Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Made My Goal of 52

Just finished the last 3 pillowcases today before leaving on retreat tomorrow!  I didn't plan to make so many this year (last year I made 52 for this retreat), but when I didn't have any fabric to count as being used for the fabric stash report each week, I would make a pillowcase. Here are the last 2 in the dragon fabric and 1 in the French purses.  I sure hope they will fit in that pink bag!   There are 23 novelty fabrics and 29 in the dragon fabric (and there is still more dragon fabric left on the shelf). Ugh! That will have to wait until another time.

I'm off for a few days of R & R and looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing some of the regular attendees from all over the U.S.  They come from as far away as California, Virginia, Minnesota Kentucky, Wisconsin Tennessee and Alabama plus other states. I hope to get some tops finished up with needed borders, bindings or pieced packings. Who knows, there may be time to sneak in a little knitting too.  Today it's almost 90 and that's the weather prediction most of the week.  It will be good to stay inside and play with fabric and eat, laugh, sew, knit and just relax.

See you later --it's about time I think what clothes to pack.  You know the sewing projects are more important than what to wear, right?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 23

A busy week, but not for using my stash, I'm afraid.  There was nothing in or out.  That's not all bad though, it means I'm still batting 100% on NOT buying any fabric for the year.

Same numbers as last week.
Fabric Report -Week 23
Fabric Added - O
Fabric Used: O
Fabric Added YTD - O
Fabric Used YTD -  45.5 yds
Net used in 2015 - 45.5 yds

I did however get a few things done during the week. Finished reading a book entitled "Rena's Promise" by Rena Kornreich Gelissen co-authored with Heather Dune Macadam.  It is the true story of two sisters who survived Auschwitz for over 3 years and what they saw and endured to stay alive.  It was unbelievable what the human body and mind can endure and still live to tell about it. It hit so many different emotions in me, that I was exhausted when I finished it, but loved it.  It is a story that I will never forget.

My other task was to make chive vinegar.  Barb over at Cat Patches introduced me to this several years ago. Since I love chives and grow them on my patio, I started making it.  Last year my chive plant was not very big, so it only made a small amount. This year, the plant as doubled and there were enough blossoms to get twice as much. Still not much compared to Barb's standard amount, but I'm happy with what I got this time.  I love using it when making salad dressings. Whenever it calls for vinegar, I substitute this.  It has a slight oniony flavor and look at that beautiful purple color.  It will get a bit darker purple as it ages.  It makes for great gifts too for those gourmet cooks in your family.

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.  Stop by and see what others have done this week. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

On and Off the Needles- June 5, 2015

Well, I did it!   Finally finished my Hermione's Socks.  Now I can move on to something new on the needles.


Do you remember this earlier start of the Pretty Basic Shawl, well it was not looking right.  The center design was all caddywampus and I knew it would bother me every time I wore it, so I bit the bullet and frogged it back to the beginning.  Now I am going to pay attention more and see if I can get it right this time!

Starting Over.
Check out more OTN posts at Patchwork Gardens to inspire you.