It snowed the last half of our drive to Calgary. Snow is not nearly as pretty or as welcome in April as it is in December but luckily it wasn't a heavy snowfall and the driving was easy. The drive back was snow free. The sky was blue and the roads were mostly clear and the drivers were mostly sane and all was well. I enjoyed the driving time with my son and seeing my daughter and her family and - of course - snuggling my grandson. And now, I have a month to get ready for my trip to Oregon.
Yesterday, I finished quilting the lining pieces of the challenge coat and threw them in the washer and dryer one last time. They're sitting on the work table ready to cut out while I contemplate what changes to make to the pattern pieces first. One of the great advantages of a lining is the opportunity to "muslin" your pattern and one of the great disadvantages of a labor intensive lining like this one is the time involved to redo it if needed. Right now, the sections are soft and light - exactly like I wanted.
My husband is off work indefinitely. We may have some more answers after a doctor's appointment on Wednesday but for now, it's another layer of stress both from a financial perspective and from a not knowing one. I'm feeling quite pressured which affects my ability to sew. I always find that a conundrum. Even though sewing de-stresses me, when I'm too stressed I can't sew and yet sewing is exactly the thing I need. Finishing the challenge garment and needing to sew some outfits for Oregon is helpful. I may not get everything I want done but at least I have a plan to work toward.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - safe travels, turning one, quilted lining pieces