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Monday, February 17, 2020

Bits and Pieces

I needed a project for those rainy days so I dug into my fabric scraps box to see what I could find. There are usually enough bits and pieces to make a couple of place mats and a table topper.

 Making pieced place mats is like making mini quilts, but in this case, without a pattern. I just make it up as I go along, seeing what will fit here or there. The mini stripe binding and accent is from a piece I had, probably left over from making a dress for Irene, and the colored blocks are what's left from a batik pack of fat quarters that I've had for a long time. I think I made a purse for Irene out of some of it. 
 Of course I had to go buy fabric for the backing, so now I have a few more bits and pieces left over. 

I worked on this project off and on, an hour or two at a time for over several weeks. I am not looking for speed, but for something creative to do when outside is not an option and house cleaning is no fun. I finished the set of table mats Sunday afternoon.

This morning, Monday, I had time to do my physical therapy and a bit of dusting before going off again to the dentist office for another procedure, this time a crown.  Another hour plus in the dental chair, and another almost $1000 out of pocket. I used up this year's dental insurance in January. And there is more to come :-(

While I was taking care of myself, Tom did all of the light housework for Monday and all of the laundry. He's a good guy. :-)

Our garage door opener quit working, so today we had a garage door service man come and fix it. It was a fairly simple fix and just the minimum service charge, only $100. More money. :-(

Today was dry and mostly sunny, although not warm. We both got outside this afternoon and put in a couple of hours of yard work. It felt good to be able to work outside again. 

In another bit of news, this came in the mail today.
Since we definitely want a change in the presidency, we will need to do some studying and thinking in able to decide who to give our primary votes to. We have some favorites in mind, but who knows how all of this will turn out. March 10 is still a ways off and lots will be going on before then. 

14 comments:

  1. What fun projects...Love the results. Glad you have something to keep you busy while you are indoors. We are now 60 plus degrees and fear for a long hot summer too soon!

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  2. I sure do like those placemats. You are very talented and keep things interesting. I don't know who I will vote for, either. I have some time to consider the problem, though. Sorry about all that dental work. :-(

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  3. the days are lengthening so yard work is a possibility for you but not here. We need another good 6 weeks before anything can happen.

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  4. Your placemats are so bright and colorful! perfect for spring!

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  5. Although we didn't get any rain today it was damp and I felt cold all day. So, no outside work for me.
    I like the bright and cheery table mats.

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  6. That is a wonderful way to use up your fabric scraps and they are so pretty! I hope you will be done with all your dental work before long. It seems like this past year I have had quite a lot done too and we have not had dental insurance since we retired. I have a mouthful of crowns and yes, they are expensive. I recently had a bridge and that is like paying for three crowns. The thought of the coming election at least gives us some hope for change!

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  7. That is what I need, rainy day projects. It would be nice to be productive. Ouch on the dental woes. They sure are expensive aren't they? Feel for you on the garage door. Homes can really dig into our reserves can't they. I am holding my breath for the plumber bill.

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  8. You are an excellent tailor, gardener, chef, and blogger!!!

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  9. Is house work ever fun?? I must have missed that class. ;) I love your place mats. The colors are refreshing. They are so well done. You are so talented in all you do.

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  10. What do you do with your placemats? Do you give some away? I will be so glad when this election is over and hopefully I can sleep nights again.

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  11. Love the placemats. I worked in the garden today also. So nice to work in the sun, even though it’s still chilly here. All the leaves and withered plant parts have been sent to the compost pile and the new growth is showing in our flower beds. I hope this really is the beginning of spring!

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  12. The placemats are lovely, bright and cheerful!

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  13. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Your placemats are very nice. Love the bright color material scraps you chose. Ixm here to say hello (via DJan's blog). I enjoyed my visit.

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  14. I agree with everybody. Your placemats are so very gorgeous. You are truly talented and artistic in everything you do. I can just sew up my pants and do some mending these days.

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