Hello new week! I spent quite a bit of time on Saturday making a couple of quilt blocks for a “block of the month” class online that is free. craftsy.com Each month, we get directions for 2 new quilt blocks. I like most of them. If I don’t like the block, I make another block extra to replace it. My quilt will look less scrappy with less variety but I think I’ll like that.
Being retired is great – I can quilt for several hours today if I just get myself going. Once I’m in my office, I love working there. I feel privileged to have this time to quilt and pursue a hobby I really enjoy.
There are other quilters in Cuenca, some expats have noted they quilt, but so far there is no gathering of quilters that I know of. It would be nice to have a once a month meeting just informal chat to share ideas and resources related to quilting in Cuenca, Ecuador. The fabric is different, batting is difficult to find, I don’t know where to look for rick rack or bias tape. Thread is purchased in a tienda (shop) different from where tela (fabric) is sold. All new in this culture new to me.
When I was just 19 years old, a sophomore in college, I had a professor who said that people my age would need to have serious hobbies to stay healthy and busy in their retirement years. Because we will have many more years of retirement to fill, if we stay healthy, as we live longer than our parents generation. Boy, he was so right. So, look for different hobbies to try out, see what you love, have a variety so you get out with people and have some alone time too.
Let me know what hobbies you enjoy. Reading, garage sales,pick up basketball games in your neighborhood, sewing, swimming, tennis, walking your dog, photography, wood working, showing your cat, you name it!
Do you have any ideas for a hobby possibility you want to check out, see if you have any interest, something completely different? Tell me about it – I’m interested!