Sunday, 8 March 2009

So . . .What's New With You?

Once again it's been a week almost since I posted. What a week though!
Work has been extremely frustrating lately, so at the beginning of the week I dragged out my old resume and started drafting a new one . . . wasn't overly happy with the way it turned out, but deadlines for a couple of job possibilities were looming by Wednesday at Noon. Clicked the old "send" button and sat back to wait for rejection.

On Thursday we were all thrilled to receive the March block from Anne over at Bunny Hill. Cute as can be . . . that little bunny is adorable! Hope to get back to finishing it off tonight.

On Thursday we headed into the city . . . needed to order my new glasses, get a hair trim and make some design decisions for our remodelling project. Also needed to do some fabric shopping. Remember that inspiration quilt from the previous post? Well it was time to try and choose my own colors since I did not have access to the ones shown in the inspiration picture. I pulled out a bunch of prints from my stash and found that I was only needing to find a couple of missing prints that would blend in with the above fabrics - need 17 in total. I think I found what I was looking for but still need to find a focus print to tie all those colors together . . . but I'm getting closer. Workshop for this is March 28th . . . but we all know how time flies!

On Friday this lovely little package of jelly rolls showed up in the mailbox. No plans for their use just yet, but if you have a really great jelly roll pattern, let me know or send me a photo of what you did with your little bundle of fun. I'm getting quite a collection of these and really should make a quilt sometime soon with at least one of them.

I found my "At Water's Edge" fabric that I was looking for . . . on sale, of course. Took a bit of looking but I tracked it down in Alaska. Go check out Martina's Fabric . . . there are some good deals and lots to see - check out the photo gallery to get a glimpse of their local landscape - pretty awesome. Now when this border and backing fabric shows up, I'll be able to finish the Blue Meadow Designs mystery quilt. Of course we know they haven't dropped off the edge of the earth . . . just take a look at their "Cutie Pie"design they have - love those circles!

Friday was also the last day of work for my assistant at work. In a two-person office, it is very difficult to say goodbye to someone who fit in so well and was exceptional in assuming new duties as well as accepting changes that seemed to be constantly coming at us the past three years. It will be a difficult task to replace her, and even more difficult for me to re-train someone new considering all of the new changes. We haven't even advertised yet, so I'll be "doing it all" for a month or two (if I'm still there!).

On Friday I also received a phone call from one of the places I had sent a resume . . . they wanted to set up an interview! Could have knocked me off my chair right then and there. So now I'm a nervous wreck - gonna have to practise some of that positive self-talk stuff. Changing jobs, or even thinking of changing jobs in this upset economy is very scary and would need to take a little bit of deep thought if the job was offered. Interview date and time hasn't been set up yet . . . the board needs to meet and set the details. What will I wear?!?!?!!?

Saturday . . . well I wasn't feeling all that well for the first part . . . touch of a flu maybe - not a happy tummy anyway. Lydia from the local Hutterite Colony asked me to come out for a visit and have lunch with them - that was very interesting. She gave me a tour of their wonderful kitchen, pantries and bake shop . . . WOW! is all I can say . . . what a wonderful setup they have - any restaurant would be jealous, I'm sure. Lydia had purchased one of my patterns a while back and was so excited to show me the project that she had made. She was also working on another pattern and was wanting some guidance on fabric selection. I had taken out some of my current projects to show her, including the Bunny Hill blocks, which were a huge hit of course. Quite a number of ladies stopped by Lydia's place for coffee after lunch so they could see some of the projects that I had taken out and they had lots of questions about applique techniques. They are only starting to learn applique and have just ordered their first patterns. It was lots of fun explaining the different ways you can do things and these ladies absorbed every word! They sent me home with the homemade buns that are in the picture . . . very tasty.
Now moving on to the wine and the thermos. I actually won something! Never, hardly ever, happens. My husband is curling in a mixed curling fun-spiel this weekend and they always have a supper and casino night. Every rink was supposed to bring a $5 gift item that would be drawn for at the end of the night . . . two winning tickets were mine. Not sure if I'm supposed to put the wine in the thermos or not . . . road trip? Just kidding!
So here we are at Sunday . . . the time changed here in Manitoba last night. You get up and see the clock is 8:00 a.m. and you have to go over and change it to 9:00 a.m. - just like that, you lose an hour but on a brighter note, we gain an hour of daylight. I think that's how it goes . . . confusing I say, but I'll go along with it (as if I have a choice!).
Hope to finish a couple of my blocks - Bunny Hill and my wool block, and clean some house. Maybe wipe that wall off behind the wine bottle and thermos!
'til next time,


Patchmaker said...

Good luck with your interview! As someone who has had many interviews over the last two years (happens when you move 3 times!), my best advice is to be ready for the "what was the worst work experience you've had, and how did you handle it" question. Everyone seems to be asking that one! (In the end, I opted for starving-artist-dom. ;-) You'll do great!


MYRA said...

Getting that bad at work hey? I wish you luck on your interview M! 8-)
Your bunny basket block looks great! Do I see right, are you doing your stitching by hand on it? If so, wow! So even... 8-)
I look forward to seeing your fabrics used in that inspirational piece! 8-)
I haven't visited a Hutterite Colony in ages...I've so enjoyed it when I had...
I hate adjusting to time changes in the spring...
Take care!
Happy stitchings! 8-)

Joyce said...

Good luck with the interview. I hope you get the job. I taught on a Hutterite colony for 8 years and never once did I come home without something in the car. Often fresh bread or buns.
Did you see the Hutterite quilting show in Portage last month? It was fantastic!