Yesterday, I dropped off Boomer, changed out of my R.E.A.D. gear, loaded up the SUV and headed north about an hour to our designated retreat location. One of our members lives in a large planned community with a sprawling clubhouse complex. We rented one of the meeting rooms for the day. For $30/person, it was a huge room with plenty of space for the two dozen or so attendees.
I came in half-way through the day, so I missed the first round of the Left-Center-Right game and apparently a fabulous bag-making class. I arrived around 3 p.m. and immediately got to work on the chili pepper table runner kit I’d brought with me. I chuckled as I saw the mounds of things my fellow quilters had brought with them. We have some serious overachievers in our midsts. I managed to get all of the pieces cut and the 60 half-square triangles made for my table runner, plus assemble almost an entire block. I sewed something in backwards that necessitates removing about half of the stitching. I’ll correct it and set the table runner aside to work on at our sew-in on Thursday night @ Tiny Stitches.
I daresay everyone enjoyed the chance to work on projects uninterrupted and be surrounded by like-minded fabric enthusiasts. I returned home very tired, but with my creative batteries recharged. I broke through the creative block I’d been suffering from for the past two weeks. You see, my Kona challenge quilt top is complete except for the four trumpet tulip applique blocks I’d planned to use in the corners. Foundation paper piecing didn’t look right, but I knew those blocks would really add some oomph to my overall quilt design. I simplified the design and proceeded to satin stitch those flower parts down. Fortunately, I had coordinating shades of Sulky thread in the stash. Tomorrow, I will attach the borders and pin baste the top.
It’s obvious from the pictures taken at the Library Island event and our quilt retreat that yours truly needs to seriously lose some weight. I’m not real happy with the latest reading on the scale or my BMI either. So, it’s work in the sewing room for an hour a day during my peak craving time (4:30-5:30 p.m.) to keep me out of the kitchen. A win-win. I don’t munch mindlessly and my sewing projects get finished.
Yesterday, Boomer and I joined eight other READing Paws teams at the main library in Marietta to help celebrate Library Island – the library system’s end of summer celebration for kids who participated in the summer reading program. We had a great time meeting all of the kids and their parents. I returned home with one pooped puppy! A photographer from the local paper was there taking photos, so I ran to the store this morning to buy a Sunday paper. Nice article with pictures and kudos given to every group who appeared yesterday EXCEPT the reading dogs. Oh, well. Plenty of parents took pictures.
Here in the South, we start school much earlier than our northern counterparts. Today marks the official last day of summer vacation for moi. Tomorrow, I report for preplanning and a day filled with meetings and catching up with my co-workers, many of whom I haven’t seen since late May. As I’ve told my parapro, pre-planning is for teachers. We can delay opening the library the first few days of school, but we have to help the teachers get ready for the big day on August 13th. So, we’ll hopefully get the bulletin board up, display some first day of school books and put the decorations back out in the library in anticipation of Sneak-a-Peek on Thursday. I’ll also be up to my ears in technology stuff the next few weeks as I assume webmaster responsibilities for one school and am helping the other school with their blogs. I’m sure you’ll see this blog change over the next several weeks as I try out new tricks before I share them with my teachers.
Next Saturday, one of my quilt guilds is having an all-day retreat. There’s also a big R.E.A.D.ing Paws read-in at the main Cobb County Library right off the square in Marietta. Originally, I had RSVP’d in the negatory to both events thinking I would be at school on Saturday. Scratch that since there’s no air on the weekends. It’s too darn hot to work without a/c in an area with no windows to open and cross-ventilation. I really think Boomer and I need to attend the R.E.A.D. event that morning. It means I may not get to the retreat until after 2 p.m., but that’s okay. I’ll check and see if I can still go.
So for now, it’s back to making out the grocery list and then down to the studio to finish up my Kona Challenge Quilt.