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September 2021

16 Cats

IMG_0148Early autumn weather has finally arrived in Maryland! I've been enjoying the days - moderate temperatures (low 70's to 80's), sunny skies with evening or overnight rainfall, and pleasant breezes. Here in the Baltimore/Washington region, I suffer through the hot, humid days of summer to enjoy this kind of fall loveliness. :)

Good grief - I have REALLY been slacking on writing my blog posts. Sigh. I plain have too many irons in the fire lately (as the saying goes). September is 'birthday month' - both my husband and son's birthdays are in late September (once upon a time so were my father's and my brother Alan's, both of whom are gone). It is back-to-school month, of course - my grandson O started in first grade this month. His first in-person school experience since kindergarten was spent being virtual. So far he seems to be enjoying the expansion in his life. :)

I also have a bit too much going on in my quilt making life. Besides my monthly Stash Bee blocks (which I am behind on), I joined a Halloween block exchange with members of Faithful Circle Quilters - 16 of us! Which means I am struggling to finish 16 of the same block design (almost done) - this accounts for the eponymous 16 cats title above; that's how I spent yesterday - cutting out, carefully, 16 black cats to fuse onto my chosen block design (to be revealed after the exchange happens on Oct. 9th:).

Then I have to add in my final preparations for the bariatric surgery (Oct 12th is THE date). I saw two doctors today and have two more to go (had one this past Monday already:). Etc, Etc.....

I seem to have lost whatever skill I developed at multitasking during my business career ... I drop tasks all over the place and have to pick things up and apologize/atone repeatedly. :P I am actually looking forward to my recovery/healing time from surgery as a quiet rest. LOL.

I did receive more blocks from my Stash Bee mates from my turn at Queen Bee in August (just being slow at recording them here):

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I'm looking forward to working on this quilt ... later in the fall. :)

There have been some fun acquisitions for my stash, too, but I can't remember them all. I did get my copy of the new Jen Kingwell book today. I LOVE the cover quilt and really want to make it. The recipes inside sound yummy, too, but two things deter immediate experimentation - losing weight (minimize sweets you know:) and translating from 'British' style directions to American cooking standards. Later. :)

Will try to do better with posting - this is supposed to be my diary so gotta get back to recording my pretty much ordinary life. :)


Long Time?

Lace exampleContinuing my fascination with the making of lace, this example is awe-inspiring, imho! If you click on the photo, you can go read about the making adventures of Agnes Herczeg, a Hungarian artist. Inspiring! :)

It has been half a month since I last wrote - my days are flowing past on an endless loop, feeling as though they change very little from one sunrise to the next. The weather is easing up, at least for this weekend, turning from excruciatingly hot to pleasantly warm and humid/rainy to breezy and drier. Hurricane Ida passed through earlier this week and dropped quite a bit of rain on us, but not nearly as damaging a downpour as happened farther north on this coast in New Jersey and New York (thank you Mother Nature!!). To give a small example of the wonderful weather this weekend, I've had my bedroom window open all day today (I usually only open it at night during the summer - and only then on nights when the temperature gets in the low 70s). :)

I have been doing a bit of embroidery for the past couple of weeks rather than very much sewing. I did finish my class project from the wonky improv class I took online two weekends ago - my Ode to Periodic Cicadas. I have to back the small quilt and finish it soon (it is intended as a gift for one of my grandsons:). I need to get back into my sewing room to work on some Halloween themed exchange blocks for a swap with local guild members soonest!

What has happened otherwise? Hmm... my dear friend Patty's husband Jim died somewhat suddenly and I went to his funeral. I had never attended a Catholic funeral and found it rather comforting, to my surprise. :) 

I've made a couple of shopping forays to favorite quilting haunts ... and had lunch out with my friend Barbara (at the Asean Bistro here in Columbia, where the food was as good as ever and the social distancing was excellent). 

Yesterday my friends Patty, Barbara and I got together in person at Barbara's house to sew all afternoon. It was truly wonderful - the weather was glorious so we sat in Barbara's basement sewing lounge, breathing the fresh air via her open patio door ... and I embroidered while Patty worked on a quilting box project using bright fabrics and Barbara jigsaw-pieced an unusual rail fence quilt top. Blissful!

Oh, I almost forgot, I gave B and P their (very!) belated birthday gifts while we were there. I made each of them a pincushion-with-extras. Some photos:

Barbara's - aqua colors:


Aquaback Aquafinished

Patty's - purple themed:




These were fun to make boro-style small pinnies, filled with walnut shells and lavender buds. :)

Off to relax on a cozy Saturday evening.

:) Linda