So one of the things I love about audiobooks is that when you read a really good one, you don't really care what you do, as long as you're doing something when you listen. That's my case! I had a couple of Zoom calls and the audiobook, and well, I got stuff done that I would have put aside for another day. The book I'm reading is called Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I LOVE his books. I've got ONE hour to finish reading, and the book will go back today. Yes - I'm a little behind.
I had three Zoom calls or online sessions yesterday. One was with Quilts of Valour - not sure if any of you were in the audience, but I presented my video - only one since I had only so many minutes to share. I learned something new with Zoom - sharing a video requires selecting a setting to share the sound. That was my first time sharing a video directly, and so that was good to learn.
There were a LOT of experienced Zoom users online from the sound of the comments and suggestions, but there were equally a LOT who had no clue that if you unmute yourself, you have an open microphone in your house. That should be the first thing that people learn - how to mute and unmute, turn the camera on and off.
|Zooming with hundreds of other quilters|
But it all worked out OK, and it was fun. While I listened to the presentations, I was busy working on the third quilt that I'm making with my Beads and Baubles pattern. At the time, I didn't have a panel that I could use to make the quilt. Now I have the panel and all the fabric. I spent yesterday making all the hour-glass blocks.
|Hour-glass blocks for Beads and Baubles|
|The embroidery on the butterfly blocks|
|Eight spools of orange thread|
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|Stained fabric in the block pieces|
|Nine scrappy blocks finished|
|The rest of the scrap blocks|
|Six more scrappy blocks|
|The set of blocks is laid out|
I think I might just plug away and get this DONE! The other stuff that is prepped is easy and won't take that long. I don't have any pressing deadlines, so I'm good.
I have a guild talk later this week on scrap quilts, so it would be good to get the blue one and this one done! A goal!!! I'm very good with goals!
Do you want to see the table runner that's in the McCalls Quilting January/February?
|McCall's Quilting January/February|
Here it is. Can you guess what it's made of?? Cork - the entire thing - front, back - it's entirely made of cork. No batting. I did some machine embroidery on it, and YES - it's pieced in a sort of fashion. I learned a LOT when I made that table runner. I LOVE it.
|My cork table runner|
Lady luck was on my side yesterday. I wanted to find a picture of those little Inukshuks alongside the road. You know - the ones that people build onto the rocky sides of the road. As I've been doing my cross-Canada walk and I'm in the part of the country where one would find those, I've been searching the Google pictures each day in the hopes that one would appear. Nothing.
Then in desperation yesterday, I opened up Google Maps to that rocky area along the highway. Don't forget that most of the terrain in Northern Ontario is rocky, so I just randomly picked a spot. I dragged the little yellow Google guy to the map and opened the picture. OH MY GOD - when I rotated the picture, there was an Inukshuk on the top of the rocks!! WOW - that was a needle in the haystack for sure!!!
Well - what do you want to clean up today? Let's aim for writing instruments—pens, pencils, erasers, markers, etc. You know you have them. Do they all work? Are they all in one place? Are the pencils sharpened? I assembled a ton of pens and pencils several years ago and donated them all to the local school. I have one cup of writing instruments on my desk, one in Studio B, a few in the "junk" drawer, and I use them all, so nothing needs to be thrown away - well, there might be one or two that are dried up. And there's the start of another container that can be given away at some point.
It's huge to get that stuff organized because we have so MUCH of it.
I'm constantly surveying my desk to see how I could change it up. I think I've got a plan. But to execute it, I need to move the stuff OFF of the computer desk. And that can't happen until I clean up the other desktop. How's that for incentive? Oh yes - I want a better surface to work on, and now I'm motivated!!!! Oh my -- I just poked into a box - a pretty box, but it's empty - I'll share tomorrow. I don't have loads of time to do more sorting at the moment. And I want to dive in. Did I just say that? The problem is that there's so much to deal with, and well, I need to have time to do that. God - that's sounds contradictory. Anyway - it's going to happen.
I like taking pictures of what I throw away. It makes me feel better. Perhaps it's my way of "thanking" the items. Getting posted on the blog is their fifteen minutes of fame!
Well, on that note, I'm off to brave the cold. I think it's a flannel lined jeans kind of day.
Have a super day!!!!