Hummingbird #98

Block #98 For Charlene

Block #98 For Charlene

This bird is for Charlene. Charlene was a member of an appliqu√© bee i was in a few years ago and I was thinking about her today. About 11 months ago, I ran into her and a few other quilty friends at festival. We talked about getting together once a month at someone’s house to sit and stitch.

This morning I was thinking of how much more fun it would be to sit and knit with other people as opposed to sitting and knitting with Law and Order reruns.

Charlene is a talented quilter and she is super fast. I am always envious of those that show up to the monthly meeting with new 5 finished projects for “show and tell” while I show up with the same project month after month to sit and work on during the meeting. The project that never seems to make it to show and tell.

But I will still let her come over and stitch; even if she shows me up ūüėČ

Time to make this happen.

Date Made: September 19th 2015
Block #98
Days on Project: 262
Blocks Made: 98

For Charlene

Advertisements

Hummingbird #97

Block #97 for Puja

Block #97 for Puja

Well my first bird back wasn’t a complete success but I did get it done. In the process, I forgot to change my foot, needle placement and stitch length. Apparently I wasn’t doing so hot before I stopped making birds either. This one was already cut and somehow I ended up with extra pieces… And it’s actually prettier than this, my “real” camera wasn’t charged. Clearly I was not prepared for bird making this evening.

Tonight’s bird is for my co-worker Puja.¬†She lives not far from me and after some car troubles last weekend, I helped out by giving her a lift to work one day this week. It was nice to have someone to chat with on that very long drive. The thing I like about Puja is that she truly cares for you. She doesn’t go all sappy on you and she often tells you like it is. But it is 100% from the heart. Even given the difficult week she is having, she took the time to give me some encouraging words and “momma” me a bit today. And to be honest, I needed it. I do listen, occasionally.

I am taking it easy this weekend… on Puja’s orders.

Date Made: September 18th 2015
Block #97
Days on Project: 261
Blocks Made: 97

For Puja

Just like riding a bike…

Or Not.

It took me 30 minutes to get my room sewing room put back together.¬†Nothing was where it should have been and I couldn’t even remember which iron I was using for this project (it’s the baby one, fyi). Once I did get it set up, I spent the rest of the time matching fabrics with some success.

TOMORROW WE CUT!

Prior to the matching...

Prior to the matching…

Matches

Matches

Awesome fabric I can't seem to match :-(

Awesome fabric I can’t seem to match ūüė¶

Essentials for fast foundation piecing:

Comfy swivel chair, ironing board at “sitting” height, travel iron that is easy on your hands and shoulders, cutting board and trash can right beside my sewing machine (Janome 6600), add a quarter ruler, and a Gail Garber post card for a straight edge.

My set up...

My set up…

IMG_4722

 

Hello Strangers

It’s been awhile since my last bird or post. Insomnia has me cranking out my first blog in ages. In the middle of the night; on my phone, with my husband snoring next to me. 

Life and work have been crazy and my sewing machine hasn’t seen my face in 3 months. I miss it and I miss surfing WP and looking at all your beautiful creations. 

I have been able to pick up a few stitches here and there on some socks and my new project at work has me meeting new people and getting lots of new material for bird stories. I will get back to it soon. But, it will likely be a different pace. I feel like I need a whiteboarding session and a project plan to get it done….

 I finished this guy. Worst yarn ever. And the lace pattern…. Ugh. Not going for a pair. Might make it into an art piece for the laundry room.

Lonely Sock, Never To Be Mated

 

My current sock project. I think this marks the end of the gusset heal for me. Back to short row. Maybe I’ll try this fishy heal I’ve been reading about.

big ‘ol foot

Hummingbird #96

Block #96 for April X.

Block #96 for April X.

I was a bachelorette this weekend. My husband was out of town and I had the whole weekend to do whatever I wanted to. I *should* have made a ton of birds, but I only made 2.75 birds. However, I did sleep a lot today. Any during my daytime nap I had the strangest dreams about people I haven’t seen or thought about in years. One of those was April.

I met April when we roomed together during our orientation before our freshman year in college. We decided to be roommates the following year, both of us terrified of rolling the dice. She had tattoo’s; I always wanted a tattoo but was too scared to get one.

One night, I came back to my room and a male RA from another floor was crashed out in our room. ¬†He was drunk and couldn’t make it back to his room without getting seen and kicked out.¬†Boys after hours were¬†NOT allowed. And I was NOT a rule breaker. I still have trouble breaking the rules. I spent that night in the TV room until he woke up and left and then I moved out as soon as I could. I regret that, she was pretty cool and super nice. If I had stayed with her, I probably would have that tattoo by now.

Date Made: June 7th 2015
Block #96
Days on Project: 158
Blocks Made: 96

For April X.

Hummingbird #95

Block #95 for Shelly A.

Block #95 for Shelly A.

This bird is dedicated to my co-worker, and super cool chic, Shelly A. The thing I like the most about shelly is her attitude. She always has a positive outlook on life. Usually, overly positive people bug me. I want to hit them with a reality stick. But not her; she has great delivery. She doesn’t kill you with rainbows. I often leave her office thinking, “well, why didn’t I see it that way” or “I should try to be more like that”.

Funny Thing…

A couple years ago, Shelly was very pregnant and had decided it was time to stop driving herself to work. We lived near each other so she rode with me. We talked about everything on our way in. Work, TV, husbands, movies, food (lots of food talk), growing up…

One day we were talking about the things we ate as kids (yes – like I said, lots of food talk). I had never met anyone down here who ate the same things I did growing up¬†until her: Sugar toast, peanut butter and syrup sandwiches, rice with butter and sugar… I still can’t believe it. We are both sort of from the mid-west, maybe thats it? I no longer eat sugar toast, or rice with butter and sugar but every time I have a peanut butter and honey (upgraded it a bit) sandwich I think of her. I might have one tonight…

Date Made: June 6th 2015
Block #95
Days on Project: 157
Blocks Made: 94

For Shelly A.

Hummingbird #94

Block #94 for Rommel Micu

Block #94 for Rommel

This bird is for my college buddy Rommel. We spent our last couple semesters in class together and had a blast. Over time we lost touch until one day we bumped into each other in one of the most unlikely places…

Jury Duty!

Yep, what are the odds? I live(ed) in a city of about 4-6 million peoples. The odds are low [quite low] that you will meet someone you know in jury duty. Not only that, but we were put on the same jury pool. So we had lunch, reminisced and experienced our judicial system together. He had a very high number and I had a very low number. Which basically means, I got selected and he didn’t (but I always get selected – that’s another story).¬†We parted ways and friended each other on Facebook.

Now he might be moving out to my neck of the woods and I am hoping to see him a little more than every 10 years or so. However, there are less people out here… so chances are we could make this jury duty thing work.

Date Made: June 1st 2015
Block #94
Days on Project: 152
Blocks Made: 94

For Rommel