as if I'd been out for a quick smoke, or to steal a kiss or three from that handsome guy who showed up late...
crkkkkkkkkk....... that's the screeching sound of everything coming to a stop! Busted! I might have gotten by with it, if my blouse was buttoned up right and I hadn't smeared my lipstick...
Oh, wait. Never mind. Wrong blog, wrong fantasy, wrong LIFE. This here thang is about quiltin' and stuff. And since we last talked, things have gone all to h3!!.
My real-life job has once again wormed its way into my personal space. On January 25th, one of the 3 girls in our office retired, and we celebrated mightily because its what she had been working for, for the last 32 years. No sooner was she out the door and the new girl in place, then the other girl with years of experience (besides me) was unexpectedly out for almost 3 weeks on sick leave. As soon as she returned we got the workload re-distributed so that everyone was doing their own work. Only my work had turned into 12 hour days again... we had a heavy truck loading schedule which provided me with a hefty overtime check but no time to live my life. After doing this for a couple of weeks, I did what most tired fat old broads would do - I got sick. That chest-congestion cold-flu coughing for a week crap has been going around in my office for awhile, actually going around all over town since Joe had it for 2 weeks in February. I wasn't going to catch it though, because:
a) I was drinking lots of water
b) I was eating healthy
c) I was taking my vitamins
d) I was taking Airborne and extra vitamin C
e) I was washing my hands and avoiding sick people
yeah, right. Eventually I got worn down, and I got it last week. Man that stuff is awful. My whole body hurt from coughing. I'm almost over it now, but it was pretty rough.
I've only done a little bit of quilting in the past 4 weeks or so. I don't think I want to have "customers", at least not right now. In what little free time I've had, I sure didn't want to be working on someone else's project. But that is exactly what happened. I'm a sucker. That's why I don't want to quilt for other people. S-U-C-K-E-R. Just bring me a sob story and I'll agree to do whatever you want, and I'll probably go overboard to make it so PERFECT you'll want to cry when you get it back. CRY! With joy! Don't worry about the wrinkles and the twisted seams, I can press that top for you, I have to do it anyway before I load it. Yeah, I think I can use that poly-gingham blend for backing. Did they have some more of that at Wal-Mart? I better run and pick up a couple extra yards, I really don't think the three yards you brought will be enough for the back - it will be fine, I'll charge you for it, its only a couple bucks a yard, right? I don't mind making the back, that way I know its the right size. Would you like for me to trim the edges so you can sew your binding on? Sure, that's no problem, I've got that big table so its easy!
This quilt was perfectly square when I got through quilting it - 68" x 86". Even my husband was amazed at how the quilting improved it. And its not that the quilting is all that good, the fact is that quilting DOES make the quilt.
While I'm posting pics, I'll share a few that I took while this quilt was on the table, so you can see why we need extra backing (and batting) on the edges:
I quilted this one differently... I stabilized the whole thing by quilting along the major seams in the border and the body of the quilt first, then rolled it back to the beginning and did the detail quilting. I think it really helped on this quilt, where the piecing wasn't exactly square and the backing was slippery. (that's the nature of poly-blend - they drape nicely but that is also why they are harder to quilt) As always, its a learning experience. At least now I am able to work on the Kids' Quilts for charity without guilt. Awhile back, I had given my husband the task of making the quilt labels on the embroidery machine. Since I've had a couple of requests for labels, I asked him to give me some to mail out. So, aren't these cute little wee things?
I told him they were a bit small, but they'll do just fine for the kids' quilts since they aren't so big... I'm sending these out, and if you don't want to use them it doesn't hurt my feelings. I think I'll do the next batch using the HP quilt label program. I've not tried it yet, but it should be easy enough.
I'm glad February is almost over. Its such a hard month for me. I got through the 10th anniversary of my son's death; in fact the only tears shed were when I got flowers that day. The other girls in my office were watching when I opened the card, and they all wept with me when I told them that my younger son had sent them. What a sweet kid.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of my daddy's death, but my sister and I think of the 19th as the day he died. That is his birthday, and we were celebrating it by eating out together when he choked... so for us that day is when it all happened. Last Sunday night, the 18th, my sister called and asked if Joe and I wanted to go out for a steak on daddy's birthday... I was truly speechless for a moment. we had been at Outback having steak when daddy choked... yeah, she's kinda got a funny sense of humor... But that wasn't the thing that had me baffled - it was the thought that she could make time out of her busy schedule to plan to do something with us! I think the last time we got together was Christmas, she is that busy with her job and her husband's business. I can't count the times we've cancelled plans because she and her husband can't make it. Like I said, thank goodness February is almost over.
This is my catch-up week. I haven't read blogs in forever. I haven't worked on any of my projects. I am so far behind with the journal quilts. But this week, I'm going to get back in the swing of it. I missed my chance to prune my rosebushes - they already have little frilly baby leaflets and buds on them. I should have cut them back a couple weeks ago. Now we're having warmer days, and soon it will be spring. I am so ready.