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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Work's still crazy

So I don't have any fun crafty things to share. :(

But I can share a picture of Roughy on our new deck (thank you DAD!!!!).

And I can share a picture of my new baby - Kindle Paperwhite - which was delivered today, hooray!

Now to get some time to actually enjoy them both...

But I'm actually at a point in the work project where I'm helping my favorite customers, and I'm on-site there for 4 days a week until we get them migrated. Seeing old friends and making new ones helps the long hours I'm putting in on this project.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quick update

Just a really quick update - I finished binding placemats 5 and 6, so two mini happy dances this week. That's about all I've had time to do with another 60+ hour workweek under my belt. Major training push is out of the way (we trained over 150 people over the last 2 weeks), so I'm hoping to be able to not work quite so much overtime this week, though I know that I'll still have to work some.

I'm still working on the Plums pillow - I have 3 more plums to stitch, and then it will be complete. Once I finish binding the placemats, I'll move on to binding the Pineapple Blossom quilt. And once I finish the Plums pillow? I might work on my Pumpkins pillow, or I might start block 1 of my new Fall Frolic quilt.

Oh, and when I went to pick up my SSS 2012 block of the month from The Quilter's Attic, I got a preview of next year's BOM project - I am definitely signing up for it. All of the blocks will be the same, but they will have different colors each month for a neat scrappy quilt. The four blocks that I saw were great color/fabric combinations. Another one to anticipate!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Progress as of a few weeks ago

Before the overtime at work so rudely interrupted my home life a couple of weeks ago, I had made just a little more progress on my plums pillow. Here is what it looks like now - I'm still hoping for a finish by the end of the year.

And I finally took a new photo today of my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Progress since the last time is just a little more than one additional row. Before photo on the left, after photo on the right.

Celebrating Happy Dance 4 of 10 placemats' binding finished today!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Promises of things to come

The last two weeks have been exhausting. Unfortunately, I was not able to ease back into a regular work schedule because of a project we have going with a hard deadline of mid-December. My first week back in the office I worked almost 60 hours entering information in the new system to get it ready for users and helping prepare the training for those users. This week was the first week of training for those users, with another full week of training to come next week. I worked over 60 hours this week. Each night I came home and barely had the energy to get dinner and then fall into bed.

Needless to say, the creative side has been nonexistant. Just before all the insanity, I was able to finish binding placemat 3 of 10, but there hasn't been progress on anything else since then.

A couple of things to brighten my week, though - I picked up the Pineapple Blossom quilt from Ruth Donnell, my quilter (her daughter, Pam Thorne, has also quilted many of my quilts), and I have a sneak peek to show you - I'm hoping to have the energy to bind it somewhere around the end of October. The quilting is absolutely beautiful. I asked her to choose a pattern and thread color that she thought would match the quilt, and what she chose was perfect!

About mid-week, I received my first promise of things to come - my new Kindle Paperwhite cover (Royal Purple - it's not really clear in the photo). I decided to go ahead and try it out. The non-backlight lighting looks intriguing! I should receive mine later this month.

And then yesterday, another package arrived in the mail - the first of my new block of the month, Fall Frolic! This is one I wrote about a few weeks ago, organized by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop, using wool felt. I am so excited to start this one! But it will be a few weeks before I can get there, with work being so demanding at the moment. I need a vacation! :)

I'm going to try to work on another placemat binding this weekend, if I don't fall asleep first. So glad it's Friday night!