I just opened an emailed comment from a new blogging friend, with the sentiment that she hoped I was "doing something fun...relaxing...or busy-good!" Busy-good it IS, though the house seems to have gone to hell this week ~ imagine that! Finished up a few projects from before Christmas, that I had shelved because I had plenty of time...plenty of time! OK, I had plenty of time, I just didn't manage it very well, because newborn babies have a time frame all their own.
The "Bad-Ass Baby Quilt" shipped out earlier this week, to a tattoo artist employee friend of my daughter. Not your traditional baby quilt, but perfect for who it was going to. I've heard it is going on the wall, behind the crib.
Some scrambling ensued on this one - quilted in a day, both specific to the fabric (around the dragons and edge blocks), and meandering through the rest of it. Bound the next evening, in plenty of time before the new dad came back to work...barely.
Learning my time management lesson the hard way, this was quilted and bound yesterday (washed and gift wrapped this morning, even!), with an entire month to spare - BOO-YA! A tough one to photograph - the colors did not show true, no matter what I tried. Dark Red/Orange and Aqua (the outer border is a beautiful Aqua/Brown houndstooth check) are predominant...this is a total "retro feel" baby quilt ~ more traditional for a young, new family.
Two projects from the same pattern (BQ Quilt from Maple Island), two totally different looks...and both quilts ARE totally square (48"), though hanging slightly cattywhompus in the photos (for which I enlisted the help of idle hands in the house). Both for sweet little boys - snips and snails, and puppy dog tails...and bad-ass dragons!
In between piecing the tops on these, putting them on hold through the holidays (because I had plenty of time), and quilting them, I knitted up a newborn size pair of MUKLUKS FROM "KNITTING PURE AND SIMPLE" - this has been such a GREAT pattern - easy to follow, easy to knit! 7 pairs made for Christmas - these tiny ones knit up in about 2 hours.
So yes, "busy-good". Tired-good. Happy-good! XOXO