Today began with finishing up chores:
1. So yesterday I packed up my quilts and teaching supplies and whatnot for teaching at Maine Quilts this coming week (speaking of which, there are still some spots in my classes: Birch Pond Seasons, Decorative Stitch Applique and Intro to Machine Quilting–go to MaineQuilts.org for more info!). Sent pdf’s to Staples for the handouts, which I’ll pick up Monday.
2. Started prepping The Coastal Quilters (my local chapter of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild) Chapter Challenge yesterday.
- Today I prepared the signage and finished pinning all 23 or 24 quilts,
- got the signage pin,
- lint-rollered the black drapes/panels for the bazillionth time (we have every color of cat and pug hair there is and it ALL floats–closed doors are not a barrier that work),
- folded and padded and packed them up.
This takes HOURS. HOURS. Every year I swear I will NOT do it again. And every year I do. Thank heavens next year’s challenge the quilts are all to be 16″ square, cuz I’m not doing this with multiple sizes. Ever. Again. Never. (Don’t quote me on that in a couple years. Sigh.)
3. Prepared my quilts (entry and teacher quilt) for delivery on Wednesday.
4. Found the quilt I entered in Houston and that got accepted. (More in a future post. Yes, I’m evil. You have to wait.) Need to pack it up Monday and ship.
5. Made more chocolate chip cookies for the child. OK, so we could both eat batter, plus bake some cookies. Slurp.
6. Watched a video or two for my new online sketching class.
7. Didn’t start the lesson for my photo class. At least I have an idea or two. Of course I’m leaving it to the last day, as usual. Sigh. But I love the class. Anyway….I digress (what else is new?).
So I decided to reward myself by working on a small Hawaiian Block/quiltlet that will finish 26 1/2 square. Yep, the size of a Euro Square pillow sham. Number 1 of the pair was done in time to teach Hawaiian Applique in Florida this past March.
I was marking it to square up after quilting when Paul called me up to dinner. These two will replace hand appliqued, hand quilted Hawiian style pillow shams (pattern by Elizabeth Root) that were the first hand applique I ever did. I made them during the FIRST Gulf War. They are now largely “formerly quilted” as most of the threads have broken and worked out, but the applique is still intact. A few tears from critter claws, threadbare or tufting on the piping due to wear. Those things, I realized tonight, are 25 YEARS OLD–yes, quarter century old pillow shams. Yes indeedee, I think it is time to REPLACE THEM. Still like them, but they look like they have (and they have) literally been around the world. I’ll share more when done!
That’s it for tonight! That’s all, Folks!