Over the last week I’ve been getting the same questions in comments here and in emails from blog readers. Here’s the most asked questions of the last week and their answers:
- How do I get the hat pattern you’re using: http://orangebettie.com/2021/05/31/summer-bucket-hat-tutorial-and-free-sewing-pattern/
- What interfacing do you use on your hats: Pellon 931TD Fusible Midweight Interfacing
- How can I get that salmon soup recipe: https://food52.com/recipes/73800-lohikeitto-finnish-salmon-soup
- Where can I get your Frankenbag pattern: https://agilejack1.com/2021/03/25/frankenbag-tutorial/
Today was another rainy day. It rained most of the morning and sprinkled off and on through the afternoon. So there was no pickleball for me. I went to a friend’s house for dinner and after that the sky was amazing. This is my back yard at around 8:00 this evening.
After dinner and conversation I took my boys for a lovely evening walk. It was nice and cool and the skies were gorgeous. This photo is looking due east.
I actually had a little bit of productive time today. I’ve been getting annoyed at how cluttered my plastic container drawer in my kitchen has gotten. It was past time to go through the drawer and match containers to lids and get rid of everything that doesn’t have a partner. Look how calm and serene this is!
I wonder how long it will look like that.
I’ve been keeping all my completed hats on the bed in my guest room and caught this glimpse of them as I walked by this afternoon. They all look so pretty together. ‘
I did spend a little time in my sewing room today. I’ve been thinking about making some crumb blocks out of all the scraps I’ve been producing as I’ve made hats. So I sorted through all those recent scraps and separated out the pieces I wanted to use and started sewing.
I really love crumb piecing because it’s very free form and relaxing. No seams have to match, you just grab two pieces of fabric and sew them together, and then grab another two and just keep going until you have a long string. Here’s a bunch of sewn pieces on my ironing board ready to be cut apart and pressed open.
Once you press them all open, sew these pieces to each other, and then sew those resulting pieces together and so on. Here’s a few crumb blocks that I made today.
Because of the shape of the pattern pieces for the hat, I’m left with a lot of triangular scraps, which makes for really interesting crumb blocks!
Of course I did all of this with the intent of making these blocks into a hat. How much fun would that be?!?!?! So I thought about cutting the hat pieces from the crumb blocks and decided that the easiest way to do it would be to carefully cut my interfacing pieces, use them to determine how big my crumb blocks needed to be, then fuse them to the back and cut out the hat piece. The interfacing will also help keep all those seams in place when the hat is worn, washed and dried.
I got enough crumb blocks made, fused on the hat pieces, and got them all cut out.
That’s going to be a fun hat! It’s a good thing I made it in the size that fits me.
I tried a bunch of different options for the lining and landed on this red Guinea Flower fabric. I got the lining all cut out and fused.
Maybe I’ll get this sewn together when I get home from agility class tomorrow night. It will be interesting to see how difficult all those crumb seams make the assembly.
When the pandemic hit and I started working from home more than two years ago we were told we would be working from home for a few weeks. So I started a daily post on Facebook called my Flatten the Curve Diary. It was a fun way to keep track of the days and what was happening at the time. Today was post #800 and our final post.
Here’s what I wrote today:
Flatten the Curve Diary: Entry 800
800 is enough. I’m done.
When the pandemic first started they told us we’d be working from home for a few weeks. So I thought I’d do a daily post until we went back to the office. 800 days later, working in the office is still nowhere in sight. So I’m done. 800 daily diary entries is enough.
Here’s the photo that accompanied my post:
And here’s how a friend of mine edited that photo:
My nephew and his girlfriend will be visiting next week. They will be in town for a friend’s wedding and will spend a couple days with me. I’ll have to do a little housekeeping this week to get ready, but all the heavy work has been done.