As many finishes as possible...

Work is hard right now.  I try not to complain because when I say hard, it's not anything compared to what other people go through.  It's just very frustrating right now and that's got me feeling pretty low.  I like being busy.  I like being challenged.  I like accomplishing a lot and being recognized for it.  And, none of that is happening right now. 

Anyway, my reaction has been obsessive sewing.  And, a little really strangely placed anger...you know the kind, right?  Anger at tiny small things because I don't feel like I can be angry about the stuff I want to be angry about. 

Anyway, my reaction to that has been compulsive finishing.  Not such a bad thing, I guess.  Certainly a way to get a sense of accomplishment.  And, there's some weird stuff, too. 

Like taking the blind hem applique stitches out of the double wedding ring and putting them back in by hand.

I've struggled and struggled with that decision.  The quilt is basically finished.  But, that edge, where I appliqued the outer rings onto the border fabric, I did it by machine, with invisible thread.  And, I didn't do a very good job.  And, as I did a lot of very nice quilting in that border, it bothered me more and more.  So, I'm going along that edge, removing the invisible thread and appliqueing it back along the same line by hand, with cotton thread and tiny invisible stitches.  It wouldn't be hard work at all.  Except when I was doing it by machine, I decided it would look better if I went around twice.  So, I have two sets of invisible blind hem stitches all the way around. 

Hey, ripping it out gave me something more interesting than scrubbing the kitchen floor to keep my hands busy.

I also finished a bunch of things.  Soon as I get the new valance hung in the studio, I can't wait to show it off. 

Okay, this is a beg.  Do you have any of this fabric?

It's an RJR fabric from 2011, so not that old.  It has pale olive green stars set with diagonal lines dividing them.  The line is Back to Basics.  That's all the selvage I have left.  Anyway, I only need a little bit...like 3.5"xwof, but I'd take more.  I'd gladly pay a fair price and shipping.

Just that little bit will finish a project and I can't seem to find it online.

The purple hair looks good.  She did a really nice job of it.  I thought I had a pic, but that didn't work out, so I'll have to take another.  In the bright light, you can see it.  And, it's bright.  But, in the natural light in the house, you can't even see it.  It disappears in the darkness of her natural color. 

And, she loves it, so it's all good.  But, she was in the salon all day and it was expensive.  So, yeah, I don't really think she'll be into that too often. 

Everybody have a great Monday!  The start of a new week.  I've noticed the strangest behavior in myself.  I know that if I walk around with a big smile on my face, people react to that positively.  When things get really frustrating at work, I get up and pull my smile out of my pocket and walk all the way around the perimeter of the building. 

By the time I get back to my desk, I'm not faking that smile anymore. 

And, the exercise is good, too.



Donna T said...

Good luck finding that fabric Lane. If I had some, I would send it to you! Did you do a google search and see if it is still sold? I needed some Minick & Simpson fabric a while back and I found it at Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was sure it had been discontinued! So glad that everyone is happy with the hair! I bet it does look good with her dark hair! I love your smile idea! I will have to try that! Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I must try the smile idea, course the only person to see it will be your Dad. He is smiling lots more these days too. Everyone is fine here. Want to see Syd's purple hair soon. lum