I had my dog agility class last night and didn’t get home until 10 pm and was so tired I just plopped on the sofa! And it felt good.
I go to class at my friend’s property down in Hopewell, Oregon, a little north of Salem. It’s absolutely gorgeous country. Lots of farms and field after field of grass seed, Hazelnuts, and vineyards. It was so beautiful last night… the sky was dark and the sun was shining on the trees a few hundred yards away.
If it wasn’t cloudy you’d be able to see Mt. Hood in the distance on the left side of that photo.
The training barn that my friend built this winter is open on two sides. So we get lovely views of the countryside as we’re training our dogs.
Here’s a more expansive view of the barn and it’s view.
On the left side of that photo you can see the tops of an orchard of Hazelnut trees. There are A LOT of Hazelnut orchards in the Willamette Valley. Some of them go on for miles. Farmers are doing away with other crops and are planting huge fields of Hazelnuts.
We took a quick stroll along side the orchard next to my friend’s property after class last night. Here’s a video snippet.
These trees are probably only a few years old.
There were more beautiful skies on the way home last night. Oregon has really amazing skies!
I met a friend for some pickleball practice tonight. I really wanted to get out because the weather was cool but gorgeous and it was so good to be outside!
I didn’t get home until about 9 pm and hurried and took the boys for a quick walk while I talked to a friend, then came home and spent a little bit of time in my sewing room. I wanted to get a little bit done on my crumb pieced bucket hat, but knew that all those bulky seams would be challenging to work with, so I didn’t want to finish the whole thing tonight. So I set out to finish the brim, and I got it done.
And I was right… all those bulky seams in that crumb piecing can be challenging to sew over. I’m glad I didn’t try to finish this hat while I’m tired!
It’s just amazing to me that I can make something so three-dimensional out of flat pieces of fabric!
Did you know that I’m a pinner?
I am a devotee… a true believer in the pin.
A little hint on making this brim, and it applies to the top of my Frankenbags as well. Did you know that when you want to fold a seam line back on itself, like on the edge of this brim, it all works better if you press that seam flat first? Well, it’s like magic.
After I sew the seam around the edge of the two brim pieces, I open it up and finger press that seam first.
I do the same thing at the top of my Frankenbags where the lining is sewn to the outer bag.
After finger pressing I give it a good press with my iron.
Once pressed I fold the brim carefully, making sure that seam is on the very edge, and then I press the hell out of it! Like pins, I’m a big believer in pressing. I think pressing as you go gives a much better finish.
And look at how sharp this edge is. That seam line is right on the fold!
I’m a big fan of making sure details like this are sharp! The details make all the difference in the finish of any item.
Once it’s all pressed nicely, I stitch the concentric rows along the brim.
Once all the rows are stitched, I stitch one final row right along the raw edge of the brim. This line of stitching will hold the layers together as I sew the front and lining cap pieces to the brim.
Here’s the front and back of the brim with the finished rows of stitching. There are a few wobbles in there due to stitching over all that bulk.
I’ll probably finish this up tomorrow night. I’m anxious to see how it all looks when it’s a finished hat.
I have some great Frankenbags to share with you tonight. Let’s get started! This first bag was made by Laura Hillaker. I’ve known Laura on Instagram for a good number of years now. This bag is simple in its piecing, but I really like the effect of the big blocks of fabric… and I do love batiks! Laura’s colors are really nice.
Next is this bag from Joyce Triezenberg. She’s made this from leftover batik quilt blocks and scraps. I love these colors. And that turquoise across the top is really good! The piecing and partial blocks is a really nice effect too. It feels very improvisational and I like that!
The next bag was made by Judith Tomkins. She said this bag is different from the other Frankenbags she’s made. They were all wild colors and crumb piecing. This one feels very sophisticated to me. Judith calls it her little black dress of bags! I love how the two sides of the bag are different, but similar. It all feels cohesive.
The next bag tonight was made by Sabine Muller Ruckreim who lives in Germany. She said this bag is her favorite. colors. I love the free form and random feel to her piecing. And look… she made a little pouch to match! Oh! I just noticed the curves! I love it!
Next up is this bag from Julie Robertson. I love her eclectic mix of fabrics and the nice scrappy feel. She did some fun quilting on this too. Julie said she stitched a good deal of profanity into this bag… and I know where she’s coming from!!! I’ve been know to do a little of that myself!
These final two bags were made by Julie Knaub. She made these bags as gifts for friends who both love birds. I really like those water color effect fabrics and all those gorgeous blues on that first bag. And the colorful birds scattered across the second bag are just wonderful! I think her friends will be really happy with these heartfelt gifts.
Thanks to everyone who sent in photos!