Friday, July 11, 2008

Time's Flyin' Again

It's easy to tell from my blog's title that I have time issues. Ahem.
Really I keep telling myself to stick to quilty content, since this IS a quilt blog and sometimes I'm not too quiltily active if you get my drift. The past two weeks I've been coasting on a cloud of peace straight from Heaven over my new job. But first - Quilty News! I got a squishy package of goodness the other day
from Pam at My Creative Mind - LOOKY!!

These are exquisite! The piecing is so fine and the colors so pretty - I love this pretty set to bits. It's already working, too - I've had needles stuck in a piece of felt loose in my sewing bag and always wanted a needle-keeper. (too lazy to make one?) THANK YOU Pam!! (e-mail me, Pam - I can't get thru to yours somehow)

While our temps have been in the 110 range I just don't sleep all night - it's impossible. So in the wee smoky hours one day this past week, I cut some little diamonds and made another doll quilt - this is a bit larger then a fat quarter - about 20 by 25 or so.

I loved the fabrics that came together in a FQ bundle a few months ago, but not too pleased with how it came out - too pale for me. I like the contrast to be jacked up a bit! It will give me something to do on my long lunch hours tho; I'm hand quilting this one. Meantime, I did quilt some more on The Rebel, and after about 45 minutes my machine started making funny noises so I took it all apart and cleaned it out - look what was in/around/under the bobbin case:

Eeeewwww!!! And I clean mine out every 2 bobbins or so! I never get this much fuzz - oh wait. I was using a different thread. I usually use Masterpiece, and I have Essentials in there now for quilting. Essentials thread is a bit thicker and shows quilting stitches better, I think. (not too great for piecing) It is, however, linty! Guess I'd better clean every bobbin change now! There's another project in the works now too --
Yep - those are dice. I host my Bunko group every August, and this year I want tablecloths that are black in the centers to better see the dice, and each side will have 3 dice set on top a different color border around the black. I have a fair picture in my head how I want them to look and I'll be working on making 3 of them in the next couple of weeks or so.
In other sewing related "JSYK" - I heard somewhere that dust/cat hair/ etc. can build up inside your foot control and make it kind of sticky - made sense to me! There was a message on the Yahoo site suggesting that you can open up the foot and clean this stuff out. Well, my older Janome has been sitting on a shag rug with Cuervo the Hairball for 4 or 5 years, so I flipped it over and unscrewed the screws.
DON'T DO THIS!
I ruined the controller. There's a metal lever thing inside that popped off and I can't get it back on and Hunny can't get it back on and we can't even get the whole cover off anyway. I did shoot some canned air in there and only the slightest tiny bit of faint dust came out so it wasn't worth it - now I need to buy another foot. Grrrr...... I have to learn things the HARD way!
If you're still with me........have I mentioned that I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new job?? Oh man -- to be able to actually get everything done and leave a clean desk at the end of a day -- to be able to sleep at night instead of laying awake wondering what happened to that huge drug order -- to have a long, relaxing lunch HOUR instead of wolfing down something in 10 minutes and racing back into the next crises -- 3 e-mails in a day instead of 35 -- not a single whiny staffer in my office with some impossible request -- and no one EVER bleeds all over the floor! HEAVEN I tell you! After so long struggling to make the decision to leave, then so long actually getting out of there, and so much drama surrounding the whole thing - I'm so relaxed and peaceful now I almost don't know myself; it's so wonderful, a Gift.
***sigh***
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my happy little space!

13 comments:

Teresa said...

Lots of good stuff on your blog tonight. The needle case and pin cushion is just great, I can see why you were so happy to get them. Cute little quilt and the dice are just too cute. I am so glad you like your new job. Sounds like a lot less stress and that is what we all need in our lives...less stress!

Carol said...

I am so thrilled to hear that your new job is wonderful. I always say things work out the way they are supposed to...this is just another example. I couldn't be happier for you.

Sweet P said...

Your new sewing set is gorgeous! Your job sounds heavenly. I need a job like that. I'm glad to hear the fires are getting better.

Sweet P said...

PS - I use Apple computers all the time. They are great systems once you learn to drive one.

Bren said...

I love to read your quilty content, but alos love to read about Su Bee's life too...the job, the grandkids, the vacations with Mom...all fun!!!
Your bunko table toppers will be wondreful!!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Congrats on the new job. Your enthusiasm is oozing out. I will keep in mind NOT to take apart my foot control, thanks for that. Your "Roll the Dice" table cloths will be great, the doll quilt is just the cutest! I hope your smoke clears soon...

Fabricfaire said...

Like your sewing gifts, you deserve them! Some little "Dolly" will love that quilt! I don't know anything about Bunko,but I sure think those table covers are spiffy for gaming!! Thanks for the warning on the "pedal", yikkes!
Glad the first week on your new job was all you hoped for!

ozjane said...

Your diamond quilt is lovely and reminds me of a bag I am making...and taking forever so to do..I think there is a picture somewhere in my blog, but it is not finished.
However it has ribbon sewn along the edges of the diamonds and I could see that working on this quilt...maybe in the darker purple that is in the border. Sorry I cannot describe it better.

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