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Whole lotta labia.

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[Jan. 28th, 2010|11:12 am]
Whole lotta labia.

So, a small primer. To get the most out of your sewing machine when it comes to machine quilting something you really want a free-motion foot. That combined with dropping the feed dogs gives you a really amazing and totally unencumbered range of motion and movement. Unless you're me and you're basting with safety pins and you accidentally get the safety pin wedged against the edge of the table and you're all yanking and cursing and like "What the hell?" and then it pops free and first you almost sew over your finger and then you almost stab yourself in the boob with your now opened safety pin. But I digress.

The one I got had is made of clear acrylic and where it met the fabric it was a closed oval shape. Which is fine. I totally did the Sip of Summer coins quilt with it, no problems. Well, none that weren't operator error.

The problem with acrylic is that for a clear material it's surprisingly hard to see into. The part that meets the fabric is just high enough that at my normal position I can't actually see where the needle hits the fabric. Which means I'm not 100% sure if I'm on or off of a previous line. Also it means that my threads are all over the place.

So I was all "Now I'm going to have to go BUY an open-toed foot blah blah blah..." And then I was all... "WTF, we have a dremel." So 20 seconds with a cutting head and 30 with an emory board and I have an open-toe quilting foot. It is the bomb.

The Summer Coins quilt is ready for some minor mending ( had to tear out some truly awful beginner stitches) and it's ready for binding. The binding fabric is en-route. In the mean time I have a pile of other projects to finish.. Last night I needed something contemplative so I got started doing basic hand quilting on Gen's wallhanging. I may finish tomorrow night and be ready to bind it over the weekend. Sweet!

The orange pillowcase needs to be finished, not hard, just time consuming. The motifs for Chloe's quilt all need to be appliqued. Which is going to take for-fucking-ever but I'm bringing them into work and doing them at lunch which is a nice oasis in my day. And Strawberry Parfait needs to be quilted. And after yesterday I think I've decided on the motif. Daisies. :)

And, of course, there's Courtney's. It's gorgeous but it's going to take a while so I'm just taking it slow and easy. It's not like she's freezing to death waiting for it.

I made the decision yesterday to get at least half of my in-progress stuff done before I buy any fabric that isn't absolutely required to finish them. This sucks because I have fabric I want so bad. I can see the quilts I'd make, or the bags or whatever and... mff. Also, no new projects with the exception of the reusable grocery bags because sometimes you need a mental break and they're so fast and easy.

And that's enough of that stuff.

I suffer from something that is almost universal in the crafty people I know. It's so hard for me to actually use my supplies. The fabric is so gorgeous and if I cut it up and sew it in to something I won't have it anymore! Which is, I know, dumb. It is one thing to have a well-rounded stash that will allow you to coordinate with awesome new fabrics you find, it is another to be hoarding cotton in your closet.

Thankfully I know people who are like that with beads, silk, leather, glass, and scrapbooking paper. So I don't feel so bad.

Week 2 at work is almost over. It's been harder than last week but I feel good about the progress I made. I got some honest-to-god productive stuff done. And my performance quality went up dramatically. My space is becoming more my own. And also? Tomorrow is payday!

So... these people in my office are really big on hanging out with each other. Lots of happy hours and dinners and stuff. I'm feeling like kind of a weirdo for leaving when the day is over and just... leaving. Is it callous of me to say that I already have enough friends and I don't need to be friends with these people? I certainly doing need to be wasting my evening drinking beer with people you can't get drunk around instead of hanging out with Chloe reading "Llama Llama Red Pajama" for the 98th time.

Do you guys hang out with your office mates?

[User Picture]From: belthazar_b
2010-01-28 04:26 pm (UTC)
I have been getting out with my boss for dinner and drinks once every other week or so. I have indefinite plans to go out with a few other coworkers when we have the time and schedules line up as well.

While I have alot of other things to be doing and other people to be hanging out with, I genuinely like some of the people I work with. You never know where you might form new friendships is the way that I look at it.
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2010-01-28 04:33 pm (UTC)
naw, my coworkers and I don't hang out much together. None of them are terribly interesting. A decade or so ago though? in the dot.com boom? now THAT was fun. we would spend 2-3 nights a week downstairs in the bar. heh.

by the way. I have some fabric scraps left over from my apron projects that would make perfect quilting pieces. They're even in a bin labeled "quilting" - and if its wrong for me to wave these under your nose, I don't care. If you want them, you can have them. you can even have the bin they're in. ALREADY LABELED.

the end.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2010-01-28 04:57 pm (UTC)
OMG TEMPTRESS! Are you not going to use them? I say unto you: farmer's market shopping bags, fabric covered picture frames, table runners....

If you're not going to use them I'll happily take them off your hands but small, fast projects abound!
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2010-01-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2010-01-28 05:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2010-01-28 05:25 pm (UTC)
i will not click that link and you can't make me. I love my current ironing board cover. it matches the paint on my sewing room walls. I painted to MATCH my ironing board cover.

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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2010-01-28 05:54 pm (UTC)
This surprises me not one little bit. :)
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From: starfishchick
2010-01-28 05:28 pm (UTC)
I suffer from something that is almost universal in the crafty people I know. It's so hard for me to actually use my supplies. The fabric is so gorgeous and if I cut it up and sew it in to something I won't have it anymore! Which is, I know, dumb. It is one thing to have a well-rounded stash that will allow you to coordinate with awesome new fabrics you find, it is another to be hoarding cotton in your closet.

I can so relate!!

And maybe you could go out for one drink (non-alcoholic) to be friendly? You don't need to be FRIENDS but be friendly.
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From: listersgirl
2010-01-28 05:40 pm (UTC)
I don't hang out with my office people, although I do go to dinner and theatre occasionally with my boss, and have seen a few of them socially outside of work. But no-one here is social outside of work, and there's definitely no culture of post-work drinks or dinners. Because we don't like each other.

If they're all socializing together it might not be a bad idea to go out with them very occasionally - not to make new friends, but so that you don't become socially isolated at work. And so you don't look like you hate them all. Just to keep the waters calm.
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[User Picture]From: insidian
2010-01-28 07:07 pm (UTC)
I do not hang out with my office mates. We get along fine, and we're friendly, but I don't want to be friends, I want to be co-workers. I already have friends who are just... friends.

Occasionally, the Management will organize something "Fun!" for the whole division to do as a group. I almost invariably beg off because 1) Management lives in the burbs, always arranges things out there, and I live in the city 2) I don't want to drive back to the city after the number of drinks it would take to make me have "Fun!" 3) I usually have something planned anyway, because of the aforementioned Actual Friends.

On the other hand, I really like my Kind Of Boss, and if we ever switch divisions, I'd totally bring her into the Friend Corps. But for now, she's my Kind Of Boss, and that's just not on.
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From: laughing_baubo
2010-01-28 07:55 pm (UTC)
I hang out with office mates in small doses. I'm lucky that I'm now with a group that has several folks with little kids, so they're not much for the "let's go to happy hour!" kind of event.

I have to say, though, that politically, it might be best to be social every once in a while with them, just so that you have the social connections to grease the work connections, if that makes sense. It always makes things easier to be "one of us" rather than "that woman who doesn't like us," is what I'm trying to say.

Hi. I miss you! I'm glad you're posting more! <3
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2010-01-28 08:21 pm (UTC)
we have Summer Office Picnic and Holiday Office Party. we have assorted pot luck soirees for whatever where people bring in crap that sits on a table and people eat from it all day long. they're fun while they last, but i wouldn't want to hang out on a regular basis or anything.

in fact, Keith haaaaates it when his boss suggests, "we haven't gone out to lunch in awhile," and then makes everyone in the department go to lunch. at everyone's own expense of course. ENFORCED MERRIMENT is not the way to harbor oh-boy-howdy team spirit at work.

basically, with very few exceptions, when my work is done, i want my interactions with my work people to be done too. (except for, you know, Keith. him? i like.) ;)
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[User Picture]From: ipso__facto
2010-01-28 09:09 pm (UTC)
I hang out with my work people all of the time. In fact, I frequently organize the happy hours. And bring my own friends along for added fun. I play on a kickball team with my office mate and some other friends. I am... maybe not the best person to ask here. Then again, a lot of my coworkers are also my neighbors. I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not? I will add, though, that we don't look down on the people who don't join us, whatever their reasons. But we don't know them as well, either, and are therefore less likely to jump to help at a moment's notice. I also actually find it really helpful for office communication if I know how someone thinks and operates outside of the office, and can then infer how it is informing the way they are thinking and operating in the office. But no, no, hanging out with those people does not in any way compare to hanging out with Chloe. Still, maybe joining for one drink and then scooting out every once in a while wouldn't hurt? Then you would have more information with which to evaluate whether the time is wasted or not. But then, I'm always a fan of compromise.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2010-01-29 01:08 am (UTC)
We do a Team Night Out like once a month or so maybe? Sometimes longer. Sometimes we have pot lucks at work and stuff like that.

OMG you should see my yarn stash, and the sheer number of bamboo circular knitting needles I have. It's almost obscene. I need to organize it all.
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