For the first time in many moons, I have a sense of hope when I think about the future.
Today, my local town lifted the city-wide mask mandate. Outdoor events – still socially distanced – are back on the calendar starting in mid-June. I will once again be able to browse the shelves at the local public library. 🙂
Job responsibilities for next year will change a bit. I’m excited about what’s ahead and working more closely with certain colleagues. A sizable raise has also been proposed by the superintendent, but that won’t be voted on until late June.
I booked my first flight in nearly two years! I’ll be attending a training conference, but I’ll have enough down time to catch up with an old friend who lives in the area.
Some much needed beach time and a couple of short trips with Miss Sadie are also in the works.
Other than my conference in mid-June, I plan to enjoy a mask-free summer. It makes absolutely no sense now that I’m fully vaccinated, but still have to wear a mask. Today, a coworker was sent home to quarantine because she was identified as a close contact for someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If said coworker tests positive, I’ll be identified as a close contact to her, but I won’t have to quarantine since I’m considered fully vaccinated. Say what? That’s not how I read the CDC guidelines. I interpret them as having 10 mask-free days off for quarantine!
All kidding aside, I hope my coworker doesn’t test positive. We have too much to do between now and the end of May.
Hubs has about worn his blue jeans out. I guess that’s what happens when you wear nothing but blue jeans 7 days a week for a solid year. Normally, he wears khakis to work, but since he now works from home most of the time – it’s blue jeans.
I noticed holes next to the back pockets on his jeans when I was sorting clothes for laundry. You know where the corner of the pocket is sewn to the jeans? Well, I could stick my finger through said holes.
Time to get out the sewing machine.
1. Iron on denim patch in similar shade
2. Regular polyester thread in a matching shade
3. Size 90/14 denim needle
4. Regular or narrow presser foot
For a rip, follow the same directions, only use a 3 step zigzag stitch to go over the ripped area at least 3x to make sure the edges stay together. Use a straight stitch and go back & forth to fill in any remaining holes.
I found some Coats & Clark jeans thread my local Joann’s. It was a spot-on match for the jeans. Unfortunately, it shredded like crazy, even after changing the needle. I switched to regular C&C thread. Worked like a charm.
My Featherweight actually did a better job of repairing the hole than my big fancy sewing machine. I think the narrow, hinged presser foot made all the difference. A narrow, adjustable zipper foot might also do the trick on machines with a 5-7mm stitch width opening.
Just a quick note to advise that the Beginning Quilting class scheduled to begin 4/24/21 at Stitch N Quilt has been postponed. We anticipate rescheduling the class to start in mid-June.
Pattern: Yellow Brick Road from Atkinson Designs
Core class will be piecing the top.
Add-on segments include quilt prep/basting, walking foot quilting and binding/label.