I should have gotten lots more done in the past 2 days but we had a big laundry mishap that took us most of Monday to clean up.
Several days ago we heard a loud thump, as if something had fallen. We looked (almost) everywhere and couldn't find it. Yesterday when I went to do laundry I discovered the source of the noise. A brand new Costco-sized container of laundry detergent had fallen off the dryer into the laundry basket full of clothes. That wouldn't have been a big problem except that the cap on the bottle cracked on the way down. All of the clothes in the basket were totally soaked in detergent and it ran out of the laundry basket on the floor and some even soaked into the carpet. The clean up was REALLY clean! There was so much soap that I had to take all the laundry outside and use the garden hose to get out as much as possible before I could but them through the wash in small loads with super size amounts of water. I'm so glad I have a traditional washing machine. I'd still be trying to get all the soap out with a HE washer.
This story is going to be funny in a couple of week but I can promise you that there isn't a dirty piece of clothing, dirty towel or dirty rug anywhere in my house.
Yesterday I got back to my projects.
I got all of the soap unmolded and set out to cure. There's actually another shelf above what's shown in the photo. Not only are my clothes clean, my body will stay clean too!
Then I could get back to the sewing room, plug in my audiobook and finish off the placemats. These are Mom's. She wanted 4 individual placemats instead of a set of 4. I didn't set out to do something seasonal but that's kind of how it worked out. Today I will dye a napkin for the purple one and then these will be ready to be gifted.
Then I got the binding on the last pair that I made for myself. The napkins for this set match in color but not in design. The other one has a lacy edge. It doesn't matter, each one matches and it's a nice new set.
So how many placemats do I have?
I store them in this old desk/cabinet that Chris refinished probably 30 years ago. I did a rough count and there are about 100 placemats in here. I think I need to go through and remove the ones that I don't use much anymore. I see a few sets that I probably haven't used in years. Since most of them started as scraps and waste, I think I can relegate a few to the rag bin.
Then I looked over and saw that there were more on the other side! These are the holiday ones. That brings my total to about 120. I think I could go all year and never use one twice.
That's a little crazy.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.