Sunday, January 21, 2018

End of Week Reporting for the Third Week of January

I had a fairly good week as far as spending 15 minutes in the sewing room. I spent six out of seven days sewing or prepping fabric to sew. I just couldn't work it in on Tuesday when bookkeeping took up my day and fried my brain. I'm keeping a spreadsheet to show how many days of the week I'm sewing, but I think I need to have a page tracking each day. I know I did something Wednesday, but I don't remember now what it was. That sounds like a good rainy Sunday project.  I don't expect to have good numbers next week.  Hubby went on a business trip early this week and brought home a cold.  Today, I woke up with a sore throat.  Drats!

I didn't unpack any fabric this week, at least not any of the quilting cotton I am tracking right now, but I did buy some fabric so I can finish a UFO. The sad thing is that I know I have enough scraps to finish this but I can't find any of my green or orange scraps. So I bought some inexpensive fabric from Walmart to finish this. It is going to be a wall hanging, so a cheaper fabric will be fine.

Linking to:
15 Minutes to Stitch at Life in Pieces
Sunday Stash at Quilt Paint Create

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Day of Loss Is a Day of Discovery

That's actually what the guy at Walmart told me as he was helping me. My day started out with me getting out of bed on time. Before you say 'so what?' in your head, let me tell you how unusual that is. I have a terrible time waking up in the morning. Insomnia does that to me; I feel like a big blob of molasses in the morning. The alarm rings and I turn if off and fall back into bed, melting back into my warm spot. But this morning I had a meeting at the library where someone was going to teach knitting and I actually stayed in solid form after turning off the alarm.

I bought my needles and yarn a couple of weeks ago and took it to the library last Saturday only to learn I had come on the wrong day. So I just left my supplies in the back seat so I would have them today. Except they weren't there. That's the bad thing about sharing a car. Hubby cleaned out the car so he could use it, and he remembers bringing in my needles and yarn, but he doesn't know where they are now. So I went to the library to tell them I wasn't coming, or rather wasn't participating and drove on to the next town to get some fabric for one of my quilting UFOs. That was the first frustration of my day.

The next frustration was not being able to find my scrap fabrics. I knew I only needed a few little strips of each fabric, and I really didn't want to go to the store. But last night I searched through at least twenty boxes and I never found even a scrap of fabric. I found a box marked winter clothes, so not all time wasted. But it meant a trip to town. And since I was going to town, I decided to take a pattern I made for foundation paper piecing. Somewhere, we have a printer with a scanner, but it must be in storage because I didn't find it in any of those boxes either. So my first stop was Office Depot. They have fancy new self-serve copiers since I last used them, and I couldn't figure them out. When I pressed the start button, it wanted a name and password. I had to wait in line at the printing desk while someone ordered business cards, and then I asked if there were directions how to use the machines and set up a password. The guy there said that wasn't needed, just push the cancel button and hit print. So I did. And it only printed half my pattern. Now there were three more people in line. So I just left.

Next stop was for fabric. Normally, I would pay for fabric with my credit card, but our card had fraudulent activity on it this week, so it was cancelled and we won't have new cards until next week. So I needed the cash I keep in my billfold in the car. Since I stopped carrying a purse, I don't carry cash with me. Just a driver license, credit card, phone, and keys weigh me down these days. My shoulder thanks me. Everything I used to carry in a purse, I now carry in the console of the car. But remember how I said Hubby cleaned out the car? Yeah, no billfold in the console either. I was limited to the twenty dollar bill I tucked into my pocket before I left home. I don't know if I've ever bought fabric for less than twenty dollars. This was going to be hard. I was going to have to tell myself no. And no. And no again.

That brings me back to the clerk-in-training at the store. I must have had a sour look on my face, or maybe that's just my usual look. I prefer to call it consternation as I deliberated the fabric choices and my limited budget. Finally, I made my decisions and he, being the chatty sort, asked me what I was going to make, and what all I needed to make it, and why not buy the batting and backing now too. That brought out my confession about losing stuff today. "Well," says the young philosopher, "your day of loss is also your day of discovery" as he pointed to the fabrics I picked out to complete my UFO. "You're a delightful optimist," I said, bringing a beaming smile to his face. "Of course, you aren't the one who lost your billfold either." Now I'm home, and ready to start working on this UFO. This is one of the UFOs on my first quarter list for Marci Girl Designs Finish-a-long.

This is the plan I made last night in MS Paint. I intend to use patterned fabric, but that's not on option in Paint.

And these are the fabrics I bought, some of which I may or may not use. I just didn't want to have to go back to the store once I get going.

Linking to:
UFO Busting at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
MOP at Tweety Loves Quilting

Monday, January 15, 2018

Design Wall Monday and First Finish of 2018

First up is the finished Cars quilt. I put the label on Saturday, but had to wait until Brownie went to work today before I could show the final product. If you noticed the white lines before, those are velcro strips. They are for the carports (pieces of vinyl placemats covered with fabric, with the corresponding velcro on the edges). A couple of little toy cars, and the quilt is ready for car trips. The back is flannel to make it warm and snuggly.

If I had a design wall, this little block would be on it. I'm not sure what I will do with it except that I want to make it a small wall hanging.

Linking to:
Moving it Forward at Em's Scrapbag
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts
UFO Busting at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting

Sunday, January 14, 2018

End of Week Reporting for the Second Week of January

I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy any fabric to finish the quilts I've started. But I didn't have enough of anything to bind the Cars quilt. I'm pretty sure I have some of the same stripe fabric I bought this week, but it must be hiding at the bottom of a box somewhere. So yes, I did buy a yard of fabric, a half yard of stripe and a half yard of yellow so I could make Susie's Magic Binding. Love that technique!

My stash numbers have also grown this week because I have continued to unpack fabric. So while my stash number has gone up, the actual fabric in my home is really not any different. Just a difference in found and unfound. Unpacking is not all bad though because I found my favorite ruler, a much needed space heater, a desk lamp, AND three UFO's. I might be able to play along with the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge by number after all. I thought I'd probably have to do them as I found them.

So without further yak yak, here is my stash report.

I'm also pleased to report that I have gotten in at least fifteen minutes of sewing every day this week. After posting this, I need to get to the machine or I won't be able to say that next week.

Linking to:
Sunday Stash at quilt paint create
15 Minutes to Stitch at Life in Pieces

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Prairie Dog Town

This prairie dog town is next to the campground at Caprock Canyons State Park. These little guys are fun to watch as they seem to be running around not paying any attention to cars or people on the road. But just take a step too close and suddenly, they whistle an alarm and then they all run toward their tunnels.

This town is on both sides of the road. What looks like lumps of clay or rocks in this picture is really lots of prairie dogs. The mounds around some of the holes are a little easier to see. Some holes are small, but others are quite large. The hole under the trash dumpster in the top right corner was so big that it looked like the corner of the dumpster could fall in.

Above is a cropped section of the same photo. See the prairie dogs now?

After a few minutes, they all come back out again as if nothing happened.

This little guy (or gal) was in an area by himself.  When he saw me watching him, he stood up and looked around like he just realized he was all alone.

He looked like he was about to jump in his hole, but then decided to stop and watch me.

I was ten to twelve feet away and keeping as still as I could, and he sat up again and just watched me.

After a few minutes, he turned his head to look around a little, but he never took his eyes off of me. When I walked off, he ducked into his hole. Searching for his friends who deserted him no doubt.

As I walked toward a road intersection to join Hubby, a startled prairie dog ran across the road.

Here is her glamour shot as she stopped beside a pot hole in the road.

She paused for a moment and then jumped into the pot hole. We waited a few minutes, but she never came out, so we walked over to the pot hole to see if she was crouched in the bottom.

It wasn't a pot hole at all! The prairie dogs had dug through the pavement and she was long gone!