I haven’t totally dropped off the face of the earth! I’m here and doing fine. The last two weeks I’ve been in self-isolation because I have a cold. I still have a cough, but I’m thinking that’s related to other health issues. For now I’m up and being productive!
I offered to help a relative in the medical field with any sewing, should the hospital she works in need it. After a bit of back and forth a request came in for cloth scrub caps. So the last couple of days I’ve been designing and sewing those. I hope to have a box off to them by Friday.
I’ve also been doing a bit of rug hooking on my South Korean rug since I last posted. But, to be honest, progress has been stalled with Covid-19 and the scrub caps.
I hope all my readers are well out there. Here in Canada our Prime Minister has invoked the Quarantine Act in an effort to get everyone to stay home and flatten the curve, reducing the burden on health care workers and hospitals. It seems to be working in British Columbia, our westernmost province. We are hoping it works across the rest of Canada.
Covid-19 has kind of messed up our plans for moving this year. As a result of the quarantine I have postponed kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations at our new house. They are not essential. We don’t even know if it’s okay for the sale to go through. As it stands now, someone needs to go to the bank and get a bank draft to drop at the seller’s lawyer. Plus there’s a final check of the house. Plus we have to see our own lawyer. Both Hubby and I are high risk for developing Covid-19, so I’m not excited about these extra community contacts. I’d much rather we both stayed home. But we can’t live in our friend’s basement forever. While the timing may be bad, it may just be a chance we have to take.
I’ve also decided to plant a garden this year, even if it’s just a container garden on the deck. I’m not confident about the availability of foodstuff from our local grocers. Hubby and I use online ordering to acquire food these days. They are slow at best, and didn’t have nine items on my list last time! I understand these are stressful times, but we still have to eat. I just wish people would quit hoarding so those of us who don’t can simply eat!
The decision to garden has been impacted by Covid-19 in more ways than that. Apparently everyone else has the same desire to garden this year. The main local seed store, from where I was going to order seed, temporarily shut down it’s online store due to a shortage of product. However, they plan to have it up and running again this coming week. It’s the panic over buying by some people, resulting in these interruptions in the supply chain, that is making Canadians nervous and fuelling more demand. It’s a vicious cycle.
Despite what’s going on in the world with Covid-19, I am seeing a lot of good in people and am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the skills, technology, and ability to help others. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, food to eat, and clothes to wear. I find it useful for my mental health to look at the positive things around me…like our landlady sharing meals with us, and being able to bake with her. I am thankful that, while we’re on a fixed income, at least we have an income. And I’m thankful that I can contribute, even if in a small way.
As always, I hope this post finds my readers healthy and safe. Take care till next time…Jean
I’ve now taken to referring to all this sewing and quilting of Dad’s old L.L. Bean shirts to “The Shirt Project”. I finished the moose wall hangings Sunday evening. So far I am a week ahead of my overall schedule for sewing items. That is good because the quilts may take longer than I expect. I want to hand stitch those bindings to finish them.
Here are the finished “flying geese” pot holders. I found a basic flying geese quilt pattern online (just google “flying geese pot holders”) and adapted it to my materials. Each one of these has two layers of Radiantex (R) in the centre, facing outward on both sides. That makes both sides suitable to use with hot pots and pans. These are really designed as hot pads for the table as they have no hanging loop. However they will serve as both pot holders and hot pads. They are 8″ square.
And here is the table runner in various stages. It is roughly three feet long by twelve inches wide.
Table runner pieces.
The border added.
The finished table runner.
Next up are four 40″ square toddler quilts. I have designs drawn in my bullet journal and have cut out the pieces for two and a half of the quilts. I am waiting for coordinating fabric to arrive in the mail for one of the quilts. I had a special order for “a puppy quilt”. Dad didn’t have any puppy shirts, so I am augmenting his shirts with some puppy fabric. I don’t think I have enough shirt fabric for the final quilt to be similar block style to the others. I may end up making a form of strip quilt, or something like it. Something that will use up scraps and still look good. But first I have to do an assessment tomorrow and see if I have enough fabric left for one hundred 4.5″ squares.
Having a great week and hope to have a better weekend. Take care everyone!
Hi folks! It’s been raining off and on this week. We badly need it. I am happy to see it.
I had a great time at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair this year. Found some friends selling their wares and chatted them up a bit. I hope they did well.
This weekend is our multicultural festival, Mosaic. Hubby and I were out to the Korean pavilion last night. The food was good and so was the show! Lots of good dancers there. Not sure yet where we’re heading tonight for Mosaic. The weather forecast is for thunderstorms, which can be an issue here on the prairies.
I’ve spent some time fussing over the moose wall hangings made from Dad’s shirts. The binding proved more than I could handle alone, even with YouTube videos to watch! I called in reinforcements. A friend came over and showed me how to do it quickly and, well, almost effortlessly. I have one more to fix and one more to go. Then it’s onto attaching hanging sleeves. I hope to be done the wall hangings by Sunday evening.
After that I have potholders, a table runner, and three baby quilts to sew. I think I’ll be leaving the quilts till last.
Okay, so mostly I’ve been sick with a cold this week. But I did get some serious sewing done using Dad’s old L.L. Bean shirts. I have to say the fabric quality is excellent. Some of it is very fine cotton, but it still looks good and, backed with leftover quilt batting, an old sheet, and lined with leftover muslin, it should hold up just fine in the tote bags I’m making.
This tote is stitched in the ditch to quilt the fabrics to leftover quilt batting and an old sheet for stability. The lining, pockets, and straps are a tight muslin that was leftover from another project. I confess I had to buy thread, because I couldn’t find mine. I may have to buy a seam ripper too. I have a seam that needs to be partially ripped on the tote bag yet.
Dad had interesting taste in colors and patterns. Once his hair turned white he determined he would wear any color he wanted, and did! All the colors of the rainbow are here except purple. And I notice there is no black or white either.
This week I sewed eight cushion covers and one tote bag. I have three more tote bags ready to go. Unfortunately company is sick and sleeping in my living room, which is open to my sewing area in the dining room, so no sewing today. I decided I will sort through boxes looking for my fusible webs for the moose wall hangings that are coming up next.
I have been absent for some time online. My father passed away recently. He was known for his bright and lively L.L. Bean shirts. I was given (at my request) nineteen of them. My goal is to make something for each descendant who wants something. Right now that adds up to 23 people who want small items like cushion covers, tote bags, wall hangings, potholders, baby quilts, a table runner, and a pocketknife pouch. Currently I am working on the cushion covers. Eight people have requested these. I finished four today and will do another four tomorrow. I’ve set everything up to operate an assembly line for sewing and pressing. I’ve had to borrow an ironing board. I sold my big one in preparation for the move (which has been postponed), and cannot find the small one I packed…somewhere…
Aside from the sewing, I’ve been busy knitting. I found Fleece Artist’s National Parks 150 yarn on sale at Unwind Wools in Okotoks, Alberta in mid-April and bought up as much as I thought I’d need, as it is being discontinued. I have one taker for the hat I finished on the subsequent trip to Dad’s funeral. The yarn is the Sable Island, N.S. colour way. The pattern is out of an Ann Budd’s “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns”.
Other than that, we’ve made two trips to Alberta since mid-April. We’ve met many new people and visited with family and friends. I thank all of them for their love and support at this difficult time. While Dad was quite sick this past year, it was still with sadness that I heard the news he had died. He lived a long and full life. I am sad he is gone, but glad he is no longer suffering. Peace be with all my readers. Take care and have a great week! 🙂
Getting there! Almost finished hooking African Dream.
I didn’t attend Crafting this week, so no work on the knit cellular baby blanket.
I have been up in my sewing room, looking over a variety of unfinished projects, trying to decide what to work on next. It’s time to either do some of them or pass them on. Has anyone else felt this way?
I’m currently trying to make a video of my sewing room to show some organizational ideas but I’ve been having technical difficulties filming with my iPhone. Must get the light working so people can see inside the closet! I’ve also been having difficulties editing it on my MacBook Pro. QuickTime doesn’t do what I want it to do, even though the toolbar says it can. Hmm…time to check out QuickTime tutorials on YouTube.