Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tiny Needle Tuesday Plus My Weekend

 This is what my tiny needle has. been up to:

It's a small piece of a project that I finished on Sunday-- just in time to submit it to a challenge from Quilting Arts Magazine. The challenge was to make a scroll measuring no more than 40".  I had to cut a panel so that I didn't go over 40".

Here's the finished project:

It's bits and pieces from my trip to Colorado. It will seem very random to the viewer, but my new-to-me fiber group -- the Memory Cloth Circle -- liked it. I'm not sure it was worth the time, but it was kind of fun.

My weekend also included having friends over for dinner on Saturday. I invited my favorite co-teacher, John, and his wife Michele, who is a special ed teacher. Not team-teaching with John is one of the things I'm going to miss the most this fall. We practically had a comedy act going in a long-running debate over which decade had the best music, the 1970s (my choice) or the 1980s (his choice). I hope we'll stay in touch.

Michele is the chairperson of the Union's Subcommittee on Special Ed, so we have quite a bit of history, too.

And Michele made me the best mask ever:

For those of you who aren't massive fans of The Office: The mask features Dwight Schrute, one of the main characters. I gave John a vintage Chewbacca mug, seeing as he is a Star Wars fanatic.

Madison Urban Sketchers met Saturday at a local park, where we all drew the beautiful bathroom structure -- built by the CCC during the Depression. It was a small but talented group. Mine is on the top right:

Last, but not least, I went kayaking on Sunday with my friend Tracey. What is it about water that is so soothing? When my ankle heals, I am going to beg Kathy for a paddle-boarding lesson.

It was a busy weekend for me -- but now I have all week to relax!


  1. It sounds like you are really settling into retired life! Your scroll is amazing. What a great way to record the memories of a special trip.
    I love that mask! Before Covid my old teacher friends and I would meet up every few months for lunch and I miss it so much. We tried Zoom but it was a bore. I never realized until now how much I needed that interaction. I'm hanging on by a thread here.

  2. I love seeing your little sketches. I really should do more sketching.

  3. Such good times you are enjoying! The scroll is gorgeous--I hope you make it into the competition! The artwork is wonderful--it had to feel great to be with friends again!

  4. The CCC built some wonderful structures and created some beautiful artwork during a dismal era. The memory scroll is clever!

  5. Retired life.....oh yeah! It's good!

  6. being retired is suiting you perfectly! and of course you'll stay in touch and make new friends along the way as well. Love your stitching project!

  7. I love that memory scroll. Such a clever project -- and so well done. :-) I feel like I've lost touch with so many people during the last year and a half. For a while, I was okay about it . . . but I'm starting to really miss REAL connection with REAL people. (Sigh.)

  8. I love your memory scroll, so beautiful and such a wonderful way to capture memories. Your drawing is lovely and reminds me I need to draw more. Enjoy retirement… I’m longing for that day.

  9. It sounds like you are having fun adventures. When I retire, if my body is close to being able to handle it I would love to paddleboard. But that's a bit off and frankly my body is not handling all the therapy I do as well as I would like so we shall see. Stay safe.