I spent most of today doing FMQ. It was a windy, rainy day, so quilting seemed the best thing to do. And it was going well. I did not have to pick out stitches on 1 1/2 patches due to tension problems like I did on Sunday. (Did you know that if your thread wraps around the screw that holds your presser foot on, the back of your quilt ends up feeling really ratty? And if you haven't done a check for a while, you get to spend a whole evening unsewing? It's all kinds of fun. Try it and see.)
So, anyway, as I was quilting, my mind started wandering around thoughts of the remainder of the year, which includes not only some major holidays, but also three family birthdays (and prep for another birthday early in January). Which also means several little quilting/sewing projects that I can't show here until after the holidays. Oh, and there might be a painting project that's been waiting, oh, maybe 10 years or so.
Here's my conclusion from all the thinking I did: It's time to take a little break--a blogcation. I think everyone's probably totally sick of seeing my slow progress on the Big Quilt. I have made some progress on the Fall Leaves quilt (but nothing earth shaking to show), and I've done nothing on the Lake Michigan quilt in the last couple of weeks. Given the time of year, I think my progress will be even slower over the next few weeks. And there won't be much else I can show because anything I do work on is secret for the time being. I do plan to do my monthly link-up post for Throwback Thursday at the beginning of December, but otherwise, I'm going to just enjoy seeing what everyone else is doing--when I'm not celebrating. After the first of the year, I'll share my holiday projects and any progress on my quilts, and then I'll get back to my usual blogging routine.
As I finished quilting today, I looked around the room.
This bed has looked this way for the past several weeks. Actually, it looks like this most of the time. There are at least three projects and several project inspirations on it and assorted quilting paraphernalia. I'm going to need this bed for my daughter's family this weekend. There are also two other rooms that are part of my "studio," so obviously I have a little cleaning up to do. And then? Bring on the celebrations!
I'm linking up this week with Sew Fresh Quilts and with Val's Quilting Studio (with apologies to Valerie because this isn't an archive post but is what my space looks like right now--the theme for her linky party this week). The linky party buttons are on the right.
Here's wishing you lots of fun celebrations in the coming weeks! See you again in the new year.