When I got out of my car at work this morning, the thing I immediately noticed was the fresh piney smell. It rained over the weekend and it was fairly cool this morning. What a delightful fragrance. Sometimes I think that we need to notice the simple things. Laura Ingalls Wilder said, “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” In my effort to excel, sometimes I forget that simple can be good.
We spent time this weekend with some of the kids and grandchildren. It was simple fun, listening to the youngest granddaughter laugh, watching one of the middle grandsons trade silly remarks with his dad and uncles.
And simple food – those things that you make when easy is good, when comfort is important. For me, it’s homemade chicken noodle soup or tapioca pudding.
Simple when quilting? When I go home tonight, I’m going to work on a bed sized quilt. I have done four blocks and have the rest of the blocks cut out so I can sew them assembly line style. It’s a simple, almost mindless task to put the blocks together if I am doing the same step on each block.
I should explain that when I am starting a quilt, I usually sew two or three test blocks to make sure everything fits together right and to see if there are any shortcuts that I can take to make the process faster. I always chain piece and I always press each seam before another seam crosses it. It makes the process simpler and more precise.
But now the end of my work day is rapidly approaching so I should probably see if I can clear my desk for a fresh start tomorrow before I head home to my simple sewing.
If you haven’t already checked it out, our first Quilters Newsletter TV: the Quilters’ Community episode is posted on our website. In it my friend and co-worker Joli Sayasane interviews Linda Beach. And tune in Thursday for a new episode in which you’ll meet Carol Ann Waugh, interviewed by yours truly.