An often overlooked sewing accessory

Don’t forget your lunch!

I actually thought my lunch bag days were behind me when I stopped teaching. Prior to COVID, we often did a potluck spread and shared snacks during classes and sew-ins. Nowadays, sew days and day-long classes necessitate bringing your own lunch, snacks and drinks. Glad I hung onto to this insulated lunch bag and accessories! It gets used every Friday for my sew day at the public library!

Tying up loose ends from the former day job

I forgot how much paperwork is involved with the benefits side of the transaction once you leave an employer. I’ve received at least one piece of benefits-related mail every day for the past two weeks – most of it continuation notices required by law.

The long awaited COBRA packet for our health insurance coverage arrived today – a month sooner than expected. Did my reaching out to plan reps in June and July speed up the process? I have no idea. Anyhow, I wasted no time in making my elections and paying the first premium payment. Hopefully, everything posts properly on Monday and we show coverage effective 9/1. My current coverage expires at the end of August.

Under COBRA, you have 60 days to decide whether or not you want to keep the health insurance coverage that you had with your former employer. Once your coverage as an active employee ends, you move to an inactive status with the insurance company. What this basically means is you have no insurance coverage until you fill out the election form and pay the required premiums. Your insurance is then reinstated retroactively. It can be a real hassle if you need care during the COBRA election period because you are essentially a self-pay patient until the insurance is turned back on. You can get reimbursed after the fact, but I sought to avoid this hassle, if at all possible. COBRA continuation coverage was our only option because hubby requires specialty care and MD Anderson does not accept ACA insurance plans. Assuming all systems are go on Monday, I’ll be scheduling the remaining medical appointments on my list.

What a difference a year makes! Exactly one year ago, I began the master to-do list so hubby could begin his escape from corporate life. Little did we know I would also be joining him! COBRA continuation coverage is one key piece of the puzzle that made this whole thing possible. I am so grateful for it.

Quilting for a good cause

My friend, Missy, founder and CEO of the Davis Direction Foundation asked if I could complete a quilt top hanging on my rack and donate it to the organization’s annual fundraiser benefitting their substance abuse, addiction and recovery programs.

What you see pictured above is my completed quilt. The pattern is Windmills from one of the 3 yard quilt books by Fabric Cafe. This top was actually a former class sample that was on my list to be completed and donated to a children’s charity later this year.

Missy’s request turned out to be a win for both of us! I have one less quilt top hanging on my rack, one less package of batting in my stash and can mark my to-do of donation quilt for Q3 as now complete! I was also able to try out a quilting design I’m thinking of using for hubby’s quilt.

Hopefully, the auction is successful. There are so many items up for auction that I wonder if my quilt will even receive a bid. If it doesn’t, I know the quilt will be utilized by teens at The Zone. I did a donation quilt for a different group several years ago. While the baby quilt didn’t raise as much as other items, the winner was so appreciative of all the workmanship that went into the quilt. She was beyond thrilled at being able to afford such a “nice handmade quilt” for her new grand-daughter. I’d classify this lady as definitely quilt worthy!

Don’t know about you, but every quilt that leaves my studio takes a tiny piece of my heart with it. There’s a lot of thought and care that goes into making every quilt – from commissioned to charity quilts. The biggest compliment to me would be for the quilt to be so well used that it’s worn out to the point that it becomes the dog’s quilt.

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