This is the view on my dining room table this morning.
Holy cow! How can so much stuff pile up after only 10 days gone? But pile up it did.
And two of those things…ugh..the things I hate worse….notifications that there is something waiting for me at the “Main” post office about a 25 minute drive away. I live very rural, and if something needs a signature and I’m not here to sign for it, I have to go get it. There are a gazillion things that need to be done today, but I will find a way to get down there during post office hours to pick it up and see what it is.
What amazed me the most?
This load of scrap!
Two priority mail boxes worth! Holy Scrap Enhancement, Batman!
And a hand knit scarf! I could have used this on Mackinac Island!
These two priority mail boxes stuffed to the gills are from my friend Frieda who is moving ---and I know what havoc that causes when you come face to face with the fact you are going to have to MOVE that stash and resettle it in a new place. I’m happy to be the recipient of her gifted goodies. The boxes were filled with strings, strips, hunks and chunks and even fat quarters. If only I had time to sew today!
I did do one thing that has been waiting since just before I left for Los Angles:
New June Taylor Press N Cut mat.
I never use these for cutting – the pebbly surface on the back side is bad for rotary blades. I just don’t think they last as long if I cut on this plastic.
I needed a second one because I am forever leaving the ONE I have up at the cabin, and then I don’t have one here in the studio when I need one ---if I am paper piecing or string piecing, I like a small mat next to me for pressing between seams --
The pressing side of this mat I love – HOWEVER ---I have had the canvas cover rot out after a while due to heavy iron use, and it just crumbles and rips away. My solution? Make it a “pillow case” style cover out of an old bath towel.
Old bath towel with the hems and shrinked up decorative bands removed…
And yes, OLD bath towel, as in why spend money for a new one to do this? This is a towel that was relegated to the car wash supplies in the garage.
Fold it in half and sew up two sides!
Turn it right side out, and slip in the press and cut mat!
Things I like about pressing on a terry covered surface:
- Fabric does not slip around, it stays put while I press.
- Threads stick to the terry cloth.
- My mat does not get all gross and rotted.
- Terry cloth cover is easily washable
And best of all – because it came from an old towel, it’s a repurposing thing! And I can slip extra rulers and stuff into the cover when taking it to retreat, etc.
It may not be pretty ---but it works for me!
Speaking of work, there is a ton of stuff to be taken care of today, starting with the mail order that has popped up over the past week+ that I’ve been gone.
If you ordered Pat Speth’s Nickel Quilts and Borders book from me, and were one of the ones who reached me after it was already sold out on my site, I have more in stock and those are going out today! If you didn’t order it..click HERE to see what it’s all about!
You will WANT this book!
You will WANT this book!
I better get down to it! ((And yes, it feels so good to be home!))