Friday, May 10, 2013

An Errand a Day

My new mantra, "An errand a day keeps boredom away."  Well, it works for me.

Yesterday was my day to mail packages.  Sorry to all of you who have been waiting, but I had to wait until Thursday so the maid service could help me get them in the car.  I went to a mailing place that I knew would unload them for me.  So they're off.  Marilyn, yours is still here because I ran out of boxes.  I bought a box and I hope to get those off to you this weekend.

I stopped by a preview opening of a new quilt shop here.  The shop is adorable.  It kind of reminds me of the layout at Temecula Quilt Company except there are no Civil War fabrics in there, or at least none that I could see.  It's bright and open.  I hope she does well.

Going through the scraps was quite the experience.  I couldn't imagine why in the world I had some of those scraps, but then I would remember this or that quilt. 

You know how quilters say their scraps seem to multiply?  I figured it out.

All of those scraps were compressed into this folding laundry bag that had been sitting next to my cutting table for years.  I set it next to the 750 for perspective.

Well, the scraps in that bag filled up two and a half plastic tubs like that picture in my last post.  I laughed out loud because I remembered when I was a  youngster, Daddy telling me about digging a hole and filling it back up, and how the stage of the moon affects how much of that dirt will fit back into the hole.  We actually did some experiments on this.  That was such fun for a six- or seven-year-old.

But I digress.

I've solved the scrap riddle.  It's fluffing them up that makes it seem like more!  Quite scientific, right?!!!!!  I'm sure that explains the dirt thing, too!

Anyway, those scraps are gone.  All that's left in the bottom of the scrap bag are a few plastic Ziplocs with scraps I want to keep.  I've made a couple of quilts for children, and I hesitate to toss the larger scrap pieces.  You know, repairs and such.  Might forward those on to their mamas to hang onto.  Yeah, that's what I'll do!

The 750 problem is solved. I ordered a new table that would accommodate her.  It'll be about a month before it arrives.  Horn is located somewhere in Canada, and they're in the process of moving their factory to Kansas.  So production will be delayed a bit.  That's okay.  This weekend I'm going to unbox the 350 and get it set up on my SewEzi table.  I remembered to order the new insert for that, so I'm good to go.  I have a quilt needing a binding.  It might take me a while to get it machined on, though, as I can't sit for very long, but I want to do some hand stitching so I can see how weak my left thumb is to discuss with the doctor on my next visit.  I tried applique a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't get a grip on it.  I'm thinking maybe a binding won't be so hard to hold because of the help from the binding clips.  More experiments here.

I lead SUCH an exciting life these days!


Darlene said...

Lots of fabulous scraps headed to new home to be loved and enjoyed. woohoo!!!!

A new Horn table - exciting!

You do lead a very exciting life. LOL

Penny said...

Well, Vicky I'm impressed with your physical progress & that you've also made great progress towards back to quilting. I say ~ a very good week! Take care!
Your quilting friend,

Kathie said...

yeah your getting out thats the best news ever!!!! I am so thrilled for you. wow a new sewing table good for you. I was wondering if you would wait a bit and have it shipped to your home.
so glad your new shop sounds happy, thats always a good thing...

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow, you have been keeping busy and making sewing room progress. Way to go getting the scraps under control and out to new homes. Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...


Where is this new quilt shop?
I live near you (Rancho Cucamonga)


Vicky said...

It's in Upland on Mountain.

Carolyn said...

I admire your determination! So glad you're getting out and about. I'm sure those that are getting your scraps will be deliriously do have a pretty awesome fabric collection! Have a great weekend!

badlandsquilts said...

Yeah for a new table...getting everything situated is a good feeling.

CitricSugar said...

Boy, you are just knocking things off the list daily! Try not to overdo it. :-)

And scraps… The weight will compress things, too. Same reason folded clothes take up less room in a suitcase than wadded ones. I had no idea about the moon phase/dirt hole thing. I'll have to do some research…!

Nini said...

Lucky me got to be the recipient of some un-scrapping! I like your idea of one thing a day, it would help a lot around here, especially in my sewing room.