Monday, July 13, 2015

sewing in Chicago

Chicago?  I like it.

Baby and I have been Ubering our way around and staying in a charming city condo, hosted by Stephanie of YesPositively.  It's been a nicely productive week of therapy and diagnosis, which I'll be talking more directly about on Wednesday.  Today is our last day in Chicago.  I hope to get in a bit more sewing now that we've returned from our final appointment!

sewing with Stephanie

I brought along a bunch of prepped fabrics for my plus, plus quilt...

sewing with Stephanie

Getting to and from therapy and caring for baby take most all our time.  But, with my mom along to help, I was able to squeeze in some sewing one evening.  Stephanie set me up to sew on her extra machine.

sewing with Stephanie

Take a look at her cozy sewing nook!  Every time I venture over there to press I get totally distracted by that wall of fabric.  This girl has an amazing stash!  In fact, she's inspired some shopping. There's nothing like seeing fabric in person (or in action) to convince one it's a must-have!

sewing with Stephanie

Here's what I've completed so far.  Did you notice that these blocks are heavy on the neutrals?

My Plus, Plus quilt's colors are based on Kona's 2014 color release, since I had a stack of 1/4 yard cuts from that release just sitting around.  I'm limiting myself to those Kona colors and my scraps.  Sometimes limitations are a springboard for creativity.  I'm hoping that's the case here...

My first set of blocks for this quilt really worked for me; but, as I kept adding more, things started to look muddled.  I'm hoping that an infusion of neutrals will bring back the fresh look that I started with.  We'll see.

sewing with Stephanie

One thing's for sure - staying with Stephanie has been tres inspiring!  I'm all jazzed up to do some shopping and cut out a few new quilts.  Ok, world, can I have some time, please?  Pretty please?

Thanks a million, Stephanie and Dan, for hosting us in Chicago!  This trip was a big step for Baby Eleni in a few different ways.  We're so grateful for your generosity.   And thanks to Megan for making sure we got connected.  It's no exaggeration to say that this quilty community has been there for us in many, many important ways over the past four challenging months.  Looking forward to sharing more about the ways you've helped on Wednesday!



11 comments:

  1. I am so glad the opportunity was provided by Stephanie to stay with a kindred spirit. Such warmth and generosity are uplifting and I am so happy that these entered your life. I don't know Stephanie, but I am in awe of her love.

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  2. Yes, I just love everything about it. The friend, the super cozy cute sewing space, that city view, taking turns holding baby. I am daydreaming I am there sewing alongside you girls!

    Jen inthebaumgarten.com (sorry if this posted twice...crazy technology!)

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  3. Feel free to stop by my house if you end up in Philadelphia ! Lindafdoyle@verizon.net

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  4. This is the sweetest post and update.
    I am thrilled that the therapies for Eleni are moving ahead. She is a doll and we love her.
    How nice of Stephanie to take such good care of all of you. God Bless her.
    I am really happy that this trip came about. Hugs to you, Rachel, and to your mum, and Little Eleni

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  5. Yay! Glad the trip was good! Stephanie has such a big heart!

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  6. That little sewing space is absolutely darling! I'm so glad to hear that you were able to make connections to make your trip to Chicago a success! :)

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  7. I love those sweet, dimpled baby arms in the last photo. I can't wait to hear how things are going for your beautiful baby!

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  8. I'm happy to hear about this adventure for you and Eleni! And I had the pleasure of sewing beside Stephanie last year at Stash Bash. She is a very talented young lady! So nice to hear that she opened her home to you.

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  9. Good news! Sounds like this trip was thearapy for you & Eleni. So good that Stephanie and other quilty friends can help out.

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  10. Such sweetness! I can only imagine how much better staying with Stephanie and Dan made the whole trip!!! I notice Stephanie is beaming pretty big in the pictures too...what a treat for all!!! Love from MT!

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  11. What a lovely, heartwarming post!

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