A bit frantic

We are moving soon. I've lived in Wisconsin all of my life, and now we will be making the big move to Maryland, perhaps as soon as the beginning of December.  I always like to close up loose ends by the end of the year, but packing up an entire house in a matter of less than three weeks is a bit much.  So today's post is a jumbled mess of about four posts all jammed together so I can focus on packing for the rest of the week.

First up is my sunglasses block for Tamiko in the Ringo Pie Bee.  She asked for Magnum P.I. themed blocks.  This block was due in June, but it took me quite awhile to find the right fabrics and the right techniques to achieve my vision for this block.  I hope she loves it as much as I do.
 
Magnum P.I.


Next up is a recent distraction.  I've been collecting fabrics and perusing patterns for a quilt for Ben for many months now.  He is a mathematician and a birder.  He loves camping, patterns and lists and taking notes about the birds he sees.  I fell in love with Leila's Boy's Nonsense tutorial for the Value Added project and everything came together perfectly. 

boy's nonsense

boy's nonsense

I made eight blocks this weekend and now I'll have to pack them all up to save for another sewing day after the move.

boy's nonsense


My Trim the Tree Ornament Swap mittens are done.  I added a little detail work with size 8 perle cotton.  I hope my partners like them.

make a choice


And you saw this quilt a couple of weeks ago.  It will be traveling to...

mod


...the Pine Ridge Reservation along with the quilt below to keep a couple of babies warm this winter.  The quilt above was my first ever attempt at baptist fan quilting.  The one below was my second attempt.  I think things got better, but I still need a lot of practice. 

donation quilt

Okay, I'm off to pack up my sewing and crafting mess into boxes.  I'll have to save a few hand projects and maybe a couple of other tidbits to work on.

22 comments:

Anna said...

no!! you can't be moving. :( I love love your progress for the quilt for Ben! it's amazing. Have fun packing, I'm sure it'll be a great adventure!

Amy Friend said...

Oh, that quilt will be perfect for Ben! And I am crossing my fingers that one of the mittens might be for me. Wow, you have such a huge move ahead of you. It brings you closer to me though :) I hope you like our coast and that the transition is as smooth as possible.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your sunglasses block!! (And the Ben blocks, and the baptist fan quilting - wow!) Good luck with the move, I hope it goes really smoothly and you quickly settle into your new home xx

Debbie said...

Ben's quilt-to-be is awesome! And I feel for you with the moving - take care!!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

So sad we won't be able to meet up in La Crosse again. Safe travels, friend.

Becca said...

Dang it! Move to Houston!

I love all of your projects. The baptist fans on the green are just lovely.

Happy Moving! You know I can relate the frantic anxious feelings that moving brings. ;)

Sfredette said...

Ben's quilt looks great...and I'm pretty sure you just described my husband. lol!

Good luck with the move!

Lisa C said...

I know you think 3 weeks isn't much time, but I've moved in three weeks three different times. It's really better because you can start packing without worrying so much about whether you'll need something soon. You pretty much know if you'll need it in 3 weeks. Take the time to weed out BEFORE you pack! Mark you boxes and celebrate every time you tape one shut! You can do it!

felicity said...

Ben's quilt is fabulous as are Magnum's sunglasses. I send you all kinds of best wishes for your move. I personally love moving BUT I've never had to do it with a kid underfoot. I numbered every box and kept a separate list of everything that went into it so I could find things again quickly.

Muriƫl said...

Wow, you're moving! Good luck with everything!!

Krista said...

What? You did baptist fan on your domestic? I thought that was near impossible! Your sunglasses block is so cool. I know I owe you your farmer's market block too, which is next on my list. Your teeny mittens are so awesome. I'd love to get one! I hope packing goes well for the move and that your little guy is handling the changes okay.

Suz said...

Wow - if I'm ever in a swap/bee - I hope you are in it too! You are so creative and clever, and creative and clever... Now how did you do that baptist fan quilting - is it by hand or machine, and did you mark it? Now, wishing you all the best quilty wishes for your move, I'm sure it will fine and once you're there, will wonder what you were ever worried about.

Angela Nash said...

Wow - what a big move!!! Good luck with all you packing and preparations.

I love your little mittens. The hand work on them really makes them special.

Ginette said...

Good luck with the packing and the move. I hope it doesn't disrupt your little guy too much. I pray that he will adjust well to your new home!

Anna said...

I love the quilt you've started, the prints really speak to me. I moved from the Midwest to Maryland (right outside DC) about four years ago now. One plus side, winters are much milder, and when they do get snow everyone goes crazy because they don't know how to handle it. I tend to sit back and watch the crazy unfold and get a good chuckle in. :)

Gina said...

Hope all goes well with the move and things go as smoothly as possible! All of your projects are amazing! Especially the quilt for your son! Although it is hard to decide between the awesome sunglass block and teeny mittens too!

Cassie said...

I understand exactly! We, too, found out recently we are moving quite far, quite soon. Packing up everything and moving so far is such a big job!! Good luck, I hope it all goes smoothly for you guys and you love your new home :) Oh, and your quilt is awesome and those sunglasses are fabulous! Really I just love it all.

Lily Boot said...

Oh my! That is a huge move! I hope it all goes well and that the packing isn't too dreadful. It is awul I know, but may it not be too dreadful :-) Your baptist fan quilting is lovely! As your sweet mittens!

Lynn said...

Congrats on the move, but we will miss you in WI! Maybe we can come visit you next year??? Dan has never been to DC and I know he would love it. Good luck!

melissa said...

all your crafting is gorgeous as usual, i love the magnum p.i. block and of course the mini mittens!
wish i could come over and help you pack!
sending lots of love your way!!

Lindsey said...

Congratulations on the move!! Good luck. Exciting times.
Your blocks are such an inspiration.

Jody said...

your mini mittens are so cute - did you create the pattern as you went along? I've been looking for one like yours - any suggestions?
The packing - oh the dread packing! Chin up! Before long you will be in your new space ...aah

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