Mar 17, 2016

Two steps forward, one step back

Hello hello.  I found the perfect color and print to cover the Jenny box.  The black print looked great but the black poms wouldn't show up. I chose this box with the looser lid allowing it to close over the fabric covered bottom, carefully measured (that only happens once in a decade), covered, sized and cut the pom poms, and then I looked at this photo.  Fabric flaws.  The red lines show four in a small area.
 
 Now I see them clearly in daylight which I missed when working late in the evening.  I am tired of spending over $10 a yard for quality cotton fabric and finding small flaws that you don't notice in store.  Even though it matches, I may switch to the black print and forget the poms.  I have two more of these boxes and will try again.  Not sure what I'm doing with April's boxes because my printer that does the labels is not working.  Again.  Maybe they will be fabric covered!
 
And using my favorite DMC colors is yielding this progress on Hannah.  The empty space after M is in the design.
 
Also progress on the kitchen exhaust.  The vent pipes are in, outside wall cap installed, the fan should be hooked up later today.  I decided to bundle projects in order to get someone out here.  The more I add to the list, maybe they will be more willing to work here.  I don't know if the determination of job size is based on $$$ or time. But.  The two contractors that were to replace our windows and siding - gone.  Closed after many years.  Not good.
 
Ran into Macy's this morning to grab my favorite stretchy pants.  Karen Scott has lots of capris but these are the stretch knit blend that hold their shape forever (here), also come in a shorter skimmer. My mom, aunt, sister, and I all tried to get a few pair before they sold out in store which happens quickly.  The comfort and stretch are great, they wash and dry nicely, come in petite, women's and misses.  Love them!  Got a few tops to match too.  Since the backside has continued to increase, the stretch is crucial.  I refuse to move up another size and these adapt to weight gains and losses, the latter of which is greatly anticipated but highly unlikely.  I really wanted to slim down by my fast approaching 65th,
but all is increasing.  Even my mini pad has moved up to the next level.
 
Have a good one!!
 
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11 comments:

jan said...

Happy upcoming birthday, Marly. I turn 65 next week. About to join the Medicare generation I guess. ... jan

celkalee said...

Your patience with all this little work is amazing. I need to work on that!!! Have to chuckle at your favorite pants, I have been wearing them for years, (3 or so)and totally agree. My local Macy's closed so I need to travel a bit to get them. I am already behind.

Vickie said...

Those look like great pants. You do meticulous work Marly. The gift will be beautiful.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Marks on the fabric would put me over the edge and not in a good way! Your sampler is looking great - the colors are wonderful!

diamondc said...

Marly: I am so sorry that the marks are there, I have also had this happen.
I love the pattern you stitched so sweet, love the capris, they look comfortable.

Blessings
Catherine

kelley said...

Marks on fabric only seem to appear at the worst possible time...but if I'm cutting out pieces for patchwork there is never a mark...must be something in the water around here...my much anticipated weight loss isn't showing up either...I live in capris when not at work...

Veronica Longobardi said...

Hi Marley , love your work !!! I was thinking , I don't sweat that stuff anymore. Just gives an opportunity to get creative. How bout glueing a ribbon over it ???

Carol said...

Oh, how frustrating about the fabric flaws, Marly! That really was a perfect fabric. I hate to see you give up on the pompoms. Love your sampler and the new pants look so comfy. 65, eh? I'm less than 4 years behind you--how on earth did we get to be this old!?!

Margaret said...

Seriously? There were flaws in the fabric? Sigh. What a pain!!! Geesh1 I love the pom poms -- I hope you can still use them. Nice pants. I'm the same way -- have to have stretch in my pants to allow for gains and hoped for losses!

Diane Prenatt said...

I sympathize with your disappointment over the fabric flaws, Marly. This might just be me in a mood at the end of the day, but I think it's high time for those of us who use fabric as artisans/crafters, home-sewers, etc. to take a stand about fabric manufactured outside the US. A lot of the "quilting" or "premium" fabric we're paying exorbitant prices for, even at Joann's, is being produced in China for pennies, whereas our own textile industry in New England and the South has gone belly-up. What's that about? It's enough to make me rejoin my city quilt guild, just to be a pain in the ass about the politics of fabric.

Penny said...

I've been a victim of expensive, flawed fabric too. Does make you mad. Same with paying a lot for a skein of yarn to find it is full of flaws/knots. Your stitched box top is so pretty. Those pants do look comfy - stretchy is good. :)

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