This Smitten Quilt is still holding my interest. Vegging on my couch and English paper piecing has been how I've spent most of my summer evenings. I started a new job earlier in the summer and I didn't realize how tired it made me. It's going well and I feel like I'm getting a handle on the work... but the summer did feel like a bit of a grind. I love fall though. Crisp weather and sweaters and scarves and coffee... and a totally amazing trip to look forward to. On a whim last week, I started researching whether there were any quilting events happening nearby. There are always classes going on in Sisters, Oregon, but nothing seemed quite right. Quiltcon, the Modern Quilt Guild's event, isn't until February and I'm not really down with that scene (that's probably a topic for another post.) So I kept googling and saw that Jen Kingwell is going to be teaching at various places in the South this fall. After running the numbers on a couple of different destinations, I booked myself a trip to Texas for a quilt retreat!
The paragraph above puts a very positive spin on things. I am crazy excited about the trip... but I also struggle with feeling good about my financial decisions. When I'm not reading quilt blogs, I'm often reading personal finance blogs... but in a way, my hobbies are my babies. They're obviously not actual children, but they need to be taken care of and nurtured and taken to Texas to feed on homemade peach cobbler at a retreat space in the Hill Country.