Wednesday, March 13, 2019

{Post 1,638} Random Fact

I did not sew at all today. So, to make your time on my blog worthwhile, I am sharing a random and little-known fact about myself. I do not use shampoo. I have not used shampoo for over ten years. Yet people (real-live strangers) stop me in stores to ask me what kind of shampoo I use (I threw that in so you would know I don’t go around looking like a greasy-headed-elderly-lady).

What do I do? I dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces or so of warm water and stir it until the water is clear. In the meantime, I wet my hair thoroughly. I pour the baking soda-ed water over my hair, rub my scalp a tiny bit, wait a minute, then rinse until the water runs clear. The end.

I cringe when someone takes my picture. That’s why I had to go back so far to get a picture of myself. But here is the back of my head at my daughter’s wedding in August (2018). Nice, clean hair, huh??  Notice I’m with my man ;) My hair is barely past my shoulders in length, BTW.

{Post 1,637} Promised Picture

Here is the picture that would not upload yesterday. I stitched 1/8” from the whole edge so that when I quilt this, the seams will not pop open.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

{Post 1,636} This ‘N That

Today has flown by. Every day does, but some just *poof* are gone.

My youngest son and I went out for breakfast. It seems I rarely see him. So I take him out to catch up. His car needed minor maintenance, so I offered to let him take my car to work and I took his in to the mechanic’s. What I thought was going to be a 45-minute deal was over two hours. Oh, well. I got to talk to my sister for a long time, which almost never happens. Then I looked at 3 thrift shops in the area. I’d like to find (or maybe morph) a coffee table for our living room. I have never used a coffee table. Shocked?

I added the last cream row to this little shirt string quilt. I decided to quilt it for my grandson due May 6. I will put Minkie on the back for softness. It measures 36” x 40”. Nice newborn size. (I have tried to upload a picture for over 20 minutes...will try again tomorrow).

I laid out the Moth in the Window blocks. Tomorrow I will make another set of sashing strips and start sewing this together.

I have a couple housekeeping things in my plans for tomorrow. Today I also replaced all the chair-sliding-pad things on the bottom of our 10 kitchen chairs. I spray painted a red little end table with a drawer a color called espresso brown. I think I will need to sew a small table mat for the top of that. I also want to make a table runner for our new living room console table. It looks bare without one.

Monday, March 11, 2019

{Post 1,635} Crumby

I am curious about how many of my readers have ever made a crumb quilt? Today I have spent most of my time alone, but have been on the phone or texting for hours at a time. A very emotional situation came up that required lots of communication with many different people. Earlier I was thinking, “It must be nearly 11 PM...” and it was 5:17. So I decided to piece the crumbs that were interfering with my pulling out strings. I simply dumped out my little blue string bucket and put the crumbs (odd misshaped pieces at least 1-1/2” square) onto a plate, which I ended up dumping onto my sewing table.

I am going to just post the pictures of how I crumb piece. After each sewing session, I press the new unit open, then make one side straight. I just try not to use the same fabric twice in a block. There are all kinds of tutorials online for this. If you do have a question, send me an email at

At the end are two crumb quilts I have done in the past. I had forgotten about both of them, but I did a search on my blog! I have not decided what to do with these new blocks, so I will set them aside in “a safe place” (which usually means I’ll lose them) until I decide on a plan. They are all made with shirt pieces.

I have made two crumb quilts in the past. Here they are...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

{Post 1,634} Five More Blocks

My posts seem boring...even to me. Ha ha...

I have an unexpected couple days all to myself tomorrow and Tuesday. I decided to make a meal for a family of six that are good friends. That will only take a little time in the AM.

Just now I made 5 more quilt blocks. Two for the black and white crossover quilt and 3 Moth blocks. Here they are:

After I get the meal ready to send with my friend, I am going to piece more rows for the Moth in the Window quilt. I have lots of pieced blocks ready to add. That way, I can decide what colors I need more of and so on.