Thursday, July 24, 2014
Do you hate them? I do! They way you can't tell the front from the back of the fabric when you sew because instead of being printed, the color is dyed and sometimes it is so subtle, you sew the wrong sides together and then, when you are all done, you notice you sewed a wrong side together. Ugh. The way, when you are quilting, sometimes the fabric is so dense, the quilting machine hates you and skips stitches, just because it can, just because the fabric is so beautiful and then you have holes in the fabric that will never, ever in a million years close up to remind you that you hate batiks! That the fabric stretches sometimes, just because it is a batik and is oh, so beautiful and you just had to have it because it was so pretty, but you knew you were going to regret buying it!
Yeah, that's my life with batiks.
Well, a long lost friend brought this quilt by yesterday for me to quilt for her for a friend who has cancer. Of course I wanted to get it done quickly and that always means trouble. :) The back is batik too and gave me a devil of a time stretching strangely. Of course it didn't stretch the same in all directions. Why? Because it is a batik and can do whatever it wants to do. I had to babysit it and hold it and make sure it didn't get a fold in it when it was quilting. More time to look at the gorgeous quilt I guess.
And then, when I put the quilt on the frame, I was thinking, she didn't get enough batting. That's really weird. She got everything at the quilt shop, but the batting is just barely wide enough for the quilt. It was really stretchy, so I was able to make it fit, but usually the quilt girls are really great about making sure you have enough of everything and measure twice before cutting.
Well, I figured out the problem when I got to the end of the quilt. The batting came up about 6 inches short at the end of the quilt and I could see the last 2 inches that it was folded over. UGH! How did I not notice that the batting was double when I loaded the quilt on the frame? It is a poly batting and I use poly batting all the time. But it is a very thin poly batting even when it is double, so if it was a single ultra thin poly batting WOW. So, when the lady comes to pick up the quilt, I've got some explaining to do. I was able to add some extra batting on to the end because as you know, I have about 72,000 extra pieces of batting of all different kinds around here and just happen to have the same kind laying around, but man, how did I not notice? That stuff sticks together really well. Then, I go up to the top, and that has popped apart and it is totally obvious it is double. I feel really stupid.
Oh, well, the quilt is gorgeous and soft and not too fluffy :) I hope she likes it too.
And since I don't quilt for hire, she can't complain about the price.
To console myself, I had another cupcake. Boy, those things are good. It's a good thing they are $2.50 each because if they were cheap, I'd weigh 400 pounds by the end of the year.
If you have a bunch of quilt tops sitting around not getting finished up, I encourage you to find a Binky Patrol group or Project Linus or even to start a group if you don't have one close to you. Binky Patrol is a great group to work with and it's really easy to start a group. The founder, Susan Finch is a really great lady and makes it really easy to run a group. There's no pressure to make a million quilts and you get to meet a lot of great people, plus you get to give your quilts to kids who really need hugs.
Check out the website.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
When it's my time to go, the person who gets my stash will not be as lucky. They will have more of a treasure hunt trying to figure out what I was thinking when I cut out this or that project.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
My daughter is doing an internship at a credit union this summer. Here she is with the other interns and the incoming and outgoing CEO's having lunch. See how nice they all look in the company polo shirts? Yep, we have polo shirts too for our school. The difference? We have to buy ours, they were given theirs.
We go out to lunch sometimes as a staff too. The difference. We each pay for our own lunch, even if it is a 'working lunch'. They didn't have to pay. We get 37 minutes for lunch. I can tell you how long 37 minutes is because I've shoved food in my mouth, run to the bathroom and helped 14 kids finish a test or do homework in 37 minutes for 24 years. They took 90 minutes to eat and talk.
In the 24 years I've taught, I don't think I've ever gone out to eat with the Superintendent, incoming, outgoing or just passing through. I'm sure most of them didn't even know my name. I try to make an impression on them by greeting them every time I see them and sending emails about the great things we do at our school through the clubs, science fairs or just in the classroom. I like to let them know the kids are important and that the teachers are really working hard and making a difference. But it would really be nice to sit down for 90 minutes and talk to my boss about things that are important.
I just think this is so neat that the Big Bosses are taking such an interest in the interns and investing so much time and energy in them. These kids are learning so much (at least my daughter is) and I really appreciate their investment.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Intelligentquilting for $4. If you are looking for a quick and easy and cute quilting design, check it out.
This one was a free pattern with roses. Pretty fast too. Can you tell I like fast patterns?
We had quilt day today and got a lot done. I will post pictures later.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
While at the quilt shop, I met a lady who was the president of the Soroptomist Club. We talked and she let me know she would love to have some quilts for the kids in the foster program. I love having more places to give the quilts. Turns out I can pass them on to a couple of the kids that I already know who go to my high school. They will even come pick the quilts up from me!
I was so excited, I didn't even get a picture of the 6 fleece blankets we cut and tied today. Only three people showed up today, but that was enough to get some work done. I'm still feeling tired from the flu. Hopefully I will feel better for a more busy Quilt Day at Carla's tomorrow. I know she will have me jumping.