May 26, 2020

Books Books and More

   Books rare and new, from the shop, two shelves, all at 50% off. Copy Paste and Blow up the image. Email us which one you want. From beginner to art to dyeing to quilting to traditional to modern to pre-cuts.

   Ah, I can see the design wall again. There's been an itch to get piecing and finishing again. Almost all the boxes are unloaded the rest have been put in a safe place, store and forget.

   Speaking of seeing again, I don't know if I'll be able to see my toes again. We've been cleaning out cupboards, making comfort meals and desserts. Two crustless pumpkin pies. Two yummy Magic Pumpkin Cakes by I Wash You Dry. Just as in quilting, didn't follow the recipe exactly. It calls for a yellow cake. How boring. Oh, you mean lemon cake mix. And how about cherry cake mix.
I much prefer mine upside down with real whip cream. It's even tasty with left over cream.

May 18, 2020

Two More Shelves

   Two more shelves. Bolted fabric is set up and inventory complete. Two more shelves. Now for the 10" squares, 2.5" rolls, fat quarters and eights.

Thank you to all of you making masks from the fabric purchased for here. We are very proud of you.

Now that the weather is spring/summer the itch is there to go hiking in the mountains. I hope it will happen this year.

May 11, 2020

Getting There

   We finally got the shelving moved to Chaparral, the desk moved downstairs, cutting table and cupboard moved upstairs. The two young guys were sweating. So far two of the shelving units are loaded. It's taking so long because we are inventorying the fabric and comparing it to the website. So far so good, only a handful of fabrics were not deleted when done. For me it's embarrassing to email customers and say that the fabric is not available.

   Kitty's been doing a great job keeping the mice under control. I was helping the gardening lady clean up. She was nervous about cleaning out the center of the tall grasses because the mice chew up the grass to make a nest. Sometimes there are babies. The neighbour's yard was chewed up really well from mice during the winter. Whew, no babies.

   There are a few skinny bolts on the shelves. There will be a live facebook sale in a couple weeks. Stay tuned.

   I got an extra loving today. Mom said it was because there was no mice in the grass. Duh, of course not. I'm the great mice hunter. And am darn good at it if I say so myself. 

Twice a day I check it out. Sometimes they are in the neighbour's garden. I've been nonchalantly walking along the back of the neighbour's yard. When mom catches me I eat the green grass along the back. Mom doesn't have a clue that I'm looking for a way to get though the neighbour's fence.

May 5, 2020

Rulers in a Haystack

     Oops, forgot to post last week's email. How lucky, this week you get two for the price of one.

   This week has been dreadful even though I have to admit that the results are great. I suddenly became domesticated. Like eating potatoe chips, you can never clean one window. It all started because my sewing room windows were cloudy. Then all the windows were cloudy. Then all the window sills were dirty and cob weby. Then the floors were dusty. Gals, this is why I hate house cleaning. I sure miss my house cleaner. Not to worry, the disease only lasted one week. Whew!

Then a good friend and hockey buddy, posts on her fb page, Donna's Quilting Quarry, showing her tool chest of sewing/quilting accessories and hanging rulers. Now she can find all her tools of the trade. In my head, which she always says 'there is no adult supervision in there, she is going like na, na, na, na, na to me. Green envy. This has always been in the back of my head to organize the tools but there was no supervision until now.  

Now, 99% of rulers that were in Ikea containers and cutting table drawers 

are hanging on the grid wall that was taking up space in the garage. I used the closed metal shower hooks for hanging rulers and paper clipped instructions to the specialty rulers using small bulldog clips.

Only the specific few rulers that are instantly needed at the cutting table are in the drawers.

Just call me,  
the quilt tool woman Tucker

May 4, 2020

2:1 Rectangles Had a Mouse

   Rectangles can be a royal pain when you are trying to sew them to another unit and getting the 1/4" seams to match up. Most rectangles that we use have a 2:1 ratio. That is, for every 1 unit of finished width, the finished length of the rectangle is 2 times the finished width. For example, if the rectangle's finished width is 2" then the rectangle's finished length is 4". Because the seam line is not at 45⁰, the seam line is offset from the corners. But, the 1/4" seam line intersection will fall on the diagonal seam line.

   Click the How To to get the instructions for calculating and piecing rectangles that have a finished 2:1 ratio. These instructions may be late for you but they may be used for any future project as well as those of you working on the 150 Canadian Women program.
If you have any questions or quilting problems, please email us so that we can try to help you.

   Mom, why don't you let me keep the presents I bring you? You always say you're proud of me and then shoosh me into the house leaving my present behind. Oh, okay, good, I get it, you want to bring it in. That's ok with me as long as you don't take credit. Whew! Hey, why are you going upstairs? Did you not get it? Let me out, I'll get it. Hey, where did it go? I know it was here.

♫I'm not listening to you.♬