In December 2013 I attended the holiday potluck meeting of the local chapter of Arizona Quilt Guild. I had a delightful evening and became a member in January 2014. I am definitely the youngest member by a noticeable margin. Most women are in the 55-70 range, with some older and few in their 40s. And yes, it is all women.
I attended the spring retreat at a little camp near Tucson in March and I loved it. There were 7 of us working on our projects all day, breaking for meals in the dining room. “Breakfast isn’t until 8:00 a.m., so you don’t even need to worry about an alarm,” one woman explained in total seriousness as I set up my workspace upon arrival. Ha. Hilarious. I set my alarm each morning and stumbled to breakfast, looking for coffee more than anything. I was always the last one in the sewing room, usually around 1 a.m.
I signed up for the fall retreat too, this time in Prescott. Only 4 of us ended up in attendance due to last-minute emergency cancellations, which gave me the loft sleeping area all to myself. I probably would have anyway because the others didn’t want to deal with the steep stairs. (Thank you, 32-year-old knees!) Once again, I was the last one up every night. This time I didn’t set my alarm until 10:00 though, to get a bit more sleep and relaxation out of the long weekend.
This is my fall retreat quilt, which I decided to keep for myself. The bright and bold triangles are all from scraps, while the white is actually several white-on-white prints up close. Note to self: take a close-up picture, post it later. I was inspired by the Flying Farfalle quilt I saw several years ago on the fabulous Film in the Fridge. Each square is 6×6 unfinished, with the scraps between 2.5×2.5 and 5×5. I knew when I was making it that I wanted to keep this one for myself. It’s impractical with the mix of white and bright colors. I love it.
The back is mostly an Ikea sheet-turned-curtains-turned-backing.
I found these pictures on my computer from October 2012, a baby quilt I had forgotten that I made. I vaguely recalling being told they were doing a turquoise and yellow theme for their baby and I said “I can work with that!” The quilt is resting on the patio wall of the apartment below mine. It was the only nearby surface that would hold the quilt horizontally — I tried the pool fence gate and a nearby bush first — and I hoped the neighbors wouldn’t catch me at it. A rummage through the memory files confirms that I had ended a relationship a week or two before the pictures, meaning I didn’t have a quilt photo assistant handy.
What I Wore to Work Today: March 24, 2014
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Gift from a friend
We’ve almost made it to the end of the photo cache! Good work, everybody! Then we start on the pile from recent months, and the quilts, and there are probably a few Before & After shots to share. Not many of those, I’m afraid, I haven’t been refashioning at the rate I was a few years ago.
And then we can live in the present, and really look at ourselves these days, and sit with that awhile. It will be an emotional experience no doubt.
What I Wore to Work Today: February 5, 2014
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Happy new year, everyone, it’s 2014! Let’s take stock of our lives.
The lettuce has died, you can see its dried leafy remains in the pot. A new basil plant has been added instead (which is still going strong in 2015!). The spider plant seems to be doing well.
Christmas lights were put up on the balcony during December and remained there for months. I’m not a monster, I stopped plugging them in after the Epiphany in January. I didn’t take them all the way inside for months though. You can see them string on the concrete behind me, next to the wall.
This skirt was from the second main shopping expedition for new job upgraded wardrobe items, this time at Ann Taylor. I delighted in their petite line. Clothes made for people my size! Yay! (I’m 5’2″.)
I started this quilt 4 -5 years ago intended as a gift for somebody. Eventually I realized that it was long past time that I needed to just buy a present already for their life event, and I decided this quilt was for somebody else. That never happened either. Last winter it was a functional quilt, missing a binding and with minimal quilting. I started using it on my bed during a cold snap, exposed batting edges and all. Finally, sometime last spring I added binding and declared this quilt Mine. After making maybe two dozen quilts ranging from lap quilts to a queen size, this is the first one that I am keeping for myself.
Of course it is. Blue and green and blue-green leftovers from my stash on the front and soft flannel pieces on the back, it represents the colors that I gravitate to over and over. (I have over-corrected since then and now have an excess of vibrant pinks.) The picture isn’t particularly true to life in the specific colors, and it is still accurate. Blue. Green. Blue-green.
What I Wore to Work Today: October 22, 2013
Tank top: Target
When I was a few years into my career, I attended a 3-day training course on Lean, a process improvement approach with an emphasis on minimizing waste. One of the things I remember most vividly about the seminar was what the trainer was wearing the first day: a lavender sweater set and dark trousers. I loved it. “A sweater set! I could get one of those! Yes! I’m going to do it!” I did not actually follow through and get a sleeveless shell with matching cardigan. I did, however, start buying cardigans and wearing them buttoned up and wearing them open and sometimes wearing them with a few buttons done, over an assortment of blouses and shirts and dresses and t-shirts.
The offsite training for three days in 2008 led me here, to this moment when I wear a cardigan to the office about half the time, and when my work responsibilities include process improvement. I’m currently working on replacing some of those cardigan appearances with blazers and jackets, to bump up the professional look a notch.
What I Wore to Work Today: October 21, 2013
Dress: Goodwill, refashioned
This was one of the first dresses that I refashioned when my refashioning took a leap into dresses in 2010. (RIP Wardrobe Refashion.)
What I Wore to Work Today: October 15, 2013
This dress has a Talbots Petite label in it and I didn’t alter it a bit. There’s no date on the label, I assume it’s from the time when people were riding the early years of Mad Men style, before they started to get all cool and mod and psychedelic and other things as the ’60s carry on. My “Mad Men” viewing experience was lifted to a new level when I found Tom & Lorenzo. Their analysis of the show’s costume design is amazing, with so many screenshots. The costume designer and whole costume & production crew are amazing. I’m eagerly awaiting the T&L posts during the final seven episodes starting April 5.
What I Wore to Work Today: October 10, 2013
Everything but pants: Target
Pants: Goodwill, is that we’ve decided?
Let us begin by noting that in the week between this picture and the last one I moved a spider plant pot onto the balcony and also planted lettuce. Which is where the post title Lettuce Begin comes from. It comes from me being a goddamn genius master wordsmith.
I don’t recall ever eating lettuce from my little patio container garden and I don’t know what happened to the lettuce. It is safe to assume that the lettuce died. That round planter now has basil – which has been trucking along for what seems like a year! – and a new rosemary plant. It is safe to assume that the basil and rosemary will die one day as well, which we all must.
Watching it grow/fail to grow in upcoming pictures will be a little game for us to play while we wait for death.
What I Wore to Work Today: October 3, 2013
Pants: Are these Goodwill?
Belt: Target, came with a pair of pants
Yep, here’s more from that black pants/brown belt/brown shoes phase.
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