Sunday, November 23, 2014

Update on Indian Summer quilt

I am over the half way mark for this quilt top.  25 blocks out of 42.  I have taken a lot of time off to do other non-quilting related stuff.  Like most working quilters, it's a challenge to juggle all the demands on my time and match up time available with desire and energy to work on a slower than my usual quilt project.  Paper piecing is not my favorite type of block making.  However, this was back in 2008 a special quilt, most of the fabrics collected by my sweetheart who is a huge autumn color fan, and the resulting quilt will add to her collection.  Currently the comments go; did I really pick that fabric???  As I keep saying, I am not a particular fan of autumn colors I can say yes, the majority of these fabrics were at her request.  The lights however, were all chosen by me, back at that time too. I used what I had and then went shopping for more as I never seem to have enough lights!

I am being resolute about not starting anything new but plugging away on this project.  We are going away for a three day trip the day after Thanksgiving.  Dog sitter arranged, it will be a nice break from home and the usual stuff.  So, no time will be available to make progress on this quilt.  

I don't usually talk much about my day job here.  I will only say that a few months ago, it changed in a big way and the impact on my particular desk has meant considerably longer hours than I am happy about.  Sometimes the powers that be, simply do not do their homework on the reality of deciding to make BIG changes.  By the time they figure out they need to hire more people, and factor in the learning curve for those new people, the end result is my desk is two weeks behind.

I have been chipping away at that...some days I seem to gain, some days bring big setbacks as yet another new change goes into effect and I reap the fallout.  The last meeting I had with the CFO was pretty amusing...not much of a glimmer of the true impact of the real work load for me,  but concern about too much overtime.
 I held my ground on the reality...take something off my desk, or accept the fact that there is no way eight hours is going to cover it all.  So...while the powers work on that solution...I put in extra time as I can.  Our department has this coming Friday off , unpaid.

 So, I have 8 hours I can put in without it counting as overtime, lucky me.  I chose not to use a vacation day for Friday.   I have 5 vacation days left and they are already booked for March.

Ok...time to get off the computer and help my sweetie learn how to make skype work for her.

Enjoy this wonderful day!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

October retreat and Max visit..

Playing catch up as life has been jam packed with, well, life stuff! So, photos from my guild retreat, visit with my grandson Max playing with his bucket, and what I am currently working-blocks from a class back in 2008, the new lights in my quilting/computer room-LED's hip hip hooray!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Max bucket finish

I had a chance to learn to make this prior to the book being released next month, October, 2014.  It pays to be a member of a small quilt group within a modern quilt guild that has so many talented fabric designers/pattern designers/ published quilt or quilt related book authors!
I am flying out to visit my grandson Max, and oh yes, his parents too a week from next Tuesday.  I don't want to try carrying this on the plane so come Monday I am shipping it UPS out to Texas.

I took the class at least a month ago, but did not quite finish it during the class times.  Today I finally picked up where I left off and I am very happy with the end result.

They just got a new kitty so I am sure the bit of kitty fabric you can see on the rim,  will make this an even bigger hit with Max the 3 year old.
I also cut binding for the quilt in the previous post/ photo of my  recent quilt top I finished.  I quilted it up about the 3rd of this month, and trimmed it the other night.
 Last weekend I was up in Sisters, Oregon enjoying the yearly Folk Music Festival.  It was another great year of fabulous musicians playing amazing sets.
But I came home too late to do anything in the sewing room.

Plans for tomorrow include stitching the binding on the quilt and cutting 24 more 1.5 inch strips of 24 different fabrics for a swap I need to mail on Monday.  It is not much of a way of busting stash, but, it will increase my postage stamp square collection as I am cutting an extra square for myself and should get back the same number but different fabrics from the swap.

I also need to sort out the hand project I want to work on for this vacation.  I hate to admit but it will be the same project I took two years ago!  My ongoing 1/2 inch hexie English paper piecing project.
This is one of my oldest ufo projects, it would be nice to make a dent in it while I am gone.

I will be visiting one of my quilting friends tomorrow and will take along the Max bucket for her to see up close and in person. It is 9.5 inches tall and 9.5 inches across, so a good sized container for small toys.
Ok..on to stitching together binding and then calling it a night in the sewing room.