Krissie: Make It Tuesday

Image I went to Sally’s on Sunday and we spent the day sewing. I’ve got three sewing machines — a fancy Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer II that’s about 9 years old, a Janome Gem (tiny, powerful portable) and a used Bernina. Well, the Viking (Big Berthe) is in the shop, Bernadette’s feet are missing, and Gemma started screwing up when I tried to wind bobbins. I want a new to me sewing machine. Another used Viking or Bernina. Or a Janome, or any kind, really. Either a base classic or an ultra fancy familiar model like Brother or Singer. I just like sewing machines, and I use them all. But I can’t really afford a new one, but because I want one. Still, I’m haunting ebay. Grrr. I gave my beloved Lily (a Viking, my first really good machine) to Kaim for her 21st birthday present (8 years ago). Sigh. Anyway, I sewed a border onto the batik strip quilt I posted yesterday, then did a little more quilting on the Christmas tea quilt I’ve been working on for … oh … seven years, maybe. Not sure what I’ll do with it — I was making it for my mother.
I don’t really have anyone to give it to.
Might go over to sew again this afternoon — depending on what I get accomplished.
I ate sparingly (and found a free app for the iPad that I’ll also put on my phone — my fitness pal. I remembered some of you mentioned that, and NettieD was too expensive an app. I also downloaded all sorts of interesting writing apps. I’ll play with them and let you know how they do.
So what’s for today? Not sure. Making things. Working on the new story, writing. It’s beautiful but chilly (in the 50’s, I think) so no pool (maybe not for the rest of the summer, alas). But things are coming together.
“I will now count to twenty in the Indian tongue …” No, that’s the play. I will now attempt to upload a video. Be patient with me. And I’m gonna see if I can figure out how you guys can upload pictures in your comments, so we can see what you’re doing.
So, the big question is, will this work? I have two other videos plus a few more pictures, which I will dole out sparingly (too much magnificence at once can be overwhelming).
Isn’t it nice to be fabulous? What are you creating this week? Just your glorious self? Or something as well?

27 thoughts on “Krissie: Make It Tuesday

  1. I got a message that the video can’t be displayed because the file is corrupt. And I was so looking forward to your fabulous performance.

    I’m making a book! Crossed over 200 pages last night. Time to kick it into high gear. I will not miss my deadline. I will not miss my deadline.

    PS: I have an old sewing machine someone gave me. I don’t know how to sew and have no idea how this contraption works. If we lived closer, I’d happily rehome it with you.

  2. Awww, Windows wouldn’t open the video. Darn.
    I sold my sewing machine almost twenty years ago. Still regret that choice although with my eyesite I’m sure all my stitches would be wavy lines. : )

  3. Krissie, I use MyFitnessPal app on my phone every day to track food and exercise. Lately I’ve remembered to also track my water intake.

    Hmm, if you finish your quilt, perhaps you could sell it on ebay OR donate it to a fundraising activity at an RWA chapter or Brenda Novak’s big auction next year. Lots of fans would love a quilt made by the fabulous Anne Stuart/Kristina Douglas!

  4. If you do decide to splurge on a new sewing machine, check out the Juki machines. Mine is about ten years old — hmm, probably more like fifteen, actually — and I ADORE it. They have a long-arm version now too, I think, or at least longer-arm, but mine is the basic medium-arm. Reasonably good for free-motion quilting (way better than anything with a smaller arm), but it’s BRILLIANT for piecing. You might find some older models for sale, since people may be upgrading to the newer longer-arm version.

    The compensating foot makes accurate quarter-inch seams a breeze, and it goes so fast you can attach borders (or do other long, straight stitching, like joining rows or strip piecing) in just seconds. It took me years to adjust to how fast those borders go on. I’d stitch two opposite sides, and think I’d only done one. Then I’d pin the remaining opposite sides, and stitch them, and even though I’d JUST experienced how fast they went, I’d stitch both sides and still think I’d only done one.

    Just a thought — slightly different advantages than your other machines. It doesn’t do any stitches other than the standard lock-stitch, forward and backward, so it’s not the best all-purpose sewing (or machine applique) machine, but it’s brilliant for quilting and anything else that just needs straight, fast stitching. And it’s built like the commercial models, heavy as hell, no plastic parts to break.

  5. I’m in the last stages of a crocheted baby blanket for my husband’s boss. Apparently when you make a baby blanket for one person in the office who’s expecting, you get to make blankets for EVERYONE who is ever expecting. LOL!

    It’s a super simple thing though, made fancy only by nice yarn and a lacy edge. Babies don’t need big gaps to get their toes caught in.

  6. Right now I’m making stories of case studies for work. But it’s kind of creative.

    I do have plans to begin revising my novel Really Soon Now. And write a new blog post (I’ve fallen off so terribly lately). But I do need to write to help my mental health, so I have to do one or the other, or both.

    And I still haven’t downloaded my photos from my trip from Houston to Seattle; I promised them to my small blog audience and I need to get them off my camera so I have room for more photos.

    So mostly I have plans and intentions.

  7. Lynda says:

    I think you’ll really like My Fitness Pal. I’ve been using it ever since I got my smartphone a few months ago, and I’m impressed by how comprehensive the food database is. Awhile back everyone in my weight-loss group was enrolled in a different online program that Kaiser was considering buying–I don’t know how much money was involved, but the vendor sent two people all the way from Boston to California to talk up the program to us–but after the trial period, pretty much everybody I know went back to My Fitness Pal. It’s just very user friendly. And free! Can’t beat that.

    I hear you about the sewing machines. I’m a Babylock devotee myself. I need to find a new home for my gorgeous Ellegante now that I’ve bought the even more gorgeous Ellisimo Gold. (I told a friend that I’m like those people who have to have the latest model car, only with me it’s sewing machines.) My son keeps telling me to put the Ellegante on Craigslist, but I’m phobic about having strangers come to my home. I guess I should list it on eBay. At the moment I’m still easing in to using the new machine, working on a set of eight quilted placemats made from fabric I bought last year before the health issues arose. Once those are done, I’ll attach the embroidery unit, and that’s when the learning curve will kick in. (Hmm. Can learning curves “kick in”? I mean I’ll really have to get used to the most advanced features. Should be interesting.)

    Like everyone else so far, alas, I couldn’t view the video. But the still photos are fun. I love the hat!!

  8. Debby says:

    Today is only my second full day in the office in months! It’s been a weird summer. So I am “making” progress on the extreme pile of stuff on my desk.
    I’m spending my evenings working on a crocheted afghan that I designed for someone special. I have more than half the blocks done, and I’m getting excited about putting it together. My Gramma used to say “every stitch is a bit of love.” I only knit or crochet for those I love. 🙂
    I wish I could have watched the video. It just sat there on my screen. I did enjoy looking at your photos though. Please try to load it again – it would be fun to see.

  9. Lois says:

    I have a Viking my parents gave me for my high school graduation (1971!!). Back then I was making nearly all of my own clothes. I still love it, but a new something would be nice but I won’t even look until I start doing more sewing.

    Creating food that people with multiple allergies can eat is as creative as I’m getting this week. Just made a GF, corn free, dairy free, nut free chocolate cake for a birthday party tonight.

  10. Cindy says:

    Lois, I’d love that recipe. I have the hardest time finding GF/dairy free recipes. If it’s GF, it has dairy in it and vice-versa.

  11. Cindy says:

    I’m playing with veggie or vegan recipes during the week, and then I’m just playing with any/all recipes during the weekend. I love to get in the kitchen and create good food.

  12. I don’t know about Lois, but I use a brown rice/tapioca/potato starch mix. It’s gluten-corn-dairy-nut-free and completely primal legal. I never use much (we go starch free a lot) but when you gotta have it, you gotta have it. 🙂

  13. Lois says:

    for this cake I use white rice flour, sweet rice flour, and coconut flour. Coconut milk + vinegar for the buttermilk. coconut oil instead of butter in the frosting.

  14. Lois says:

    Cindy, this is adapted from the chocolate cake recipe my mom made when I was a kid.
    1 3/4 C flour (I use 1/4 c coconut flour and the rest usually a combo of rice flours)
    1 1/2 C sugar
    3/4 tsp. baking soda
    3/4 tsp salt
    mix those together then add
    1/2 C coconut oil
    1C of “buttermilk” about 1 tbsp. of vinegar then the rest of the cup is canned coconut milk and let it sit for a while.
    Beat on med. for 2 min.
    add 2 eggs
    2 squares of unsweetened chocolate – melted
    beat for 2 min.

    I use a rectangular pan but it is smaller than 9×13. I use greased wax paper sprinkled with cocoa powder.
    350 for 30 – 40 min.

    Frosting is
    2 squares unsweetened choc. melted
    4 TB coconut oil
    1 tsp. vanilla
    about 3 TB coconut milk (left over from the can from the cake)
    about 2/3 C of powdered sugar (watch which type you use if you are sensitive to corn). It originally called for 1 C but I find that too sweet.

    Hope you enjoy it 🙂

    The Gluten Free Goddess has some wonderful recipes and she often does vegan as well.

  15. Kieran says:

    I was an extra on the new CBS TV show RECKLESS, starring the hunky Cam Gigandet, and I stood about ten feet away from him a lot–he is truly gorgeous. I also spoke to him. I managed to pounce on him–gently–ALONE for a brief second, and said his family must be proud of him. And I was chosen to ride in a rickshaw!! Over and over, LOL! Lots of fun. I got to gesticulate and say crazy things that no one will ever hear. I asked if I could point at the buildings like a real tourist while I was in the rickshaw, and the production assistant said no. I tend to overact, so it was really hard for me to behave in the rickshaw.

    I love this picture of you in action at the sewing machine!!! Too bad the video didn’t work.

  16. jinx says:

    Two thoughts about sewing machines. One is, you could try requesting one on Freecycle in your area, explaining that yours are broken or breaking, which is why you’re looking for an older, working one.

    Another is that you could try bartering for one somewhere like Craigslist — trade some quilts for it, for example. If you tried both in your own area, as well as in the area of someone you’re likely to visit soon, like your cousin, or Jenny or whoever, you’d have a better chance of finding the person who’s wishing they could find a home for that machine their daughter gave up on. I continue to be amazed about the things that people are able to source through Craigslist and Freecycle.

  17. Kieran, how totally cool! I’m glad you had fun and got to actually talk to the star. Good for you for having some fun and doing something completely different!

  18. Kelly S says:

    I have experienced this phenomena. I made a baby quilt for an expecting coworker who sat 2 cubes me. Since then I make every expecting coworker if I am invited to their shower a baby quilt. I have made & given away close to 25 so far. One just last week.

  19. Kelly S says:

    eBay takes like 9% of your sale, I think, but Craigslist doesn’t take any. Perhaps there is either a local sewing machine shop that would sell it for you on commission or check & see if there is a local quilt guild. My guild has a monthly newsletter which we let people advertise in for a few dollars. It would be worth it since that’s a good demographic of people who’d want the sewing machine & would pay what it is worth.

  20. Kelly S says:

    I have at least 10 quilts started. I have 1 baby blanket I crochet during church. I am also making a website. It was suppose to go live today but I postponed launch for a week so about 2 dozen loose ends could be tied up.

    Any chance simply buying a new foot for the Bernina might satisfy your desire for something new & fit in the budget & get you a working sewing machine?

    Also, I agree with all who came before & suggested Craigslist. You can get a better bargain there.

  21. Micki says:

    (-: I’m making a writing persona this week! Got a website and a twitter account. Next stop: set up the blog. Next, next stop: write blog posts.

    Also, I have some scarves that I want to turn into things. Sew a seam up the back for a stole/cover-up/jacket thingy. And then attach another scarf to the bottom of a tank top for a breezy housedress (because I don’t dare wear it out in public — these scarves are too thin for that.

    The weather has turned cooler already, so I don’t know if I’ll actually get to wear them . . . but it’ll be nice to have if we get summer back.

  22. Kieran says:

    Thanks, Skye! I got lucky getting Cam alone. He just left the set. I was like, “The talent left! What do we do now?” He walked away down the sidewalk, and I didn’t even know if he was coming back. The production people got on the phone to find out what was going on. So during this downtime, I left, too, to return an important phone call (they wouldn’t let us take out our cell phones on the set), and while I was talking, Cam came back, just strolling up the sidewalk. I’m old enough now that I do what I want, to hell with the consequences, pretty much, LOL! So I just talked to him. He puts on his pants like everyone else, right? I didn’t know until afterward that he played James, the evil vampire tracker, on TWILIGHT. That was his big break.

  23. Jane Doe says:

    I’m late to the party but wanted to mention the app/product endomondo.

    I love it and there’s an awesome free version and you can connect with friends and encourage each other to exercise, and the gps will track your distance if you’re out walking/running/hiking/biking with your phone. You can use it from smart phone or desktop and set it up to work with your music player and it has a coach who tells you how you’re doing…It really helps keep me motivated.

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