Sunday, October 16, 2011

two projects quilted

Since I will be starting a new job tomorrow (yep, the 2nd interview led to an offer), I decided to get in gear and quilt some tops.

First up, because black thread was still in the machine, the Steelers quilt for Quilts for Kids.

It's WAY too windy to take a photo outside, so this will have to do for now.  It's just an overall big stipple - nothing fancy.  After I took this, I made binding and attached it completely.  I used the machine-finish technique and it went well this time.  (I still don't like it, though!)

And then, still with the black, I decided to quilt the pumpkin wall-hanging.  I had to talk myself into it, but it's done.

These colors don't look quite right, but again, too windy to get natural light.

I'm not sure I like the squiggle in the top half (wishing I'd had gold thread), but I didn't want to get too fancy and overpower the pumpkins.  And I can't see it in the small photo (maybe if you blow it up), but I tried to outline the letters in "pumpkins"...I got better as I went along...

I still plan to put wood-look buttons in the black strip and loop the tag strings around them.  The binding is half-sewn and the other half will be hand-sewn soon.

It feels like a lot, but I don't feel like I accomplished much this weekend.  Part of me is antsy to get as much done as I can before I start working and part of me is too busy being nervous!  The new job will start out part-time (3 days a week), but the plan is, as the workload increases, for it to become full-time.  I'm excited to start - I'll let you know how it's going in a few days.

And just in case you were worried I didn't have good company while I sewed...  This is one end of my longarm table.  I had quite a few quilts and backs hung over the bars (keeps the cats off of them!) and they needed to be moved.  Not 10 minutes after they were piled here, Tucker burrowed under the extra batting and made himself a comfy spot.  If he weren't so darn cute, I might be angry.

Happy quilting!


Liriopia said...

Go, Katie! Congrats on the job! Best way to ease in is part time. Where's the spider on the pumpkins? That darn cat, LOL! Aren't they the opportunists?


Barb said...

Love the quilts...
Good luck with the job!

Marsha B said...

Congratulations with the new job! Even starting part time and easing into full time, in a couple of weeks you will be one of the group and feeling comfortable again. Both quilts are great! Love the pumpkins. I wanted to make the pumpkin one but not enough time this year, gotta get a couple things finished before taking on too many new projects. Your kitty looks very happy snuggled into your quilts. Enjoy your new job and the paycheck!

---"Love" said...

Your Steelers quilt is great, and I think the quilting on the pumpkin project is perfect! I'm hoping the new job will be just exactly what you are hoping for, in every way; the place will be lucky to have someone with your energy and drive. ---"Love"

Beth said...

Congrats on the new job. Don't ya hate starting a new job. You will do great. In no time at all you will be feeling right at home.
The pumpkins are so cute!
You have so much kitty help with your are so lucky LOL. Can't really get annoyed at that little face can you?!
Good luck tomorrow, hope all goes smoothly for you.

Unknown said...

Yay!!!! on the job;) I am happy for you;) I saw that pumpkin wall hanging and thought about making it, but haven't. It looks very cute;)
Best wishes on your new job, and Happy Quilting!!

canuckquilter said...

Congratulations and good luck with the new job! Yay! Your qyuilts looks good. I really like those pumpkins, and the wood look buttons will finish the quil off nicely. Cute kitty :)

a good yarn said...

Congratulations on your new job! I wish I had a quilt superviser. Tucker looks like a professional. Both projects look terrific! ann :-)