Last night we finished sewing the background and began cutting out the applique pieces. I hardly noticed time passing and before I knew it, it was time to pack up and go home. I was trying to finish cutting out my pieces, but I had to pack it in with just one branch left.
And everyone really liked the new bag that I was packing it into (on sale at Joann.com--not available in the store--with free shipping). It holds my 17x24 cutting mat and has little pockets for everything else. Perfect for class. And I can store everything in there so I can just grab it and go.
When I got home, I finished cutting and fused the pieces so next week, I am ready for the buttonhole stitch. Maybe I should make and fuse some shapes onto scraps so I can practice next week. Okay, that's my assignment for next weekend, because that's a really good idea.
The women in class continue to surprise me by being so supportive of each other. Last night, I sneezed. You have to know I have this sneeze my mother says sounds like a kitten. (I do let it all out!) Someone said, "You have such a cute and little sneeze." I said, "It's the only thing cute and little about me." Several women objected; one said, "I don't know your personality, but why would you say that about yourself?" Wow. And that's just one example.
I don't know why I feel such surprise. I went to women's college so I am very used to this compassionate behavior. I think it's this woman at work who is warping my sense of women's community. She's very anti-woman; always badmouthing someone. She makes me think of something Madeleine Albright told a group of girls at a high school she visited, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support each other."