Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I Like Thursday #40

Woohoo I made it to 40 posts.  I will admit after the past few days I wasn't really liking anything and was sorely pressed to do a post.  I am sure we all have weeks like that right?  Things start to spiral out of control, you are around people who put your teeth on edge and it just seems to escalate. 

Another blogger posted this saying, and it made me smile.  I used to tell my children this all the time, and most of the time I adhere to it.

I love Thumper no truer words can be spoken at times.

My girlfriend talked me into this mister to use for spray starch.  She uses a name brand quilter's spray starch which costs $$$ to me, and the scents are a wee bit strong for me....yes I know they have unscented but I was given a couple of large bottles and they are scented.   I use the water, vodka and my favorite essential oil (currently lemon verbena).
While it works alright for if I am piecing, I am not a fan if I am ironing yardage.  The friend says she thinks that she goes through more using the mister than just a spray bottle.  But hey it looks cute right?

I like my pile of trimmings from my 348 HST that I have remaining.  Watching them pile up makes 

me feel like I am accomplishing something, and I am getting closer to putting this quilt together! 

I like baby gates.  I have an old house.  The only doors that close are the front door, back door, the french doors that I had installed,  2 bathroom doors, and the barn door on the pantry.  None of the bedroom doors close (all the internal hardware is gone) and there are a couple of rooms with no doors.  So to prevent cat entry I have baby gates in front of my bedroom, Xander's bedroom, and the downstairs sick room.  The only other way to keep the doors closed is with hook closures. 

Yep I have stuff sitting on the steps.  I am trying to determine what to do with it. 

I like the old vacuum that I seemed to have acquired from the great aunt and uncle.....pre electricity!  It joins the terrible vacuum which was the ancient one's recent acquisition which is upstairs doing kitty litter duty, Jeff's newer vacuum with so many HEPA filters, and a container so small that even doing a small room (which most of the rooms in this house are small rooms) meant at least 2 emptying of the container.  Which to tell the truth still didn't vacuum very well, and my Shark which I think is awesome. 

Did I mention this thing is H E A V Y too?

Finally I have had this for a while and never shared it and I will say that it has been a life saver since I am running the guild charity.

I bought an Accuquilt Studio and just a few dies.  I have one that does 10 inch squares, 5 inch squares, 5 inch strips, 2 1/2 inch strips, tumblers (what they call a bull's eye set so does many different sizes, hexies, and triangles (another bull's eye set).  I will say when you have a tote full of fat quarters if someone irons and starches and another person loads the machine, you can get quite a bit done quickly.  From a fat quarter for guild I get 2 ten inch squares, sometimes a 5 inch strip (if the FQ was cut relatively straight).  If I don't get a 5 inch strip I get 4 1/2 which I cut myself, or I will use the 2 1/2 inch strip dies.  Anything smaller than 2 1/2 inches but larger than 3/4 goes into the kitty litter bucket for strings.

Finally and this is not a political statement of any sort.  But I miss the state of Oregon's voter's pamphlet!  It had the candidate, who they got their funding from, what their stances were on certain things, a short bio.  The ballot measures had the ballot measure, but also write ups by the people for and against the measure so you could read it and understand it.  In Michigan you have to go and pull up what your local ballot and go to each and every candidate's website.  I like that Oregon has the voter's pamphlet, and vote by mail if you so choose. 

Now head on over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color and check out what else there is to like this Thursday.


  1. I just got rid of 2 bad vacuums. LOL That mister sounds like a good idea. I dilute the "pressing' liquid due to the cost and smell and it works just fine. Thank goodness you have that Accuquilt.

  2. I bought one of those sprayers. I've only used water in it so far (it came with a recipe for the vodka starch). My old sprayer bottle was a pain. Hope the week improves.

  3. Love your pile of trimmings - it's a good feeling to see that. :-) I loved my Shark!

  4. Hi Colette! I so totally understand how a like post may not happen. Mine almost didn't, but I'm glad yours did! Thumper shares some words of wisdom that we could all follow. 348 HSTs!!! Holy moly. What are you making?! That pile of trimmings always makes me smile. The baby gate looks like it is nice and high and does its job well. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. 348!!!!!!! Whoa! I use to say the same words to my kids too. I would like my state to have a voter pamphlet like that too.

  6. Hi there, and happy 40th. Interesting post, Colette. Funny how there is always something to like. We had an ancient and very heavy vacuum at the farm that made me resist vacuuming and happy with the mielle we bought for broom kind of thing. I've looked at the Accuquilt machines and wondered about them. But maybe I don't do enough pieced quilting to justify one. We use baby gates because of the dogs and find them perfect.

  7. I keep looking a cutting machines and wondering if they are worth the money

  8. It sounds like your Accuquilt cutter is pretty amazing and helpful! I've been flirting with the idea of getting one because I'm not very accurate with the rotary cutter! I'm impressed with all the HST trimmings - looking forward to seeing what you are making.

  9. YOU can really use that cutter with all that you do!

    Sometimes it is so hard to do a post - especially if has been awhile between them.

  10. all great likes!! We have used baby gates for lots of reasons and Milo was afraid of them even if they weren't set up! As to Oregon... how progressive and helpful. I wish that was a national booklet for each state!

  11. Enjoyed your post. I love the idea of the voter pamphlet.

  12. I just buy the big bottle of liquid starch at the grocery store and usually dilute it with water. I've never used vodka-does that help? I have it in a spray bottle and that works ok, but sometimes I don't get it very even.

  13. The older I get, the more I can't tolerate a lot of fragrances unless they are home made. Your lemon verbena oil in that mister sounds swell! The voter pamphlet is great, wish they did that in Pennsylvania too! Have a wonderful day!


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