Monday, July 31, 2023

Saturday's show, baking, bag fixed

Saturday we had a show in Lorain, Ohio. It went well. I was a long way from the stage so I didn't get to see any of the show. I did walk up near the stage to get at least one picture.
For the show I made chocolate scones and zucchini muffins. I forgot to take pictures but they looked kind of like this
The lady that I make the Harley quilt for every year came to the show and brought me a box of shirts that I can use for next year's quilt.
The temps were comfortable and there was a nice breeze coming off the lake.
Even though the band was done playing at 7:15, I still didn't get to bed until midnight. I say it is like corralling cats after a show. We got the merch booth packed, the trailer loaded with all the stuff then it was a matter of getting everyone gathered and into the van; not an easy task! One thing that had been bugging me for a long time was the broken handle on the bag we use to put the PVC pipe frame for the merch booth banner. After we got back and were unloading the trailer, I asked my brother to empty most of the bag and I would take it home and fix it. The other handle that was not broken, but needed to be reinforced since the stitching was starting to give way.   Now it will be much easier to carry this bag. Here is the before and after.
My brother said there is another bag that needs fixed too so maybe after the next show he will give me that one to fix. Sunday was a struggle for me because I was still tired. After fixing the bag I spent some time doing laundry, vacuuming the studio, and just spending time straightening up. This week I need to get those pedalboard covers and two transmitter pouches made for my brother so I can get them in the mail this week. I just didn't have the energy to work on them yesterday.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Amp cover situation and busy at work

My brother called to tell me that one of the keyboard players will not be able to make it to the show this weekend so I didn't need to get the amp cover done for this weekend. Whew! I did get all the quilting done, the pieces cut to size, the patch sewn on, and the handle hole reinforced. It will take only about an hour to assemble the thing.
I was so tired when I got home from work  that I was glad I didn't have to push myself to get that cover done. Yesterday the guys moved three lateral file cabinets over from the unused portion of the building so I could organize safety and office supplies. The safety supplies were in these bins. Since this job will last for 5 years, I wasn't going try and keep stuff orderly in bins! As you can see the bins are empty!
Here are the cleaned lateral files loaded up. Everything is sorted by size and is labeled - safety vests, two different types of gloves, safety glasses, and respirators. I was surprised how long it took me to do all of this.
The other cabinet is for copier paper, paper cups, and the empty shelf will be for toner cartridges. The paper had been stored elsewhere not near the copier. Slowly we are getting things organized.
This morning I brought in a small cabinet so we had a place to put the radios and the charger. The cabinet had been in my garage for years left over from another job I was on. I was glad to get it out of my garage! One of the guys asked me to number the radios and created a sign-out sheet for them. Always something to do around here!
This weekend is going to be busy. We have a show on Saturday. Chocolate scones were requested. I will make those and one other flavor. Sunday I have to get some small pedal board covers made so I can get them in the mail to another brother before he heads out on the road again. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Amp cover progress

I worked last evening and this morning trying to get the pieces quilted for the amp cover. I now have the other side piece quilted
and for the body of the cover I have 11 more rows to quilt. Once that is quilted, I can cut out the pieces, make the handle hole, and then assemble it. I will be cutting it close to get it done by tomorrow.
I did take some time to go outside to water even though it looked like it could rain. I figured if I didn't water, it wouldn't rain. It did pour so I had to make a quick trip to the back to turn off the water and get inside before the downpour came. I did pick another zucchini before the storm. I called my neighbor to see if he wanted it and he did.  He stopped by on his way home and got it. There are several more growing on the plant out front. The two plants in the back - nothing. They look terrible. Must be the soil conditions because they are not happy.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Next project

I was exhausted when I got home from work and the doctor's appointment last evening. I had to go on the interstate again, but at 2:10 in the afternoon the traffic was light. There were still the people weaving in and out of traffic and driving too fast, but it was a much less stressful trip than the day before. I am done with the interstate for a while. Whew! After resting a bit, I had to try and at least get the next project started. I need to make a cover for an amp for my nephew.
I measured it up. I will have to add seam allowances.
My brother had brought a cover that he doesn't use anymore so I cut that up, pieced the pieces together to get a size I needed, rough cut the three pieces, cut the plaid lining fabric, found batting scraps, and now all the pieces I need are ready to go.
I had enough time this morning to quilt one of the side pieces. My brother would like to have this for the show on Saturday so I need to get this done.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Busy times!

I didn't have time to get any sewing done after work because I had a hair appointment. Since my job relocation has taken me farther away from where I need to go, I had to put on my big girl panties and drive partway to the salon on the interstate in order to get there on time. The interstate is a mess with construction and people drive like there are no rules! Changing lanes and speeding like there is no tomorrow! I was in fear for my life! And to think I get to do it again this afternoon to go to the doctor. I am not looking forward to that. If I would go on city streets it would take me 45 minutes; via the interstate it takes 22 minutes. By the time I got home it was 6:30 and my neighbor came over to talk. Then it was 7:05 and I was beginning to crash after a long day. I did have time to walk around and take a picture of a visitor. I don't know if this is a different butterfly or the same one that I took a picture of before, but it was posing nicely for me.
Yesterday morning around 10 am I was told about a meeting today and I needed to get breakfast for 70 and lunch for 40. That is a lot of food in short notice, but I made it happen. I picked up the Panera order at 6:45 this morning. The guys helped me bring it in and set things up. I was standing at the sink adding ice to the water bottles and got a quick shot of both end of the counter. My car smelled so good!
The lunch will be sub sandwhiches and salad from an Italian Food store right across the street. I think there will lots of leftovers. We had no idea how many people would actually show up, but we wanted to make sure we didn't run out.

Monday, July 24, 2023

4th finish for 2023 and the show

I really put my nose to the grindstone and got the Lorain t-shirt quilt done. It measures around 72" x 96". 15 minutes after I took the picture it was handed off to my brother to give to my nephew, his son. I know it is hard to tell in this picture, but the backing has musical note on it.
Friday the band played in Morgantown, West Virginia. We had to make a stop on the way to pick up a keyboard player so the trip took 3 hours. It was a beautiful venue! It was right along the Mononogahela River. I did get a few minutes to walk along the bike/walking path. I wanted to walk up the road to look around a bit, but after pushing and carrying the merch stuff up the hill, I was not up to walking up another hill.
We had our first pig at one of our shows. His name was Onk-key and he was very sweet. I guess the fellow brings him to all the shows.
The merch booth and the stage
Treats for the road trip - cheddar garlic scones and pan banging chocolate chip cookies. They were well received.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Getting close, first harvest, and new chair

I made some great progress on the Lorain quilt last evening. I have circled what I have left to quilt.
My zucchini plant in the front flower bed is doing great! I harvested my first two zucchini! It has two more growing.
The zucchini plants in the back are looking just awful! I would be surprised if i get anything from them.
I have one red pepper
The jalapenos are getting bigger
The three bigger coneflower plants that I bought a couple months ago are finally sending up stems. I figure I will get flowers in the next couple weeks.
For the new digs the guys went to a office furniture resale place and bought used desks and chairs. My chair was the pits. The hydraulic lift wouldn't hold so every 5 minutes I would have to adjust it back up. My legs also were hurting in an odd way. After I mentioned the chair hydraulics didn't work and got the response "go try one of the other chairs' I decided to go at lunch and buy my own chair. I had to assemble it, but that only took about 45 minutes. Here is mid-assembly
Assembled and so comfortable! After I am done on this project this will be my new sewing room chair. I still need to screw on the headrest. I did write my name on the back of the chair with a permanent paint marker to try and discourage anyone from even thinking about taking it.
Spent the day working on spreadsheets and opening office supply boxes. I set up the coffee bar.
This morning was breaking down all the boxes for recycling.
I will be off tomorrow so I will catch up with you on Monday. Have a great weekend!