Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time and Patience!

It's getting to be crunch time here.  There is alot on my plate right now. I spent the other morning sewing labels into garments and inventorying them. Seems like a little thing but it all takes time. I thought it would be fun to make a stack of some of the pieces I've been working on the last few weeks just before I put them into tubs getting ready for the show. So here's the list:  6 jackets, 11 vests, 6 tops and 2 dresses. I sell alot more vests than dresses so I always make a few more. I also make sure I use different buttons on each piece so that it doesn't all look the same exactly. Part of my finishing includes going back to each seam after it's all assembled, and handtack those seams open so that the inside is nice and smooth. It hangs better and sits well on the body. I also do alot of crocheted edges on the pieces. I crochet my buttonholes so I don't have to sew buttonholes on that fabric. It works pretty well I think.So normally about this time of year I am thick into nametags. I have about 800 to do before Sunday. Well, we went shopping the other day to Office Depot. They didn't have the labels we use for our label machine to print the names. Also, the nametag holders didn't come until yesterday. We had to order the labels (we get 1" black on clear that we use in the label maker to get the name and hometown onto each nametag). If we didn't do that, I'd be writing all the names like I used to do. I will be doing about 800 nametags before Sunday and people register during the convention as well, so I am prepared for 1600. Hopefully I can start tomorrow if those labels get here today like they promised! If you're in Nashville next week from the 7 to 11th, come to the Sheraton Music City for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention. There'll be tons of great musicians from around the world playing their guitar in honor and memory of Chet. Our website is  They're supposed to be posting the schedule now that DH finally finished it (at 4:30am on Monday morning! Had to be at the printers that day!)

So, what to do while I wait. A few years ago I got some fabric for my nephew. He and his wife are big into anime. I think this fabric is perfect for them. I am making a 60 inch square wall piece which I hope to get done before I get up there to see them in a month. If I can get the top sewn I can quilt it at my sister's place. I have no idea how it's going to be other than 5 12" squares across. I had bought co ordinating fabrics that I thought would work and will do some 9 patch blocks, maybe some 16 patch with triangles in them. I don't know. I'm about to head down there to tackle it. If I don't get it done before Sunday it won't happen til I get up to Canada. I think it's going to be quite nice inspite of being kind of planned on the fly!I've still got a basketful of the turquoise pieces to finish handsewing and crocheting. That needs to be done in the next week as well, but that's evenings.
Like I said, I need patience and time to get it all done. Tomorrow I'll be doing nametags, I hope!!!


LA said...

I'm dizzy just thinking about your "to-do" list! It makes mine seem nonexistent! I've got my fingers crossed that the labels arrive on schedule.

Linda said...

The clothing is beautiful! Such a colorful stack!

Bonnie said...

My head is spinning. So much to do and not much time. I would take a bet that you will get it all done--somehow.

Tina said...

In spite of it all, you do manage to get a ton of work done. I will be lifting you up these next 2 weeks, and I hope to make it to the nashville gig.