17 of 52…. My Belly Hurts (Not For The Squeamish)

So yesterday, we went out to dinner at the local Chinese buffet, which is a long time family favorite.  I only ate food I thought was safe.  This morning, my guts were in an uproar and my belly hurt so badly that I almost turned around on the way to work.  I decided to press on, because hurting is hurting and where I’m located doesn’t really matter unless I start throwing up.  Then it matters quite a bit, but I digress.

At my doc appointment last month, I got a referral to an allergist….in DC–four hours away.  I have not been successful in getting a Health Choice option for that.  But! As I was rolling down 30 West with a painful belly listening to podcasts, one of the sponsors was everlywell.com, which offers a food sensitivity panel covering 96 foods for less than 200 bucks.  I bought one almost as soon as I sat down at work, which may not seem like a rational choice until you consider that I would have to miss an entire day of work AND burn an entire tank of gas to visit the “free” allergist in DC.

Soon I will know:  was it the yogurt in my breakfast smoothie that I needed to eliminate…or one the fruits?  And is it all bread…or just the bread with a bit of corn meal?  I don’t even have to visit a lab for a blood draw, just use the included lancet to poke my finger.  Yeah, I know this sounds like an advertisement.  I guess it is, but only because I am excited to get some answers.

That link up there will save you money on your own tests.  They have more than the food sensitivity one, but nothing else I needed.

16 of 52….First exception

Or, How I Came To Find Myself In My Local Quilt Store In Spite Of “Not Needing Any Fabric.”  Yeah, even after asked my partner to help hold me accountable.  Because I also created an exception clause.  If I need fabric to complete a project that I’m using current stash for, I am allowed to buy fabric.  So I did.  Buy fabric I mean.  But only 2.5 yards to create sashing and borders for these blocks I cut out yesterday and today from Fabric Fair goodness .

These are going to be the center of the back for the top I showed you over the weekend, and I hope to start sewing after I get home today.  And yes, I will need MORE fabric.  I’ve accounted for about 56 x 75 inches, give or take 10 inches on each dimension, and I have to get to 88 x 88 plus enough extra to load it onto a longarm for quilting.

On third thought, there might not be much sewing.  I have a LOT of strips to cut, and I need to decide if I want them 1.5 inches or 2 inches before I start.

15 of 52….Assorted Thoughts

  •  I started piecing and cutting for the quilt back yesterday.  I was unsure of where I was going, so I stopped.  I have a decent idea now, so I’ll pick that back up again tonight.  Or tomorrow.  Sometime this week.  I’m going with on point charms, some pieced, some not.
  • Moving your retirement savings is a huge pain in the ass.  Forms, meetings, calls.  Bleh.  Not sure why I am bothering.  It’s not like I am saving enough to substantially alter my lifestyle later.  It’s also not enough to substantially alter my lifestyle now, and it seems like the adult thing to do, so I’m doing it.
  • Took the kids bowling yesterday, second week in a row.  They had fun, and I did, too.
  • I got nothing (else) but a blogging habit I am trying to rebuild, so here’s a post, however boring it may be.

14 of 52….I finished it!

Sewed the last few seams on this queen-sized top this morning.  It’s for Daughter Number Three in fabric she selected and a pattern she approved.


I had to stand on the upstairs balcony to get the picture, because huge! I’m planning to do some piecing on the back, and here are the leftovers I’ll start with.  It joins the stack of finished tops, so I’ve scheduled a long arm quilting lesson for the first weekend of June, which should give me time to get the back together.

After the sewing, I decided to assess the state of the stash I swore not to accumulate. Now, have some mercy, because some of the stuff in these pictures has been in my possession for over 20 years. But some of it, more than half of it, has been purchased since March. Here are the quilty bits (and a few chunks that might be large enough for other purposes):

Yeah, the pic cut off on the right, the camera can only capture so much, and I stood on a chair to get what I got.  I think that table is 2×4 feet.

Here is the yardage that will become clothing and/or backing:

Yesterday, when I said I would not need more fabric until next year’s Fabric Fair, I didn’t realize how serious I was!  I think I will hold off on any purchases not needed to complete something I’ve started with what you see here.  And yes, there are two complete planned tops on the table, along with a slew of random possibilities.

If you’ll excuse me now, I need to go clear off my bed and my idea space.

P.S.  I’ve changed the name of the the category “cass knits” to “cass makes things,” because I do way more than knit these days.  The slug will stay the same so that all the links continue to work.  Carry on!

13 of 52….Back to the Fabric Fair

Today’s visit was slightly less frenetic, quite a bit spendier, and yielded a sizable bounty of fabric goodness.  The place was almost empty, so I could get to all the tables, including the cutting station.  There are several sizable pieces of linen there -as well as cotton- for period garb;  a few blends for skirts/pants for me; some fat quarters and bits for quilting (of course); and some books, both beautiful and instructive.

The best part was starting the day with my gal pal, Patti.  The saddest part will be negotiating with Rob tonight over who gets which fabric!  This will also lessen the financial hit, so somewhat bittersweet.  Depending on how the negotiations go, I may not need any more fabric until next year’s fair.  Which is not the same as saying I won’t buy more fabric.  These are two different things entirely!!

12 of 52….or how multiple tabs saved my goal

Oops!  I almost forgot to post today until I noticed that open spreadsheet tab.  Not that I plan to post every day this month, mind you, but I am not yet far enough along on the 10K word goal that I feel comfortable skipping.

Not much has happened since I posted yesterday, except that the fabric I thought my oldest son might like came in yesterday– 24 fat quarters worth.  It’s Hanami, from Connecting Threads, and I really like it.

I plan to make a Dresden Coin with it. I think the simple pattern in high contrast fabrics will work well for him, and it’s the least I can do after cheating him on his color vision genes. He was able to identify 22 separate fabrics on his phone, and he likes them, so I think we’re good.  I’ll need to order some sashing and border fabric, but that can wait a minute because I’m still working on Daughter Number Three’s Strip Dash.

Alright, that’s it for today.  Have a good one!

11 of 52…How the Yankee Ladies Afford to Craft

Holy Smokes!!!!  Yesterday I found out about a thing called the Salvation Army Fabric Fair.  Here, when the SA gets craft/sewing supplies they don’t put them in the stores.  They hold them until the annual Fabric Fair, which I went to on the way to work this morning, because hello, fabric at thrift store prices.

Guys.  Whoa!  The thing is held in the National Guard Armory, doors open at 8, and there was a line when I pulled up.  And it’s not just fabric.  Yarn, knitting supplies, patterns, ribbon, buttons, yardage you can have cut from the bolt, yardage already laid out on tables, batting, needles, thread, sewing machines, templates, finished quilts, partially finished quilts, fat quarters, strips, charm packs, layer cakes, bags full of tops that have been cut but not pieced, and random sized pieces. And underneath each groaning, overladen table are more boxes filled with same for restocking!

The place was crowded, and I was trying to hurry, so I didn’t spend much time at the yarn bins, but they had some nice stuff alongside the Red Heart.

I spent forty-six bucks for all you see here.  That cream and blue plaid is wool, 2 yards x 54 inches and cost $7.  Cloak?  Ruana?  Huge piece of wool to throw around myself on Samhain?  Haven’t decided yet!

Fat quarters were seventy-five cents each.

That floral above the wool?  It’s 3 yards of cotton, far pinker than it looks in this pic, and probably destined to become a loose, flowing skirt for me for only six dollars.

There’s a log cabin ruler for three dollars, and that thing that looks like a pattern contains not only some pattern type stuff, but also three square templates, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5 inches for four bucks.  YOWZA.

I’m probably going back before it ends on Saturday.  I still have some money left from the bowling prize I got yesterday, and I want to take my friend with me.  Because guys.  Seriously.  If you want to make beautiful things on a budget, this is a not-to-miss.  In other words, this morning was The Inaugural Annual Visit To The Salvation Army Fabric Fair.

10 of 52……A new car

So.  Item number one:  My friend Patti invited me to a 10,000 word challenge.  And for some reasons that I am still not quite sure of, I agreed that this was a great idea and accepted.  Therefore, you can expect 10,000 words this month.  Most of them will probably be random, but whatever.  Words.

Item number two:  I am 10 seams away (7 at 22 inches and 3 at 88, but who’s calculating?) from having another finished quilt top.  Expect to see it soon.

Item number three:  My bowling season ended last week.  What the hell am I supposed to talk about if I am not bowling?  Oh, I remember!  I signed the whole fam damily, kids and adults, up on the kids bowl free site.  If you’d like to take your family bowling all summer check them out at kids bowl free.  Yep, that’s  referral link.  I didn’t get paid for it, but may win a prize if you use it.  Kids must be 18 or under, and shoe rental may or may not be included depending on what your local bowling center decides.  The program is nationwide, but it’s up to each alley to participate or not.

And, FINALLY, item number four:  I took delivery of my new car yesterday.  It’s a 2018 Nissan Versa SV Limited Edition in Blue Pearl.  The interior is charcoal.  This is the very first time I have decided “It’s time for a new vehicle,” done my research, gone to the dealers, conducted multiple test drives, picked out an actual NEW vehicle, financed it myself, and registered it only in my name.  I feel like such a big girl now!

I did have a bit of help from my partner, who is substantially taller than I am– to wit: he sat in my final two contenders to ensure that he and his equally tall son would fit comfortably in the vehicle.  If they fit, anyone else I care to let me ride with me will also fit.  Done deal.

I love that this car drives very much like the Nissan Sentra I’ve been driving, minus the shifting part.  I was comfortable right away and able to reach intuitively for the major controls.  Also, it integrates with my phone via Bluetooth.  Also, I can retire my seat cushion because the driver’s seat is height adjustable, praised be Freyja!  Also, check out the last picture to see the average MPG on my way home last night.  WHOA!  Not quite sure how that happened, since it’s rated at 31 city/ 39 highway and the way home is a combination of both, but I’ll take it.  The Sentra gets 38ish, so this was a nice surprise.

I’m not sure what her name is yet.  At first, I thought it would be Jane, because the car is rather plain, but after driving her a bit more, I don’t think that’s quite right.  She does not drive like a Jane.  Previous vehicles have been named Beatrice and Matilda.  Any suggestions?