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November news

Thanks to all who came out to the craft fair at GSS. It’s always a fun and relaxed craft fair to do.

I’ve got the new “Square” payments device that lets you take credit card payments at the fairs or just in person. I also just received their new device that allows you to take debit payments so that is exciting. I can’t wait to try it out! 

We are still unpacking house but are nearly “there” with it all. It’s going to be an ongoing process organizing things which will likely go into the new year I’m sure. I’ve finally managed to un-bury my new sewing room and should be ready to roll sewing again real soon. I’m excited about that… going through withdrawl here!! 

Among all that is going on, unfortunately my elderly dad passed away on November 14th. He was in the final stages of dementia, so even though it saddens us, it was probably for the best. How he was living his life, was not how he had wanted to live his life. 

Once I get back to sewing there are a couple new products I hope to add to the occassionals section. One is dish drying pads with are great for small spaces and RV’s, and the other I learned about at the GSS craft fair thanks to the lady at the table next door to me. She called them “Sit-upons”  which can be for hard seats on walker etc, and the other thing was “Bus stop pads” which are for the elderly or anyone who needs a bit of comfort while waiting on the hard seats at bus stops. Both of these can roll up and easily be carried in a bag. So I’m hoping to whip some up and see how it goes. 

My first project however, is actually for ourselves… 

I’ve revamped my Grandma and Grandpa’s vintage dining set and I need cushions for the chairs. I’ve got some dusty rose fabric and am using this pattern by Ann Brown. 

https://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FS00052&cat_id=451 I hope they come out as nice at hers!

 

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The joys of moving house

Oh the joys of moving house! NOT! Now I remember why we haven’t moved in 26 years! Weekend after next is the big day; a 5 ton truck and 3 guys will move everything we own into our rental apartment. I’ve got all the vintage sewing machines all bubble wrapped and ready to go. The hardest part of it all has been getting rid of the furniture that we needed to downsize from. Not hard emotionally, just plain hard to get rid of lol. I think we finally have that sussed now. There are just a couple things that need picking up yet then we’ve got it beat. 

I’m so excited though about having an actual dedicated sewing room. It was always sort of half here, half there before but I laid claim to the second bedroom and it’s mine! So now I’m looking forward to setting it up and organizing it. 

Next I have to prepare for the craft fair which is 2 weeks after we move. I’m excited that they are doing it over the entire weekend, not just one day, but I’m also glad that I only committed to vending at the one fair this year. 

All in all, I  think this move is a good thing. There will be no more having to shovel snow or mow grass for my husband which I’m sure he’ll appreciate. He’s dog tired after work and it’ll be nicer for him to get home a half hour sooner too. 

 

 

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Quilting tips

These are just some of the lessons that I have learned through trial and error in my quilting adventures. I hope you might find them helpful.

  1. NEVER QUILT AT NIGHT (at your days end whenever it may be). This may not pertain to you but in my own experience, I have learned that it is not a good idea to do my quilting after 8 pm. For one thing no matter how good the lighting is in the room, being late in the day, shadows can be cast and eyes are fatigued which make it harder to see what you are doing. Believe me, it is not fun to have to pick out freemotion stitching once you look at it in the morning and then say to yourself “What was I thinking?” or “This is not satisfactory!”. Fight the urge, and wait until you are fresh in the morning.
  2. IF YOU THINK IT LOOKS WEIRD, IT PROBABLY IS. This can relate to the quilting at night thing. You get your quilt design all layed out, drawn with your chalk/erasable pen, then you stall, wondering if it looks the way you intended. When this happens to me, I walk away for a short period of time, then take a second look at the project. If it still looks “off”, and the solution does not come to me right away, then sometimes I’m forced to table the project for the time being. Most times I can change it slightly or tweek the drawing to get the desired result but I will admit that there have been times when I’ve started over completely from scratch. What it boils down to, is go with your gut when doing your quilt designs!
  3. TAKE A BREAK. I am very guilty of not taking breaks while working on a project. You just get going on something and you don’t want to stop, right? Well you should… at least for a few minutes. Take a stretch, walk around a bit, do a couple chores, but walk away for a while. Your head will be much clearer and eyes fresher when you come back to the project. 
  4. DO GET A SECOND OPINION. Husbands are surprisingly good for this. You can usually tell by the look on their face whether you are headed in the right direction or not. Often the other party (especially if they are not a fellow quilter) cannot visualize the finished project like you can, however that initial “Oh wow!, or Oh is that what you’re doing?” can save you from dreadful mistakes in the end. 

 

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New things on the horizon

Husband and I are busy moving house at the moment, so sewing anything is tabled for now, at least until beginning of November once I can find my sewing machines again lol.

I will be back at it right quick after the move as I have committed to vending again this year at the Garibaldi Christmas Craft Fair which is on November 18 & 19 2017. They are doing their event over the entire weekend so it should be a lot of fun to do! I really enjoyed that craft fair last year so I’m looking forward to this year’s event!