Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the Trenches

My Operation Orders

Task Organization: My mission is to finish one t-shirt auction quilt AKA "the beast" in 7 days with all the firepower I can use.


Taken earlier in the week...not the final layout.
I.  Situation: The school auction is set for the date of the 28th of this month. I have ramped up my due date to the 25th in case there are any diversions from the mission.


A. Enemy Forces
1. Weather and light data: the general forecast is looking good. No new rain in sight.  Could be distracting when any window gazing might occur.
2. Terrain:  Be prepared for piles of toys, dishes in the sink, backpacks on the floor, and shoes in the family room.
3. Identification of enemy forces: Four small males. Highly dangerous with weapons of mass destruction. 
4. Locations: Game room, family room, kitchen, pool, and driveway.  Don't underestimate school or extracurricular activities.
5. Activity: The enemy is in constant attack position.
6. Strength: A small platoon.   Ages 15, 12, 9, and 14 months.  Morale is low due to the absence of father-figure on a business trip.  Capabilities?  Unknown.  They are very inconsistent and can't be trusted. Do not underestimate their capabilities.
7. Probable courses of action when contacted:  They will fight, disperse, retreat, gather themselves, and attack again.


B. Friendly Forces.
Domestic Sewing Machine AKA Symphony.


C. Attachments/Detachments.
One Long Arm Machine AKA Ole Betsy on stand-by.

II. Mission:  


My mission is to finish one t-shirt auction quilt consisting of approximately 70+ t-shirts before the due date. I repeat, finish the t-shirt quilt!


III. Execution
A. Concept of the Operation:  They must be completely cut, pieced, quilted, and bound in 7 days.
B. Task to Maneuver Units: Avoid all distractions such as things like pincushion I made Sunday HERE, that I really don't need.


Cathedral Window Pincushion

C. Tasks to Combat Support Units:  Fellow bloggers and online sewing friends must be on FULL alert in case I am in need of advice.
D. Coordinating Instructions: I will email, beg, and plead for help, if need be.


IV.  Service Support
A. General: Good movies, good music, late nights.
B. Materials and Supplies: Rotary Cutter, Mat, Stabilizer, Thread, Pins, Pantograph, Batting....the usual.

Superior Rainbow Thread from sewthankful.com

C. Medical: Coke, Lemon heads, Laffy Taffies, Short Naps


V. Command and Signal
A. Command: Myself.
B. Signal:  Call sign: Crazy Lady   Code Word: PATCHWORK

Praying the troops can rally me at

 

 If you see any color smoke...please send in reinforcements.

18 comments:

  1. I *love* your humour - this post is genius! Good luck with your mission, Quilter!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! It completely brought me back to my Army days. I think it has been about 15 years since I wrote one!

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  2. You can do it. Love your post.

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    1. Thanks...I started out feeling very military, so then I thought I would do it in the form of an operation order from my Army days!! It was fun!!!!

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  3. Hilarious! Good luck with the mission :)

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  4. Exciting! Work like a horse and you'll be ok (in the cavalry)
    Joking aside: GO FOR IT! Oh y'already are ... keep the good work up!
    Goodluck

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  5. hahaha!!!!!! I can picture you in your uniform (a patchwork looking one!).
    Soldier, you are getting distracted right now. Go back to work!

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  6. Wow - good luck! Very excited to see the finish!

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  7. Very fun post! I love it! Sending positive thoughts your direction. I can't wait to see the finished project.

    ~Michelle

    p.s. - And why is it always that the men-folk get called away during our time of need?

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  8. Good Luck on your mission! Do not be distracted from your goal-persevere and nought but triumph will await you!

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  9. Love this post!!! My t-shirt quilt is way done at the bottom of my list of to-dos. Someday...

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  10. nice!
    Good luck friend!
    (or should I say Sarge?) ;)

    (and uh oh -- new fabric should be showing up at your house today)...

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    1. French General YUMMINESS just arrived moments ago at the door!!!

      I couldn't restrain and pulled it all out. Major distraction!!! I forgot to add it to the list of enemies! LOL! I am so excited! THANK YOU!!!

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  11. You can do it! And don't forget, electronic entertainment can be your friend!

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  12. Loved the post! Made me smile! I'll be back to see how its coming along!

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  13. That is too funny!!! Good Luck!!! Can't wait to see your end results solider!

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