Monday, November 27, 2006

Quilting post

Belated Happy Thanksgiving - I had a post all ready to write for Thanksgiving and I fell behind in things I needed to do. So I will publish that post later this week. I think it is always appropriate to say Thank You, and there are special Thanks needed to be said.... So that being postponed.... Here is my quilting post (no photos) I have a few deadlines, recently past and looming and this weekend I went to work and made a pretty big dent. I started off making 15 Fiber Artist Trading Cards - most are for a swap with other Artists, but I made a few extra's to tuck into holiday cards. I'm always amazed that even with doing this assembly-line style they take so long to make! How is is possible that a small business card sized piece each take 20 minutes or more? Well I'm sure that there is a reason and I'm glad that I multi-task when I sew. No my multi-tasking isn't causing me to delay (unless said task is checking email or IMing with friends). Mostly my task of choice is listening to audio books - I'm almost through with my 2nd book of the weekend - this one is pretty good - Cross by James Patterson. Before that I read New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith - also a pretty good book. Back to quilting... After I finished the sewing on my cards I really wanted to find snowflake confetti or sequins which i was sure I had. I know I could just go out and buy some - but I am trying to use up my stuff - not just go out and buy more... Of course because it was a fiber card, I could also sew or bead but I had already put on the back and truth be told, I really wanted the sequins - so late last night I found large (quarter-sized) silver snowflake confetti in the bottom of a drawer, dug out the E600 and attached them. The cards look pretty good. My next project was making 2 heart blocks for a friend - I'm slightly behind in sending these out but they are going this morning so I'm pretty sure they can still be used. I hope she likes them My last task for the evening was to cut up large (14") squares of Christmas fabric and cut them into triangles. I cut enough to make four 60" square quilts. I will be pleased if I can make 1 or 2 holiday throws for family members, but maybe I'll be ambitious and make all 4! Hey a girl can dream can't she? My goal tonight is to sew all the triangle halves into squares and do some layouts - I had a plan, but not quite enough primarily white Holiday fabric, so I think I will adapt the blocks I have into another design. Again not wanting to buy more fabric and with a goal of using up as much of the stuff I already own. Time to get ready for work - I hope you all enjoyed the long Thanksgiving weekend and got at least some of (if not all) of what you wanted to accomplish done! I DID!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bright Spots in week from Hell Part1

Last week was the week of our largest and most important meeting at work (day job). This year was filled with technical hurdles which we should have been able to jump easily, but unfortunately a subcontracted failed miserably (IMHO). I'm not going to say anything else about the meeting. However, I was treated wonderfully by the hotel where the meeting was held, if you ever have a chance to stay at The Millennium Broadway (feet from Times Square) Jump and say yes! The rooms are richly appointed, the staff was superior and everything was beyond my expectations. Special thanks go to Eunice and Lynda for making our meeting and stay wonderful! This was the view from my room - I was a little down from Time Square and was treated to a view of this oasis, can you see the glider complete with plush pillows on that rooftop? I took a quick stop to meet a business acquaintance that I've been doing business with for more than 10 years! Robert is the catering director of The Warwick and he treated me to a quick tour of the facilities, and gifted me with a very special bottle of champagne! Walking back I wanted to take photos of the Rockefeller tree which was covered in scaffolding, the tree once belonged to a friend of Julie (who I work with), and came from Ridgefield, CT. Here is a photo from the front - showing the size in comparison with the skaters. Walking down the street I saw a window that reminds me of Laume. She often uses quotes from Le Petit Prince as her tagline. They were working on the windows across the street and here is a pciture of somone under the draping - people were trying to peek in. I guess I'll have to go back to see the windows after they've been uncovered! Blogger is being a pain - I'll finish this in the next post!

Bright Spots -Part2

More views Broadway at Night & Rent Strawberries replacing my Zen Rock Garden Reflections Cartier wrapped up for Christmas