Hang around long enough, and you'll realize that though my life is blessed, my husband's love language is not gifts. So I take care of that. Like with this pretty orchid I bought myself for Valentine's.
But I'm not! Though I am really excited for when Steiger's quilt will be completely finished, now that it has been quilted by the lovely Natalia at piece 'n quilt, I started something new. A main part of that reason is that cutting and ironing are quiet, and the baby is sleeping... which is something he didn't do very well last night.
And, though I have 56 of these done, I still have 45 to go! (They're for Rachel's Modern Siggy Swap) And they're due soon!
This will be a quick post... but I've been designing something for a sweet little someone with what I ordered on Super Bowl Sunday, and showed up in the mail yesterday.
I've been thinking about resolutions since before the new year, and I think I finally picked mine.
I think it suits me. It's positive and optimistic, but also not too overly zealous or committal. It isn't too scary for the part of me that over-thinks, and finds decision making (at times) excruciating.
I'm not sure exactly how this will play out in my real life, but I have a few ideas.
It was helpful today:
"I should get on the elliptical and exercise..."
(inner voice response: "why not?"...
we won't get in to the fact that I could have probably come up with many reasons at that point, but I didn't.)
So I did.
I should quilt that little top I started long ago. I should do a flower design.
Hmmmm... why not?
So I did.
I should cut all the pieces so I can finally finish my Rouenneries quilt.
OK. Why not?
So I did (finished pictures coming tomorrow I hope).
I should get all the laundry folded and put away.
See... here's where things got tricky. But there's always tomorrow. :)
I love that one day I will be that lady that makes all the new babies in her life a quilt (or 7).
So, after practicing on my mini giveaway quilts, I decide to try my own quilting on something real size, OK, baby size, but trust me, the baby is as real as it gets (at least in this house).
This is for a new baby soon to make its arrival to Jay's step-sister.
As I mentioned, this was my first real-sized other than straight-line quilting. I did stippling, and wasn't sure initially what I thought about it, but the more distance I have, the more I like it. I'd rate myself, "I don't love stippling, but hey, this turned out all right anyway."
I wanted something sort-of wonky-ish. So I cute a few strips of my focal fabric, Frolic, some Kona chocolate, a few pieces from some Love U alphabet books I have yet to get to, and a few other solids. I then did log-cabiny designs with just enough touch of irregularity. I'd make a block, and then adjust as I went. Width, borders... all those choices evolved along the way, but I am really happy with the over all look.
What I like about this quilt:
- the cute little peering owls, raccoons, birds, and squirrels
- the alternating chocolate bordered blocks
- the pops of red (I can't help it, it will forever be my favorite color)
- the scale of the fabrics is good.
What I don't love:
- the really light thread on dark chocolate fabric (hey, it was what I had, and it looks good on the light prints)
- the way the stippling looks like a camo outline (or worse in some places)
- that it still needs binding
- that I didn't get a picture of myself taking these pictures, with Steiger on my back in his beco, trying to pull out my hair.
The back is a piece of the focal fabric, a few pieces of a kona roll-up, a bit of kona chocolate, and some kona slate. The sun came out from behind a cloud for this picture, but the branches really work.
In case you ever wonder what Steiger's doing while I blog...