Monday, February 08, 2010

Guilt: or What I've Done and What I Haven't Done

What I've done is a baby quilt for my son's best friend's new baby.  It's currently drying, and when that's finished I'll post it.  The baby was born in December, so this needed to be done.

What I haven't done is make much progress on my Interpret This February challenge.  I have an idea, but it seems to be taking a long time, and doesn't really thrill me.  Maybe there's a connection there.

I also didn't make valentines for my grandchildren.  I had an idea, but didn't get to it, and now it's too late.  They won't know or care, a commercial card is just as good, but I feel guilty.

I also didn't make a valentine for my mother.  Well, I did, and here it is, but it won't arrive in time.

The only reason I post this is that I'm pleased with the solution I worked out as to how to use the slippery, fraying bit of satin as a background.  I edge stitched it directly to the Peltex, leaving a bit of an edge. This stabilized it so I could do the applique hearts, which are scraps of kimono silk. Then I painted Fray Check around the edge on the wrong side and trimmed after it dried.  No fraying.  The edge is a big of cheap synthetic lace with a little glitter to it.  It crunched up beautifully with a wide zig-zag and should hide any other tendency to fray.  I like that so much, I might even buy more of the stuff!

I also  haven't been to the gym for too many days.  I'm off there now, and to the grocery, since we're supposed to have lots of snow tonight and tomorrow.


The baby quilt is now finished.  

Very unorthodox, yes?  My son chose the fabrics, and while he doesn't really know what the parents might like, his guess is probably better than mine.  They're a theater couple living in a hip part of Brooklyn, so blue teddy bears didn't seem right.   Laurel Burch demon horses it is!


Liz said...

Isn't it funny how we seem to focus on what didn't get done. I think you did a wonderful job on the baby quilt and the baby will grow up loving bright colors. And your Interpet This piece just needs more baking time!

Libby Fife said...

The baby quilt is great. Nice rail fences for the demon horses!

I visited with my SIL and BIL this weekend who seem to have a nice "do as you please" type of lifestyle. It is food for thought since like you I tend to get upset when I don't complete things on my list. Why do I keep that list anyway?

Joyce said...

I love the baby quilt. It is a known fact that babies are drawn to brights more than to pastels and how can you go wrong with anything by Laurel Birch?

Debra said...

I'll bet that quilt turns into a favorite for the baby!

jenclair said...

:) I never get started soon enough! I've got valentines still in the works, but obviously will have difficulty making the Feb. 14 deadline.

Baby quilts...they always make me thing of cuddling with those brand new creatures!

*karendianne. said...

Oh my gosh you're too funny. Laurel Burch Demon Horses it is! I just thought they were bright horses. Never knew they were demon horses. I have a load of these, too. Who knew?

Interesting to read how you made this Valentine that arrives late. You wont be making Daughter of the Year that's for sure. hee Seriously though, I enjoyed that.

Beena said...

I love the Valentine you made! And thanks for sharing about the process that went into it! Some great ideas. I especially like the ribbon edge binding you did.

Don't feel guilty about store bought Valentine's. My Mother has given my son some great valentine's Day cards over the years, which he has loved. There are some very cute valentine's out there for kids!

The baby quilt is great. I think it's a huge advantage to quilter's and the babies born into their lives to be able to choose so many colors and fabrics to work with. I remember baby shopping before being a quilter, and everything was pastel. Pastel colors may be soft, but they don't hold up over time as well as bright colors. They seem to stain too easily, and kids love the brighter colors more anyway!

Barbara C said...

Great looking quilt, and aren't you glad you trouble- shot (shooted?) your way through that Valentine?

Celebrate the successes. I won't tell you how long it's been since I'VE been to the gym, so you're way ahead on that one.

They're gonna love that horse quilt.