Really useful when you need to keep the moths at bay, but surprisingly time consuming to make.
After making a load of laundry bags last spring, I thought I could run off a couple of dozen lavender bags in no time. I had forgotten that tiny items take longer because they are fiddly, and that I needed to make a separate sachet of lavender to put into each one. I have plenty of dried lavender that I collected from our own bushes the summer before last. The dried flower heads have been kept firmly sealed in a plastic bag, so they have retained a powerful scent. I used muslin for the sachets, and put a couple of tablespoons of lavender and a few dried bay leaves into each one. The scent filled the room, and never has a sewing job made me sneeze so much. Fortunately, it wasn't the actual scent that made me sneeze, but the dust from the loose flowers, which is no longer a problem now that they are wrapped up in two layers of cloth.
For the bags I used a piece of fine cotton lawn that I bought in Liverpool about 40 years ago. Finally I have found the ideal use for it! For drawstrings I used little lengths of multicoloured ribbon that were tied round bundles of fact quarters. It was very satisfying using up odds and ends, and also a relief to be able to ward off the moths. I have a beautiful winter coat that I rarely wear (living in one of the warmest parts of the country has its drawbacks) and I would hate to pull it out of the wardrobe and find it had been nibbled.
Here goes for Week 317:-
Many thanks to Nancy for linking up last time with her indigo circles quilt. If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.
Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.
Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-
1. Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.
2. Link back to this post in your own post.
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