Friday, June 22, 2007

Finally!

I'm Baaaaccckkkk. Finally. I was supposed to have my new modem on Monday at the latest. By Tuesday when the UPS guy had made deliveries to two of my neighbors (one of them has a SERIOUS addiction to QVC) I called to see what had happened to my package of Internet goodness. Turns out that when the nice young woman helped me with ordering the modem (and convinced me to sign up for the extended warranty on the new one so I wouldn't have to pay for the replacement) she failed to actually process the shipping for my modem. Hmmn. Many apologies and a promise to send it overnight. Great -- but, well, it was 5:00 pm on Tuesday. This means that "overnight" will get to me on Thursday. Great. And I said such nice things about them in my last post. Oh well, it got here -- for some reason though it was the same exact model as the last one I had to re-install the software (what? it uses something different than it did a week ago?) and I'm back in business. So tonight, I took some time off of sewing to catch up on my blog reading and indulge my Internet addiction fix. It may take me a while to catch up though -- it's amazing how productive everyone has been in the last week!

As for my own productivity -- well, I have been sewing. And I got some great goodies in the mail. And I took my first ever quilting class -- so stuff to say about that and a photo of the project. And a fun invitation I got. But, my, way too much for one post so instead of my usual marathon posts -- I will spread out the joy a bit and post a little at a time. Tonight's menu includes progress on my June goals.

First up tonight (omg -- I just looked at the clock. Ok, so it's this morning!) is my god daughter's jacket. DONE. DONE. DONE. (well, except for the buttons. But I need to go to the local national chain fabric store and buy some. That is on tap for tomorrow -- but those will be purchased and sewn on this weekend and it will be off in the mail on Monday -- plenty of time to get to her for her actual birthday) I really do like how this one turned out. The crosshatching was a pain, but it was so worth it in the end. I also got to play with some free motion quilting and I really like how that turned out as well. And would you believe, that except for the buttons, this one is entirely from scraps and stash! (this says something about my stash, but I'm not entirely sure what) The picture doesn't show the back of the hood -- but I used some of the orange stripe and the hot pink/orange dot for each 1/2.

I've also been working on some embroidery and blocks for the Christmas quilt I'm making for myself. No pictures of the blocks yet (I've only got one done as a test -- the others are in the partial construction stage so not very photo worthy) BUT I have finished the first embroidery and am 1/2 way done with the second. I found the pattern for this little cutie as a free download from Wee Wonderfuls. When I saw them I just knew they needed to play with the Holly Jolly charm packs I bought on the last shop hop. I chose all of the colors from those in the fabrics and just had fun stitching her and her little dolly up. Her brother is about 1/2 done -- so I should have a picture of him in a day or so. She was so much fun to do and I can't wait to see what she looks like with the blocks I am making. I'll try and finish up a few more of them and get a picture.
Other than that -- I finished the project I started in my first ever quilt class (more about this later) but no picture right now and worked on putting together some more embroidery designs for the Christmas quilt. More of those as they get finished. And while it was a slow week for mail of the techie sort -- I got some other squishies I will share with you in another post. I just realized how very late it is -- and that I am going to need all of my energy in the morning to try and keep up with the boundless energy of my own darling toddler. Is it possible to mainline caffeine?

15 comments:

Dordogne Clare said...

Hoorah! Back in Blogland. God daughter's jacket is so beautiful.

Carole said...

Welcome back! I'm addicted to the internet and more specifically to blogging! Glad to read that you've been productive during your lack of internet access. The jacket and embroidery block looks sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Earley said...

That elf is darling!

Having dealt with tech support this week, I feel your pain....at least you've had a happy ending, I'm still waiting for my overnight package.

Samantha said...

Welcome back to the internet! Mine at home went out today. ACK!

Love that jacket and the embroidery as well.

The Wooden Spool said...

That jacket is wayyy to cute! Do you think you'll make another one sometime? It's simply gorgeous....i hope your g daughter really loves it as much as we do! :) I'm sure she will....can you post a close up as well? I love it so much and love details! You should see if there is a flickr group with Holly's fabrics that you used! She would be tickled pink to see it! I am thinking it looks like Holly's fabrics from Lakehouse? Correct me if I am wrong. Anyhow, it's darling! The embroidery is gorgeous as well....i didn't know you did that, too! You go, girl!!

Fiona said...

What a fabulous jacket - just love the colours - so nice and bright.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, that jacket was a lot of work but really is fabulous. Good to see you are back, Tracey

Leigh said...

Glad you're back. Your little elf is toooooo cute :-)

QuiltingFitzy said...

Gosh, I love the jacket! AND I love the stitchery~so much bloglove all around, lol.

Glad you managed to get back online, it's such a pain.

Kristin L said...

Wooo hoo! The jacket and teh embroidery are adorable. Glad you're back so you can share!

Kim said...

Congrats on finally getting back to Blogland! The jacket turned out beautifully and I love the stitchery--looking forward to seeing the brother!

anne bebbington said...

I love the jacket - the gerbera fabric on it it gorgeous - just the sort of thing I'd have dressed my two girls in at that age - mind you they'd run a mile now (no taste) and the stitchery is lovely - love those little french knots on the point of her skirt

Greenmare said...

yipee welcome back!
jThat jacket is toooooooooooo CUTE!!!! Oh just gorgeous, pat yourself on the back about 81 times okay?

gwen said...

I am glad you are back to show us the gorgeous things you are sewing. What a shame I only have one son. Pink and orange are not really his favorite colours! Still I think the jacket is lovely. Thanks for the link to the stitchery. I printed them straight away. Fortunately there is still some time till Christmas. Take care.

Valérie said...

wow ! the jacket is awesome !!!
and I've planned on stitching the pair of cute elves this Fall - maybe on pillows... - yours looks great !