The Quirks We Have

How ridiculous does this sound?

I spent hours this weekend using a seam ripper to get garment tags out of my clothing. Then, because the tags are sewn in with seams stronger than the garment has itself, I now have a pile of mending to do.

I refer to the above “quirk” as performing tag-ectomies.  The reason behind it all is that I absolutely cannot stand any scratchy tag touching me. I have no clue what they call the fabric they use for tags – maybe, it isn’t even fabric. 

These days a tag-ectomy consists of removing two tags from the back of the neck and one or two sewn into the side seams.

One of the neck tags is large and boldly announces the manufacturer. The second neck tag may or may not tell you where the garment was made, the fabric ingredients, and who can read that small print anyway?  The side tag(s) has laundry instructions that can be quite humorous. 

‘Dry Clean Only’ should never be instructions for 100% cotton blends.  Most of my dresses and sweaters say “Wash in cold water. Dry flat.”  I suppose I am going to have to purchase a couple of hammocks because I only have 2 guest room beds (which are busy organizing my stash and designing quilts at the moment).

Anywho, that is my rant about tags.  Thanks for listening.

 

So…  What is YOUR quirk?  We really want to know! Enjoy a rant in the comments 

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

The Local ‘War Effort’

Well, as President Trump said in one of his early March pandemic press conferences,  we are “at war with the invisible enemy.”  We are not able to mobilize (i.e., the STAY HOME order), but we have sewing machines and we know how to use them. 

Calaveras County’s Health Care District is doing its best to get masks and hand sanitizer out so everyone has one.  Yes, that means EVERYONE in Calaveras county. Even those who “don’t believe in” masking. 

The Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) made and supplied Arnold’s Big Trees Market & Murphys’ Sierra Market with face masks, to give away to residents.

Guild President, Mary Sue Budrow (pictured), shows her multiple bags stuffed with ready-to-go facemasks.  She sets a great example for our guild members!

The photo was cropped and zoomed-in – due to Social Distancing.  We were not standing this close.  [ In case you wondered ]

 

 

A special THANK YOU to all our seamstresses who worked hard and long hours, making the guild look good

Listed in alphabetical order:

Laura Baughman, Sue Bishop, Mary Sue Budrow,  Linda Cornman, Cathy Fitzpatrick, Nancy Gardner, Kelly Green, Karin Harlan, Deanna Hoy, Carol Hutcheson, Tish Lightfoot, Anne Osincup, Jackie Sullivan, Jean Schwisow, Larie Tippetts, Linda VanBerckelaer, Doreen Whiteman, and Margaret Zavertnik

 

We at IHQ also want to acknowledge the many quilt guilds, across the country, who are sewing masks and donating them to first responders, hospitals, grocery stores, and who knows where else.

♥  TTFN  ♥