I just got off the phone from talking with Leiya about an hour. She sounds very good and busy. She had a lot to say about her government class, her applications to college, her part time tutoring job. I'm sure that while living away from us is hard for her at times, that this has been a wonderful three years for her and she has grown in so many ways.
Takumi sent me an e-mail a couple of days ago too. He rarely writes and when he does it is usually to ask for advice on essays and compositions and doesn't tell us much about his daily life. He sounds like he has plans but isn't going to tell us about what until all is decided. Aren't children interesting? One talkative, one very private.
I spent the afternoon sewing yesterday and devoted my time to making more hearts for the Wonky Word quilt for Tonya's class. I also spent a lot of time sitting on the floor staring at the quilt and shifting blocks around trying to figure out what to do next. I also made a dog block (it looks like a horse). I have a feeling I'm not going to get this to flimsy stage this month. That's ok.
The other quilts too are getting left by the wayside. Actually I wandered into the library and found a book on making clothes and of course got all inspired to sew myself something. No! Someone stop me! I do not have time to start another project! But I did trace the pattern onto tracing paper just in case I find some free afternoon with nothing else to do. (It's not going to happen.)
On top of that, I need to think about knitting for Tetsu. Every year for the past 27 years I've knitted him a sweater or a vest for Christmas and I really should have started by now. He has so many old ones though. If I don't make him a vest or something it would be breaking tradition so I'll have to light a fire and get going on that too. My sewing machine may not see much of me in the month of December.
Nothing to show that proves that I'm a real quilter so how about a picture of an old quilt that I have up on my wall this month? The Halloween quilt got put away and this little fall quilt is in its place. This was a quilt kit that I ordered back in 2000, from the States called Fall Splendor. I don't usually buy kits but these were all pre-cut triangles in the gorgeous batiks that I love so much but of which I have only a small assortment. I love the quilt but it looks exactly like the kit picture and I don't feel a whole lot of "me" in it. Still, the fabrics are beautiful and it brightens up the wall on a cool autumn day.