Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Great British Bake off
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I thought we were going to do a Valentine's bake sale for Grace, so I cut out a lot of Valentine's themed tissue holders. The bake sale will be later in the year, but those are things that could always be used for some gift or sales thing.
I'm trying to work on a messenger bag using a free pattern online - which sucks. So it's slow going.
I have a system - I cut lots of things; I sew all the things; I iron all the things; I regroup and figure out what's next.
I was also working on the round robin for the quilt guild. I had some (male) students help me figure out what kind of border to do. I think it turned out ok, though it's not as good as the first one I did. And it's not all that straight.
I pulled out Alletaire, thinking I was going to start the quilting process, which I'm determined to enjoy. I love it so much, but I can see how my skills have gotten better in just the last 6 months. Because I didn't end up cutting it straight, I'm putting on the final borders in the worst way you can do it, but it is what it is. I have a plan for the backing. Again, it's a process. I just need some time to work on it.
I like that I have a lot of projects going and they're in different stages. Finishes are coming - I can feel it. I am almost finished with 50 or so tissue holders. I just need to quilt and trim some Christmas potholders.
|Round robin border #2 with Tri-rec units. Not as perfect as I want.|
|Why my sessions are not so productive :)|
|Me n my happy place, sewing at church|
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
So I laid out some preliminary pieces and I'm really discouraged. My sizes are way off and I'm going to have to make a bunch more pieces and I have too many of others. So I'm going to put it away until I really have some focused time to work on it. I'm excited about it. I loved using the tri rec ruler. I like another piece quite a lot. It's just a lot of pieces.
|This is a screen shot of the layout I like. I love the circles. I'm going to make 4 placemats of the magenta stars and 4 with the purple (blue here) stars.|
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Grace and I are seriously considering starting a business together. Last year, I had the thought that since my mother painted and my sister made wreaths and redid furniture and now has a silhouette, and I sew, we can start doing little vendor booths together. Last weekend, Grace and I started chatting about her crafting and how I was going to get serious about a business this year. I've always been "made for you by Lulu." Any food stuffs I make always come with that and a logo. This year I'm going to get a real logo made, then some labels and a stamp and some cards. I've planned and started working on inventory. I need to decide on a website platform. Figure our how to take great pictures. Grace wants to be "Gigi's Doll Boutique" and we're working on patterns for doll clothes and accessories. I know it's going to be a slow process with lots of steps, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
My friend Michelle came in from Austin last week and I was able to spend some time with her. We went to a new local brewery then to dinner with other friends and back to the brewery. Great beer. They had a coffee porter that made me really happy.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Sunday, January 1, 2017
;------- This is an excellent book. I read it because of the buzz. It was great. Funny, original, steampunky, etc. Fantastic. Listening to it was great too. I got the second book, but put off reading it because I wanted to savor it. The second book ended on such a horrible cliffhanger. I was so pissed. I read the 3rd book, but that's the last one I'll read.