Good Monday Everyone!!!!

Good Monday everyone!

I know most people hate Mondays, but, to me, it’s the day when everything goes back to normal.  I get to control the schedule….at least between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  During that time my house is my kingdom.  This Monday is even more special because the hubby goes back to the day shift after 2 or 3 months on night shift where I had to be VERY quiet during the day in our small house because he was sleeping and then 2 1/2 weeks of vacation where I pretty much followed a schedule which was also not entirely ours due to circumstances beyond our control.  I can now wake up at 5:00 instead of 3:45 and have everyone out the door by 6:37. The teenage girl is very particular and doesn’t go out to the bus until she absolutely has to.  I can now resume my regularly scheduled programming. 

H is also starting a class for work tonight so 2 nights a week I won’t have to have dinner on the table.  Next Monday is my first sewing class at ReChic Unique.  I just realized how far away from the blog I’ve been.  ReChic Unique Boutique is a brand new shop in DeMotte, IN.  The owners like to call it a community of women.  It’s really great!  It’s owned by 2 women, Pat and Kris, and local crafters, who make very good quality products, pay a monthly fee to sell their wares in the shop.  It’s not rented booth space.  One woman who works there is a decorator and she mixes and matches everyone’s items into beautiful, adorable displays. Everything in the shop is Made in the USA by local crafts people except for some fillers here and there to make it look nice. All the vendors are fairly local, about a 50 mile radius max, and very friendly.  I really think of it as my shop.  Anytime I refer to “the boutique” that is where I’m talking about.

Anyway, I asked if they would allow me to teach a sewing class there occasionally and the interest has been so wonderful that they have asked me to plan more!  My first class is a beginner sewing class where we’ll be making reversible placemats.  That is on Monday, May 11th, from 5-7 p.m. and it is full!  I am also planning some intermediate classes and a beginner sewing series for kids.  It’s very exciting and a little scary all at once because I’ve never taught sewing before.  I know it’s gonna rock though!!!  I bought 5 new Brother sewing machines for the attendees to use or they can bring their own if they have one.  I’ll post pictures of the projects here afterward. 

I’m feeling motivated and excited to get my day started so I’ll talk to everyone later!  I’ll say it again,

Good Monday everyone!!!!

Julie

I’m also linking this to Project Optimism which posts on Mondays.  Hmmm…that link doesn’t seem to exist anymore so I’ll open one from here.  If you wish to post about anything that makes you happy or optimistic on a Monday just tag your post with Project Optimism and link it here on my Project Optimism page and spread the word so more people can start off their Mondays on a positive note!

2 Questions on a Garden and a Quilt

I have a gardening question on this fine Monday morning.  I didn’t pull my plants last fall and the kale is coming back on its own now.  First of all, I had no idea that kale would do that and I’m pretty excited.  Secondly, will it be the same quality as when I planted it from seed last year?  I try not to buy hybrids so it could be a pure plant from the start.  That’s my question.  I need to know so I can either pull it and start over or just let it grow.  I actually had one plant that stayed green all winter and is now growing new foliage.   The others browned and wilted, but obviously did not die because they all have new green foliage growing too!    These are not new plants this year.  The foliage is growing on the old plants.

The hubby planted the seeds in the greenhouse this year.  He said he wanted to take over the garden this year so I let him….plus, I’ve been busy.  Now, I’m wondering if he’s been watering them or if I need to.  I just can’t let it go completely.  Control issues?  He did give me all the herbs and flowers to do though because they’re my favorite.  Or, maybe because I invaded the greenhouse while he was planting and started telling him what to do.  It appears we’ll be working on the gardening together this year.  It will be an exercise in cooperation for us.  Trust me, we need to start now because he retires in 15 years and neither of us is sure how that will turn out.  Winking smile

Until things start growing, here’s a picture of some herbs from years gone by.

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Now for the quilt question.  This is a picture of the quilt that my daughter wants me to make for her.  Does anyone know where I can get the pattern or what it might be called?

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Have a great day everyone and thanks for your help!

Julie

Sewing Classes and a Quilt Show

Hi! 
I’ve been working on a couple of projects.  I have started selling baby blankets and burp cloths in a boutique in DeMotte.  I’m working on making some children’s clothes to sell also.  The really exciting news is that I’m going to be teaching sewing classes.  My first one is on May 11th.  We’ll be making reversible placemats. I was telling a friend that while it’s exciting, it’s also a bit nerve wracking.  She assured me that I would do great, but I don’t think I’ll stop worrying until I actually get it underway.  I keep thinking of things that I or the students will need.  I just hope I don’t forget anything that day.  I’m sure it will turn out fine one way or another. 

In other news, my quilt club is having our biennial quilt show this weekend. Our featured quilter was one of the founding members about 20 years ago.  Unfortunately, she passed away a couple weeks ago.  We’re planning a special display to memorialize her.  She was an amazing woman and quilter.   One quilt that she restored is even in the Smithsonian.  Her name was Jane and she was very generous with her time and talents.  She is the person who taught me to quilt.  Writing this, I’m realizing that she’s a hero to me and certainly someone to emulate.  I will miss her.

I hope to inspire and encourage others to learn to sew and quilt like she did for me and many others, I’m sure.

Have a great day everyone.  Spread the love for whatever is your passion so someone else can discover theirs.  🎉🎨🌠

Julie

Happy Valentine’s Day! 100 Days of Happy-Day # Who Cares

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  This is one of the best holidays of the year because it’s all about love.  No, you do not have to be married or be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  It is a day to show love to everyone.  Say hi to that homeless person you pass on your way to work each day.  Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line.  Write a letter to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.  Put a note in your child’s lunch.  Hug a stranger.  Read a story to someone in the hospital.  Go out in freezing cold temperatures in the dark to put a key out for your neighbor so their house can get painted.  (You know who I’m talking about, K!)  Desi kept me company.  Smile 

What I’m trying to say is you are love because you are God’s child.  Go spread that love around!  Have a great day everyone!

Julie

100 Days of Happy-Day 27 ~ A Sewist’s Multi-tool

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my  100 Days of Happy, but that doesn’t mean  I’m not happy!  I’ve been using my tablet a lot and I don’t like to post directly from that….and I haven’t taken many pictures.  I’ll catch up with that soon in a different post.  This one is all about my new multi-tool.   Everyone has heard of the multi-tools with screwdrivers and knives and sawblades and dental floss, but mine is even better and it’s just for those of us who sew. 

Do you remember the plexiglass template I had made for cutting out t-shirts for quilts?  If not, it’s here.  Well, I have found a new use for it!  For those of you who applique, you know how frustrating it can be when you go through both layers of a t-shirt or pillowcase, for example.  It’s nearly impossible to get the needle and thread to go back through exactly the way they came.  I was appliqueing minion faces on a pillow bed and decided to use that piece of plexiglass as a barrier between the front and back.  It worked perfectly!  It was large enough to provide a good working area and fit inside the pillowcase sections easily.  I also didn’t have to worry about scratching it up because it doesn’t matter if it’s scratched up.

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You can see the shape of it under the fabric.  It fit right on my lap and let me get through 2-3 layers of fleece without catching the backing up too.  I also knew when I was all the way through because I could feel the hard surface.  It would great for applique even without a backing attached because you won’t catch the tablecloth or your pants in the stitching either.  It also allows you to go faster because you know when you’re through the fabric and you don’t have to keep flipping it over to check.  And the added bonus…….drumroll, please……….NO MORE FINGER PRICKS!  I hate thimbles so my fingers invariably end up bleeding when I do handwork.  Hmmm….might work for hand quilting too.  I’ll have to work on that.

I hope that can help someone.

Have a great day!

Julie

100 Days of Happy-Day 16

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Again with the sewing.Smile   I sewed dog booties (and a few other things) all day long.  When I started sewing parts together backward I was told to walk away from the sewing machine.  Thank heaven for seam rippers, but they still don’t stop me from talking to myself.  I think I was interrupting his television show.  Smile