Spring – A Welcome Break!

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.  I made 6 more masks today for our neighbors and decided to take a break, walk outside and enjoy a sunny spring day.  Here are a few highlights of my walk.

These peach and white daffodils are a favorite of mine.Peach white daffodilSquirrels ate most of my tulips bulbs.  A few bulbs escaped the squirrel’s delicious feast and these flowers make me smile.   Tulip duo Another sign of spring for me is my rhubarb patch.  I think these leaves are so pretty when they unfold on sunny days. Rhubarb LeavesDon’t forget to take a sunshine break or two while you’re sewing and quilting, it’s highly therapeutic!  Enjoy your weekend!

Time Well Spent

Hello!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I’ve been working on finishing some miscellaneous sewing projects.  One of my top priorities was to cut up more of my scraps for Sandy’s red and white postage stamp quilt.  Here’s a pile of 1.5 inch squares I mailed out to her last week:Fabric Squares for sjdMom asked me to shorten three of her pajama bottoms so I brushed up on my hemming skills.  They were mailed off with Sandy’s scraps.PJs I found this beautiful fabric to make a curtain for my back door.  I lined it with white muslin and here’s the final product all rolled up!Back DoorI’ve also been making a few masks for family and friends.  To date, a “few” translates into 25!  Chick masksNorma has been busy as well.  She keeps an eye out for anyone who might dare venture into my sewing room.  Her ears are all perky because she thinks Sadie Sue might invade her personal space!  NormaTime on my sewing machine has been time well spent!  I hope the same is true for you!

Pushing Forward

Now nearly a month into social distancing, I’ve been thinking a lot about things I wish I had done more. Here’s my ever growing list:

#thingsIwishIhaddonemore

  • Hugged my sisters harder the last time I saw them
  • Lingered over my last restaurant meal without being impatient for the check
  • Followed some “prepper” advice about how to stock up for a disaster
  • Spent more time in the community garden taking dirt baths alongside longtime foodie friends
  • Purchased leggings in a bigger size
  • Savored the last birthday cake I ate which was smothered in icing and the wishful breath of my loved ones
  • Bought more red fabric scraps for postage stamps

Note that I am not complaining. We are all safe, warm, fed, showered (well, most times), healthy, and my sewing machine is working and I have a lot of fabric to play with.

While I have to take a pause on the postage stamp project, I’ve spent the last few days finishing a quilt for my friend.

We started a quilt project more than a year ago (Turning Twenty…Again) and then we abandoned it because quilting (or my teaching skills) were not her jam. I’ve been feeling guilty about it ever since. So this week I finished piecing the top for her.

My friend picked out the browns and tans. The border came from my stash.

Early this morning I ordered the wide backing for it from Keepsake Quilting.

Duh — I forgot to add red fat quarters to the order so I can cut some new postage stamps. Just to be clear: I am not out of red fabric. Rather I have fallen out of love with the red fabric I own. I cannot make one more solitary postage stamp with that pile in the corner. You know the feeling, right?

The finished quilt will be a fun surprise to drop at my friend’s door in a couple of weeks. Of course, I’ll make sure that she doesn’t open the package for a week and that she re-washes it before using. Sigh. Our lives have lost so much spontaneity (and I feel selfish for saying it).

What else have I been doing? I’ve spent more time wandering around the farm and making sure that everything is ready for spring. We are officially ready for spring.

Barbed wire, a stone fence, moss and me.

It feels like NY is turning the corner. I hope that is true around the world.

Stay safe and healthy, friends.

From Far Away

I have been traveling like crazy since January and I finally landed back home about 10 days ago with a sigh of great relief. When I look back at my travels from January to mid-March, I feel grateful that I have been healthy so far. From crowded London tube stations to noisy close-talking pubs, to world-wide tourist attractions, to an international trade show, to an overnight trip on a train sleeping car, and a strawberry festival in Plant, Florida, I’ve been in contact with a lot of people. I have been very lucky.

But the pandemic has certainly left me pensive and jumpy and unable to focus on much except the 24/7 news cycle. Here is a post I started about 3 weeks ago, but never finished:

It’s Sandy here, checking in from Texas. A long-planned trip to Austin for fun has turned into a lonely sojourn under the specter of a pandemic. I’ve been going for long walks and turning to *gasp* house cleaning in order to pass the time.

I’ll spare you the house cleaning pics, since my time in nature resulted in some awesome and, dare I say, more appealing photos. Here’s my favorite.

Stunning, right?

I miss my sewing machine desperately. I did not even bring along any hand sewing as I planned to be very busy, so I am really and truly stuck.

On Saturday (March 14) I cautiously left the house for a few hours to drive around the back roads of Texas. I wanted to see bluebonnets. I wanted to touch some fabric. I wanted to eat BBQ. I found a quilt shop in Lockhart that is going out of business. I snagged this little panel for some future project.

I hope to enhance my Valentine’s Day decor with this panel.

(Present day voice).

Yesterday I was able to walk around the farm for a while in an attempt to recharge my spirit. The land does that to me — it heals my soul like nothing else I can name. If you are feeling as I do, I hope that this picture can give you some rest.

It was a warm spring day, with a thunderstorm on the way.

Although the picture might seem dreary and foreboding, the air held a promise of spring and the birds were busy and happy getting ready for the next season of life. It was amazing to be a part of it.

After I got home, the storm broke quickly and then sunshine poured down with the rain. A reminder that the storm will always pass.

The sun will come out again.

When I can, I try to sew on my postage stamp quilt. I’m making amazing progress, but I think I’m stuck again for want of more stamps. My planned foraging trip to Austin was cut short by circumstances, so I’m in dire need of some new fabric to finish the job. I’ve been working and working on the math and I think I only have about 100 more blocks to make, with many of them partially assembled. There are so many darned little postage stamps!!!

Please stay well and safe my quilting friends.