Monday, October 09, 2006

All Work and No play...

makes Nina a dull girl. I realized last night that I have been, maybe, overdoing it a bit. Not that I've minded, but I was taking some Tylenol when I realized that I had emptied the bottle in only 2 weeks. hmm... I could blame my headaches on the changing weather, but it might be the work load's been a bit heavy. Here are the last two weeks' accomplishments- in the sewing room.
  • 8 quilts quilted- maybe not a record, but a decent amount of work considering that 4 of them were fairly large.
  • Postcards made on a daily basis- not too many, but I'd say 25, total.
  • 2 skirts, 2 vests and 2 jumpers- for the girls.
  • 12 blocks set with borders and cornerstones- my homespun baskets.
  • 2 chicken pincushions. One wound up being big enough to hold 5 lbs of rice!! Scratch that- no pun, intended. The next one was a more reasonable size. 3.5" original block does the trick.
  • I made one of Darcie's thready neck thingies. Hmmm... mine looks a tad like a morphed baby octopus. Not saying I don't like it, just... this is one that needs to go larger.
  • Got a label on the Quilt of Valor.
  • And, finally, I finished the borders on my bones quilt- and, while not a Halloween quilt, it does have a skull on it- "and my dad was a piano mover, so..."

My Bones quilt is quite large- I had to finally lay it out on the ground and Daniel was sweet enough to climb on top of the van to take a picture of it for me. A generous queen-size. See, Tonya? Monster letters, about 11" tall. For those of you who weren't here for the beginning of the sweeping saga of my bones quilt, it came from a song by Little Big Town, "You got bones in your closet, you got ghosts in your town, You're running scared 'cause you know they're out there, just waitin' for the sun to go down." My bones were the blocks that didn't have homes, practice peices or blocks that didn't fit with what I was doing. Just orphans. I had so many that they were threatening to overflow my closet and something just had to be done with them! And now they all have a home. Hope they can get along as one big happy family.

Blogger just ate my pictures! Grrrr... Well, it's just too late to start over with them. So. I guess tha-tha, tha-tha, tha-that's all, folks!


Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I did miss the beginning of the saga, but I still like the quilt. I love the bones and skull, and the black background. Now have a day off! Did you see that I posted my laundry?

Hedgehog said...

Wow, you really have been busy!! The quilt is really cool and thanks for the recap for those of us who are newer to blogging. Put your feet up for a minute, will you?

McIrish Annie said...

what a great idea for those orphan blocks. I just gathered all of mine together in a bag with the same idea in mind.

I 100% agree that you need to rest!!!! Stay away from the machine and take that nap in the sun before the snow falls!! READ A GOOD BOOK, take a walk. Sit in a chair and do nothing but DAYDREAM. After a week of that you hopefully you will be good as new!

Tonya R said...

Wooooohooooo - looks fabulous. You did such a great job. 11" letters??? Aiyeeee! Love the skeleton peeking out from behind the block. Very creative and all yours!

That is way too much tylenol - ease up over there, my friend. Get some sunshine, read a book, relax.

Libby said...

A terrific use of your orphan blocks. I'll have to back track and see if I can catch up on the full story.

Judy said...

Ever try a cold icepack for a headache? It works for me! Especially if it's behind my eyes. If it's really bad I will stick my head under running cold water.

The quilt is fabulous! Thanks to your son for crawling on the van...and nope you didn't fool blogger, although Bloglines has them reversed the way you wanted them to show up! Odd!

ForestJane said...

Your bones look great!

I missed the first of it too, but what a great use for all the orphans ans ufo's.

Snow on Thursday? Geesh, our leaves haven't even turned yet.

Darcie said...

OH! I remember that skull! Very cool. Or shall I say "Very ghoul!" ;-) Love the letters...all wonky and bright. Your hand dyeds?

Gotta love a Man on the Van! Is the Man on the Van Dan? Way to go Dan. (Doctor Seuss would have such fun with that.)

Dawn said...

This is too funny! I'm so glad I finally had time to come visit! So much eye candy. But this one is too funny!

Angie said...

I missed out on the beginning of this quilt too...but it's AWESOME!!! 11" pieced letters? That's about the size that I would like to spell out "pumpkins" in....were they hard to figure out when cutting the "chunks" of fabric?

Sassenach said...

I enjoyed the twist! What a fun quilt.

Shelina said...

You quilted eight quilts in two weeks?!?!?!?! I think quilting eight quilts in one year would be considered an accomplishment for me. Even without all the other things on your list.
I plan on making an orphan block quilt too. Yours is lovely. You did a great job tying everything together.

Definitely need to relax. Maybe see an eye doctor if the headaches are related to eyestrain.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow-wee, what a list - and of course - just the sewing room - we all know you have 100 other things going on daily! Take it easy! Love your finished quilt - great way to give orphans a home. You know, quilts take a long time to make. When I feel like I am just getting nothing done, I love to whip out a pair of PJ's or something for my son - sewing for kids can be sooo fun!