughter is the best medicine",


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pickle Dish Blocks

For a few months now I've been working on and off on units for Pickle Dish blocks.  

The Pickle Dish units are basically the same as those which make a Double Wedding Ring except these have points instead of straight ends.  For this reason it is considered to be a difficult unit to piece; however, paper piecing makes it very easy and precise.

The next step is not so easy, and probably won't be precise, when I sew the curved arcs onto a white background.  I've hand pieced two Double Wedding Ring tops in the past, and so I know what to expect.  But after seeing a Fons and Porter show on PBS I have a better understanding of how to use lots of pins and take my time stitching them on the machine.

For the most part I have used small, light colored prints, and when combined with white it looks "light and airy" (an HGTV term, :)  Last week I ordered a roll of twenty seven , 6 x 43" strips in 1930s reproduction prints to give me more variety.  Some of them look and feel almost like the feed sacks Mama used to make little dresses for me.

Always in paper piecing there is some waste when the backs of the pieces are trimmed.  This is my box of trimmings:

Any bets on what I'll do with them?

Have a good day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One of Winter's Projects

I have worked on this baby quilt top on and off for the last few months.  The embroidery work took  a while, probably longer than the pieced circles.   It only measures 32 inches square, smaller than I'd like it to be.  I could piece another straight border, for the sides, like the circles.  Would that take away from the center design circles?  I don't plan to quilt it right away so there would be time to piece more (whew!).  Any suggestions?

Something happened and the pictures are in upside down order; the top one is the fabric I plan to use for the backing.  Blogging confuses me; first, it takes forever with our slow internet service to upload the pictures, and second, I seem to be out of control as to what happens. :)  Can't even sign off at the bottom of the post, :( so, have a good day!  Charlotte