Saturday, June 29, 2013

Not MIA - Just Quiet

OK first off THANK YOU to Sylvia for the lovely Angel - her appreciation of my patience, consideration, helpfulness and caring during our trip to Ireland - a trip she would not have made herself.  You are very very WELCOME Sylvia, like I said many a time without a roommate I may have had to cancel my dream trip.  Yes we both have lovely memories and pictures to remember for a long time.

I just got back in time for our annual OMA's - AURORA picnic - small turnout but lovely!  We even presented Virginia with her Comfort Quilt.
Ricky, Audrey, Gail, Wendy
Virginia & Dianne
My CQd and tatted block

NOW as for getting back to the grind, well work is still a mystery as the Dept. is once again undergoing major reorganization with some closing of offices, shuffling around of staff to fill required vacancies and realigning branches.  The magic day is June 30th and those affected (me included) should be in our new positions with new responsibilities.  Personally I'm trying to take one day at a time and keep an open mind but with many questions and rampant chitchat some days it's really hard.  I'll survive but I can tell you this definitely is solidifying my retirement plans.

In the meantime I've tried to escape the sweltering heat in my apartment (AC still in the locker) by joining the Crescentwood quilting group at the community centre and actually went to their mini retreat day and stitched up my MPQ Bali Strip Challenge quilt strips together.  WOW what a full day of sewing in a cool place.  While matching up darks with lights of all those strips I only messed up 2 sets - not bad for me I'd say.  Then the following Wednesday evening was their weekly get together and I actually squared off blocks and marked for HST stitching using my new Quick Quilter II ruler - thank you Ann!

NOW Friday evening Harold my awesome handyman came over and once again used his ingenuity (for easier and faster future in & out) and installed my AC so now I'm comfy and actually have some energy to do some work in here!!!  Then we anchored my four plastic towers and set the gifted counter top (thank you Margo) and VOILA I'm in business.  We then tackled the Harold designed movable Cork/Peg Board and even used the cutting table to trim the cork to fit and glue together.  By this time it was midnight and I was afraid we were making too much noise and asked that we quit for today.  Harold wanted to check the locker yet and see what he still needed to do in order to add the third shelf for more storage for me.  Only needed one notch to be cut in one board and when he's got time he'll be back to finish that off!  WOW then I can get some storage stuff reorganized and more out of my apt closets to the locker and then back to the apt reorganization full speed ahead.  THANK YOU Harold!

SO today I'm actually doing laundry, reorganizing half of the sewing room and maybe take some time to cut apart the HST and press them ready for Wednesday's stitching together into the actual "Strip Twist" quilt top.  Well maybe plan out the various twists before sewing blocks together!
Entrance side of studio
Utilizing plastic towers and countertop

OK enough for today!  But hopefully more soon.  Sorry no pics or stories as yet about Ireland.


Rita in Kansas said...

Hm , my studio never looks that clean, so happy you had a great trip! love your strip quilt.

Rose Anne B said...

Thank you Rita, but that's only one half of the studio. The storage half is not viewable as yet!!! LOL!

crazyQstitcher said...

I had missed the news that you were staying an extra year working. Way to go if you are intending another, longer, trip to Ireland.

BTW I love your tatting on the quilt heart. You are so good at tatting.

crazyQstitcher said...

That central set of towers and counter top is awesome. What a convenient and space-saving idea.

Rose Anne B said...

Yes this is a great idea, except I've noticed that I can't really get into the shelf and LOOK, but hey I can easily pull it out and set it on top and rifle through that way. Especially those upper shelves. But definitely utilizing the floor space for me!

cq4fun said...

It's great to see you getting things organized. I'm so happy you have the AC now. My NS friend keeps telling me how hot it is there!

Judy said...

You have been busy!!!Your sewing room looks so inviting!!!
Hope the bug bites are settling down now!
I am feeling better - complaining about my stamina, and back at unpacking my treasures - photos to follow...

Rose Anne B said...

Thanks ladies, I keep walking into the room just to smile at the looks of it!!! Maybe catch the bug to do the rest of it.

Yes the bug bites are healing and not itchy anymore, hopefully I remember the repellent on the next outing.