We had a great sewing day on Monday. One of the things that I love, and that is impossible to have in person, is our presentation. We do a show and tell of what we're working on or what we have finished, and we can share photos from quilt shows. It's so much fun! I was supposed to be doing some real work, but I puttered and put stuff away instead. I didn't take a photo, but Studio B looks much better, but not by much! I'll share that tomorrow. I have projects to make and write about, but I need focus and concentration, which is hard to do on Monday. So that will happen tomorrow. I need MANY tomorrows!
If you haven't moved your sewing machine in a while, look at why you should. WOW --- who knew there was so much lint under my machine. I don't use anything under my machine -- no fancy cloth organizer or mat. Why? Because it would be filled with lint, I'd have to shake it out more regularly than I dust the table. It's easier and faster to just run the dust cloth over this mess. Speaking of my dust cloth, I have THREE of them, and I can't find two. The third one is in the car, so I can use it to whip condensation off the windows. But where or where are those other two? I use those microfibre cloths, which are great for collecting dust. I wonder if they got washed and just not put away yet?
|A lot of dust collected under the sewing machine|
But then someone mentioned that UFO Club is this coming weekend. What? NO!!!!!! It can't be, but I checked my calendar, and YES, this weekend. I'm not willing to give up my $20 -- $10 for each class, so I immediately got out my UFO and frantically started cutting. It's doable as the homework won't take long. But holy smokes, those deadlines creep up!
Someone mentioned that they were struggling with UFO deadlines that they had made and ended up rushing to meet their deadline and so they stopped doing it. I will NOT rush to get this done; it'll be done to my satisfaction. It's all about NOT biting off more than you can chew. Both projects are small, and they are definitely UFOs. I will be happy to get them done and crossed off that UFO list. Speaking of that list, I did NOT seem to get much off the list this year, and I'll add more next year. But at least those projects are NOT getting forgotten.
Although everything takes time - I don't want those projects to get lost. So I'll plug away at it and try to get better focused! Also, pushing through all those quilts for Quilts of Valour and Project Linus took a lot of time! I must be more mindful of my deadlines FIRST!!!
However, I received a beautiful note from the recipient of one of the RCMP quilts I donated. The recipient was so appreciative that it makes me want to donate more! But all in good time! I have some work to do this year to finish those quilts, and after this week (I know --- I always say that!), things will be much quieter.
Trust me -- they will. The writing will be done for this year, no more travel - well, that's not true, but no more serious travel and no major homework or classroom work. It's all good -- just this week will be a bit stressful.
So can you tell me why I always pick dates for something that rushes me for time? That's because the writing was supposed to be finished last week, and I was quilting. My own fault! I scheduled well; I just did not respect that schedule because I was trying to quilt more Quilts of Valour quilts.
Anyway, yesterday afternoon was the BIG tour! I won't mention the name of where I was -- I don't want it coming up in a Google search, but I'm sure you can guess from the pictures where I was.
So the warehouse is fifteen minutes from my house. And I believe this warehouse was built in 2016.
|My warehouse tour|
|The entry doors|
|Me on the warehouse tour|
|My thank you gift|
They seem to provide many benefits -- paying for education and being very aware of ethnicities as there were displays along that initial corridor. They pay decently for a warehouse job; the shifts are long at 10 hours and run two daily shifts. So they don't quite run 24/7.
I don't know if I could work there, though. Not that I was scouting it out. The noise level is crazy, and you couldn't listen to music and definitely not an audiobook. And EVERYTHING is timed. The minute an employee grabbed an item to put into the storage carts, the timer started. I bet that's to see who is more efficient and why. The pressure to perform must be insane! They ship 1,000,000 boxes a DAY!!!!!
The place is run on BARCODES. Without bar codes, the system would fail, and I didn't see a time when someone had to reswipe. The scanners are huge, fast, and very efficient.
So, all in all, it was a fascinating tour -- I'm happy I went. But has it convinced me to buy from them? Nope --- I love their technology; I just don't love what they are doing to our shopping habits, small towns, and independent businesses. So I'll buy from them if I have no other option. But the whole place is so impersonal. If I had the choice of working in a small shop selling to people directly or standing at a station for 10 hours, packing boxes of products for people? I know which one I would take!
But times have changed, and that's just life. I might return at some point as I have other questions and want to know the information!
On that note, I'm on the road again today. I started the four-part Zoom series hosted by Stitch by Stitch last night. You'll be sorry to miss it, as a LOT of information passed last night, and it's all so cool how it works together. Not as automated as the warehouse, but for our industry -- it's pretty cutting-edge!
The list of classes will appear later this week, so watch for that. Don't forget we have Goats in PJs starting on Friday. It's a two-part class, and it's hosted by The Hobby Horse. Sign up if you haven't already!
Have a super day!!!