I had hoped to get linked up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching yesterday … but I was a woman on a mission, and by the time I’d accomplished that mission, I was too exhausted to even think about blogging.
Saturday was a fairly laid-back day here at Chez Nana. I did get in a walk with my neighbor, got caught up on blog reading and emails, and got dinner prepped in the crockpot – all by 10:00! I rewarded myself with plenty of time with my needle and thread. ‘Round about 8:30, I put the quilt aside and started a puzzle … and I just had to finish it before I could go to bed. Fortunately it was a 500-piece puzzle, so DH and I finished it up by midnight … well past our usual bedtime!
As a result, we were up later than normal Sunday morning … dashing our plans to visit a new (to us) church. We are growing increasingly unhappy at our current church home … ok, maybe me a little more than DH, but he’s a smart man … he knows if mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy. ;-) Maybe we’ll visit next Sunday? We charged on with the rest of our plans for Sunday … visiting JoAnn’s Fabrics to find a piece of foam suitable to make into a cushion for T#2’s bench … I had the fabric (a curtain panel to match the pair on the window in her bedroom), but I needed the foam to wrap with the fabric. It didn’t take more than a couple of minutes to find a piece that would work … but it took fooooorever to get the foam cut and priced. Now I remember why I don’t shop at JoAnn’s!
Our next stop was Kohl’s. Perhaps you remember my “rant” about jeans … several recommend Lee Jeans. I do not like shopping in brick and mortar stores … I avoid it like the plague (thank God I was a husband who is agreeable to do our grocery shopping … he’s a keeper, I tell ya!). So the jeans I tried earlier were all purchased online. I looked online for Lee Jeans, but it there were so many that fit my rather limiting criteria (straight leg, petite size, at-waist fit) with no way that I could determine how they differed. Since I was ordering online, I was reluctant to just order them all. Anyway, at Kohl’s, I found a very, very limited selection of Lee jeans in the style and size I wanted … the only ones were relaxed fit, which are cut a little more amply in the seat and thighs. Well, that’s my problem with traditional fit jeans … too loose in the seat and thighs! But I did find a couple of Levi’s jeans that fit very nicely … unfortunately they came only in a medium length (which means I’ll have to get them shortened) and they had teeny, tiny pockets (I am in the habit of carrying my iPhone in my pocket). But they fit!
After we did our shopping, we drove over to St. Louis to use a gift certificate we received from our car dealer (not sure why they were so generous – we bought 1 car from them, 4 years ago!) … so we had lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Yum! I had the lobster carbonara … I fully intended to only eat about half the portion, but it was too good to stop … I did force myself to stop before I ate the full plate!
After we got home, it was time to make the cushion cover. While I’ve been sewing since I was 9-10, I’ve never tackled anything quite like this. But I’m happy to report that the cover turned out well. Ok, maybe it’s not quite what you’d expect if you had it professionally covered, but T#2 will be thrilled to have a cushion for her bench, and that’s all that matters to me. I wanted to take a picture of the finished cushion … but I didn’t finish it until the sun was setting, and today there is no sunshine … my photography skills are not the greatest under the best of circumstances.
After I finished up the cushion, I got to spend some time with needle and thread … while I know I’m making progress, it sure feels like it’s taking forever to quilt this … I know that part of it is due to the 2-month hiatus I had to take, part is because I had to rip out a fair amount of stitching, and part is because I’m giving this a little more quilting than I usually do … but it sure feels like I’m never going to get this done. <sigh>
Hope you all have a marvelous Monday!