Posts from ‘May, 2014’

Thread two needles each time…

I was doing some hand sewing and needed to stop and thread a new length of black thread when I had an “Ah-ha!” moment. When I wind bobbins of white or black thread, I always wind two or three bobbins, not just one, saving a few minutes. White and black thread is something I will […]

Thread catching bin for sewing machine table

I got tired of reaching across the sewing table to toss thread clippings into a bin so I rigged up a thread catching bin for my sewing machine table. Twenty years after I built the table. 🙂 I started with a distilled water container (I use distilled water for my iron). I cut off a […]

My entry into’s “Member Model Challenge” had a challenge for members to make a dress, the “Pleated Designer Dress”, and model it. I needed to fortify my work wardrobe and this dress is perfect for work, so off I went. I found a 50/50 cotton/polyester fabric at Jo-Ann, charcoal gray with white stripes. I like the blend because it should […]

Quick Sunday lunch

Sandwich of smoked turkey, honey baked ham, spinach, cucumber, sharp cheddar, cherry tomatoes, and the pièce de resistance: balsamic vinegar.


I went to a local origami meet-up today.  I didn’t know what level to expect but there was no need for concern. There is something for everybody. The most advanced people (which was most of us 🙂 ) help out everybody else, teaching them stuff. I learned three new things: a dragon (medium), a tarantula […]

Red with white polka dots dress, McCall’s 5881, Sep 2013

I made this dress, from a cotton fabric bought at JoAnn’s, using McCall’s 5881 pattern.  I have received compliments on it every that I wear it. Its construction is fairly straightforward.  The only tricky thing is the fit of the bust band: since it’s constructed and finished before being joined to the lower part, it’s […]