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August 2015

Saturday Sewing Project

Each Saturday since I got my sewing machine in June, I have watched some sewing shows on ThinkTV, then I work on improving some particular machine skill. I've made a few different kinds of bags, some patterned quilt squares, coasters, and this weekend I made this—thing for my table. Without the leaf it's round, so I didn't want a table runner. DSC_3669
I put together pieces from two fat quarters, two pairs of shorts and a sheet from St. Vincent de Paul, and a remnant from a previous project, without strict measurement. I just made sure everything was around three inches wide when I began. Then I sewed it to a piece of muslin, added a layer of batting and quilted it to more sheet, which I then folded over to the front for a border.

The quilted areas are not as good as I'd like but using the zigzag was kind of a risk. I feel good about how I did the border.

This looks kind of disconnected and bleak! I'll pay attention next time and set a scene. Anyway. Sometimes I have a vase or a bowl of garden produce or fruit on the table, and it can sit on the mat now. DSC_3668


Broadening the view

I hardly used this space this year, and offered no counsel or encouragement toward others. It wasn't a great garden year, mostly just rained. I still have peppers and tomatoes ripening, though, and late watermelons which will not quite succeed, but I might make the rinds into something. And there are fall peas and snap beans coming along now.

In the winter, I do so little with plants, I'm thinking of adding other stuff I do get up to here, and changing the name to something lofty like "Lily's Garden of Domestic Pursuits." Only I guess I'll still keep the cooking and cocktails one separate. Sigh. This used to be much simpler; it was just all mixed-up me on one page. I feel like I'd need to start all over to do that again, and what would be the draw? "Being Me." Sigh, some more. Food for thought.

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