Thursday, November 4, 2010

Second wind

I had been feeling a bit under the weather earlier this week, so not much sewing was taking place. Instead, I made homemade soup, slathered myself in Vicks Vapor Rub, and buried myself in blankets and sweatsuits before the sun even went down to read and rest and get well. I'm happy to report that it worked, and I feel fit as a fiddle now, but you know that inertia that sets in when you don't sew for a while? I seemed to have lost my drive to go downstairs into the sewing room and get back at it. My bed and my books had a siren call that I couldn't resist.


Well, there's nothing like getting fabric in the mail to catapault you back into the sewing room! Nancy, known on the blogosphere as Mamanance, sent me some homespuns from her collection for my Plaid Dresden Plate quilt (which needs a name, by the way; any ideas?), and that was all the impetus I needed. Thanks, Nancy! Every single fabric you sent is now in my quilt!

As soon as I made it back to the house from the mailblox yesterday, I finished piecing together the last two plates, which are now ready to be appliqued down during stolen moments this week - during lunch, waiting at the bus stop with the kids, in between karate classes this afternoon.

And I started piecing together the sashing strips and the 9-patch cornerstones.
To the unpracticed eye, it may seem like I haven't gotten much done, but believe me, I was a whirling dervish in the sewing room last night. And I feel so much more settled now that most of the quilt is off the floor and on the design wall - I hate building a quilt on the floor; I'm spoiled, I know.

So, goals are good, right? My goal is to have this entire top pieced together by the time I go to bed Sunday night. I'm really anxious to have these blocks be a top and this top be a quilt. When my sister and I spend our "twins retreat" up at her new vacation home in New Hampshire in April, I plan to sleep under this quilt!



And I'll leave you with an image that a colleague sent me - obviously the photographer is NOT a quilter - I would be THRILLED to see that many quilt magazines in one place!

10 comments:

Cheryl Willis said...

I have a growing pile of homespuns, I may have to add this to my TO DO. I usually do the dresdens round and raw edge applique. I like your choice of setting strips. You have a good eye for scrappy!- cw

Angie said...

Oh me too, add it to my 'bucket list', that is. :) I love it! I simply love anything plaid, and I think this is the first Dresden Plate that I've seen done in plaids--gorgeous!!

Debbie said...

Your Dresden plate quilt is lovely.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Glad you're feeling better. Feeling off is no fun at all.
And that Vicks is magic stuff!

Cant wait to see the Dresden plates done. I love the plaid fabrics in this. I never would have thought to use them but they look so darn awesome!

Rachel said...

It's gorgeous! I don't think anyone will ever accuse you of not getting much done. You are a sewing maniac! :)

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!! I love the colors and the sashing is just perfect! It makes me want to start creating dresdan plates - but that will have to wait until I finish my hexie flowers!

Nancy said...

What a surprise to see my card and fabric packet on your blog! How big are your plate blocks - they must be bigger than I thought if 9 is all you need. I agree with the others - it is looking marvelous! I love plaids too, as you can see by what I sent you, but then I always worry over trying to get the pieces to be straight. What are the dimensions of your design wall? Are you using those things we had for our retreat that came from the library atic.

That is a great goal - to have it finished by the time you get together in NH. Good luck with that!

Em said...

I have been thinking about you all day and sent you a love email and now I know why I have been thinking of you, I needed to send you "GET WELL SOON" wishes. Pretend my card posted on MOnday is being sent today to you. DOn't rush the quilt if you are not feeling better and I am so excited to see it done!!!

Shirleymac said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. I went through a head cold last week. Thank goodness it was only a head cold and I didn't have aches or fever but it still felt lousy. I love the homespuns dresden plate quilt. It's gorgeous! That's one quilt pattern that's on my todo list if I ever get to it.

Michelle said...

Glad to see that you're feeling better. Love your plaid dresden quilt!