Damn. I was sure I wrote a blog post on Monday. I blame Daylight Savings…I lost an hour and I lost part of my brain with it, apparently. Still looking for it. Tell me if you see it. It doesn’t have any tags, but it’s running fast and zigzagging so you can’t shoot at it.
So yeah. What the fuck have I been doing anyway? Besides lesson planning and grading and screaming into the void? I still haz no sewing machine (I called. I was desperate. It’s not ready.). OK, I pulled out the old machine and 2 hours later, I found the pedal and the cord for it. It works fine for straight lines and basic stitching. I don’t want to attempt stitchdown or quilting on it. But it’s here for the crazy thing my quilt guild is doing, which involves these, and honestly, the crazy part is me because I wanted rainbows and wasn’t willing to just go with two fabrics.
More on that crazy shit later. When I can get any of it done. It’s straight lines (mostly) and brainless (sort of. there is math).
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to applique this thing by hand.
That fish fabric is some Matisse garden fabric from 20+ years ago. All these fabrics are from 20+ years ago.
(Y’all. Fabric doesn’t go bad.) Hey, so headless, missing fish parts, but getting there. Yes! Those are some Kaffe Fassett fabrics from back then. Even then, I loved his stuff. More on that below.
I’m getting down to the last bits, although this thing will need a bunch of embroidery, because I did that shit on my art quilts back then.
The fish are done. No, I can’t explain this quilt.
Seriously, it’s about childbirth and IDK what else. 21 years ago I had a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old and was working full time as a copyeditor and was still married. So another world, y’all. Another world.
I will finish her though. This year. Maybe even this month.
Back to Kaffe Fassett…I saw the new collection for 2021, started looking at what I wanted. Figured out that I wanted too many of them, so I used my birthday money (and some other money I got, thanks mom and dad) and bought a fat quarter package of all of them.
I will use these until I die. Or I run out. Hopefully the latter comes first. Yes, I washed and dried and folded all of them. I did not iron them. That’s crazy. I’ll iron them when I use them. I bought them from a quilt shop online that I haven’t shopped at before…and they were nice enough to send me a note…
Whoa. They know who I am. So that’s weird? Or cool. Anyway, check them out: StitchCraft. I just searched for that link and saw some other things that are catching my eye (MUST STOP). So I’ll think about those things. Support the indies! Yes, I could shop locally, and sometimes I do, but I also can’t leave the house much and this is faster and easier. Sigh. I miss shopping for fabric when I don’t actually need something specific, just wandering around the shop. I may schedule that.
School. Sigh. It has “this intoxicated thing inside of it.”
I have no idea what this kid is talking about. Although he mentioned atoms and balloons, which was on topic.
Also art. I’m going to have to do the start of a sketchbook page every day I teach art this week and next.
It’s OK. I do them during my prep period. I have to do two of them today, I think. And grade three assignments. Plus late work. It’s OK. Really. I’m sort of resigned to my online teaching existence right now. Because there are only 8 more working days until Spring Break. I may feel differently next week. Or even tomorrow. Or later today. My co-teachers who were recently quarantined (again) are feeling the pain of pivoting (hate that word) back to distance after being hybrid. I guess I’m used to it. It’s not like I have a choice. After break, they are going back to 5 days a week. That will probably be my reality in August. But I’ll be vaccinated and mostly feral. It’ll be fine.
I’m still walking, although I had to be non-strenuous (aka flat) until my stress test.
Lake Miramar has a dirt trail below the paved trail for most of the distance around the lake. Most? At least half.
It was muddy at times, but worth it to be off the pavement.
Almost 5 miles.
More than a little chilly. And breweries have opened up, so we stopped for a freezing outdoor cider before going home.
It was nice. Relaxing. Almost normal. Not really. But better. We were outside for dinner too…also cold.
I’ve been drawing before dinner. It’s good. To draw. I missed it.
Monday’s walk with the little dog, who had some pent-up energy.
Me too, little dog.
Dinner Monday night. Good food, but the recipe said 20-minute prep, and that was an hour.
I did make my own roasted peppers, but still y’all. ‘Twas not fast.
Oh yeah. Go to this link and read this article about how Michaels censored a cross-stitch artist’s book (Stephanie Rohr you can buy patterns there too) they ordered. During Women’s History Month. And then go buy her book from an indie book store. And if you have some extra cash, offer to buy one for someone who doesn’t. I just sent one to one of my daughter’s friends.
Ah Nova. You are the sweetest cat in the house.
OK. School today. Exercise. Hopefully some more poking holes in my fingers with needles (sewing. Nothing weird. Just sewing.).