I think I managed to talk for 6 minutes and not actually show you anything apart from from the grey streaks in my scary humidity-hair. There’s talk of orphan quilt blocks and getting things done. Because talking about getting things done is ever so much easier than actually doing them, lol.
Somehow Tuesday came and went and I never got around to making a video. But that’s ok as I don’t have anything to show anyway. You may remember my sister and b-i-l are in the area in their rv for the summer, and they have had to sign a longer lease than planned at the rv park because my b-i-l was just diagnosed with a form of oral cancer, and is about to start radiation and chemotherapy. They will likely be here til xmas, maybe the end of the year. This past week I was trying to make a self-binding fleece blanket for him to have on hand for his treatments, using this tutorial but it came out super wonky. So I ripped out all the seams and now have two pieces of fleece that I can’t really use for an adult man once I trim them back to a rectangle, so I’ve decided to trim them down and use them for linus blankets. I need to turn in 3 in August if I want to be caught up so I may try using them as backing for a couple quilts if I can piece something together fairly quickly. Depending on how big the largest piece of fleece is after I trim it down, maybe I can use it for a throw for him, I don’t know. So that’s the plan this weekend.
In other news, I’ve agreed to a quilt commission, which I have never done before, for a coworker, but he goes out of his way to do things for me, so I agreed to this for him as long as he promised not to tell everyone I agreed to do it, lol. I don’t want people asking me to make things for them. Also he didn’t blink an eye when I told him how much it would cost just for materials and I said add another $100 on there for labor. And I know he will pay me. That can’t be said for many people I work with, lol. It’s a simplified version of Jay’s quilt. Different panel, no border, and instead of the “rainbow herb” he wants this colorway on the back (the rest of the back and binding will likely be scrappy black or green fabrics from my stash). My LQS has it in stock so I used their price in the estimate I gave him. I’m going to order black batting if the LQS doesn’t carry it, since both front and back are black, so that will be my first time using that as well.
That’s what I’ve been up to. I haven’t watched any videos yet but I will soon. Take care and talk to you next Tuesday!
In which I show my successfully refashioned thrift store hat, from hat to straw visor! Also discuss “how I spent my Saturday”
A new Project Linus quilt top, plus TTMT swap blocks and crafty hat plans. Because challenges are fun!
Update on the “Long Strange Trip” Quilt: One of the radio stations at work is promoting a concert of Dead and Co (the remaining members of the Grateful Dead touring with John Mayer). The show is tomorrow night and they wanted to use Jay’s quilt in a social media video (they saw it when I showed it off to some coworkers before packing it up to mail), so I let them use it under the condition that they not tag me until after he had received the quilt. After he received I went in and tagged Jay so he could share it on his own page if he wanted to. He called me upon opening the package and was just thrilled. And totally surprised. He had gotten an email Sunday night that a package was coming from me and was completely at a loss at what it might be. We had a great chat. He was just so utterly and completely happy and amazed, it made me feel so good about making and sending it. Here’s that video:
In which I show off the totally finished and ready to mail Grateful Dead Quilt. From just about every angle. And pics! Even a bit of music. For more music, collectibles, and other sundries, check out the official Grateful Dead website. http://www.dead.net/ . They have some live recordings available for free, plus you can buy goodies for your “dead head” loved ones, lol.
So, no video from me for now. I’m still in the process of hand stitching the binding down to the back of the GD quilt. But meanwhile, my car is in the shop because I have no a/c and it’s 100 freaking degrees. And I’m currently home while the plumbers try to clear my main line which started backing up into my tub last night. And my mgr is out all week on vacation so I’m dealing with a lot more crap than usual at work so…… waaaaaaaa! Let’s just say I’ve had enough adulting for 1 week. Who needs a retirement savings anyway, right?
EDITED 6/28/18 TO ADD: Plumber coming back this morning to dig up my front yard. I am glad I kept the pink plastic basin I got when I was in the hospital about 8 years ago. That’s what I’m using to wash my face and hair, then dumping the water outside when I’m done. I feel like a pioneer woman. Car will be done tomorrow. It got up to 102 yesterday, and is supposed to reach at least 100 today. The gods of home and car ownership are currently angry with me but hopefully will find someone else to pick on soon.