Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm back!

I don't even want to think about how long it's been since my last post!  I have a good reason though - I had a job interview yesterday!  WOOHOO!  But in the science world, a job interview is an all-day affair...and you have to give an hour long presentation in the middle.  Now, if I were the kind of person who didn't work themselves into an anxious frenzy over every little thing in life (say, what to wear for afternoon tea), it might have been no big thing.  But alas, I am not that girl.  Oh, no! Not even a little bit!  So with nterview prep work and the significant amount of time I spent just worrying (and then worrying some more), I have done approximately zero minutes of sewing in the last week.  ZERO!  But before I resume my needle-and-thread high jinks, here's what's been going on behind the scenes:

I joined the For the Love of Solids swap on Flickr!
This is my first swap!  They always looked so fun and even though I was a little nervous (see, I wasn't lying...I get nervous about sewing swaps!), I jumped in!  I'm so glad I did!  All of the swap partners are super-secret (I know who I'm making something for, but I don't know who's making something for me...) and it's been fun seeing little sneak peeks of fabric bundles and bits of projects...AND I've been having a great time stalking my partner (it's not as creepy as it sounds!) and planning what to make for them!  I'm thinking of using one of these two bundles....
Even before all of the hustle and bustle related to my job search, I was in a mild sewing funk.  Nothing that required medical attention, but a funk nonetheless.  I made a Pips block from Fat Quarterly. 
 It came out really well - I used the same fabric combo as Tacha.  It was fun to make but I envisioned making a bunch and having a quilt instead of a pillow...but I just didn't feel like making least not last week.  So I put that off to the side. 

In an effort to be productive, I basted the Marshmallow Brochette quilt and FINALLY came up with a quilting scheme - but just like last time, I decided to use my transfer paper to mark the top after it was basted (oh wait, I forgot to tell you about the last time...we'll come back to that...maybe tomorrow)...not that it will be impossible to mark, but it will definitely be more now I'm waiting for a magical solution to pop into my head so that I don't have to un-baste a whole quilt...  Ok, who am I kidding?  I will NOT un-baste a whole quilt because that will mean that I have to re-baste a whole quilt...and basting is my most hated step!  But I'll figure something out... 

Then I pieced most of a Yield quilt that I'm making for a friend. 
(don't look at the wrinkles, mmkay?)
 I sent her a picture of it...then decided it wasn't laying quite right and spent most of that afternoon re-doing my outermost's all better, but I couldn't bring myself to finish those last borders after that...maybe tonight or tomorrow.  BUT I have cured my own funk by teaching myself improv!  (A college friend wants me to make an improv quilt for her sister...figured I should practice.)  Now, try not to laugh TOO hard when I tell you that I looked up a tutorial for how to make an improv quilt.  I know, I know.  Improv and tutorial sound mutually exclusive..I guess maybe I was looking for a starting point...or something to get me in the right frame of mind.  Malka to the rescue!  (This time on Sew, Mama, Sew!)  I didn't make the project but I did get two pieces of advice:  trust your eye and hide your ruler.  So I sat down and improvised and loved it and made this:
I have no idea what I will do with this...I'm not really sure I like the style of it, but I had a lot of fun making it!  Ok, well enough of this sitting on the couch...time to sew, sew, sew (and walk the dogs and dust and catch up on all of the neglected bits of life from the past week!)!

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