A friend was generously sharing knowledge and experience with me as she shared her expertise on quilting, something I want to try. As I was reporting my progress back to her, she suggested I blog about it. So, here I am, post #1 of my new blog, Pursuits and Endeavors. We'll have to wait and see if there are posts yet to come, but thanks for the suggestion, Linda B.
I retired. I moved. I organized my new home - well, sort of. I relaxed. I floated in the relaxation. After 40 years of teaching and non-stop activity, I felt like relaxation was my new major. Then...I was done. Although I still had some activities that connected me to my old professional life, I needed to add some new ones. I tried classes - all sorts of arts and crafts. I joined a book club. I pulled out my telescope and joined the local astronomy club. I joined the local gem and minerals club. Now, I am going to try quilting!
It came to me quite unexpectedly. I don't even remember what I was talking about with Linda B a few days ago, but one thought led to another, and the conversation came to quilts and quilting. I started to believe that, just maybe, I might be able to make something that I have not been able to find for purchase. (I'm pretty picky.) There are many challenges, including the fact that I haven't sewed anything in many years. I do have a new sewing machine. It has sat unused since I bought it as a treat to myself right before Christmas, 2015. However, I have done some light sewing in the past, so I believe I will be OK, once I sit down in front of the machine.
So, true to form. I did a lot of online searching. I also pestered my friend, who gave me a a lot of advice, including a list of basic supplies. I registered for a "Learn to Quilt" class at my local Joann store this Wednesday. While in the store shopping yesterday, I met a lovely woman, Belinda R, who invited me to a meeting of Community Threads, an extension of the McCormick Arts Council at the Katurah, SC. Unfortunately, the club is quite a distance from my home, but I do look forward to making it there once in a while.
I'll let you know how the class works out.