New Things

New things are coming to Just Sayin’ Sew.  Here’s a hint:

And another:

There are six very large boxes in my garage right now.  (Please disregard all the stuff behind the boxes.  Doesn’t everyone’s garage have clutter like mine?  Hmmm…. probably not.  Sigh.)  The sewing room is in major overhaul mode.  Pappy, Panda and Pebbles hardly know what to think.  Even the sewing room windows got washed!  What in the world has happened to Mom? they are thinking.  And we hear a celebrity is coming to visit!  

Many things to tell you about.  They might just require a major overhaul on the blog.  Blogging might just become a regular thing again.  Might.  I’ve learned not to promise a thing in my blogging world.

But stay tuned.  Blogging again might have just been added to my to do list.

P.S.  I’m not even sure I remember how to blog!  Is it like riding a bike?  I guess one can hope!

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Sunday Morning

It just doesn’t get much better than this.

One in my lap and two close by. Coffee just out of the picture. Ahhhhhh….

How’s your Sunday going?



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Homemade Laundry Soap

Ha!  How’s that for a title?  It’s a good thing this blog is about more than just quilting….. and cats….. and food.  Now I’m turning into Laura Ingalls!

I’d been wanting to try this ever since I found out about it from a blog I read called One Good Thing.  She has so many helpful household tips!  Many of them very, very useful.  I love to see what new thing she has in my inbox every day so I quickly subscribed to her blog.

Meanwhile back on the prairie….. I was just about to run out of laundry detergent so I thought it was time to give this a try.  According to my new BFF Jillee (she doesn’t know it yet, but she will soon), it’s made with all natural ingredients and lasts a whole year if you have a family of 4 or less.  Since Pappy, Panda and Pebbles don’t contribute much to the laundry basket, I figure it will last Dear Hubby and I a long, long, long, long time.  (We better like it, right?)  I’m marking the date on the calendar (or better yet on the cool new detergent container – pics to come) so I’ll know exactly how long it lasts.

Here are all the ingredients. As well as my beautiful new laundry detergent container.  Cool, right?  Apparently it’s the little things that make me happy.  I sat in my recliner last night and ordered them all online.  And although BFF Jillee says it costs $30 to make this, it was just $24 when I got my ingredients input into the online ordering service from my local Superstore.  So I splurged and got the pretty 2 gallon glass jar for $11 too.  (I didn’t add the optional fabric softener crystals to mine.  Perhaps that is the cost difference.  I prefer not to use fabric softener in my detergent.)

And I need to stop here and make sure you appreciate the irony of ordering my supplies online to drive over and let them load them in my car for me to then come home and make soap.  Sort of a computer age meets Little House on the Prairie going on there.  I ordered groceries while I was at it so now I’m good for the week.  We are so spoiled.

Back to the laundry…..

You start with this Fels Naptha soap.  I had heard of this before but I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who used it.  Except maybe my grandma.  And you add Borax.  Remember the old 20 Mule Team ads they used to have?  I think those were common on Bonanza or some shows back in the dark ages of television.  I didn’t even know this stuff still existed!  But there it is…. right on the shelf in the laundry aisle.  Or in the laundry section in your online ordering app.

You chop the Fels Naptha bars into little chunks to throw into your blender or food processor to pulverize them into tiny chunks.  Doesn’t it look like Velveeta cheese?  I don’t imagine it tastes like it.  And it sure doesn’t smell like cheese.

Then you mix everything into two kitchen sized trash bags.  And I forgot to take a pic of that…… oh, phooey.  Just go to Jillee and let her tell you all about how to do it here.  There’s even a video to watch where she shows you how to tumble the trash bags to mix it all together well.

Then you pour it into your pretty new glass jar and put it on the shelf in your laundry room.  With the pretty red coffee scoop that you also bought that measures out the exact 2 tablespoons that you need for one wash load.

Except oops.  My shelf wasn’t quite low enough to accommodate the big jar with the lid on.  Aaaaaackkkkk!  And I also really think I need to replace the shelf liner on that shelf.  I’m in a mood.

Not to be outsmarted, I just turned the lid upside down.  And I can still get it open enough to reach my hand in to use the pretty new scoop.  I figure when the level of detergent gets down to where I can’t quite reach it (which should be about next April or May since you only use 2 Tbsp at a time.  Or even 1 Tbsp if you have one of those fancy high energy washers), I’ll just move the container to the top of the dryer.  Because after all, pretty container.   Or maybe I’ll look for a smaller pretty container to transfer to when the level is lower?  (They have a similar 1/2 gallon jar for just $5.88.  I might really like the space that would give me on the shelf when the level of detergent is lower anyway!  Then I could just keep the big jar somewhere else and keep refilling the smaller jar?  Hmmmmm……. I think I have Fall Organizing Syndrome.)  I also might have to use something with a more airtight lid next summer when the humidity strikes.

Off to the creek to haul in some water for making tea.  Oh, wait.  We have running water here!  I got lost for a moment in Little House on the Prairie.  Maybe I need to go find some clothes to wash.

Turning laundry day lemons into lemonade….. or at the very least, cheaper lemons.

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One last retreat post……

Each day at retreat a group of us went for a walk.  The weather could not have been better and the sky was a glorious blue!

See?  Isn’t the sky just awesome!  (Sidenote:  I resized my pics for this post and might have gone a bit too far.  That really is a paved road.  It looks like gravel in my pic!)

We stopped to visit with the cows on this walk.  Just before I snapped this pic, as Judy walked over to the fence, the cows took one look at her and started to run away!  Perhaps it was the bright clothing, Judy? And please forgive me if I should have called you bulls instead of cows.  Pioneer Woman I am not.

The gals also decided to take a stroll through the cotton field on this particular walk.

And they picked a little leftover cotton.  Rex helped.

A couple pics of finished quilt tops from retreat…..

You saw a bit of this one the other day, but Suz finished up the top before the end of retreat.  Good job, Suz!  She completed two tops!  *Note that I completed one 4.5 inch DJ block.  Sigh.  I want to be like Suz when I grow up.

And this one is Cookie’s.  Again…. completed and borders added.  Very nice.  If I can’t be like Suz, I want to be like Cookie.

And I leave retreat with this thought:

How to get caffeine quickly when the pots are empty when you arrive at the coffee bar in the morning.  Hey!  A gal’s gotta do what she can to get that caffeine in the morning!

And now back to the real world post retreat.  When us gals retire, we all want to move into The Compass Centre permanently!  What a great retirement home that would be.

Until the next retreat….. keep on quilting!

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Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

I wish you could actually hear the oos and ahhs we heard as we placed templates on each person’s fabric for these fancy kaleidoscope star blocks.  You’d have thought you were watching fireworks or something!  OOOOOOOoooooo, look at that one!  Ahhhhhh, how cool is that one!  What a fun time at our JSS Retreat!

The gals asked if I’d teach them how to do this fabulous technique with Inklingo at retreat this year.  It might have to be repeated at our next retreat!  It is much like Stack ‘n Whack, but oh, so much easier than lining up and cutting through six layers of fabric to get this cool look.  I wrote in a little more detail about how to do this technique here.  You’ll see in that post that I used 8 repeats of a matching shape.  In the stars we did at retreat this year, we went with the 60° diamonds to make 6 pointed stars.  But you can use this technique with loads of different shapes.  It’s very, very cool.  Lots of instruction about them on the Inklingo blog, including Linda’s latest post with the very newest collection!

Here are the individual stars made at retreat this year…..

These are Patti’s.  We decided that we didn’t have to be too particular about where her printing landed because all her stars were going to be fabulous out of this fabric.  And if I’d been smart and thinking about my blog, I’d have taken a pic of each of the fabrics used in these star combinations.  Maybe next time?

These are Dena’s.  You should have seen her dancing as she hopped over to show us when she’d pieced the first one.  She was so excited!  They really are quite fun to make!

These are Cynthia’s.  She found this fabulous fabric right at The Compass Centre Shop!  And they are all going to be marvelous!

These are Davene’s. I think she was the only one who pieced hers on the machine.  The others were excited to learn all about hand piecing and did theirs that way.  Inklingo makes it easy to do them either way!

These are Hope’s.  The soft colors in her fabric are going to make a fantastic quilt!  So fun!

And here are 3 of the gals sporting the latest in quilter’s jewelry…… finger pincushions!  Every quilter needs one.  And here’s a cute little Inklingo video on how to make them:

I love what a good helper Monkey is!  He’s so very photogenic.  And these finger pincushions are the best!

Off to stitch more k-stars of my own…..

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