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Sunday, October 29, 2006

My great big happy dance

Allison's Jewel Box quilt is bound! The quilting is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing her reaction at Christmas. It took quite a while to get it done with all my shoulder problems this past couple of weeks, but it is worth it. I was originally going to just use the purple/gold middle fabric for backing this quilt, but had only bought enough (5 yards) for a full-size quilt. I bought more of the orange/yellow fabric, but it was still not quite enough, so I sewed 3 panels of the fabrics together (orange/yellow on the outside, purple/gold in the middle). They are both flannels that I prewashed, and they feel nice and snuggly warm and soft.

Quilting, top corner with binding
Quilting, back middle panel
Quilting, back outer panel
Back of quilt (three panels)

Monday, October 23, 2006

A little happy dance

No, not the quilt just yet, though I do have three sides bound now. I decided to finish up my travel project on Sunday, partly because I'd gotten to the point on it where I needed to concentrate, and partly because it was so close to being finished. I proudly present Tropical Daydream ornament, by Teresa Wentzler, with numerous substitutions by me so I could use what I had on hand without purchasing anything else.

Tropical Daydream finished

In other news, we have a surgery date now (November 20), and I am looking forward to my journey back to wellness.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Binding getting close

I've completed about 75% of attaching the binding - it's completely sewn to the front of the quilt, and I've hand-stitched two sides to the back. I've still probably got about 4-6 hours to go to complete it. I haven't stitched on anything else lately.

I'm just so glad it's Friday, and I'm going to try to relax as much as I can this weekend. Work is very busy right now, as I knew it would be when we finally got to dig into the reality of our current project (as opposed to just working on the planning phase). I'm trying to get as much as I can get done before the surgery, as I just don't have any idea how long I'll be out of commission. I'm hoping it won't be too long, but I definitely won't try to rush the healing process.

I'm sure this isn't helping my neck any, but I've been playing more Resident Evil 4 on my GameCube the past few days too. I know I'm getting close to finishing the game, but I'm not sure how much longer it will take - it's getting REALLY hard. :)

Okay, I'm off to bed - have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It's been awhile...

and I apologize for the lack of updates. Last Thursday I started having some major shoulder and neck problems again (friends and family attribute most of it to stress, and they could be right). I've been to the chiropractor a couple of times, and in the middle of that I went back to see the surgeon for a follow-up on my tailbone. Suffice it to say that there has not been as much stitching as I would like lately. It looks like I will be having surgery before the end of the year, but I don't know the date yet (insurance pre-certification, doctor's schedules, etc.). I expect for their office to be calling me to schedule it within the next couple of weeks, but I don't know exactly when. I will certainly post an update when I know something more.

The highlight of my week was being emailed by my longarm quilter and then called by the quilt shop to let me know that Allison's quilt was ready! I picked it up Friday afternoon, and now all I need to do is bind it and sign it, and it will be another Christmas present ready to go. Which is a really good thing because I don't know the timing of the surgery, so I'd like to knock everything out of the way that I can before then.

So, no pictures today - I've worked on a couple of things for very small progress, but I really hope to share a picture of the completed quilt soon! Thanks to everyone who's hanging in there with me. :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Fantasy Sampler

Here is the latest - I worked on the lower left corner a bit more this go-round.

Fantasy Sampler, October 2006

Tonight I'm looking forward to finishing up Battlestar Galactica (we watched half of the premiere yesterday). I haven't decided which project I'll be working on yet. Homecoming on Saturday was really nice - I saw a few more classmates than I usually do, lunch was good, and drinks and conversation after the ceremonies were even better. I even saw the older sister one of my best friends from elementary school, which prompted me to email her again. I've been so bad about email lately...

I thought that work might be a little busy this week, but I had no idea it would be crazy busy. And it's only Monday. Here's hoping it just doesn't get crazier as the week goes on. Isn't that always the way when one of the team members is on vacation? :)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Travel project

I've finally got a couple of minutes to post an update. Here is the progress I've made on Tropical Daydream, the little [freebie from Teresa Wentzler] travel project I started in Reno.

Tropical Daydream progress

I've made a few alterations, some out of necessity, others just on a whim, to the colors used in the design.

Work has really been ratcheting up, and I don't see it slowing down much for some time to come. I'll have all my regular updates to do, plus we're currently working on converting the entire web site(s) to table-less layouts with CSS. The design process is nearly complete, and we're currently testing, about to jump into the actual conversions full force.

So, I've been coming home a little more mentally (and physically) drained than usual. I actually have worked just a little on Fantasy Sampler, but not enough yet for another progress picture. I've also been working on some little Christmas gifts, but I can't really share those yet. We'll just say, I saw something really cute (IMHO), and had to make it for a couple of friends and family members. I really want to make one for me too. :) I'm planning to stitch some more on FS tonight while we watch... you just don't want to know how many shows we have backed up on the Tivo. I have thoroughly embraced that technology. I don't know how we would have recorded everything with just the VCRs while I was in Reno - my husband lets me do all the fun techno stuff (like programming VCRs and setting up Season Passes). ;-) We'll just say it would have involved a WHOLE lot more work on his part.

I'm looking forward to this weekend! My high school, which closed the year I was to graduate, still has an alumni association and we still have a Homecoming 'reunion' every year. Alumni get back together (and some of the classes have actual reunions at the same time) on the old school campus, and we have a picnic lunch and other activities. I haven't made it every year, but I've enjoyed the times when I could. I expect to see a few more familiar faces this year because this is the 20-year reunion of the class which graduated just ahead of me, and I had quite a few friends in that class. Which, of course, means that my 20-year reunion would be next year, yikes! No matter how often I say that, it surprises me.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Back from Reno

Yep, I'm back, and I'm already wishing I'd taken Monday off. My flight touched down at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, and I pretty much crashed when I got home. I don't remember much where Saturday went, it just flew by. Today is basically the same - I've at least unpacked and started laundry. C is at the Cowboys @ Titans game today, so we're recording the race for later.

The conference in Reno was fun but draining. My tailbone is definitely not happy with all the sitting, but I'm glad I went. I sat with different people at every meal, so I got to learn about several different areas of the country.

I got a tiny bit of stitching accomplished, but mostly in my 'down' time I played videogames or vegged out to tv. My body, of course, was on Central time, so it was very weird to be going to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 (Pacific, two hours behind), waking up at 5:30, having breakfast at 9 or 9:30, etc. I hope to have my energy back by Tuesday. The good news is that my sewing machine is ready for pickup, so I'm going to try to pick it up Monday after work.

I hope that everyone has had a great weekend!