Today, I am well rested. I was asleep just after 9 PM and slept until 6:30 AM. I have been tired for several weeks with too many projects on my plate. Yesterday was the culmination with the baby shower. My body finally could relax and sleep soundly.
I spent several hours Friday night and Saturday morning finalizing the food for the baby shower. The theme was "jungle animals" and I made centerpieces with present cookies, chocolate suckers and rolo palm trees, for party favors. The idea is out of the 2010 Wilton book. Lots of work, but lots of fun. The kids loved it, especially when they got to have a sucker.
The baby shower was lots of fun. My granddaughter was a "little helper" with the gifts. Of course, she always wants to be the one opening them. We asked givers to forego the usual Hallmark card and purchase & sign a baby book in it's place. My grandson has a library of books and will grow up loving to read, just like his Mom & Dad. Check out my soon-to-be grandchildren...
My girls will be thrilled to know I posted this picture. My youngest daughter, on the right, is due in 10 days, while her older sister, who had the shower, is on the left and due the beginning of May. First a granddaughter, then our first grandson. Exciting!!
So, Sunday morning is here and I feel refreshed and ready to take on a sewing project. I have several projects that are in the final stages of finishing. But, this morning, I felt like something new. I tend to have far too many projects going at once. While I am working on one, I have my mind on the next project. It makes it difficult to finish anything. Sometimes the process just takes longer than I want.
This morning, I traced a pattern for a four inch Marinar's compass block. This will be part of my National Quilting Association challenge quilt. I sorted through my batik fabrics, selecting seven colors to use in the pattern. The challenge fabric is a blue batik, provided by the sponsor SewBatik. I have an idea of what I want to make, but still have to plan out the rest of the design. I'm envisioning a hand holding onto the "compass" block with the horizon in the background. The challenge for me will be making the Marinar's Compass block. Since it is so challenging, I decided to only make one block as a central part of my design. If the first one doesn't come out, I can make another, until it looks good. Anyone with suggestions on making this block, pass them along. I originally thought I would be paper piecing it, which I do not like to do. But, the pattern I am using from the book 501 Quilt Blocks, from Better Homes and Gardens, is pieced.
Wish me luck & Happy Stitching!