Well - I see it is going to be one of THOSE days today. Yes - it is a FREE day. God - I love free days. I feel energized - I feel - well watch out. Hopefully it will be a pretty productive day!
Reminds me of when I started to quilt 12 years ago. I had decided to take a leave of absence from work (for personal reasons) although my public version of the story was - I need to sew - sew - sew to get this out of my system. Hmmmm - 12 years later and I still can't get it out of my system!!
And the other thing I have noticed. So when you are a teenager you have no idea what you want to do in life. You go to school, get a job and all that. How do you know that you are in the right job? Well there are administrators (who love paper - not me! - I've tried), there are the bosses (yes - I have had my share of that - running shows, heading committees - yes - it is fun, but after a while you get tired of the responsibility and the same people popping up to help), there are the creators (yes - I've done my own designing and while I like it - I don't think that is my true calling). So what is my "job"??? I'm a DOER. I love just sitting at the machine and just making stuff. Can be anything - but I like making STUFF. OK - practical stuff is more enjoyable than non-practical stuff. And if I can finish (well sometimes!) or use up bits and pieces - I am hapy as a clam. I guess this means NO more buying fabric!!!!
And now you want to see if I followed my own advice in the blog and took advantage of that free afternoon yesterday???? Have a look - you be the judge
|Quilt top for community group that donates to cancer patients. Top DONE!|
|Quilt top done for community group - donates to children - TOP DONE|
|Then I made not ONE|
|but TWO blocks|
|Small memory quilt (again - a kit). for a guild that donates these to hospitals for babies. Top done and quilted!!!!|
|See - computer - phone - sewing machine!!!!|
Bottom line - the problem came back - less than two weeks. I called again yesterday - around three PM. (THREE PM - remember that number) Hmmm - I can put the laptop beside the sewing machine and sew and watch at the same time. Well at TEN PM - I finally said - let's call it a night). Yes - SEVEN hours later and they still haven't fixed the problem. Apparently the Outlook files are BADLY corrupted. New versions are trying to open new folders - the system doesn't recognize them and well - I am not sure all the details. Let's just say that this morning - there are some e-mails I can delete. Others I cannot. Some reminders I can delete - others I cannot. Some e-mails I can reply to and others I can not. Bottom line - I have to call them again today to get the job completed. They estimate MORE than a hour. Unbelievable!!!!! Let's just hope that it gets fixed. In the meantime - there were things I wanted to do on the computer - OK - so I could have got the iPad out. But I was too busy sewing!!!!!
I even missed a dinner party because I thought they would be done soon and then it just got too late. I even left the house with them still working on the computer - then I felt that I couldn't leave them messing around with my computer and I wasn't there. I came back.
And good thing the computer doesn't register movement!!!! I was madly sewing beside the computer and the table could be a bit more stable!!!!!
I had a sit n sew day on Friday - can you believe we were so busy - there was NO TIME to take pictures. But the girls got a lot done. I noticed that a lot of them were working on homework from some of my long term classes. Such devoted students!!!!! Anyway - we had a super day. Honestly - I just love days like that - good company - good food (I did make a great shepherd's pie and yummy salad - see I can cook - when I want to!!!). the weather was iffy so was a perfect day all around. Those sewing days are just super all around - my charity benefits from the money raised, the girls benefit from getting advice and sewing done and I benefit from having friends over to keep me company!!!!
One of the results of the day was the design wall needed to get emptied. Yes - I tend to put something up and then takes forever to get that project sewn. So off with mine and on with Daphne's. Oh - I think I have a picture of her quilt. Let me find that......
|Daphne's one block wonder. Then she labeled EACH piece so she could reassemble it at home!!!!|
|Design wall in use for two projects being sewn at the same time!!!!|
Of course while I am sewing a LOT of stuff goes through my head. And I am HOT - well that sewing machine and iron were smoking!!!! I kept thinking about a project that I did when I started to quilt. I could dig that project out and put it together. So off to the closet and dug out the box.
|Open up the pizza box (and I knew what was in it).|
|Look at how much fabric is here!!!!!! At least SEVEN METERS!!!!|
|Plus FORTY EIGHT blocks done!!!!!|
|Here I started to trim the blocks and sew together (top left corner)|
What are these blocks???? Well when I started to quilt - I belonged to a club called Quilt Sitters. It was at Hobby Horse. Based on Mary Ellen Hopkins techniques. The block is called card trick. When I took the class - I did not finish the blocks at that time. Many years later I finished the blocks, but they need to be trimmed (we just threw on the outside frame on the blocks). They trim down to 9 1/2" or 9" finished. When I put them - I wondered if I should make one big one or two small ones - got lots of fabric for borders. I decided to go with one big one. The finished size of quilt will be 54 by 72. Just a smidgen off my generous lap size dimensions. I can live with that. There is enough of the dark colour to make the backing and the bindings. The pizza box has already been filled with something else so I HAVE to get this done!!!!!
See how easy I get off track!!!!!
I have already been busy at work this AM and you will see all of that tomorrow.
But at one point I even had my serger out.....
|Serger, sewing machine AND computer!!!!|
Now for those who were here on Friday - this is what the studio looks like now!!! It does NOT take long for it to get busy again!!!!! And that literally is what it is all about - BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!!!! I do have another sewing day on October 16. My goal - to get this room cleaned up - BUT not just to put things away because I need the space - NO what you see - I WANT to finish it!!!!!! Wish me luck!!!!
On that note - I have a few errands to do, a quilt to quilt and LOTS and LOTS of sewing!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!