New Quilt out of old sleeping bags

Morning all, hope you are well. The boys are being. I’m okay. It’s still pain level warp factor 8, but I have some progress.

In October of 21, I went camping near my home town. I loved that camping trip, and have very fond memories of it. Those sleeping bags I bought though are really tattered and starting to fall apart. It’s time to fix/upgrade them.

Here’s the plan. I have a quilt top I’m working on. Yep, quietly, silently unblogged in the background, I’ve been working on a quilt top. Chuckle, I do have my secrets. Now is the time to upgrade those poor wee beasties to a quilt.

I’m going to use sheets as the quilt backing and use the topper of course. I also plan to layer them with a couple of thrift store blankets that I have acquired instead of the traditional filler. This means that they will be ultra thick. the zippers have long since fallen off.

So, with new backs, new fronts. Extra blankets for thickness, that’s my summer project this year. I do have to use the treadles for the quilting process itself. I have work to do, of course. However, as I get the move done to the garage, I will have room to work on these things.

I’m looking forward to it. Oh, and once the treadles are in the garage, the mister can’t kvetch about the sounds the machines make. Snort! Hmm, would it be entirely out of line if I somehow stopped wearing headphones in the garage to give my ears a rest? Would it be out of line to crank ac/dc while I quilt?

Have a good one, hugs my friends. -L


St Birgitta Caps

Okay, I blame Morgan Donner for this. She started this mess, and I’m on a mission.

Good Morning all, after yesterday’s quiet day post, I thought I better give you the source for the St Birgitta cap I mentioned. St Birgitta Coif tutorial Morgan Donner in her video, she calls it a coif. I call it a cap. It covers the head.

I prefer to keep my scalp covered. I have thin hair, and I have been shaving my head for a couple of months now. I rock the buzz cut, and even can just run the clippers before a shower. However, certain folks in public go a little nutsy when they see a woman with a buzz cut.

This isn’t my first rodeo with this. I’ve done it many times over the years. I loved my long hair, but was shedding it at such an astronomical rate, that I was afraid of choking on a hair ball. Ugh. So, back to the cap.

I never wear velvet. Ever. However, with this gifted fabric, I think I can make the cap out of it. I’m going to have to line the fabric on the inside, because the inside is a little weird feeling. Also, I think that washing this is going to be a problem. So, with a mystery velvet I’m going to begin.

I could do a turban, but I don’t wear pins, and I don’t want to monkey with it much. So, before this post goes live, the goal is to have one done, with pictures. We will see. Perhaps for tomorrow’s post, I will get that work finished. It doesn’t take long, especially since I don’t use the woven piece in the center for my caps.

Please take care of yourselves. Hugs and huggage. -L


Morning all, hoping you are well. The fellers are being male this morning, and I’m hiding from all the testosterone in the house. It’s a muggy bugger again, and soon enough the rains will stop, maybe.

Meanwhile, I had an epiphany. I always wondered why, when my sewing machine only came with 3 bobbins, when I got old sewing kits from my scrounging friend that there were hundreds of partial bobbins of thread in them.

I finally figured it out. I’m an idgit. I went an purchased extra bobbins for all of the machines this month. At the beginning of a sewing project, it’s easier to fill 6-8 bobbins with the thread I’m using, and go, than to stop, removed my work from the machine and do a bobbin.

Since I use mostly just white thread, and the consequences be damned, I’m cool with this. Damn it. Damn it. Damn it. Why didn’t I think of it sooner? Why didn’t I learn this in home ec over 30 years ago?

I have no idea. I’m pretty sure that we were issued one bobbin, one machine needle, and etc… and had to make do. NEVER AGAIN! Bobbins are dirt cheap. I can afford to buy extras! Woot woot woot!

Give me all the bobbins!

Hugs my friends, have a good day. -L

Home made clothes

Wearing clothes I made all by myself.

Morning all, Young Master Duke is very busy being the most adorable dog on the planet, and I am okay.

It’s a good day. And other than a brief interlude yesterday, I have worn clothing I made exclusively for weeks now. This helps. Knowing that the clothes came into the house as bolts of fabric, and that I decided exactly how they would turn out is so fulfilling.

Knowing that if needed, I could take them apart and adjust the fit, is also pretty damned cool.

So, plans are being planned. I prefer maxi dresses with long sleeves, and I have one to finish. However, I really need a few chemises. Yet, I don’t have the fabric for them. That’s on the plan for June, purchasing a bolt of muslin so I can have underclothes.

That’s about it for today. Nothing witty, I’m pretty drained. Hugs my friends. Take care, may your life be blessed. -L