Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sweatshop Story

A while back, I was posting pictures of my friend Anne and I working away on our quilts on a Monday afternoon. I must have been feeling whimsical, because I'd been referring to it as our sweatshop and so I put as the location "Glendora Sweatshop." Facebook actually took it and has since sort of made it a real place. Well, a virtual real place!

So for your edification and amusement, here's a current look at it:
(Imagine a photo here!)

Now of course it looks like a normal sewing desk/table setup (except that there are two machines, but any quilter will tell you that you HAVE to have more than one machine!)

But apparently a few people thought it was a real place, especially since the maps tend to put me a couple of streets over from my actual location. So here's the sad truth. It's all in my head. Well, and Anne's too. Plus we've made it a hashtag also.

Back in the day, I did have a job in a real sweatshop, a factory that made electronic parts. Our group made flybacks, which was the little gizmo inside the high-voltage box in your TV set that took your house voltage and amped it up to the high levels needed by TV sets--this was the summer of '59, so you can imagine the TVs I'm talking about! These pieces had to be dipped into vats of hot wax, which I got to inspect as they came out to be sure the heat and the jostling hadn't deformed them. If I passed them, they went to the woman who sat behind me, who ran them through another layer of hot wax to form a "tire" around their middles. With all the hot wax, as well as the steaminess of a factory built on a river (water power), and because a breeze could be disastrous for the wax, it was definitely a sweat shop. As I sometimes say, you can take the girl out of the mill town, but you can't always take the mill town out of the girl!

One more note. This post is actually a second experiment. I have another post, with 4 pictures, that I can't upload. The error message says to check my connection--which is working as well as it ever does. So this post has one picture, and I'm going to see if it posts. If you're seeing it, well, you'll know that it works with one picture! (I might also try an upload from the local coffeehouse.)

Edit: So far, have failed to upload on two platforms. You may have to go to my Facebook or Instagram pages to see it. Still working on it...

Now, back to work in the Sweatshop. Those tumblers aren't going to sew themselves!

-Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I'm Back--I Think!

It was rather an extended hiatus, caused mostly by the "terminal illness" of my beloved laptop. While it's still hanging on, it's not working for posting. Or, really, for much of anything except playing certain CDs or DVDs that for one reason or another won't play on the Sony player. Now I have a new iPad with a keyboard and as I get used to it, this is one of the things I'd like to resume.

But I digress. I really do want to use this blog to chronicle my ups, downs, travels, quilts, knitting projects, grandchildren, and all that other minutiae of life. The blog format lets me ramble a bit more!

So in the near future--how's that for vague? Could be tonight, could be next week!--I'd like to update with pictures of my WIPs and UFOs and finishes too. Hope you'll enjoy being along for the ride!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Allietare! Mystery Quilt, Part I & An Apology

Well, this is what happens when Life gets in the way of quilting! I had this post all prepped and ready to go--just needed a little text added to the pictures, and then my family got smacked hard. It's not my story to share, but let's just say December was truly a wild ride!
So here's a quick rundown on the beginning of the Mystery Quilt from Quiltville and Bonnie Hunter!
I picked out my fabrics and started working on the first clue. Here's the neutrals I'm using--I sorta-kinda thought I'd match them to the colors they'd be going with.

Neutrals.. white with a touch of color.
The rest of the fabrics.  Bonnie chose colors for her quilt that reminded her of a trip to Tuscany. I like the combo of dark red, gold, black, grey and white so that's what I picked too. There are several of these that have a star print. We shall see how this works out!

The first clue involved cutting a whole lot of squares in grey and neutral. So that's what I did!

Yes, they have become half-square triangles. I took them to class with me as a "something to work on till someone needs me" project. 

I will admit here that I'm much further along, and I promise to try to update the blog with my further progress. I've also got another project going that has taken priority over this one... and yes, I will blog about it!