Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sidetracked Again

I am crafting. Getting good photos of my work, though, has not been happening. Here's what I've got so far. In the foreground, piles of wonky flying geese for a throw quilt. This is moving along nicely, if a little slow, but I think it is going to be really pretty. I love all the fabric that I'm working with. In the background, hanging over the chair, is an attempt at a color wheel quilt. I saw this quilt and became completely sidetracked. I thought it was brilliant and that I, in all of my brilliance, knew exactly how to do it. I ordered the book, of course, but got started cutting and sewing right away. Well, let me say that people who design quilts and write books about it for a living totally know what they are doing. They are brilliant, not I.

Wow. I'm sitting here writing this post with the TV on. NBC interrupts the Today show with their "Breaking News" music. It totally freaked me out. I almost started to cry before they even said what the "Breaking News" was. Well, it is only the President (sob worthy as he his), but I think I will forever associate that music with terrible disaster since 9-11. Other than being on RT. 3 in NJ to see the dust and smoke engulf lower Manhattan, I have no personal connection to the tragedy of that day. Kinda strange that it had that effect on me.

Anyway, back to the color wheel quilt. I ended up with a color oval. It is lumpy and doesn't line up in the middle or the outside at all. I like it anyway, but I can't wait to get the book so I can make a good one. So, that's what I've been doing. I've also been trying to not start a knitting project, but I would really like to have something to do at night when I feel like relaxing on the couch. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

What you can do if you're three months old

You're in the club. You've gotta love a four-year-old who can entertain an infant for a solid hour with "clubhouse". Yes , that is the "cutieful quilt". After all the work I put into it, I swore it was going to be hung on the wall and only admired from afar. Well, now it's a clubhouse.

You can suck your thumb and look really cute doing it, if you are 3 months old. I hope this video option works well, it could be a very cool feature.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The last thing I knew, all I was thinking about were the quilts I'm planning to make. Somehow, the first thing to land under my sewing machine was this elephant. She was a gift for Betsy, who had her fourth this weekend. She is just the cutest thing, I can't believe she is 4! Her birthday came up on me kinda fast. One day last week I realized that there would be no point over the next few days that I would be able to get out of the house, without Betsy, and get her a gift. I made the pattern for the elephant myself which is always fun and challenging. I used two thrifted wool skirts for the fabric. I put poly-fill beads in her feet so she might be able to stand, but she is still top heavy. I think I just needed to crank out a fast project before diving into these quilts. Most of the cutting is already done for one of them, so I should be able to start sewing real soon.

O.K, I really want to do this post, but it has taken me about three days to get this far. I feel very scatter-brained right now and I'm having a hard time staying with one thing for too long. The addition of this little beauty has made for a very busy life around here. Thank God she is absolutely the best baby. She smiles like other babies cry. She is so enjoyable to be with and so lovable it breaks my heart. But she is a baby. Babies are a lot of hands-on work. I just feel pretty spread thin at times trying to stay on top of what each of the kids need and all that's needed to make the house run smoothly. I don't think I'm really dropping the ball on anything, but I guess I'm just struggling to find a rhythm. Now that school has started I feel like things might come together. I hope.