Oh, dear southerners. You don't know what you're missing. We got our first snow of the season - blew through like a blizzard with howling winds and travel advisories last night. This is what it looks like at work this morning:
Joe brought me in to work today - what a crazy trip - people forget how to drive in the snow (keep moving, go slow) and they stop when they shouldn't, which means they can't get going again and are stuck. There's a slight dip and an incline coming on the road into the plant, approaching the railroad tracks, and there was a massive snarl of traffic there this morning, made worse by the POLICE who were blocking one lane and trying to pull a stuck car out of the snow. BECAUSE THEY JUST *HAD* TO DO IT RIGHT THEN.... instead of letting all the rest of the MOVING traffic come on through. There are still people coming in to work, 2 hours later, because those boobs had traffic backed up for 3 miles. And its not THAT big of a town. OK, road rage moment has passed. Sorry if I have offended any law enforcement types - I'm sure y'all are a little brighter than ours are, if ya know what I mean, since our dog catchers make more money than the POLICE do! So you know we get good ones, uh-huh. Really.
Yesterday was Work In Progress Wednesday on the Quilt Studio webring, but I posted no progress. I'm working on a sympathy project. You know the kind - someone brings you their blanket or quilt in a state of disrepair and asks if you can, you know, "fix" it. The one I'm repairing is a country blue, navy, and mauve biscuit-style comforter that is at least 10 years old. My friend Joyce at work LOVES her "blanket" so much, but its made one too many trips through the washer. Its set in a trip around the world pattern, with a ruffle around 3 sides. The construction is interesting, in that the biscuits are all attached to the batting layer, which is disintegrating, and the backing is smooth. There is one biscuit missing on the top edge. My plan is to replace the missing biscuit and then open this up along the top edge, turn it wrong side out, and attach a new batting layer to the biscuit layer. Then I'll trim the batting to fit, turn it right side out, and seam up the top edge. Then I'll put it on the longarm and run horizontal rows of quilting between the biscuit rows, then turn it and quilt the vertical seams so it will be held to the backing. It will be easy to do, I just don't really want to do it. Its not creative, you know? *sigh* But since Joyce is one of my best friends, I am going to fix it up for her.
Let's get back to quilting! Has anyone gotten their Hoffman Challenge fabrics yet?
I had ordered my 2 yards of challenge fabric and the batik coordinate FQ pack from Keepsake Fabrics over a week ago - so long ago that I forgot that I'd ordered it! So it was a nice surprise when it arrived yesterday. I have absolutely no idea what I'll do, but I am going to enter this year. From looking at the past several years' entries it seems daunting but hey, don't we all need to challenge ourselves from time to time?
And how about the Quilting Arts Calendar contest for 2008? The theme is "A Novel Idea" and as one would guess, is based on a favorite work of fiction. The ideas are churning here, folks. I am a voracious reader, and have already had some neat thoughts about this one. Don't know if it will turn into anything, but the inspiration flames are flickering. Anyone else giving this one a thought?
I know Debra has some challenges in the works for the webring for 2007 - so one way or another I think there will be a lot of personal quilting growth going on next year. It should be fun!