Tracy, Lori and I planned the Quilt Away for our guild. After hoping that someone would take on the event planning for a retreat for years, we decided if you want something done, do it yourself! A quilt retreat should be a part of a guild experience. It was better than we anticipated! 21 women gathered and sewed from 10 AM Friday morning to 4 PM Sunday....and I do mean we were sewing machines! We opted to not have organized projects since the three of us wanted to enjoy sewing too. UFO's are a common denominator among quilters, and many of us pulled them out and worked our magic.
Along with the nine patch blocks, I cut and sewed more OBW blocks; made more of the improv pieced mini solid blocks; pieced a small checkerboard thing; bordered my 17 F8 swap blocks....
So much to do....so little time. Back to work. A busy week too. Tomorrow I have to start at 6 AM. Be glad to see Friday.
I received a letter from Michael Monday. He is doing great! He likes this whole challenge/excel thing. He ran a 6:04 mile...his best ever. He made Alpha running squad, volunteered for work duty and said his platoon is the best! Michael's intensity will be his strength now. It belongs.
Sophia is Dave's 17 month old daughter. Melissa is so good with her. It does my heart good to see her maternal side! Isn't this a gorgeous pic? It would make a great picture quilt. I am adding that to my list!
I have learned:
- We have a new mapping system at work. 3 hour training today. Looks promising.
- Obdurate. "The past is obdurate." Stephen King's 11/22/63. Good read.
- My tax woman advised me to change my deductions for Federal from 3 to 0. A whopping $54 more out of my check a week. Ugh.
- After much ado with my health insurance provider and human resources, I now pay for single coverage. (Michael is covered by US Army now) Only $37 less a week. Doesn't offset the government gouge however.
- And then there is the gas gouge scam....
- Mondo all the way on Project Runway All-Stars.
- Chester, the old coot cat, is still kickin'....