Sunday, October 04, 2015

where does the time go?

No photos and not much about quilting..if that is what you want to read...come back next time.

Wish I could say I have been doing fun and fabulous things, keeping me from posting here.  Nope.  Well, we did go to the Sisters Folk Music weekend and I have spent many weekends with quilting friends doing quilty stuff.  Overall, most of my time has been spent on my day job.  Unless you are in love with numbers, spreadsheets, and spending endless time on the computer playing with making numbers add up to match totals to match bank information..right...see?  you are already falling asleep!
Now, I happen to love doing this boring stuff.  Which is why it is the perfect day job for me.  Due to many things way beyond my influence/control...the time  balance between number crunching at the office and time doing the rest of my life has not been in favor of a personal life.

I do know that I am not a machine that can spend endless hours at the computer and not wear myself out.

So...invoking the tried and true BALANCE rule.  Because, while work will never end...there will always be a flood of numbers to deal with...the rest of my life needs just as much, if not more of my attention.

I belong to a fabulous book group.  We met yesterday afternoon and as always had a lively conversation and I left feeling lifted by being there.  I drove straight to my favorite and nearby book store, Powells and found not only the one and only copy of the next book we chose to read, but a few others that were mentioned as well worth reading.  If you love to read and enjoy reading a wide selection of genres the book we chose is, I am the word, by Paul Selig.  It is a channeled text.  

Ok, so...something about really that is my favorite creative expression...I have the machine turned on to sew together binding strips, the quilted string quilt waits.  Today, I am not going into the office until my personal life gets a lot of my time.  So..maybe I won't go in..but probably will.  I have 12 days! until my sister arrives and I am on vacation.
the list of to-do's is massive.  Some of the list will have help from my sweetheart...but mostly I have stuff only I can do.  What has NOT helped ...I have been ill for the last two sick pay, so struggling to get through a work day and sleep/rest recover has been all I could manage.  This weekend I am clearly much, much better and so...without over doing it, I am tackling the must do with the love to do items.  Balance right??

Part of that is posting guilt about blathering -just doing a check in post and sharing I am still around, still in love with playing with fabric and wish the cleaning fairy would stop by.

time to switch over the laundry, make the bed with cleans sheets (which make me so happy!) and in general got on to the next list item...the sewing machine is waiting and if nothing else, binding will get made.

Do come back as there will be a photo of the finished quilt.  really.  after all, it's on my list !

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June check in-progress on second round robin

I just finished a week of staying at a friends home dog sitting while she was out of town on a business trip.  It is simply amazing how much time it takes to care for two small dogs and one aloof cat!  Of course, in addition to working my usual 8 to 9 hour day job.  Let's just say, I am thrilled to be back home in my own bed!

I have two friends coming over tomorrow to sew/quilt with.  As they are part of my small group, I can show off the current blocks I am making on the second round I received.  In fact, I should be able to finish the last block today.  As I mentioned, I only bought two fat quarters to help with this round.  Unbelievable as it is , I ran out of that fabric!  So, last Sunday the shop where I had bought said fabric was open at noon and off I went.  I bought two yards!  It turns out to be a really nice textual background fabric in one of my favorite colors.  So, now I can finish that last block and be ready to audition how to fit it together with what was passed to me.  The truly creative part!

Last Saturday I was able to go back to my local quilt shop with large tables and pin what turned out to be a huge donation quilt.  Even with two tables, some hung over the side.  So, I will be doing straight line quilting on it.  I am not willing to spend a huge amount of time free motion quilting and wrangling it through my standard size domestic machine.  I hope to make progress today on that quilt.
Tomorrow I will be sitting at the kitchen table with my two friends so we can all stitch together.
My featherweight machine will be perfect to use and I have string blocks to make.  That means I need to cut foundation squares today.  And, pull out the string scrap container.

While I was away from home a book I ordered arrived.  I started reading it this morning with my coffee and it is totally engaging.  Once I am done, I will share my review of it.  All I can say is if you are a Gwen Marston fan and a scrap quilter, you too will love this book.

Time to have breakfast and get this day going!
Enjoy your day! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

April and May combined

Thanks to my friend Claire, I realized I never took a photo of her second donation top that I quilted up and now will be sending to Wraptheminlove- the charity group noted on my sidebar.

without further it is:
I have been busy working on my small quilt group round robin pass along blocks.  Our hostess of our group is not playing so she shuffles our pizza boxes and assigns them on to the next person.  I love the randomness of this approach.  Our group is a wonderful mix of experienced quilters and newer quilters.  Same with age, we cover a wide range of age and experience and of course, preferences in what we like in terms of fabrics, patterns, styles, type of piecing, well you get the idea.

The first one I received had a fat quarter mixture and a variation of a traditional block.  I went to my copy of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced quilt patterns book, looked up blocks I thought would complement the starter block and made my block using some of the fabric from the box and adding in some of my own fabric.  I confess I used this challenge to do a little, ok, a lot of stash enhancement to work with this round robin  block challenge.  I threw some of what I used in with my block and was happy to pass it on.  Our only rule is you must attach what you create to what you receive.
Each person had the option of including a notebook with their inspiration and/or thoughts on what to do with the block they chose to use for the round robin challenge.  So far what they have written has been terrific in guiding me to have a fair sense of what they like.  We have two months between swapping boxes, a decent amount of time to work in.  I usually start as soon as I can after receiving my box.  I know how life can get hectic for myself and my habit of thinking I can do something faster than it turns out in "real life".  I will admit the second one was a snap to know what I wanted to do for it.  The owner gave great color preferences, both in what she liked and did not like.  I am starting today as what I want to make involves a lot of different pieces to come together.  I bought a very slight amount of fabric, two fat quarters to add in either color or texture I lacked in my stash.

I am taking photos of what I am making for each , but, of course can not show them here.    I am saving them to a folder and at the end can do a summary or some sort of collage of them.

Having Monday off is so wonderful!
 Yesterday was consumed with errands and finally revamping my ironing board and the big board I use over it so they work better together.
 I finally replaced the bleeding cover on the big board with new fabric...instead of throwing a piece of muslin over it and making do.  I don't know why I will put off simple fixes that make quilting so much easier, other than I had to put the big board into my car and drive out to the shop to have it recovered.  I had neither the muscle nor the tools to do it myself.  Luckily they were kind enough to do it right away and I only had to pay for the new fabric.  A very short wait and the job was done.

Today I am happy to spend time here updating and sharing at least one photo of another ufo finish.
I now have credit of 3 finishes out of the 14 on my list that we are doing at our guild as a challenge.
I already showed the other donation quilt finish and the Indian Summer quilt finish too.

As I can not share the block or blocks I will be making for this current round robin, I hope to quilt up a charity top given to me at the last guild meeting from the gal that is in charge of our guild charity donations and then upload that photo here.
I used to do a lot of free motion quilting years ago and have allowed that skill to really get rusty.  If this new charity quilt is not too huge, I may work on my free motion quilting on it.  First I need to pin baste it together.

Ok..update done for now!   No promises on the next post...however I am happy to be back at my sewing machine and quilting groove!