So I’m pleased to report that all went well with the quilt giving. It was a mighty traumatic weekend and all, since it was very much like giving my child up. (Okay, so I don’t have children, and I’m sure it would be worse to give up an acutal child, but it was pretty hard.) I spent much of my evening strolling by the gift table to make sure that people were still looking at it, and it hadn’t been pushed aside or buried by the plethora of presents surrounding it, as seen here:

Sarah On Quilt Patrol

We went to watch the newly married couple open presents the next day and got to see them open it. I, of course cried. They spread it out for everyone to see and they all started clapping. I was emotional, and I felt like a big dork. But it was all good, and we had a fun day.
The Already Married Couple

See? We know how to have fun and look good, all at the same time.
But now, you may be asking, “Sarah, now that you’ve finished this quilt, what will you be working on next?” Now that’s a pretty stupid question. The big project now is to get the next round of wedding quilts started, along with about five others already in progress. I’ll post pictures of everything, minus Laura and Steve’s quilt since I know they think they’re going to be sneaky and try to find out what it looks like here!

It’s finally done! Last night my quilt was offically finished at 10:11pm. Today I washed it, had a photo shoot, and wrapped it up. The wrapping is actually really cool! I wanted to let people at the wedding see it, but I didn’t want people putting their sweaty, dirty hands all over it. So I bought some cellophane wraping, and put it in that, so you can see a section of the quilt, along with the patch with their name, the date, the title, and my embrodered name on it. That way they don’t have to worry about it getting nasty, but people can still see what it is.

All Wrapped Up

So anyway, here’s a couple pictures of the finished project. It’s just a few, and I have more up at AvenueB in my quilting photo gallery.
It's Wedding Spectacularrr!

(Sorry Dad, I know you didn’t want to be in the picture, but it was the only one that showed the quilt completly.)
Wedding Spectacularrr, Born On July 24th, 2004, 6 Pounds, 8 Ounces

It’s got the date, the couple’s name, and the title in the box, along with my name embroidered below.
*Sigh* It's All Done!

It’s all done! I can’t believe it.

I’m not so much about writing about the problems of my personal life, but I have to say, I’m pretty mad about what’s happening at work right now. Not only did everyone that I work with get fired on Monday, but I promise, no one is jumping up and down for joy about it. Yesterday in the Lansing State Journal, our station’s General Manager made a few comments that I thought were just horrible. “The mood is just great here” and “I’m just tickeled.” Whatever. I guess she’s not the one trying to comfort the on-air talent while the show is going on. No, I can’t say as though my life is over with since I lost my job. I was looking for other prospects. But no one likes to have the security of having a steady job taken away from them before they’re ready to. So, although I know no one from work will read this, and the only people that I suppose will are my friends and a few others out there on the Internet, I wanted to make sure, in some way, I’m not giving my soon to be former employer good press, since I don’t think they deserve it.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox and I promise I’ll go back to writing about my usual stuff next time.

I have just over two weeks to get A&V’s Wedding Spectacularrrr quilt done. I’m not so sure I’m going to make it. I’m honestly starting to freak out about it.
But something else for me to freak out about… I lost my job today! I swear it wasn’t just me though, it was the entire news department at the fine Fox 47 establishment. Turns out they’re “outsourcing” our news department to the NBC affilate in town to produce two shows a day for our air, starting at the end of August. I guess they’re talking that some people will be able to go with the news, but not everyone. It’s strange though. I think my time as a news producer is done for good. I can’t imagine taking another job for just over $7.00 an hour, and at best, getting part time work. I’ll either be working for the State of Michigan this fall, or be subsitute teaching. It’ll be an interesting season at least.
On the up side of things, Kasey has come to live with us for good now! We had a little bit of stress at first; she knocked over Ben’s madagasgar palm, ripped the screen door, and took off running away from me (that wasn’t fun) but she’s behaving herself well now. We’re going to have to work on her getting up at 5am just to say “hi” habit, but that’ll come in time!

Say Hi To Kasey!

I think all of my hard work in the yard is paying off finally. I went outside today to take a bunch of pictures of the things flowering, and there’s a lot more color than I thought I had. I was especially excited that there was a flower on the $1.00 lilly that I bought last week. Too bad for them, yay for me!

One Dollar Lilly!

It also looks like we’re going to get some use out of the raised beds that Ben made me for my birthday this year. The cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and peppers that I started all look really good. Just in the last week too, my herbs have started to look a lot healthier. We’ll have a produce section in no time at all. The sunflowers are also growing like crazy. That bed looks like a party.
Sunflowers & Tomaters

I uploaded a bunch more new pictures of our flowers and yard at Avenue B. They’re fun to look at.
Oh yeah, tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30-4:00pm, think of me and send me good vibes. I have a big interview with the State of Michigan. I’m super nervous, so I’m going to need all the good thoughts I can get!