Posts Tagged ‘baby quilts’

Another Take On Independence Day

July 3, 2013

I will celebrate Independence Day with more than usual exuberance this year. I finished the quilt for my brother’s second grandson, which means I am ready for my trip home next week.

Lani Longshore Avery Longshore's quilt

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had the gift quilts ready before a flight someplace. Usually I am stitching the binding while waiting for the final boarding call.

Coincidentally, my Challenge project is mostly finished.

Lani Longshore Challenge project

I would like to do more beading, but the quilt is starting to tell me there are sufficient embellishments right now, thank you very much. My quilts have always told me what they want, but lately they’ve become down right mouthy.

Still, I’m reveling in the unexpected sensation of having things done. I don’t imagine this is what the signers of the Declaration of Independence were feeling, but I think celebrating freedom from the to-do list is a lovely way to enjoy the 4th.

The Best I Can Do

June 26, 2013

Three quilts waited for me this week, layered and basted. The sewing table was cleared (well, cleared enough), but my calendar was not. This was one of those weeks when I had to accept what I accomplished as the best I could do, because life got in the way of quilting.

 

The good news is, I finished a gift quilt.

 

Lani Longshore Landon Leveille quilt

 

This will go to one of my brother’s grandsons. Here is the back.

 

Lani Longshore Landon Leveille fish

 

The quilt for my brother’s second grandson is next on the stack to be quilted. Here is the back for it.

 

Lani Longshore Avery Longshore elephant

 

The third quilt is the Challenge project. It is much smaller, but will require some embellishment. Lucky for me, I found a new bead shop.

 

Lani Longshore Challenge

 

Yes, I know, I probably have beads just like this somewhere in the sewing room, but I think finding the new bead store was my reward for not grumbling when I had to spend a day in an unfamiliar city for family matters. Sometimes, the best you can do is to take the bead in the hand and ignore the bead in the bin.

 

 

One, Two, Three, Many

October 3, 2012

Because the beginning of the month is my busiest week and I’m expecting company next week, I have been paralyzed by deadlines. My mind-body must think crouching in a corner and hoping everything will just go away is a survival skill, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I told myself I had to do one thing, just one thing, in the hopes that momentum would let me finish my to-do list.

It didn’t, but I did make some progress on a cross-stitch pattern. Once again, I learned that I can’t count. I managed to put the base stitches mostly in the right places. Since this is an abstract tree, I gave myself permission to put the rest of the stitches and beads where they tell me they want to go:

 

I can see the tree (if I squint)

Next I pawed through some blocks that were made from sorta-kinda-maybe the same fabrics. I was hoping to make a baby quilt from them.

 

Bunnies in blue and black

Reality gave me a dope-slap, and I accepted that they don’t go together. However, I found fabric to make two projects (possibly a baby quilt and a table runner – we’ll see), so I consider this exercise a success.

In the meantime, I’ve been processing fruit. The dried apples and pears are now residing in three separate containers:

 

Healthy snacks that we really do eat

If I am lucky, this latest round of crouching in corners is over so I can meet my deadlines and have the house cleaned before my mother arrives. That will still leave many projects, but I’m used to that.

There’s always more to do