Hummingbird #40

Block #40 For Erick S.

Block #40 For Erick S.

Tonight’s bird is dedicated to the guy at work who saved my bacon tonight. I didn’t get home until after 7 and I was exhausted. I seriously considered phoning this one in and using one of the test birds I did in December. I even had a person picked out for it, someone I didn’t now anymore. Around 8:30 I realized I did infact have time to sew and I should do it because this week is only going to get more stupid.

So I started this bird. About 5 minutes into it, I got the first email. So this bird went together like this: Text some people, sew a little, email some people, sew a little more, text and more text, then sew, make a phone call, sew… My 45 minute bird turned into 1.5 hours. But that is OK. The texts were to Erick and he saved the day, after hours, for the second time in 3 days.

So I bought him a taco this morning for his help this weekend, and tonight, I think he deserves lunch. And I have to pay him back in food because, in our work relationship, it is unfortunately a one way street. There is nothing I will probably ever be able to help him with. I am just not special enough. LOL

Signing off, I am babbling and this is not really going to get edited much because I am tired. So I better stop while I am ahead…

Date Made: February 9th, 2015  
Block #40
Days on Project: 40
Blocks Made: 43

For Erick S.

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Hummingbird #39

Block #39 For Lisa J.

Block #39 For Lisa J.

Most nights I have a hard time deciding who to dedicate the block to. I debate, do I have a really good story to tell, is it too personal, is it too boring, is the block to girlie for a guy, is it not ridonkulous enough for this person… It’s exhausting. But tonight – Easy Peasy.

Lisa J. and I went to school together, we didn’t hang out back then. In fact, she tells this story of a recess altercation of which I have no recollection… I plead the fifth. But, I am much nicer now and we have become good Facebook buddies.

Earlier today she messaged me telling me of a dream she had. She and I and one of our other schoolmates were meeting with Bill Gates. Lisa was trying to donate some money to him to help him with his new business. And I had a tattoo of a bird on my right ankle. I immediately said “Well, what was it” and she said she thinks it was a bird. Figures…

What is really funny about this, is that years ago I was a programmer of the Microsoft variety (VB.NET, ASP, TSQL). I used to joke “Uncle Bill Pays My Bills”. Apparently, in this dream we were trying to pay his.

I’m Back In Charge
I am back in charge of all bird operations for awhile. The bird factory was a good idea but I am now out of pre-made birds/bird parts. Starting tomorrow, we are back to a bird a night. I am super busy at work, so I imagine one or two of the “Test Birds” will get promoted to “Real Birds” this week.

Date Made: February 8th, 2015  
Block #39
Days on Project: 39
Blocks Made: 42

For Lisa J.

Hummingbird #38

Block #38 for Fahima

Block #38 for Fahima

This block is dedicated to a very special lady, Fahima. Today is her birthday and this is my way of saying “Happy birthday pretty lady!”

Fahima is the amazing mother of three beautiful children. For my husband’s birthday we invited several of our friends and their kids to go bowling with us. She had a baby at home and couldn’t come but her husband came out and brought her two oldest. Everyone at the party commented on how well behaved and polite his kids were. His response, “Oh thank you, but it’s not me, my wife runs a pretty tight ship”.

Credits:
My husband picked these fabrics.

Date Made: February 7th, 2015  
Block #38
Days on Project: 38
Blocks Made: 41
Husband’s Picks: #17

For Fahima

Hummingbird #37

Block #36 For Cullen

Block #37 For Cullen

This block is dedicated to Cullen. He is a great project manager and a great person. We were briefly on the same team and I learned so much from him during those few months. Mostly, I learned how to play nice with others.

Cullen used to live out in the country (I think) and he always had great stories and pictures of the critters he trapped. He hung them up in his cube. I always thought of them as the closest thing you could get to mounting a dear on your wall in the office. Instead of a big buck, he had possums and raccoons on display in all their ugly glory.

To Cullen – may you have far less of an issue with wildlife where you live now.

Credits:
My husband picked these fabrics.

Date Made: February 1st, 2015  
Block #37
Days on Project: 37
Blocks Made: 40
Husband’s Picks: #16

For Cullen

Hummingbird #36

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Block #36 For Fauzan

 

This block is dedicated to my very good friend Fauzan. Fauzan and I joined the same company at the same time (it was my second time, truth be told). Later he left that company and then I followed him soon after to his next company. Then he left me again! Honestly, I am beginning to think its me…

At that first company we were put on the same project pretty early on. It was my first time working with him and I didn’t realize the extent of his awesomeness. I was ALWAYS questioning whether or not he could do something he was proposing. At one point, he stopped me and said “Don’t worry Paula, I’m smart enough”. And to this day, I have never let him live that one down… Can a joke still be funny 7 years later? Yes, yes it can.

Credits:
My husband picked these fabrics.

Date Made: February 5th, 2015  
Block #36
Days on Project: 36
Blocks Made: 40
Husband’s Picks: #15

For Fauzan

Hummingbird #35

Block #35 For Kirby

Block #35 For Kirby

I have been waiting what feels like forever to post this bird for Kirby. The minute I made it I knew it was hers. It just feels like this one should belong to her. I have nicknamed it “Jail Bird”.

Kirby is a very talented artist. She is insanely good and I am so happy to know her. Seeing her work inspires me in my own. I love the way she expresses a story, event, thought or even a crazy dream. “Mistletoad” is my new favorite, FYI. –>For the record, Kirby has never been in jail! He just looks like he’s on the run<–

Several years ago Kirby gave me permission to recreate my other favorite, “Tortuga“, in fabric. Here is how far I got. I got stuck in a creative block on what to do about the quilting and flowers. The blue background has been removed. He will have yo yo’s for flowers and buttons for eyes.

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About a year ago I asked Kirby to draw my babies. We were so pleased with how they turned out and I finally got them framed and hung up. We love them!

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Credits:
My husband picked these fabrics.

Date Made: February 1st, 2015  
Block #34
Days on Project: 34
Blocks Made: 39
Husband’s Picks: #14

For Kirby

Hummingbird #34

Block #34 for Mala

Block #34 for Mala

Yesterday was for Uma so today has to be for MALA!! Uma and Mala were the dynamic duo working together and being most excellent developers. While Uma has moved on, I still get to hang out with Mala. We don’t work on projects together anymore but we do get to go to lunch and let off some steam.

Mala is a great developer and has a knack for building relationships; earning a customers trust and keeping it. And believe me, in our world, that is not always easy to do.

Our company likes to mix things up, and because of that Mala and I have worked together, not worked together, and I have personally had 4 managers in 3 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up working together again. It certainly never gets boring, and thats good, right?

Credits:
My husband picked these fabrics.

Date Made: February 1st, 2015  
Block #34
Days on Project: 34
Blocks Made: 38
Husband’s Picks: #13

For Mala