Summer is flying by here...August already! Anyone else thinking about Christmas yet? Might as well, 'cause you know how fast it'll be here! I'm still trying to find a balance between grandkids, volunteering, and creating. Seems every time I start on one I get pulled in another direction. I think I have adult onset ADD, which has been brought on by these kids and grandkids! So, about 'working' at The Discovery Shop. No, we don't get first crack at 'the good stuff'. Believe me, I expected to, but The Three Hour Rule is posted prominently in the break room. An item must be tagged and put on the sales floor for three hours before you, a volunteer, can go buy it. Yeah, I thought it was a sucky rule too, but this shop has 100 volunteers, so if we all went cherry-picking before putting stuff out on the floor, what would there be exciting to find for the customers? I was straightening racks there the other day and came across a skirt which was made from a fabric that just made me giddy. It was a size 14, above the knee, and all the way around was one inch pleats. Still had the store tags on it. (ya' think?) I immediately saw it's potential for use in a 'stack n whack' quilt. I've never made one but I know the concept from when my mom jumped on the bandwagon (along with most every other quilter) a few years back. I paid $8 for the skirt (and let the counter ladies think what they liked--didn't share my plans) and ran home to start ripping out all those seamed pleats. I kid you not; I ended up with eleven running feet of fabric. What designer could've thought eleven feet of pleated fabric would look good around a size 14 bottom? sheesh. After a short lesson via google, I started stacking and cutting and ended up with what will be 15 blocks in sizes 10, 16, and 20 inches.
Loving it so far!
I asked my mom not long ago how you get better and faster at paper piecing and she said (duh) "Plenty of practice". Well, I've made 24 blocks for the abc quilt that Marie Claire Idees inspired me to do and I have to say; I got pretty good AND fast! It's really quite enjoyable once you start building your confidence. Here's a look-see at what's waiting to be put together.
I really really am.
All these projects going on...now you know why I've never shown full-on pics of the studio. It's always too busy to straighten and pretty for picture taking! Know that I love it, tho. That John Duncan sure went the extra mile to gain nightly control of the tv remote, huh?
Oh. Speaking of my Bernina. I went to a group sewing gig (monthly volunteer thing through the guild for community quilts) and what a job hauling that thing in and out of the car! One lady had brought the super cute Hello Kitty 3/4 size machine by Janome. Said she'd bought it for her granddaughter who doesn't seem interested in using it so thought she'd give it a whirl. She sewed straight all day just like the rest of us! So, yeah; you guessed it. I had to go buy a 'travel' machine.
Before I got the desk in the studio for jewelry making I had this travel case on wheels stuffed with all my bead boxes and all sorts of miscellany. I was almost sad to not have a use for it anymore, and now YAY! the travel machine is a perfect fit. Can't wait til the next social sewing (I think it's at Scottie Dog, Brenda. So don't laugh at me and my I Can Sew machine!)
Well, I hate to end after all those pretty pictures with this next one but it's my current reality
Yep, garage sale time...once again! (I always hear that in the voice of Woody in Toy Story. YAAARRDD SAAAAALE!) We've been paying $65/mo storage for three years now just so we didn't have to deal with it but I caught John on a good day last week (or just off-guard) and he borrowed the U-Haul from his office and two loads later the storage garage was empty and we were parking out side and I'm planning the sale. Sad thing is, I haven't even brought anything out from the house. Who needs all this stuff? It's really ridiculous.
OH. I almost forgot. Last week when I signed off and John was going to get my computer fixed? All he did was take the cover off the hard drive and vacuum LOTS of dust out of the fans. OH it was so dirty in there. Put the cover back on, plugged it in, and the darned thing's so quiet now you wouldn't even know it's plugged in. Cool! These things apparently aren't rocket science. Pass it on! :-)