One of my favorite things about spring around Portland are the farm fields filled with crimson clover. And today I headed west to farm country on my annual quest to get my fill of it.
Crimson clover is used as a cover crop that adds critical nitrogen back to the soil and as forage for livestock. Oregon is the largest producer of crimson clover in the US. And the bees who love it and pollenate it make fantastic clover honey.
I still remember the first time I saw a field of Crimson Clover when I moved to Oregon. I had never seen anything like it. It was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.
And as you stand in the clover you can hear thousands of bees buzzing.
I’m just going to overload you with photos.
It was another gorgeous day here in Portland. It finally feels like spring is really here. I started the day with a nice 4 mile walk with the boys and then I lost a few hours somewhere.
We hurried home after our clover quest and got to Costco before it closed. Then we grabbed some dinner and had our evening walk as the sun was going down.
I had a spurt of productivity after our walk and actually trimmed up that quilt backing that’s been giving me fits this week.
I measured very carefully before cutting! And now it’s all ready to go off to my long arm quilter…. after I make the binding. I’m waiting for some Kaffe strata in red to be delivered later this week.
Then I sat down and started pinning, pinning, pinning to start sewing on the hat I cut out last night.
Any time you’re sewing a straight piece to a curved piece you need a lot of pins. And then you have to sew slowly and adjust your fabric often. If you do these things it all comes together pretty well.
A couple of people have told me they’re confused by the patterns when it comes to sewing the two halves of the hat together. The pattern has you sew the lining crown to the brim, and then sew the main fabric crown to that. But it’s vague on just how to do that.
So, here’s how you do it. You have to turn the lining wrong side out and tuck the brim down into the crown lining.
And then make sure your main fabric crown is right side out, and put it down into the lining crown.
Then pin the two pieces together, matching the side seams and the center points of the brim pieces and the crowns. Pin like the biggest pinning fool that ever stuck a pin in anything!
There’s that neat little package with the brim inside. And that opening that I’m showing will allow you to turn the entire thing right side out.
Here’s the finished hat.
I’m happy to say that this one fits pretty perfectly! So it only took me three hats to get the fit right. And this is why I don’t make a lot of things that have to fit any body part!!! But hey… I’ve got three hats and some mad hat making skills!
Another fun combo of fabrics. I’m thinking these hats are a great way to use up a lot of 1/3 yard pieces in my stash.
Back to work tomorrow after my sad little vacation spent in my house.