Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday

What a week! My daughter became ill with that cold that has been travelling around and then the rest of us got it. No surprise there when you get a wet hand stuck in your mouth unexpectedly. Add a hospital trip for an eye swollen completely shut, a trip to the 'baby doctor' for a swollen belly, then an allergic reaction to the meds for said swollen eye (no surprise there), a ton of snuggling, and you have the last couple of days pretty much covered. Needless to say there wasn't a ton of sewing going on. However, I did manage to finish my daughters new sleep sack complete with zippers and snaps.

My brother's quilt hasn't progressed any further. But I did manage to try thread sketching for the first time prior to getting sick. I'm not 100% happy with the center of the poppy, but it's my own fault for not stopping and looking at an actual picture before stitching it. I used 2 layers of stabilizer since I knew I'd be putting so much thread in the center area.

I'm behind in following along with Leah Day's FMQ along. I don't want to just FMQ a sample piece, so I have to keep stopping and getting something I'm working on prepped to use. I get that a LOT of people are afraid of messing up their masterpiece. I've just decided that I know it's isn't going to be perfect and I don't want the waste of just doing practice. Not that the other way of thinking is wrong, it just isn't what works for me. 

I did manage to get half of my sister-in-laws table runner quilted during one really, really short nap. Thank you to the makers of Benadryl for putting sorbitol in the children's version of their medication, my daughter is hyped up and can't really sleep. 

Now a warning to everyone out there learning to FMQ. I'm really, really thankful that I wear glasses. Not quite sure what I did (probably had something to do with forgetting to switch needles), but I ended up shattering a needle and a very small piece landed in the corner of my eye. After a couple minutes of flushing my eye out, the problem was solved. However, I'm certain that if I wasn't wearing my glasses, a trip to the emergency room would have been necessary for me. I personally recommend wearing glasses while learning to FMQ on your own. Then again, I truly am one of those people who is an accident waiting to happen.

And last but not least. . . our daugher is turning one in a couple of weeks. Yay! Allergy testing can finally happen.  :oD  I'm super excited about this! I decided it would be nice to have a birthday banner made from outgrown sleepers and some scrap hot pink interlock. I used one of my new AccuQuilt dies to cut the triangles. I'm still trying to decide between ribbon or cotton binding as what I'll sew the triangles to. But I better decide soon, her birthday isn't going to wait for me to make up my mind.

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Annette said...

hope your household is feeling better. Love the poppy .... painted or pounded?? either way I like the effect. I to am following Leah Day FMQ. She always has a good video to teach with.

danih03 said...

Thanks to my declining ability to see sharp up close, I now wear readers when I FMQ. I have had a close one or two with snapping needles also! Glad it worked out.

Anonymous said...

I vote for ribbon, then you can applique it on a quilt for the baby to play on the floor instead of the table topper I made you.

Keep up the good work
Love to all Mom

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

Look at all your work! Wow. Yes - smart to wear glasses. I should do that with my threadpainting. My machine lives on FM.
Hope you are all doing better! : ) Thanks for linking

HollyM said...

I agree with you, I wouldn't get much done if I feared messing up something. It's better to feel free to mess up; then you're more relaxed and it goes better. I too have regretted a bit because I didn't want to get up and refer to a picture.
Quilters would likely baulk at the idea of safety glasses but It probably would be a good idea.

greelyrita said...

You may not feel you got much done, but it sure looks like you did well considering how ill you and your family was. Next month will be healthier surely. Good job!! I love the poppy!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Awwwwwwwe I had that cold; not fun. Hope things are calming down for you; and baby. I love your poppy...don't be hard on yourself, it looks great. So glad you didn't hurt your eye; I have broken a few needles never flew like that yet....and I do wearing reading glasses while sewing...good tip.

M-R said...

I love your thread sketching, Tammy! Great idea to use old sleepers for bunting. I have a bunch that I can't pass on, but could cut up. Love it! Hope you are all feeling better soon!

Janine said...

I love your poppy! Hope you're all better soon:)

Sheila said...

I hope this coming week is a better one for you , you have managed to get quite a bit done even with all the sickness in your household. Love your banner idea that will be precious!

elle said...

What a great name for your blog. I luv that poppy!

Mary Ann said...

I hope you are all feeling better soon. My granddaughter has the cold too and can't sleep because she can breath. It's really awful when they are so little.

June D said...

Terrifying to hear about the needle going into your eye! I'm glad it was able to be flushed out so easily. I guess I've just been lucky that my needle breaks have cleanly split the needle and the tip is still threaded so stays away from me. Next week has got to be better for you. I like the way you are stitching the blue fabric - cute to do to the squares. : )