This t-shirt speaks for me.
Or should I say, it speaks for how I’ve been feeling this past week. Overall I haven’t been very stitchy lately. I still have the blocks for my weekend quilt laid out — I did get neutral fabrics for the shadows and backgrounds, and I can tell the quilt is going to work so much better than if I’d gone with blue — and even though all I have to do is (improvisationally) join my (improvisational) blocks into rows then join the rows, I haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe it’s the improvisational aspect; I’m going to have to do some thinking and assessing to get those blocks to line up, and I guess I haven’t felt that smart.
Now that I think about it, I’ve been making more time for reading in the evenings, which cuts into quilting time. Right now I’m reading Mink River by Brian Doyle, which I got in the Powell’s Books store in the Portland airport on my way home from Spring Market in May. Doyle is a Portland-based author and the novel is set on the Oregon coast, so it was my way of bringing some of the local culture home with me. I’m enjoying it quite a bit — it’s lyrical and character-driven, a nice summer read.
But last week I sewed a block for our December/January Staff Picks section, and even though I chose an easy block I still had to break my sewing into two sessions thanks to my preschooler uncharacteristically waking up and crying in the night. (It’s because of things like that I choose easy blocks to begin with.) I had just started piecing when I heard her crying and thought, “Really?! I only need about 20 minutes to finish this thing!” I managed to finish it the next day, and it was just enough to get the juices flowing. It felt like it had been forever since I last worked on a quilt.
Which is not to say I haven’t been sewing a bit here and there. Some of the things I’ve used my sewing machine for recently include:
- Scrappy bunting to decorate my preschooler’s recent birthday party
- Backing a 36″ x 56″ nylon play mat with denim so it can be used on the floor without bunching up
- Making 3″ pinwheel blocks out of scraps from my Staff Picks block that I normally would have thrown away
And now that the weather is officially hot, I want to try my hand at making an easy skirt or two. I’m not a garment sewer (yet), so even an easy project would take up, well, at least an entire nap period. Too many projects, never enough time.
I’m sure there’s a t-shirt for that, too.