Friday, May 8, 2009
So when I picked her up from school today, she asked what we were going to do. I told her we could do whatever she wanted. I can say that because we don't have a Chucky Cheese in this town. When I lived in a town with a CC, I learned very quickly to end that sentence with, "except Chucky Cheese." That place is headache central for me. Well, what did she say? "Ice Cream!" Yelled is more like it. So, off to Fresh Freeze for a little ice cream on a perfect ice cream day.
We had fun at Fresh Freeze, I think a lot of people had the same idea, because we had to wait for a parking space. I don't think I've ever had to wait there before.
We walked down through Henderson Center to the Toy Box and I told Sydney she could pick out a small toy. Like she needs anymore, right? But she's such a good girl most of the time and I really wanted to give her a special day, all about her. After about an hour at the the Toy Box, and lots of suggestions from Michelle, Sydney settled on a toy hair dryer like the one her friends Hannah and Kayla have. She has wanted one for a couple of years now, and had it curled up next to her in her bed while she took a nap today.
Is she not just the cutest thing? I know I'm biased, but I just love her to pieces. It was a special day!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
There seems to be a huge interest in English Paper Piecing suddenly at the store. We can hardly keep the pieces in stock. We have been flying through the 2" hexagons. There are so many neat projects you can make with the papers which come in all different sizes. I seem to have caught the bug along with everyone else and am dreaming of TONS of new paper pieced quilts. The best part is that these projects can be taken anywhere to work on because they store so compactly. My friend Molly tried this for the first time on Saturday and I looked over an hour later and she had a whole stack of pieces! She sews fast. All this renewed interest has me pulling out my quilt to work on more often. I love seeing it progress.
I find myself asking why this sudden interest? Paper piecing has been around forever. Trends in quilting come and go, but why now? There is just something cool about looking at a beautiful item and saying, "I made that with my very own hands. I didn't use any electricity, I powered that needle with my own fingers." Now don't get me wrong, I would never give up my machine. Love the machine. Especially since my favorite machine is a 1937 featherweight! But I also love the idea that we can still make quilts as they did in simpler times. And apparently others feel the same way. It's nice to be reminded that modern conveniences are convenient, but we can still do it the old fashioned way too.