I was uploading some pictures from my camera to my computer yesterday and I got this bizarre message which I have never seen before. Something to the effect that I was NOT allowed to alter images of currency. OK - I get that, but why this message? I never gave it another thought. Then I tried to upload some pictures this morning and I got the same message. Hmmmm - what the heck????
Then I realized that I had taken a picture of my "wallet" while I was on the bike trip. A plastic ziploc with a credit card, a debit card, a piece of Lynn's fabric that she wanted me to find for her and all week there was no money, but after stopping for ice cream and the ATM - there was a bit of currency (bills) in the plastic bag. Photoshop was smart enough - it will NOT let me download that picture because it has currency in it. How's that for smart software!!!!!!
Anyway - I had an amazing day yesterday. So nice to be "back in the saddle" and actually doing some sewing. That hasn't happened in a long time.
Do you want to see what I did?? I resurrected a project from eons ago. There were three of us that bought kits for this project - It is called Syncopated Rhythm (Karen Montgomery) and the fabrics were from Timeless Treasures - Tonga Batiks. All of us wanted to make the quilt bigger as there were only enough fabric to make thirty blocks in the kit which made a small quilt (40" by 48"). I think we ended up scrounging a couple more kits and best I can tell I had 170 blocks made with 4 squares of fabric left over. Don't ask me how that happened.
The reason I still had all the blocks was my plan was to lay all the blocks out so I could put them in order and then sew the three quilts together as best I could. I even found a note that said make one quilt 8 blocks by 10, one was 6 blocks by 8 and the other was 6 blocks by 7. I think that works out to 170. The two smaller ones were going to need borders.
Well - I decided to change that up and I started off by clearing off the design wall and laying out all the blocks.
|170 quilt blocks|
|4 leftover squares|
|Quilt Top Number one|
Then when I started to sew the second one together - I had a problem. Fortunately I had not gotten too far before I realized the mistake and was able to correct it.
|Quilt Top Number Two|
|The leftover blocks - there are 44|
|Look at all those yummy colours|
And when I was bored of sewing those blocks together, I managed to get a small quilt top done. Just to get back in the groove.
|CORE quilt done!!!!!|
|New quilting pattern|
|Look at that white thread showing through on the border seam|
I flipped the quilt over and sure enough - the tension SUCKED big time on most of this quilt. Such a shame when so much work had been put into the project. I didn't have time to take it apart and fix it so I quilted as it was!!!!
|Tension is WAY off on the piecing|
I could have just pulled those threads out. I have to laugh because people are always so fussed about tension when they quilt, but NEVER when they piece!!!!! CHECK CHECK CHECK. If you can see your threads on the top when you press - your tension is WRONG. Check it before you go too far!!!!
Now that I know I can't use PhotoShop to "MAKE" money, I guess I had better get ready to go to work to earn real dollars!!!! Actually I am looking forward to getting back to work. I have a ton of ideas floating in my head from being on the bike and in the car all last week. Lots of ideas to put on paper for quilt designs, articles to write for magazines and well - my head is bursting and I better get some of it down. That is why I am liking this job (although I may have completely different tasks waiting for me when I arrive), but this job is allowing me to do the design/planning side of quiting that I never had time for.
Before I go, I have to tell you about this girl at the gym. When I walked into the steam room, there she was - laying stretched out on the bench with just a towel modestly covering her lower bits. A young girl who obviously sun tans in the nude! You couldn't help but notice! Well - she admired herself in the steam room, when she came out of the steam room and proceeded to get dressed in front of this big mirror. OH MY GOD - it was disgusting. I've never seen so much "self love" in a long time. I know that we all need to love our bodies, however good or bad they are, but this was ridiculous!!!!! I mean she preened and pranced in front of that mirror. I wanted to barf!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!