I attended my quilt guild last week because there was a class on using all the stitches on your sewing machine. I had been contacted about teaching a class with a different name but it involved the same concept. I wanted to see what was going on before I duplicated the project.
There were ten to twelve people in the room and all sorts of things were going on. A few had machines and were sewing a sample. Others were talking, some taking notes. The minute I got there I was greeted by those who know me with “Hi Fran…. I need to talk to you about….” or “We’ve missed you ( I haven’t gone to a meeting in over a year) or “That lady over there needs help in….” It was nice to be recognized after being absent for over a year. I had to ask people to remind me of their names. I helped the lady who needed help… and in the process invited her to join the Otterbees, my weekly group of quilters that come to my house.
I also took on one more project. My new friend was doing a set of quilt blocks found on-line twice a month. I had been down loading the patterns with a thought I might try them. Now I am involved in, yet, another project.
It all keeps me happy and busy. I have been making sample quilts for a local shop. The patterns are simple, or are supposed to be, and the fabrics are often colors I wouldn’t choose. But it is interesting. Now when I go to the shop I see my quilts hanging on the walls above that particular fabric selection. I even made a sample for a class I will teach there next month, and, in the process, got some fabric that I love and have added it to my “to-do” pile.
As for the class… I will teach one in October to the guild and between now and then will need to make more examples for the class.
I wonder what other people do all day long. I sew or dream-up new quilt ideas. I knit in the evening. And when the cleaning lady comes, I hide in my basement and re-discover old fabric or yarn and make up piles to give away. This week it was old fabric, now donated to my new friend who volunteers at a middle school where there is a quilt club. It feels good to get rid of stuff to such a great program. Sorry Goodwill…my fabric and yarn has to go to someone who uses it for a good cause, preferably locally.