I’ve been looking forward to my friend arriving this week to start our 16 days of vacation together. The night before she was supposed to fly in she called me to let me know that her husband had tested positive for Covid.
I just couldn’t believe it, after having my last vacation completely derailed by my own case of Covid.
So, what to do? She called the airlines. We talked several times. I messaged someone I know who professionally and educationally knows shit about Covid and she suggested that my friend get a hotel room for five nights, and that we hang out in my back yard keeping our distance, wearing masks when we’re indoors together for limited times. So that’s what we’re doing.
We were so bored yesterday, I brought out to my back yard piles of fabric from my sewing room that needed to be folded, organized, and put away. My friend sat and went through a sizable pile of fabric and got it all organized and put into bins. Today we drove to a friend’s place to pick black berries — both of us wearing masks and with all four windows open as we flew down the freeway! Raspberry picking was a bust but at least it got us out of the house for a couple hours.
She’s taking a Covid test every morning and is nervous as hell until she sees that the T line doesn’t appear. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can resume our normal activities and she can move into my guest room on Sunday. Send positive (or negative!) thoughts for us!
After I took my friend back to her hotel tonight I decided to hit my sewing room and get a little bit done. My friend had brought me some KFC fabric that she’d found on sale and I thought this piece would go really well with a nice blue piece of denim I have.
The denim is much bluer than it looks in that photo. It really looks much closer to the blue in the lining fabric.
I decided to cut out the pieces for a shoulder bucket bag. I got the outer bag and lining pieces all cut, fused and sewn. I decided to stop there for the night.
And what’s that brown strip across that photo you may ask. Well, I decided to try some of the biothane I purchased a few weeks ago for the handle of this bag.
But in looking at the bag pieces I realized that the denim with the woven interfacing was pretty thick. It would be VERY thick at the point where the side seams of the bag and lining all meet. And in looking more closely at the biothane I could see that, although it’s about the same thickness as the handles I make for my Frankenbags, it’s much more dense.
I was worried that it wouldn’t all work out very well with all that thickness. I decided to do a test handle installation. I grabbed the small squares I cut out for the gussets, and I mimicked the handle installation to see how it would go.
I was right. That denim is really thick. I was pretty happy with how my machine sewed through it all. But I could see that I’d never be able to do the topstitching at the top of the bag that would go over the handle. There was just too much thickness.
So I did the topstitching about an inch from the top of the test piece, which put the line of stitching below the interior end of the handle.
The stitching isn’t very straight. I will do a better job on the actual piece.
Here’s a photo from the lining side so you can see it better.
It feels strong and sturdy. I’m very interested to see how it turns out and how the handle feels. I’m thinking it might be a little narrow for a shoulder handle. We’ll have to wait and see. (As I’m typing this, I just realized that I should use my quarter inch foot to get that stitching just a little closer to the top of the bag… it will allow me to put my line of stitching much closer to the interior end of the handle. Oh, maybe even use my zipper foot to get even closer!)
My dogs have been quite happy to have my friend and I hanging out in the shady part of my back yard all day. Rico keeps bringing toy after toy to my friend who is more than happy to indulge him.
Bender has found new and interesting things to do with a nasty old frisbee.
I left the boys at home while I ran to the grocery store the morning of the day my friend arrived and came home to this.
That kid really knows how to keep the heat at bay. He’s a cool dude.
My boys are exhausted tonight. They didn’t sleep at all today. They usually nap quite a bit during the day. It’s nice to have them ready to sleep in the evening!