So much for my hope for 2020 to be boring. We are not off to a boring start. Thankfully, Sewing has been my sanity saver.
My 13-year-old has missed the last 3 weeks of school with some mysterious illness. :/ I’m not going to lie – it’s been pretty stressful. I’ve found myself swinging back and forth between hoping for the best and fearing for the worst. Gratefully, it’s not the worst. But it is still not fun. More on that below.
While I feel pretty behind on most things (not to mention avoiding mentally taxing stuff like email, social media, and other “business” stuff…), I have been making some time to sew. It’s fed my soul this week to escape for a few minutes at a time to my sewing room and work on this project. (And listen to Pride and Prejudice on Audible. I started craving P&P while working on the Pemberley quilt a few weeks ago.)
This week I worked on another baby gift. (Because A) Short attention span and B) baby quilts for the win.) Another smaller, simpler project to play with a new fabric, color, and design combination. I decided to do something really neutral this time and I’m digging the subtle design and palette.
This whole quilt, backing included, came from my stash. Nice. My goal is to bust more stash this year. For this one I pulled out my stack of light background, “low volume” prints and a unifying light, warm gray.
I used this gray microdot for the Irish Chain blocks and this is literally all that was left over after piecing the blocks. *high five* Talk about cutting it close! Next week (assuming we start getting back to normal) I’ll put together a little tutorial + fabric requirements to make this quilt. It’s a classic design and simple to strip-piece for a fast project.
Now I’m deciding what to bind it with. I was going to keep it really neutral, but this afternoon I’m learning toward a warm, pale pink print… we’ll see how this turns out.
In the meantime (and more importantly) I think we’re starting to make progress on a diagnosis for my boy. We’re just trying to pinpoint the cause (probably something autoimmune – he’s had some chronic issues for a few years now) so that we can help him start feeling like a 13-year-old should feel.
In the midst of multiple doctor visits, lab draws, back and forth to the school to try and take a test when possible or pick up homework, life has thrown us pretty far out of our routines and I miss them.
As proof of my discombobulation, when I walked in to Walmart to pick up a prescription on Thursday morning and seeing flowers and hearts everywhere I thought, “Oh shoot! Is it Valentine’s Day?!” Fortunately I double checked the date and still had time to pick up some candy and cards so that it kind of looked like I remembered to prepare for the holiday.
In addition to the extra run around, I’ve also had a lot more time just hanging out with a 13-year-old boy at home too. We’ve watched multiple Harry Potter movies and Office reruns, and I’ve learned how to play Overcooked on the Xbox (which it turns out is really fun. Until now, my video game skills have been pretty nonexistent since my Tetris days 25 years ago.) I feel lucky that my life is flexible enough right now that I can put a lot on hold and just be with my kid.
And thankful for a little sanity saver sewing time to keep me mentally sound through the ups and downs. Thank you, Sewing.