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! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

I'm still alive.....

Yes, I am still here.

I hope everyone had a lovely day with their families yesterday and if you are like me and get a long weekend I hope you will do something fun that you really want to do with the rest of it.

I will be cleaning my bathroom.... once that is done I get to sew though!

I did finish the wedding quilt I was making 2 days before the wedding on June 5th.  I just haven't had time to do much of anything other than work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep... you get the gist.

Wedding quilt for William and Kelly:

After that my daughter decided to box up her room so she could do a remodel.  All of her boxes are stacked around my sewing area blocking my access to the quilter and the machine I usually use to piece.  Despite that I finished a baby quilt in October for a coworker who loves owls. I backed it with Care Bear fabric because my co-worker's name is Carrie and a couple of us call her Care Bear... I only call her that in my head.. ;) LOL! 

Carrie's baby quilt for Baby Lily:

The only other sewing I've done is I'm working on a Pineapple quilt in fall colors or earth tones (whichever you prefer) for Patty, the boss I had before I transferred teams to the job I have now.  My new team and I are already planning the quilt for my new boss for next year's Bosses Day.  I get to fabric shop in the very near future for that.  The pattern they picked will be quick but I plan to embroider the blocks so that will be the most time consuming part.

Basically that is it here.  Just a lot of working.  The new role I have at my company means I don't get to work from home as often as I used to but my new boss told me that if I am feeling comfortable enough with what I'm doing now I can start taking a day once in while to work from home so that will be nice.  It will save me the 2 hours or more that I spend commuting each day.  Maybe I could spend that time sitting at the sewing machine. :)

Everyone stay safe and warm!

That's it from here for now. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Plodding Right Along

Greetings and salutations!

Things have been going about as normal around here, meaning I'm still working a lot of overtime and getting very little sewing time.  Plus now we own kayaks so we've spent a few of the nicer days out on one of the many lakes around here, paddling and trout fishing. Hubby is being really good about being patient since he knows I have to finish this quilt for June 5th!! EEP!!  Anyway the view of Rainier is great and the fish, delicious!

I also made 3 small reversible bags that I forgot to take pictures of (dag nab it!) for Korben and couple of his little friends who I helped my daughter babysit this last weekend.  I'm really annoyed that I didn't get pictures before I gave them to the kids, they turned out really neat.  I'll get a picture of Korben's at some point if I remember.

My 8 year old niece took well to my suggestion that she spend some time with me learning to make quilts.  Her first one (with about 50% of it being Aunt Sam's help) is on the mid-arm and almost done being quilted.  She is doing most of the quilting.  It's been about a 3 week project with us taking turns piecing our respective projects.

Wedding quilt center is done.  I just have 2 more borders and it will be on the quilter, since Ruby's quilt is going to be done today and come off the quilter.  This little girl has SO much energy and, like most kids her age, the attention span of .... something with a short attention span.  I told someone that trying to teach an energetic 8 year old how to sew is like trying to teach a hungry, dyslexic alligator how to read.  Anyway.... you can sort of see the Fairy Frost shimmer. :)  I'm super happy with how it is turning out.  I'll post a lot of good pictures after it is gifted on the 5th of June.

Next up I have a commission from Baby blankets for someone at work.  It shouldn't take to long though as my idea is simple and she liked it.  Then I have Dan's quilt to finish, then I have a gift quilt to finish, then I have another gift quilt to start! and make and finish, then I have the other Dan's quilt to finish, then I have LaRae's quilt to finish... oy, I should just shut up now!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wedding Quilt in the Works

After a couple of weekends I'm making some progress.  Fabric bought, all the pieces for the center are cut and I've got enough fabric for borders once I get the center put together.

I'm making another one of these:

This one will be the Bride's favorite colors, red and black with some white thrown in.  I'm using Fairy Frost and it is looking really nice so far.

That's about it in quilting news for now.  Have a fabulous week everyone!