Thursday, June 9, 2011

Something done and learned something new



I'm in a Santa block exchange in one of my quilt guilds.  I signed up for twice, so, I have to make two different sets of blocks.  These are from my first set of blocks.  I finished the set of 12 today. Yipee!  One set down, one set to go.  The next set is going to be a fuseable applique Santa.  I haven't done fuseable applique before.  It will be a learning experience. 



One of my quilt guilds was tonight.  The speaker was Sue Pawlowski from the Chicago suburbs.  She was a hoot!  She spoke about "A Quilter's Lifecycle".  If you look at the picture above, try to guess what it is.  It is her 'thread ball' that she has made over the years.  She passed it around in this tub, and told us all to take a little bit of it to remind us to start a thread ball of our own.  She even won a ribbon for this thread ball.  Can you believe it???  She makes wonderful quilts.  She also sells patterns.  Check out her site (above). 

This is what I learned how to make this evening.  I wanted to take something to work on during guild.  I bought a Yo-yo maker on Tuesday (while at the Quilts of Valor sew-in).  I've never made yo-yo's before.  I pulled out my yo-yo maker and started to read the instructions (yes, I really read the instructions for once).  While I was reading the instructions, Christine offered to show me how to use the yo-yo maker.  It was much more fun with Christine showing me than reading the instructions.  I made all 12 yo-yo's at guild this evening.  It was fun!  Thanks Christine!

Lastly, they always say that busy people get more things done.  This week I think it is true.  I started 2 new part time jobs 3 weeks ago.  One is volunteer for my church (office work), and the other is just up the street, also doing office work.  I started both jobs on the same day.  Two new jobs, one day, two different computer systems.  Can you say CRAZY!!!  Well, this week, I've worked both jobs, attended two quilt guilds, Quilts of Valor sew-in on Tuesday and my regular Thursday sew-in.  I finished one set of Santa blocks and learned to make yo-yo's.  Not bad.  Did you do anything this week?

9 comments:

  1. OH my that is fabulous, but you are making my head spin as I read this!! Love the yo-yos!

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  2. Yikes, I guess it is time to start contemplating Christmas crafts. I LOVE the thread ball. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. The Santa blocks are so cute. You are one busy lady!!

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  4. Great work, Cheryl!! I love your blocks - they're so cheerful!! Whoop whoop!!

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  5. Did I do anything this week? Well, I read your blog and by then I was so tired I had to go sit down! ;)

    The Santa blocks are adorable.

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  6. You get lots of Whoops! this week. My goodness, starting two new jobs? I always say the first three months on a job are the "Idiot Stage" where you don't know who's who or how the programs work, or what to do. But two jobs, can't imagine! I'd be on the couch for every other minute of the day, but you really got a lot done! Love the Santa blocks.

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  7. I love your Santa blocks! Very nicely done.

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  8. You inspired me to buy some yo-yo makers and I find it very addictive. I have a bin of silk shirts from the thrift shops, many of them that tissue-paper thin silk that I don't think would hold up in a quilt. They make great yo-yo's

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