Monday, August 9, 2010

Catching Up and Stitching Up

This has been one crazy summer! It has been a month since I have posted and only 5 posts since Memorial Day! I am not even sure I can account for my whereabouts, in the last few weeks. If I didn't have an outlook calendar, I am not sure if I could come up with an alibi to save my life!

I have been crazy busy at work. We have added over 100 new positions at our location, and that means that I have interviewed over 300 folks in the last 8 or 9 weeks. Unfortunately, the growth is mostly the result of another location closing, so our delight at being able to offer folks a job is tempered.

But it has kept me busy and has changed our summer travel plans a couple of times.

The Mister went to Washington by himself to visit his middle daughter and her kids. I had planned to go with him, but the timing did not work out, so I kept things humming at home while he was gone.

He wasn't back a week before he headed out again with his brother, to Virginia, for a nephew's wedding. I flew out, just for the weekend, and joined him and had a quick visit with Ms A and K, Dsis's eldest. Our original plan was for me to take two weeks vacation and make a long road trip across country. (That plan was scrapped early on, when the hiring schedule became known.) The upside of The Mister traveling with his brother is a new appreciation (on his part) for traveling with me. And my navigational skills...

Since I flew six hours each way, I did get some good headway on the current quilt block embroidery project:

It is more Rhymeland Mother Goose...
...bluework, this time.
And different motifs than the ones I used for the last bebe quilt.
In the past, Dsis and I have tried to use gender neutral colors for the quilts that we have collaborated on for her grandbebes. We do not yet know the gender of number four, but I decided to do blue work in delft blue with red lettering. If it is a boy, then blue will be fine. If it is a girl, she will have a quilt the color of her mother's eyes!

Hope you are having a good summer!


Lynne said...

You're back! I was wondering where you were but figured life was otherwise keeping you busy. And it certainly sounds like it has!

I miss doing embroidery. I need to find some new exciting transfers. My fingers have been itching lately ... I love these delft blue-work nursery rhymes!

Gaynell said...

I really like the motifs...and your reasoning behind the colors! Welcome back.

Allie said...

Wow that's a lot of people to interview! No wonder you've been so busy. At least you got away for a couple of days.
Your blocks are beyond darling - the blue and red look GREAT!

Iron Needles said...

I really like the colors together. I think it will look more patriotic than gender specific!

Kate said...

Good to see you back in the blogosphere! I am so out of it. I didn't realize you could bring crafty things on airplanes. Or is that just knitting needles? Asking because I really do love to knit. Especially when flying.

Miri said...

Oh these blocks are just wonderful! The baby/stork is just so cute! I just love these blocks!

I'm also working on an embroidered baby quilt...sweet little hearts.