Today is my first day of 8 days of vacation! I desperately needed a mental break, so on Monday I checked with my supervisor to see if it was OK if I added to the short vacation I'd planned around the holiday. Since I manage the department it was just a "courtesy question" - she doesn't care as long as I have the days accumulated. So here I am - with nothing to do but sew all day until about 5:00. Then I'm heading to the theatre to keep a place in the line for the new Superman. My DSIL is a superman addict - actually a super-heros addict - so the three of us are seeing the 6:45 show together. I enjoy these movies also, so it should be a nice evening. I'll take a good book - currently reading "Circle of Quilters" - and be happy as a clam waiting.
Today I'm feeding more triangles through the machine and watching the "leftovers" quilt grow. I sewed a lot of triangles Monday evening but didn't press anything. I didn't want to turn on the iron. We had a 101 degree day - shattered the old June 26th record of 90 - and it was about 85 in the house. I turned on only my machine light to also cut down on the heat. It was too hot to sleep so I sewed until later than usual, then dragged around work tired all day yesterday. It's much cooler now - low to mid 80's predicted - thank goodness!
Anyway, here are some pictures of my progress. Today I'll start by making the rest of the larger pieces into broken dishes blocks. I'm going to try adding one more row onto what is already done to make it slightly rectangular, then I think I'll surround that with a frame of red 1" to 1 1/2" wide. Then I'll see what a ring of the larger broken dishes blocks looks like. If I like how that looks I'll sew them on then try a second frame in either red again or maybe blue. Then I'll go back to the smaller blocks until I run out of them. Once I see how big that is I'll go from there. Probably won't get that all done today but between today and tomorrow I should make good progress. I can hardly wait to get started!
1. 8 days of vacation!
2. Cooler weather
3. An overflowing stash
4. The steady purr of my featherweight
5. My cordless Maytag iron