Friday, September 21, 2012

Five MInute Friday: Wide

Five Minute FridayHow wide is this fabric? A question that accompanies the searching of material to made into something. If you have bought a pattern and are using that as a guide, it will show you (usually) a couple of ways to arrange your pattern pieces based on how wide your fabric is. It has always been a source of delight to my logic puzzle, tetris loving self to see if I can come up with a more frugal use of space. (I usually can).

What happens with sewing is that if your fabric is thinner than you need, you can still buy it, but you need to buy more length. And if it's wider, then you can probably buy less length. Following me so far?

We are ending Week 3 of our tenth year of homeschooling. There are more pattern pieces this year than there ever have been. And there is still me. Just Me. At the helm. And as much as women like to think we can stretch a little more here or there, really, the hours we have in a day don't change all that much - width or length.

Pieces of My Quilt
My width and length may not be able to change too much, but I can add other pieces. My 13 yo can take up a couple of those pieces on his own. The 10yo asked (yes asked!) if she could learn to do a thorough bathroom clean. She can have that piece. The 7yo loves to help in the kitchen. Looks like this quilt is going to be just the right length - and width.

7 comments:

Debbie Petras said...

Emily what a great description and example for our word ...wide. My mom used to sew patterns so I can understand this.

Amy said...

Love this!! One question: can I borrow you 7 year old? that must be some amazing homeschool curriculum you're using. :) so glad you came by my place earlier.

Jessica Hoover said...

You are a brave woman to be stretched through 10 years of homeschooling. I'm praying for the strength to be stretched in that way over the years! Thanks for sharing your life, heart and all the stretching. It makes new moms like me feel a bit braver- and I need that!

Denise said...

Great post.

Emily said...

Thank you Everyone! Thank you! How blessed I am in my First Five Minute Friday!

renee @ FIMBY said...

This is beautiful Emily. I never did like sewing with patterns. I'm more of cut and go and see how it works out (often it doesn't with this method). I wonder if I could carry this metaphor over to my homeschooling methods. Maybe that's too much of a stretch.

But I totally hear you. The more years into this the more pieces to the puzzle. Curious how you arrive at 10 years of homeschooling, including preschool?

Emily said...

Thanks Renee. Yes, we've been using Sonlight curriculum starting with their PreK (and we've done that with all three). So PreK plus K and Caleb in 8th grade makes this my tenth year. I'm kind of curious about how I got here, too! :)