Saturday, May 30, 2009
Got up and ran 5 miles early, beautiful day, glad I did it!
Fixed scrambled eggs for breakfast, enjoyed the coffee and newspaper.
Made the bed.
Cleaned the kitchen - emptied and refilled dishwasher, decluttered and wiped counters, scrubbed skillet.
Did a crossword puzzle.
Hard boiled some eggs for potato salad.
Laundry - 3 loads washed and dried, much of that folded and put away.
Sewed more sashings on the Mod Sampler. How do you like this green sashing?
Quilted almost 3/4 of the pink/purple/parasol quilt (it is not for me but for the granddaughter of my boss).
Now I must make the potato salad, rhubarb pudding, and spinach salad w/ strawberries, green onions and pecans for company coming in just 2.5 hrs.! Yikes!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Ideas and lists for the weekend - Not sure I'll get it all done or in this particular order, but I can dream...
House: pick up clutter, dust and vacuum, laundry, ironing, put books in car to donate to library, straighten closets, swap drh's summer/winter shirts, put away clean clothes, pay bills.
Outside: clean out car, sweep garage, prepare new planters for deck, buy and plant flowers in planters, wipe off table on deck.
Hobbies: run, sew quilt top for mod sampler, put pink/purple parasol quilt on frame, clean up sewing room, finish up more crosswords, sew dust covers for bobbin winder and long-arm, make new pin cushion(s), make tote bag.
Food: grocery shop (don't forget orange juice), plan and prepare company dinner Saturday night, attend brunch after church Sunday, make nice dinner Sunday night.
Misc.: plan outfits for next week, plan what to pack for long weekend at my sister's next weekend.
Let's see - what can I make for company dinner? Maybe pork chops on the grill, potato salad, baked beans, sweet corn on the grill?, strawberry/spinach salad... must think about it more before grocery shopping. I could look at cooking blogs for ideas, huh?
Now I better start on the list or nothing will be done, and that won't be a good thing.
Monday, May 25, 2009
My neck gets hot since the necklines are too close, and the hems are too long and too tight around the bottom. So I decided to modify the t-shirt and, while I was at it, make it even more coordinated with the pants.
Cut the neckline trim off. You can cut .5-1 inch below the seam as I did, or you can cut just below the seam if you want a bit closer fit.
Make 1.25-inch bias strips from your pants fabric. I had just a couple scraps, so I had to cut several strips and sew them together.
Leaving about 6 inches of the bias tape unsewn, and starting about 3 inches from the center back, sew the bias tape to the neckline with a .25-in. seam. Place the right side of the bias tape to the wrong side of the t-shirt neckline.
When you get past the second shoulder seam, lift the needle and cut the thread. Overlap and cut the bias tape with the unsewn part from the beginning so there is a 1.25 in. overlap. (Similar to how you put on continuous binding to the quilt edge.) With right sides together, make a diagonal seam to join the ends of the bias tape.
Continue sewing bias to the neckline until complete.Press the bias tape so it lies on the outside of the neckline.
Turn the bias tape raw edge to the seam line, fold against the t-shirt fabric so the tape lies completely to the outside of the t-shirt neckline.
Sew the bias tape close to the edge to complete the neckline trim.
Cut 2 inches off the bottom.
Measure 3 .5 inches up from the bottom on either side and cut a slit.
Pin a length of bias tape along the slit, with the right side of the bias tape to the wrong side of the t-shirt.
Sew a .25-in. seam along the bias tape, but taper the seam to the end of the slit on the t-shirt fabric. See photo.
Press the seam toward the tape.
Press the raw edge of the tape over .25 inch. Fold the pressed edge to the seam line and stitch close to the folded edge so it just barely covers the seam line. This is NOT the same as the neckline was sewn.
(More photos will be added)
With the right side of t-shirt fabric together, pinch a fold in the bias tape and sewn diagonally across the fold.
Trim bias tape to match bottom edge, if necessary.
Fold and press bottom edges of front and back up 1 inch.
Sew 5/8 inch from the bottom on front and back. Sew again .25 inch above the first hem line.
Press hems from outside of t-shirt.
Hint for making pants: add a small loop of ribbon under the waistline casing in back so you can tell which is the back of the pants.
How do you like the new pjs?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I finished quilting my friend's wall hanging panel she generously let me use to practice with a pantograph pattern. I had some trouble until I figured out which stitch mode and speed to use. Also the tension had to be tweaked because I changed the needle before starting this project. The stitching came out okay - it took longer and I didn't enjoy it as much as free motion, mostly because I wasn't able to enjoy the fabrics while quilting. All I could look at was the pattern and the laser stylus. A different experience. I do like the colors in the fabric - a rich, glowing navy which is my favorite kind of navy. I used a denim chambray variegated thread - not sure I like it a lot, but it looks fine.
On Sunday I cut and sewed the rest of the blocks for the big quilt I'm making with my sister for a gift. The blocks do look good once you mix them up together. It will turn out great. I told her I think the dark green/brown one in the lower left looks way too dark, and the rust and burgundy one near the center top has measurement issues and might have to be remade. She said, we only need 49 and we have 52, so no need to make more! YAY!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Saturday morning is a 5-mile trail race which, due to all the rain lately, will likely be more of a swamp race than a trail race. "must dig out old shoes"
Saturday afternoon is a reunion at the home of an old boss of drh. We will go reunite with people he worked with 20 years ago, and their spouses. "must dig out company manners"
Saturday night is dinner with friends, or maybe just drinks if we are too full from reunion snacks. "must dig out eye-lid props" No, I am really looking forward to seeing them, so I won't have trouble staying awake. HA.
Sunday is church, reading the paper, quilting, paying bills, laundry, calling m-i-l and s-i-l and daughters. Catch up day on tidying the house, preparing for the next week, reviewing and revising task lists. Think I have time to take a nap?