Well, I enjoyed my time in the sewing room last night, but I didn't finish any of the blocks I had started. Instead, I made a couple of arcs for the Indian Orange Peel. I have "permission" from my mentor to work on that quilt again as she feels caught up to me (I'm not going to tell her that I'm still really, really far ahead of her. I'm just going to enjoy making sections again.) I sent her two boxes of fabric strips yesterday and she sent me one. Of course, there were fabrics in that one that I hadn't used before, so I had to check it against the strips I'd already picked to see if I wanted to make any substitutions and like any good quilter, of course I did!
Today at lunch, I didn't have plans, so brought my salad to my desk and read a quilt magazine. Now a quilt magazine should last for days, with articles about quilting and about quilters and it should include challenging patterns and fabric eye candy. I finished reading this particular magazine in about 45 minutes. In fact, all 6 of the issues I've received in the last 12 months have been about that good ;-(. I'm not going to say which one it was, but I will say that I did not renew my subscription this year. My biggest complaint? It's all patterns and the patterns are not new. Every pattern in the magazine, except one, was an old pattern made up in new fabrics. Okay, a log cabin block is a log cabin block is a log cabin block and anybody can make one. Don't put one in a magazine just to show off a new fabric line. And, the designers pictures were there under those quilts with smiles on their faces like they'd just published the secret to raising the titanic. (Boy, have I become jaded).
On the other hand, I love Quilters Newsletter Magazine because they do have new patterns and their quilts aren't all just to feature a new line of fabric, but they have a section that does just that. And, they have articles! Articles about quilters and tools that help quilters! I have about 25 years of back issues of QNM and they were just as interesting when I inherited them two years ago as they were when they hit the shelves.
Sydney had a rough day yesterday. First, she brought home three little fish that she caught in the lake yesterday so she could put them in her aquarium. Oh, brother. Rob took them to a river this morning and let them go. Last thing we need is three large mouth bass trying to live in a 10 gallon aquarium. And, she'd ripped off the front of the sole of a brand new tennis shoe from dragging her feet. But, when she told me about taking her shoes off to wander through a stagnant pond, I'd had enough and went to bed. There's just so much eye rolling that even I'm up to.
And, my flower beds were really feeling the heat yesterday. Luckily, today is my water day, so I got started with the sprinkler just after the sun came up and hope to finish with a good watering tonight. 105* is just too much for me and for my beds. But, it does give me something to do and I do love to garden and my beds finally reflect all the hard work I've put into them over the last 10 years.
Today, 105* again. And, tomorrow again. I think I'm starting to suffer from the opposite of sun deprivation. But, just because it's the opposite doesn't mean the effects aren't the same. Crazy!
Y'all take care and I hope your weather is better than ours. See ya' round the net. Lane