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Stuff Done & A little Road Trip

Week two of being home was not quite as productive as the first week but sometimes we have to pay attendtion to family, the yard, the house , etc. You know, all the non-essential stuff we have to do. I must admit, I could remain inside my house for weeks and be happy but this week I not only got some projects done but went for a small road trip by myself.


Retirement - week two



I made a few more pincushions and a table runner for a silent auction.














Made a second table runner for the auction.













Finished binding on the quilt I made last week.


















Worked on my State Fair Quilt. This is my little quilt pattern Pinwheel Braid. Hoping to get to the quilting next week.









Took a very short road trip and got to go to one of my favorite fabric places this week, S.R. Harris Fabric Outlet in Brooklyn Park, MN. This store has been open since 1966. As I pulled up the parking lot was full. It made me happy knowing that there are still a lot of people who sew!


My mother shopped here ; I purchased the fabric for my daughters wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses at this store.; I re-upholstered my living room furniture from this store; and when I want to make clothing for myself this is the place I come. Over the years it has become much more organized. With that it is still a daunting task to find what you need. The 30,000 square foot building is filled with every type of fabric you can think of from cottons, leathers, lace, silk, and upholstery. You name it they have it.


They have great customer service as well. The people there are very helpful. I spoke with Gayle when I was there yesterday and she tells me she has been working at Fabric Outlet for 26 years. I asked if she sewed and she made me very happy by saying yes. Yes, at times it's a bit overwhelming, cramped, and it's messy but I can always find what I need and usually at half the cost of anywhere else.


A glimpse of a small amount of the store.


Picture me here happily wondering around.

It is getting more and more difficult to find fabric stores that carry an assortment of fabrics. Lots of store have closed. Sid, the owner, is getting up there in age. I am hoping he has family members who continue this store after he is gone


I found a great French terrycloth that will make some great tops. I also got to watch three young people, each with a different shade of green hair, make some great picks for fabrics they were going to use to make clothing. It's so nice to see young people sewing!


For those of you who have known me for awhile you might remember that I owned Gallagher's Retreat House in Gibbon. Well we sold the house to my sister, Colleen, several years back. She and her husband, Ray, have put the house back to pristine condition. This weekend we are giving a wedding shower for my niece, Melia. So Colleen is opening the house as a retreat house for the entire weekend. There should be twenty family and friends attending. We plan on piecing her wedding quilt and having a lot of fun. I will be taking pictures for next weeks blog to share.



Dennis and I have been working on a new product for long arm machines for the past year. We should have our patent pending status in the next several weeks. So..... I will get to make the announcement and introduction on my blog first. I can't wait to share it! I think it's pretty exciting so stay tuned!


For now, I give you my Irish goodbye.


Rita




Recipe of the Week


Refrigerator Pickles

Cucumbers are coming, cucumbers are coming. Make this recipe and you will never have enough cakes on hand.


5 c cucumbers, thickly sliced 1 tsp salt


Place cucumbers in enough water to cover. Add the salt and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Drain the water before adding the mixture below.


Mixture

5 onions, sliced 1 c. vinegar

1 1/2 c. sugar 2 tsp. celery seed


Mix all ingredients well and add cucumbers. Pickles will keep in the refrigerator for several months.



In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

Friedrich Nietzsche