Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Posted: No Unsewing

Florida pickles

Every time I cut and prepare pieces of this quilt to take-along to our monthly therapy trip, I underestimate, yes underestimate, how much sewing I can get done.  I mean, really, when does that happen?  Turns out being away from home (no chores, no homeschooling), plus traveling with a better-than-a-nurse grandma, becomes a sort of sewing get away, even with a disabled baby in tow and her twice-daily appointments.  Okay, so a sewing getaway would be lots more fun and certainly more relaxing, but I'm going to applaud myself for having a good attitude at the moment.  Let's just run with it.

Florida pickles

Today I spread out the blocks on our rental's bed to take in the lovely.

Florida pickles

And then I formally told my mama that it's her quilt.  I think we both knew it, but I was playing hard to get.  She's been wanting me to make her something bright and super scrappy.  This certainly qualifies!

Florida pickles

While baby napped, I started sewing together blocks in random pairs.  Mom came over, her brow furrowed and asked, "What are you doing?"  I tried to contain my chuckle and replied, "Sewing the blocks together?"  Seemed kind of obvious.  Then, she responded with concern, "But how are you knowing what to do?  You can't unsew them."  And that really made me laugh!  I often say you can always reverse-sew, but I failed to bring my seam ripper or even a pair of scissors on this trip, so at the moment every seam is permanent!  I guess her micro managing was warranted.  Ha!  Making sure I'm not slacking off on her quilt.

It's one of my favorite parts of quilting - the moment when all the pieces come together into a finished quilt top.  Mom's helping me press out the rows now.  Looking forward to sharing the finish soon!


35 comments:

  1. This is definitely scrappy happy! Looking forward to seeing it all together! :)

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  2. Your post made me smile today - thanks :-)

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  3. I am absolutely amazed at how much you do Rachel! I also loved Rita's redesign of this block when I first saw it. Can't wait to see this done. You are a strong, creative woman!

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  4. Awwwww Your mom looks beautiful
    I am so glad she is with you. ♥️
    I had many many fun happy times with my mom, sewing adventures.
    Now I just like to show her things I am doing now, and contrasting them to her amazing incredible creations in Lace needlework, etc etc
    I love being a gramma now

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  6. Oh how sweet that your Mom will receive this bright and beautiful quilt! How big are the blocks? They look big next to her at the ironing board. So glad that she's there to help you with everything!

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  7. Love it. So pretty. Is there a pattern?

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    1. Yes! This is Rita of Red Pepper Quilt's pattern. It is called modified pickle dish and you can buy it through her Etsy store. The blocks are 12" square finished.

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  8. It is so cheerful. I look forward to seeing it finished.

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  9. I love it! Glad you are getting some sewing in. Hope this trip brings you a few rays of sunshine.

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  10. I love this quilt its so fabulous! Mums always seem to just the right comment up their sleeve :D
    Good on you for staying positive, glad you're finding some fun. I meant to comment on your last post about Eleni that she is so beautiful, they way she fell asleep at the end, melt!! It seriously made me cry. Bless you Rachel x

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  11. This quilt is so beautiful...and the reason I have been motivated to learn to quilt. It is exactly what I want for my own bed. Good job! I hope you trip brings you all the help you need/want.

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  12. Good luck with Eleni's therapies. This quilt might look cute on point (somehow) like little pineapples. The block also kinda looks like a little chick to me with its little beak open. With two little legs and two tail feathers.

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  13. Hope your Mum enjoys her quilt :) Lovely story.

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  14. Wow! It's going to be gorgeous! Have a good therapy trip. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

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  15. I love your mom's quilt!!!! I even downloaded the template thinking that it would be a great project to take on retreat next week. I am so glad that you find time to create during the medical travel - I'm sure that it comforts and invigorates you. Beautiful work!

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    1. Where is this template. I.Must.Have. :) I searched, but cannot find it. Thank!

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    2. Haha! Cheers to the ever growing list! This pattern is by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. You can buy it very affordably in her Etsy shop. Enjoy!

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  16. The quilt is going to be a beautiful memory of your travels together.
    Have a safe trip!

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  17. I love the term "reverse sew!" What a pretty quilt this is turning out to be!

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  18. I love this block and the quilt it is turning into. I love even more that you take your sewing with you. How much better to have something to do that soothes rather than sitting around in a non-productive "stew". You are an amazing woman and I suspect you get a lot of that from your mom.

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  19. What a lovely :almost: finish! Glad your mom approves. Keeping good thoughts for Eleni's health.

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  20. What a fun and beautiful quilt it's going to be! Mom must be so excited!

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  21. This is such a beauty. I'm glad you're keeping it in the family!

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  22. I'm so so glad you have your mom and she is able to help you. Nothing is better----

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  23. I'm so so glad you have your mom and she is able to help you. Nothing is better----

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  24. Love the quilt and your mum's statemant that you can't unsew made me laugh:-) If you forgot to take your seam ripper there's a trick I've learned form a dressmaker: just use a pin and unpick every secon or third stitch. That how I'm doing it all the time.

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  25. You and your mama, real power couple I'm sure! Love the quilt, happy and spiky!

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  26. Yay for Moms and mom quilts! I'm surprising mine with a quilt on her bed when she comes home from a trip!

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  27. Love this quilt! And so happy that you have a chance to getaway and sew. I'm hoping that it's so therapeutic. I think of you and baby Eleni often. I so admire your candor and pressing forward under heart-wrenching circumstances. Sending much love!

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  28. It's really wonderful that you can quilt on these therapy trips... good therapy for the soul too. You and your Mom are so funny together Rachel. Beautiful scrappy quilt!

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  29. I love this quilt and I love that your mom is excited for it! And silly you for playing hard to get. ;) Glad there are bright spots to be had during your travels - you deserve them!

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  30. What a wonderful gift for Mom! I really, really, really LOVE this quilt! It's scrappy, but it has a flow to it. Does that even make sense? I need to make this. ::gets out ever growing list::

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  31. A very very fun pattern and collection of scraps!! No need to unsew I think. Everything goes together. Lucky Mom :)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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