The kids are packing up to move back to campus. Kelly and David are off to UGA for her first year of Veterinary School and his Senior year of undergrad. Danny will be moving back to Virginia Tech for his Senior year a week later.
They've been home since Spring Break, and yet, it feels like time has flown. I love having a house full of laughter and chatter and coming and going and long walks with the kids and dogs and our weekly hikes. We've tried new recipes, and watched all of the Harry Potter movies again, and spent hours talking and sharing and just really enjoying each other. We have fallen into an easy coexistence that I'm going to miss very much. I also know they LOVE the campus life and I hope they will be safe and stay healthy. None of us really know how this is going to go, so they might be home again sooner rather than later.
The dogs are loving all of the attention they get with a house full of people. Boomer loves to walk himself but he graciously lets us follow along. Gotta love a dog who know what he wants and goes for it!
All major home remodel construction is finished but there are still plenty of walls waiting for quilts, and other finishing touches that will come together at some point. We've been enjoying summer a bit too much to really focus on those final details. I have some ideas, just need to make them happen.
A whole lot of quilt related 'work' has been happening even if the sewing machine hasn't been running. I have made some decisions about a Sew Along (it's going to be fun and special thanks to all of you who contributed ideas!) The Mystery Block of the Month begins next month. I'm going to sew up my sample steps while I'm at the beach in a few weeks.
I'm also working on some really fun new ideas with a company that has asked me to design for them. Truly a dream come true, and the ideas are hard to narrow down, but I'm having SO much fun!!
Thanks to so many of you, I've been busy longarm quilting all summer long as well. I am happy to continue to quilt for you, however, due to my work schedule, I may have to cut off quilting for a few months near the end of the year, so if you've been thinking about sending me a quilt to longarm, NOW is the time to do it!
And I'm really focused on my 5 ZOOM presentations to quilt guilds in September. I've completed my SCRAP QUILT SECRETS presentation and I will share it live very soon! If your guild is ready to ZOOM please contact me to set up a date and time for a presentation. I'm not ready to do workshops yet, but hopefully that will be an option soon.
No wonder this summer feels like it's flown by! I've learned so many new things and I've only scratched the surface. No telling what this fall will bring, but I think I'm ready...
Share your favorite summer memory in the comments for a chance to win the PDF pattern of your choice from my online shop. It pays to read until the end! I'll choose a winner on Friday.