I have started to get concerned emails from readers inquiring "are you all right?". Yes I am fine. Just super amazingly busy. It is hard to be a caregiver and accomplish all the other things your family normally expects as de rigueur holiday happenings.
What exactly have I been doing? Caring for Grandpa, caring for Eva, mentoring my student, working part time at the shop in town, decorating my house... Could I please maybe have six more hours in my day?
Grandpa wants to order Christmas gifts he has picked out in catalogs for the family for Christmas. I am planning a to have a session with him and go through all that and make it happen. It is so sweet, really. Here he is, 91 years old, and he still cares that his loved ones have gifts under the tree that are from him. How lucky I am to be blessed caring for such a sweet old fellow. I am getting him a new US Navy Veteran's cap for Christmas, as he has just about worn his old one out. He is so proud of his service to our country--even more than his professional accomplishments after the War.
My student is so excited about learning to sew. This is really a wonderful thing I have gotten myself into. I am truly enjoying every session we spend together. We have taken a bit of a break from making charity baby quilts, as she is making Christmas gifts for her mom, her Nana and her sister. She is so proud to be giving something so personal. I am honored to be a part of the process.
She is making an eyeglass case for her grandmother. She's got the panels all prepped and ready to be zippered. Is this not adorable or what? Who wouldn't be thrilled to get anything made out of this super cute fabric? Next week when we get together she is going to learn about zippers. You want to know something hilarious? You know what aspect of sewing freaks this girl out the most? Ironing! She obviously has never had any sort of experience with an iron in her life. Is this what the world is coming to? Tell me no! She burns her fingers every time and is scared to death to use the darn iron! Honestly, we have been close to running for ice cubes, Neosporin and Bandaids. She is trying to be tough and so far has declined medical treatment.
I have managed to do a few things myself in the past couple of days. I am finishing up the borders for my Halloween 1904 quilt, hurray!
I have also worked on the Row Along project, which I have blogged about a few times.
I am seriously considering stopping the Row Along right now and making a fun Fallish table runner with the rows I have done so far. If I decide to keep going, I may make another runner utilizing the mitten row, and the hot cocoa mug rows to do a Winter themed runner. Maybe using blue and white fabrics? Wouldn't that be cute? Not sure if I really want an entire quilt out of this project. I think the rows are super cute, but an entire quilt may not fit into my design esthetic.
And the method for constructing the Flying Geese row? omg. Let me just say five words. Fit To Be Geese Ruler. By Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. That is the only way to go when you are making flying geese. Trust me. Every one of these made according to the Row Along instructions was a different size, and probably only three out of four was useable. You can clearly see in the photo above how different in size mine were. It may be my poor sewing and construction, but really, if you are making Flying Geese, make them larger, use the Fit To Be Geese ruler and trim them down to size. Every one will be perfect. No offense to anyone, but there is only way I seem to be able to make decent Flying Geese, and I need my ruler!
Hope you are all having a super week. Enjoy your decorations, enjoy your family.