It was hot today. Well into the 90s. Another hot day tomorrow and then cooling down nicely on the weekend. At 11:13 it was still 77 degrees!
I decided we should get out and walk and weather the heat a little early so we could get something done tonight. It wasn’t too bad but it was warm. It would have been nice if there was a breeze. Oh! And two people told me they had just seen a coyote, just down the street from where I saw one a couple weeks ago. We didn’t see it but we didn’t miss it by much.
Once I got home I headed right for my sewing room. I really wanted to lay down on the sofa and watch some TV but I forced myself to dig in and be productive.
I have three bags cut and basically ready to construct and I decided to dig in on this one because I haven’t made a purple one yet.
Not sure what I would call that color. Maybe a faded eggplant or plum. It’s a subtle purple.
I decided to go with this pretty Australian Aboriginal fabric for the lining. It’s sort of peach and pink with little bits of that purple here and there.
It’s an unexpected and fun pop of color with that purple. And I chose the gold snap because of the touches of warm golds in the lining.
There’s one trick I use on my bags that I learned from a mask pattern back when the pandemic first hit. When I sew the seam coming up to the opening in the lining, I sew a line of stitching from the end of the line to the edge of the seam allowance. This picture is from a Christmas ornament post, but it shows you what I’m talking about.
The little blue lines of stitching are the brilliant tip. They make that opening almost close itself. If you’ve never tried this, you should! It’s the best thing I learned from all the masks I made.
I also can have a tendency to sew right past where I intended to leave an opening in my lining so I came up with this little visual trick to keep me on track. I put an X of two pins in the section that will be the opening as a reminder to not sew there.
I really hate picking stitching from all that interfacing! Better to do it correctly the first time.
I got a fun delivery today. A nice sized package of fabric arrived on my door step early this afternoon.
That’s all aged muslin that I found online. Those are all one yard cuts except for the red one, which is 1.5 yards. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of this. But I’ll probably come up with something fun!
I had a day full of meetings today and my dogs were pretty bored. Except that this kid did keep himself nicely occupied off and on chasing a squirrel in the back yard.
He did a really good job of alerting all our neighbors of the danger.
After work tonight I finally took a few minutes and assembled this wind spinner. I’ve had it in the garage for a few months.
I have four spinners in my back yard and I just love them. This one is right off the patio so I’ll really get to enjoy it.
My yard guys came today. They are so amazing! They are quick, they do a great job and they see things and take care of things that my other yard workers have never done. These guys are definitely keepers!