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TTMT #410 – jewells68 – August 1, 2021 – A Pressing Matter

In which I introduce you to several new items in the Project Room and go into probably way too much detail about my new pressing station that I finished assembling today. Next weekend I can start sewing again… it’s about time!

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*waves* Time for an Update

Hi there, I didn’t make a video last week, and clearly am headed the same direction this week, so I wanted to pop in to say hi. I think I’m going to have to start recording my videos on the weekend, even if I don’t post them until Tuesday. Weekdays are hectic. 3 adults sharing 2 cars and then one vehicle ups and dies last week. So there has been a lot of shuffling. However, we got the old truck into the shop yesterday morning and it turned out to be an easy fix, so we are back to 2 vehicles at least!

Right now in the Project Room the only thing I have been doing is working on a “new” pressing station. I really like having the frame in the middle of the room, but it made it too crowded for the mobile pressing station I had made previously.

Remember this handy monstrosity?

So over the past couple of weeks I have completely emptied and disassembled it, and am in the process of taking some of the parts to make a new one. I plan to finish that this weekend, hopefully in time for my next video. I also need to get some of those finished quilts bound (nope, haven’t done that yet). Because the next Linus meeting is a week from Saturday.

Once the pressing station is done and quilts are bound, it’s time to start loading more quilts and getting them quilted. Also finishing piecing some UFOs. I will be so ready for Labor Day Weekend. I miss having more than just a regular weekend in which to do ALL THE THINGS.

I am behind watching videos but hope to be caught up soon.

Take care and stay crafty!


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TTMT #139 – “Ruff Life” quilt and BB+ Sampler quilt

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TTMT #635 – Co-Starring Cicadas

You find me in my backyard, filming on a Monday afternoon, co-starring cicadas, and a variety of other interruptions!

I’ll be starting on some DIY at the end of this week, but I’m trying to squeeze in some quilting first!

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#56- TTMT -July 20, 2021 – Cutting, Piecing & Quilting

Today, I talk about cutting purple squares for Brooke’s Garden instead of red. The blocks are sewn together just need to decide on fabric for the flowers.

I quilted two quilts this week. Both are Pinwheels in the Stars. The smaller one uses 4 blocks from the pattern, with the pinwheel in the middle. I quilted it with an Innova Pantovision E2E design. The second quilt I did spiral ribbon feathers. I am developing my own style of this feather quilting design. Let’s go sew!

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The back, showing the ribbon feathers.
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Personal update

Morning everyone,
Just to let everyone know, I am doing ok.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me. And for your prayers.

I emailed OfenJen last week to say that things are bad here where I live, and at the time I was in fear of my life. Civil unrest broke out suddenly in two major provinces, the Gauteng area, and in Kwazulu Natal, which is where I live. It lasted nearly two weeks.

We are nearly back to normal, there are small, targeted areas, that are still be hit by looting. My friend, who lives in the town next to mine, phoned this morning to say that they are still burning down buildings in his area.

Just a brief outline of what happened.

About two weeks ago, mobs formed (after our previous president was convicted and sent to jail) In protest they started by attacking malls and major grocery outlets, stealing everything, then breaking everything in sight and setting whole malls and a lot of shops on fire. They stopped and stole everything from trucks transporting goods, and setting them on fire.

They then moved into the residential areas, and started targeting homes. In the town where I live, each street set up barricades at each end of the street, with fire, people with guns, cricket bats, golf clubs, paint ball guns, just a variety of ammunition. Specifically in our town, the local induna, sent all his warriors with shields and spears to patrol the perimeter of our town. Zulu Impi picture below.

As soon as a crowd of people approached, the barricades, with people guarding, the police, the military and the Zulu Impis, would whatever force necessary to drive them off. People took shifts to man the barricades and to look out. For nearly two weeks, the sound of gunfire, and explosions, screaming people, and the smell of smoke from burning cars and buildings, kept us away and basically terrified.

Most of this has passed now, but there is a lot of damage.

A lot of buildings, factories and warehouses have been burned down. And our food supplies are low. Most of the shops will never open again. There has been some Samaritan groups, who are flying supplies in during this week and for the next following weeks. Things like bread, eggs and milk, is non existent. We managed to barter something chicken for some eggs and flour, and have made some lovely home made bread, that was like heaven in your mouth.

What this whole experience has taught me,

  • is that we take things for granted, we don’t appreciate what we have
  • having a stockpile of food and water is a good idea
  • making sure you have basic bag of medicines is a necessity
  • making sure your car’s fuel tank is full all the time
  • keep in contact with your family and friends

Love to all, Vanda

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TTMT #138 – Falling Leaves and Table Tennis

I’m pretty sure I showed you the BB+ Block 8 last week. Sorry.

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TTMT # 105 Growing Background

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TTMT#72120-Lots of updates/changes

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TTMT #634 – Galvanized!

In which I share one super small project that will be a huge help in my quilting area!

Susan, Vanda… I’m thinking of you both. Please reach out if you need us. ♥