Monday, November 12, 2018

Holy Moly Stash and Stitch 11-11-18

I have been quilting and quilting my sister in laws quilt. So far I have quilted for 12+ hours on it. The fabrics that were used in this quilt are from the 1980's. More then half of them are poly blend and the rest calico, shirting, and unknown. There is 35 years of dust in this quilt. I have a sore throat, my glands are swollen and have a headache since I started quilting it 5 days ago. Even my nose runs when I work on it. May be coincidence but I doubt it. This quilt was in a house fire. It was not touched by the fire but I am thinking maybe some of the chemicals firemen use to put out fires may be present. It was stored in a office supply box for years. Though I don't see anything on the box or on the quilt, I feel worse when I work on it.

It was necessary to do some repairs to a few spots in the sashing where the fabric was shredding away from the seam. The border had to be cut down 1 1/2 inches because in several places the batting was missing or backing fabric was torn. Also the poly batting looked grey, dirty, and dingy.  I am up to the binding. I am going to finish it today. I made 480 inches of binding. More than enough to go around the quilt.

Other than the quilt, I worked on a zip pouch with clear plastic front. It is not finished. I ran out of time. I didn't want to re-thread my machine to do the last 4 seams. I will save that as a reward for finishing SIL's quilt.

 


Stash Report   Week 45 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 97 yards 
Net used for 2018: 74 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 62 yards !!  

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 45        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         240 of 314 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL


Monday, November 5, 2018

Overwhelmed Stash and stitch 11-4-18

This week is a blur! Ha Ha.
First 2 days was dedicated to our guild newsletter. Some ladies sent their articles very late. Not amused! LOL!

I went to the gym 5 times this week, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Total was little over 7 hours. In between Monday and Saturday I sewed, attended Halloween parade at elementary school, took the boys to Tiny Tots at the recreation center for an hour, to wear them out. I also babysat so my daughter could go to the gym twice in the afternoon instead of at night. Also spend one day with AAA having a car towed to be fixed. Then towed back because the dealer could not fix it. UGH! Wasted of several hours and much stress.

Friday was my big sew day. I started working on my sister in laws quilt that was started 35 years ago with her mom. Her mother passed away 25 years ago. She just couldn't finish it and asked if I would. I told her yes but with the stipulation that I do not hand quilt, only by machine. She accepted. I stalled as long as I dared. She wants to give it to her daughter for Christmas.  I just felt so badly that I was going to machine quilt it. After consulting with several of you, I feel okay to proceed. Done is better than not done and in a box for another 35 years. This quilt is 120" x 120" with 35 year old poly batting. It survived a house fire. Didn't even smell like smoke when they found it on the basements steps, right where it had sat, untouched for over a decade.

I have been working on the borders. SIL started sewing them in an angle. So I continued it. I have to break thread on every row. After 4 hours, I only have two sides done. I hope the middle goes faster. Everything is stitched in triangles and squares, so more thread breaks. I am hoping if I sew on it 1-2 hours a day it will get done soon. I still have all my Christmas gifts to make. Sigh...




Stash Report   Week 44 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 97 yards 
Net used for 2018: 73 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 62 yards !!  

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 44        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         233 of 307 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Catching up. Sitcth and Stash 10-28-18

It is the last Sunday in October. How did that happen?

I had a very busy week. Many doctor appointments, gym class and taking the kids to the park. I did manage to sew. Most of my sewing was today. I finished everything that has been laying around on my work space. Elastic in 6 pairs of pajama shorts, red shorts for Raina, 8 fabric napkins that I sewed 2 months ago. Today I turned them right side out and finished the stitching. They are the shape of a half moon. You have to fold it in 4ths. You can then set the table with the flatware sticking out of the top or turn them point side up and they resemble trees.


8 Fabric Napkins. Just have to iron them!
The tan one is for the Guild Boutique (set of 6) 


6 Pajama Shorts!


Raina's shorts made from a $2.00 T-shirt from Michael's!
I put my label on the outside so it doesn't bother her and also so she knows which side it the back. Her mother says she is acting like the Princess and the Pea with all her clothing. So far what I have made her has passed inspection! LOL!!! 



Stash Report   Week 43 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 97 yards 
Net used for 2018: 71 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards !!  Reached Goal!!!!!  

New Goal for 2018 - 85 yard!

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 43        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         226 of 300 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL














Monday, October 22, 2018

Still plugging away. Stash & Stitch 10-21-18

This past week has been hell. Every other daya doctor appointment. Gym classes, errands, sharing my car.

I did sew everyday. My sewing was for my granddaughter who is outgrowing her clothes. I have been making alterations, shorts from T-shirts, lengthening  tops. She always wears knits and now she says they bother her. Her mother states that mornings are a nightmare. Since my budget is very tight this year, I purchased XL T-shirts from Michaels' for $2 to make her shorts. I use the left over 3-4 inches at the bottom to make a ruffle to add to other t-shirt dresses she has.
This has really put me behind in Christmas sewing but I guess the smiles I get are worth it. She is my biggest fan!!! "Grandmas Super Power is Sewing!!!". LOL!



Stash Report   Week 42 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 97 yards 
Net used for 2018: 71 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards !!  Reached Goal!!!!!  

New Goal for 2018 - 85 yard!

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 42        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         219 of 293 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Sunday, October 14, 2018

New Focus, Stash & Stitching report 10-14-18

This week flew by. I have been trying to keep busy everyday. Several of the PJ shorts are done except for the elastic waist. Hoping to get those out of the way tonight.

This past week I decided to join a gym. I have been dieting successfully for 3 months. Down 30 lbs. Billzion to go. The last two weeks I plateaued. Have not budged an ounce. With all the trouble I have walking, it was time to go to the next step. Exercise!

I live in Florida where often you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, so walking outside is out of the question for a lot of the year. If it isn't the heat, it's the mosquitoes from the rainy season, or the Love bugs that smack you in the face as you run to try and get into your car.

I joined using Silver Sneakers program. Many Fitness groups allow the seniors to exercise for free with this program. It is part of Medicare Advantage program. What a workout! I did all the exercises the instructor showed us. Not well but I didn't give up. I am the biggest person in the room, but not the oldest. LOL!  Hoping to lose 20 more pounds by January. So to this end I have been going 1 to 2 times a day. I can already tell my walking is getting better. It would be nice to not have to use my walker next year in Seattle. That is part of my second goal. To walk without the walker and lose another 20 lbs by July 2019.



Stash Report   Week 41 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 96 yards 
Net used for 2018: 70 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards !!  Reached Goal!!!!!  

New Goal for 2018 - 85 yard!

15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 41        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         212 of 286 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday Stash and Stitch 10-7-18

September went by very fast, too fast! Did a lot of things but not to many finishes.
I am elbow deep into Christmas sewing. PJ sweatshop sewing. ha ha! I also asked my 5 year old grand daughter if she wanted to make presents for a few people she loves for Christmas. The voice message I received shattered my eardrums. LOL. This past Saturday she slept over. I had her pick out fabrics to make pouches. She completed one. Just needs the string. Do you think she enjoyed sewing?? Ha Ha! My fashionista wants to continue to make more skirts. Next sleep over!



Stash Report   Week 40 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 70 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards !!  Reached Goal!!!!!  

New Goal for 2018 - 85 yard!


15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 40        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         205 of 279 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sunday Stitch and Stash 9-30-18

This week went by very quickly. So many appointments.
I did sew everyday.

I joined a crochet group on Mondays.It is 2 hours a week at the library.  I needed to talk to people taller than 3 feet with a more extended vocabulary than my grandchildren. It was fun and relaxing. I needed something to do with my hands. I am not a hand piecer so crocheting is the next best thing. Unfortunately I had to go buy some yarn. Its been 18 years since I crocheted and couldn't find my yarn. I am sure yarn has changed in 18 years. I did find my hooks. Crocheting came right back to me. My stitches were even. I went again this morning. I had made a hat for the children's charity they sponsor every year. Now I need to make a scarf.


In the meantime I started an Afghan for my 91 year old mother in law.
I did rip it out 10 times but its coming along nicely. It is called Corner to Corner. The yard is Caron Blue Moon.



This week I also cut out 12 pairs of PJ's. Started sewing the patch pockets. All the boys want patch pockets on them to stow their phones, etc. Now I have all the little boy PJs to cut out. They will sew up quickly once they are cut.



Stash Report   Week 39 2018
Fabric used this week: 22 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 69 yards 
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards !!  Reached Goal!!!!!  

New Goal for 2018 - 85 yard!


15 Minute Challenge:  
Week 39        7 of 7 days
2018 Total         198 of 272 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL








Monday, September 24, 2018

Sunday Stash and Stitch 9-23-18

Clothing alterations still going on. My granddaughter has outgrown a lot of her clothes. I had made her a My Lil Pony top and shorts. The shorts are gone but the top did not pass the arms in the air test. School does not allow bellies to show. So instead of chucking the top I added a ruffle and some lace to the bottom. While I was at it I made her leggings.


She sent me a nice voicemail saying she loved it. I couldn't ask for more!

Some sewing on charity quilts this week. Our Guild charity sew on Wednesday set a goal to finish 350 quilts by Thanksgiving. We are going strong. So far we have 232+ quilts finished and another 100 tops in kits ready to be finished.

I had a very bad time with my Janome 6600 sewing machine on Saturday and Sunday. I will have to take it in and have it checked. I think it is at least 12 years old. While sewing using the pedal it beeps and hesitates. I am going to test in today using the auto button. I really don't want to upgrade to a new machine. I have about 8 machines in the house but this is the one I use for FMQ. Will let you know what happens.

As for my sewing and stash, my math was so off I had to fix a few posts. Somewhere I started subtracting days instead of adding them in. SMH!
Simplified it a bit so my brain does not explode. LOL!

Stash Report   9/16 - 9/22  Week 38 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 47 yards   
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
9/16- 9/23         7 of 7 days
2018 Total         191 of 265 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday Stash & Sewing 9-16-18

This week flew by. I did a lot of sewing but really don't have much to show. Most of this sewing was for the Wednesday Charity sew. I pieced together about 7-9 backs for quilts. I mended clothing, altered clothing and made some napkins for the 2020 Quilt Show Boutique.

I finally decided that I could not work in a mess and cleaned my sewing room. That took forever but I found some things I had forgotten I purchased. Some buried projects. I found places to put the fabric I will be working with for Christmas presents. Mostly flannel PJ. They sew very quickly. What takes the longest is the pockets. All the boys want patch pockets!






Yesterday I re-measured my granddaughter, She has grow quite a bit since I took her measurements 2 months ago. I didn't want to have to alter the clothes after Christmas.

Stash Report   9/9 - 9/15  Week 37 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     45 yards
Fabric Added this week: 20 yards   (Flannel) 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 45 yards      Net in the red - 51 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
9/9- 9/15         7 of 7 days
2018 Total         184 of 258 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL