I know I’ve said this before, but the past month has been extraordinarily crazy. I’ve started posts so many times – on scratch pieces of paper, napkins, sitting here at the computer – and they all just get pushed aside for something else. I don’t know the last time I was as mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted as I’ve been this month. This is a LONG post, and it starts out a little heavy, but it lightens up.
I started out this month in Boston. I had a weekend trip up to spend one more weekend with BFF before she moved to Germany for her PhD. I cannot even begin to express how wonderful that weekend was, but it was also incredibly difficult. I’m not sure how you get to the point where you’re okay with your best friend moving halfway around the world, but I am not okay with it yet. She’s been gone for a couple weeks now, and I already miss her in the worst way. Most of the time it’s totally fine, but sometimes I feel like someone cut out my heart and a lung, and then had a go for a kidney while they were in there. We’ve been friends for five years, and of those, four have been long distance. Nothing horrible has ever happened to make it necessary, but it was always possible to jump in the car or onto a plane and fly to Boston if she needed me, and the other way around. It came close one year though. It was New Years Eve 2012 into 2013. M and I had left the bar we’d all gone out to early to go back to his place, make some pizza, watch the ball drop in our pjs, and then go to bed. I have no idea what time it was, but we were sound asleep and my phone rang. I sat straight up in bed, knew it was her without looking at it, and answered “what’s wrong?” She was on the other end bawling her eyes out, and it was all I could do to calm her down and tell me what had happened. I came incredibly close to getting on the first flight to Boston the next morning, but she promised it would be okay, and it was. Getting to Germany in the case of something like that is not anywhere close to that simple. And it would be a big fat lie if I said I wasn’t worried about that.
On a happier note, I did send her off with a metric ton of bags and travel things. She doesn’t do organization well (I swear we’re the same person), so I wanted to make sure that she had, at the very least, cute tools to maintain some semblance of order while she’s traveling. I didn’t get everything on that to-sew list done, but that’s what Christmas is for! She did get a lot of it though, and then promptly tested a bunch of it out on her trip to PA with her mom. So, without further ado, here’s what she got!
- A Weekender Bag (Amy Butler)
- 1 Large Open Wide Pouch (Noodlehead)
- 1 Small Open Wide Pouch (Noodlehead)
- 1 Wherever You Go Travel Wallet (Fishstick Designs)
- 1 Manicure Wallet (Noodlehead/Robert Kaufman)
- 2 Tiny Neat n Tidy Zippered Pouches (Erin Erickson)
- 1 Jane Market Bag (Alicia Paulson)
- 1 Large Wet Bag
- 1 Travel Document Wallet (Thimble)
I went for a palette of teals, aquas, corals, and purples. Bright colors, a lot of her, a little of me, and where I could get away with it, some fabrics that reminded me of our time at Roanoke together. We went from pretty much not being able to stand each other to best friends on a May Term trip to Mexico after junior year of college. We were both biology majors, and the class was a Tropical Marine Biology thing. After that class, we ended up having vertebrate biology and our senior seminar together, which means we had a lot of very interesting times in classes together! I used some florals (we also had the same advisor, and she mostly works with plants,) the coral reef on her weekender bag was because Mexico, same with the Cuzco plume on the wallet. Inside her weekender, there are a couple of zippered pockets. One of them got a fish print, the other one got a print that has always reminded me of kelp. The Jane Market Bag was a different beast. I’d been hoarding that fabric for a WHILE. Two years, maybe? I picked it up off of one of the first destashes that Quilt Barn did, and I never really had a use for it. It’s a home dec fabric, and there isn’t anything in my home that I wanted in those colors. I was considering destashing it, and then I started pulling fabrics for this project and they insisted I use them for the Market Bag. I was happy to oblige, and amazing happened.
Sometimes, the projects design themselves.
In any case, I showed up in Boston with a pile of stuff for her, and she was thrilled. I still had to finish a few things (like, um, sewing in the lining of the weekender. Oops.), but for the most part, we used them to transport her stuff from work home, and then as we started cleaning up her bedroom to take back to her parents’ or over to Germany. I did get this really awesome snapshot of her while I was working on sewing in the lining…
We had a fun weekend in Boston, with lots of good food and some pretty unintentional BFF things happening. I got to see the sights, we did a lot of walking, I skipped my runs. All in all, it was a solid weekend.
I got home late Sunday night, M and I had a lovely few hours together before bed, and then he woke me up at 5AM Monday to drive him to the airport. He spent a week in Dallas for training, came home Thursday night, and we had a bunch of errands to run, family stuff to do that weekend. I got not a whole lot done, but I did get my Broadway and Hogwarts swaps shipped out mostly on time!
M flew back out to TX for more training the following Tuesday, and I peaced out on Friday for the DCMQG Quilt Retreat. It was SUCH a fun time. I honestly could not ask for a better guild. Everyone is so supportive and inspirational. I had a super productive two days at retreat, and managed to get a bunch of swap work done, plus a little tiny bit of selfish sewing.
Unfortunately, I had to leave retreat early on Sunday to get to the airport to head to the National Meeting for work. I spent Sunday-Wednesday in Boston, and I was so tired by the time it was over. It was a great experience to be able to go to the meeting, and I’m really hoping I’ll be able to keep going! I did manage to get a little bit of work done, and I spent some time in our booth on Tuesday (the last day) working on my (drumroll please…) Epic Chemistry Quilt. I’m not spilling the details on the full design, but it’s going to be pretty sweet. More than one member was super excited to see me working on it, which was pretty exciting for me!
I ended up spending most of Wednesday sitting in the airport. I got the call at 12:30 that my 3pm flight was cancelled, so I hustled it over to sit on standby and hope to get a flight. I managed to get a little something finished for my Zodiac Mini Swap, and also finished up the embroidery piece of the Best Birthday Ever package I shipped out at the end of the month.
When I finally got home (on a 6pm flight that was delayed until 7pm,) I was pretty much ready to sleep for a week. The last week of August was mostly just a cluster of exhaustion, but I finally got my life together and finished up that Best Birthday Ever swap, and got back on the Marathon Training bus.
So, it’s now September 2. My next post is going to be a run down of the swaps that I’ve finished/received starting with Alison Glass, as well as the DCMQG Bee update that I’ve been slacking on.