Sunday, January 22, 2012

A New Job and lots of YouTube Videos on Free Motion Quilting

Last week I began work as a Tax Preparer and all around helper for my friend Debbie who is a CPA.  I'll be working at least two days a week until tax season heats up.  So I have been learning  a new programs for the job.  I also have been watching YouTube Videos on XHTML and CSS for designing web pages. The New Boston  is the web site.  I'm not sure why, just curiosity.

Sewing wise I've been watching Leah Day's Quilt Along video's on Free Motion Quilting to prepare for quilting Sean's quilt.  I was practicing using the Fisher Price toy that you write on and then move a leaver and the writing disappears.  It's very useful for practicing stippling.  I also watched  Patsy Thompson:s Videos.  I'm going to make a practice baby quilt for the blanket project to try out  free-motion quilting  before I work on Sean's
quilt.  Perhaps I'll get to that tomorrow.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Year

My grand kids left on New Year's Eve and I miss them.  Sydney and I only got a few minutes to sew on paper because we were so busy.  She loves to try out all the fancy stitches on my sewing machine.  I have to remember to put in a new needle into my sewing machine after the paper sewing work.  I never even got a chance to work with Sean on the sewing spools.  I'll have to wait for another trip.  I did get to watch a lot of Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder on T.V. though. 

I've been thinking about what I would like to work on sewing-wise this year.  Today I am working on getting the backing together for Sean's quilt.  I'm not used to working with such large pieces of fabric.  I also want to sew the fabric I bought at Mood's into garments.  Yesterday I bought the new ASG Simplicity Pattern 2938 on Senior Citizens Day at Hancock Fabrics.  I am planning to attend the national conference in August, and I want to enter the Creativity Content and have something to wear on "Wear Your ASG Pattern" day.  I figure if I start in January, I may have something done by August.  I also want to make something for Sean with the Transportation Appliques I bought at Keepsake Quilting when we went to New England.  He really is into moving cars, trucks, airplanes, and trains right now.  I gave Sydney my large Snap Happy Bag for her tablet, so I will make some more for me.  I also want to do more with my embroidery machine.  I didn't do much with it last year for some reason.  I need to make new pillows for my couch, mine are literally worn out.    Well this list will keep me busy for awhile.

I am also working on building up my stamina so I can get more done.  We bought an XBox 360 with Kinect for Hanukkah and I am working on just getting through the warm-up workouts on the Your Shape 2012 disk.  The first day I burned 25 calories, the second day 40 calories.  I'm working up to 100 calories and then I'll start trying the workouts.  I tried to learn one of the dances on the Dance Central disk, but I couldn't get the hang of it yet.  This is a long-term goal for this year.  I'm hoping by getting more exercise, I'll lose weight.  I think I've been on a diet all my life, and I never seem to get anywhere. The Biggest Loser is my motivation.