Thursday, December 1, 2022

Thoughtful Thurs 190~ Ending the First Super Sad Year


Yesterday, around 6 am was the anniversary
 with the help of the
 nurse in the COVID unit,
I said Goodbye via the phone
 to my dear Sweet Mr G
who was actually non-responsive
as they had just removed his ventilator.
One of the nightmares that still haunts me
was not being allowed to be by his side
holding his hand
I was recovering from COVID so I felt no danger
and couldn't understand my denial.

I will always wonder if our loved ones that left us this way,
would have lived longer or survived
had we been allowed to be by their side,
or did they feel abandoned and give up?
Its been a very long sad year full of nightmares,
and thus, little sleep.
I miss him deeply and still have a hard time catching my breath.
during his last days and moments.
 His funeral and burial was on D-Day.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tues Tutorial~ Grocery Bag Keeper

 Someone asked if I could make one of these for them to store their shopping bags.  So I got online and looked at several diy and videos. Like always, I came up with my own way of making it. Here's how I did it.
Tuesday Tutorial
Size of single layer of fabric only has to be about 18x22 inches.
Whatever scrap piece of fabric you have
that's close to this size.
Across one of the longer edges,
turn under quarter inch,
then an amount the width of elastic
you decide to use.
I had some 1/2 inch wide elastic,
so I turned under another 1/2 inch.
Iron this turnover 
to make stitching easier.
Determine where end of elastic will lay
when fabric is turned over.
Stitch down end
within the future seam area.

Fold over elastic,
stitch along folded edge
being sure not to stitch into elastic.
Keep elastic free.

Stitch along edge.
 Notice the elastic is not close to the edge.
After stitching the entire edge
Stitch down the end of the elastic
at the other end.

On the other long edge
just turn under about 1/2 inch.
I was able to leave the selvage edge,
otherwise another 1/4 inch would need to be turned under.
Next time I will do this edge first
so it will be flatter work
because doing the elastic edge first
gathers up the fabric.

Top stitching detail.
Place the 2 shorter edges
right sides together and
stitch a seam of your desired width.
I chose a quarter inch serger seam.
A french seam would be good.
Place fabric WRONG sides together,
Stitch 1/4 inch seam, press
then place right sides together and 
stitch 1/2 inch seam to hide the seam 
you just made.
Cut a piece about 2½ x 9 to 12 inches long.
 Turn ends 1/4 inch in.
Fold long edges to center,
Topstitch along both edges. 
Stitch end of each to each side of seam
at the end with NO elastic.
These are the ties to hang the Keeper.

Now once I figure out where I can hang one,
I'll make myself one.


Friday, November 4, 2022

Fun Fri~ Still on Potholder Binding


I've turned back to my last successful binding.
Oops i didn't sew quarter inch.
Had to rip off.
Oh well.
It was a day of 9 mistakes of
cutting wrong sizes,
and sewing wrong sides together. 
What a fun day!