Do you ever have moments where you wonder where your brain was! I know, past a certain age we have those moments every day, but most of the time that recalcitrant thought works its way to the surface and off we go.
Two years ago I was very sick and at the same time my daughter's apartment was robbed and she lost everything of value that she had. I felt so helpless that I couldn't leap into mum mode and rush off to help her, but in my very fuzzy thinking, I decided to hide my valuables so the same thing wouldn't happen here. (I know, what was I thinking?) So I did, I hid them--my rings, bracelets, necklaces, the whole shebang.
A few months later when I was feeling better, my husband and I decided to go out and I went looking for my bijoux, but had a horrible sinking feeling when I realized that they were hidden. I remembered walking towards my sewing room and nothing after that. I tore that room apart more than once looking for my treasures and after two years I figured they were gone for good.
Fast forward to yesterday when I realized that I had one week to make a baby quilt for a dear friend's first child and gathered up my courage to approach the sewing machine. (I have been paralyzed with indecision for weeks--you know, the same old story, everyone on the internet is so creative, so wonderful, so productive etc. and I'm not)
I dragged out some elderly WIPs and thought why not just get those done. So I went looking for backing and dragged out a pile of solids that I could swear I'd looked through and what went all over the floor, but my jewelry. In truth, the only things that I had missed horribly were my wedding ring and my engagement ring. So in one day I found my treasures and my sewing mojo. A good day!
So what did I whip up? Well, this orange and brown item that will undoubtedly go as a donation quilt, but it will make someone happy. I even rigged up a design wall using a dollar store tablecloth to give me some inspiration.
Then I found this little orphan which I think I meant to continue on with to make a low volume quilt. Maybe I will, or maybe it could be a part of a backing for something else.
And then I cut some simple WOF strips and sewed them together, cut them into squares and then into triangles. I made a whole bunch of half square triangles and placed them like this. (The guest room bed doubles as a horizontal design wall.) I like this combination and will sew it up for the baby quilt.
And then I put my feet up with a cup of tea and some of my Christmas shortbreads. Yum!