Today my parents came down to visit. My mom brought a few quilts for the longarm and my dad was pressed into service helping return a borrowed treadmil. (Though he was also asked to help me solve my lighting problem in the room with the longarm.)
Since my longarm is downstairs and my official sewing room is upstairs, I had to move things around a bit to be within hearing of my mom. I decided, though it wasn't what I wanted to be working on, to get the Pure quilt together. Or try to.
I started with a pile of blocks...
Used my design floor and figured out a layout...
Labelled rows and started picking things up just in time for my parents to arrive. The treadmil had to go out the door that's about 2 feet from the right side of the quilt!
I stopped to get my mom going and then finish lunch. Crab and corn chowder. Yummo!
After lunch the boys set off and I dug in.
A quick break a few hours later for dessert (peach crisp - from the Better Homes and Gardens red gingham cookbook if you're interested - and Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream (the best vanilla ice cream EVER)) and a little more sewing and...
...a top is born! Pure madness, I say, that this is a top needing only borders and I didn't even want to work on it! (But when #2 gets pulled for the UFO challenge, I'll be patting myself on the back!)
The quilt? Winterberry from the book "A Baker's Dozen" by That Patchwork Place. Done in Pure by Sweetwater for Moda.
I'm still not sure I like it. Some of those prints are not what I would have chosen, but that's what you get when you buy jelly rolls. (I'm slowly learning a lesson here...)
And though I now have a mostly-finished top, I also have a sink full of dishes!
Once those are done, I'm going to work on another project and (more likely than not) snuggle a few kitties in the process.
One more to go!
(Free pattern for these can be found here.)
PS I'd thought about joining the One Thing, One Week challenge to help me get these blocks done, but decided I wasn't too thrilled with the prize and would unofficially challenge myself. Honestly I didn't think I'd even get the blocks all together and the challenge ends Tuesday! (Or is it Monday?)
PPS Work is still a little crazy. We have a grant due soon, so there's lots of scrambling to find the right people to ask our questions to so we can flesh out our idea. There's a lot of money (and my job, to some extent) on the line, so it's worth doing it right. Just a bit of chaos, though.