Monday, November 02, 2015

quilting again

I have been quilting on a more regular basis.  I also had my first spam comment.  sheesh.  I removed it and reported the problem.  I may have to add stronger screening of comments, but, as I do not have a lot of traffic leaving comments, I will hope it does not become a recurring issue.

I have a new laptop computer and still in the learning curve.  I have enjoyed a week of vacation with my sister visiting and it was great fun.

The day job continues to have a mountain of backlog to contend with and I am still training my co-worker who has taken a part of my workload.  Like any mountain, I am taking it one chunk at a time.  It would be nice if time stopped and I actually had a hope of catching up.  As that is never going to be the case, I am embracing do what I can in the time I am allowed (ie, no more overtime) and let the bosses worry about what is not getting accomplished.

I had planned to submit an entry into QuiltCon this year, but, alas I did not read the size requirement for smallest entry and restrictions on the Michael Miller challenge category I had received fabric to use to make my quilt with.  I have to say, I never felt the directions and information that went with that challenge satisfied my questions.  I probably should have found a contact person within The Modern Quilt Guild and been more direct with my questions.  So, all that said, I will find a way to use the fabric sent in one of my charity quilts.

Fabric in my stash never goes to waste!   It all ends up in a quilt at some point or passed along to someone else who will put it to good use.

Once the current top I am working on is done I will share a photo.  It needs one more row ...and I have run out of weekend for now.

back to the work mines today!   

Monday, October 19, 2015

on vacation

My sister arrived a few days ago.  I had a list of things I wanted her to help me with and so far one huge item has been crossed off that list.  We went jigsaw puzzle shopping and found two that we are excited to do. The one thousand piece has all the pieces out on trays and the frame is together.  A strong start.

I have been sleepless in the middle of the night lately and turned to reading emails and surfing the net.

Which then inspired me to come here and write a post.

Along with relaxing with my sister I also want to make some progress on a new quilt top inspired by a pattern from a favorite friend and challenge fabric sent to those of us that agreed within our charity group to use it for making a top to send in to WrapThemInLove headquarters.

I know another dear friend has also been having sleep issues and found it a good time to get some sewing done herself.

So, that posted, I am off the computer and into the sewing room to make good on being productive while I am not sleepy and instead of tossing and turning, pressing and cutting with hopefully wear me out and I will have something to show for not being able to sleep.  And, I can sleep in as I am on vacation!!!  woo hoo.

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 !