Some quilting has happened but it's mostly finishing up stuff and appliqueing baskets. I made two Route 66 placemats for a friend's motor home. There were issues with my Bernina 750 on the quilting. I was so frustrated. I actually sat down and removed the cross hatching on the first placemat. The 750 was in the shop when it was unpacked because of "moving" issues and has been sitting in the Cottage fixed but unused for almost the whole year. The fabric was bunching up. I was about to pull out another Bernina when the light bulb came on. While the machine was in the shop, the repairman lifted the dual feed mechanism. Once I realized that and dropped it back down into position, the cross hatch quilting worked perfectly. Those placemats were delivered around Thanksgiving and are checked off the to-do list.
I sewed the bindings on two quilts (with the dual feed working perfectly), did the hand stitching, and those are going out in the mail on Monday for the grandchildren of two friends. Check. I have one more binding to get machine stitched on this weekend, and I'll get it finished next week. It's a Christmas quilt for my quilt rack display this year. All three of these quilts were back from the quilter this summer but I'm just now getting around to finishing them.
Baskets -- 225 done out of 291. I'm really getting a little tired of these but am plugging away. I hadn't worked on them for a week, so I sat down last night and did one. It's the old "how do you eat an elephant" thing. My goal now to get these done is two months. There will be some appliqued setting blocks to do, but not too many, and those will get done in due time. This long-term project will definitely be a 2016 finish.
Shopping -- There was an estate sale that began on Thanksgiving Day in a little town near me. I went with my nephew and his wife, and we had a ball going through this gorgeous turn of the century home. I wanted so many things, but settled on this old secretary. It hasn't been cleaned here yet, and there are a few scratches that I can handle, but I love it! I also picked up a beautiful crystal bowl for $25 that will hold a nice flower arrangement on the dining room table, and some beautiful doilies and mantle scarves. Don't know how much I'll use those but I couldn't pass them up for just a couple of dollars. I quickly scanned the books in the library and found two books on antique furniture for next to nothing. What a fun afternoon!
The change -- I am going back to work. It's a governmental administrative support position. I think I'll be much happier getting out of the house every day, meeting people, and having more structure in my life. Frankly, I missed working. But the beauty of this position -- it's about a mile from my house! I left home 15 minutes before my interview this week, and then had to sit in the car and kill 10 minutes so I wouldn't show up too early. I'll work four and a half days a week. Win/win.
So back to sewing at nights and on the weekends. There's the structure. No more being exhausted after an hour to hour and a half commute. I can walk Penny, eat, and dive in. Wait, no diving ...
This weekend is busy. A facial, a two year-old birthday party, and the Christmas parade and lighting ceremony in the evening. I'm loving life in my tiny town!