a while back, I mean, twelve days ago, when I pulled that fabric for the Lakehouse quilt and I was all excited to move along at a slow and steady pace, then send it out to be quilted? Remember?
Yeah. It's done. Last Thursday Brian told me we were invited up to the Lakehouse along with a bunch of other people on the 14th. He asked if I could have the quilt done by the time we go. Ugh. I hate deadlines. Wait, I hate deadlines on my creativity. What else am I gonna say but yes? And then I've neglected everything since then. Even Pinspot's birthday!! sorry (I hope it was awesome and I feel awful that I haven't called yet) And naturally the dog got sick (all over everything...for days), both dogs were sprayed by skunks and then jumped onto our couches immediately afterward, Labor Day, Ellie developed an ear infection, Wyatt decided to potty train himself (but not really, he just wants to run around without a diaper on), and Scott has had hours of homework every night, in addition to a toothache.
In the middle of piecing, Brian calls me up and asks me to add some red. "Uhh...ok, I can do that. That's not stressful at all when I've pieced 33% of it together."
But that's all over now. I'm done. I'm taking a break. And...I'm going to make something I want to make. For me. And only me.
I have learned a bit about myself during this process. Because I truly spent all my time, piecing, sewing, and quilting, with minimal housework effort for the past week, I've realized that I can't stand a messy house anymore. Now that I have the room for my clutter, I want everything picked up and put away. I want the dishes done. I want the floors swept and mopped everyday. I want the carpets vacuumed. I want the bathrooms clean. I want order. Laundry on the other hand, I still just want clean and put away, I don't even care if it's folded....
I've also come to realize that I HATE squaring up HST's. Like...hate. A lot. And I've discovered why my seams keep popping. With the past 3 quilts I've made, some of the seams have popped on the cotton-linen blend/100% cotton seams. The cotton-linen shrinks way more than the 100% cotton. And since I'm in the Non-Prewash Camp, well...there ya go. And when I iron with steam, my blocks are smaller than with a dry iron...yeah. Still not gonna prewash (unless it's linen).
In any case, it's all behind me now. I can relax until Saturday (and then I'll be watching my kids like a hawk). Clean my house. Start a quilt for myself. Actually, I'm gonna start two of them. One using my layer cake of...umm...baby...cosmo cricket...uhhh....baby...yeah, that. And the other using my coming-in-the-mail-on-Friday layer cake of Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious. Mmmm....
Here's the specs:
Kona Cotton in multiple colors, Essex Linen in Black
Backing: Waterfront by Violet Craft along with a 'scar' on the back from having to repair a giant popped seam (stupid Essex Linen)
Quilted with variegated thread
Wyatt tried photobombing all my photos. I finally just let him.