Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Boss's Day and other tales.

October 16th was Boss's Day.  Of course I was up until Midnight on the 15th finishing Juliet's (my boss's) quilt.  This year I had planned to be done early and that would have worked out except for my life hit a snag, which I will not enumerate here, but things are working out and getting more normal now. 

Anyway.. the quilt was heart blocks that have been posted in past posts which I had all of my teammates write a "short" message on and sign.  As usually happens some folks did not follow the directives I gave and so when I started thread painting over the writing there were some blocks that took a LONG time!  Anyway, the finished quilt was very well received by Juliet and much envied by the other Supervisors. :)  

In other news, I had a wedding quilt that I had almost finished for a wedding that was on the 14th.  I was cooking with Crisco and thought I would be done until I took it off the quilter and tossed it on my bed, only to find that my quilting was WAY off on one end.  I can fix it, but we gave a card with money and my spouse will have to give the quilt to his co-worker (who's wedding it was) after I find time to implement my fix, which I think might involved cutting a bunch of my quilted feathers off of the quilt, but I haven't exactly decided what to do yet to fix it.

Next up a quilt that I am fixing for a coworker.  I have it almost done but it is being tied (like it was when her Gramma gave it to her) and my tapestry needle broke so I have to get to Joanne's and see if I can find one big enough for 2 yarn strands to get through the eye since they don't have any big enough at my LQS.  

After that I have 2 memory quilts to make and then I am not making or promising anyone anything for the rest of my life.  I am making what I want to make (meaning I am going to finish my 50 some projects that I have started which will likely keep my busy til I die) and if what I want to make works for a gift for an occasion then that is all well and good.  I also have been trying to make my Grandson a quilt every 2 years so he can track what he was "in to" when he is a grown up person. :)  I need to get on this year's quilt since he just turned 4.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Up next....

Last night and this morning I finally finished the blocks for the boss's day quilt that we will be giving our boss as a team in October.  After everyone signs and writes their message on a block I will embroider them then sash them with a lilac colored solid and do some Fairy Frost purple corner blocks.  30 blocks in 10 fabrics that will likely finish at about 10.5 or 11 inches.  Will be a very nice sized quilt for a very nice boss. 

Now I have two projects for other people that I have to get done. The first one is a quilt that a lady from work used when she was a kid at her grandma's house. She's been with the company for 40 years so you can imagine how old this thing is. It is made from drapery fabric I think.

The back was completely shredded and the batting inside was completely...... There is no nice word for what it was.. so I'll just say it how it is, disgusting!  As I tore it apart I hoped I wouldn't catch anything from the old dust mites living in it. That is a joke, maybe.  I'm still living though so no prehistoric dust mites got me!

Anyway right now I am taking out all the old yarn ties and then I'm going to reinforce from the back any parts that are getting too thin. After that I will put it on the quilter, quilt down the seams and then retie it with the same colors of yarn as what I'm taking off to keep it like it was when her Gramma gave it to her.

After that I have some baby clothes to make in to a memory quilt for another lady at work.

I have 6 reversible bags to make this month also.

Once I have the above things done for others, I have a wedding quilt to get done by October and no idea what the bride likes so I have my "spies" out trying to get me some info so I know what to do.  Hopefully it stays a secret. 

I also have so many of my own projects that I want to finish but the good weather is coming so I have a feeling that any off time I have from work will be spent with the hubby either on the motorcycle or in the kayaks.  Not that I'm complaining, I love both of those things! :)

Have a lovely week!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 1st but not Fools!

Hello again. Just a quick check in! 

March saw me finish 4 reversible bags and a quilt made from baby quilts and my own added fabric.

Today I finally have a chance to sew so I am working on the blocks for the boss's day quilt so that I can get them to my teammates so they can write on them so I can embroider them.

My local quilt shop got a fabric line called "Night Bright" and I had to have some of it.  I went today and bought some, enough for about three quilts! Yes I love it!  

When I got home and showed it to my daughter she said, "yes I see why you needed this immediately!"

And the quilt that I finished while it was on the quilter.

Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 So Far

My goal this year was to finish at least one thing, big or small, each month.

January saw me make 2 reversible bags for a couple of friends.  Just simple totes for carrying anything they can think of.

February so far I've finished 3 more reversible totes and I'm almost done quilting a quilt.

A coworker cut her little girl's baby blankets into 12 by 18 inch pieces and she was going to try to make a big "blanket" out of them all.  She was having issues because she didn't really know how to use her sewing machine, and the material is all stretchy stuff.

She asked me if she could bring them to me and I could do something with them.  I said I would have add fabric to what she had and she was fine with that so I got to work on it in November and have finally gotten it almost done.

Work has still been as crazy busy as it has been since I started there.  I think there has only been maybe a total of 3 months, 1 or 2 weeks at a time where there hasn't been overtime offered for anyone who wishes to work it.

I moved to a new role in August and so I am doing a lot of different things now and the team I am now on almost always has overtime since we can help out in two other areas as we are trained to do almost everything.  Usually if they offer, I work extra.  It is getting a bit old though and I've skipped the last couple of weeks plus I randomly took this last week off.  Good thing I did too.... as I spent the last half of Friday the 17th through Tuesday in bed with the flu. What a nice way to spend Vacation time huh? 

I must say though that I am rested, not necessarily ready to go back to work on Monday, but fairly well rested anyway.

Once this quilt is done I'll get some pictures out here.  The next project is already started as I wanted to get a jump start on the quilt for my boss for Boss's Day in October.  My team is chipping in and they voted on which one to do so now I just have to get them the blocks to they can scribble on them and get them back to me so I can get the embroidery done, get them joined and get it all quilted up, early for once!  

Next two projects are a quilt top that I've had laying around for about 4 years waiting on me to finish it.  It is very vintage looking and my daughter is in love with it.  Then I will be working on a memory quilt from baby clothes for another lady at work.  

After the memory quilt, no more projects for other people unless I'm specifically making them a gift.  I need to finish some of my own things for us to use on our beds!