Today is Labor Day in the US, and my goal for today is to sleep in and spend some time quilting. I hope that whether today is a day off for you or not that you have a great day and week ahead. Wow, we are already a week into September, the month that signifies the end of summer and beginning of fall. Even in this challenging year full of big change, it surprised me to realize that summer will be over in only a few short weeks!
Ok, enough musing. This is a bit of a roundup post, so let’s dive in!
First up is a quick reminder that the introductory sale of the Sky Full of Stars quilt pattern ends today.
I primarily sew and quilt with my Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini, which is a straight stitch machine (I love it)! However, because it is only a straight stitch machine, I am occasionally really glad to have my “travel machine”, a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118. Over the weekend I learned how to use the buttonhole foot, which seems pretty darn fancy and like a really great thing to know how to use. This was the first time I’ve used the Emerald 118 since getting home from our travels last September, so clearly I’m not using it very often, but I am glad to have it.
If you are subscribed to my newsletter, then you probably already read about Window Swap, a neat website that my cousin-in-law shared with me recently. I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into other areas of the world through the site, and my husband likes to try to guess the location of each view as a kind of geography game. An extra bonus is that some of the webcams have sound, like this location in Bermuda; it’s my favorite window to put on for a bit of ocean background noise while I work.
My birthday was on Saturday, and my husband gifted me dozens upon dozens of skeins of embroidery floss. Over the course of the day, I joyfully took my time sorting through the rainbow of colors and cutting them all down into usable strand sizes. While I was doing that, my husband also made me a way to hang my color sorted bundles, which now hang happily in my studio. And then over the course of the weekend, I have allowed myself to play. Right now I’m making a lot of knotted friendship bracelets. My husband and I both wear them and these will turn into gifts as bracelets / bookmarks, and this change of creative pace has been a nice way of zoning out for a few days. I do need to get back to the task at hand and finish up some quilting projects and dig into filming my QuiltCon Together courses… but I am truly giving myself this full weekend (through Labor Day) off to relax and do something completely different.
So, other than spending time quilting, my goal for the week is to put together a quick video tutorial showing how I mark the tight curves using a regular ruler and my Hera marker, along with my setup for helping see the marked lines on more distracting prints.
I’d love to hear from you! I’m curious how many sewing machines do you own and use on a regular basis? And what are you working on this week?