Monday, August 30, 2010

Baby Quilt: Done and Done! (With a Preview of My Next Project)

After getting home from work early enough to do a Friday night dinner and movie (saw Eat Pray Love, thought the book was way better...more time to understand the motivation for change), the weekend felt blissfully and properly long.

On Saturday we hit the farmers market to check out a potential wedding band, and get some farm fresh goodies, I gave the house a deep clean, and we started on the beginnings of major changes to the lawn in the backyard. Which meant moving a lot of rocks. And Sunday I baked, cooked ahead for the week (black beans, wheat berries to go into a chopped salad for lunches, a big jar of salsa to be used with baked chicken, and two loaves of quick bread for breakfast Friday—two of my best friends will be in town, I'm hosting breakfast club that morning AND it's Josh's bday). We also took a long bike ride and sat on the couch with homemade popcorn and Mad Men.

I finished the baby quilt.

Both because it's a big accomplishment—I proved to myself that a gifted quilted item does not need to take a year of my life to be thoughtful—and it means I get to start on a project for myself.

A few months ago, I picked up four vintage quilt blocks while visiting nyc. I love them and have been thinking of how to use them ever since. Once I painted the guest room/office, I realized that they would be a somewhat bold, but not overwhelming addition, in the form of a quilted wall hanging to serve as a headboard. I spent some time at the fabric store and got an assortment of fabrics to go with them. It might take me some time to settle on exactly how I want to design this, but I love how well it all goes with the wall color.

And that my friends, was my weekend. We packed a lot in, but I also got three lovely nights of sleep and feel ready to start another week.

P.S. Since I've been so interested in balance lately, I'm going to start a new Wednesday series where I profile a crafty person, tell a little about their work and include a tidbit of advice for achieving work/creative work/life balance. If you would like to share, please drop me a line at thingswemake [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. Love! Baby B (and his mom) will adore that. I'm glad you had a relaxing weekend.

  2. Love this!!! I wish I could do that!! -Katie

  3. Wow - that quilt is so beautiful. I just LOVE quilting, I'll have to give it a go one day. :)

    Interesting about EPL...I have a feeling I won't like the movie either. I'll probably have to wait about 3 months before it comes out in Australia though!

  4. Your productivity amazes me! The quilt turned out great and those vintage quilt blocks are incredible. I love the pops of red with the new wall.

  5. I agree with your comment about E.P.L - no mention about even her challenge to write a book about her journey, I guess they didn't have time to weave that in? Anyway, I love the wall color and think the blocks are gorgeous - how nice that you will be saving them from somebody elses "projects I started, but never finished" pile!

  6. Oh, the quilt turned out amazing!