Well here we are again. Another week wrapped up. It’s been a pretty busy one for me. Monday is a bank holiday here in the UK so I’m hoping to unwind over the long weekend and perhaps be able to walk at the same pace as everyone else this coming week.
This morning was spent running errands in different areas. I feel compelled to get Sarah ready for school like we used to do when she was little! However now that she will be starting college at the beginning of September, the days of buying a new pencil case and filling it with dozens of pens and pencils and so on is no more. We used to buy a whole new school uniform and new shoes and a warm coat and so on. I always enjoyed that aspect of getting her ready for school. So sort of in keeping with the back to school routine, the last stop today was M&S to buy her a winter coat before the popular sizes disappear. My Sarah will be waiting for a bus and walking a fair distance to the college, so a warm coat is in order. And of course while we were in the shop I decided to have a look at the boots. Well wouldn’t you know it, I found some I liked, so this very happy longarm quilter came home with a new pair of boots. I love shoes and boots but I always dread shopping for them. Well today I hit the jackpot. I think I will still look at the pencil cases and such just to relive the old days…….. My little girl is a big girl now.
We had to visit the vet this morning to collect our monthly flea preventive treatment for our dogs. On our journey back to the car I spotted these wonderful rosehips…..
My Sarah thought I was a bit of a nutter for stopping to take this photo with my phone. I’m always rambling on about taking time to smell the flowers……. Well today I stopped to look at these wonderful rosehips. I seem to be lurching from one task to another lately. So it was rather nice to stop and to take notice of something really quite lovely.
You may remember that hubby and I travelled down to Birmingham two weeks ago for The Festival of Quilts. I took a photo of this super mariner’s compass which was part of the floor in the lobby of the hotel we stayed in overnight. I’ve always found the mariner’s compass interesting. I’m sure I have a pattern for a mariner’s compass of sorts in one of my books. I will add making one of these blocks to my list.
I pulled out the sketch pad again today. During our class yesterday I found a bit of inspiration in the conversations we had. So I settled into recording my ideas on paper. I feel another Whimsical Applique & Stitchery quilt coming on. Designing new blocks for quilts doesn’t cost a fortune. In fact we’ve all got paper, pencils and erasers around the house. And I dare say we’ve all got a reasonable stash of fabrics we can use to make samples. So it looks like I’m off on another adventure. I’ll keep you posted.
It’s been an interesting week. I have spent plenty of time with like-minded people. It’s nice to get out and about. Tomorrow I’m out again to visit the lovely Rita. I feel the need to increase my stash of solid fabrics. It’s the one type of fabric that I do not have much of. I saw loads of quilts pieced with solid fabrics at The Festival of Quilts. The best part of these simple quilts was the machine quilting. I recently took a class on Craftsy with Angela Walters and the quilts she used to do her demos were made of solid fabrics. The last time I visited Rita, she had loads of gorgeous solids on her shelves. So hopefully I’ll have some gorgeous solids to show you tomorrow. And then I can use my new Freemotion Quilting skills again.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more whimsical work. I hope you have a wonderful evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥