Friday, May 22, 2015

Rainy Days and High Water

Hi friends!

It's a good thing God put instructions for building the Ark in the Bible, because we may need one!

It rains almost every single day down here lately.  The lake is up so high that you cannot get a boat under the bridge anymore.  Jerry and I just took a drive to go check it out.  Shocking how high the water is after years of a drought and areas of the lake being dry enough to walk across.  The water may come up over the main highway out of town going East.  We hear it has happened before, but that was over 20 years ago.

Doug and Terry keep their boat at a dock down at the marina.  The bridge to the marina is totally under water, and the only way Doug and Terry can get to their boat is to swim or have another boat take them to it.  The marina and the Cafe are closed, of course, and that is terrible on Memorial Day weekend.  I feel sorry for the owners and the employees.  We have issues at our store but it will NEVER be under water!!!

I have pictures to show you, but they are upstairs and I'm not going up there.  I'm already in my bed keeping warm.  Jackie and Josie are absolutely SOAKING WET.  It has been raining all day, and at times POURING.  It is a good thing they are half golden retriever, and they love water.

Doug and Terry are in England with our preacher and his wife.  They are with Andrew Wommack for graduation ceremonies at his bible college there.  There are meetings also that Doug and Terry manage the tape tables at.  They are really dedicated to our church.  They had to pay their own way there and back.  I hope they have a really good time.

I'm working on a NEW STYLE I made up with my Sure-fit Designs.

It will either be WONDERFUL or AWFUL.

I will let you know how it turns out.

I'm trying to do something with fringe since it seems to be all the rage right now.

Peggy actually made something with fringe in one of her new videos.  Think I'll go back and check that out.

Mine is knit with a wild print.  I'm making pants to go with it.

Be back soon -- maybe tomorrow.

Hugs, Joy


Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Draw a Sure-fit Designs Blueprint

Anne asked me to please show how to make a Sure-fit Designs blueprint from beginning to end.

I had to chuckle at the request because my ATTEMPT at doing that would be so poor compared to all the amazing videos Glenda Sparling has already done.  And they are FREE - FREE - FREE!

I have put 3 links below to "How to Draw the Bodice Front" that were done by Glenda several years back.  Doesn't matter that they were done back then.  You still do the blueprints just the same.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

I highly recommend -- IF you are interested in SFD, or IF you have already purchased it, that you SUBSCRIBE to Glenda's channel.  You will see a place to subscribe under each of the videos above when you open them to watch.  If you click on her channel, you will see dozens of videos.  I have watched ALL OF THEM!  I have watched some of them several times.

After you watch those videos, you should be well-prepared to dive into SFD.

If you have any other questions, I will sure try to answer them, but usually, I will send you to Glenda.  She helped me for a long time before I felt confident.  I understood how to do the blueprint.  I just wasn't good at the EXTRA little tweaks I had to do.

I am a student helping students.  Glenda is the TEACHER.

She has videos on tweaks now.  She didn't have nearly as many videos when I began my SFD adventure.

Hope this helps!

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Diamond Delight by Terry and a New Video by Me

Good Sunday evening.  It has been a lonely, quiet day around here.  I had one of those nights elderly people have when you wake up at two o'clock, and then you can't go back to sleep until five o'clock.  Terry and Doug had invited me to go to church with them, but I sure wasn't waking up early after a night like that.  They always go to the early service.  I did wake up in time to watch Pastor Hagee on  He preached about a FRESH annointing.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yes!  I sure do need one of those.  I want to be FIRST in line!

Now, YESTERDAY was a different story.  LOTS of excitement around here, and I am going to SHOW YOU!

Terry and I have been SO, SO, SO EXCITED about her new quilt for her Master Bedroom.

You may recall this quilt that she made for a friend several months ago:

You can see that she quilted this one with a ROSE pattern pantograph.

It was very nice, and I love the colors in it, of course.
Terry liked the pattern so much, she decided to make one for herself.

It was QUITE the challenge because she had to make her own templates for it.  Then she had to figure out how many miles of fabric to buy for a King Size comforter.  She bought a LOT of fabric!  She said there is a ton of waste in this pattern to come up with the diamond blocks.

Terry finally got the quilt top put on the longarm last week.  She came over three different times to work on it, and was able to get it done about 8:00 last night.  We were jumping around like school girls because it turned out so GORGEOUS.

I told Terry she HAD to name it.

She said, "How about "Dazzling Diamonds"."

I said, "How about "Diamond Delight"?"

She liked Diamond Delight the best, so that is the name of this pretty new quilt.


 This is the back, and it is a brownish-gold color -- NOT green.  Isn't it luscious?

She has the binding ready to apply, but she said she was going to rest today.  I told her she BETTER get her bedroom cleaned up so I can come get a picture of this ON THE BED.

Before Terry came over to finish her quilt top, I made a new sleeve video.  I have many Youtube videos out there, but the one I made on how to gather sleeve caps is the MOST popular and gets the most comments. Mostly, "THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!" comments.

So, now, several years later, thanks to Louise Cutting's tip, I know an even better way to ease the sleeve cap, so I made a new video. PLUS, my new camera takes much clearer videos, and you can see what I am doing so much better.

Here's my new sleeve "How To" video for those of you who sew:

For the lady who asked me about the Kai scissors I own and what size they are, I took a picture:

I tied a yellow ribbon around them because I took them to a Palmer/Pletsch class one time, and I wanted to be sure they followed me back home!

That's all for today.  Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Video Regarding Commercial vs SFD and P&P

I made this video for Carol Ann, but it is pretty general.  Those of you who sew may find it helpful. 

Then again you may not, lol.

Here it is:

Come back tomorrow.

I made a new video with a NEW WAY to put sleeves in!



Terry will be here in a bit to finish her gorgeous quilt.  I hope to get a video of it too.

Hugs, Joy

Friday, May 15, 2015

We'll See if I've Been Listening

Several months ago -- I guess when I got my new car -- I discovered Joel Osteen on Sirious XM.  He is always on unless I've heard what he is saying already, and sometimes, I still leave him on.

I can't imagine there is a single person in America that doesn't know who Joel is.  My parents used to go to his father's church in Houston many years ago.  We actually attended a service with them one time.  I remember my parents telling me back then about Dodie having been healed of terminal cancer.  She is still alive today!

So today I was listening to him talk about NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, have a good attitude.  Don't even let people know you are upset or sad or going through a hard time.  Act like everything is okay.

While I was listening to him, I thought that a lot of people really do go through horrible tragedies, and I can't imagine how they can just act like they didn't even happen.  How about that train wreck the other day?  How about those policemen killed for just being policemen?  How about the Christians, including little babies, beheaded right in front of their loved ones????  Does Joel ever hear about THAT stuff?

Surely, he isn't talking about horrendous tragedies like that.  He must be referring to day-to-day mishaps and inconveniences.  Being sick.  Losing your job.  A fight with your spouse or your child.  Things like that.

But maybe not.

He was talking about having to raise 100 million dollars to refurbish the building they bought.  I guarantee you, THAT would keep me awake FOREVER!  Maybe not him.

As I was listening, I thought, "The next time something bad happens, I'm not going to have a bad reaction or get upset about it!"

Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllll, you KNOW God was listening to my mind, and He heard me think that.

Just a few hours later -- this very day -- one of our very good employees that I have become quite attached to called me here at home to tell me she is leaving us.  She isn't mad at us or upset with our company.  She just thought her old job was lots of fun, and they want her back.

Now, maybe in most businesses, in most towns, that isn't that big of deal; but in this tiny, one-horse town, it is very, very hard to find employees with any qualifications, never mind the kind that are required by the government in order for us to be accredited.  The employee training for our business is extensive and takes over a year, and then they no sooner learn the 10 trillion rules, and the government changes them!!!

AND, every third year we have a SURPRISE audit that lasts two days.  Some guy or lady shows up totally unexpected (except for the month).  She/he goes through all your files and books and drawers.  They can quiz your employees about their training and about us.

They ask me all kinds of nutty questions.  The first time we were audited, the auditor asked me what we do when someone who doesn't speak English calls our store.

I wanted to say, "We hang up!"

"What do you do in case of a tornado?"

We look out the window to see if it is coming!

Both WRONG answers, and I actually did know the right answers.

So, GUESS when the next audit is???????

It is in just a few weeks.  Any day in June.

Right now, the store manager is out recovering from spine surgery.  The lady doing part of her job is out on a one week vacation.  Another lady is about to take a one week vacation.  And a third just gave me her notice tonight.

ALL THAT TRAINING DOWN THE DRAIN!  It is enough to make a Saint cuss, as my Mother used to say.  Thank goodness, I'm not a Saint or even a close relative of one!

Sooooooooooooooo, I reminded myself RIGHT AWAY that I was going to take Joel's advice and not react or get upset.  I, of course, have to place an ad in the paper that comes out only one day a week down here.  I am casting this care on the Lord (per scripture), and I'm going to watch Him handle it.  He knows JUST the right person to send our way, and I'm just going to wait and watch and thank Him in advance that he is handling it.

I made a video for you, Carol Ann.  Watch for it tomorrow.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday's WHOPPING Failure!

I hesitate to even write about this monumental ignorant flash because I hate to lose all my readers who think I actually know something about sewing and fitting.

Terry came over today to put her new King Size quilt top on the longarm.  I was about to start a new project, so I had to do the fitting corrections to the paper pattern.  I was using a Simplicity pattern because I am pretty good -- uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, USED to be pretty good -- at Palmer & Pletsch paper fitting.

I opened up the pattern, and I cut out the pieces I would be using.  I threw all the others on the floor where I always throw them.

THEN, I began VERY CAREFULLY chopping up the pattern front to put an FBA in it.  First, of course, I pinned the pleat in the front and held it up to my body and marked my apex.  Then I drew the lines and started slicing them up.  I added paper.  I added more paper.  I took a tuck at the neck so the neckline wouldn't gape on me, and then I added more paper.

I was so proud.  The fit was PERFECT!  I held it up to myself, and I knew everything would turn out great in the fabric.

THEN -- and ONLY THEN -- I started digging through the rest of the paper pattern pieces looking for the BACK of the pattern so I could do the round back and the sway back adjustments.  NO BACK was there, but I did find two FRONT pieces!

OH, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guessed it.  I had put a FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT in the BACK of the blouse.

Here it is:

I was SO FRUSTRATED, I sent a copy of the above picture to Phylly and told her what I had done.

I had hoped for a little sympathy and a vote of confidence that I really wasn't the dumbest seamstress on the planet.

She emailed me back and told me that if her mouth had been full of Dr. Pepper, she would have spewed it all over her monitor and computer from laughing SO HARD she was crying and almost peed her pants!

She said the worst part was she couldn't even tell the other employees what she was cracking up over because none of them ever heard of an FBA.

They say "laughter is healing".

Phylly should be in excellent health tonight!

After my dinner shake tonight, I went back upstairs to the sewing room, and I put the FBA in the FRONT pieces.

The next thing I discovered is this pattern is for a WOVEN fabric, and I wanted to make it out of knit.  Do any of you ladies know if it is okay to MIX a woven and knit in the same top?  I don't think I have ever done that.

I made a new video for the lady that is having trouble with the Steam-A-Seam 2 tape.  Hopefully, I have cleared up whatever confusion I caused.  I kept saying "wait until it dries".  I should have said, "Wait until it COOLS".
Terry has a new quilt on the longarm.  I'll get pics tomorrow -- maybe.  She says she is waking up and coming right over here.  She is so excited to get started on it.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sad and Happy Mother's Day

It was the saddest day of all time for a few moments, but it turned out to be very nice.  My oldest, more-loved-than-you-can-imagine, grandson was here yesterday and today.  He is going through the most horrible nightmare that none of us can believe is happening.

His wife that we all thought was the sweetest angel of all time that would love him forever and ever, has left him and, according to her father, has filed for divorce.  She won't talk to him or see him.  She won't talk to us.  Her family hides her away, and they won't talk to him either.  None of us know WHY she is doing this.  It is so CRUEL to do such an awful thing and not even talk about it to people who love her so much -- or, at least, to her husband!

My grandson drove over five hours because he heard she was at her Mother's for the weekend.  (She had been in another State with her father.)  He left his house at 10 PM to make the drive.   The next morning, he went to her Mother's house, and he knocked on the door.  Nobody would come to it.  He left there and came here.  We wanted SO BADLY to DO SOMETHING to help him over the intense heartache, but there is nothing anyone can do -- but cry.  And we did.

I just cannot believe this is happening.

Other than that, I did have the great joy of having my grandson here on Mother's Day.  We were all dressed and ready to go to church this morning when the skies blackened (as they do daily now) and torrential rain started coming down.  We decided to go upstairs and watch Hagee.  After that, we went to a place called Pelican Landing at one of the Marinas down here on Lake Texoma.  They had a large buffet for lunch.  The service was wonderful.  While we were eating, Terry and her hubby and MIL showed up, and they sat at the table next to us.  That part of our day was lovely.

This weekend, I made a bracelet at least five times -- maybe six.  It broke once.  It came out too long several times.  I decided I just didn't like it once.  Goodness!  I finally got it done about 6 PM tonight.  I'll always think of my grandson when I wear it because he was on my mind and he was here while I was making it.  I'll show you when I wear it with the new outfit it goes with.

OH!  You don't know about my new outfits, do you?

It is actually Terry's fault.  Terry had to go to JoAnn's Friday to get some fabric to make a backing for her new quilt top.  She waited until I got off work so I could go with her.  JoAnn's is 45 minutes from here, and it is boring to go alone.  When we got done "saving money" at JoAnn's with all of our coupons, Terry asked if I would mind going to Belk's with her.  I never heard of the place, but I was up for a new adventure.  It was just across the street from JoAnn's.

We went into Belk's and right away, the most AMAZING thing happened!!!

A woman who works there actually walked up to us and asked if she could help us!  After I made sure she wasn't a figment of my imagination, I decided to find out what was on sale so I could SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY!

It's one of those places -- like J C Penney's -- where everything in the store is SUPPOSEDLY on sale.  They mark it up 600% and then say it is 30% off PLUS an additional whatever% if you jump through one hoop or another.  Knowing that, I still decided to play along because Terry wanted to try on some pants, and the pants were YELLOW, and I LOVE yellow pants, and my yellow jeans are all way too big for me now.

Somehow, I ended up with a large dressing room FULL of blouses and pants.  Terry and I started out in separate dressing rooms, but we kept going back and forth to each other's rooms so much, we finally got together in mine.

Terry was very bad, and she kept going out and bringing more garments in for us to try on.  She even brought me some Size Small tops and some Size 10 pants.  I told her they would not fit me, but I tried them on anyway.  When I put them on and they actually DID FIT ME, I squealed so loud that the people in the other dressing rooms started laughing.  I was jumping around saying, "It's a SMALL -- It's a SMALL -- It's a SMALL!!!"  Again, when I tried on pants, I was jumping around hollering, "It's a Size 10!  It's a Size 10!  It's a Size 10!"

Belk's is evidently a Granny store because the clothing fit me very well.

Someone must have leaked the news that older ladies have round backs, low boobs, big tummies, flat butts and usually need a BUST DART!

I came home with TWELVE new garments.

Hence, the need for a new bracelet.

Hopefully, I won't have to make each one six times!

When I got home, Jerry was sitting at the kitchen counter.  Terry went in first with a load of my clothes, and I followed.  She was explaining to Jerry how much money we both saved.

He laughed!

He was really happy for me though.  You remember, I hope, that he DID say that if I lost weight, I could buy a whole new wardrobe.  Plus, it was a great Mother's Day gift he didn't have to go get for me.

My daughter, Tammy, sent me Sherry's Berries, and I JUST remembered there are two left.  I must go now and eat them!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you, and have a lovely week to come.  If you live near me, I will pray you don't drown when you step out your front door in the morning!

Hugs, Joy