Well, I did it. 31 days without a single quilty thing bought! AND 3 tops completely from stash finished with borders on a 4th. Not a bad showing since I work full time outside the home.
My goals for the month of Sept. are to continue my ban on new book/magazine/pattern purchases. Limit myself to fabric for one new project - that has to be finished in September or I can't buy fabric in Octoboer. And no other purchases unless they are for something I specifically need like batting, thread, needles, etc. Oh and to find a LA quilter to send 3 tops out to. The hour-a-day I just finished, my Christmas Pineapple Blossom from January, and my Maple Leaf pictured here. Another great fall quilt that deserves to be on my bed not a forgotten top in the cupboard. But this one is probably around queen size so I'm not even going to attempt quilting it myself. This is from a swap I hosted on another YahooGroups list I used to be on called Quilt Friends. I love the way the top turned out and I've always had plans to hand-quilt this with some kind of swirly design to represent wind. But this top has already sat around for almost 6 years so it's time to just send it out and get it finished.
My only exception to my Sept. no-buy will be this upcoming holiday weekend. I'm headed to MS to visit with Susan as she deals with trying to get Daddy's long term care settled. There's nothing at all I can do but it's something I think I need to do for her AND for me. It's just where I need to be this weekend. I don't think there's a fabric shop anywhere in town anymore so I'm pretty safe there but if we do find one I'm giving myself permission to shop. Retail therapy, you know. VBS.
Susan has requested I bring my sewing machine since she got off in a rush and forgot hers. She's decided maybe she wants to try machine piecing those little 3" blocks instead of piecing them by hand. LOL! So we'll probably play with little blocks for 2 days and play cards and maybe sort thru some of the stuff left in Mama's sewing room while we keep each other company. I had thought I'd bring Granny's treadle back with me since it's still stored in Mama's house but I'm taking my little car instead of the new Honda. Honda's getting around 21 mgp, my car gets 30. The $40-$50 gas savings can be my retail therapy budget for the weekend. :-)
Unless I find wifi to steal I'll be out of pocket until sometime Monday night and probably a few days after that as I get settled back home again. Is Labor Day a US only holiday? IF so You ladies in the US, have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. And you ladies elsewhere who don't celebrate this weekend as a holiday - why don't you go ahead and celebrate our holiday with us! We'll be happy to share. :-)
Can't leave you for 4 days without another cat picture to carry you thru. LOL! This is Fluffy and Agatha. Hard to believe they're litter mates, huh?