Yesterday I went to “Sewing Saturday” hosted by the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. I don’t make it to their monthly Thursday night meetings because the distance and week-night status are tricky with my family schedule, but this is my second time getting to a bi-montly Sewing Saturday, and I always thoroughly enjoy it.
(POST EDIT: A few people have asked about the pattern above. I’m using my Double Crossed pattern. I love how the change of colors change the look of the whole quilt. The fabrics are from Moda’s Dream On collection from a couple of years back. Part of using my stash!)
I always love the inspiration to be had around other quilters, not to mention the fun time visiting with great people and stuffing my face with awesome pot-luck food. It felt particularly nice to go yesterday. I think I was in need of a therapeutic escape.
We’ve officially survived enjoyed 6 weeks of summer. I will say that I’m somewhat pooped, but probably less so than other years. Summer and I have a complicated relationship. There is so much to love about summer – food, friends, warm breezy nights, beautiful weather, fresh air (when there are no fires burning), relaxed schedule. At the same time with 4 kids at home, plus assorted friends and neighbor kids, depending on the day, I start to feel like Julie from the Love Boat. It can also be exhausting and overwhelming keeping up with the constant call for food, popsicles, entertainment, and trying to keep the house from evolving into total chaos. It’s a balancing act trying to schedule enough lessons or activities to provide some structure, but still leave time for the flexibility to be lazy too.
There have been some summers in the past where I have tried to do or expect too much and put myself on the verge of a nervous breakdown. This summer I made a vow to try to just roll with life. Not let the house get to me, try not to nag the kids too much, not try to “get stuff done”, and just live in the moment. So far, I think I’m doing fairly well most of the time. We still have our ‘moments’, but I don’t want to be guilty of wishing the summer away. I have to constantly remind myself there will be time for routines and schedules and “getting stuff done” later in the fall. What are your favorite summer coping mechanisms enjoyment strategies?
Thanks so much for the Purple-y quilt love! Another casualty of summer is my computer time, so my personal responses are suffering. I’m so grateful for all of your comments and sorry not to respond more individually. Thanks for your understanding. You’re all the best.