Saturday, July 14, 2012

Best Laid Plans (+ giveaway winner)

Fabric pull for patchwork picnic blanket

Well, I stayed up really late a few nights this week, to FINALLY get caught up on my tardy June bee blocks.  I finished them on Thursday and was soooooooooooooooooooooooo  looking forward to spending all of Friday night sewing a wedding gift for a wedding next weekend.  You see, I thought I would love to make them a quilt, but just don't have time for that right now.  BUT, then I saw Rachel's gorgeous picnic blanket and how much simpler it would be to make a patchwork picnic blanket instead of a quilt.

Vintage sheet + modern fabric
So I began to think about what my friends would like.  They are a VERY hip couple that lives in Santa Monica.  She's an actress he's on the production side.  Their place is amazing.  It's super cute, cozy, and well decorated in a mix of big ticket items and awesome thrifted stuff.  She's really into vintage.  Then I remembered I bought a vintage sheet for a friend when out thrifting in LA.  My friend said she already had the sheet, so I hung onto it.  I pulled it out and then began doing my favorite part - playing with fabric and trying to pick a stack to work with.  Soooo fun.   The green is pretty bright, and since there is a lot of it, I decided to go with just matching the flowers, so pinks, yellow, orange and blue.  I tried to stick with mostly soft colors with a few punches of bright colors.  I know they will love the typewriters, so I am throwing that with some text in there.

The pinks and text

I was really happy with my stack and excited to cut into it.  And then, I hit bit of misfortune and had a night from hell.  So many things went wrong.  First, I forgot my keys since my hubby and I drove together to drop off our son at daycare (we don't normally do that).  So I had to walk to get my son, not a big deal, 20 minute walk, but I was late.  Figuring he might be hungry and need to be bribed to walk home (he's 21 months) I got some chips at the corner store on the way.  That worked, until he started dropping them, and trying to eat them, and getting cranky.  So I carried him 3 or 4 blocks.  Then made him walk some more, which worked until his fruit snack (found at the bottom of the daycare bag thankfully) ran out. Then he wanted to be carried again, so I bent down to pick him up (and was already carrying 3 bags) and WHAM.  I threw out my back.

The blues 
I have had a history of back trouble, but been in the clear for 6 months or so.  I had been slacking on my pilates and been working out hard at the gym the past week, so not a total surprise.  BUT, then I was stuck on the street 3 blocks from home, with a tired, hungry, crying toddler.  That I could not help. Worst feeling ever.  So I dragged him home, crying myself.  Called my hubby sobbing and told him he had to leave his business meeting now.  Made it home, but ..  you guessed it, no keys, so we were locked out.

The yellows and oranges
Neither neighbor was home.  One neighbor texted to say use their hidden key to get ours. Great!  So we went over, into their house, and had no idea where our key was.  Not wanting to tear their house apart, and since they never responded to say where the key was, I stole a banana to feed the baby, and - on the advice of my hubby - went to our other neighbors yard and broke down some loose boards to get in our backyard and get our hidden key.  Yes, that's right, we have a hidden key, in our locked backyard.  So, normally, you have to scale the fence to get in.  Not gonna happen with a bad back, I could barely walk or stand up.  But, it worked and we got inside, eventually.  We both stopped crying.  I gave the boy some milk and Elmo babysat him while I waited for my hubby to get home.  SIGH.

 Oh, and I failed to mention that on the way to the second neighbor's house I noticed our other car had been broken into, with broken glass everywhere.  Sweet!

Tula Pink Birds and the Bees, Photo from Intrepid Thread
So, there was no Friday night sewing.  There will be no picnic blanket for the wedding.  I will be lucky if I heal quick enough to enjoy the wedding next weekend.  The best laid plans.  So, trying to look on the bright side - it could have been worse, right?  Enjoy a quiet weekend with my son, and husband, without the stress of completing a project on top of everything else.  And, I have a year to get this blanket done, right?  (And I also purchased them something nice off their registry, so this was just the icing on the top).

So what did I do instead.  I chatted with some lovely new sewing friends on Twitter, and while I was doing so Julie of Intrepid Thread announced Tula Pink's Birds and the Bees came in and were available for purchase.  Well, things started looking up for me!

Tula Pink Birds and the Bees, Photo from Intrepid Thread

So I purchased a these two gorgeous FQ bundles, plus some yardage of my favorite prints (well a few of my favorites, this whole line is TO DIE FOR).  Score one for Lorelei!  You can get them too.  And Julie has the best prices.  And, I like how she does bundles of the individual color ways.  The green and the purple were my favs, and I could pass on the pink (for now), so this let me save some $ to get yardage.

Curse of the Friday the 13th?  I dunno.  I don't really believe in that.  My son was born on the 13th.  And, 13 can be a lucky number.  This is where the giveaway ties in.  The winner of the 100 Quilts for Kids Giveaway is

That's right, lucky number 13!

Congrats Dana!  I'll be emailing you shortly.  And will mail your package out on Tuesday.  And if you have read this far, thank you!


  1. Wow - I don't even know what to say! Hope you are feeling a bit better!

  2. Guess I could have also added that I love your fabric choices!

  3. What a day! But Tula Pink does make everything better. Hope you heal quickly & have a great weekend. :)

  4. I love all of the fabric choices. I hope that your back feels better soon and that you can enjoy the wedding.

  5. I hope you're feeling better today. What a horrid day. That fabric is amazing though - and new to me! I'm headed to check it out right now....

  6. Oh no....I hate days like that. I hope you back gets better, that's got to be the worst.

    the fabrics look wonderful! And I love the Tula Pink you picked out. Great collection! Good luck, sending good healing happy vibes to you!

  7. Oh my gosh! What a day! I sure hope your back mends fast. I know how miserable that can be.
    I sure love those fabrics you posted. I don't know how you ever decided on what to buy. I surf the net for hours and end up with nothing. LOL

    1. Oh my gosh! So sorry for your horrid day! Hope you feel better soon.

  8. What an ordeal, so sorry - feel better soon. Tula Pink retail therapy is better than aspirin any day.

  9. oh my goodness, what an ordeal! So glad you made it back in the house. And that Birds and Bees is sure to make you feel better again when it arrives!

  10. Oh poor you! Hope the fabric shopping helped and hope your back feels better soon x

  11. Wow, when things go bad, they really go bad, sorry for such a horrible day, but I think Tula Pink heals all. Thanks so much for my win, I'll follow your example and make a disappearing nine patch charity quilt.

  12. Oh Lorelei - what a bad day! I hope you are feeling better - and new fabric always helps. Hang in there!


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