It’s not surprising that I have Baby on my mind. I’ve kinda gone overboard on this, you’ll see what I mean. It started so innocently….
I got this panel at Meissner Folsom, cute huh? It’s for taking photos as Baby grows. You put Baby down in the lower left-hand corner and put something around the proper words or numbers like 4th week or 36 days or 3 months, etc. I was so intent squaring it up that I cut off the “3” but I will drop back in with a marker and make it look like “I meant to do that”! It’s cute and if Mom and Dad don’t want to do photos on it, it can function as a simple quilt.
I resolved NOT to make something super intense or over-the-top cute. I got some of those with my babies and I never used them! I want Baby to do all the things that babies do on quilts, offerings from all of the orifices. I want them to be worn to shreds.
I am having a lot of trouble sleeping….for like the last 9 months. Last week I did something unprecedented – I pulled an all-nighter. Allllll night. I wasn’t worried, or hyped or anything, just not sleepy. At 2AM I gave up and pulled out my Shannon fabrics Cuddle kit and finished it before sunrise:
Predictably, I made some errors in cutting and that binding is structurally sound, but oh, it’s a mess! It’s still cute and cuddly though. I didn’t think and put batting in it, probably unnecessary for a Bay-area Baby. Oh well.
I confess, not a fan of sewing Cuddle or Minky. It’s a pain. I know all the tricks but it’s still a bit fiddly. It’s soooo soft that it is worth it!
And I’m not done:
I got this cute panel from Cloth Carousel in Vallejo, CA; isn’t it cuuuuute? And of course, there is a lion in there, tee hee. The solid will be the binding and the cute elephant print on the right may be the backing or, I may get more Cuddle for the back, to be determined.
Oh, but I’m still not done:
I saw this panel last year at the Houston Market and loved it! You can’t tell in the photo but it’s full of chenille strips and it’s so stinkin’ cute.
I found a kit online and bingo, ordered it. I love having this one kitted. I call it the epidural – sell me a kit and just let me sew! I really look forward to sewing this one up.
So far, the completed count is 2, with 2 more waiting in the wings:
As an Experienced Gramma friend recently told me, they need at least 4 quilts anyway: one to poop on, one to spit up on, one to drop food on and one to hug and love. I’m working on it….
I’ve not just been working on baby quilts, I finally got the gumption up to commit to a plan and get going on the Modern Whole Cloth. It will get a better name, that is it’s temporary name.
After my plans went through all kinds of changes, I ended up back where I started: fun pieced inserts into the white dupioni and fabulous trapunto dots scattered over the quilt’s surface. I will have a blast quilting the dickens out of this one. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, the Lyon Drought Tolerant Test Gardens have turned to fall:
I love it when the olives can’t figure out whether they should rippen or not.
I know some consider Pampas Grass to be a weed…well deserved. But if put into an irrigated landscape it becomes a magnificent very large scale grass. Those plumes are 10′ tall and when backlit in the mornings, it is spectacular!
The berries on the Pepper Tree (Schinus Molle) are ripening and they are delicious. Goggle says they are edible even though some say no. I love eating fresh pink pepper berries right off of the tree – it is a unique taste when the berry still has some moisture in it.
I caught this guy with sunlight hitting it directly – oh so pretty! My backyard is feeling very fall. We don’t get spectacular fall leaves here, we have our own brand of fall.