Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tues Tutorial ~Upcycle Thread Holder from Dental Floss Container

   Here's a traveling case for your thread. Best of all, you won't need a pair of scissors. The thread cutter is included if you use your old dental floss container when it becomes empty. 
   I did a quick web search and couldn't believe someone hadn't done this already.
Tuesday Tutorial
You'll need an empty dental floss case, pliers, and a sharp cutting knife.
Find the opening that will help pry apart the container.
I removed the cylinder over this piece,
and started twisting with my pliers.

Then cut away the rest,
flush with the container side.

Wound a bobbin of thread.
I used bobbins that didn't work well in my machines.
A bobbin fit perfectly on the remaining spindle.
Bring the thread through the same hole the floss used to exit,
and close the container.

 You might be able to remove the label?
Ready to throw in your purse or pocket.

Once again, you've kept something out of the landfill!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Fun Fri~ Sunbonnet Sam's Bad Sew JO

Maybe this post doesn't belong on a "Fun Friday?"
I indirectly started this quilt back in 2016 with what I called 
the "Dutch Girl" pieces then! 
I've come to call them Sunbonnet Sue and Sam since.
Then multiple commitments of deadlines 
including Christmas gifts followed by
 at the end of 2017 I then had a 4 month long virus which 
now I look back on
 and notice ALL the symptoms were similar to today's virus?
Then I became so physically disabled
 I couldn't stand at the cutting table,
 and struggled to climb the stairs to the sewing room. 
That resulted in 2 different hip surgeries in 2019.
Finally, returning back home from Florida 
to get out the quilt again. 
By that time, my cousin was having a new grand son, 
so I decided to pull out the Sunbonnet Sam's.
No less than a week later, 
I got caught up in making around 600 face masks,
 and working on my Quilt Guild's 2020 quilt challenge 
 which I decided had to be a result of the mask scraps.
 So the quilt got put aside again. 
When Christmas went by and our Christmas was put off,
 I put aside the Christmas gifts and pulled the quilt out once more. 
 This time I decided the quilt would forever more STAY on my cutting table
 until it was finished.
  I think the rush of masks and Christmas presents wore me out 
with stress and worry. 
 I didn't go out of the house for anything.
 People even brought me things I needed. 
So without a chance to give my body a retreat of some kind,
 I think it messed with my MOJO or rather SEW JO? 
I got in the mood to not do much of anything 
except basic house work.
 With the second round of the virus, 
its somewhat worse trying to stay safe,
 but I'm fighting it and I'm working on this quilt again!
Another thing,
 this was the first "Quilt as you Go" I've done,
 and working on the sashing 
wasn't easy to manipulate
under my machine needle.
This is only what I call a couch size,
 but it was hard to handle.
I don't think I'll do this method again, 
nor put a quilt on point.

I was also not at all pleased with the quilting. 
Another, thing that made me put off finishing this quilt
I've decided it might look better after a washing? 
 A quilt simply for cuddling, 
because the sheet once used on my Dad's bed
 has a very soft touch.

When I finally saw the "binding" job coming up soon,
 I got excited! 
Pulling out pieces to make a scrap binding was FUN.
I guess I can call it my counselor? 

A quilt is about to be born! 
Now that's FUN!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thoughtful Thurs ~ Multipurpose Song Bird Card


This song bird design has become a very useful card.
It fits just about any occasion.
This was my daughter's birthday card this year.
This has become a favorite card to make,
because the bird is so simple to cut from any scrap of fabric.

What other quick design could be used?
I'm looking for a new idea.
Especially a scrappy one.
Think about it.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Mon Memory 126 ~ Tobacco Patch


Many of my childhood summer days were spent in the tobacco patch.
Starting at a very early age of about 5 or 6.
No, I did not like it, but now I understand how it taught me a LOT about life.
We'd get up early while the dew was still on the ground.
At first as a young child,
I didn't do much as part of "setting" tobacco.
I was not able to handle equipment, bundles of plants were too heavy, 
and as I was probably a careless child that caused too much damage
 in the plant bed, I did not pull plants for the setter.
 When I got around 10, I started pulling plants from the plant beds.
In early June, I got out of bed early to beat the heat
and chopped out weeds in what seemed to be the longest rows of tobacco in the world.
Dad always had us leave the field by 9 due to heat, and I played in the cool yard the rest of the day.
When the tobacco was grown, we crawled through the rows of tall tobacco,
and took the leaves off the bottom of the plant.
This was called "priming tobacco."
Farmers were allowed to raise an allotted number of acres of tobacco,
so you got as much as you could out of every single plant.
We'd prime those leaves
 before they fell off the plant when the tobacco was cut

Then after the wagons were pulled through the fields to pick up the tobacco,
it was my job to pick up leftover leaves
 laying on the ground and barn floor that weren't too damaged.

Did I get paid for chopping out weeds, pulling plants,
and collecting leaves at age 6?
Like all tobacco farmers, I got paid in the winter when the tobacco sold.
The leaves I collected were eventually sold in my name,
and that money later went toward my college education.
Usually about 4 or 5 farmers' families worked together
to set, harvest and maybe strip the tobacco.
It was a great "team" effort,
 and a fun social time working with others, some my age.
Are you beginning to understand how I learned a lot about life?
Eventually, the Government changed from allotting acreage to poundage
so we had no need to prime or pick up leaves.
So in my pre teen years, I pulled plants, chopped weeds
 and when my feet could reach the pedals,
I drove the tractor pulling the wagon
so farmers could load the tobacco.
I stripped a LOT of tobacco,
 especially later when I had kids
 to make Christmas money for Santa gifts.
Today, children are not allowed to be in the field due to child labor laws.
For that matter, Kentucky's once major cash crop is gone.
It's rare to see a tobacco field.
Under the Clinton administration,
tobacco poundage was bought from farmers and only a little is left.
We were leaving the farm, so sold ours.
Farmers were promised other comparable cash crops could be raised.
Labor became scarce.
No one wanted to do the hard work.
Eventually many sold their poundage to get what monies they could.
Farmers scrambled around to find other crops that would bring the same money.
So far no crop has been found that brings in the same income as tobacco.
Corn, soybean and wheat is grown by large farmers
that rent out several of the acres once used by tobacco.
A few turned to another vice.

I have memories every summer about the tobacco patches
you rarely see in KY now.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Fun Fri~ Golden Anniversary Card


Its that time of my life when a lot of friends are celebrating their Golden wedding anniversary.  Made 2 cards to mail last week.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tues Tutorial ~ Cow Card


This year my junior grandson is raising cattle.  So it had to be a "Cow Card" for his birthday.  He's also VERY patriotic and actually keeps up with what's going on in today's world of politics.


Tuesday Tutorial

Another project for the scrap book page.

The free cow head outline can be found at Clipart.
Right click on image and "save image as."


Monday, August 16, 2021

Mon Memory 125~ Antique Kenmore Sewing Machine


 My definitions:
 Antique-n., or adj.,  something made and used before I was a child.
Vintage- n., or adj.,  something made and used before my child was child.
Wonder what grandchildren stuff will be called?
A friend found out I was teaching a classroom of kids how to sew,
and was borrowing sewing machines.
Her Dad repaired sewing machines.
At one time he worked for Sears repairing sewing machines.
His eyes got to where he couldn't repair them.
He had collected a few machines and just couldn't bear to dump them.
He donated them to me.
This one needs to be in a museum somewhere.
I've never seen, or touched one this old.
Look at that bobbin.

The body looks and feels like cast iron.
It's not polished off like most antique machines.

Why didn't they continue to label the tension dial like this?
The stitch sample with it looked good, but I didn't have much luck.
Maybe I wasn't patient enough for it to struggle through?
This antique piece goes before my memory.
Don't have a clue what I'll end up doing with it.
Way to heavy to tote around. 


Friday, August 13, 2021

Fun Fri~ Ralph's Pretty Good Cars


Eminence, KY
We keep looking for roads in KY we haven't traveled.
On a Monday we wanted to check out a warehouse close to Smithfield, KY.
Of course we take the back roads and Eminence, KY was on our.
This place was suddenly there and I grabbed some drive by shots.
Meanwhile, my "Google Map" gave a dingle, and a bottom bar popped up wanted me to choose a car!

I just have to mention the place we stopped to eat.
Great country cooking!