Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Softball Jacket

Tonight is the opening night of the Wombats softball season, and the new uniforms look really good.  All except for one, that a player's puppy got hold of, and the collar had a 2 1/2" bite chunk gone, with a small shred at the top of the zipper on the other side.

I almost never have black knit in my stash, but last week I enlarged a knit scrub with - black knit.  So there you have it.  The jacket doesn't look new and pristine, but it looks new and if you're more than three feet away you'd never notice the repair.  If you're closer, you probably still wouldn't notice.  I hope the player and her mom will be pleased.


Friday, April 29, 2016


This is the first year for this clematis to bloom.  The foliage is very petite, and I was expecting tiny flowers.  Not so, the flowers are big, maybe five inches across, and they look bigger because the foliage is small.  I like this.

I finished the porch cushions yesterday, and made an extra throw pillow for the customer from matching fabric I bought to make a trial cushion.  I had used the serger for the cushions and I was in that mood, so I serged around the right-sides-together edges, serging off at the ends, and leaving an opening for turning.  On those square corners I used the serger to serge off small triangular corners and that worked great.  That pillow was done in no time.  I love things like that, things new to me.

I'm hoping to finish mowing today.  I had just started yesterday when the rain came.  Not too hard, so I did get my tiny front yard finished.  Next week needs to be a yard work week, the weeds are out of control!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Strange Morning

This morning I was snoozing peacefully, dreaming about something or other, when I heard something that sounded like a dish knocked over, followed by various creaks.  Don't worry, there was nothing amiss, and I think it must have been part of my dream when the furnace came on, bringing with it a clatter and associated noises.  Very strange, and the only thing I can think of is that it's been warm lately and the furnace has been quiet.

A few minutes ago, the power went out, followed by a bang from a transformer somewhere.  It's now restored.

Strange morning so far, and it looks like there will be another storm soon, we've had a lot lately.

Nevertheless, I'm determined that this morning I'm going to start, and maybe finish, the porch cushion covers that I'm redoing for a customer.  I don't know why I've been so reluctant to start this, it's not that hard, it's just new for me.  To boost my confidence, I bought a piece of fabric yesterday to make one cover to be sure that the pattern I sketched out is ok.  It is.

This is just one of those things that has grown in my head and needs to get finished!  And then I can work on the log cabin in the picture above.  It's really, really calling me.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Someone's Garage

.I parked at the lot between 7th and 8th streets and walked down Monmouth Street toward the river.  I admired this garage in the alley, saw a big group of people taking a Gangster Tour (the mob reigned in Newport until the 60's,) and saw a new edgy store opening.

On the riverfront, there were Reds and Cubs fans heading to the game, four kids at a time in the hamster balls, and people waiting for restaurant tables.  I walked across the bridge to Cincinnati and then back home to listen to the game.

I was feeling kind of discouraged when I started out, but it's hard to stay down with all that going on.  Plus, there were quilt magazines to check out at Barnes and Noble.  Teenagers in prom dresses.  A stretch limo.  A big crowd at the riverfront bar.  

I considered getting a grilled cheese sandwich at Tom and Chee (they even make a grilled cheese sandwich on a glazed donut) but instead I came home and had cottage cheese on toast.  If you've never tried it, check it out.  It's really, really good.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Athletic Injury

Yesterday, Aaron broke his arm at recess, playing a game with a football.  No tackling, just one of those things.  He will get his cast next week.  As for baseball, he's on the disabled list.  I'm hoping that his cast will be wonderfully colorful and waterproof.  I have a feeling that he will be practicing batting left handed.  Who knows, this may turn him into a switch hitter.

The Hancock in my neighborhood, like all Hancock's, is going out of business.  They expect to stay open until July, but no coupons and no fabric cuts less than two yards.  So, for me, my shopping days there are almost finished.  It was so nice to be able to just dash over for a particular color of thread or a bit of fabric for an alteration.  

Now, I'll have to carefully plan ahead for my JoAnn trips.  Not a huge deal, I can stop after church, it will just be different.  I know I've been spoiled.  I've been leaning towards getting my quilt fabrics online anyway, especially since I buy a lot of Kona and the color selection is wonderful.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Maybe Next Year

Maybe next year, Sarah Briggs!

(The Flying Pig is Cincinnati's most popular marathon.  It's coming up in May.)

(Sarah is my daughter and a great runner.  She's especially good on hills.)

(Cincinnati is not flat.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pink and Green Baby Quilt

There were some fabric pieces left from the Minnie quilt that combined with my stash to make a NICU quilt for our group yesterday.  We learned that the hospital wants quilts to be 36" - 42" in length and width, so my quilts are going to be a little bigger from now on.  My goal was usually 30" x 36".  The quilts will be draped on the rockers now.

I'm always drawn toward making baby girl quilts, I love the pink/green combination.  There are two non-NICU boy quilts to come, though.

I have several sewing jobs right now and I'm trying to make progress on each and to not get overwhelmed, which happens with me when there is lots to do.  And then nothing gets finished in a timely manner.  I know that this is my own self-imposed stress, and the only thing I know to do is to just keep chipping away and keeping the momentum going.  

There is one job that I will so enjoy, fixing an old quilt, which will just require a little mending, trimming, and a new binding.  That goes under the creative mending category, something I always like.