Summer’s Over, Back to Routine

Canada's Wonderland (amusement park)

Canada’s Wonderland (amusement park)

I hear it all the time, “Where did the time go?”  Now, I find myself saying it!  With summer vacation over, time lends itself to a more structured routine.  Oh, how I love structure!  I had been having a tough time getting “going” each day with the absence of the structure that forms our “normal” daily lives.  I tend to be a very productive person – when I have a list of jobs to do.  Otherwise, I can just as easily become one with the couch.

Yesterday marked the first day of high school for our son.  He was nervous and I was nervous for him.  He has always been a quiet kid, keeping his emotions fairly hidden.  His friends are attending the same school and I know he will make new friends easily, it’s just the ‘newness’ of it all that adds a bit of stress to our lives.  I’m sure in no time, we will all wonder why we were so worried to begin with.

I’m looking forward to having my house to myself for the 7 hours that my guys are out through the day.  I get so much more done when I don’t have to stop to answer a myriad of questions.  “Where’s the milk?” (seriously!) and the ever annoying “What are you doing?” (oh, nothing dear – just trying to work!)  I know I should be grateful they care about my daily happenings, but honestly, the questions come every couple of minutes, it seems.

I have a few projects on the “To Do” list.  I’m currently working on this…IMG_0376

Quilt-as-You-Go log cabin.  I’m actually basically just using the batting as the foundation for foundation-piecing these blocks.  I’ve done a QAYG quilt before but this one isn’t going quite as quickly as the other one did.  Maybe it’s just the time of year that I started it.

I tried a different layout to begin with


but ended up liking the contrasting square pattern better.

I have a project requested by the youth at our church that needs to be done ASAP!  It’s going to be an interactive banner symbolizing community in baptism.  I’m still working out the particulars on it in my mind, so no pics for this one.  It’s due for Sunday, so I best get my butt in gear!

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I’m also beginning a quilt for a dear friend of mine from Quebec.  If you get the chance to get out to the Creativ Festival in Toronto October 14-16, you will have a chance to meet her at my Fabric Please! booth.  The picture above is one she sent me via Pinterest and it will be the inspiration for her quilt.  Here is the inital fabric pull.  We still need to edit some of the choices but I think we are on the right track.


So, not a ton of projects but enough to get my mojo going!  I’m looking forward to hearing my Juki hum again and getting lost in the hours of blissful sewing!  If you need me, you know where I’ll be!

Till next time…


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11 Responses to Summer’s Over, Back to Routine

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  2. I really like your log cabin design. The quilt has such movement, great color choices.

  3. It’s hard to get back into a routine once you’ve been off track for a bit. Good luck with your banner due this weekend.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love the layout you have chosen. Beautiful colors and fabrics.

  5. Thanks, Cheryl! I hope to get it done before the cooler weather comes.

  6. Thank you Anja! I’ll need all kinds of luck to get it done in time! Looks like a sleepless night might be in store.

  7. Thanks Jennifer! The fabric is all from my stash. One of the first Fat Quarter bundles I purchased about 8-10 years ago. I think it was a “Quilting for a Cause” collection (Moda). I added a bunch of other fabrics from my stash to round it out. I’ve always loved the contrast of blue and red with the browns.

  8. suzie says:

    Rita, it’s pretty amazing to me the difference you can make by changing the squares around. I like what you’ve chosen. Really nice !

  9. That’s the beauty of these traditional blocks, so many options! Our quilting ancestors were the amazing ones. Genius long before their time!

  10. KimB says:

    I love the black and white and red fabrics. Are they from your stash as well?

  11. Kim, all of those fabrics can be found in my store. The Leutenegger Stripe is nearly out (only .75 yard left) so it’s no longer listed but I could order it in again. All the rest are listed in the store!

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