I've not been doing any sewing lately. My machine broke (it's fixed now, no need to panic!) and my back has been acting up again. I see the chiropractor, Dr. Magic Hands, first thing Monday morning. I'm practically counting the minutes.
Once I'm on the mend (translation: the adjustment should have me feeling almost normal by noon or so), I have a lot of sewing to finish!
Yes, I have a lot of sewing to do.
- finish my aunt's ragged edge Christmas quilt
- cut and sew my mom's Christmas present (are you sensing a theme here?)
- make an apron for a friend (it's cut already)
- make a recycled bag (from plastic Target bags!) for a friend
- make a quilted knitting needle roll for a friend
- start cutting squares to make my son a ragged edge quilt using the materials my mom used to sew his crib set. But I'm not sure I want to make it a ragged edge. I'm indecisive about the pattern.
- Try to make one-piece pj's for the kids - from scratch with no pattern. Meep!!
And that makes me happy.
I never, ever thought I'd learn to sew -- let alone enjoy it! But I've made peace with the sewing machine. I'm learning new things about myself and my abilities. And I'm really enjoying my projects. I don't think I'll ever be an amazing seamstress of garments like my aunt and mom are, but I've found my little niche' and I'm happy with it.
I think the thing I like the most about sewing is that it makes me feel close to my grandmother. She could sew anything! She was my best friend and I miss her dearly. When I'm sewing, especially the quilts because she loved her quilts, I feel like I'm carrying on a little bit of the heritage she left us. I'll never be an amazing gardener like she and my grandfather were, but it comforts me to sew and think about her and how excited she'd be to see my projects.
So, back to the chiropractor and back to sewing!