Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Accompllishments

Sadie(dog) recovered fine from the surgery
Angela(dau) was here Monday and removed the stitches
Nurse that she is, said 4 weeks was too long for anyone to have stitches.

Sewing progress:

#5 of 17UFOsin 2017
2 of 6
Finished the grey twill pants, no picture.
Not a good pattern for me...supposed to be a skinny pattern for materials other than stretch
Seam down the center of the leg back--cute addition
Elastic waist, side pockets, no zipper(I added one)
Leg front  is very narrow...and when worn, seems to twist
not comfortable--will probably cut off for shorts to work in the garden

3 of 6
Completed Red Dress and Jacket---wore to church last Sunday....Good fit, comfortable
Made from these patterns

Progress on #1 of 17UFOsin2017

Quilt of Valor----top, back and batting complete, pressed and read to go to quilter
Have contacted the state coordinator and waiting to get names of quilters
Hoping to get this delivered next week

Other Projects
I was asked by a friend to create a prototype for a  turkey call pouch
He wants to possibly produce and sell
Fun development project---I love the challenge
These are some of the first cuts/samples
I ordered the cordura fabric and delivered him the final sample yesterday
waiting on a reply back from he and his partner to see if they need other changes

Crazy me, also volunteered to do taxes through the AARP Tax Aide program
sometimes we just lose our mind when friends ask for help
We only work Thursday from 1-4
can't wait until tax season is over
think I will not do this next year
forgot how much I hate doing taxes

Monday, January 23, 2017

Another Star

**Morning was spent in a meeting 
sometimes we volunteer and wonder why later

I volunteered(myself and Hub) to help a friend who is the director of the local TaxAide a program through

Did not think through the time involved.....
It has been many years since I have been involved in 
tax law.....taxes
What was I thinking.........

Oh well......10 weeks(one afternoon a week)
I can make it through

**Sadie completely stressed out after surgery
Did not sleep from Thursday to Sunday night
paced continuously during the day
sat in the same spot each night when we placed the e-collar on
no sleep
 Here she is dozing off with her little head propped
as she would drift off and nearly fall the pacing began
new type e-collar and med for sedation
sleep comes and she can/will function on daily activities
without me having to constantly watch to reduce the licking
pacing continues
only 6 more days

Yea!!!quilting relaxes me
continued (slow) progress on the hand quilting
another star completed

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hand Quilting

Saturday will be the anniversary of my getting Sadie
She was a birthday present from Hub 1 year ago.
She is a very  high spirited girl and has really been a challenge to train.
She thinks for herself.....and when outside so alert to noises and smells that her attention span for training is almost nil.
She has just in the last few weeks noticed that treats are good if you follow instructions.

She went Thursday to be spayed.....contemplated breeding but decided that she has almost eliminated my time for sewing  over the last year and that  as she settles down, I really want to return to the machine,

Last night as I was trying to watch and make sure that she was not licking stitches, I pulled out the quilt that needs hand quilting.
Item #10 on the UFO list

Following the lead of one of the others working on their UFO's;
I decided to set it out and try to dedicated at least 30 minutes daily to hand quilting.
Maybe this will not be too much to ask of myself.

As you can see, my stitches are not very uniform and not small.
but I continue to try.
I have not been successful using a hoop....very uncomfortable for me.
so free-hand is what I am doing.
When finished, this will be a first for me on hand quilting.

This quilt top was given to me by one of my Mother's friends.
She was cleaning out her closets preparing for the day she has to move to the assisted living environment.
She knew I loved quilts so I was gifted with this top and 5 other complete quilts that her mother made in the 40's and 50's.
I was very surprised.....and excited.  Will show pics of others later.

UFO list progress continues

UFO #5...I have completed 1(navy leggings)  of the six garments that I had on that list.
no pics yet.....want to get a top long enough to cover my bottom before I show progress

hope this UFO list keeps me pushing forward
resisting starting new.....