It’s so nice to be busy coming up on Thanksgiving week and the holiday season… and have it not be because I’m working a gazillion God-awful hours at work!
This past Thursday, I went to my very first Modern Quilt Guild meeting in Tacoma, and I definitely will be joining them as a member! With where I live, it was a toss up as to if I wanted to check out the Tacoma Guild, or the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild, but because of times they meet, it would have been harder to get to the South Sound meetings in Tumwater. The “Sew and Tell” was awesome, and it was fun to actually met other quilters face-to-face instead of just across Instagram… and it was nice to not have people look at me like I had a second head when I mentioned the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, or the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap that I just signed up for 🙂 Next WIP… a quilted name tag for myself for the meetings (it’s a normal thing, I promise). You know it’s going to involve English Paper Piecing…
I’ve also decided that I really, really want to go to Quilt Con in 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. Hopefully somebody else from the guild will want to go and share a hotel room, or maybe my great-aunt will want to fly down from Virginia for it!
Saturday was my second-ever craft bazaar (and the school’s first-ever bazaar) at Maplewood Elementary School in Puyallup. It was short (only 5 hours) and fairly slow, but I at least sold enough bags to make up for my table fee! I’ve also got some new Seahawks themed key wrist straps up on Etsy, and I finally got my shipping rates adjusted to reflect the cheaper, lighter weight packaging that I was able to get!
Thankfully, the bazaar was short on Saturday, because I’d just gotten my application and check in the mail for the bazaar when I got invited to my great-aunt’s 80th birthday celebration that was scheduled for the same day! So, at 2pm, I packed my stuff up as fast as I could, and hustled down to Tumwater to Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen for the birthday dinner! I don’t see her often, since she lives in Virginia, so I was excited to see her again. I was also really looking forward to giving her the Sew Together Bag I’d made for her 🙂 It was a great evening with family I don’t see often enough!
I didn’t get to any sewing this weekend, but Destin helped me finally get my thread spool rack mounted on my sewing room wall. I’m not sure why those racks don’t come already set up for wall-mounting instead of with legs to stand on a table – I haven’t met anybody yet that hasn’t bolted the rack to the wall instead of sacrificing the table space to have it free-standing! I’d hoped to work on some sewing this evening, but I ended up getting in an argument with my crock pot, so it’s getting replaced first chance I get. I’ve got a great recipe for my Grandma Ruddy’s beef stew that my dad has adapted for a crock pot, so there’s a lot less hands-on work required (mainly in the form of stirring). The downside is that it takes a lot longer to cook (as in, hours). The problem that I ran into is that even after an hour set on high, my stew still wouldn’t simmer, even though the outside of the crock pot got hot enough to burn my hands. I had to pull out a pan and make it on the stove, which involves lots more stirring. Dinner turned out delicious, and now I’m set for lunch at work the next couple of days with leftovers!