This past week was a bit of a blur, and halfway through, I added another project or three to my “to sew” list… so here are some quick photos of the last week for me!
A coworker that I very much like and admire had a birthday, so I made her an “open wide zippered pouch” in the large size from Anna at Noodlehead, with some of my favorite fabrics – Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen (such a delightful weight and texture!) and Bonnie and Camille’s “Hello Darling” by Moda. I did a fake piping (sans piping cord, as I didn’t have any) in between the bottom and the upper fabrics of the bag, since it was such a tiny print and I wanted to add a little more color to the outside of the bag.
I’ll do a dedicated post to the mini quilt I received in the Rainbow Mini Swap I participated in soon, but for now, here’s a quick shot of the beautiful mini that I received from Jane (@tesophia)! Isn’t it amazing?! I love all of the fabrics she used, and hopefully I’ll find the time in the next week to sew a pocket on the back so I can hang it on the wall without damaging it! I’m anxiously waiting for my partner to receive her mini quilt, but shipping info indicated that even shipping USPS Priority International, it could take 14 days to arrive… which puts it at the end of this week. Nerve wracking for the both of us, I’m sure!
Saturday morning(ish… I wasn’t about to set an alarm on a day off) we went and got cedar for my chicken coop. I still need to order the sealant to help protect the boards, but thanks to the Pacific Northwest weather we’ve been having, the boards are rather soggy and need to be spread out to dry out first.
I picked up my Babylock serger from the sewing machine shop (it was in for annual cleaning) and took my new Pfaff sewing machine with me as it was having problems with the top thread looping on the back randomly. As it turns out, a change of needle solved that problem (go figure), and now it’s behaving beautifully. I was able to use it on some marathon secret sewing over the weekend without problem, and the built in walking foot (Pfaff calls it “IDT”) is amazing. That’s the main feature that sold me on that brand, and so far it is living up to expectation! Tonight and tomorrow I hope to make good progress on some more secret sewing, and within a few hours I’ll have more fabric on order for another secret sewing project!
Whilst working on a boatload of sewing… and ironing… on Saturday, I managed to burn the living daylights out of my right forearm on my iron. At least now I know that when I need to use a lint roller on the ironing board with my right hand, do NOT hold the iron midair with my left hand! It’s a bit redder today, but I’ve got it smothered in ointment to keep it from getting infected, since it ended up blistering worse than you see in the photo. Ow. I’m calling it “ode to an iron”.
Now, Mister UPS, won’t you please deliver my new rotary cutter tool so I can keep working on my sewing? Amazon says you’ve got it on your truck tonight…