Lots has been happening over here, but not much sewing. With rellies close to some of the California fires (more & more contained every day now), and others receiving Laura’s heavy rains, it’s been eventful.
I shan’t mention what else’s been going on as there’s already too much repetition. Suffice to say just reading headlines is enough to set one back.
How some ever, Helen (of Helen’s Closet Patterns) just put out a free pattern for joining (or rejoining) her mailing list.
It’s the Luna blouse pattern, and is super fast to whip up.
Depending on the size & fabric width, it can take less than a yard of knit fabric, and looks cool and breezy. Perfect for our hot & humid summers (typically well into October).
Received my first issue of Sewn magazine, a U.S. publication (they ship internationally!), and am thoroughly amazed by all it contained.
The cover story is about a pair of independent Black men who make bespoke unisex hats up in Washington, D.C. I want one soooooooooo bad!!!
Lots still to do so this will be short. Hope everyone is perking up a bit – maybe with cooler weather. Sigh… at least we’ve got lower humidity for of couple days.
. . . . . Top’s a photo taken of a NEW box of ice cream just delivered from a local store. . . No, I didn’t eat any. 😱
Wonder of wonders! For once I’m working with scraps and remembering to get something posted. Am joining up with Kate, Cathy, and other scrap-happy folk.
Back in June I made a pair of stretch denim shorts from leftover denim. As I started wearing them around the apartment and sitting down, I realized they were the exactly perfect length for the hem to fold up whenever I sat down.
I tried ironing. Nope. Then I remembered I still had scrappy strips of the denim in my stash drawer. He-he-hee . . .
Last month I dug said scraps out and measured them all to the same height. Then I sewed the pieces together, and added them to the bottom of the shorts.
Now they’re just above the knee, and I still have enough for a patch pocket or two. Maybe even one large enough for a phone…
Welcome, Everyone! I’m so delighted to see you! The virtual kettle’s on the boil, and the goodies are all ready. Come in outta the heat and, as the Welsh might say, “fill your boots!”
There are lots of summer berries and grapes in our shops just now, so I’ve got selections of a few favourites, plus some new flavours for you to try.
Goodness! Are we really half way through August? It doesn’t seem possible!
There I was yesterday, anticipating greeting you lovely blogdom friends, whilst mixing up my American granny’s Foundation Cake recipe.
I’ve no idea where she got it. It almost reads like an offshoot of the Depression and war-era recipes I’ve served in the past, until you get to the then-expensive or rationed eggs and milk.
Marge & brown sugar
2 eggs & milk
Flour, spices & baking powder
Taking time, I measured out everything before getting out the mixer and really doing things thoroughly. The result is a very light cake with a lovely texture. (See top photo)
I added “pumpkin pie” spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice), but no raisins. You might think it would be too much like a Raisin Spice Cake, but to me it’s lighter in flavour.
Ripe berries are now in season, so strawberries and blueberries are on offer for today’s tea, along with the lightly spiced Foundation Cake, and chocolatey Wacky Cake, which I made in a loaf pan this time.
The recipe says you can do that, so I lengthened the cooking time and it turned out beautifully. I did the same with the Foundation Cake, so there were the two loaves to slice and sprinkle with fruit and cream, as desired. (Sorry, I didn’t get a piccie.)
Now let me tell you a bit more about grannie… She never talked much about her childhood, and only came to stay with us when widowed. Even then she shared her time between her two sons, so she wasn’t always with us.
As a child, her family traveled westward from the Ozark Mountains by covered wagon, settling in what’s now Oklahoma. (“Indian Territory” was the government’s designation then.) I learned more recently that the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma was very fluid then, which today’s genealogists find very confusing.
Growing up in the heart of the Depression’s Dust Bowl region made for a hard life, and neither dad nor uncle talked much about their experiences. My uncle said sometimes they would shell pecans for a nickel a bucket. If you’ve ever shelled a pecan, you know how hard that it.
Many of our ancestors have known and survived hardships and deprivations over the years. I hope that remembering them can help bring today’s problems more into perspective.
Meanwhile, go in Peace and Be Safe, Dear Friends. . .
❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
I’m joining in with Su’s Virtual Tea Party. Do go over and try one of her tarts – they look amazing!
First off, my apologies to Sandra (Wild Daffodil) for not getting this up Tuesday.
Her Textile Tuesday is the first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome to join in.
How are you?? I hope you’re all safe and well and bearing up under our worldwide extremities. There’s so much good going on I try to focus on that. It helps put the other junk into perspective.
This is a little long, so you might want to collect your favourite brew and settle in for a bit. Hope you enjoy. 😉
June included Sewing Weekender 2020, online for the first time this year, and available to sewers across the globe.
Close to 2,000 people bought tickets, and over £26,500 (UK) was contributed to charities.
There were numerous videos for us to watch, and a Zoom chat session at the end of both days (Saturday and Sunday).
All-in-all, it was a wonderful experience that is still benefiting many of us!
For my part, I didn’t get much sewing done, and I understand that’s not unusual. It can be a time for making new friends, learning new techniques, listening to favourite designers or meeting new ones ~ all things sewing!
There was also a HUGE virtual goodie bag. How they managed to pull it all together in such a short time I’ll never know. Mind-boggling. Seriously.
Both are 100% cotton, with the orange (above) slightly less weighty than my Shweshwe (top photo), and the red (on left) about the weight of quilting cotton.
Both have almost no differentiation between right and wrong sides. I decided to wash each (separately) in cold water in my machine, and they came out beautifully.
The Shweshwe that Anne (Compulsive Seamstress) sent me (top photo) is in daily use as a stole when I’m sitting at the computer under an air con vent. It just doesn’t seem to want to be anything else at the moment, so I’m not arguing.
Given all the happenings here in the U.S., I’ve been doing my research to find out more about what’s appropriate usage for this fabric, and what’s not.
In case this gorgeous fabric has also caught your eye, but you’ve not had time to get your questions answered, I’ve made a little list… 😉