Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Yesterday Todd took the kiddo outside for most of the day to give me a little free time. So what did I do? The laundry, the vacuuming, and I spent most of my time listing some maternity and baby clothes on ebay. Hmm. It feels good to eliminate a little more clutter from the apartment, but what a waste of a day. It remains to be seen whether my efforts will be worth the time invested.

On the other hand, I'm making progress on my first quilt. Talk about a time investment! I'm proceeding with a picnic blanket and taking frequent breaks to drool over the fabric I purchased at Purl, which will become a queen-sized quilt when the picnic blanket is complete. I can hardly wait to show you what I bought, but I'm forcing myself until the top of the first quilt is complete.

The picnic blanket has become a copy, more or less, of a Denyse Schmidt quilt. Which was completely unintentional. I happened to have a lot of light green and light blue fabric on hand and wanted to make a string quilt. So what do I find myself making but this quilt. Oops. I love it, but I hadn't planned to reproduce someone else's work. And it's making me crazy to press open all those seams! I will persevere. I'd like to finish the top in time for a trip home in two weeks, but I'll have to work really quickly to make that goal.

I doubt my ebay customers would understand if I told them I just didn't have time to ship their purchases just now, would they?

I'm leaving now. Must sew more straight-ish lines and press many, many small seams.

*in homage to the late Steve Irwin.


  1. I know it's not really the topic of your post but doesn't Steve Irwin's death seem exceptionally tragic? I wasn't a huge fan of his and even occasionally thought he was a bit of a wingnut but still, I feel very sad. He was the father of two children and an advocate for the environment. What a lose.

  2. Loss...not lose. Oy

  3. My kids were surprised and sad, they're teenagers now but still watched his tv programs occasionally...on a much lighter note, your quilt colors are really beautiful, can't wait to see it finished!

  4. Your quilt sounds beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

  5. Please tell me that you are not selling any baby clothes that you have made, are you?

  6. I like that Denise quilt. I hope yours turns out just as nice.

  7. oh the teeny tiny seams. makes me crazy thinking about it-- you are a better person than i for sure...

  8. Anonymous3:50 AM

    Please don't take this the wrong way - I really am wondering - why are you pressing your seams open instead of flat? As a quilter and daughter of a quilter, I have almost never seen this done and can't imagine how time consuming that would be - especially on that type of quilt. (Which I love by the way, Denise has a simpler pattern like that up for free on the freespirit fabric website that I am making for a friends baby!)


  9. what is your ebay ID?
    I have a 10 month old grand daughter =)