Day 220

Definitely no sewing here today. Boo. I think I’ve been grumpy this week because of not sewing. I feel guilting sewing when I have so many other things to do (the previously mentioned taxes and guild stuff). So I feel miserable about all of it and do none of it.

But it was the “get to know each other” potluck for softball tonight. I pulled out my favourite quilt to use as a picnic blanket, and it’s ALWAYS a conversation starter. I hang out with quilters so much I forget that quilting seems magical to non-sewers. So that’s a fun ego boost.

Scrap Vomit

This one is from long before blog, it’s lifetime quilt #13 and was completed in March 2013. It contains 2,401 2.5″ squares. Of the 1,825 print squares there is only one duplicate. I swapped fabric with 34 people in 7 countries on 4 continents. The original pattern is called Steps to the Altar but this version is called “scrap vomit” by the wonderful Katy Jones.

Day 218

Not much sewing here today. A couple of badges on the brownie sash for B. and yesterday I quickly added some box pleats to the pockets of her birthday skirt. Nothing like setting up the sewing machine at 7:55 to get that done before school! The line of the pockets are much improved now. I like knowing how to make tweaks like that.

And I have an itch to start a new project, not because I need to, but just because it would be more exciting than pulling out one of the many half-finished projects lying around.

I finished my massive book today. Let’s count that as a win! I’ve been slogging through the Outlander series and started book 5 on March 25th. Finished it today (yes, that is 20 days on one book) but it averages at more than 75 pages per day (1443 pages total).

Day 214

…the day Nicole tries on gardening as a hobby. We like our houseplants around here (5 in the kitchen, 2 in the grown-up bedroom, a tree in the shared kid bedroom, 8 in the living room, plus hall and bathroom). But we were one short in the living room and my MIL wanted her peace lily back (long story, don’t ask). And the saucers were at sixes and sevens…

…so I did an inventory this week. I usually confuse myself halfway through the list, trying to remember what’s what. This time I photographed each plant and noted whether or not it was fine as is. The ones that weren’t got a note about what was needed (bigger pot, swapped pots with another plant, new saucers, etc). And now you know what a huge nerd I am.

Today every plant is happy in the proper sized pot with an appropriate saucer. Now to not kill them with neglect.

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China Doll plant. It’s a new one to us.

Sewing today? total fail.

Day 203

No sewing today, and boy am I tired of writing that. School went back today for B. and preschool starts again tomorrow for W. so that’s a win. Today I did laundry and a library trip, tidied up some bins and pulled together a load for the thrift store, put things away in the garage, and put away fabric from my last two projects. Did some pattern layout for B.’s birthday dress/skirt/outfit.

So it was a productive day, just a day with no sewing. I sound so bereft!