I certainly thought that this week would be a quieter, more relaxing week … wrong! It’s been another busy, busy, busy week … at least this week’s busy-ness has been of the enjoyable variety!
DD worked 4 days this week, so I got to spend 4 mornings at her house, with 4 of my favorite people! She’s no longer “in training”, so she’s now working the early morning shift … which means I’m up early (that’s not a problem) and functioning (ah, there’s the problem!) … at least it’s the same shift each day. And I still have plenty of the day left to do the things I enjoy … sticking around DD’s for more fun or heading home to spend some time with needle and thread.
Speaking of, I did get some quilting done this week. It’s slow going … I’m quilting a little more extensively than I normally do … double echo stitching, which means that there is a good bit of stopping and starting. I run my needle through the layers as often as possible, but sometimes I just have to make a knot and start over.
I also have done a bit of working on my hexagon project. My original intention was for it to be a portable project, but it’s so mindless, that I find myself turning to it when I need to be able to focus … like when I watched NCIS (oh. my. goodness … was that an emotional episode or what? ) or the Cardinals’ first game of the playoffs. I’m still undecided whether to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden or a Diamond Hexagon (I’m not sure that’s the name of the pattern) … the DH takes more hexies per block, so part of my decision-making process will include seeing if I have enough hexies in the fabrics I’m using.
I’m really enjoying English Paper Piecing. I learned to do handwork early on … as a teen I enjoyed embroidery, as a young adult I enjoyed crewel work, as a middle-aged woman I enjoyed counted cross stitch, and now I’m enjoying hand quilting … obviously I’m drawn to working with a needle and thread. I’m not sure why I resisted EPP so long … but I’m certainly intending to make up for lost time. I am already planning my next project and am searching for EPP papers for a few other projects that would seem to be perfect for EPP.
The busy-ness continues … today I’ll be taking DH to the hospital for some routine testing and tomorrow the 3 older Ts have their first swim meet of the 2013-14 YMCA swim season.
Maybe next week will slow down and be a more relaxing week … or maybe this busy-ness is just a fact of life during this season of my life.
Have a fabulous Friday!