My yard in June.
Birdsong on the breeze.
Light and shadow changing as the sun moves from one corner of the sky slowly toward the other throughout the day.
This break home is just not long enough to do all that I want to do with it, but I am grateful to be here.
I know I run to the mountains every chance I get, but when I have a partial weekend home, and I am at HOME HOME, this is also my space. A small house with a very big yard, giving me the nature that I love.
As I drove to town the other evening in search of the new “dark neutrals” bin to further add to the categorization of my string stash that lives under the long arm machine, I noticed several new houses being put up in an area that was once dense woods. Several years ago this place was de-treed (I know that is not a word but it describes it perfectly!) parceled out and sold. I don’t drive this way all that often, it has been months since I took those back roads, and there in front of me where beautiful nature had been was a row of houses with almost no yards. Nothing like leaning out your kitchen window and waving to your neighbor who is also doing dishes.
While I know that may be more convenient as I age and we are unable to care for a large lot, I feel most at peace when I am surrounded by nature and lots of it.
After dropping mail off at the post office and running to the bank and a couple other errands, I treated myself to a much needed pedicure. The first one of the season! While scrolling through my news feed on my phone I came across this which I sent up to Instagram:
Sitting here enjoying a pedicure and scrolling my news feed when I come upon a link shared by @sfielke. Psychology Today. Quilting Addiction? Who me? My own #addictedtoscraps column with @quiltmakermag is listed and linked in the article! Give it a read and let me know what you think. Do you feel guilty being quilty? Do you lie about or hide your stash? Is it as bad as this article makes it seem? https://goo.gl/64uNZy . . . #idonothidefabric #quilt #quilting #patchwork #quiltville #quiltaddictsanonymous #12stepprogram #bonniehunter
My own Addicted to Scraps column is quoted and linked to in the article! Now SERIOUSLY. Is quilting that bad? I found the comments interesting both on Facebook and on Instagram. While I do think that if someone is unable to make their house or car payment because they are addicted to buying fabric, this could be a bad thing. ANYTHING in excess can be a problem. But for the most of us, this IS our therapy! I found it hilarious that the down arrow in the photo shows a “find a therapist” link. LOL!
My buying is probably more under control than most. Because I’ve already reached saturation level, I am more apt to want to just sew with what I have than run out to any shop hop buying willy-nilly, but enhancement purchases DO come home on occasion with my travels.
Do I feel guilty? Nope!
One comment from a reader I really liked stated that many quilters are busy making charity and donation quilts for Quilts of Valor, or Project Linus, or Quilts for Kids, or for the senior center, etc. If these people were spending all of their time in the soup kitchen, instead of at home sewing charity quilts, they’d be given a medal of honor for their unending service. But because they are spending their time making quilts at home, that makes them an addict. Great way to put it, don’t you think?
And new sandals!
What quilter could resist a pair of sandals with 8-pointed stars on the top? Not this one! Walmart. $20.00. Which also makes me feel less guilty about spending the money I saved on some fat quarters down the road should I feel the need to indulge.
In the process of trimming and slicing.
It occurred to me last night that these are SADIE colored blocks! HA! I’m kind of on a tear to get them squared and sliced, and maybe even de-papered this evening so these can go to Kentucky with me tomorrow and I’ll be able to finish the blocks during the Getaway Retreat with the Kentucky Heritage Quilters. I’ll be teaching workshops, but as soon as workshop time is over at 4pm, I get a place to sew just like everyone else and get to be “one of the girls.” I can’t wait!
I fly into Louisville tomorrow to spend a couple of days with my friend Irene who closed on her new house just this week. I don’t care if I am sleeping on a mattress on the floor surrounded by boxes. I’m there to help, and there to enjoy. And then we will head off to the retreat together.
Quilt-Cam TODAY at 2pm Eastern!
There are more Garlic Knots blocks to be sewn!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
The secret of why we are where we are is found in our daily routine! What is one thing you can change today?
Vintage album block quilts shared by a student in my Moline, Illinois workshops last weekend.
See you this afternoon everyone!