(And now that song is going to be a total earworm today…)
I’ve dropped out of this blog for a couple of weeks, and for that I apologize. I hope later this weekend to get back on track and finish up the Ironwork* Quilt Along. The instructions are written for the last bit, but I don’t have photos and it’s so much better with photos. Unfortunately, when I sat down to sew it (two weeks ago!) my machine was being difficult and wouldn’t form a stitch. I fought with it for nearly an hour, cleaning, oiling, turning this and shining a light there, picking lint and looking for thread bits. I re-threaded it a couple of times, but nothing I did worked. So I said a few naughty words and walked away. The next morning my mom tried it and it worked perfectly, but by then I was in a snit and I wasn’t in the mood to sew. I hate when that happens!
The biggest reason I haven’t posted – or sewn – anything lately is – drumroll – I have a new job! It was finalized two weeks ago and I’ve spent the past two weeks getting everything in order, writing instructions for many of the things I do at the old job (you probably can tell I’m the instruction queen and they are very long, involved, detailed instructions!), and teaching others how to do things they’re taking over from me. I’m not leaving this job entirely. I’ll be employed at the new job, but they have a relationship with the old job, so they’ll be renting me to the old job for about 14 hours a week. Fortunately the two places are just a few blocks apart, but it’s going to be interesting, to say the least. I’m really excited about this new job – the people are great, the job is right up my alley, and the benefits are wonderful (and very, very welcome).
Unfortunately, this craziness at work has led to a complete lack of sewing at home. I’ve actually had more time at night to sew, but I’ve been so in my head that I just didn’t want to sit down and do it. No inspiration. In the past two weeks, I’ve done just two quilting-related things: sort fabric and make thread mosaics.
The fabric sorting is for tomorrow’s Quilting Day. Several of us went through our fabric stashes and culled fabrics that we no longer care for. We’re setting up a self contained “rummage sale” with all of the fabrics and after lunch tomorrow everyone can go through and swap or buy from each other. This is not a small amount of fabric. I have two heaping laundry baskets full, plus a third, smaller basket. My mom has four large boxes. My uncle brought some of my aunt’s fabrics over – the equivalent of five large boxes. We’ve set a standard price of $4/yard for quilt shop fabrics and $2/yard for chain store fabrics. Anything that’s left goes in a fabric sale next Saturday, and a full rummage sale the following Saturday.
As for the thread mosaics, do you follow Lily’s Quilts? She’s organized a giveaway of Aurifil threads (which are fantastic – if you haven’t tried them yet, you should!). Entries are in the form of a mosaic containing 12 Aurifil threads. There are three winners – two for the thread collections themselves, and one for the best, most inspiring image. There are some really creative images as well as beautiful thread combinations. Winners will receive a suitcase of the twelve threads they chose in whichever weight they prefer. It’s open until April 18, so if you’re interested, do it now! This contest is Flickr based, and Lynne provided a tutorial here for how to create a mosaic if you’re not familiar with the process. Here are my entries so far – click on the photo to see it larger in Flickr:
And my favorite colors:
While you’re over at Lily’s Quilts, check out the fabulous posts on another project she organized for Siblings Together. Here’s the starter post, but it’s grown well beyond that. This is a UK based organization that works with children separated from their siblings in foster care. Lynne and a vast group of quilters are creating beautiful quilts for the kids in the program, as a kind of tangible reminder of their sibling for when they are apart. A big ol’ fabric hug, if you will. People from all over are getting involved, from donating fabric and UFOs to donating their time, quilting, and completed quilts.