It has been a really long time since I went back to school in September, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like a new year is beginning each time Labor Day rolls around. I no longer go out and buy new notebooks and packs of pencils, but I do clear away the piles in my studio, dust off my tables, and think about the year ahead. When it comes to quilting, I find that I have a renewed energy to tackle those UFOs to try and finish things up by the end of the year. I also find that it’s a great time to re-commit to some practices that I let slide over the summer like not eating ice cream every day and skipping my creative play time. I experimented over the summer with some photography and some creative camp costumes, but I let go of anything scheduled, including my daily play practice. Now that summer’s over, it’s time to get back to my routine.