We've enjoyed the very close company of my brother-in-law, Kevin, his wife, Crystal, and my nephew, Finn, here in Cambridge for years. But we knew our luck couldn't hold out forever and I'm devastated to say that in a few days they're moving on to - if not greener, then certainly more sparkly - pastures in Las Vegas.
Tonight we're throwing a goodbye dinner with some of their closest friends and I just finished up a project for the baby they're expecting in November to give to them this evening. I'm pretty excited to present it to Crystal et al as it's probably the biggest hand-made gift I've ever made. The little one should have a great time playing on this blanket until he's big enough to use it on his toddler bed:
The primary fabrics are technically germs, but I've broadened that out to a larger alien/space motif (inner space... outer space... it's all connected, right?). Design-wise the gigantic log cabin couldn't have been easier, but I loved the fabric so much I wanted to keep it in large pieces. I think Crystal will love the colors and I'm not totally horrified at my first attempt at free-motion quilting, so I'm pretty pleased overall.
I think quilts will be rare projects for me since I enjoy piecing, but I really, really don't like quilting. My husband had to clear the room of little ones because of the horrific stream of vitriol coming from my mouth as I tried to man-handle these gigantic pieces of fabric through my machine. Uh-oh, kids, mommy is quilting. Let's go to the playground...
But it's done and I'm happy.
Now I just have to find a way to get along without Kevin, Crystal, and the boys in town. If I thought quilting was hard, I can't imagine how difficult that will be.