After being so sick before the holidays, I had hopes that I was DONE for the year.
Tuesday my throat was scratchy. Take a bunch of Airborne. Wednesday my head is stuffy. Oh no. This is exactly how the last illness started. I do NOT want that again. Take more Airborne. Thursday, still just a stuffy head, no worse than Wednesday, except for the crackling left eardrum. Take more Airborne. Friday the head is a little less stuffy and eardrum okay. Take more Airborne. Saturday even less stuffy. Even nose-breathing some. Take more Airborne. Sunday even better. Nose breathing most of the time now. But really? And though my hubby says the Airborne effect is all in my head, I'm going to believe it helped keep this from turning into something worse.
So that slowed me down some. Partly because I was sitting on my couch, wrapped in quilts (did I mention it was single-digit temperatures with double-digit below zero temp wind-chills most of last week? - my poor furnace!), worried I was going to get sicker. I know that didn't help anything, but after that last round...
But since I had already cut parts for the remaining 11 hedgehogs, I was ready to roll when I started nose-breathing again.
Saturday I decided to get down to business. The hubby was watching football, so I had the day to myself...mostly... By this point I knew the pattern well enough that mass-production, coupled with having the pieces already cut, was possible. So I sewed and sewed and sewed and sewed. These little gals seem to take forever to get parts together and then all of a sudden - BAM - you've got a hedgehog. Well, multiply that by 11 and you see how my day went!
I did not rip a single seam in producing the last 11 of these gals. There was one mis-cut that was 1/4" too long, so I'm considering myself really lucky.
They will still need to be sashed and bordered, but my quilt guild sewing weekend is next weekend and I plan to figure out the final layout (minus cat-help) and get that taken care of there. With all that goes on there, it's easier to have mindless sewing to do and then I can chat.
So now it's on to the next project. The baby quilt! I opted to work on the big sister quilt first, knowing it was more complicated and more likely to end up in the UFO pile and using the need to get the baby quilt made also as motivation to get the hedgehogs done. I really want to give both, and this strategy worked. (But the hedgehogs being so darn cute didn't hurt any!)
I love these colors together. Originally, I wanted to do just red and white, but couldn't find a quilt I really fell in love with that screamed at me it was the quilt to make for my friend. So I expanded to add aqua because I love the colors together. And then I found Chasing Windmills and knew what I was going to make!
The fabric at the bottom of the photo will be the back of the quilt. I had decided on a different blue in the store, but when I found the back fabric, I went back and got the polka dot fabric instead. I liked it better anyways...but you all probably know by now I have a dot problem.
The hubby is sleeping again, so maybe I'll go cut pieces?
Lastly, lots of folks are doing year-end roundups of all the quilts and projects they've finished this year, but I have a different one. I've seen others do it and thought it would be fun. I've set a basket in my sewing room and whenever I finish a spool of thread, I throw the empty in there.
13 spools! That large one started out on my longarm, but I didn't like it much, so it ended up on my little machine. That was a LOT of off-white thread to sew through. Some of them I sewed every stitch of thread in 2014, some I sewed about 10 feet and emptied, but I technically finished in 2014, so into the basket it went. What a lot of thread! I didn't think I sewed that much, but I guess I did!
Now what do I do with them? Usually, I throw them out as I empty them and feel no shame, but having them all there together it feels like I should do something crafty with them... And I want to empty my basket so I can start again in 2015!
(And those fabrics in the background are the start of the 2015 AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge quilt I plan to have done in March!)
I still have the one 2014 finish to share that was a Christmas gift...I promise to share that soon... I have photos, but this post is getting long.