My beloved pincushions from my dear blogging friends are helping me in my latest projcet. The square log cabin pincushion is from Mette and the mushroom is from Kristin. I think the presence of these gifts from such experienced and talented quilters in my sewing room is giving me courage to attempt this.
I didn't plan on it. My tummy was still growling and uncomfortable, but somehow I found myself picking out fabrics, sewing them together and making a quilt. The bright colors seemed to offer comfort and distraction. I looked into a box I've stored of charm packs, I found 3 that seemed to work together: Erin McMorris, Kaffe Fassett and a third which I don't recall.
Each part of it is so pleasurable: selecting the fabrics, arranging them, the repitition of the sewing and ironing, all the while being completely engrossed.
The best part though was when my kids came home after a Sunday matine with daddy. When they saw the quilt top all laid out on the floor just like this their eyes lit up and they exclaimed and oohhhed and ahhhed. I couldn't have been happier.
Now, as you can see I have to sew the white strips on the ends, figure out a backside and then even tougher, how to quilt it. I haven't ever made anything this big and it isn't even very large, crib size, it says on the cottong batting (60"x46"). That makes me laugh, because it seems huge to me! I think it will make a good lap quilt for the children. I rearranged the squares until my head was dizzy, and I still see some annoying repeats, but well, hopefully my eye will improve with practice.
Right now I am a little nervous about the how to make a quilt back exaclty the right size. It is just a tad bigger than my usual matryoshka dolls and a bit bigger than my comfort zone of the familiar. Just don't put any pressure on me for a deadline for being finished...