Almost Wordless Wednesday

Chickens have such a singular body shape. Like a Zeppelin. Streamlined, yet entirely not.

The above hen is a Sapphire Gem. I think. See her fluffy feet? I expect her to make chocolate-brown eggs, and have my fingers crossed. None yet, but she’s only four months old.

Our chickens are mostly Aracunas, and Americunas.

I was calling the above chicken, “Judy,” until I took this photo. D’oh! He’s a boy! His name is Red, now.

painting: da kittehs

I’ve had a long-outstanding request to paint our kitties. So I did.

You might recognize the quilt they are sitting on. In reality the quilt is tan, but I didn’t want it blending too much with the cat. Maybe, though, it would have been better…?

The light coming through the pennants was glowing, but as is common, a camera didn’t quite capture how lovely it appeared. Still, pretty, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

My gosh, is it Tuesday already? I hope you are getting lots of things done!

Hee hee, whenever I use the phrase, “Getting things done,” I can’t help but think of Delores Herbig. (Bad word alert if you are under 18!)

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, the cats’ names are Katniss and Prim.

Yes, I KNOW! ๐Ÿ˜‰

sewing: romantic tote bag

More back-to-school sewing. A new tote bag, in pretty romantic florals. Let’s see, I used Tanya Whelan for the big roses, Lecien Flower/Sugar for the bright red roses with polka dots, and the border fabric is Walmart. The handles are also Tanya Whelan.

To create the semi-sturdy structure, I used Pelton foam interfacing. I wish I would have used two layers to make it even sturdier, but I only bought enough for one try. This is the first time I have used it.

It looks like a complicated bag, but it is really a simple construction–two sides, with boxed corners on the bottom. I pinched the foam core and sewed close to the edge from the bottom corners straight up, to create the box sides. I pinched along the bottom edge, too, to give the bag a stable base.

I meant to give it ties to close the top, but didn’t have the ironing board out and frankly, forgot. It closes with a button and hair tie, instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So pretty!

sewing: pencil pouches

Time for some back-to-school sewing!

I’ve been saving my selvedge cuttings for a while, and haven’t settled on a project to incorporate them all. Pouches are quick, and the assortment of colors are perfect to jazz up something otherwise ordinary.

I think the cherry-blossom pouch is the best size to hold the most pencils, and was a requested fabric. I don’t like the tiny zipper pull, but I was using zippers from my thrifted collection (boy, does a big bag of zippers for $2 have endless possibilities!). The zipper pull itself has a tiny hole in the end, so small I can’t figure out what to feed through it to make it more graspable. Any ideas? I think would accept one of those ball-link keychains, but it might be even too small for that, and I don’t have one.

I finished all the bags with decorative hand-stitching, to stop the lining from riding up and catching in the zipper. How many garments and bags have you had that happen with? I hate that, because then the lining gets ripped.

So how about you? Are you ready for school?

painting: baby bun

A Joyful Leap 8″x10″

When I saw this little bun being shared in photo form by Les Liddle, of course my heart skipped a beat and I had to paint him. What a little sweet-pea, all innocence and joy. I added in the flowers to keep him grounded. A perfect little piece for a child’s room, don’t you think? Available in my Etsy shop, here. SOLD, thank you so much!

paintings: grosbeak, bunting

chuffed bunting 8″x8″

Two sweet little bird paintings, up in my Etsy shop. I do think these look terrific hung as a grouping, and these bright colored birds are a lovely remembrance of summer. Available here and here.

Does summer feel like it’s coming to a close? The heat is becoming bearable, the cucumbers have stopped producing–and only the weeds continue their prodigious growth. I guess we’re on the cusp of autumn. It will feel nice to have the change, but I’m definitely not ready for winter’s chill. How about you?

a finished around-the-world quilt

Back when this whole Covid mess started and everyone was being sent home, I took a couple days to cut fabric into strips. 2-inch strips. It helped bring my fabric storage down, but then I had to make those strips into something. It turns out the narrowness of the strip means you will be sewing a LOT of strips or tiny squares. More time consuming than I prefer to invest–once I start something, I like to finish it–not have it waiting for me every evening or weekend to slog away on.

The beauty of the around-the-world pattern is you work with strips, even though it appears you work with squares. So it’s not quite as time-intensive as it would appear.

I’d make a couple blocks at a time, and then switch over to making a log-cabin block just to keep me interested. I wasn’t sure what I would do with the log-cabins, but since I was using the same fabrics, I knew they would blend in with the around-the-world blocks.

I found these variegated Perle cottons on close-out at Michael’s, and thought I might try hand-quilting a bit since the colors seemed to match the project.

As expected, I did get bored of sewing all the blocks, and just added on the log-cabins to make the quilt a little bit larger. I just couldn’t face piecing any more of those around-the-world ones. So much ironing!

I kept the colors limited to neutrals, but added a pop of yellow or pink just to shake things up. I was careful not to add very much pop, and I think it worked out okay.

It’s very satisfying to sew on the label and say, “Finished!” I bought the label through an Etsy seller, there are a lot of them out there.

Maybe one day I will start logging how much time it takes to make one of these things, because I know I grossly underestimate! It would be nice to know, but then on the other hand, I think if I knew in advance, I probably would give up right there.

It makes me want to say, “And that’s how I spent my summer!” But really, I did a whole lot of other things, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

watching: Four Star Playhouse, episode

While I’m sitting painting, I like to watch old shows. Four Star Playhouse is from the mid-1950s, sharing episodic stories utilizing the same actors in different roles. Dick Powell, Ida Lupino, David Niven, Charles Boyer. Some of the stories are outstanding. I love how Ida Lupino acts in wildly different roles–sometimes I have to ask, “Is that Ida, or another lady?” and it’s usually her.

Anyway, my sentimental side loves this episode. A pickpocket with a heart of gold, and a lovely ending. Charles Boyer is always worth watching, too. Swoon. (Sorry, if there’s commercials!)