Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I forgot to post the progress on the rock edging. Here is where I left off

After working for two hours on Saturday here is my progress. It was humid and hot so two hours was all I could handle. It doesn't look like much, but those rocks get heavy quick! I did carry over rocks for the next section so that should go a bit quicker. I also needed to get more weed barrier fabric. I am putting that under the rocks and up the front and back of them to try and keep the grass from getting into the bed.

I did get six more boxy pouches done last night. I sure hope my friend sells some of them at her booth this weekend. I did have a friend call me and she wanted the flamingo pouch I showed the other day.

My brother picked up the new merchandise table and table cover last night. He brought me two bags of t-shirts for a quilt. The quilt will be for my nephew's cousin. I always have something to do! LOL!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Living a nightmare

It has been busy, crazy and annoying. I did manage to get 30 boxy pouches made this past weekend

and I have 13 that need the corners at one end with the handle sewn and then they will be done.

My brother sent me measurements for three equipment covers he needed. I had the car cover fabric on hand so I got them cut out Sunday afternoon, got one and a part made, and finished them last night. I need to get them in the mail today.

Work has been a nightmare. People can only do so much in a day and for this job that is not enough. Add to that that the company has changed all our computers is not helping. Of course, the lasts version of all the Microsoft office, etc. come along with that and nothing is getting done very fast on my part. All the icons have changed so I spend way too much time trying to figure out what I am looking for and by the time I find it I can't remember why I was looking for it! All of Microsoft office when from pretty simple to it trying to outthink what you want to do which makes it more complicated and extremely annoying! Thanks Bill - NOT! Instead of working thru a hard drive we now have to work through a think pad. I hardly have any room to work at my desk because of all the addition equipment and cords.

I did get two hours of work on my rock edging in on Saturday, but I forgot to take a picture of it. I needed more weed barrier fabric to continue, so I managed to stop yesterday and get that.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Good progress on the 9

I managed to get all the seams stitched down with the decorative stitch. Next I sewed the end of the pouches and cut out the corners.

I like to tack the end of the zipper for extra security and that is done on all nine.

So these nine are very close to being done! All that is left to do is stitch the two corners, stitch the other end closed, cut in the corners, stitch those corners and insert the handle. My goal this weekend is to see how many I can get made of the remaining pouches that are ready for sewing. I think I counted 47.

I had to take a break from sewing last evening to mow the grass. Gosh, it has been growing fast! Of course after I was done I had to go next door and check out their landscaping project and the let the neighbor across the cul-de-sac that he could bring the tree limbs he was cutting over to the woods at the back of my yard where I let him take his other yard waste.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9 in progress

This next group of boxy pouches is nine. I can use the same color of thread so that makes for quicker construction. Last night I sewed in the rest of the zippers, pressed them, and topstitched next to the zippers

The next step was to sew the two halves together and pressed the seam open

I was happy with getting this much done on all 9. The next step will be to stitch down the seams. I like to do this to keep the seam flat, keep the seam from fraying, and it adds a bit of stiffness and structure to the pouch. You could use any kind of decorative stitch; I use a staggered zig zag.

Are you following along and making one for yourself?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Another 4

I had the slows yesterday. I was sore all over from moving those rocks so I didn't get as much done with the sewing because I was so tired. I did manage to get those four boxy pouches done

and I got the next group started. I had to wind some bobbins and I got the zippers in sewn in four of the nine future pouches. I also got the handles topstitched and trimmed. It was at least a start.

I feel better today as the soreness is gone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

4 more done

Last evening I finished those four boxy pouches

and I got four more started. These four won't take long to finish. I would have finished them but I had a chicken that had been in the crock pot all day and I needed to pick the meat off the bones.

Monday, May 14, 2018

What a weekend

My brother brought over the new table for the merchandise booth for my nephew's band. We have more merch and the table we were using is just too small anymore. I will have four different CD's to sell now instead of the two we had and this season we added patches.

So with the table my brother brought me fabric to make a table cover. This was my job Saturday morning. I was happy the way it turned out. The zippered pockets come in handy and I made this side shorter so it would be easy to get stuff we store underneath easier to access. Look at those rounded corners!

I got a delivery of 3,360 pounds of rocks on Saturday. My plans are to re-do the borders of my flower bed.

I got started on digging out the old plastic border on Sunday.

What drove me crazy was the amount the flower bed had sunk in relationship to the yard. I have been adding sweet peat to the flower bed over the years, but it was still so much lower.

I got started on digging out the grass, putting in barrier cloth, then setting a few stones. Oh, this is going to be a lot of work! What on earth did I get myself into? LOL!! I will just do a little bit at a time and eventually I will get it done. Once I get the border set, I will dig out the plants, dump a bunch of the new dirt I bought into the bed, and replant the plants. I am using bricks to fill in underneath the decorative rocks. This is what I have done so far.

I decided to sort out the rocks by size. I spend about a half hour and am about half way done. I needed to dig out the bigger rocks. Here they are with the smaller ones in the front.

I spent Saturday afternoon ironing on the interfacing and pressing the handles to what will become 65 boxy pouches.

I got these four that had been partially put together finished.

Then I have these four almost done. I had sorted the cut out pieces by the color of thread I will use so I could just keep sewing in an assembly line fashion and not change thread color. I have someone who is going to sell these for me at a show on the 25th so I have a lot of sewing to do in the next 10 days.