Friday, August 26, 2011

What a bust

And not just in the sewing department!  Another difficult week at work was capped off today by the Internet going down for the second time this week--and I could not get it back--it is still busted until the I.T. guy comes on Monday.   All this stress totally zapped me several nights this week.  I tellya, this management gig is wearing me out--especially since I didn't choose the job, it fell to me suddenly when the last manager was fired.  Can't say that I'm enjoying it much right now but I am grateful to have a job when so many are out of work, and I like the people I work with, which means a lot. 

Anyway....what little fabric interaction I had this week was confined to cutting.

Pieces for the Flowers for Nana Girl quilt, my new leader-ender project.  There's 190 2.5" squares and 160 4.5 x 2.5" rectangles in that little box.  Doesn't look like much, does it?  I did throw one pink flower in there to make up for a rather dull yellow I couldn't live with in this grouping.

I'm still trying to bust a UFO too.  My record for finishing UFOs has been poor these few months.  This is the backing for the August pick, which on my list is the Strawberry Fields doll quiltalong project.  I called mine Patriotic Fields.  This is the backing laid out on my cutting mat before being sewn tonight.

And here is the sandwich all together.  Originally I thought I would hand quilt this with fans but have decided against it given my lack of skills and the many many seams to stitch over.  A new quilting plan is necessary given the deadline approaching in days!  I'll probably machine quilt it in some simple way.

We have a volunteer stalk of corn in the front yard.  I'm pretty sure any harvest will be a bust since it is a lone stalk and not likely to get pollinated.  It's up to about 4-5 feet tall now though and has been amusing to watch!  Once it is cut and dried I'll have a homegrown fall decoration :).  Here's to some sewing this weekend--the wedding quilt needs major busting!

10 comments:

Marg said...

Love the colours of your new leaders-enders project.
Your record for finishing UFO's is way better than mine. Patriotic Fields looks lovely.

Lorraine said...

Haven't been to visit many blogs lately...I have been trying to do more stitching and less blog hopping..but don't seem to be doing much of anything lately! Hope the job settles down soon and you find the internet again....! You are doing better than me in the finishing department!

julieQ said...

Sorry about your stressful work week...leading is hard!! I really love your Patriotic fields, it is so pretty.

Carol said...

I really love your Patriotic Fields...sorry it was a long, hard week! ENJOY the weekend...do whatever makes you happy!

Kate said...

It's amazing how a day of things not going right can just sap your desire to sew when you get home. Hope next week is calmer for you.

My stash includes the pink you are using and the yellow print on the very top of your pile. The yellow was used in my leaders and ender project.

Stephanie said...

Amazing how a lot of cutting doesn't look like much. Sewing will be swift with all of the prep work done. Your patriotic quilt is very striking.

Vivian said...

Looking forward to seeing your L&E project going forward. The pattern you're doing is yet another on my "want to do" list. The flowers she created are sweet.
Your Patriotic Fields looks great. Mine is a finished little top--that's it. One of these days...

You couldn't pay me enough to be a leader at work. I prefer being one of the hidden followers. Bless computers when they work--curse them when they're down. Best wishes for a better week of work ahead.

Quilter Kathy said...

I was thinking of trying baptist fans for the first time also...I think I have a great idea... what about drawing the lines of a stencil on the backing and quilt it upside down?!? Would that work?

Shasta said...

Your Patriotic Fields quilt is beautiful. I really want to make that quilt too, but there are so many projects that need to be finished first.

Shay said...

Some weeks are just a total bust. Sounds like you had one. I'm sorry because I know how frustrating they can be!

Technology is grand until it doesn't work because we're all so dependent on it. When our network goes out at work none of us can do anything! It's a complete pain.

I love the backing for the dolls quilt. Very pretty.

Here's hoping your forthcoming week affords you some creative time.