Why do “short” work weeks always feel longer? It puzzles me every time it happens. I spent most of Tuesday thinking it was Monday and then most of Thursday thinking it was Friday. It is a conundrum.
I have spent a bit too much time this week exploring some notebook/planner rabbit holes. I am thinking ahead to 2019. This lovely orange folio will be my prime notebook next year. I have been trying out different layouts and ideas for calendars and journaling in an undated insert. I love the color and the size ie great for a carry along (this is an A6). I have been reading about tracking (this makes my heart sing) and bullet journaling (which I have decided is not for me).
But Friday is here and because I hosted our book group for dinner last weekend, my house is pretty much ready for the birthday we will celebrate tomorrow and Thanksgiving dinner next week. So, the weekend is looking pretty good.
Next week will find me back at work so of course I am taking inventory and checking my making queue (thanks Mary and Honore for this lovely word). I have crossed off 5 of the 9 on my Make Nine list. I’m pretty sure there are two squares that need to be switched out on that list. I finished the new quilt for our growing tiny person (and hear he is loving it). And I am trying to use up some bits and pieces of yarn to make more hats for the kids program run by a local group.
Here are a few new things that have jumped into my queue:
- Making Magazine backpack – I am about halfway there on this one
- Navy linen pants and a cream top from this book – fabric is ready to go
- Another Uniform tunic – I have two fabrics that could work
- Some free form house blocks (inspired by this) – I have made some sketches
- Machine quilt the triangle quilt made at retreat – need some backing fabric
- Start this embroidery project – all supplies on hand
I have signed up for a class to make a sweater and have a sleeve to finish on a cardigan. And I am dreaming of a black and white sweater (I have the yarn) but I think I will get through the next two months and see how that will fit.
For now, it’s Friday and it’s raining so seems like a good time to get back to my queue.
Thirty six years ago I was making my wedding dress on the Brother sewing machine that mom bought for me when I graduated from college. No bells or whistles- just a work horse machine. I made a lot of clothing on that machine (for myself and later for the girls). I stitched up curtains, bumper pads and baby quilts, pillows and even some slip covers.
Then I got serious about quilting and needed an upgrade. The popular machine with quilters (started with a capital B) was out of my price range. But Pfaff had just come out with a very nice machine and the price was right. I had learned to sew on a Pfaff. It felt right. More clothing, home decor, and lots of quilts were stitched up in that machine.
After 25 years, it was ready to retire. When I went to the sewing machine store I was planning to get another Pfaff. But the I saw the Brother machines and I was sold. This one has an extra wide throat plate – great for machine quilting, needle down function, an extra plate to extend the sewing space, and more bells and whistles that I probably won’t use. So far I have figured out how to wind the bobbin and get it threaded. Hopefully I will be stitching up a storm very soon.
At the top of my list today is getting this quilt basted. This was one of projects I worked on last week. The animals were a printed panel and a lot of the fabric was used in the baby quilt I made for our tiny person. I tried to let the process be simple and random. I have the backing and the batting, just need to get it done. Out tiny person is going to be in a toddler before we know it.
Here are a few links to share:
This blog post and link to an interview.
Golden milk and turmeric lattes.
I rediscovered this podcast last week.
The cast on date for this knit along is just around the corner.
This book, kind of a beach or sitting on the deck read.
The students are finished, the teachers are ready for check out, and I am feeling summer break so I am;
Thinking about – making lovely things from this magazine and a new bag pattern.
Grateful for – a more flexible work schedule now that the school year is over.
Interested in – learning to sketch and starting with this tiny bit of Queen Anne’s lace.
Fun – one week from my annual quilt retreat (where I will likely do some sewing and knitting but maybe a new quilt is brewing).
I would love some book suggestions for the second person square on my book bingo card.
Thanks to Kym for this fun Friday prompt.
We passed the halfway mark for the #100dayproject this week! And to be honest, there have been a few days when I have not picked up my pen or needles but in the spirit of the project, I am letting this be a part of the learning process.
Today I am using Kym’s fun Friday prompt:
Thinking about these Lime Bikes and wondering about the riders who are using them. They sure are popping up in some peculiar places.
Grateful for an extra day added to the holiday weekend – a snow day that we didn’t need to use!
Interested in this knitting project. Mary and Kat did this last year. I am going to swatch this weekend.
Fun ahead. There is some sunshine in the forecast and a new barbecue on the way so there will be reading on the deck and grilling this weekend.
These last few weeks I have begun making a new kind of list – a bit like a bucket list – of things I want to invite into my life. Here are a few things on my list:
Learn to draw, especially with colored pencils
Make a bottom up sweater – I have tried and given up but there are so many lovely patterns
More time in the garden
Start running again – it has been too long and I know I will be slower but I do miss running
Week in the Life – I did this a few years ago and it was great fun. It starts on Sunday.