Marbles

Anna had quite the weekend. On Saturday she had her usual Tumble Gym class, to which her daddy took her by himself this week. I was at my once-a-month Under the Veranda meeting (can’t really call it a class) at Wish Upon a Quilt, so I missed out on the fun. Apparently she was so exhausted by the Tumble Gym, she fell asleep on the way home. So, she got her nap out of the way early and was just waking up when I got home around 11:30.

We had some lunch, and then headed out for Marbles Kids Museum. This was our first time there, so we weren’t really sure what to expect beyond what I saw on the web. I had a feeling Saturday was probably the absolute worst day to go, but it is one of those things that I have been wanting to do for a while now and we just never seemed to have time. Saturday we actually had the whole afternoon and evening open with no plans other than errands that could wait for another day, so I seized the opportunity.

Parking was surprisingly easy, even though we got one of the last few spots available. We only chose to pay for two hours of parking, but we probably should have done more because Anna was having such a great time that it was time to go before we knew it. The area meant for kids under 3 was pretty packed, but Anna didn’t seem to mind much. The the forest-themed “Toddler Hollow” room was fairly small, but had plenty of good stuff for toddlers. There were a few soft toadstools to climb on, a bridge with cushioned steps leading up to it, “vines” hanging from the ceiling, a log to crawl through, panels on the walls that opened to reveal images, and several different textures to touch on the walls. There were also some soft things laying around like a large stuffed black bear, a skunk, sliced logs, and fabric leaves that the kids could carry around. The first thing Anna did upon walking in was spot the black bear, grab it by an ear, and drag it across the room. After that it was up and down the bridge steps for a while until she found the log slices. The log slices were a definite hit with Anna; she spent at least half her time stacking them and carrying them around. She also really loved climbing up on, and then standing on, a little toadstool table that had a lighted center… that was one thing we probably could have done without, but she seemed ecstatic about it since climbing on stuff is her favorite thing to do lately.

I am strongly considering buying a membership, as I think it could definitely be worth it. It was a well-spent $15 (admission x3) for Anna to run around and have fun in a safe and climate-controlled environment. When I say ‘safe’ we of course still had to keep an eye on her and make sure she didn’t break any other children, or get trampled by the occasional big kid, and there were a few places where falling was a hazard, and a couple choking hazards from another area had found their way in… but compared to an outdoor playground that has about a bajillion little things for her to put her mouth, it was great. Plus, no worries about it being 100 degrees in summer, or freezing in winter.

While there, we ran into some friends that were there with their own child (so it was cool to see them, bonus! even though we were too busy watching our kids to really chat). They have a membership and reported weekdays were much less crowded than weekends, so I think it would also be a great place for one of the grandmothers to take her as well if they wanted to have an outing with the kiddo during the week. And as she grows, the rest of the museum looked great for hours of entertainment as well. At least, the first floor did… we never made it upstairs to the bigger kid stuff. I wish I could have had a place to play like that when I was a kid! I kind of look forward to the day when she is old enough that I can sit and just let her run wild with minimal supervision though, because I think we all needed a nap afterwards.

After our fun at Marbles, we made the short trip up Person St to Yellow Dog Bread Company and the little wine shop next to it. We got some tasty coffee and a couple breakfast treats from Yellow Dog (and discovered Anna likes the coffee tinged milk foam from cappuccino) as well as a bottle of wine and some cheese from the wine shop. That was a nice way to wrap up the day for the adults.

So, Saturday was a pretty awesome day for all of us.  And, all that was after I had a good morning at my sewing meeting, where people seemed to truly like my show and tell items. I took my little Lavender & Honey needle book, and the box I made instead of the table runner bonus project. Another lady that does handwork asked for the needle book pattern, and the teacher wanted to know where I found the tutorial for the box; the whole group seemed excited about the box and wanted to know about it. I also took those bag patterns I won during the shop hop to see if I could find a home for them. No sooner had I given those away, I won the weekly drawing and got a new quilt pattern. How’s that for instant karma?

Halloween

Anna is too little for candy, so we didn’t bother with trick or treating this year. On Halloween night we took a quick trip out for dinner, and Sean got the idea to dress her as Calvin (as in ‘& Hobbes’). So, he put her in a red shirt with stripes and let her carry her stuffed tiger toy. It was pretty adorable. That was the extent of her Halloween Night experience though.

Saturday we went to a party at a friend’s house, so we dressed in costume for that one. Anna wore a cute little dress, and the Little Red Riding Hood cape I made for her. The basket I was making didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. It was too large and floppy, and I wasn’t really in love with the fabric combinations (it was all I had on hand that would work). In the end, I just took inspiration from the Japanese furoshiki and simply sewed a couple squares of fabric together, with some interfacing in between (leftover from the cape) to stiffen the fabric up some. Wish I had just done that in the first place… would have saved myself a lot of time and effort. Oh well, I guess the other will make a good jumbo lunch bag.

Somehow Sean convinced me to dress up as Red’s grandmother, while he bought a wolf mask for himself. This was the first time I actually dressed up for Halloween, or anything else, since… hmm, 2002? I must admit it was pretty comfortable though. I just got a granny-looking gown, house coat, knee high socks, and slippers from the store, along with an “Old Lady” wig from Party City.  I was really the only one of us that stayed in costume all night… Anna of course shed her cloak as soon as possible, and Sean could barely see in his mask so he wore it for maybe 5 minutes. No pictures of that unfortunately. My mother tried to snap a few of us, but the lighting was terrible so I am not sure any of them turned out. I didn’t really get any good pictures of Anna as Little Red Riding Hood either, but here is what I do have…

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There isn’t much else to report on the Anna front, the only new things I can think to share are that she is becoming a little climber and she is starting to figure out the whole eating with a fork thing. We blame the Tumble Gym (light heartedly of course) for her recent fondness of climbing. Whenever we get a big package of something, like paper towels, all she wants to do is climb and wallow on it. She has also discovered the stairs and likes to climb up the stairs, and would also climb up the outside (other side of banister)  of the stairs if we would let her. The window sills in the kitchen are also very enticing, as they are quite low to the floor. We definitely have to keep an eye on her these days! Fortunately she seems pretty good at sliding down off things like the couch by laying on her belly and swinging her feet over, but she hasn’t gotten the hang of that on the stairs yet. We installed a gate at the top of the stairs a while ago, but now we have to worry about the bottom of the stairs as well. We’ve been temporarily blocking the bottom of the stairs with her play yard fence, but yesterday I was able to find a gate that can be installed on a banister post… so that is next up on our to do list.

Watching her figure out eating with utensils has been fun, and messy. Anna isn’t so good at keeping things on a spoon, even though she did seem to try to put stuff in her mouth with it. So, I decided to grab a baby fork and see if she had any luck with that. Turns out forks are much easier that spoons. Eating with fingers is still easier half the time, and stabbing the food is still a work in progress, but if we help her out by loading the fork for her she does really well. Spoons though, require a little more assistance from us to hold them level while she guides the spoon to her mouth. At this point we hold no expectations about eating with utensils, it is still just a learning experience. Although she did eat practically her whole lunch with a fork today, and Sean reported the same for breakfast yesterday.

Now to go eat some cookies while I ponder what my next sewing adventure should be…

Anna Update & Halloween Prep

This first photo isn’t the best picture of Anna, but see her little teeth? Around her first birthday, the bottom two finally popped through. Those have now been joined by one and a half up top, and a third is trying to pop up on the bottom. Anna has been making use of them too! It is cute to watch her take tiny bites of her graham crackers, and the other day she even had some of her daddy’s apple.

Luckily the teething doesn’t seem to bother her too much. In preparation for sore gums I had bought a few types of oral numbing medicines, but we have yet to use any of them. There have been days where we could tell she was a bit off, and we blamed the teething, but in general she has been her usual happy self.

Anna has also been practicing her artwork. We got her a big pad of blank paper and a box of washable toddler crayons a couple weeks ago. She seems to be getting the hang of making marks now, although sometimes it is still more fun to eat the crayons. I am looking forward to the days when she actually understands the concept of coloring in lines, or drawing pictures. Right now it is mostly banging the crayon on the paper, or scribbling back and forth.

As for me, I have been busy making Anna’s Little Red Riding Hood Halloween costume. Per usual, I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to it so I have worked on it a little at a time. I got everything cut for the cape last week, and then spent every spare moment over the weekend stitching it together. Saturday I finished up the cape around midnight, and then started looking at what I wanted to do for her little basket.

My original plan was to make a liner for a basket I picked up at Michael’s… but I had grabbed it without really inspecting the basket, and when I got home I realized it was wobbly and wonky. When I started measuring for the planned liner I discovered the reason it was sitting wonky was because one end of the basket was 1/2″ deeper than the other end, and it was completely uneven on the bottom. For a bit I contemplated forging ahead with the original plan, but then started looking at other options, which lead me to a cute fabric basket tutorial. So, I looted my fabric stash and have that on my work table now… hopefully I will have time to finish it before this weekend!

I will add pictures of Anna in her cape once we get her in costume this weekend… if I can get her to stand still long enough for a photo! I put it on her briefly Sunday, and she had fun flapping the sides while she ran around. It is a little long, but I think it will be okay. Maybe when she is a little older she can still wear it for dress-up.

 

Made a bag. And a giraffe.

I started stitching my Geranium Baskets table topper,  only to discover that Primitive Gatherings had left out one of the threads I needed. I contacted them, and they shipped the missing thread to me… it arrived today, so maybe I can get back to that soon. In the meantime, I needed another project to keep my hands busy when I couldn’t be sitting at my sewing machine. So, I grabbed this little guy from my “to do” shelf. He has a little lion buddy, but the lion will probably wait until the next time I need some quick little filler project. Sometime soon I will get around to framing this guy in a hoop. My satin-stitching definitely needs work, but a few of my circles actually came out as circles. Maybe no one will know they are supposed to be round… shhh.

 

A cute giraffe. My satin stitched circles definitely need some work, but I think he came out okay.

 

 

The other project I had on my table this past week was a bag to make carrying all my crap to sewing classes a little easier. This was a kit I picked up during the shop hop last month, so I didn’t choose the fabric. At first I didn’t really like the fabric in the kit, and was considering this a practice run for making the bag in my own tastes, but it has really grown on me. I think I will keep it.

This is definitely the most complicated thing I have made. It came out pretty well, but there are things that could have been done better. For one… zippers. I hate sewing zippers, mostly because I suck at it. Maybe I just need more practice, or maybe I am just doing it wrong. And this bag has four of them, ugh. My binding could have also been better, we will just ignore the visible stitching. For the binding along the outside zipper though, I ended up finishing it off by hand so that it would look better. The one thing that I am unhappy enough to change though, is the stitching that attaches the outer zipper to the bottom of the bag to make “handles”… it was a pain, and I ended up whip stitching it in place. I dislike it and am considering adding some snaps instead; hopefully the whip stitching hasn’t marred the fabric too much.

I am looking forward to taking it to my next class, but hoping no one in the class looks at it too closely. It should be super handy with the three zipper pockets, the pockets between the zippers, the needle landing, and pin cushion. Right now I put all my sewing things in little pockets inside my sewing machine travel bag. This works fine, it just takes time to pull everything out and to pack it away again at the end of class. With this bag though, I will be able to pull everything out in one go, and have it all organized and at hand during class.

The next thing on my work table is Anna’s Halloween costume. I am not sure how I landed on this idea, but she is going to be Little Red Riding Hood. Mainly it is because I think she will be adorable in a little hooded cloak, and that shouldn’t be too difficult to make despite my lack of garment experience. I have Googled various ways to make cloaks, and I have a plan. Wednesday I used my lunch hour to duck out to Hancock for fabric, and picked up a pattern as well. The cloak is going to be red (of course) with a white lining that has little red polka dots. The pattern isn’t for a lined cloak, but I think it will be helpful just to get the shape and sizing right when I cut the material. We will see if I can pull it off!

Busy Busy Weekend

See pictures from our iCloud photostream here 

We had a very busy weekend, but a good one. I kind of feel like I need a day off now! We were all on the go all weekend long, with hardly a moment to rest. Saturday usually starts with us taking Anna to Tumble Gym for her weekly 9:00 Tumble Babies class. Well, “class” is a loose term. It is mostly a bunch of under-two year olds running around in various directions while one instructor with far too much energy bounces around trying to lead the activities. Since there is no monthly fee until she turns two, it is totally worth it. Every week we see her confidence improve and it is pretty fun running around with her and all the other kids.

This weekend though, the first Under the Veranda block of the month class was at 10:00 Saturday at Wish Upon a Quilt. Since I wasn’t sure how the timing would go, I skipped Tumble Gym for the first time since she started (August 30), and let her grandma go with her and Sean instead. I was pretty sad about missing Tumble Gym, so maybe in the future I will just drive separately so I can leave a tad early and head straight to my class.

Class was interesting. It was just a lecture, so I felt really weird going to a sewing class without a machine. I got there right on time, sat through my lecture, did a little shopping, and then ran an errand and had lunch before rushing to pack up and head to another sewing class at the same place. That sewing class was pretty fun, although I can’t say I learned much. I did leave with a new pair of pajama pants though.

Then it was back to the house to collect Sean and Anna for some clothes shopping and dinner at Crabtree. Anna scored several adorable new outfits, and a new pair of shoes since she had outgrown all of hers. Man that happens fast. I swear we just bought her shoes with “room to grow” less than two months ago. I know for a fact she got a pair of size 3 sandals the day before her birthday, so that has only been like 5 weeks. Now she is in a size 4 shoe, although we got a size 4.5 so she doesn’t grow out of them by next week.

The new clothes are mostly 18-24 months, which she isn’t quite ready for. But sales were good, and she will fit them soon enough. She can get away with wearing the larger size in dresses, but the shirts and pants are definitely too big. For now anyway. Like I said, give her a week and we might find she has suddenly grown another three inches. I would much rather buy stuff ahead of time so we don’t end up scrambling the next time she suddenly can’t fit any of her clothes.

We stayed out far too late though, an hour past Anna’s 8:00 bed time. She was getting a bit cranky by the time we left, but in all we were proud of her for doing so well and putting up with us keeping her out so late. We normally try to keep her on schedule, but I guess staying up late occasionally shouldn’t be too detrimental. Being out late did not translate into a later morning on Sunday though, so the next morning everything started again at 7:00 as usual. After getting her to bed I was exhausted and was asleep by 10:30… so at least I got a decent night’s sleep.

Sunday was another full, but great, day. Sean had stayed up late the night before, so I let him sleep in a bit while I played with Anna. When he woke up we went out for a family breakfast at First Watch, a new breakfast/brunch/lunch place that opened where the Boston Market on Glenwood Ave use to be. It was awesome! The food was great, and the whole menu looked so good that it was hard to choose. At times the service could have been a little faster, but they were busy and new so we can forgive them that.

Anna especially enjoyed it; she had crayons to play with while we waited and lots of yummy food. It was only the second time she got to play with crayons, and this time she actually figured out how to make marks on the paper.  She seemed to really love the melon in the fruit bowl we ordered for her, and she liked the food we shared from our plates as well. From my plate she had quinoa, chicken, and butternut squash. From Sean’s she had egg, potato, avocado, a little bacon, and maybe some other things I didn’t see. We could tell she enjoyed it, because hardly anything hit the floor! Sean and I enjoyed our meals as well, and we will definitely go back. It may just have to be our new breakfast stop post-Tumble Gym on Saturdays, since Brueggers Caribou Coffee has been unsatisfactory lately.

After that it was a trip to Target for some needed things, plus some crayons for Anna. Then back to the house for Anna’s nap, although she fought that and ended up not having much of one. We were supposed to meet friends at a pumpkin patch at 2, but thanks to Anna’s lack of napping and super cranky awakening, it was more like 2:30 when we got there. That was a lot of fun, and Anna seemed to enjoy it. That kid definitely loves being outdoors, and the weather was perfect. Anna got to see her buddy Logan, play with hay, pick cotton, see goats, go on a hay ride, and walk around the fields. She was great the whole time, with lots of smiles and not a single fussy moment.

After a couple hours of wandering around the pumpkin patch she was exhausted. Once we got in the car I gave her a little snack, and then she was out cold. Our next stop was the grocery store. The poor kid was so tuckered out she barely stirred when I took her out of her car seat, and then she slept on my shoulder most of the time we were shopping. I swear that kid weighs fifty pounds when she is asleep!  So precious though.

I Won Something!

As part of the shop hop I did a couple weeks ago, I was entered in drawings for door prizes at each of the shops I visited. On Tuesday (9/23), Bernina called to let me know I had won their prize. Wow! I hardly ever win anything. Maybe I had good karma that day or something. The prize was a project bag full of little things like fabric, patterns, batting, needles, and a quilt pin.

 

It is always great to add fabric to my stash, so I am happy just to have won that. I like the little project tote as well, and it looks like it will be useful. The batting is polyester, which I have never used since I have always bought cotton; it will be good to have that on hand to try out as well. The pin is pretty neat, but not sure what I will do with it. I am not one to wear lapel pins, but maybe I can find something to pin it to. Can’t say I care much for the patterns, but maybe I can find a use for them one day if no one else wants them. The bag also had some “Pump Gloves” in it, which apparently are really made with the intention of using them to pump gas. Since they are in this bag of sewing stuff though, I have to assume they are meant to be used to help grip a quilt while free motion quilting. Or maybe to help you grip a ruler? I don’t know. I haven’t opened them yet, but they have little dots on them that look like grippy stuff. I have always just used Machingers gloves for quilting, but I will give these a shot. (if anyone is interested in the patterns, pin, books, or measuring tape… just give me a shout, I will gladly share)

In other news… I get a whole room to myself for sewing! Maybe. I asked Sean if I could move his computer to the bedroom (he actually had this idea a while ago) and take over the computer room completely… he agreed. I don’t really want the computer in the bedroom though. And I don’t really want to be sequestered to a lonely room for hours to work on my hobbies. So, I am going to try to arrange things so we can still fit the computers and all my sewing crap in the same small room. Could be interesting.

That project starts this weekend, and is going to take a long time to complete I fear. The first step is to get rid of the elliptical machine that is hogging what feels like half the room. I called Pro Source and they are coming to get it Monday! Yay! Which means this weekend we will be busy clearing a path to the machine… which means getting Sean’s desk out of the way. So really the first step is moving Sean’s computer to the bedroom I guess, which will hopefully be only temporary… but it will probably end up staying there a while. So, this weekend is going to be a busy one with rearranging the bedroom and computer room. Then, after we get rid of the elliptical Monday, I can start moving my sewing crap in and doing some more rearranging and purging of junk that is cluttering up the closet space.

At first it is going to be pretty cobbled together. I plan to bring in a folding table from the garage and make use of other things we already have around the house. As time goes on I am going to figure out what furniture will work best in there as I get a feel for how I use the space. This probably means a few Ikea trips are in my future, as the sewing tables I really want are stupid expensive.

Once I get settled in, the first thing I will do is construct a cutting table for myself. This is basically a counter-height table to cut fabric on, so I don’t kill my back. I saw lots of great ideas for this while Googling and wandering Pinterest.  While exploring one of those ideas I stumbled on a wood working forum where a nice (and presumably not a serial killer) man offered to give me a laminate table top to use in the endeavor. We will be going up to Franklinton to get that Sunday.  I have no idea what it looks like, but it is free! I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth by asking for a picture, but I am told it is a workstation top that is about 30″ x 42″ or so. No clue on the color or condition, but the price is right. Once I know the dimensions for sure, I will figure out what I want to use as a base for it… most likely a couple small book cases or something that would give me storage underneath.

So, if anyone comes across good deals on things that you think will help in the organization of my shiny new sewing room, let me know! That includes used stuff, clearance stuff, whatever. This has to be done on the cheap since it is all coming out of my craft budget. I will be on the lookout for a small computer desk to put my iMac on, probably some bookcases or storage cubes, boxes, bins, and things of that nature. And if anyone goes to Ikea and is willing to pick up a few things, definitely give me a shout! I have a growing Ikea wish list right now, everything from small storage bins to furniture.

Quilt Tour and Stuff

Every year there is a “shop hop” at local shops, Quilt! Carolina. Apparently it use to just be the shops in the Triangle area, but it has expanded to include the Triad and Fayetteville and a few other places. Since I am relatively new to the sewing thing, last year was my first experience with it. Last year I was pretty excited about going to check out all the shops I had never known about, get all the free patterns (even though most turned out to be lame) and try to collect enough stamps for the grand prize drawing. Even though we had a 3 week old baby at the time, I managed to make it to enough shops to get into the grand prize drawing. The grand prize last time was a really nice sewing machine, which was motivation enough for me to try for all the stamps since I only had a little entry level machine then. I also didn’t have a huge backlog of projects at the time.

This year… not so excited. The grand prizes were lame; I already knew most of the shops; there was no way I was driving to the new out-of-town shops (one in Boone!) just for a stamp; I need more projects on my to do list like I need a hole in my head… so yeah. However, I still bought a passport and decided to just go to the four shops in the immediate area that I frequent anyway: Bernina, My Sewing Shoppe, and Wish Upon a Quilt here in Raleigh, and Cary Quilting Company. By going to those shops I was able to take advantages of sales, enter drawings at their shops, support the shops, get coupons for future visits, and even get a few freebies.

So, Saturday (after Tumble Gym and a nap) we got a baby sitter so Sean could go to his Japanese class and I could go shop hop. We had a late lunch together before going our separate ways. The last thing Sean said to me was, “Don’t buy a lot of stuff.” and I said, “I don’t intend to.” … and I didn’t. I really didn’t. As stated… too many projects in the backlog already. Sigh. I have a problem. I really do.

My first stop was Bernina, where I bought a handful of things I needed (interfacing, thimbles, needles) and a neat magnetic wrist pin holder that caught my eye. It is like the “slap bracelets” that were so popular back in the day, but it has a magnetic cup on it to grab pins. I love love love this thing and am so glad I spotted it. Sean is always getting on me about putting pins in my mouth, and I know I shouldn’t do it… but the other wrist pin cushions are so uncomfortable and annoying. It is always easier to just hold a pin in my mouth than to always keep the pin cushion in reach. I used it last night while finishing up my latest project; it was so handy and was completely comfortable. They also gave out a nifty (free) ballpoint pen that doubles as a stylus for touch devices. Score!

From there I hopped over to My Sewing Shoppe, where I was again pretty good at self control. I only picked up a yard of fusible web and some really cool tape that only sticks to itself. The tape has already proved really useful at keeping spools of thread from unraveling. The thought of taming all the loose threads in my thread box has me excited, as soon as I have the time I am going to sit down and wrap them all.

The next stop was Wish Upon a Quilt, where that whole self-control thing went out the window. There I picked up a new quilt pattern, a kit for a bag to put sewing stuff in, joined a new block of the month program, and got two cute hand embroidery kits (on clearance! a giraffe and lion) as well as another type of fusible web that I haven’t tried before. So much for no more new projects. The new block of the month is going to be another good learning experience though, and unlike the Elegance quilt (that I am still way behind on) I actually like this one. It starts October 4th, so stay tuned… I will add a page for that one in a few weeks.

My last stop was Cary Quilting. On the way there I was thinking, “I guess I will just get a stamp and turn in the passport, don’t really need anything else.” Yeah, right. The first misstep was looking in a basket of “tootsie rolls” (rolled up fat 1/8yd pre cut fabric) which are only 75 cent each. Which is great, until you realize you have a pile of 17 of them. There were so many cute fabrics though! They will be great for appliqué and other little things. A few other example projects and kits caught my eye, but I managed to tell myself (rightly) that I didn’t need them. So I was doing good. Really. But then I saw the most adorablest piggie sitting up on a shelf. Luckily that turned out to be a free pattern, but it was all downhill from there. While I was leaving the front room (the shop is an old converted house) my eye caught a pile of fabric on the cutting table. I was immediately drawn to the colors in the kit, and asked about it.

As it turned out, it was the kit for the (free) Koi Garden pattern they had made for the shop hop. When I saw the pattern in the passport kit, I had originally dismissed it. But when I saw the fabrics in the kit, and then saw the actual quilt, I really liked it. So now I have yet another quilt sitting on my shelf, waiting. Then I saw the mug rug example, which was another free pattern for the shop hop. I like small projects and the kit was only $5, so what the heck. One more thing for the to do list. Next I saw a little elephant that was even more adorable than the piggie. Add yet one more pattern to my list of things to make. Behind the elephant, I spotted a little soft book that I thought Anna might like… so, I grabbed the fabric for that as well. There was also a bag hanging up that I absolutely loved, but luckily they were out of those patterns… otherwise I would have another bag to make as well.

In all, I really did have a good shop hop experience and got lots of good stuff. If I had tried to make it to all the other shops though, I think it would have been miserable. I got the feeling I wasn’t the only one that was less than excited about this year’s tour though. Last year the shops were all packed, this year they didn’t really seem that much busier than usual. In fact, while I was at Wish one of the shop girls went home early because they didn’t need her.

Other than that, the only sewing updates are that I finished the little needle book I was working on. I will have to make a page for that under the “hand stitched” section. I also managed to get most of the August’s blocks for the Elegance quilt. I still have to finish July’s blocks too, and haven’t even started on September’s. Sigh. I need to get cracking on that though, there are only four weeks left before the next class. So four weeks to finish three months of blocks and cut everything for October’s block… I can do this! But only three weeks until my first class for the new block of the month. So, maybe I should rethink my deadline. Okay, three weeks to get caught up. I can do this… I can. Really. Right?

 

 

Here are several photos related to this post. Some are the needle book, some are pictures I took as notes for things I picked up to make.