Now onto real life again. Classes have started and I am really excited about taking my graduate seminar this semester. The topic is Critical Organology and we will be discussing instruments and their development, comparisons, and poking at the question "just what is an instrument". It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm really excited for it! Other than that I'm taking lessons, Masterclass, and orchestra this semester so it won't be too bad.
And, drumroll please, I have a job with the University Community Orchestra playing assistant principle viola and helping out with anything extra behind the scenes that needs to get done. I'm so glad, it will be fun to play viola in orchestra and to have a weekly rehearsal that's just for fun :) not to mention getting paid for it ;)
I was super productive in August, crafty-wise:
I finished this cross stitched hand towel and I'm going to send it to my great-Aunt and Uncle in Indiana. They were so kind to let me stay with them on my way back from Maine and I loved getting to meet more of that side of the family!
I also finished these two floor cushions for my new apartment. My roommate and I have a 2 seat couch and one stuffed chair in the living room, and the folding chairs we have at the kitchen table, while functional are not comfortable for long periods of time when we have people over. I started them one evening, they sat for a couple of days and then I finished them in another evening. Best part, I didn't buy any fabric, just the pillow forms :) I do want to add Velcro to the envelope closure on the back, just for some stability since they get moved on the floor a lot.
I tried a new technique! This is from the Bloomin' Quilt As You Go quilt panel tutorial from Let's Eat Grandpa. (http://letseatgrandpa.com/2013/01/29/bloomin-quilt-as-you-go-panel-tutorial/) I am not one for improv. It doesn't usually work out well for me, but I thought I'd give it a try, and it turned out pretty cool :)
I made this block as a test to see what it was all about and because I was thinking about using it for two other thank you gifts. I may do a smaller version for one of them, but this 11.5" by 11.5" block took 2 entire bobbins of thread and almost 2 hours just to sew... Now it is hanging on the wall of minis :) more will be added!
I have a couple of other gifts that I finished and gifted already but didn't get pictures of: a cross stitched lavender sachet and a quilted oven mitt. Plus I have finished a mini quilt depicting my friends beta fish and his castle as another gift that I have not photographed yet either.
My other bout of productivity in August was moving into the new apartment. It took a couple of weeks to get all settled in, but I have been enjoying being in my own space with my own things for a couple of weeks now and it is lovely! I wish there was more natural light here, there are half as many windows in this apartment as I had last year and unfortunately, even on bright sunny days, I need to have at least 2 lights on when I'm sewing. Oh well. I'll post more pictures of my apartment set up soon, but for now, this is my favorite part about the kitchen!
I promise the spice rack is straight and level, it's the phone jack cover that is wonky!