I guess technically this is my Motivational Monday post, but guess what - it's Thursday! a tad behind. Lots of stuff going on!
First I have to tell you my story about the UPS store. Yes - I'm going to name the company because I'm MAD. But I must also mention that this isn't UPS per se, but the individual store that I deal with.
I finished one more quilt yesterday for a magazine - that makes SIX finishes for the year. All documented and some form of a photo taken. It needed to be at its Canadian destination TODAY because of the photo shoot timing. OK - that's my fault for it being so late so I'm going to have to pay for overnight shipping. Just suck it up! I take the box to the store and fill out the paperwork. The person running the store weighs the box and measures it. He also tells me the price - $210!!!! I knew it was going to be high, but that's the price of overnighting something to the US and I was a tad surprised that it would be the same for Canada. Oh well - let's just get this over with.
When I went to sign the paperwork, I happened to notice how many pounds the box was. THIRTY-NINE pounds. Seriously??? It's a quilt. I said to him that the box did NOT weigh 39 pounds. He argued with me and said that is what the scale said. I told him to check again. OH - it weighs 3.9 pounds. DUH!!! No apology. That changes the price significantly. It ended up costing $95 with the tax to ship overnight. MUCH better. I can live with that. Thank god I noticed the weight or I would have paid a whole lot of money for nothing!
I learned two valuable lessons - one - you CANNOT be late with these packages because they cost a lot more money to ship (it was double from sending 4 business days). Second - find a DIFFERENT store to ship things from. Never again will I go to that store. DH has had similar issues with the staff.
But it feels good to get that quilt finished. It was one that both the magazine and I forgot about and it was made in a panic. Thankfully, it was a simple design, but I wanted to custom quilt it. Why? Well because it looks better and I'm really happy with the finished quilt! That leaves a few more panic projects in the works - OK - there are still four that I'm working on. One is on the longarm and I'm trying to convince myself that it's OK to put a panto on it. I'd like it in a box by Friday. I think panto will have to do as I have a Sit n Sew again today and a meeting tonight. Yep - but I was reading that book - The Alienist last night!
I was very productive on Monday. I'm going to get those blocks for the 150 Canadian Women quilt done if it kills me! I thought I had made 6 blocks on Monday, but when I laid them out when I got home, I realized I had made 8! Yahoo!!! I had to finish one of them when I got home because I didn't read the instructions properly and miscut the squares!
|8 blocks for 150 Canadian Women Quilt|
|Binding with 36 blocks from 150 Canadian Women quilt|
I like sewing a few blocks each week - imagine sewing only on that project? Boring! But doing 6 blocks a week? I think I can handle that as long as I can keep up with the cutting.
If there are 114 blocks left and I do 6 a week, that will take 19 weeks to get that done! That's more than 4 months! Yikes! But I don't see why I can't do that! Just got to keep those blocks prepped.
Then I went to something basic. I made 8 of these giant nine patch blocks.
|Eight giant nine-patch blocks|
I also finished prepping another project that I'm working on at Monday sewing. And I'll share that when I get to the sewing part. It's for me and it's super cute!
|Scrap basket is FULL!|
Oh - I worked on something else on Monday, and I hope to share that with you tomorrow. I couldn't quite finish it on Monday because part of it was paper pieced and I didn't have anything with me to do that. It's all prepped and ready to work on today.
Gosh - I LOVE these dedicated sewing days. If you are prepped, you can accomplish a whole lot. It's great fun to sit around and chat with everyone. I sew a lot at home and while I don't mind it, it's a whole lot more fun with others.
I also forgot to take an ender and leader project for Monday, but that is now packed in the Monday bag. This is my ender and leader project for home.
|Ender and leader project for home|
|Ender/leader block project|
You'll be happy to know that I did get my phone connected to the car via Bluetooth! And in case you think I'm working too hard, I went to see a movie yesterday! I know - deadlines looming and I'm off to the movies and sewing days! If you haven't seen Jumanji, you should go. It's absolutely hysterical. I don't think I've laughed so hard at a movie in a long time! Thanks, Lynn! Good choice!
That's it for me. I've got to finish getting ready for today. Didn't take long to tidy up the studio. We're a small group today as a couple of people had to back out for various reasons - sickness and we don't want them getting us sick! Thanks for staying home!
OH - I have a note on my calendar to watch Jeopardy tonight. Someone and I can't remember who (one of my contacts in the US) is on the show. She's a quilter and apparently, her and Alex chat about quilting!
Have a great day!!!
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