February 2010

Say Yes, Let's Go

Date: 

26 January 2010

Recipient: 

Adam and Brenda

Pattern: 

Mariner's Compass

Level of completion: 

Cutting fabric

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I’ve been mulling this one over for a while. Adam has always had such a strong, clean, simple design aesthetic, and as a result I ripped up more designs for this quilt than any other I’ve ever attempted.

Everything was too complicated.

A year ago I learned how to make itty bitty stars. They were okay, but not great. My skills have improved since that time. I’ve learned the basics of appliqué. I feel more confident in my construction ability.

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The Red Librarian

Date: 

6 February 2010 to 3 July 2010

Recipient: 

me! I'm keeping it! Neener!

Pattern: 

Color Block

Level of completion: 

Completed and given away

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This quilt isn’t kid-friendly, or work-safe, or any kind of two word sobriquet. It’s also not tactful or tasteful. It’s also not being given away, which is a first.

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About the Red Librarian

The ‘red librarian’ started out as a joke between Jacob and me. There’s such a stereotype surrounding librarians: buttoned-up, prim, proper women. You know the type: butter wouldn’t melt in their pursed mouths, nor would a sheet of paper wedge between their knees. But there’s also the stereotype of the “lipstick librarian” – the flamboyant, reactionary woman who rebels from that stereotype and creates her own look.

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The White Librarian

Date: 

7 February 2010 to 5 July 2010

Recipient: 

meeee!

Pattern: 

Bricks and Stones

Level of completion: 

Completed and given away

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As promised, here’s the mockup of the White Librarian quilt. It, too, is intended to be a pretty easy little quilt.  I’m including a shot of the original quilt for reference.  The pattern is called “Bricks and Stones,” from redpepperquilts, and is available for sale on etsy. I bought the pattern even though I knew it was for a lap-sized quilt; some knowledge of multiplication tables and Adobe Illustrator would fix the rest of the problem.

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Quiltifesto.

After a day filled with code that didn’t work and deadlines that aren’t budging and phones that just didn’t stay quiet when I needed them to, I present this response to a question that was innocently asked but just irritated me:  “What does modern quilting mean to you?”

Soapbox ACTIVATE!

If you go by date, I am a modern quilter, because I am doing a craft that my great-grandmother did, but I do it after a day of working on databases and writing code.

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Tomorrow, you finish a project you have been working on [mostly solo] for four years. What is your celebratory drink?

Wine
16% (3 votes)
Margarita
16% (3 votes)
Something in the scotch / whisky / whiskey family
21% (4 votes)
Something sweet and fizzy with a little paper umbrella
11% (2 votes)
Whatever washes down the Xanax
5% (1 vote)
Maalox / Pepto-Bismol
5% (1 vote)
Hemlock tea
0% (0 votes)
Nothing; you're sleeping until next Monday
16% (3 votes)
Other (specify in comments)
11% (2 votes)
Total votes: 19

bright, bubbly, bawdy

I haven’t sewed much this week. Getting ready for Wednesday’s rollout at work consumed most of my energy; by the end of each night, all I wanted to do was turn into a little couch lump. Dragging myself to the sewing machine wasn’t a high priority; rest and antacids were.

It still feels a little strange, knowing that I’m actually keeping this quilt once it’s done.

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Flaming asshole alert!

Quoting because I just can’t think to do anything else.

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

Quote from this article on newsleader.com.

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Tiger piranha mama kitty ROWR (ouch)

I am not always good at keeping my temper in check. It is a real failing, not the kind of faux failing-that’s-actually-a-strength you bring up in a job interview when you’re asked, “So what is your greatest weakness?” I’ve always been aware that the JeffSpouse is a weak spot where my temper is concerned.

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