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Old 07-06-2017, 02:21 PM   #31
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Well the quilting is coming along nicely as a new hobby, other than waiting for my mom to finish cutting things out . But I finished the top for my brother's tall ships, over sewed a bit since my mom cut out more triangles than we needed but I now have 25 ships all lined up and ready to be quilted when we're ready for that. I'm now working on my aunt's sampler quilt, we have a few plain type blocks mixed in with many different style ones plenty of stars and such including an 8 point paper-piece one that I can't decide if I love or loathe but since I'm only doing nine of them I figure it won't matter much in the end .

I've been a lot happier after finding something I can do, and my DH is happy that I've commandeered our spare room as my sewing room so he doesn't come home to the old mess across the kitchen table and floor from any other time my mom and I have gotten together to sew. I just hope I don't start getting bored with the whole thing, not especially worried on the sampler quilt as there's something different pretty much every day with it, but when I'm back to baskets and scotty dogs, I might be in trouble of boredom setting in once more.

Okay not so much with the scotty dogs LOL, it's for my sister and kind of an inside joke, since when I was six I had a red white and blue scotty dog shirt that I always wore with my red and gold plaid jumper, my sister hated it because "she" said they clashed, I rationalized it as what else would scotty dogs wear if not plaid... duh! My favorite outfit and the one she most despised of all the things I ever wore. So we're making her a very clashy plaid scotty dog quilt for Christmas heheheheheh..... and no it wasn't my idea but my mothers . I love my family sometimes, and if that doesn't get her to talking to me again, well... there's just no hope for our sisterly relationship .

I like polka dots, checks and stripes all together... she's more the solid neutrals kind of person, I liked GI Joes, she liked Barbie (I liked storming the giant Barbie stronghold with the GI Joes ). She likes sappy hair bands and bubble gum pop, I'm more death metal and underground. About the only thing we have in common is we both love the Beatles, different favorite songs, mine's Eleanor Rigby and Helter Skelter, hers is Yesterday and The Long and Winding Road... but at least it's still the Beatles. And we both sew, knit and crochet (or at least I used to be able to do the last two).

She scrubs her house top to bottom before company comes over and then annoyingly tells them to not mind the mess... I swipe the cat hair off the chair while they're standing there and tell folks not to mind the mess And only if there's a mess beyond cat hair for them to mind.

Really if not for liking the Beatles which my brother does too (When I'm Sixty-Four was his wedding march). I'd wonder if she was even related to any of us by blood. . Everything with her has to be perfect... it can be a perfect disaster, or simply perfect, but it must be perfection to one extreme or the other, there's really no in between and she has the sense of humor of a dead fish, and doesn't do sarcasm at all. She was found in a garbage can, I just know it!

Oh well, back to working on my paper pieced stars, and hopefully maintaining my sanity till I finish all 9 blocks.
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:57 PM   #32
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There is so much you can do with quilting. I have a friend who traveled the world teaching fabric arts. She's a well known fabric artist and has tons of quilting designs that you can buy. Her quilts are amazing! They are like looking at a painting but instead of paint she used fabric. So, I don't think you'll get bored in terms of lack of design options, but maybe lose interest in sewing. Post pictures of your masterpiece!
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:46 PM   #33
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One 8 point star down, 8 more of the finicky little things to go. And I've still not decided if I love em or hate em yet lol. But mind numbing sewing they are not that much is for sure
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:25 PM   #34
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My DH is letting me get a new toy!!!! I'm getting one of the cricut wireless cutters. I'm sooo excited!!! I'm waiting to see if it pops up on Prime Days with Amazon, and if so then I'll get it at a bargain price and if not then at 3 am on the 12th, I'm ordering it!

I don't know if there's any other really crafty folks on here, but this thing will cut through so many different things! It does vellum, leather, fabric (including denim), felt, paper, balsa wood, corkboard, aluminum. It can emboss copper plating, I mean soooo many things it can do, which then means sooooo many things I can do. And it will even write on things with it's little pen, soo awesome!

Primarily I'm getting it to give my mom a break from cutting quilts so she can actually enjoy sewing some. But I really see myself picking up some balsa wood and having fun making little things out of it, and maybe a copper plate or two, and some leather, definitely some contact paper to make my own wall decals (those things are ridiculously expensive for an oversized sticker), and making up stencils too, and some stamps!! Decidedly bored no more And not really seeing an end insight to what all fun things I can do now. (Fingers crossed and knocking on wood so I don't jinx myself, I can't lose function in anymore body parts.)
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:32 AM   #35
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Well one last hobby to give a whirl in addition to the quilting, just to ensure I really don't get bored with simply sewing. I'm going to try my hand at making my own area rug doing gobelin embroidery on netting. No worries if you haven't a clue as to what that is... I only discovered it tonight looking at antique patterns . I'm obsessed with the antiquepatternlibrary.org next to the Gutenberg project, it is my favorite sight. I just love all the Victorian through 1970's crafts they offer. And it seems there's always something new to peruse.

But basically you take a large blunt needle, and some very fine to fine yarn/threads and you just do a darning stitch around latch hook canvas. And what you should end up with is a Victorian era knock off of an oriental type rug. A very dense, rug with an almost embroidered design. It's ideal to at least make an attempt on since the needle should be quite large giving me more to grip than using a tiny embroidery needle and it's going on a very open and stiff netting so there won't be any tiny holes that I'm trying to line up.

Furthermore the darning stitch is basically just filling in the blanks in a straight line. And with 3.75 canvas and baby weight yarn it should take only about 5-6 passes around to fill in my squares, and I can use any cross stitch pattern out there that will fit to the "grid" so to speak, in that if my grid size is 125 x 225 then that's the size cross-stitch, filet or embroidery pattern is that I need (give or take depending on borders going around).

So in about a week or two, hopefully I'll have enough done on it to show ya'll, I'm really looking forward to have yet another thing to keep my hands and mind busy. Plus my new toy too, so yeah, my DH might end up being upset with me when the CC bills come in . Honestly though they're inexpensive enough crafts minus the electric cutting machine and only in the cost of the machine, but for an 3'x5' area rug I'm looking at well under $50 providing the yarn doesn't go on sale at Joann's or Michaels'. If I can get a good deal on the yarn I might even be sitting pretty at less than $30 for what I'm hoping will be a pretty sweet looking area rug for my living room.
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:17 PM   #36
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Wow!!! You're on a roll! They star looks great! I have never been into quilting but looking at your start has me thinking. Just thinking, not planning.

A Cricut! You are so lucky! I've seen how they work on a few YouTube videos. They look amazing! That certainly will help you with all the cutting. There are tons of things you can do with those machines. Enjoy it!
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:51 PM   #37
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It's like my body knew what was coming, my knee went backwards today, collapsed itself in a full backwards bend, that is rather than bending toward the toes it bent towards the heels.. completely, like I was taking a step in reverse from the knee. Let me tell you, I have felt some pain in my life, massive shock inducing, pass out-wake me up when it is over pain, and nothing at all to date in my life has compared to having a knee go backwards like that. And i didn't hit it or anything, I was standing but not walking when it happened, the muscles jerked the knee went backwards and all I saw was white for about 3 seconds before the world went dark on me. When I came too, the knee was swollen about twice it's normal size and the muscles still kept pulling at it trying to force it backwards again.

When the DH got home he got my knee brace out for me, it's hinged so it won't let it go backwards or sideways, and lots of ice. But I imagine I'm going to be a couch potato for at least a few weeks now till whatever gave way in there can heal up. But I got my cricut today to play with and still have quilts to make so I'll be busy even while keeping one leg propped up and iced down. My mom said I just wanted to get out of all the ironing involved with making quilts... I'm not gonna lie when I say I'm not exactly crying over the ironing even though it's just delayed until I feel better, since my mom dislikes it almost as much as I do lol
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:34 AM   #38
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And found yet another craft I can still accomplish... though really only just learned about an hour ago after finding some tatting needles I bought ages ago, always meant to learn it but never got around to it. Then I feared I wouldn't be able to learn it but I wanted to try the bigger needles for doing my rug. (Still need to make it to the store for yarn on that...) but since I don't have the yarn to do that yet I figured why not... looked up the directions and my gosh is it ever easy to do even without having decent hand control... (I did modify the thread "grip" to fit with what I could do, versus what the directions say to do)

But in an hour I learned how to make picots, rings, chains and split rings... and there's really nothing else to learn, it's all just one stitch (really more of simply making knots) And unlike knitting or crocheting it is super forgiving when it comes to tension, really, really forgiving, just not forgiving to pulling the wrong string . It also doesn't take a whole lot of coordinated movements, its wrap a thread loosely around a finger one way and slide onto the needle, wrap it around loosely the other way and bend the finger and slide onto the needle... I was even smart for once and just did it the right handed way, still easy. And the needles is both long and wide enough that it doesn't feel as though it will slip through my fingers unnoticed.

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Okay I've done crafts of all sorts over the years, woodworking to needlepoint, painting, and sewing, used to make all my own clothes from my own patterns even that I sketched out. But my left and dominant hand is quickly giving up the ghost on functioning. The little needles for hand stitching are quite literally slipping through my finger tips. My three year old granddaughter could color better within the lines than me by now and probably work a crochet hook better too. Naturally I am staying far away from our lathe lest I become an episode on some ER show for having a chisel lodged in my skull. And my right hand has spent 37 years as just an accessory to make me look even, like most righties are with their left hands. I can no longer pick at the strings of a guitar, maneuver my violin bow, or depress the keys on my clarinet, or piano.

So I am now growing ever more desperate for a hobby. The work arounds I've been using to try to keep my hobbies have all but failed, 3 fingers are completely numb, the pinky to the middle and the other two only have partial feeling. My poor brain is going crazy from lack of use and I can feel myself growing depressed and frustrated with myself. But the only hobbies I can think of aside from reading excessively as I already do, require the coordinated use of at least one hand.

I can still operate my sewing machine, but require someone else to make all the cuts . I lost sports in my early twenties, lost my education in my early thirties, and now here I am just a few years later and it's taken away my music and my arts. And about 6 months out of the year for my gardening as well... mostly because it's just tooo hot to tend to the garden all the very loooooong summer we have in GA. Even my bread making days are over, and any fancy baking, I can still manage a few chocolate chip cookies on a good day, but forget about shortbreads or windowpanes, or any kind of decoration on cakes and such.

I'm just getting fat dumb and lazy it seems. I mean if you're in the mood for cake and you make cute dainty little confections that look almost too good to eat you've one spent a lot of calories making them, but also you slowly savor one of the poor little things and leave the rest alone for the day or fob them off on friends and family where your little baby can be consumed without your knowledge. Versus making a batch of chocolate chip cookies with a stand mixer, you spent next to nothing in calories to make it, and half your cookies are gone before they even touch the cooling rack. And geez I have never in my life eaten as much fast and convenience food as I have this past year... I think you could total all years before and still come up with less than this past year combined.

I need something to do, something more stimulating than playing on the iPad or reading through encyclopedias and really any books, papers or whatnot I can get my hands on. But also something I can do that won't suffer a clear failure, or worse result in personal injury or accidental death. Even writing which I used to love to do, is fading quickly as my dyslexia and memory issues become more pronounced (thank god for spell check). I'm feelings very much like the antagonist from the Conquer Worm or maybe just wishing I were.
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I've done needle tatting too!! I even still have my tatting needles!

I bought a needle tatting book back in the very late 90's. Taught myself how to do it, tatted for a few months until I got bored with it. It did always look like single crochet stitches to me. I looked, and found a crochet pattern book/leaflet that had patterns with a "tatted look" for doilies. They were all single crochet stitches. I think I have the book/leaflet around here somewhere.
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