February 2010

Armchair quarterback quilting!

So, want to feel like you’ve done a Mariner’s Compass star block, and an obnoxiously complicated one at that, without actually going through the effort of doing so? Thanks to my handy-dandy digital camera, now you can! (Full flickr photoset is available here.)

Say Yes, Let's Go

Date: 
26 January 2010
Recipient: 
Adam and Brenda
Pattern: 
Mariner's Compass
Level of completion: 
Cutting fabric

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.

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.

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.

The White Librarian

Date: 
7 February 2010 to 5 July 2010
Recipient: 
meeee!
Pattern: 
Bricks and Stones
Level of completion: 
Completed and given away

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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Of rednecks and rockets

Nobody ever thinks about tenure growing up. It’s the kind of adult possibility that doesn’t register on kids, and rarely registers on college students. If you end up in a social circle of people in which post-graduate education is common, eventually the reality of tenure becomes all too real for you.

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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The things we carry

He made me promise.
“One for you.”
“Yes. I promise.”

I bought the pattern - ‘Bricks and Stones’ in her parlance, ‘the white librarian’ in mine, and after resizing and redrafting, I knew it was time to do something unusual.

I really liked this design that redpepperquilts had for sale on etsy. ('Bricks and Stones' quilt pattern) I bought a copy, even though I knew it was for a lap-sized quilt, and I'd need to adapt it to get the bed-sized quilt I wanted. It's a really fun idea, though.

Some quick drafting in Illustrator later and I've got the general plan; I chose a 72' square quilt because 72 is a multiple of 4, 6, and 8.

Haven't started it yet; it's in the queue, though.The ‘White Librarian’ – plans

[‘The “White Librarian” – plans’]

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.

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.