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Last day of June

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June is always a sweet month for me, being my birthday month and all. I have two requests pending, one for a media pass at the California State Fair, and the other an analyst certification presentation at work.  While I await these approval processes, here are some state fair approved images. The first is the demonstration gardens.  My arugula has gone to seed so I've decided to plant corn. I'm using tomato cages to keep the cats out of the garden until the corn gets some height.  The last three images are livestock mug shots from the state fair website. While none of my creations were entered into the fair this year, I am shooting for the 2020 competition. 

Singing the Hallelujah chorus

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The American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge reveals the prompt for July is Which for me is my basket block quilt. I was going great guns on it around the end of the year and then switched to the prompt schedule. After buying my Baby Lock machine, the log jam of creativity let loose and projects are getting finished. That is why I am singing the Hallelujah chorus. Still quilting away on the monster that is the art with fabric block hop quilt. Would love to have that one done in July *fingers crossed* . Thrifting update: Well, first a declutter update. I did a clothes closet purge and donated a number of jackets. I don't wear a jacket unless it is downright cold or if I have an interview and neither one of those things happen very often.  I moved my winter wardrobe to a family storage unit I have on another property. I have quite a collection of maxi skirts which the majority are too warm to wear in our California summer. California summers extend into October.  B

Big birthday milestone!

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Not afraid to admit that I have made it to the Big 60 - now known as Level 60!  Child of the 60s.  I am the model on the right circa 1971 Teenager in the 70s.  Parent in the 80s/90s, working/attending college in the 2000s.  It has been quite a ride. With my mom alive and well at 91, I hope to have 30+ years to make my mark on this world.  Thrifted fashion news: From the blogosphere is a movement I have joined. A challenge at  slow-fashion-summer-2019  described as "3 months, 10,000 people, no new clothes."  In the summer of 2018, we took on a big issue: the (fast) fashion industry. With 2625 people across the globe, we didn't buy any new clothes for three months. And now we're back! Join us for the biggest crowd act to date and buy no new clothes during the summer/winter season of 2019 together with 9,999 other people! The fashion industry has an enormous negative environment and social impact around the world. Did you know that it takes 2,700 liter

Singing the Baby Lock song

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The sewing machine that I chose to upgrade to was the Baby Lock Jazz II. I am trading in my Brother quilting machine for this one.  Image from the Baby Lock website What I am doing differently is taking a weekend class on the new machine's operation. I also think online Baby Lock classes are part of the new machine bundle.  Gardening update: It took me quite awhile to figure out this hopeful fix to this grapevine problem. If the birds didn't get the fruit, the raccoons and deer did. The deer would also decimate the vine, eat it down to the nubbins.  Here you can see the backside of the greenhouse. Last year, I tried putting tomato cages around the vines. The year before that I tried bird netting. I have inverted the tomato cages to train the vines upward.  My first thought was to try pool noodles because they are flexible but didn't want it to look tacky. When I saw we had two packets of bamboo poles, I zip tied 4 poles together and zip tied the poles to 

Fabricpalooza

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Finding bags of fabric at my go-to hospice thrift shop is always such a kick! The bags were $3.50 each and I bought a couple of  vinyl records to bring my total to $10, spending my $10 credit earned for a freebie day! When I first saw the coordinated set of the Dr. Seuss fabric, I thought it was recent. Imagine my surprise when the selvage listed it as 1971! Wow, almost 50 years old. I suspect some of the other remnants are retro also. Lots of images in this post for the fabricholic.   I may try to sell this fabric collection. Anyone have experience in the resell market for vintage fabric?  Should have just enough fabric to recover this chair pad Some feedsack Quilters Circle Dinospectacular Derpy jungle babies I think the story behind this and other bagged fabric remnants in  second hand stores is the seamstress or quilter has either passed on or has gone into assisted living. The relatives then give away the fabric because no one sews.  And then there

Four Thrift Shops Later and it's Time to Smell the Roses

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Went thrifting in a different county and added to my vinyl record collection. I won't list those because I mainly look for 60s, disco, select 70s, some old time religion ( Jimmy Swaggart, blame my Pentecostal roots ), blues and jazz ( both genres hard to find secondhand ).  Always on my hunt list is fabric. I passed by a bag of remnants at Goodwill. Priced at $4.50 it was affordable enough but none of it intrigued me. At my fourth and last stop, I found what I had hoped, not only fabric, but 81 nine patches at $1.99. In that $1.99 bag was also more of the blue fabric, I'm guessing mystery quilter intended for the borders. That would have been a mistake. These blocks are already very pink and blue. I think a midnight blue or white to separate them might bring this all together.  Mystery quilter also had three pages of detailed calculations, instructions and diagrams. I always wondered if I was a "fly by the seat of your pants" quilter, I'm sure of it now. I

June challenges

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Quilting challenge prompt for June is my Americana quilt, a big project with specialty blocks. Pattern found in a 1977 Quilt World magazine. This is more likely a project when I'm retired and have more years of experience with patchwork piecing.   My daughter's Spice it Up quilt is next up in the queue. I am struggling with how complex I want to make it and my skill comfort level.  Thrifting update: Half off at hospice, meant spending very little for an 8x8 glass pyrex dish, flat and fitted floral print sheets ( washed in piping hot water ), an "I love vinyl" t-shirt.    I told myself I wouldn't but for $13, this pale green Singer followed me home. Eventually, I would like to display all of my retro machines on a wire rolling rack.  The lightbulb was burned out and it took some coaxing to be able to replace it. I had a black dressmaker Singer that I scavenged for parts and then thrifted back. One of those parts was a working lightbulb. This machine sou