Getting caught up

So, it isn’t that I haven’t been sewing, because I have. And it isn’t that I don’t have anything to say, because I do. It’s because I’ve been so blasted busy, I just haven’t had time to post lately. Sorry about that. But now, let’s get caught up. 🙂

First things first – my son in law graduated at the beginning of this month from his AIT class, and is currently at home, working at the recruiting station until the middle of next week. Next week, he and my daughter will be moving to their permanent duty station, and while it’s not too far away from us, it’s still further from “home” than she’s ever lived. Add to that, their baby is due in the first part of July, and it’s been very hectic around here. Oh, and let’s not forget that we’re putting together a baby shower and going away party for them this coming weekend. It’s been CRAZY busy lately! But the baby quilt is finished, and we are ready for the party, so maybe once we get the kids moved to their new home  things will slow down for a few weeks? Yeah, I don’t think it will either.

Last week, I was working on Sarah’s quilt, which I haven’t talked about at all here. While she knows she’s getting a quilt, she doesn’t know anything about what the theme might be, or the colors or anything, because it’s a gift from her husband, Erik. All she does know about it is that there is some machine embroidery involved in the design (duh, what’s the good of having an embroidery machine if you’re not going to make good use of it?!?). And last week, while working on the quilt, I ran a sewing machine needle all the way through my finger. Yes, it hurt. Yeah, it was a stupid accident. Nope, I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. It caused me to head off to the doctor to get a tetanus shot, where I was asked when the last time was I actually got a tetanus shot. Do you know, I couldn’t even remember when that was? I’m figuring maybe as long ago as 25 years … but surely not, right? But then, it could be.

Also on and off the machine is the Green Eggs and Ham quilt. I’m using the time that I am upstairs but not sewing to put stars on it. Today, there should be quite a few stars going on it because I have to do some housework up there.

And finally, I’ve been planning my daughter and son in law’s wedding quilt. Hey, don’t blame me for it not being done yet! They moved the wedding up by a year, so how could I have made it in the three weeks I had between the time they announced their plans in August last year and the September 2013 wedding date?! But my goal is to have it done for them by Christmas this year. It’s a churn dash, using the same pattern as the Ugly Quilt, but with a black background and brightly colored churns. I’ve wanted to make this version of the quilt since I first started Ugly Quilt, and my daughter asked for it, so I cannot wait! I’m so excited about it!

Oh, one other thing – I figure that when my daughter has the baby, I’ll take my sewing machine with me and maybe do some home decorating things for her while the baby sleeps. I think she’ll really like some monogrammed towels, or nice guest hand towels with embroidery. Little home improvement bits that won’t break the bank, but that will make their new house a home.

Next week after the baby shower, I’ll try to post photos of how we set up and everything. 🙂