There has been work going on here this week -- I just haven't been posting. Thanks to everyone for their kind comments about my shopping spree. I do try to respond to all comments left with an e-mail, but for those of you who are "no-reply" I'll say thank you here!
Mostly I've been working on Mom's pillows. I've finished the tops, now I just need to sandwich them and do the quilting before creating the backings. I'm pretty pleased with how they have turned out (well, mostly -- there is one I'm not too thrilled with, but not so unthrilled that I plan to do anything about it), but now I have a quandary.
My quilting skills (machine -- I haven't done any hand quilting) are not the greatest and I'm not sure how to tackle these. I probably should just close my eyes (metaphorically) and take the plunge and hope for the best. I'm never going to get any better if I don't practice. I did make a practice sandwich and stitch away (no, no picture of the practice) and by the time I had filled up the sandwich I was feeling better -- but still have very little control. Since these are decorative pillows that are unlikely to see much wear, not so concerned, but I would like them to look at least decent. If any of you have suggestions about how/what you would d0 with them, I would appreciate it. Frankly, I'm at the point where either I'm going to dive in or I'm going to put these away for a bit. Since they were SUPPOSED to be mother's day gifts (for this year mind you) I shouldn't do that -- but I have so many other projects clamoring for me to get back to them and/or start them!
Oh, and sorry for the sippy cup in this photo. My daughter was trying to "help" when I was taking these pictures and I was lucky to get this one at all -- she's adorable, cute, and wants to help but doesn't always understand what is or is not helpful.
There were a lot more photos that included the back of her head and other body parts as she tried to lay across the pillow tops. Good thing I have a digital camera -- think I would have torn out my hair if I had had to pay to have some of them developed! Then again, I will put up with a lot for sloppy wet toddler kisses and giggles. Those make it all worth while!
I do have another finished project to post -- but I need to edit the photos since I promised another blogger I would show part of the progress. So, I decided to make a little tutorial -- just need to find the time to do the edits. Hopefully I can find the time to do that and get it posted tomorrow. Of course, I've also been saying that I need to run to the store and start cleaning up my sewing area for the past several days as well -- but I took most of today off to read a new book that had nothing to do with school. Bliss. It was fun, it was mindless, it was pure enjoyment. Oh -- I forget what that is like during the school year!
This last picture is here just because. Or, well, partly just because. I had to run back to one of the quilt shops I visited last week for a fabric I should have bought then (which I will show in the tutorial). Next door to the shop is a lovely sushi place. Since it was the right time of the day, I treated myself to some take-out for lunch and some for dh for later. So 1/2 of this was for me -- 1/2 for him. But really the picture is here because I was chatting online with a friend of mine this week whom I hadn't spoken to in ages and had to post it for her. We've been friends since we were in 8th grade together and she remembers when I wouldn't have touched sushi with someone else's mouth (and she loved it). We've both changed a lot since then -- grown up, tastes have changed, live in almost opposite ends of the country. I now eat and love sushi -- but one thing hasn't changed, she's still my friend, and I still can give her a hard time. So DBFWWW, if you read this -- this sushi's for you. It was lovely. And I thought of you while eating it. Hang in there, it won't be long until you can indulge again! And for my quilting friends in blogland -- it is just kind of pretty -- there HAS to be a quilt in there somewhere.