You know the only thing better than getting to take a two and a half hour nap when you're pregnant and have a cold/flu/who knows what? Waking up from that nap to see that your husband (who is just now on the mend himself) has gotten your toddler down for a nap and has also started the washer *and* dishwasher. I love my husband!
Yesterday we had a hectic morning where my husband got too sick to watch John for my 24 week checkup and I had to drag him with me at the last minute and during the HOUR wait for my appointment we went through all the diapers we had in my bag *and* the car, then John got the very last diaper seriously dirty and promptly fell asleep in the car on the ride home. He was so tired that he let me completely change his diaper and pants and stayed asleep through the entire thing. It was almost creepy how sleepy he was, like he was on baby tranqs. After that I decided that something soothing was in order and pieced this little quilt top. Only 5 pieces per block!
This is the tin box quilt for Splish Splash by Me & My Sister Designs. It wasn't quite my style at first, but I bought the whole fall line of tin boxes a few months ago and this was one of them. John saw it when he woke up and was immediately excited that I'd made HIM (obviously everything is for him, right?) a quilt with ducks on it. Wait until he sees the little green frog you're supposed to applique on the front. :) My favorite thing about this quilt is how the strips around the center are all the same length. You leave the first seam partially unfinished so you can complete it when the fourth strip is already in place. Neat!
Since I was on a bit of a quilt spree, I decided to finally do the sashing on the quilt I'm making for a friend's baby shower on the 30th. I finished the small version for her daughter to have for her dolls way back in October. Here they are together. I like the way the larger one looks because of the scale of the fabrics, but I think the whole having a quilt that matches will be cool for a toddler big sister.
I was going to actually give in to traditional quilting and bind those two, but seeing as how it's two weeks away and there's sort of Christmas to do between now and then, they'll be getting finished pillowslip style, aka the only way I've ever finished quilts. Machine quilting, too. These are meant to be useful and sturdy, with just a touch of heirloom.
Last quilting post for a while, I promise. There will be ribbed socks tomorrow, knit in the boring man-colors gray and navy. WOO HOO!