I took a mini road trip to the Eastside today. It's a daily commute for many people, but I stay in Seattle most of the time so for me, it was a field trip! First I picked up a piece of furniture that I bought on Craigslist. My older sister has been telling me for years that it's a great place to buy furniture, but I was just freaked out by it and thought that it seemed like a huge hassle. However I came to the realization lately that I am 1. sick of my Ikea furniture but 2. don't have a large enough furniture budget to buy the furniture I really like. Enter Craigslist! I've bought two pieces so far - I'm being quite picky, but I love what I've gotten so far and I feel like they are quality items that will last for a long time.
After today's furniture pickup, I went straight to a long arm quilting class at a quilt shop in Issaquah. This shop rents out their long arm quilter by the hour. Unfortunately it really isn't convenient to where I live and the per hour fee is pretty high ($20/hour) considering the kind of quilt making that I generally do. I'm still glad that I took the class and it definitely made me think a lot about free motion quilting which I haven't done much of lately. We got to do some sample quilting including our names and some different patterns. I hope that some day long arm quilting is part of my quilt arsenal - either through having my own long arm machine or renting one through a shop, but right now, I just don't think it's for me. The other people in my class seemed much more excited about long arm quilting ASAP, but I think I will pass. I do need to save some time for my new hobby of Craigslist furniture buying :)
I'm only working for two days this week and then I'm off to Texas for my retreat! I have a crazy supply list which of course I haven't tackled yet. #procrastinationstation