Saturday, June 29, 2013

Counting the Days...and Some Finishes!

 I am definitely counting the days until I no longer need to go to work in the morning.  I don't necessarily want these last 11 (yes, only eleven more days to work!) days to go by fast...ohwell, who am I kidding?  Of course, I do want them to go by quickly.  I am rarin' to go and excited to start and just plain giddy about the entire thought of not working!  

I am training someone to do my job.  Not an easy task.  What is so routine and mundane to me requires much thought for someone new.  I try to be a good teacher and be patient.  I am of the belief that one can always take that extra step to help...whether it be a coworker, a student, a doctor, another staff member or, and especially, a client.  Now I get questioned as to why I 'had' to do something.  I keep repeating that 'it's all in the details'.  

All I can say is this;  once I am gone, there is nothing I can do about how things are done there.  So, I'll do what I can now to train and get things organized and written down and then forget about it when I leave. 


Not much has been accomplished this past week.  BUT, I did manage to get all the woolens mailed out and I do want to thank those of you who helped me out.  I still have some bundles and pieces available over at The Chocolate Puppy...take a look-see if you're interested.  Once I retire, I need to get all my fat quarters ready to go out the door.  I'll let you know how that's going.

Remember this quilt? 
It was to be for the baby of a coworker...the greens are left from the quilt I made for their first baby.  See it here.  I thought it would be really fun for the two sisters to have quilts made with the same fabrics but with a totally different pattern.  Good idea hey?  But, when I started quilting it, I didn't like what I was doing.  So.  I made this one, instead. 

Gotta love that polka-dot backing!  I haven't washed/dried it, so it's not got all that crinkly softness, yet.  I am very happy with it and am excited to give it to Baby Emily.

What do you do when you just don't like something you're working on?  Do you plow through it?  Do you ditch it and start something else?  Do you set it aside and hope that a fresh look will change your feeling for it?  I think I've done all of the above.

With the zigzag baby quilt, I decided to gift it to someone else.  So, I cut it down so there was just the zigzag center and the first solid border and am sending it to Ellie.  Julie's dog.  Poor thing doesn't have anything made by me.  ~sigh~  It is ~24", I think.

This is the first time that I finished the backside of the binding with machine stitching...I thought it turned out okay for a first attempt.  

Today, I finished the second sweatshirt jacket for Aunt Bev.  Finally.  I've been working on it here and there for at least a month.  Not like it was taking that much time.  I just wasn't getting to it.  I hope she likes it...

It's cool today, and it's been raining on and off.  Not complaining, just saying.  

I think that's all I have for now.  

Have a great weekend!  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11


Anonymous said...

I love the sweatshirt for aunt Bev. Ellie will be happy to have something from aunt Jacque. :)
Everything you make is awesome to me.
Love. Big sister Joyce

kks said...

you are soooo talented! the sweatshirt jacket is really darling! 11! so exciting.....
see you soon! Richard is doing really well...still carrying him in and out..:)

WoolenSails said...

Those are wonderful quilts and designs and fun fabric for the back is fun too.


MONTSE said...

Hi Jaque, always do what you can to help others when they start something. It's the best.
The quilts are beautiful, I like them both, and also very nice jacket.
Have a nice day

Unknown said...

I plow through projects, although I do try not to make stuff I don't like. Wish I'd seen your baby quilts, I do like yours better than the ones I am making.
You will not know when you had time to work, once retired. I don't know how we women have done it at all.

moosecraft said...

Oh my goodness! Love! Love! Love! The orange quiltie is wonderful, especially the polka dot back! Ellie is getting a great quilt too! ;-) You did a fine job of machine stitching the binding on too. And the sweatshirt jacket is so dang cute! The single button closure on top fits it well... kinda like a swing coat. What a talent you are!!!

Teresita said...

Muy bonito!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

You always have the sweetest finishes :) Really like the polka dot backing!!!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

i love the idea of giving the sisters quilts with the same fabric but different patterns. everything looks great. if i start making something and i'm just not feeling it i put it away for later. time is just too precious to waste on making something you don't love.