Block 583: January 20, 2015


I actually put this one together on the 20th, but before I could write about it my laptop died.


And then my iPhone died.


Date: January 20, 2015 (a few days late)

Crane: 583

Days Spent on Project: technically 703 if you count the days when I was without technology?

Location: NW Portland, OR

Person I would have sent it to: Thom G.

Thom was the stage manager on the Paper Mill production of Newsies, that started rehearsal in the summer of 2011. It seems crazy to think that show was starting production almost four years ago. How is that possible?

His partner is Rick, who I met back in 2010 on Come Fly Away. Looking back, the time between Come Fly Away and Newsies seems like a wide gulf, but they actually happened 18 months apart. How crazy busy was my life that that fact doesn’t seem to be true?

Thom was always really great, always on top of everything, very organized, very communicative, and managed to keep all the different bits and bobs that are involved with large productions going and moving. After Newsies closed, I think he went onto Pippin, which recently closed its revival on Broadway. I don’t know what his next show and challenge will be, but I know he’ll find something great.

Music I listened to while sewing: Nothing today! I’m in tech for another show.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Well, I have to say that there is one HUGE benefit to having this job right now. All of my technology is failing and, in the past, I would have been lost without any option of fixing it… or I would have had to get things repaired at a premium cost and then just charge it to my credit card without knowing how to pay for it.

But, because of this job, I just went to the Apple Store in downtown Portland and picked up a new phone (with more memory!) and had the laptop looked at and temporarily fixed so I can keep working until I want to buy a new MacBook this spring. And I did so without needing to think or worry about how much it’ll cost me!

I mean, I was still sad to be spending $300, but I spent it and I could.

That’s kinda cool. And I don’t think I’ve ever been able to think about money like that. Just spend it and not get terrified about it.

And, you know what? I will be buying a new MacBook this spring and I’ll get the one that I want this time.

There. That’s pretty awesome.


7 thoughts on “Block 583: January 20, 2015

  1. Can I ask a couple questions about making the block? How long does each one take you and what are you using for your foundation? I am desperately trying to speed up my process (I am doing the hummingbird), but each bird is taking me an hour. Sigh…

    • Ooooh, foundation? What do you mean? My process isn’t too scientific at this point. I spend a lot of time cutting the pieces out and pinning it all together. Sewing it is becoming the easier part for me! (I do leave a generous seam allowance when I cut though; I trim away as I go…)

      It probably takes me about 45-50 minutes per block at this point, with most time spent cutting and pinning. At my slowest, when I make mistakes or obsessively try to match up two or three of the corners, it probably would take me an hour.

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