Not Much Done

knitting/crochet, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Yesterday was one of those days where it just got away from me without a lot being done in the sewing room.  I had to run to the store to pick up last minute things before Thanksgiving for the pies and things – Mike has a cold so I had to get cold medicine but he now has high blood pressure so the search was on for what is now safe for him to take.    I had intended to go to Wal-Mart but when I pulled into their parking lot I quickly changed plans to go elsewhere – they were packed – the parking lot was so full at 10AM I could not believe it – so I moved across town to a smaller store – got all I needed but the cold medicine, they didn’t have what I was looking for.  Went home with the grocery’s and ate lunch.  I was planning on going to the fitness center in the afternoon so I planned on going to a drug store to get what I needed – well, first stopped at one and they didn’t have it.   I went and exercised, stopped at another afterwards they didn’t have it so back to the busy Wal-Mart – they did have it.  By time I got home it was going on 2:30 and nothing at home had been done.

Then I needed to finish the laundry which I did and put everything away.  Went outside for a little bit to clear my head with a walk around and a little yard work, back inside nothing had been done in the sewing room.  While watching the news after supper I got a little crocheting done – I have yarn from last winter when I was going to force myself to learn how to knit a simple shrug – it didn’t  work out – the shrug got unraveled and rolled back up into balls – I tried something else – it got too stretched out or something – by now you realize that crocheting and knitting really isn’t what I am good at but I like the idea of it!! LOL – so now a new shawl is being worked up – maybe it will grow?  This is what I have so far.  Sometimes I rather hold a crochet hook and do the simple mindless single crochet stitch instead of sewing.


The quilting on Murrieta Stars from Monday night.  Linking to Sew Fresh QuiltsJo’s Country Junction – – Midweek Makers


I did play around with the sewing machine a little bit and realized that this machine has no holder for a cone.  I got out one that is decorative (and now I see I cut half of it out in the photo)  that I have used for both decoration and a thread cone holder before and was checking to see if it will work.


I’m wondering if it is high enough and if the thread will move smoothly enough – I put that piece of fabric there so the thread would show up so you can see it.  I will just have to try it to see – I have about 7 cone spools so certainly want to be able to use them.  Anyone have a Babylock and what do you use? The machine didn’t come with anything to hold a cone.


Today I am making pies – and my house needs a quick little cleaning because it needs it – not anything special because it will be Thanksgiving just because the floors need doing!  I also know that after I get done making pies I will have spilt at least a little flour on the floor and they will need to be washed.  Maybe I will have time for sewing at some point.

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14 comments… add one
  • Elaine Nov 22, 2017

    Hello to you I have a baby lock the cone stand works fine with mine no problems

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      do you have a cone stand that came with it or just any one will do? I was afraid this one wouldn’t be tall enough and the thread would drag a little over the are that you thread the machine at

  • Dottie bishaw Nov 22, 2017

    Sorry, I can’t help you with your problem but I have the same cone holder and use it with my Singer Quantum CXL without any problems. Your crochet looks wonderful, hope it goes well. There’s always so much to do before a holiday, isn’t there? Hope you find some free time for yourself, I’m off to make some pies.

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      I think those of us that did not make pie yesterday are in the kitchen today doing that – I have 3 pumpkin pies in the oven now and a pecan pie will go in when those are done – I give Melanie and Ric some of it to take home as she never seems to have time to bake — I will try the cone thread holder and see how it works – it it doesn’t seem to stand tall enough I will see if I can somehow add a wire at the top with a curl on it to hold the thread higher. Have a great holiday

  • Sandra B Nov 22, 2017

    Karen, I looked at and they have a Frequently Asked Questions section…one of the questions is about using a cone, and they do address what you can do…don’t know if this will help you, since they don’t mention a specific BabyLock model, but I thought I would pass it along in case you wanted to check it out….

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      thanks – I had not looked the site over really well still, but find no help for somethings it constantly says contact your dealer which I have yet to do it being close to 90 miles from me – I must plan to drive there one day after all the holidays are over or before and check them out. I need to get more bobbins, would like to look and see what feet they have available and possibly get an extension table.

  • Tu-Na Quilts Nov 22, 2017

    I’d take the easy way out and set the cone holder on a book or something else to raise it if the thread is rubbing on the machine case. Otherwise, I’d say it would be fine. I don’t have a fancy cone holder, just one I got at JoAnn’s with a 50%off coupon. Can you take a pic of yours sometime. It looks interesting?

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      I got mine from Connecting Threads as a Christmas Present from hubby. they had two sizes then I don’t know if they do now – I will take a photo and see if they still have it to link to. Yes I was thinking a book too or maybe a heavy piece of wire could be attached at the top by putting a curve in the wire at the top and a slight wrap around the top part. I might play with it today after the pies are made and see.

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      I looked quickly to see if they still have it and they do – I know he got it on a sale and I think it was lower price then it is now but maybe it wasn’t? like I say it was a present I wouldn’t have bought it myself because of the price lol

  • Deb Nov 22, 2017

    Even when you say ‘not much done’ you usually have had quite alot done in life in general 🙂
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    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      Well I guess not much done in the sewing room? I’m always running all over the house it seems – I’m one of those people that can’t sit still unless I’m in the middle of a good book or piecing by hand – sometimes when I am reading my kindle I’m still wandering room to room LOL

  • Diann Bottrell Nov 22, 2017

    I keep trying to get into knitting or crochet, and have made some things, but it is definitely not my first choice either! Sometimes it sounds good to do something like that, though. Enjoy your pies! Hope your hubby feels better for Thanksgiving.

    • Karen Nov 22, 2017

      he is feeling better today – so many love knitting I wish it came naturally to me

  • Susan Nov 23, 2017

    It’s ok if not much done in the sewing room. You did plenty everywhere else!
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