Oh man, it sure was nice to be back in the dye studio yesterday! I didn't do a full session but I did enough to make a dent in the backlog.
We were talking over dinner last night that we aren't sure if the cold lingered a long time or if we just transitioned immediately into allergies. My car would seem to indicate an allergy overlay. We have a lot of pine trees around the house and they are bursting out. But I went out and sprayed half the driveway for weeds. I'll need to get the other half this weekend. It's barely gotten warn and the weeds are already taking over.
I also made it into the sewing room to start thinking about the next projects. I vacuumed all the detritus left from making the bear and organized 3 new projects. These fabrics are for a new set of placemats.
This will be for a couple of birthday postcards for my Hokie friends. One was due yesterday but I already let he know that her card would be late.
My last project will be a new hiking backpack. I've been using this one for several years but it's time to make something a little sturdier.
I have these old hiking pants that no longer fit and the fabric is perfect for a lightweight pack. These are the kind of pants that have zip off legs so they can convert to shorts. I love them, they wear like iron and I just bought new ones that fit from REI.
This is one of the lower legs zipped off and there's plenty of fabric. I want to add an exterior pocket for my cell phone too and there's lots of pockets/zippers/velcro in these pants that I can use for other features.
I'm supposed to be at sewing with my quilt club today and tomorrow but I have a doctor's appointment today (that was scheduled 4 months ago) but I'll pack my gear and be there for sewing tomorrow. I kind of miss people, it's been a long week!
4/7/2023 03:19:20 pm
Wow you have been busy! What a great idea to use those pants for a new hiking bag!
I expect to get that green pollen any day now - my sinuses have been dripping for close to two months now with off and on bad sinus headaches but still no green pollen - but the leafs on the trees are all opening up so I'm sure the pine trees will start their thing soon -- hope you get to feeling better soon
4/8/2023 08:04:00 am
It is nice that you got back in the dye studio. I am guessing that the yellows are for shades packs.
4/8/2023 09:51:19 am
I used to suffer dreadfully from seasonal allergies but - touch wood - I seem to have outgrown that. Of course, having said that, this could be the year they come back full bore. DH, who never used to have allergies, now has them so it seems I passed mine on to him.
4/8/2023 10:03:56 am
wow... the moment you laid your old back pack on the old pants it was an instant GO!!!
4/8/2023 01:44:08 pm
I love all the projects. So glad you are feeling better. We are so far from pollen season yet. It was 28 this morning. Lots of sun today, no heat. I love, love that leaves fabric. I cannot seem to sew anything that has dimension- like your backpack.
4/9/2023 09:34:47 am
What a great idea! Using those pockets will give your pack such versatility! Pollen season started early here too. It seems like the flowers are not lasting as long though, my redbud bloomed and faded in a week. Usually it lasts about 2-3 weeks.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.