Hello September

I have always loved September. For 41 years, September was the start of my year. Back to school! I loved school so much. Loved being a student, loved being a teacher, loved being a parent with students going back to school. My first September as an administrator, I was sad that I didn’t have bulletin boards to decorate or back to school packets to make. But I found so many things I loved about being an administrator too. And now, it is time to find things to love about being retired.

I started this first not-going back to school season by pulling out a box with a in progress quilt. I bought the pattern for this quilt when I went to the Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon – maybe 10 years ago? The pattern was $1. It took me a few years to gather the fabric. Then a few more to get started. When most of your sewing needs to fit into that small summer break window, it takes some time to make progress. When I opened the box, I found 56 finished blocks and enough fabric cut for another 18. I stitched those up quickly and decided I wanted a slightly larger quilt. Today I cut enough fabric for another 18 blocks and tomorrow I can get those stitched.

I had fun watching the MMD Fall Preview. Oh my – so many good books coming out. I finished Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and started The Color of Compromise. And I am thinking I want to re-read the Marilynne Robinson books (Gilead, Home, and Lila) before her new book is published.

I am on the hem of my Yokey Dokey and was thinking I might finish the body of another sweater this week. That means I would have four sleeves to knit over the next few weeks. Is that a crazy idea? It would be nice to have two finished sweaters before we enter sweater weather.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

14 thoughts on “Hello September

  1. Your quilt is beautiful – and I love the story behind it! And it’s amazing that you went to the Sisters Quilt Show – that always looks like such fun when I follow along on IG.

    The MMD Book Club is so enticing and I admit – I almost joined just so that I could get the Fall Book Preview. I held out and hope some of the previewed books will trickle down to the masses soon :p

    Like you, I love September and the start of a new school year. I get so excited about new school supplies! I’m glad that you’re finding new rhythms in your retirement.

  2. I’m sure starting September is a little odd for you this year but also exciting — all that time to yourself! I really like the quilt and have a feeling it’ll be done fairly soon now that you can focus some time on it. As to your sweaters, I don’t think it’s at all unrealistic to try to finish four sleeves in a few weeks. Sleeves are pretty fast, especially when they’re knit top down (because you decrease along the way) and when they’re just plain stockinette. I have knit a sleeve in a couple of evenings when I needed to.

  3. I love that quilt, those fabrics are wonderful and the simple geometric design really sets them off perfectly. September must seem so strange to you but I bet you are glad to not be dealing with the stress of returning to school in a pandemic. It sounds like you are adjusting and planning/using your time rather well.

  4. I love September for the very same reasons. And now that he is retired from academia there is not beginning of the school year any more. I am still excited about it though. Your quilt is lovely.

  5. As I’ve said before, retirement seems to suit you. You are finding plenty to occupy your time/days and your quilt is so lovely. Enjoy these Fall days!

  6. I don’t think it sounds crazy–I think you’re on a roll! Such a gorgeous quilt. And it must have felt so good to not only finish, but go bigger, at that! I’d be basking in that… 🙂

  7. Your squares are so square! I’m struggling to learn how to cut and sew straight.
    This is a good year not to be working in schools. My assistant principal (I work in a huge high school with five principals) told me there have been lots of tears among the admin team. We teachers are drowning with all the disorganization coming from the district. So many emails, so many links! I don’t know when we are going to have time to design lessons for next week, when school starts.
    I love your notebooks. I have a number of them going. My memory is just so weak!

  8. I’m so glad you’re sewing a quilt – I always love seeing how the pieces come together. I had the EXACT same thought about reading Gilead, Home, and Lila before Jack. I picked up paper copies of all three books way back in the beginning of the year and of course haven’t even opened one yet. Soon!

  9. Love your quilt! I am forever adding more blocks to my quilts after laying all blocks out to sew the rows! My thinking is; I have more fabric, use it, a little bigger won’t hurt!
    I just started Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, so far so good.

  10. I like the quilt. It looks like an elegant way to use up scraps and also a study of lights and darks. That first September after retiring from the school system felt very different but also very freeing. One of the best parts was to be able to savor my Sundays – the entire day. When I taught by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, I was thinking ahead to the week, lunches, lesson plans, materials needed, meetings to prep etc. Enjoy this September.

  11. What a very beautiful quilt! I love the colours you’ve used .. So glad to read it is going to be finished and see the light of day and no longer live in its box – it deserves to be admired :). I usually like September too, but for some reason this year it is not grabbing me …

  12. We were probably at Sisters together in 2010! We’ll have to compare notes! Love your quilt and how you are embracing your new status : protirement. So many projects and a wonderful use of your time. Enjoy!

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