28 June 2018

Slow Going

2nd to last appliqué row is finished and today I’ve finished cutting out the appliqué flowers for the final appliqué row.  

Work has been a bit of a nightmare for the last 6 weeks which is probably a bit of understatement.  The job is stressing me out, and for the past 4 months it has started to affect me health.  It has meant that I haven’t been able to sew as much as I have wanted to as I am just so tired when I get home.

I’ve been really looking forward to this final appliqué row, its my favourite of the whole quilt.  So I’m thinking this row won’t take too long.  Fingers crossed that work lets me get this done.

06 June 2018

Holiday is over and the cold reality of going back to work has hit home

 I been back just over a week and I really loved my time away but getting back to work has been hard and pretty unforgiving.  But first to the end of our holiday.

It was wonderful I came back revitalised and with all my sewing mojo ramped up.  Here are the hand pieced blocks I managed.

3 are from pretty circle game, 1 is Glitter which I am going to be doing in red creams and blues.  And 1 is a delilah block.

I also half basted a quilt but gave up because the table top wouldn't allow me to stretch the backing sufficiently for machine quilting,  so I will either start again finish basting the 2nd half.

We ate out most nights.  Sewed every day and plan to do it again next year. There are a couple of things we might do differently (like not bring so much food).  But we had such a great time, we all had our own space to relax in if we needed a break and I don't think anyone got anyones nerves at all.

Since returning to work it has been crazy.  My boss heads overseas for a month today and I’ve been working lots of hours to get the majority of Junes and half of July’s work done.  It’s done now and I feel less stressed but it kinda took the fun out of the holiday.  The work stress is starting to affect my health so there is going to be some reavaluating in the coming months.

I did reach 10 years the other week with the company and I was given a very expensive watch which is beautiful, but it has just made all the above that much harder as now I feel guilty about needing to rethink things.