I finished the three ‘Christmas Shopping Bags’ this past week. Amazingly, everything went together really well and there were no ‘oops’ moments if you don’t count the two times I sewed the lining bottoms completely closed and then had to unsew enough to allow for turning the bags right side out. In spite of that, I’m really quite pleased with the end result and I think they look pretty good. I was surprised by how much time they took to make. Somehow, I had the idea that this would be a quick project. Not so. Here’s hoping the intended recipients like them and use them.
I spent all day Saturday cutting out the fabric and for DS and DDiL’s Christmas present. I’ve learned that organization is the key to success with Pam Bono designs, so I was careful to tick off on the pattern each piece as I cut it, and to store them in labelled zip lock bags. Today, I’m making the first of the strip sets. I’ve promised myself that the quilt top has to be completed by the end of October to allow the lady who does my long arm quilting lots of time and so that hopefully I will get the top back with enough time to sew on the binding before it’s time to get it into the mail. Funny how when I think of it like that, there’s really not all that much time before Christmas. And there’s still the placemats to do for DD and I’ve fallen way behind in my paper piecing from Silver Linings. I thought I had everything well in hand, but obviously, I don’t. How does that happen?
I still have some Fall gardening to do. I want to plant some garlic and I think this is the year to replace all the daffodil bulbs that believe it or not, winter killed about 4 years ago. I didn’t think it was possible to kill off bulbs, but that particular winter killed all my irises, daffodils, wind flowers and all but a couple of my lilies. That winter was followed by a particularly colourless spring and I think it’s time to replace some of my losses. Gardening in Zone 4/5 can be a challenge.
And now for a public service announcement. Tomorrow, I go for my bi-annual mammogram. Just a reminder to anyone over the age of 50 of the importance of this simple test. We are very fortunate in BC to have the Screening Mammography Program that provides free mammograms every two years to all women aged 40 and over who have no first degree relative that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I fall into that group and I’ve been going every two years for the past 25 years. Women with a family history of the disease are screened more frequently. Public service announcement now complete.