2016 Northern Nevada quilt activities

In case you are in the Northern Nevada area this summer here are some of quilting / sewing activities you might be interested in.

June 4 –  June 5, 2016

Carson Valley Quilt Guild show

10 am – 4 pm

Douglas County Senior and Community Center

1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410

http://quiltshow.cvqg.com/

 

June 21 – September 6, 2016

Row by Row Experience

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

 

June 23 – 25, 2016

Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo

Grand Sierra Resort

2500 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89595

http://qscexpos.com/reno.html

 

Do you know of any other events in Northern Nevada?

Later – H

Denise’s purse – Quilt project

I just realized this post is almost two years old, but I never finished it!  So, since it is still valid I will finish it and post it now.  Two posts in one week already?  Maybe I am back to blogging….

So, lately my hobby of choice has been sewing.  Besides helping with Community Quilts (part of the quilt guild) where we work on quilts that are donated to people in the community (which is also a social outlet for me) I have worked on a few quilts – one of them being the Lil Twister Table Runner from this post:

https://acreativeengineerinnevada.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/table-runner-lil-twister/

I also made a quilt wall hanging for a friend (Denise) who loves purses.  I designed the quilt and it was inspired by Kim Schaefer’s ‘Calendar Quilts’.  This was also the first time I had tried Free Motion Quilting.  I think it turned out really good.  The one thing that surprised me is how LONG it took me to make this.  I think that is partly since I knew I was making it as a present and wanted to make it ‘perfect’.  Well, it isn’t perfect, but Denise loves it.

Denise purse quilt watermark

 

 Now (two years later) I am the 4-H leader for Quilting (actually the three girls are making wall hangings).  I was able to borrow the wall hanging I made for Denise and show it to them.  They were excited to see it and asked if I had won awards with it (definitely no, but it was nice to know they liked it).
Do you have multiple hobbies?
Later – H

 

 

 

Leading 4-H basic sewing

This post was in the pending pile due to not having the photo available.  Well, it is being posted now without the photo.

In the Fall of 2014 I decided to be brave.  I am taught a section with six kids (9-12 years old) to sew.  We decided that everyone would be working on the same project and that the parents were required to stay and help (even if they didn’t know how to sew).

We held the Fall session in October.

  1. The first night was crazy!  We had machine issues along with learning how to keep your fingers out of the way of the needle, how to stitch on a line, etc.  By the end of the night each kid had made their own 4-H tie (even cut to their own length).  The smiles at the end made the crazy night worth it (I wish I was wearing my pedometer since I know I didn’t stay in one spot the whole time).
  2. The second session they made a two color pillowcase.  I decided to be fair and let them each pick a piece of paper which told them what order they would pick out their pillowcase ‘kit’.  Everyone was really happy with the pillowcase they made at the end.
  3. The third session they made a Scrappy Pillow.  A friend (that quilts) had given me a bunch of rectangles that she didn’t need.  So, I cut some more of different materials so the kids had plenty to choose from.  By this time the kids were feeling more comfortable with sewing so they could make some different choices – some used eleven pieces, some used eight pieces and I think one used nine pieces.  All of them turned out very random and no two turned out the same.  The kids even learned how to stuff the pillow and sew the opening closed.
  4. The fourth session was held to finish the pillows, take photos, help with the portfolio paperwork and give out a participation ribbon.    (Sorry I can’t find any photos.)

I know from some comments parents had made to me that the kids enjoyed learning to sew and some were sad to have the project end.

So, do you volunteer?

Later – H

Favorite clothing / fashion blog #1

Well, a long time ago I posted my favorite blog #1.  It was one of the first blogs I had found, but I haven’t seen a new post from her in a while.

Since I have multiple interested I figured it was best to start multiple favorite lists.  This time it will be a clothing / fashion blog.

Grace & Beauty:    http://www.cyndispivey.com/

I can’t even tell you where I found Cyndi’s blog, but I love reading her blog in the morning.  Besides giving fashion trends, etc she has a Beauty for the Heart (Bible Verse) at the end of each post.

I love when she does a series – 27 Days of Spring was her latest.  I just saved the latest series to a Pinterest board so I can review them again.  Hopefully I can come up with some new clothing combinations for Spring/Summer without having to buy new clothes.

Cyndi’s personality comes through the blog and we have communicated through email a few times.  I wish we lived closer, but it is a long way between Kentucky and Nevada.

Can you believe another post in one month?  Maybe I am back to blogging…

Which clothing blog would you recommend?

Later – H

 

 

Christening Blanket from wedding dress

Last week I met up with a friend who worked at the Senior Living facility (in the cafeteria section) that my mom lived in for a few months last year.  She happened to say that her grandson was being Christening this coming weekend and she wanted get a blanket made with parts of her wedding dress, but another friend hadn’t called her back yet.

I first wasn’t sure whether I should offer to help since I have too many projects of my own to do, but then I figured it might be a good way to repay her for helping my mom (and me) last year.

So, I picked up her wedding dress and started to panic as to whether I could make what she envisioned (if you know me up to now I have only made gifts for people and they usually don’t know what they are getting until it is done).

My friend wanted the top layer of her wedding dress to be the ruffle on the blanket and thought the lining of her dress could be used also.  Well, it turns out the lining was spotted so that wouldn’t work.

I then did a Pinterest and Google search and found that most Christening blankets were usually crocheted (i.e. not something slick that you would have to worry about holding a squirmy baby in).

So, I figured I would make one side of the blanket of slinky material and the other side of flannel (with the wedding dress material as the ruffle).

The top layer of the wedding dress was cut into strips and sewed together into a long strip (240 inches).  [240 inches allowed me to make a roughly 40″ x 40″ blanket.]  I then folded the strip in half and added a running stitch to hold the ruffle together for when I sewed it to the blanket.  Oh, and the pinning and adding the running stitch was done in the car while we traveled last weekend (otherwise, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t get the blanket done in time).

I picked up a piece of cream flannel, a piece of white slinky material, a package of sharp needles and a package of pins for slinky material (since I never sew on slinky material).

The ruffle was sewn to the flannel (with a ton of pins holding it in place).

I then practiced stitching on a slinky / ruffle/ flannel sandwich scrap.  (I was actually surprised how easy it was to sew – no pulled threads, etc.)

Yesterday I sewed the three layers (flannel, ruffle, slinky material) together and topped stitched it so it the edges would not roll.  I then hand tacked the flannel and slinky material together in nine places so it would be stay together.

Last night I was able to give my friend the completed blanket.  She loved it!  (I was pretty proud of it, but I have to say that was a relief.)

She asked how much she owed me (we hadn’t talked about the cost) and I was happy to say that it was a gift in repayment for all the extra help she gave my mom (and me) last year.  (She said she will pay for my hot chocolate / iced tea the next time we meet at Starbucks.)

I have asked for a copy of a photo taken with the baby and the blanket this weekend.

Here is the photo I thought to take before I gave her the blanket.

Christening blanket edge

So, what special project have you worked on lately?

Later – H

 

Pioneer Telephone

Note: This is not a sponsored post – I just like the company (and a good deal).

I know most people use their cell phone for long distance (and that some people have even removed their land line), but it is not possible for us.  I do use the cell phone for long distance, but that is only when I am away from the house since we get rotten (cell phone calling) coverage at the house.  I was very happy when I could start texting people.

A few years ago we removed the long distance on our land line phone and started using the calling cards you could (at that time) find at Costco (2.9 cents per minute).  They worked great, but you had to dial the 1-800 number and then the pass code, etc.  So, it is definitely not as quick as just picking up the phone.  (Now it appears that Costco doesn’t even carry the calling cards.)

So, extended family members had signed up for Pioneer Telephone in the past so to be safe I signed up for them recently.  This way if someone picks up the phone and makes a call anywhere outside the local area (out of state and within the state) we will be charged a lower rate than we would be if we don’t have any long distance service on the phone number.  And, we are not charged anything if we don’t just pick up the phone and dial long distance.

So, if you or your extended family need a reliable long distance (in state and/or out of state) company then check into Pioneer Telephone.

http://longdistance.pioneertelephone.com/

Until later – H

 

5 months??

Starting in about January, I have been thinking about what I wanted to post on the blog next.

I just logged into the blog for the first time in a while.  I was surprised that I remembered the password, but how in the world has it been five months since I last posted??!!??

Oh, boy.

I guess if I think how long ago Thanksgiving and Christmas was (with no blog posts) it could be possible.  I promise the next post will be sooner than five months.

Now… to determine what photos I need to get off my phone, etc so I can write a post.

Until next time   – H

 

 

 

Mom’s house and will you take a challenge?

Have you ever come across an article written by someone you don’t know, but you think you could have wrote it (or at least something very similar)?  Well, I saw this on Facebook the other day and it definitely range true with me.

‘I Went 200 Days Without Buying Anything New and Learned How Toxic Our Need for Possessions Is’

Which lead me to her blog:    Green High Five

This year has been rough, as you probably know.  During this past winter Mom said she wanted to live closer to us and was willing to go to a doctor if that was required (which was a shock at the time considering she hadn’t been to a doctor in about eight years and had refused to go every other time we said it was needed to move into a independent / assisted living place).  In hindsight we should have known that mom thought she had a health issue.  Well, two plus months later my mom died (after living in an apartment in the independent living place) and I was abruptly the executor of her estate (which included her independent living apartment [and all the items in there] and her house in another state).

So, at first my time was taken up with notifying people, companies, dealing with her prepaid burial insurance (which I am so glad she did since I didn’t have to make as many decisions), getting death certificates, clearing out her independent living apartment, etc.  Then I took a break so my family could celebrate our daughter’s graduation from college (went to her Senior project day, went to graduation, etc).

Which brings us to the beginning of June and starting to clear out mom’s house.  Mom had been slowly been giving items away, but there was still a lot of items in the house.  I first tried to contact a local company that would hold an estate sale (I could not handle the idea of doing a garage sale by myself), but the company never even called me back (I found out later that they were starting to focus on high value items – which mom’s would not fall under anyways).

Luckily, the neighbor said they were interested in buying the house and said they would be willing to take any and all of the large pieces of furniture (beds, couches, refrigerator, washing machine, etc) that we did not want.  They even agreed to be ‘Mr and Mrs Junk’ if they decided that the items that were left needed to be recycled, donated or trashed.  (This was a huge blessing since I was going to have to pay a company to take away most of the items.)  So, the big items were avoided and left for the end.  (This also made it possible for me to stay at Mom’s house when I went over.  Was that tough? Semi, but it did allow me to work from  early morning to late at night, which in hindsight wasn’t the best idea since I definitely was overdoing it).

So, it was decided that the other small items that were not wanted (or thrown out) would be given away.  Since we know some young families and I see on the Facebook groups that there are always people looking for items (clothes, blankets, pots & pans, etc) I thought giving the items to a thrift store would be ‘easy’.  Well, that wasn’t always the case.  I was told a few times that my favorite thrift store was full and not taking any donations.  I luckily found a local church this summer that was holding a large rummage sale so they took a large portion of the items that were actually brought to me house.  Remember me saying I over did it?  Well, due to that we had to box up a lot of items and bring them to my garage so I could go through them little by little (which I am still doing, but the pile of boxes is definitely getting smaller).

So, after a few months of random trips I finally got the last items out of mom’s house at the beginning of September.

Oh, and as a side note the neighbors did decide to buy the house ‘as is’ (needing new paint, flooring, some repairs, etc) and escrow even closed last week.

So, what did I learn from all of this?

a) I want to give activities OR items I know a person wants as a gift.  Reason: I found multiple items that I know were given to our Mom as Christmas presents (some of them I had even given to her).  At the time she was really happy to receive them, but then they were put away either in a cupboard or in a random box (some of them not even opened).  I know some of this was due to mom’s age, etc, but some of the items were things we thought she needed (and I guess it turns out that she didn’t).

b) There is just a lot of ‘stuff’ in this world. Have you ever thought about how many items are sitting in your house, thrift stores, storage units, and then new in the stores?  I am not saying you have to be a minimalist, but maybe it is time to really think before you buy your next new item (could you find what you need used or could something else be used instead)?

Oh, and before you complain at me (since if you know me you know that we just bought a new vehicle) you need to know that it was a necessity AND we keep our vehicles FOREVER (i.e. the vehicle that we are replacing is 20+ years old!).

c) I want to work on my projects.  I have plenty to work on (sewing, scrapbooks, around the house, etc) so it is time to spend some of my free time working on those instead of shopping for items we really don’t need.  So, I am hoping to not buy any new ‘fun’ projects (at least for a while) and only items that will help me finish some of the ‘fun’ projects I already have.

d) After realizing what I am going through and our Mom even had a trust, prearranged burial, etc it is time for me and my husband to start putting our wishes in writing.  So, in the next year I hope we have everything in place so our family doesn’t have more headaches than I have had in the last few months if/when something happens to us.

If you read the link to her blog you will see that she is doing another 200 day challenge (only buying the essentials new – food, medicine, etc) and wants everyone to do it with her.  I admit I am not ready to commit to that (at least not at this time), but I do know that I have been reviewing everything that we have been buying to make sure it really is needed.

My challenge to you is to really think about a purchase before making it:

  • is it a quality item; i.e. will it fall apart the first time I use it?
  • can I find it used? (you might find that the older version actually lasts longer than a newly made one)
  • can I modify something I have and make it work?
  • can I borrow it?
  • do I really need it (versus want it)?

I would love to hear if you are taking either the Green High Five challenge or mine.

And, if you made it to the end of this then I applaud you.  I haven’t written a long blog post in awhile, but this topic really spoke to me.

Later – H

Overwhelmed….

Have I said I am not used to the new layout of WordPress?  I just published this (unfinished) when I was just trying to delete something.  Sorry….

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?  Right now I seem to have way too many things that are pulling me (physically or mentally) in different directions.  I admit it is hard to get motivated sometimes and other times it is just hard to figure out which of the many tasks should be done first.

Some things on my plate:

  •  Minor health issues – Nothing serious, but they either are getting in the way (not sleeping very well or making doing tasks harder due to pain, etc)
  • Dealing with Mom’s estate – the house:  I am happy to report that Mom’s house is in escrow, BUT the laws in California have changed so the buyer has 17 days to back out (I guess even getting house insurance could be an issue)  That topic will probably be complete post on it’s own in the future.
  • Dealing with Mom’s estate – paperwork: Lately it seems as soon as I send off the paperwork to the lawyer (they are updating the spreadsheets, etc of all the money that is coming in and bills that are being paid) I get notified that an account statement has been released or something.  There is no ‘perfect’ time to send in the update….
  • And of course everything else that is going on – I can’t (and don’t want to) list everything else, but I know I have more than enough to keep me busy (house projects, house cleaning, etc, etc.  Don’t even get me started on my [mental] sewing project list – I really need to start writing them down so I can get them out of my head.).

At least I can say that writing a blog post is off my list, but I do need to post some of the small projects I have taken care of lately.  That will have to wait for another day.

Later – H

First eleven tips for Hawaii (or other locations that require you to fly)

My family finally got to go on a much needed vacation.  We have been home for just over 24 hours and I am happy that I have gotten two loads of laundry already.  I figured I would post some tips that came in really handy for us (in no special order).

  1. Carry on luggage – Each family member was able to travel with one carry on suitcase and a backpack.  Unless you have fancy events planned you will find that you will spend most of your time in your swimsuits and shorts anyways.  But, at the same time you will sometimes find that the airlines will gate check your suitcases to your final destination (that happened to us each way).  (We even had space in our bags to bring home new beach towels and a few other new items.)
  2. Roll your clothes – If you aren’t on Pinterest you might not have seen the posts that by rolling your clothes you can store more in a drawer, etc.  It really does work so I would suggest you try it next time.
  3. Detangler spray & TSA liquid rules – Each person is able to take a quart-sized bag with your liquids/creams as long as each original container is less than 3 oz.  The humidity and salt water makes it so we get more knots in our hair so this time I put some detangler spray in a small bottle and took some with us.
  4. Bug spray – We usually go hiking when travel and this trip wasn’t any different.  So, we bought a small container of bug spray and took it with us (in the quart-sized bag with our other liquids).
  5. Breakfast in the room – The hotel we stayed at this time had a Keurig coffee maker and a mini fridge (no microwave).   We bought instant oatmeal at the grocery store and made it for breakfast most mornings.  (See #6, #7 and #11)
  6. Metal fork and spoon – I packed one for each family member.  These came in very handy.  Note: You are not able to take sharp knives in the carry on luggage so I took a couple of plastic knives.
  7. Plastic bowls – Since we had room in our suitcases (by not taking too many clothes and rolling what I did take) I was able to pack plastic bowls for each family member.  These came in very handy for breakfast and for eating pie, etc (see #11).
  8. Plastic Ziploc bags – I took a few new quart-sized ones and a couple of gallon-sized ones.  These were very useful!  (One thing we did daily was put ice in a bag and used it as an ice pack in our ice chest.)
  9. Plastic, see-through water bottle – You can take an empty water bottle through security.  We filled it with water at the airports and put ice inside of it when we traveled and it helped keep our snack foods and drinks cold.
  10. Ice chest – The last few trips we have been able to put a collapsible ice chest in one of the suitcases.  We used this to keep our drinks and snacks cold for when we went to the beach or driving around the island.
  11. Grocery store – Usually when we arrive we look for a grocery store so we can buy some food.  This time we lucked upon a local grocery store chain (Tamura’s Market) which definitely had cheaper prices than the big mainland chain that we found the first day.  We were even able to find locally made (Ted’s Bakery) pie.  The Macadamia Nut Cream Pie was really good!

So, hopefully these help you out and they will come in handy the next time we fly somewhere on vacation.

Later – H