fare thee well flock

November 18, 2009 § 1 Comment

farewell birds

I am now on my brief sabbatical, of undetermined length, between jobs. So my time is designated for resting, being healthy, and naturally doing creative things. I saw an awesome baby card yesterday with an octopus on the front knitting socks with a few different sets of legs and finished socks hanging out on a few of it’s other legs. The inside of the card said something about getting ready to be busy with baby. I’m trying not to be like the octopus right now, even though there are so many things that I want to sew and knit with my “free” time right now. I have told myself to enjoy this time and that there is nothing that must get done before the baby arrives. Which is true since the only this the baby really needs are the parents not cute mobiles and burp clothes (however I plan to finish both eventually).

One thing that I did feel like I needed to finish before the arrival were the goodbye gifts for my co-workers. I made a bird (above) for each of my colleagues with a tag that reads:

“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird alone.”

It’s a fitting quote since the team works closely together and is truly a wonderful group because of all of the qualities that everyone brings to it. Leaving my co-workers was the hardest part of leaving work and I was happy to make a little something to give showing my appreciation for all of their support over the years. And to be honest, giving gifts is often more about the person giving them than the recipient, and these gave me closure from the team and the job as best it could.

The pattern is a hybrid that I made up based on the Spool bird pattern and the bird pattern from Last Minute patchwork Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

farewell birds

get down with the feed dogs

January 31, 2009 § 1 Comment

wall quilt

I share my work space with 5 other people and their desks. Our office is small, cluttered and doesn’t always meet our needs. The people are wonderful, which is one of the main reasons I’m there. In an effort to make my space more calming and personal I made a wall quilt to hang next to where I sit.

I was so excited to get it to work when I finally finished it I didn’t get any pictures before putting it up. The florescent lights aren’t so good for photography. Maybe I’ll take it home some day and get some good photos. A few detailed pictures on flickr, also not the best shots of the quilt. I really like the main fabric. It’s branches with colorful dots (blossoms?) and little hanging tags w/ characters. There are some Asian characters in the background too. It’s hard to see in this picture but I used gold thread to quilt around the rectangles, just a little bit of glitter.

The words are (hand) chain stitched, but the rest is machine quilted. I found out (after finishing the quilt) that you can lower the feed dogs to make it easier to machine quilt. I’m not certain how, or if I can on either of my machines, but should look into it. I also added a few clear beads around the words.

I have to note that the far left rectangle on the quilt is the same fabric that I used to cover the lamp shade (lower right in photo). The doll on the shelf is from a group that I did a year ago with some of the kids I work with, she never got hair. Her hair is sitting in her lap actually. The other doodads are other small art projects that I have done, many of them with my co-workers.

More pictures (strategically positioned between the clutter and ugly things) around my desk.

whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing

small steps

golden bubble

One of my awesome co-workers drew this for me on a particularly tough day, I added the glitter. Most of the time I’m either not at my desk, or staring at the computer, but I try to look at the nice things around me too.

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