Spontaneous

Last night as I was finishing some last minute things at work, I started thinking about a class that was happening the following night.

Then I started going through in my head all the women that I knew who were gonna be there. As I did that I started to think about all the fun I could have and all the laughter that was bound to occur.

So on a spontaneous spur of the moment, I decided to stay at the quilt shop after work and sew on my Amazon Star.

We did have a lot of laughter. It has been a little awkward for me at first though when I go to sew at stuff like this because I really start to feel my age.

Or should I say lack of it.

When I am just working the floor, I don’t even think about my age compared to all the customers I help. But when I sit and sew with them and they get to talking I suddenly realize how different their stage of life is from mine. I find myself hearing them talk about their daughter or granddaughter who is just going off to college or graduating from high-school.

And I think, “Wow, I am the same age as their granddaughter. I wonder what they think of me, just a young pup and quilting with them!”

So I find myself focusing on my quilting and not really socializing. Maybe its cause I don’t go to these types of things very often. But I know I want to!! I got so much sewing done tonight!

I got all the strips pieced for the star point. (bag #2 is slowly getting there!)

I just had to lay it out for picture. When I did I found that I had made an oops and will have to rip out. Ick!  (I dare you to find it!)

Needless to say that ended my sewing for tonight. When it gets late and I make a mistake I have learned to quit before I either make more mistakes or get so frustrated that I want to chuck the project.

A fellow quilter told me to mark the pile that I need to rip.

Here’s my oops pile.

Looks like I have some ripping to do tomorrow. *Sigh*

~thanks for reading!!

~Jess

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Inch by Inch…Bag by Bag

I had another day off from work today.(woo hoo!!!)

So for part of the day I worked on my Amazon Star.

Its coming along!

Bag #1 is complete!!

And this is what bag #1 looks like laid out.

Looking at this makes me excited to see the whole quilt!

But I have to finish 9 other bags before that can become reality.

I barely got into bag #2 today……but I will get there….its just gonna take awhile….

inch by inch

seam by seam

bag by bag

will make a whole quilt!

Thanks for reading

~Jess

My Memorial (wait..I mean Labor) Day Weekend

As I look back over this past weekend I sigh a happy sigh.

I am not gonna lie. It had its rough spots. My days aren’t perfect by any means.

But it was a wonderful weekend nevertheless.

My boss let me off work early. (this is my one year anniversary working there by the way)

And I spontaneously decided to go quilt shop hopping.

I got to three shops.(not including the one I work at…that doesn’t count)

I found these at Millie P‘s. I was so excited to bring them home and add them to my collection of Riley Blake fat quarters, that while waiting for the evening church service to start I had to take a peek at them.

My sister sitting next to me was quite weirded out by my obsessive pleasure. I don’t think she understood my joy.

I don’t think any of my family except my quilter mom really understood.

I don’t think I would either if I were them and saw my oldest sister walking around the house with this in her hands.

I am planning to make Terry Atkinson’s Shadow Song out of it. I just need four more fat quarters. So close!! 😀

My plan is to keep this quilt on the back burner until I am so fed up with the Amazon Star that I am ready to chuck it. These fat quarters and an easy pattern will be great therapy.

For now I will just take them out when I need a smile or some bright color.

On Sunday my family harvested and processed the corn from our garden. I was hoping to get something done on my Amazon Star.

I had started cutting it out days before and hadn’t had the time to touch it since. But it was not to be.

I spent the day with my family. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. I was keeping busy, but was off my feet for most of the time. And it was just enjoyable to be home. I really can’t describe it. All my life I have lived at home. Because I was homeschooled I was home most of the time. Now that I work I am rarely home. Home is my comfort zone. It has its worries and struggles but it is the place where I know that I can crash.

So it was very enjoyable just to be home and to be back into my old routine.

Today was similar in that we worked in the garden.

Digging potatoes.

Potatoes don’t take as long as corn does so this afternoon I was able to carve out some time for my Amazon Star!!

I finished cutting!!!

Look at that mountain of leftovers.

I am really glad that I saved them.

I have had to dig through them already.

I have a feeling that it will take me awhile to get used to this paper piecing business.

But I got three pieces done for the center star!!!

Hooray!!

Only five more to go!!

I think I will like this quilt better than my double wedding ring. The wedding ring was a lot of repetition. This quilt has that, but has enough variety to keep me interested.

This Memorial Labor day(I don’t know why I have been calling this holiday that….maybe I am wishing that summer isn’t coming to an end.) is over.

Tomorrow  you will find me back at work.

I think I will enjoy my day more fully.

I don’t think I would have without the break.

Thanks for reading

~Jess