…but not nearly as scandalous as it sounds! Otherwise known as “Weekend Works in Progress vol. 6”
The weather has been getting up to summer temperatures lately, so I scheduled both kitties for their yearly checkups, shot updates, and Mia’s yearly haircut. Luckily, it didn’t seem to be bad luck to be driving around with two black cats in my car on Friday the 13th! As my dad says, much of her fur is the consistency of dryer lint, and combined with a passionate hatred of any portion of her below the neck getting brushed, she ends up with some pretty bad mats… which she also won’t let me do anything about. All of that long, black fur is also awfully warm for the summer, so once a year I take her to the vet, they knock her out and shave her!
Of course, even though the high temperature was in the 80s on Friday when Mia got her hair cut, highs have been in the 60s today and yesterday with a cloud cover, leaving the velveteen cat quite chilly. So, being quite spoiled, Mia now has a kitty-warming station on my desk.
Now that the anesthesia-hangover has worn off, she’s a sassy, happy cat… she was even extra playful yesterday, trying to attack the laundry that I was trying to fold.
Campfire Messenger Bag
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a Campfire Messenger Bag (pattern by Anna at Noodlehead) for myself, and I finally finished it yesterday! It would have been finished two weeks ago, but I decided that I wasn’t happy with how parts of it were turning out, did a fair bit of seam-ripping, and ordered some new hardware for the flap latches. I’ll be working on a post here soon with details about some of the modifications that I did to the pattern – like adding 2 inches depth to the gusset so it would hold more (I must tote around a lot more stuff than the average person!), and I found an easier (for me) way of sewing the inset zipper to the fabric panels. So far I’m really happy with how it has turned out, and I’m glad that I went back and fixed the bits I wasn’t loving!
Red Heart Pillow
I’ve been trying to work through my list of sewing “to do”… projects that I’ve started and not finished, or projects I’ve bought fabric for and never started… or just projects I want to make. This project falls into the middle category – I bought fabric for it back in February, and kept putting off starting it because of projects that had deadlines, or seemed more interesting at the time. I’m glad I put it off, because the original plan was to have a white background for the heart, and I decided yesterday morning that I wanted use do a text fabric instead, and I love how it turned out!
I found the free pattern/tutorial online – another pattern by Anna from Noodlehead. This was my first project with curved piecing – it’s hard! – as well as invisible zippers. Sewing in the zipper went pretty smoothly, thanks to the invisible zipper foot that I bought for my Pfaff sewing machine! Trying to do an invisible zipper without a foot like that seems like it would be a nightmare! I know there are other options for closures for pillow covers, but with two cats that like to burrow, an envelope closure on a pillow cover seems more like an invitation and disaster than a good idea. Making it removable means that I can wash it – and fold it up in a cupboard if I want swap it out for another cover instead of having to store an entire puffy 20″ pillow! I’ve already got plans for at least two more pillow covers…
Chicken Coop Progress
I’ve also been making some progress on my chicken coop, and I hope to get more done this week. By my estimate, I’ve got about another 3 weeks before I can put my chicks in it, so I’d better keep moving on this! All of the lumber is cut, except the flooring/walls for the hen house, and I now have all four walls and the door framed in. Destin had to work all day yesterday, so we haven’t been able to get the four walls turned into a box yet, but hopefully that will happen this week!
I ran into a little hiccup while I was framing the door – the center piece must have been cut just a TINY bit small, because it was sitting a little loose in the frame. I didn’t want any visible gaps between the boards, so I grabbed the two ratchet straps out of my car and snugged up the frame a bit while I got the center piece screwed in! Who needs clamps, anyway?