Monday, December 31, 2012

In the Groove

I cannot believe it is already the last day of 2012!

It seems like not that long ago I was making resolutions and plans for this year...and listing UFOs and WIPs...not one of which were actually accomplished.  And that Studi-O-rganization Challenge?  Ha! (Although I'm sharing the blame with Allison on that one.)

I have been in a bit of a fog, having to think hard about once mindless tasks and sleeping a lot.  I'm not sure if it's the weather or if I'm having some sort of age-related issue, but I just feel blah.  Not sick.  Just foggy.

In trying to get my groove back, I started work on a paper piecing project.  I got the two halves done, only to figure out that one half was upside down and backwards.

I decided to move onto something a little easier - this adorable Disappearing Nine Patch I saw on Pinterest.  Christina from A Few Scraps showed me how simple it would be.  And it was.

That's not to say that I had no trouble in my foggy state.  I managed to wind an entire bobbin without realizing that the thread was lined up wrong.
This is what my brain feels like.  And the result.
I also did some bad math and screwed up the very first cut when dividing the first set of nine patch blocks.  Luckily I had extra of that particular fabric and realized it before messing them all up.

But I powered through and have finished the top.  I'll be bringing it to Mom today so she can start hand quilting it.  None too soon, either, since the baby's due date has gotten bumped from early February to a firm January 15. 

We are all excited to meet this precious little boy who my cousin and his wife are expecting.  We are extra excited because the baby is the first - and maybe only - boy to carry on my maternal grandparents' name. 

I pieced a back too.  It took every single one of my brain cells!
I found this fabric for his quilt way back in April on our Spring Break trip to Tennessee - which I am just now realizing I never blogged about.  Sigh.  It is just perfect since both my uncle (the grandpa) and my cousin (the daddy) are science teachers.  Isn't it gorgeous? 

So here's to getting my groove back, one stitch at a time.  I wish you all a happy and safe New Year's Eve, and hope to see you sewing tomorrow for the 1st Annual Quilts of Valor New Year's Day Sit and Sew, or whatever you choose to work on.


  1. I really like this baby quilt- front and back. Great fabrics. I can really relate to that fog thing and sleeping a lot. I'm voting for an age thing, since I hate to say know. Powering through some days, and letting it take it's coarse on others. Here's to us in 2013!

  2. What a great quilt - front and back. Happy New Year

  3. I can't imagine what you can do when your brain isn't in a fog! Nice job.

  4. The quilt is super cute. I like the accent colors you used. The bugs in a jar fabric is classic. Was it hard to cut into? I think I would still be petting it. Loved the short rib recipe for the crock pot. Thanks for sharing the link!

  5. Be easy on yourself. Have you had time to rest recently? Love the blue and orange. They are just right together.


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