Tidbits …

I‘ve not managed to get much done this past week at all short of figuring out my borders for the kitty convergence. They still need to be printed on tissue paper, but getting home after midnite last week, I wasn’t so inclined to cut and print. :\ And of course I’m slow in when I get up, so that doesn’t see me bursting with energy to get it done. I WILL get the few sheets I need, cut and printed this week tho. It’s rather sad that I know it’s a matter of maybe 2 hours work and I’ve still not done it. **sigh lazy lazy lazy LOL

On the work front, I do have good news. The first 2 weeks of work were for training ending in a written test that I needed to get 90% on in order to pass and start on the next phase of my training. Friday was the day of my test and I was tickled to get my score back of 97% πŸ˜€ Yes it’s an open ‘book’ test as it were, but you still needed to KNOW how to find all the answers and know that they were the right ones. I missed 2 questions and funny enough, they were the same 2 questions that I missed on the previous tests. Ah well .. I passed and today I will start on my next leg of training which is called ‘nesting’. For the next 5 days I will be paired with a senior agent and will be listening to their calls for tech support. We’ll be “Y-Jacked” together, meaning both plugged into one phone, and I’ll be able to listen to him/her take the calls. While listening, I’m hoping to be able to have a puter next to them so that I can search and do the rest of the call while they do. Maybe with luck I’ll feel confident enough to actually take a call today .. I was told during training that the sooner you take a call, the faster you adapt and the better you do – so I’m hoping to try one call today. We’ll have to see how that goes. So this week, I work 4pm – 1am, Monday to Friday. This is likely my last weekend off – we’ll have to see how it goes. Kyle has his confirmation in May, and I need to have that nite off, so I just might see if I can schedule my weekends to be Tues and Wed for May. And his grade 8 graduation is June 22nd, so to ensure that I get that nite off, I might have to schedule that I have tues and another nite off in June.

HPIM2845.jpgI did get a wonderful surprise from Aune in Finland on Friday. I had sent her some tissue paper as she wasn’t sure what it was, and she decided to send me some of her gorgeous hand and sun dyed fabrics. I was totally stunned to receive such gorgeous fabrics .. I never expected this! The one on the bottom right is sun dyed and had salt used on it as well. The one on the bottom left was one that used a technique called pushing up. Aren’t they just gorgeous! And what a nice feel they have .. I think I might use these in a convergence quilt .. they do see well suited for it πŸ˜€ Aune thank you very much again for the gorgeous fabrics. Like I mentioned before, these are too dear for tissue paper.

HPIM2847.jpgHPIM2848.jpgSpeaking of fabric, I ordered some a while ago and I hadn’t shared the with you as yet. I got these on sale from the spiders web and just feel in love with the batiks. I’ve no clue what I’ll be doing with them, but I’m sure something will occur to me. I was looking or some background / blenders when I tripped over the batiks, and they were a good price ,so how I could i resist πŸ˜‰ The piece with LOVE on it and the metallic is an FQ .. and I’ve no clue what I’ll be doing with that one. I just liked it and I thought it would be a cute piece to have. Of course since I have it .. nothing is jumping up and biting me on the nose at all. BUT, I do know that it will speak to me when the time is right. It’s really out of my normal buying pattern. I can honestly say I’ve nothing in my stash that is even remotely like that! I was looking for more oranges, but there wasn’t any there on sale.

HPIM2842.jpgOf course Pixel isn’t one to stand by while other excitement is going on in the house and be ignored! It finally got warm enough here that we opened the windows. Boy did that feel GREAT .. having fresh air thru the house – it’s almost like a cure all tonic! Well Reg went and opened Kyle’s bedroom window, BUT he forgot that the screen is only on one side. So he opened the side with NO screen. And Pix being Pix .. said thankyouverymuch and out he went. Course I didn’t know this .. I was watching something on tv getting harassed by Shadow, when I was starting to wonder WHERE is Pix?? It’s not like him to not be here and try to hog attention all for himself from Shad. I was looking around and wondering just where he was. Reg was talking to me and I interrupted him because I thought I heard something and asked him to turn down the tv. I listened again, and heard it .. MROW .. I look at the front door, look at reg and jump out of my seat and send poor Shad flying … I open the front door and there’s Pix, on the front porch, nattering away about being let in right NOW! Let me tell you, the first thought was Thank God that he didn’t run into the HUGE male next door (prolly 25 lbs), Pix, while a tough cookie, is no match for that cat .. specially since he doesn’t have front claws. He was likely gone in total 30 minutes. Long enough that I was wondering where he was, but he came back. Needless to say, we are carefully watching which way the window opens after THAT! Doesn’t he look pleased with himself the BRAT! LOL

ArtIllusion – Part 3

Last nite I had my fabric cut into strips and squares just waiting for me to get to it today πŸ™‚ I decided to strip piece in order to make things easier and quicker for me .. worked out pretty good, but I kept reversing the block :\ .. but it all worked out in the end.

HPIM2787.jpgI ended up with these poor orphans left over from the top rows of strips starting from the top (lights and mediums) Rather pathetic little pile left over isn’t it? But it does tell me that I did a great job estimating how many strips I would need for Part 3 – and that makes me feel great .. I’m sure I’ll something useful for them .. not to sure what .. but I’m sure that something will come to me .. It usually does .. right as I’m about to fall asleep at nite .. then of course .. you pop right away .. You know .. so far this quilt hasn’t made to much of a dent into my scrap bag .. it sure doesn’t look any smaller .. and we aren’t going to talk about the pile that is breeding on the corner of my cutting table .. there’s likely another Β½ bag there at least (!)

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Part 3

.. 26 … 27 … 28 … 29 … aw crap .. I’m 3 short – pfft. Ah well ..scrounge, hunt, scrounge for long enough bits of this and that to make make them up .. I wanted them to be somewhat close in colour so it wasn’t to scattered all over the map .. yes as Carmen says, I’ve redefined “controlled scrappy” one of these days I’ll do a true brown bag scrappy quilt .. promise! Well i finally found enough of 2 different colour schemes to get the final 3 blocks done and voila! Part 3 is fini!Β  Holly can you see them???

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I’m done in .. been a day of popping up and down like a jack in the box, as well as doing some grocery shopping, daddy drop /drive in, dinner, basketball on tv .. blah blah blah .. you get the picture .. so tomorrow, I start on Part 4 ..

Oh and my order showed up from joann’s .. I ended up with 2 yards of the material I ordered instead of 3 .. well that’s better than nothing I guess .. what a waste of a 40% off coupon tho pfft

Art Illusion Mystery

I just can’t seem to help myself πŸ˜€ I’m not complaining, but here I am – off doing another mystery that I squirreled away. Now I don’t do them all mind you .. but this one appealed to my sense of style and design.

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Part 1

As usual, my cutting table looks like a war zone when I start to plot and start. For this one I wasn’t even sure what my background colour would be .. I tend to be at almost a critical shortage of that right now .. sooo I’m going scrappy with this one πŸ˜€ Granted I’ve ordered from Joann’s .. but by the time they got to cutting my order, they don’t have the 3 yards I ordered (a week ago plus), and I jumped on another great sale – and of course every fabric that I ordered – SOLD OUT! Where’s the justice in this world!?!?!? PFFT!! Ah well that just means that I have to stretch my creative colour muscles and see what I’ve got to work with.

Now I had a few issues with this pattern; The fabric guidelines were vague to obscure – in a conversation with a lady at the company that sponsors this, she said she can’t wait to see what colours I come up .. my response .. Me either!! Ya’ll know how I feel about using a whole square to create a HST then do nothing with the resulting orphan .. well one step required that, so I reworked it to so I didn’t have that orphan πŸ˜€ And another step the amount said to make for one block part wasn’t all used .. so I basically printed out the final layout, counted the blocks there, and went from there .. even with these hiccups and whatnot .. now this could just be me missing vital stuff or just being quirky .. but this pattern is gorgeous and i’m glad that I’m moving forward on it :D.

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Part 2

I’ve spent all day choosing and cutting, choosing and cutting .. choosing and cutting … well you rather get the idea I’m sure! I’m pleased with my final fabrics – this is going to be end up as a very delicate feminine quilt with a lot of floral fabrics. Amazing what’s lurking in the bottom of your scrap bag .. heh .. If I don’t use all these bits and pieces that I’ve cut, then I’ve at least got 2Β½” strips or pieces ready for something else πŸ˜€ So that works for me .. tomorrow I start to piece πŸ˜€

Quilting Kitties

HPIM2673.jpgAfter the frustration education of using the whole sheet, I decided I wasn’t going to sew anymore until I took off the tissue .. first i was dog tired – we had a Saturday with more drama in it than a daily soap opera – that totally whacked me out! Second, I started to think that due to my ‘squeezing’ of motifs, putting something in the small framing border would be a good idea – but I needed the tissue off to see it better and of course I had to see just how this thread looked too ..

HPIM2672.jpgThe purple background had enough variations in that the thread seemed to be made for it .. doesn’t stand out for the most part, but looks GREAT on the kitties .. Here’s a closer view of it and you see how the thread suits this quilt .. LOLOLOL .. I just saw a tissue piece that I missed while tearing the tissue last nite **znerk!!! Okay it’s gone now – It’s right under the red bow tie on the left. The kitty motif that I picked for this is just the right one to use .. creates enough personality in the blank spots of the quilt that is keeping with the theme, but doesn’t overpower the quilt – nice accent!

I’m going to do butterflies in the narrow border and a meeces and kitty paws in the outer border – good thing I’d not printed them up or done my tissue for the outer border as my mind has changed from just the other (after I had already changed it!!). I’m praying that I’ll get a chance to sew in a bit .. it’s a day with one thing or another .. and I’ve just not gotten to it yet .. this really won’t take long and i could have had it done – maybe even the outer border by now ..

HPIM2676.jpgOne good thing on Sat is that I went to Joann’s and grabbed a few things .. I needed needles and grabbed a 10-pack of schmetz, more quilting pins, rotary blade, basting spray and orange FQs and a really cute FQ bundle .. now the FQs were on sale so that was a nice thing!! I had a few coupons and saved some money .. not as much as I would have liked . silly me misread the start date on a coupon – course it was a 50% off one .. but did manage to use 2 40% off;)

Now the orange I’m going to use for the square deal mystery on quiltbug.com – If I have enough orange I would like to make it the main colour instead of the corner colours .. I’m thinking of blue and green or maybe purple and blue or purple and green with this .. not sure .. and the lilac fqs .. not to sure .. I’m sure I’ll think of something – hehehehehe This is going to be my next project πŸ˜€ I’m due for a new one and I’ve been looking forward to doing this one – might even do 2 – we’ll have to see.

So the borders tonite .. quilt one and then get one set up for doing if not doing ..