My darling little baby (and terror) has grown into a big darling, who loves to pull up and eat my hostas and tulips if I dare turn my back. She also eats every scrap of fabric (and some cut pieces), threads, batting, Kleenexes and one pin, stolen from my table, has been found in her mouth. So not much sewing has been done. This is her typical pose. She also sleeps in this ladylike position.
Despite my puppy challenge, I have managed to start a couple of projects. First, I began a couple of baby quilts, for much wanted babies 2B, only to be told that the parents did not want any quilts. "Other people are making us quilts." And yes, the father is MY son. How did this happen? I still wonder how I failed him.
I'm sure you all can imagine how I felt about not making a quilt for my FIRST grandbabies--twin girls due this summer. Severe depression and many tears does not begin to describe it. To compensate for the depression, I felt it was appropriate to start something new. Several somethings new, actually. But this is one I can share.
It is from the 1718 Coverlet book by Susan Briscoe. There is a group on Facebook which is doing it as a quiltalong. It is a closed group, so you have to join to look at the many quilts--and they are in a wide variety of fabrics.
I am doing my way as a "quilt-very-far-behind". It has a lot of applique and I am painfully slow and now have a hurt thumb, so this may become another UFO. I am using Chicopee, by Denyse Schmidt, and 25+ year old fabric that coordinates nicely with it. A perfect reason to buy fabric all the time--colors come and go, and a girl must have a stash to meet those needs.
I also finished two more blocks from Just Takes Two. At this rate, it might be another two decades before I am finished.
I also managed to sew some baby outfits. Not wonderful, but they are done. The shower is tomorrow. I just have to wrap them. I have lost part of the present that needs to go in the package., so have been hoping it will turn up. Guess I need to clean house.
Unfortunately, AFTER I bought the fabric and started sewing, I learned that the mom2B doesn't like baby pink. Sigh. It's been one of those times. I went with something conservative, instead of Kaffe types in an effort not to be too quilty. The moral is: Just be yourself and use the fabric that inspires you. Let the chips fall where they may.
The photo is confusing, but they are reversible. The one on the left is the front of the pants, the one on the right is the back of the reverse. The pants are Quick Change Trousers from a book by Anna Marie Horner, Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby. The pants stitched together easily (although with two of them, seems like forever,compared to one) The hats are from another book I borrowed from my library, and since they did not go together well, I won't recommend it.
And, for those of you with excellent memories, I did finally manage to finish piecing my pink and green pyramids. (It will need to rest a bit before I can figure out a back for it--I have to get the pink and green triangles out of my brain). I'd show you a photo, but I folded it up and tucked it away as soon as I was done. Maybe I can stand to look at it again in a couple of months.
My design wall is now covered with the 1718 pieces and a bunch of threads. It's a wonderful change! I'm also contemplating doing an I Spy economy block quilt for the twins for when they are bigger, but I'm not sure I'm up to two of them. Happy Quilting!