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The quilting community is welcoming and supporting. Since joining a local one last September, I have received support and encouragement. Recently on FB an event has been created to provide an impoverished quilter with a new one for herself.
I have decided to learn to machine applique just for this. The first two were easily created:
However, I wanted to make a block with the recipient’s first initial “K”. First I sketched it during my morning at the office on a Post-It note. Then I drew it onto parchment paper.
I do not have a light box so I improvised with the clear lid of my thread sorter and the LED lights that hang on the wall of my den (welcome to apartment living).
I turned the parchment upside down and traced it onto my Heat n Bond Lite iron-on. I’m done for the evening after trimming out the pieces. Tomorrow I will iron the bits onto the fabric and then start ironing the pieces onto the background fabric.
Making lone stars. Working with batiks and calicos in brown/beige and purple tones.
Get used to the elevator music.
I’ve been studying for my LCSW exam. I want to take the law and ethics portion as soon as it’s available in January 2016, then the clinical portion sometime in the spring. I put off getting the license because I thought I’d be in the convent by now. One of the ways I’m motivating myself too study is by only sewing on the weekends if I’ve converted and can explain a new study area/chapter. Initially there was a decrease in all frivolous ventures which led to unrelenting anxiety. Therefore no moratoriums on leisure.
Teaching myself embroidery has led to this:
Secondly, I’m job hunting. I’m interested in places that are partially clinic based, and less field time (so damn tired of driving everywhere). I still want to work among the low SES population, and continue developing my bilingual skills (I’m frustrated by it, yet have some ego employed in the venture). A diversity of cases should be available in the position, which has led to applications filed with the VA, substance abuse, eating disorders, &c. Since there’s no convent in my near future, I need a career, not a passing job position, which is the state I’m currently in. I asked for a raise in October and was told “We’ll see.” This is corporate-ese for “No.” My supervisor is a aware of my hunting, having been listed as a reference. This is about being able to have savings, put food on the table AND live comfortably. To be able not only to take time off from work, but afford going somewhere! I haven’t been on a vacation in more than four years, and the vacations I’m referring to were camping trips.
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A friendly Snowman greets all at your door, shovel in hand. It may be cold outside with snow on the ground, but this doesn’t faze him. His nose is bright orange and his hat is floppy; heck, the snow is freezing to his shovel.
It’s even crystallizing!
Stipple quilt stitch with echo around star motif higher up along the starry sky.
I’ve been researching how to add additional elements to a quilt I’m making for a bride-to-be friend. I’ve seen a lot of quilters, blogs & photographs in the past 36 hours. I sew by hand, I don’t own a sewing machine. What gets my goat is the level of disrespect for hand sewers and handsewn artifacts.
It doesn’t mean more to another person if you finished before lunch on Sunday; just another weekend project.
You shouldn’t be able to charge more for your product online than I or any other hand sewer does.