Every Labor Day week, my husband and I head to the Pennsylvania mountains with dogs, cat, and boat in tow to spend our annual idyllic summer vacation at the lake. But that's not all we bring. For that week I also always pack my sewing machine, supplies, and some particularly recalcitrant projects, and I fantasize about getting that sewing done that has eluded me all year.
My dog Sunny has a pensive fetching moment.
This year I have some long sleeve T-shirts from some beautiful bamboo knit fabric that I cut out years ago but never made. And of course, I have the couple of skirts that I intend to make for wear at the Quilting Live event in Atlanta next week. It's a great plan that almost always goes awry.
Once I actually get to my vacation, I am more likely to spend my mornings sipping coffee with my husband on the dock and watching the dogs splash among the reeds, doing their retrieving thing. After such a hectic summer at work, it's such a pleasure to just take a deep breath and relax. Time is upside down in magazine world and summer is the time that we are producing all those holiday magazines.
But each night, I determinedly take baby steps toward my vacation sewing goal. It may just be transferring pattern markings or stitching one seam before I fall into a dreamless slumber, but it's progress.
If your very determined late summer sewing plans include making holiday gifts, check out the Quilting Arts Holiday special issue in the Sew Daily Shop. It's packed with truly unique projects.
What projects are you working on these days? I would love to know!
P.S. To push your handmade and embellishment skills to the next level on your next vacation, try taking classes at a live event, such as the seminars RNK Distributing presents across the country.