Thursday, August 31, 2023

August Wrap-Up

It has been a lovely August. Lots of visits with family, and time spent outside. I did get a few crafty things done.

This quilt I don't really know too much about. I finished it for a family friend, who was finishing it for her friend (before our friend was no longer able to sew). The top was all finished (I believe our friend re-did a few seams for her friend), so I layered it, machine quilted it and sewed on the binding.
The quilt is really lovely. I think it might be a layer cake quilt. The blocks are 9", made up of 2 wide pieces and one narrow. The quilt is 45" x 60" (3" borders and 1.5" sashing).

For the machine quilting I used gingko leaves and loops for the body of the quilt, swirls and gingko leaves for the border, and swirls in the sashing. I used cotton batting (Hobbs Heirloom). The threads were a green CT Essential Pro for the body, and black Aurifil for the border and sashing (same top and bottom).
I recently purchased a bobbin case for my sewing machine specifically for free motion quilting (the blue dot bobbin case for the Janome 9450), and this was the first time I used it - it worked great and really made a difference. 
Luckily I had a long enough piece of leftover binding from a quilt I made years ago that matched this quilt perfectly (it is a bias piece for a quilt with curves and I can never judge exactly how much I will need).
 I really hope the owner of the quilt will be happy with it.

I have still been sewing clothes - another Blackwood Cardigan (Helen's Closet pattern) and a sleeveless summer dress (Lutterloh pattern #30 from supplement 325 - without the sleeves).

I finished a weaving that had been on the loom for a few months. A buffet runner made from handspun natural linen, and handspun wool that I had dyed (more details here).

And a quicker weaving project - a set of tea towels from 2/8 cotton (more details here).

Photos from Around -

Molly chewing on some giant wild asparagus we discovered in the yard.
The start of harvesting the surrounding field of oats.
The vegetable garden did well this summer.
It's always interesting how certain things do better than others one year to the next - this year it was celery and carrots (no so good for tomatoes and peppers).
Miss Maggie feels safer (and doesn't cry) when she is buried in her quilt for a trip to the vet - this time to see an ophthalmologist. Her once yellow eyes are now brown, along with a couple other eye issues - the vet said that we are very lucky and she is fine, and there should be no problems (please don't message me otherwise).
Miss Molly leaping at something in the long grass - probably a frog, there are so many this year.

 All the best!♥︎

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