Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Holiday Sunday

The good news is that we really only have one super-busy week this holiday season.  And since it's been more than a week, you might easily guess that it was THIS week.  My hip/back is still really sore from visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, but we've still managed to see the Carole King musical, Beautiful, with my mother on Wednesday, then "helped" some friends bottle their wine yesterday during the day, then went to a holiday house concert last night (I even performed), and then tonight we have a dinner to go to.  I'm pretty worn out, but it's all fun--and tomorrow I can rest. 

There has been some crafting since my last update.  I did a new bowl, 
and, what's really exciting, is that I sliced up ALL the remaining fabric
from the Spicy Spiral runner
 
 for Andy's parents' 60th wedding anniversary last year.  This is a big thing for me, because I really loved how it turned out and the fabric, and using up the last of it will truly mean it's all gone.  ALL GONE.  And I've even started the bowl that will use it all up,
though I did learn that this isn't something I can do while on muscle relaxers or too much medication.  I started it earlier in the week when my hip/back was at it's worst, and when I examined it later, I had to restitch much of it because I'd missed sewing the rounds together.  Oops.

I also finished the second fall leaf runner, 
 and they are now in the gift bin, got another ornament done,
and this morning I'm trying out the tree design. 
I love the applique and lace ornaments, but the fact that one can use up scraps on them,
is probably not helping my compunction to hang on to scrap fabric.  Oh well--at least I have found a use for it, right?  And it would probably only take 100 or so of these to make an actual dent in my scrap basket.......:)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday

So, that was a fast almost-2-weeks.  I did remember Me Made Mondays,
though neither of them count for "new" items.  I need to pick up the pace on those a bit as it's almost December..  Speaking of timing issues, this
arrived last week. I can only assume this has been bouncing around in the mail for 3 months or that "pre-order now" refers to Christmas 2017.  Okay, yes, every crafter I know DOES actually have insanely unrealistic expectations of how fast we can make Christmas gifts, but I think most of us at least expect stores to have more sense than we do.  That's what they're there for. 

Last weekend Andy and I popped down to Twin Falls for the weekend to get Emma fixed,
and Larry was able to replace the part while we were there, so I have two working Husqvarnas!  And,
a new quilting foot to play with.  The one I have for the Bernina has a guide, and I really like it, but the feed dogs pull very hard and there's no changing foot pressure on it, so since I was there anyway, I did a little shopping.  If I'm going to spend money, I'd much prefer to give it to great local stores like Twin Falls Sewing Center.  I don't know what Theo thinks of the new foot,
but he is enjoying some sewing time.  And I might have celebrated getting my embroidery machine fixed with some new embroidery designs....
And I'm working on some projects I might have bought designs for a while ago:
but at least are finished in time for Christmas.  Technically, this is Andy's year to make gifts, but my hours at the music store were horrific (because you can do that to salaried people), so Andy ended up fixing dinner and doing all the grocery shopping and the cleaning and pretty much everything else around the house while I was there.  So, I can certainly pitch in and help with gifts.  Especially since I'm still 18 yards short of my fabric goal for the year..............

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday

 It's a pretty tense time in America right now, in case anyone just woke up from a coma or something.  Yesterday I spent some time with a very old friend, which was wonderful, and last week I started doing some VERY part-time/temporary work with one of my oldest friends, which has been great.  There are people who bring pain to your life and people who bring joy.  I hope I am always the latter in the lives I touch, and I am really thankful I have so many of you in mine. 

It was time for a little beauty today.  Jeeves is working beautifully,
which is really fun.  With nothing positive happening on the job front, it's nice to not have to even think about replacing him just yet.  The other machine I took down--Emma--worked okay for a while, then flipped out again, but behaved beautifully today.  Larry, of course, warranties his work, so I've emailed him to let him know there's still a problem and he's already ordered the replacement part.  I have run out of places to leave them positive reviews, but if I ever find a new one, 5 stars! 

The brown table runner has been on hold because I couldn't decide how to finish it, but it just needed some sort of edging, so I picked a decorative stitch in gold thread,
using embroidery thread rather than metallic as it shreds and I just didn't need that today.  Especially because the sewing gods had this lined up for me:
It's really hard to see, but I was literally and inch and a quarter short of having enough binding with just two strips.  I had a little partial strip available, but I hate to have two joins so close together.  Still,
I adore the finished runner.  In fact, I love it so much that we're keeping it.  Not that I have a surface right now without a fall table runner, but I could turn it into a hanging--or we could always get more furniture, right?

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Big Old Fabric Snarl for the Evening.....

Jellyrolls are the sock yarn of the quilting world--tempting, take up relatively a small amount of space but can take a surprisingly long time to use up.  As I prefer to prewash fabric before sewing with it, I thought it would be brilliant to throw--not one, but TWO--jellyrolls into a lingerie bag and wash them.   And in case you're wondering what happens to 84 strips of cotton fabric sent through several various washer & dryer cycles involving spinning,
the word you're looking for would be "snarl."  A big one.  This is only the part I ironed this evening.  

I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with either of them, but I still have a LOT of ironing to finish before having to decide.  Another wild Friday night around here........

Friday

Two nations woke up today--both hurt and angry and wondering how the other could treat them this way.  It may be that this wall is bigger and wider than we had ever imagined, and I'm honestly not sure we'll find a gateway.  For my friends who voted for Trump, I know the protests outrage you, but my question is:  Did the protests over Obama's election upset you?  They happened--both in 2008 and in 2012.  And did you speak out against them?  There was a lot of racial imagery in those and in the Tea Party protests, and again I ask:  did you speak out against them?  Because here's the thing: very shortly after Obama was elected, lots of my Republican friends circulated a "joke" about praying for Obama's death.  Was it racist or just because he wasn't their candidate, and how is it okay to joke about it either way?  If you saw it, did you laugh?  Did you pass it on?  Did you tell the person who sent it that it was inappropriate?  For years I had been going to a relative to get my hair cut, and I think it was one year after Obama's election and during the normal chit-chat during a haircut, I asked her if they had any plans for the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday, and rather than answering with any plans, she complained about it (I forget why--I mean, who hates holidays?) and said that she hoped "those people" were happy now.  As we were actually the only people in the room, she wasn't talking about a group standing over somewhere else.  Donald Trump himself demanded to see Obama's birth certificate, creating the "birther" movement, and dogged Obama for his entire presidency.  Until then, no one had EVER questioned the citizenship of a presidential candidate, so to do so with the first multiracial one is, in fact, racist.  And Trump continued to beat this horse LONG after Obama showed his birth certificate to the world.  Now the man who unceasingly said that Obama was born in Kenya was elected President of the US by mostly white voters--could you even stop to ask yourself how you might feel if you were black?  I am not saying you are not entitled to your feelings--of course you are.  But if it was different when your party did it, then maybe we've found one of the problems.

I am white--so white that you could suffer temporary snow blindness if you walked into a room and saw me naked--and with a few exceptions, I can say without a doubt that almost none of the people I know who voted for Trump would burn a cross on someone's yard or paint a swastika or call someone a racial slur.  We don't do that.  But what Obama's presidency has shown us is that some people still do.  And the KKK is planning a "Victory March" December 3  to celebrate Trump's victory, because even though Trump's campaign did denounce the KKK endorsement as "repugnant," he campaigned on a message that closely resembled that of the KKK.  Again, many of the people I know who voted for Trump do not support the racially-divisive things that he said, but one of the perks to being a white heterosexual is that one can not agree with what he said and not be affected BY the things he said.  Not everyone is so lucky, and they're frightened and angry and hurt.  That's why if it isn't people of both parties who stand up and say that this message of hate is NOT who we are, then we have no chance of uniting as a country.  I know it's hard not to be frightened of a changing country--we've been the world superpower my entire life and that is slipping away and it's frightening--but we're not going to solve it by scapegoating anyone or fearing each other.  Nothing has ever been solved by fear.  Do we move forward together or divided?  That's the choice now.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Choice

I didn't post that picture yesterday to imply that our country is unified in any way.  We're definitely not, and I heard sentiments in this election that people 50 years ago would at least have hid under sheets to say.  But I wanted to let my friends know that whatever the color of your skin, whomever you have found to love, I am with you and I will fight for your equality. I will stand up to those who think it's okay to mock disabled people or to bully anyone.  We all have to decide who we are, and this is who I am.  And we will NEVER go back.  That's a promise.