Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stash Report and Stuff

Used since last report:         0.00 yards
Used year to Date:            13.50 yards
Added since last report:     0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:           5.50 yards
Net Used for 2013:              8.00 yards

No change to the stash report. Not sure if that is good or so-so!  Means I didn't finish anything that would help reduce the stash. February turned out to be a lost month. There are so many items I had planned to complete and didn't finish any.

I did attend the Machine Embroidery Retreat in February for five days at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, MN. Of course, it took the week before the retreat to organize and find everything that I needed to take. It was a good thing that we only live 30 miles from the retreat because when I was unpacking at the Casino, I was missing my main project bag with all the cut pieces for most of the projects. I would not be able to do a lot of the projects without it. Hubby had so nicely been helping me pack the vehicle and I did not notice the project bag was accidentally set back down in the sewing room and it did not get loaded when we were loading the vehicle. So it was left at home. A nice little round trip was necessary but at least I hadn't lost it.

We finished so many projects and I did not come home with so many UFO's like the last two years. Both Maureen (good friend) and I were so happy with what we accomplished. Finished a name tag and a snappy bag done with bobbin work besides the projects shown below. Two projects I did not do at all. We had a fun time and there were so many of us that know each other that a lot of visiting also took place. I may go next year. Depends on the projects
Flamingo embroidered on Pet Mesh Tote
Cowl fleece scarf with embroidered snowflakes
Embossed bath towel for my guest bathroom
One end of a cutwork placemat. Stabilizer is still on it.

Since watching Bonnie Hunter on QuiltCam ( with all her vintage machines, I decided to drag my Singer 99 (3/4 size head) with the Bentwood case out of the closet. I bought her on an auction for $25. Her birthday is 4/2/1931, so she is no youngster.  The pretty little girl needs to be cleaned and oiled. To sew with the machine it has a knee control lever that fits in the slot on the  bottom section of the case (lower right in the picture) in place of a foot pedal. Now I need to find a place to set her up so I can sew on her. Guess I will try to get my treadle machine up and running. The treadle needs a new belt and then I can try her out.

A week ago, my youngest daughter treated me to a stage show in Minneapolis called "Buckets and Tap Shoes" for my birthday. It was so much fun. The two main guys in the show tap danced and drummed on everything except a drum. It was amazing what they were able to do with buckets, pails, water glasses, plastic 55-gallon drums and metal pipes. They even were drumming on the floor.  The theater building the show was in had been saved from demolition and moved to its current location and then renovated.  Due to the smaller size of the audience area, it was such a wonderful friendly informal event. We visited with other attendees even though we didn't know anyone.

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  1. Oh my Beth! I don't know which project I like best!!! I'm a snowflake fan - so that's a favorite for sure! But the guest towel is remarkable, and that cutwork - drool-worthy!!!!

    1. Hi Teresa, The snowflake scarf is fleece and very cuddly. I am anxious to get the cutwork done. It does have both ends completed and I only need to cut around the ends and hem the sides. Rinsing out the stabilizer takes the most time.
      Thanks for liking! ;>)

  2. There's a good reason your numbers didn't climb - you got all those great projects done. Love the embossed and cut work. I'd sure like to find a treadle machine - I learned to sew on one.

    1. I picked the treadle up at an auction. The cabinet is in prime condition. The towels were fun to do and there is not a lot to finish on the cutwork project. I made it a little bigger than a placemat so that I could use it as a dresser scarf. Appreciate you stopping by!

  3. Nothing in, nothing out is a still a good week. Love your flamingo project, very fun.

    1. Hey Kate, Thanks for stopping by. The flamingo tote was fun. I haven't used the plastic mesh before. Hopefully I can report stash out this weekend.

  4. What great projects. The cutwork is just fabulous!! Oh my, you DID get alot done. Hugs.