That’s a wrap!

After twenty-one and a half years, today was my last day as a school librarian, I attended the EOY breakfast celebration, did my retirement walk, turned in my badge, keys and laptop, said my good-byes and walked out the schoolhouse doors one last time. Retirement officially began at 12:36 p.m.!

Know what I’m most excited about? Not having to be somewhere by 7:10 a.m.! Right now, it feels like it always does when we get out for summer break. After a 3 year hiatus, we’re hosting our annual Memorial Day weekend cookout for a large group of friends. My energies will be spent prepping for Sunday’s festivities. On Monday, I’ll crash and begin my annual summer decompression ritual.

Sometimes simple is the best solution

Vintage Singer zipper foot

Yesterday, I was asked to sew a patch to a t-shirt that someone wanted to give as a gift.

Said patch turned out to be a varsity letter on a super stiff felt background – almost like sewing on leather. Off to Joann’s I went with Sadie in tow to find a matching thread. A Gutermann polyester topstitch thread was almost an exact match! Of course, Sadie got her daily quota of petting during our shopping trip.

Thank goodness the t-shirt turned out to be a sweatshirt. It was made from a fairly stable knit fabric, making it easier to sew. Once I decided placement, it was a matter of gluestick/heat set/pin the applique in place and stitch around it. Even with all the fancy feet my Baby Lock Jubilant has, I listened to my inner voice that advised me to “borrow” the vintage zipper foot from my Featherweight accessory box. Low shank feet are universal and it worked like a charm. My coworker was very pleased with the finished result.

I have to hand it to Baby Lock – my Jubilant does a fabulous job with almost any type of fabric I put under the needle. All it needs is a scissors button and a straight stitch needle plate. Baby Lock – are you listening?

The next 90 days

Out of habit, I sat down and started to map out what needed to be accomplished during summer break. Then it hit me…I don’t have to report back to work on July 22nd. Woo-hoo! I’ve been so focused on trying to wrap things up by Friday that I haven’t thought much beyond May 27th.

This puts us at about Labor Day:

I will weigh what I did pre-COVID.

Annual physical, mammogram and skin cancer appts scheduled or completed.

Patterns, books, fabrics & small tools will reside in my studio – not be scattered about the house. Diecuts, sewing machines, travel cases and Crafternoon supplies will be stored in one hall closet.

Three quilts for hire will be completed and delivered.

This is in addition to travel, resting, quilting, visiting with friends, reading and volunteer activities already on the books.

‘Cause right about that time, I’ll be heading to KY for a vintage sewing machine workshop and then on to Salt Lake City for Garden of Quilts @ Thanksgiving Pointe. I “wanna look fly” as my 5th graders often say.

Here’s looking at Friday and what’s next!

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