Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Best Kind of Busy

Before I get to my quilting adventures, I have to brag on Lucas. He's 7 and last night was his Awana Grand Prix night. A month or so ago they got their blocks of wood to be carved as they wish. Many are various versions of cars and trucks, some clearly done by the children, some clearly done by their parents.

Lucas decided he wanted to make a rat. Yikes. I gently tried to talk him out of it, wondering how in the world we would make that block of wood look like a rat. He would not be swayed.

Joshua (21) did the rough carve for the shape and Lucas did all the sanding and painted it. He helped pick out the nose, eyes and ears and I hot glued them on. Here is the result.

We were quite pleased with it and he happily went off to the races. I was unable to go along because of car issues, I waited almost nervously, hoping that he had a good night and that his car made it down the track. I needn't have worried. He came home even happier, with a first place trophy for design. Not only did he win the trophy, but Joshua says he had a fan club. EVERYONE loved his car and when his car ran everyone in the room was rooting for the "mouse", even the kids he was racing against! There were 3 little girls that were particularly vocal and one asked if she could have the car (thank goodness he's still too young to be swayed by a cute girl!) His car definitely was the buzz of the night. He nearly had a chance to win for speed, too, getting to the final heat in the first bracket. The first place car for speed was a wedge of cheese, I can't believe no one thought to get a picture of the mouse and cheese together.

Afterwards they could run the cars just for fun. During the race, the tail had to be taped up so as to keep the car regulation length and not potentially obstruct other cars but afterwards he could take it down. It was even more of a hit then, the tail wiggling out behind, the kids said it looked just like a mouse was running down the track.

Now onto quilting! As the weather warms I know my time to quilt will likely be greatly diminished so I'm taking full advantage now. I plan to start walking most, if not all, of the local errands so that will take a fair amount of time. I do hope to be able to do a fair amount of handwork while outside with Ruthie, but that is somewhat weather dependent.



In the last couple of days I've gotten a lot of my little things done. I made the binding the for the baby quilt (I always make the binding when I finish the top.) I did all the cutting for the leaf block quilt, it has stars as the cornerstones of the sashing and it's set on point so there are the funny sized side pieces to contend with. I even made the binding and put everything in this basket. My problem lately is I've had so many projects going that I have elements of them all over my sewing room. I'm spending the rest of the day organizing them all so I can easily find what I need/want to do.

The things I'd been putting off was designing the toppers. I'm really looking forward to doing them, but I sometimes find the design process frustrating. I tend to go overboard and I was afraid of doing that to myself again. With 16 of these to make, it's imperative that I be reasonable about it.


I ended up semi-reasonable. I determined early on that it needed to be a circular design so the candle and vase could go in the middle. I tend to get frustrated appliquing flowers with all the little indents, so was going to make yo-yo flowers. I experimented laying out a few of those and it seemed too corny. After looking through several books, I found a wonderful pattern, the posie had gentle curves and it seemed doable. I substituted a symmetrical leaf for an asymmetrical one for ease in making and placing pieces and will put a small yo-yo as the center circle with a little pearl in the middle. I have the freezer paper pieces cut for the first one and fabrics pulled, hopefully today I'll be ironing them together and maybe even basting some of the pieces. I'm anxious now to get this first block together so I can see what I've gotten myself into!

Everything is ready to go on the ring block quilt, I'm having to stop myself from beginning the construction but I really want to save it for tomorrow night. A good part of my day today will be spent getting ready for tomorrow. Straightening my sewing room and making eggrolls and crab rangoon being top on the list. I hope that I'm still left with some quilting time today...I should be...but with grocery shopping and babysitting thrown in the mix it will be a busy day.


Now I have to run. I still have bedhead and with any luck my husband will be back with his van so I can grocery shop in about half an hour. I'll leave you with a picture of Ruthie, who lined up her various dollies on the steps and planted herself in the middle of them, quite please with herself.

Happy Quilting!
Sue and Ruthie



5 comments:

Marilyn R said...

I can't wait to see your table topper! Have a great Friday quilting time with your friend, and may you get tons accomplished!

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