Sunday, January 13, 2013

Success!

I've been out of town, sequestered in a windowless conference room for 11 hours a day, 2 days in a row, with 10 of my colleagues interviewing candidates for an open position at my university.  It was an exhausting, yet intellectually stimulating exercise, and I left with even greater respect and affection for my colleagues.  And I left energized and excited by the finalists we selected to bring to campus.  But I was also ITCHING to sew!

I brought a quilt to work on, but never made a stitch.  Instead, it just adorned my hotel room bed and kept me cozy warm the two nights I had to spend away from home.  I also brought my GFG hexies out of retirement.  I did end up taking a few stitches during breaks on day two, and managed to get one flower done and attached to another.
I made the one on the left yesterday, and attached it to the one on the right that was probably made 4 or 5 years ago. 
But when I got home, I realized the way I put them together won't work with what I have together already.  Note to self - add just one flower at a time to the whole.
Looks washed out in the sun, but lots of scrappy color in this quilt top. 
I got home very late last night, and enjoyed sleeping in this morning as my kids were spending the weekend at a friend's house in my absence.  But my Cub Scout meeting was this afternoon, and I had to prepare.  I spent my entire morning and early afternoon measuring, cutting and drilling to prepare for our woodworking project.  I didn't have time to make a prototype - I just had to hope that I had thought of everything and that it would come together.
Spoon basketball.  I adapted a plan I found online to make these. 
And it did!  The boys were thrilled with their projects, and spent a bit of time trying them out.

Now, the kids are in bed, I have a cup of tea and my new copy of Jennifer Chiaverini's The Giving Quilt, and I'm going to enjoy a bit of down time.  The weekend was busy and full of interactions with other people, but everything about it was a resounding success!

7 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

I am always amazed at the things you accomplish! The boys look like they love their projects.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I think we still have one of these spoon basketball things around the house, somewhere. My sons are both off at college now. Enjoy yours while you can. I get to learn how to make hexie's next month at one of my guilds.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the hexie quilt will be beautiful - I hope you complete it - they can be difficult for placement can't they

jirons42 said...

I'm in the middle of The Giving Quilt. I've haven't read one of Jennifer's books in awhile and I'm really enjoying this one.

I seem to work on my hexie quilt in spirts. At this rate I'll be 100 before I get it done.

Auntie Em said...

Love your hexie quilt. I have many flowers done, but haven't sewn any of them together. I like your side by side setting.

Shay said...

You're one of the handiest people I know. Fancy making up the bits for those projects!

Love your hexies...the whole quilt is looking fabulous. Your post reminded me I have one more of my own to get done before I have to rip wretched papers out...

treadlemusic said...

You are one busy lady. It appears you had all in control, though! Happy Monday eve!!!! Hugs, D