I’ve been quiet around here for a bit. True to form, I’ve been working on a lot of projects simultaneously, but I don’t have any full-finishes to share. So it’s more in-progress shots today of the various projects that are making their way across my sewing table. Or across my couch as I watch Olympic highlights every night. (The absolute most perfect time ever for hand-sewing projects.) While I have been on a sewing kick recently, to be honest, I haven’t had the motivations brain juice to document it. Sewing feels rejuvenating but having to stop and take pictures and try to explain it to someone else doesn’t. You know what I mean? 😆
I’ve made good progress on the stuffed bears I’ve been working on for Dolls of Hope. I’m up to 26 finished bears. (So I take back my previous statement – I DO have something finished to share.)
I have enough flannel and stuffing for a few more so I’m going to see how many more I can complete over the weekend and then get these delivered.
Also on my sewing table, finally binding an ages-old UFO (UnFinished Object). I realized earlier this year that I cut out the patchwork squares for this quilt 10 years ago. 10 years ago people! The real wake-up call here was realizing that I used the squares to make a baby quilt at the same time. And that child is now 10. Proof positive.
I finally got it to the quilter’s earlier this summer and just finished sewing down the binding so that I could finish the hand binding while also watching the Olympics. I’ll be sharing full-body beauty shots soon.
Always feels good to get another UFO checked off the list!
Also off to the quilter’s this week: the Super-Size Union Jack quilt. I’m SO excited to get this one back and will have the pattern ready to share!
And, of course, a brand new quilt in the works! I’m updating my Bushel and a Peck pattern cover. And since I’ve filled my quota on red-white-and-blue quilts this summer, I was excited to play with a totally different color scheme. Love these fresh gray and gold “neutrals” from the brand new Gingham Foundry collection from Riley Blake Designs. Gingham Foundry coming to stores later this month. And hopefully a finished quilt too!
I’ve been working on all of these projects as I’m learning how to use the new Baby Lock Accomplish sewing machine. This machine has had more of a learning curve for me, but I think I’ve got the system down. I LOVE that this sewing machine is a workhorse – it sews SO FAST. I’m feeling so productive!
Next week I’ll be sharing more about what I’ve learned and think about the Accomplish sewing machine.
We are fast approaching the end of summer vacation. There are a lot of things I love about summer. I really do. Normally at this point of the summer I am also rejoicing and SO EXCITED for school to start and looking forward to time alone in my house again. I used to really resist summer and feel overwhelmed by people I was responsible for around all of the time, but I would gut through it and look forward to the return of quiet time at the end of August.
The good news is the past year and a half has taught me to just live in the moment – with what life is. To enjoy the good parts – I really like my kids/family and enjoy having them around. (Also, they’re way more helpful/independent then they were 10 years ago.) I’m also a lot better at pacing myself, giving myself breaks and time away, spending time rejuvenating outside, simplifying expectations, etc. That makes a huge difference too.
At the same time, I’m still grieving a little that it’s not “normal back-to-school” life around here. Even with the hope (fingers crossed! please!) that the school experience will be ‘back to normal’, it’s definitely not ‘back-to-normal’ for us. Our youngest is still dealing with health/autoimmune/POTS issues and I’m in the process of trying to figure out what this school year is going to look like for him/us. Sigh. I miss predictable. (Don’t we all?!)
We’ll probably be doing another hybrid of some in person (which he really needs for his own social/mental well-being) and some online/homeschool options. I’m so grateful those options exist. I’ve always had the utmost admiration for home-school moms – basically because I didn’t feel like I was cut out for it. That admiration has grown.
But if I’m honest, I’m still mourning the loss of my freedom and quiet time. I’ve had next-to-none for the past 19 months! While I’m grateful I have projects and work that I enjoy and can do from home, it’s my aging brain that is suffering and missing the quiet time the most. I’ve found it so much harder to be productive creatively in terms of writing in coherent sentences, thinking strategically and making plans, responding to emails, etc. Basically anything where another human needs me starts to feel overwhelming.
At the same time, I know there are many of you out there with responsibilities and demands that are way heavier than mine. I have new admiration and appreciation for anyone caring for a chronically ill person. ❤
So thanks for putting up with me as I publicly reassess my capacity and work-life balance. I love this community.
I came across these rocks on while I was on a short hike yesterday. A good visual reminder of my need for balance in life.