A View of My Quilt Life

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Crossroad

While Odie was a welcome addition and a distraction for the first few weeks of this month, his arrival didn't stop the inevitable march of time towards last Friday, the 22nd.

I'm at a new crossroad. 

Back in June, right after Father's Day, my entire department at work was informed of how a companywide initiative would effect us. Over the course of the next 18 months, the company will reduce their presence in our state to nothing at all.  Our team would be one of the first to face the decision - relocate to the East Coast or take the severance package.

While I did enjoy my visit out there last Fall, relocating there is an entirely different proposition. The area is congested, very expensive and subject to cold, snowy winters.  The opportunity with the company was interesting, challenging and with additional room for growth.

A giant chart was made, along with a huge pro/con list. Discussions with DH were numerous. Different scenarios, living arrangements, research topics were the stuff of my days and evenings.

In the end, the relocation was out of the picture - not going to work for DH & I.  As it turned out, not one of my 8 team members took the relocation package. So, on Friday, after collecting all the equipment and badges, out processing everyone, and turning over everything to IT and security, I was the last person on the team to walk out the door.  It was bittersweet and a relief.

Now, it's time to move forward - not sure which direction the path will lead.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Addition!

There is a new addition to our family!


Odie arrived home very late on Saturday, 2 September after a very long drive home from my Minnesota road trip and is settling into our routine. The cats aren't entirely thrilled with the addition to the household - it's a two steps forward, one step up the cat tree to safety.  

The details:
Call Name: Odie
Registered Name*:  Magik's Redfyre Son of a Preacher Man
Breed: Chinese Shar Pei
Color: Black or Silver Sable - too soon to tell
Age: 9 1/2 weeks as of this post date 

Or is it just a patio statue of a Shar-Pei?

No, Odie is quite real and Cherry Quilts has a new Studio Dog! This is Odie on his first Tuesday with us, asleep under my sewing table.

I was very fortunate to be able to be off & then work from home for the first few days to help the transition.  We have swapped some things around, including putting small chunks of 2x4 under the legs on this table, so that we could put a larger crate (Boxer size or 24" x 36" x 26") under it.  For safety sake, all activity in my studio is either very closely monitored or he is confined (and asleep).  Since my studio opens right out to the yard, we can easily take frequent breaks.   Things will take a bit before I can resume a more normal sewing schedule, but I'm loving the interruption!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DETOUR - Three Road Trips!

The first road trip took place the first weekend of August. Up through Southwestern Wisconsin & over into Minnesota, leaving on Friday afternoon and returning home on Saturday afternoon. 307 miles roundtrip.

Crossing the Mississippi River and onto the hills of Southeastern Minnesota

Secret adventure and private destination - to be revealed shortly. But it was a good trip!

Then this happened

A mid-week break to Michigan, a few days working remotely & doing some short adventures to a few favorite haunts.  I had some early morning visitors, while having my first cuppa of the day on the deck.

Finally, the last road trip was on September 2, 2017. A day that will live in infamy in this household.

Back up to Minnesota, crossing the Mississippi River in Lacrosse, Wisconsin - heading west. 

Love this bridge. 

This time it was up & back, all in one day - a VERY long day.  I didn't get home until at 9:00 pm and haven't sat at a sewing machine since then. You'll see why in the next post.  You're going to love it, I guarantee it!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bit of Blue for a New Baby

I previous shared this on Monday, August 28th,

which became this on Thursday, August 31st.

This was the last thing that's been under my needle lately.
Made from a 5 inch square charm pack, plus one extra neutral batik, it measures 24 inches square and simply quilted in a cross hatch.

But I didn't share what happened on Sunday, August 27th, which was this

A small crate installed in the downstairs bedroom?  What ever could that be for?

Monday, August 28, 2017

August Onward!

Where has the past three weeks flown to?

To be honest, after juggling the finish on the last three pieces and getting them off to competition, I needed a break.  Now that I had a breather and dusted off the sewing machine pedal, I'm back stitching.

Let's start with a show recap:
The Summer Solstice
and the Phoenix quilt

were both entered in an annual LQS show.  Neither of them placed. Not entirely surprised (though a little disappointed), as the LQS show participants/attendees are more traditionally focused (civil war repro/wool/etc.) and the Phoenix was big, bold & bright! I design what I feel and knew it would be outside their norm. Nothing wrong with either - just different!

The cow quilt - MOO-VIE STAR

was my entry into the Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge.  While I did not make the initial cut of finalists (now dubbed the French Gallery),

I made it into the second group of finalists (The Dutch Gallery). 
Cherrywood will have two separate exhibits of the Van Gogh Challenge quilts traveling.  Including the Bohin Needle Manufacture, France - August - November 2018.

Now - on to what's under my needle now:

It's just a small bit, that I'll tell you more about it later.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Firebird - Phoenix Rising FINISH!

The Phoenix Rising challenge quilt is finished!

It's hanging in the studio, needing a final tape roller cleaning before going off to the show but it's done and I'm happy!

On to the next challenge.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Van Gogh Cow - Finish!

It's a FINISH!
My Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge quilt is done!

This is not the official entry photo but I was eager to post it and announce the finish, once I got the eyes painted.  By the time this post goes live, I will have done any last minute details & cleaning, and uploaded it to the online entry link, where it will go through the jurying process. Fingers crossed!