Guest Post by Karin
Hello there peeps! Karin here....Didja notice I didn't start off with my usual "Hey there y'all....?" That's because I'm not in Texas at the moment. I'm in Florida, in the camper... hence, this blog post about having just the right tools...WITH YOU. Ha - that was around the block a little, you still with me?
Kelly is kinda swamped right now, busy doing that chore that all good American citizens do - figuring her taxes. And if she's anything like us, that's gonna take a while, so she asked if I could pop in and chat with y'all a bit. She knew I was in the camper, but she's never seen it in person, and she has no idea just how much stuff I can actually cram in here. Let me just say, it's a whole lotta stuff. Trouble is, it's scattered throughout all the cabinets, all the cubbies, and even in the underbelly. Not to mention, taking up valuable (and limited!) floorspace:
Generally, when I buy fabric for an intended purpose (as was this fabric purchase), I stash the pattern in the bag with the fabric, along with any necessary notions or trims. Then, when I'm ready to start the project, everything is right there at my fingertips and I don't have to waste time hunting things down. Generally. Apparently, NOT this time. No pattern in sight, and I couldn't remember stashing it anywhere inside the camper by itself. No sweat, I have a friend in Canada, who originally taught me how to do this, and she'll have access to HER pattern and she can remind me what I need to do. Oh yeah baby, it pays to have friends! She got right back to me that night, with some pictures and sketchy instructions.
But I needed to know the size of those triangles, or it would come out all wonky. Wonky's just not my cup of tea, and math is just beyond me, so once again, my friend came through for me:
Cool beans. I got my strips cut and I got my strips sewn together.
They don't look too bad - that little wrinkle is simply from being folded, it's not a distortion in my sewing or anything. So it's time to grab my rulers and cut those puppies up! Wait...where's my ruler? You know, my special Creative Grids 12.5 Square ruler that I bought just for this project and has the tape markings on it already and I've never used for any other project. (That's a big deal because, living in a camper for so long, I got used to items serving multiple purposes, and that ruler has only been used ONE TIME, for ONE PROJECT, and it's kind of a sore subject with my
tightwad frugal self.)
I started looking high and low, in and out. One whole wardrobe drawer is crammed full of sewing stuff - stabilizer rolls, stabilizer and topping BOLTS (yes, bolts of it!), more thread (not counting the THREE cases of thread stashed under the sofa - oh, wait, there's another place my ruler might be! bummer...it's not), 2 quilt tops in differing stages of "put together," a plastic bulk-salad greens box full of cut-up squares for one of those quilts, 2 bolts of FABRIC for said quilts, and my other 6 x 24 inch ruler (2, because just 1 wouldn't be enough). Now, if you're getting the idea that maybe I packed more sewing stuff than I did clothing, don't get me wrong...I did not. My closet is crammed full of just about every stitch of clothing I own - we were going to be gone about a month, maybe two, and I didn't want to waste valuable time doing laundry.
Hmmm..closet, maybe the ruler's in the closet? bummer....it's not there, either. Under the sofa, in the cubby under the TV, where I stashed the mailing supplies, in the wardrobe, in the closet, in the ironing station, in the green tote, I looked everywhere. Even in the under carriage, where I knew for a fact it wasn't. Arrgh...did I mention that we were out on a little peninsula and everything is at least a 5 mile trek back to a main road? In a diesel truck, at 10 miles to a gallon, at $4 a gallon. So, just to get to a shopping center (that contains only a small grocery, a dollar store, a beauty salon and 2 restaurants), and back to camp, it would cost $4. Needless to say, my cheapskate self was not about to just hop in the truck and go searching out a bigger store (such as a quilt shop or Walmart), so my strata got put on hold. Surely, in all that other stuff, I could find something else to make. Or maybe, just maybe, I could come up with something else I could use instead of a square ruler. I considered using my 6 x 24 ruler, but, well, there's math involved, and I just couldn't figure out where my marks were going to be. And, since I was planning to use a rotary cutter, paper templates were out, as was cardboard. I'd considered cutting up a cereal box, but then there was that math again, and I had bought (and brought) only just enough fabric to do this topper, so I couldn't afford any cutting mistakes. I considered getting a couple of pieces of plexiglass cut to measure, but then I figured if I was going to search out someone to cut plexiglass, I might as well just go on to the big-box store and see if they had a ruler like I needed. I mulled it over for the rest of the day. The next day, when one of the campers asked me to make a bib for a new baby boy, out of fabric I didn't have on hand, I decided to go ahead and venture out after all. I found a quilt shop about 13 miles away, and luckily enough, they had both fabric and a Creative Grids 12.5 inch square ruler. And here is how the table topper turned out:
So now I've got the table topper done, I've moved on to other sewing projects. Yesterday, I made an Easter outfit for my youngest granddaughter...I still have the same outfit to make for the older, bigger one. And two bow-tie/suspender sets, because we can't leave out the grandsons, can we? Of course not. And if there's any fabric left over, what little girl wouldn't like a place to keep her hankies or stash a couple of chocolate eggs? So a purse or two is definitely in order. Then there's the matter of those 2 quilt tops. Oh, Lordy, I'm getting tired just thinking about it all. Maybe I'll just walk the dog then take a nap. After all, searching for rulers can be exhausting work. You'd think I'd have just remembered to bring it along in the first place. Well, ta-ta for now! Thanks for paying your taxes, Kelly, and doing your part to keep this country afloat!
Kelly here....is it me or did everyone else notice Karin has a lot of words and energy? LOL...I just adore her and wouldn't mind having some of her energy :)