Where did the entire month of May go? I remember it being April, then I blinked, and now it’s June. I purposely didn’t participate in Me-Made-May this year because I knew my schedule was going to be insane, but I really enjoyed following along with all your posts and pictures. So what was I up to? Lots of work, lots of travel, and yes, even some sewing. 🙂
Just this weekend I sewed up three quick t-shirts, the colorful array you see above. These tops may be “boring as hell” (one of my new favorite phrases), but they’re perfect for wearing to work in the summer. These tops were a total stash bust. I used random scraps of cotton jersey leftover from other projects and managed to patch together 3 functioning garments. The colorblocking was more of a necessity than a design decision given the size of my scraps, but I think they came out ok. The pattern is my hacked Renfrew (I made 3 identical tops last summer), and the fabric is all Laguna jersey. Each top uses <1 yard of fabric.
This was the best photo I could get on a very gloomy and rainy Sunday afternoon. My motivation for taking photos of myself for the blog has evaporated lately, so you’ll just have to imagine them on me.
I’ve also been quilting…
I’m still participating in the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild, which has been an absolute delight. I look forward to the meetings every month! The group is really welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic, and I’m learning a lot about various aspects of quilting. I made some Raspberry Kiss blocks (above) for an upcoming guild lottery event. One person from the guild will get to take home everyone’s blocks. I love this idea – what a special quilt that will be.
A few weeks ago I finally bound my Aqueduct Quilt using this fun feather fabric:
The finished quilt is now waiting for a sunny weekend for some good outdoor photos. In the meantime, it’s been accumulating cat hair, which is the sign of a well-used and well-loved quilt. 🙂
Outside of sewing, the main reason my May was so hectic was a trip to Wisconsin. Yes, Wisconsin! I never really gave the state of Wisconsin much thought, but it turned out to be AWESOME. The primary reason for my trip was some work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, but then John and I stayed for a long weekend and turned it into a mini vacation. We had such a great time!
We discovered many Wisconsin traditions, such as fried cheese curds, beer with every meal, and barn quilts.
Apparently barn quilts are a big deal in Green County, WI. Basically, people who own barns sign up to have a quilt block painted on big wooden boards and hung on their barns, and tourists can drive around the county with a map and check off each barn quilt that they encounter. I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing this. Most barn quilts are on agricultural barns, but if you look closely in the photo above, this quilt was hung on the Waste Treatment Facility of a beer brewery!
Another fun Wisconsin landmark: the National Mustard Museum.
This place was hilarious. If you love mustard, this is a must-see.
Throughout the month, we also had various friends and family visiting on a few different occasions. Combined with the Wisconsin trip and a big deadline at work (that thankfully just passed on Friday, phew!!), it feels like it’s been AGES since I’ve been able to just RELAX. But, despite the crazy schedule and work stress, it was actually quite a wonderful few weeks.
Most notably of all, this happened:
A whopping nine months after my thesis defense, I finally got to walk in commencement. What a fun day! I had a wonderful group of family, friends, and colleagues to celebrate with, and getting my degree finally feels official. I laughed, I cried, and I felt very, very proud. Congrats to everyone who graduated this season! 🙂
Now that things are calming down a bit, I’m ready to dive into a more meaty sewing project. I still have my floral Robson trench to sew, and I splurged and bought a piece of gorgeous painted silk chiffon on my travels. Any ideas what I should sew with it??
I hope you all had a wonderful May!