This past week was a busy one, with four meetings, a field trip to Black Mountain, a couple of pickleball games, and a sew day with friends here. It was lovely to have a private retreat, with chatting and sewing most of the day, celebrating friendship with a dear friend who is moving away this month. I started out by undoing some of the sewing I did during the international bloggers Zoom call. I had put borders on a Quilt of Valor, and I hated them. The fabric, while nicely patriotic, was too chaotic next to the scrappy border. It made the whole quilt look like a dog’s breakfast. Certainly not something I would feel good about presenting to a veteran. I know some of you will think it is OK, but for me, it isn’t my best, and nothing less than my best will do for one who has served our county.
So, I spent the day removing those borders and making new ones, pinning them on and sewing. My friends brought their portable machines, and we all sat at the table in my sewing room to chat and sew.
At lunchtime, I served a fresh salad with a turkey, bacon and spinach quiche. There was wine with it, too. After all, it was a party! Recipe – Anything Quiche, this time with a crust.
Dessert was brought by one of my friends, fresh eclairs! Yum!
We sat at a Summer Sunshine table to enjoy our lunch. Here’s a sneak peek at it. I’ll show you the tablescape on Tuesday’s post, and we’ll have a fun blog hop that day of Summer Table inspiration for you.
After lunch, I finished the new borders, a navy background with a small polka dot pattern. Much quieter with better contrast, it makes the entire quilt look better.
I spent the next part of the day loading it on the longarm with a star pantograph on the table, and white thread in the machine. I’ll start quilting it this week.
In other news, I emailed Safelight this week, and got an answer on the spa bags. Apparently, they still have more than enough to meet their needs for now. I don’t know when they will be able to take more, so that project is on hold until I hear from Sara again. It will likely be late summer at the earliest before we can get to it. I know a few of you have made some case sets in anticipation of the project, but just hold onto them until we can do the project again. I still have stuff left from last time, and no more storage space for more until it is project time.
So, hopefully I’ll have some more sewing time in the coming weeks to finish off the Quilt of Valor, and get to some ideas I have for more projects. But, multiple appointments and more meetings this coming week may slow that down. Summer just seems to get busier around here, and we have a major event with one of the car clubs coming up that we are chairing. I had to laugh at a friend who told me this week that my blog posts are so tranquil, with everything going well. I immediately thought of the ducks on the water, all calm above the water, and furiously paddling underneath. As a result, I am practicing saying ‘no’. No, I cannot quilt the charity quilt, serve on the committee, be in charge of the event, repair the vintage quilt, or anything else. I am just saying ‘no’ to any and all requests for the summer. And I am still too busy with the things I’ve already agreed to do. But maybe soon, I can once again concentrate on designing and sewing. What are your plans for the coming week?