It has been a bit hard to put my nose to the grindstone lately. Late summer/early fall in Oregon is always a gorgeous time of year, and it’s hard to stay inside when the weather is so fine. It’s also almost impossible to stay in when you have a dog! (Who convinced me to get a dog? She really should be shot). Anyway, this morning is cool, gray, and drizzly. It’s absolutely beautiful, but a good day to stay in after taking the dog for a walk. I did buy a set of golf umbrellas at Costco yesterday. I put the smaller one in the car for when we need to stop and take care of business while on trips, and the other is by the front door, for our daily walks in the neighborhood. Rain never stops us from walking, but there’s no reason why I have to get soaked in the process. I have two umbrellas that are in fairly decent shape, but they are so old that water now leaks through the canopy. These golf umbrellas also have the vent in them half-way down that makes them more resistant to wind gusts. I think we’ll be doing well with these.
I picked up two more quilts yesterday from my customer Sue. She does such nice work and I can’t wait to dive into her quilts. One of them is a large sampler – she wants something simple, but I think I might find a stencil that will look good in each block and then find a unifying sashing design to pull it all together without getting way too fancy. It’s much too nice of a quilt for an all-over. I told her I’d send her some ideas. I have another coming later this week for Laurin and another for Marilyn coming soon. The holidays are coming, so I expect the pace will be picking up. Since I’ve had a fairly steady stream coming, I’d best get them all done so that I’m ready for the rush. At times it’s good to know we have several longarmers in the area, as there are lots of quilts to go around!
Another reason to get finished up is that October is my big quilting retreat month. MQX is coming right up and then my semiannual retreat to Silver Falls. I’ve got my house/pet sitters lined up, projects to work on, and friends to meet up with. Did I mention that I love autumn? Off to quilt.