Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Quilting and stuff

I got my second Fauci ouchie without any complications except feeling sleepy. The sleepiness could have been from the cloudy rainy days we’ve had lately. I finally received my stimulus money. If I don’t need it for an exterminator it will be saved toward my surgery and teeth.

I went to the outdoor foodbank for this month. They gave me a few things I can’t eat so I gave my sister some of it. The other items will be posted on freecycle.

The same wonderful blog reader who helped me get my refrigerator helped me get a wire shelf unit. My goal is to move my food storage out of a bedroom and into the kitchen where it should be. I tried putting up the shelves last week but had to stop because of pain in my leg muscles I was afraid I might fall off the ladder. I’ll give it another try in a couple days.

Another blog reader has gifted me with money to buy a table and chairs for the kitchen. I’m so very thankful for the wonderful people who read my blog. That money is safely stored and won’t be used for anything else. I haven’t chosen the table yet because I need to know how much room I’ll have after I move stuff into the kitchen. My first thought was to shop the thrift stores for an older solid wood set rather than get a newer pressed wood kind but I’m not going to limit myself to either kind.

I inventoried my quilting machine threads. I’m missing or limited on several colors. I’ll start watching for a sale and pick up a few at a time. As soon as I get the kitchen and food storage under control I’ll start on my studio to make it more workable.

The owner of the current quilt I’m working on loves feather designs and requested I do lots of them on her quilt. I’ve been playing around with a few sketches of fancy feathers. I sketch on wax paper the outline of an area then on another piece of paper start doodling designs to fit. I keep the drawings even if I don’t use them. I may use them on a future quilt.

Here below I’ve done more sketching. I’m pretty sure the design on the right will be used on this quilt. I’m still deciding whether to use two colors or only one. Gosh, I need more dry erase markers. These are almost empty. I go through them fast. Hmm, I wonder how much a case of 30 or 40 would cost? Naw, just kidding, a couple of cheap boxes from the Dollar Store will work fine for doodling.

I always stabilize a quilt by stitching in the ditch around blocks or applique before I start the actual quilting designs. It’s slow tedious work and I love it. I do the stabilizing just to be sure the whole quilt is even and as smooth as I can make it before starting the quilting process. If for some reason the quilt doesn’t stay even, or there are other issues, it’s much, much easier to pick out single lines of stitching than to pick out an intricate design.

I did a video showing me stitching in the ditch around the applique of one block on this quilt. I’m using super thin, clear thread that keeps breaking and frustrates me. After I finished that block I finally figured out why and fixed it. *I hope*

The world is a dangerous place no matter where you are. Please stay as safe as you can.

5 comments on “Quilting and stuff

  1. Selena
    April 20, 2021

    There is charity and then there is “charity”. Nothing wrong with accepting help when it is offered in the pure spirit of helping (no judgement – charity). Those who give yet judge, give for attention, and/or give to atone for past behavior/decisions (Carnegie for example) are not coming from a place of pure spirit (“charity”).
    NONE of us have made the right decision every-single-time, I know I haven’t. I’m thankful the not-right decisions were not detrimental to me long term.


    • Anita
      April 23, 2021

      Thank you Selena, today is so different than in my childhood. I can’t remember who but a reader reminded me that some people give for the blessings they will receive and I should not deprive them of that. So, when a gift is given as a “hand up” and not a hand out I thankfully and gratefully accept. I also do a little “pass it on” type of giving. It might just be a couple dollars to someone who is short at a register or a quilt for the homeless or a nursing home patient. My giving may be small but its whole hearted.


  2. Silver
    April 18, 2021

    Oh that made me smile, I have not heard of a vaccine being referred to as a Fauci ouchie! XD


  3. Jean Bontrager
    April 18, 2021

    You are so full of life and zip!!! Proud of you always! So grateful that so many support your efforts!


    • Anita
      April 20, 2021

      As a child I was taught that accepting charity was humiliating and wrong but now in my old age without the free food, the free clothes closets, and the generosity of blog readers I would be in a desperate situation.


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