Happy Labor Day – September OMG
Happy Labor Day!
Happy Labor Day to all of our USA (and Canada) friends. While the USA seems to falter and be divided in some key areas, I am still proud to live here. While I joked with friends about moving to Canada not too long ago, I am not quite ready to make that leap. Nor is Canada ready for the mass exodus that was kiddingly promised. Labor Day in the USA dates back to 1882 in NYC.
Unions did not yet have its foothold, and workers logged a 60 hour work week. It didn’t become a national holiday until 1894, although that was basically meaningless and union workers were told to strike that one day to have ‘off’. Controversy plagued this holiday throughout history, but picnics are now the order of the day. Do a little research if you’d like more information about this holiday, but definitely give yourself the ‘day off’ however you interpret that! We are happy to have the day off from work.
Time for a September Goal
It is time to make a September goal for the month. A short 30 days long, this month means getting back into school-year routines. Sue has had the summer ‘off’ although those days went by so very quickly. Travel to Canada, Maine, and North Carolina made June pass by in a flash. July came and went by equally as quickly with the 4th of July, a bridal shower, weekly Dominic sightings, and family visits. August brought a beautiful wedding, a new baby announcement, and never-ending humidity that made everyone thankful for air conditioning. Five day work weeks are back for me (boohoo), along with planning meals ahead of time and schedules. The long holiday weekend does help us ease back into our routine!
What to do, What to do?
Should our September goal focus continue on UFOs or take a new path?? We chose I Wish You A Merry quilt to be our focus for this month.
Last fall we joined in a QAL with the release of biweekly blocks. When I look at the different blocks, I appreciate each designer sharing their talents with all of the participants. We picked some fabric called Red Dot, Green Dash by a favorite design team (Me & My Sister). Looking at this quilt top now, that fabric really makes me smile! There were a few blocks that we didn’t make, and they’re not going to happen now.
Inspiration for a quilting design is needed as this quilt top is all layered and pinned. Challenges do await us, since we have sewn on the buttons for Mr. Snowman. We are leaning (today) toward a meandering or stippling pattern. The newly acquired skill can be tested on this quilt, and I believe Sue is going to tackle it!! I don’t want to say it doesn’t matter how it goes, but it really doesn’t matter. This quilt will be out for a short holiday, making an appearance Thanksgiving night through mid-January. Not one single person who may see it will care about how it is quilted. Including us!
We will revel in the special angel block representing Sue’s sister, Jodi. We learned a lot making each of these blocks, and it’s about time we enjoy it.
To make it official, our goal for Patty’s Elm Street Quilts September OMG is to quilt and bind I Wish You A Merry quilt. That will be another item off of our UFO list and get us closer to earning our PHD by the end of the year. Another two-fer.
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