Thursday, March 12, 2015

Popping In.

I'm hoping to get a quick post in before an inevitable interruption claims my time. True story: with few exceptions, someone in my family has been ill at all times since just before Christmas. If I knew that that first round of flu would turn into this...well, I'm not sure what I would have done. Actually, it's probably better that I didn't know. As it is, all three of my kidlets are recovering from a nasty stomach bug, and I'm earnestly praying that I don't catch it.

There has been a bit of sewing. (This block is for Stash Bee, woo.) I've even managed a few tiny finishes. What I haven't managed is to blog about them. (OR celebrate my third blogiversary, which I fully intend to do. SOON.)

I like to finish one quilt per month, but that just might not be realistic for March. But I'd really like to have this one done. Actually, can I tell you my dream? I'd like to finish this one over the weekend. Top is done, backing is partially pieced, and I'm planning for really simple quilting. My mom will be in town. It's possible. It's a special quilt, or rather, it's a quilt that's headed to a special person, and it needs to be done pronto. But it might not happen, and I'm trying to be okay with that.

In the meantime, I've been handquilting this beast. As you can see, my lines aren't always very straight, as I'm not planning to mark it. But you know what, I think of all the quilts in the world, a gypsy wife quilt made of crazy saturated AMH fabrics will survive crooked lines and uneven stitches. I think it might even *add* to it. Is that completely crazy? I had hoped to finish this one too--the entry date for my local quilt show is looming at the end of March--but it would probably be a miracle.

And I've indulged in a bit of retail therapy. This is my favorite Tula line since Acacia, and I have plans that I'm pretty excited about.

And because spring equals kidlet birthdays in this house, I really really really need to finish up my oldest's new quilt. Because, you know, it was for those cold days in the car. And today will be over 60 (woo!) so he probably won't get any use out of it this winter, but at least it will be done. Thankfully, I finally managed to pick up some fabric to finish it.

The baby calls! I hope y'all are well. (And healthy!)


  1. Boo for sickness but yay for new fabric!

  2. Oh dear, so sorry to hear about all the illness. I hope you can stay healthy and avoid the stomach bug, too!! Having your mom around for the weekend sounds delightful, and the possibility of more sewing time and a finish aren't too shabby either. I think your quilting is definitely going to add to the gypsy wife quilt - I am still in awe that you are hand quilting it!

  3. I spy some low-volume charms ... I also spy Kate and Birdie fabric, which I really, really love. I know sometime in the future I am going to regret not hoarding K&B's fabric lines. (Darn you, Moda -- you need to start reprinting stuff!)

    I'm so sorry about all the illness. It's been a long winter, hasn't it? I'm praying that the stomach bug passes over you!

  4. The gypsy wife hand quilting - such gorgeous!! Very much want to do something similar, now... Also drooling over the dark gray with white branches fabric. I think I will need to hunt some of that up!

    Praying you are ALL 100% well soon, just in time for spring. It's terrible that sickness has been so persistent this winter. :( That's got to be exhausting.

    -Jenny S.

  5. Having a houseful of sick kiddlets doesn't sound like a good time. Hope they're all on the mend now, and passes you right over!

    Great WIPs! LOVE the Gypsy Wife quilt! Hand-quilting is something I know I wouldn't have the patience for :-)

    ~ Jess ~
    Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

  6. Oh no! That's how it's been here at our house too, since about 2 weeks before Christmas. Christmas Day and valentines day were both ruined (I am very bigger about this). I hope you didn't catch the stomach bug...

    What are you going to do with the Elizabeth fabric? I'm curious how people use the face print.

    Your hand stitching will be perfect for the gypsy wife. Honestly perfectly straight lines have no personality!

  7. Ack! Not bigger, bitter! Although I am currently quite big;)


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