My youngest niece, who is a grown woman, is visiting. She and one of her girlfriends arrived on July 3rd, and the two of them and Dear Husband spent the day and evening on Lake Michigan for the Fourth of July. They took in the fireworks off Navy Pier in Chicago, and were home close to 1:30 in the morning. I had the pleasure of playing in my studio all day!
I spent some time yesterday teaching beginning quilting to the girlfriend. S. has never sewn, and wanted to start a simple Log Cabin pattern. We talked about color layout, and designs that could be created with Log Cabin blocks, and then made a trip to an area quilt shop to buy fabric. S. has never used a sewing machine, so I hope that her mother will be able to instruct her on how to use their sewing machine. We covered how to cut the strips, and how to sew the pattern. I had her sew part of a block on my machine. I sent her home with completed samples, a spare cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler. I washed the fabrics for her last night, so she will be ready to start cutting strips tonight. when she returns home. I’ll work with my niece this week, who wants to try her hand at one of the star quilt patterns.
My niece has come to give us a hand packing boxes. We’ll be working in the basement and garage, trying to get as much cleared out as possible. I’m very glad to have the help. The job is dwindling, but still seems very daunting. We are moving some things that we probably should be pitching, but we wanted to see what kind of room we had in our new home before giving things up.
It’s a lot of fun to have 20-somethings around. It’s very refreshing to see the world from their point of view!