Happy week of Thanksgiving in the US! We’ve got our menus planned, groceries bought, and have started baking things. But the real preparation will begin in earnest on Wednesday afternoon and I’m chomping at the bit to get started. But before we can start Thanksgiving, I’d like to share (some of) the oops* I’ve made in the last couple of weeks.

Oops #1:

I never posted a catch up post last week! It’s because we were all sick at one point or another and my lucky day was on Friday, which is when I usually write these posts. I spent the day on the couch, recovering with two of my children. It would have been a really nice day if we hadn’t all been so sick!

Oops #2:

Last Monday I realized that I made a mistake on the outer border on Mighty Acorn — after I got nearly all the way around! I ripped out all of the stitches on the bottom border, about half of the left border, and just a few stitches on the right border. Since then I’ve restitched the border… and they still didn’t quite meet up. So I fudged it. And then I stitched the inner border. And that didn’t meet up. So I fudged that one, too. No pictures — I’m hoping you’ll forget all about it by the time I share the project again and you won’t notice a thing.

Oops #3:


When I spread my Bloom Quilt out to take this picture, I noticed that I had rotated the sixth block (second row, second from the left) on its side. Oops. I’ve since picked that out, turned it, and fixed it. I’m also hoping that you’ll forget about it by the time I next share this project and won’t notice the new puckering around that block!

But instead of focusing on this oops, please notice how cute this quilt is becoming with all of those scrappy borders sewn on!


Besides all of these oops*, I have been reading in all of the little cracks I find throughout the day. If you follow me on Goodreads you might have noticed that I’ve finished several 5 star books recently. I don’t know if that’s because the books are really five stars or if it’s because I’m just so happy to be reading again. I hope to write a bookish update at the end of the month.

That’s all I have today. I’m planning to write another quick post on Friday, but am unsure if I’ll be able to squeeze in a post-Thanksgiving writing session. Either way — I hope all of my US friends have the Thanksgiving that’s perfectly suited to each of you. And that everyone else has a a cozy and fun week!

* While writing this post, I learned that “oops” is already plural. So while I was tempted to write this as oops’ or oopses, I’m going to go against my gut and just leave it as oops. But please know that it’s a plural oops!

13 thoughts

  1. I’ve never thought of the plural form of oops before! LOL

    Thanks for sharing yours – it’s nice when people post things that aren’t 100% shiny and the best version. Our online spaces would be healthier if we all did that!

    Glad you’re feeling better and that you’re enjoying your reading. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Thank goodness Oops is already plural – it’s enough, right?! I need to check out your Goodreads, but wonder if one of your 5-star finishes was Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness? there’s a whole story within a story thing about how the broken is what makes us whole (Ozeki is a Zen priest) … and I can’t help thinking about that with the oops! TBD how all this plays into our planned holiday cross-stitch, but hopeful that 14 count fabric is way easier than your linen?!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving Katie and I hope everyone is feeling better. I love your post and it made me smile. Oops issues here too! I haven’t started any Christmas cross stitch projects and I haven’t even thought about starting the Mighty Acorn. Just need more time 😊

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  4. I’m sorry to hear you were all sick — I guess it’s that time of year! I hope you’re all feeling better now and can fully enjoy the holiday week.

    You would think given what I do for a living that I would know that the plural of oops is oops, but I did not. So thank you for teaching me something new!

    I love your quilt, even with the flower on the side. I know you’ve fixed it now, but even placed incorrectly it was adorable.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I am wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and your oopses have gently reminded me of the wisdom of Amish quilters who purposely make a mistake in their work. It is something I think often about when I have made a muck of things… sometimes it becomes my purposeful oops and I revel in the wisdom of others!

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  6. Sorry that you were sick, and hope you’re feeling well again. Whenever this happens I can’t bear to un-do my work, and end up just stashing my project for awhile until I can “do the right thing” and take it apart. It’s great you were able to fix these so quickly!

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you’re feeling better. Being sick for a holiday sucks! Oh, wow, oops#2.. been there, had to weep through that. Done my fair share of “fudge-work” over the years. Oop#3… Is that really an oops? I actually like it. Maybe repeat the oops in another row and it will look intentional. Wouldn’t have noticed had you not mentioned it. It’s a lovely quilt. I’m envious of anyone who can sew curves so nicely. I have Hubby home all week on vacation (prayer request!). He’s upstairs on his Ham Radio most of the time so I forget he’s here… which means he hears me talk to the cat, sing offkey, and binge watch whatever tv show I pull off the dvd shelf. (his radio often interferes with the tv (too close to the antenna) so rather than get upset, I just watch a dvd. Meanwhile, I sew/crochet/knit while watching shows, so I’ve been working on Christmas Ornaments using scraps of linen. Hope you have a great holiday! Shalom, Bear

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