Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mushy-Brain Sewing

I lost more brain cells than I can count this past Saturday night. I wish I could say it was the result of a night of fun and merriment, but that could not be further from the truth. I accompanied my little guy on an overnight sleep study at a local pediatric hospital. A four-year-old who doesn’t understand why he is being hooked up to a bazillion wires + the not-conducive-to-sleep environment of a hospital (oh, the irony!) = four hours of shut-eye for Mama. The happy ending is, we survived and (I hope!) will never have to go through that ordeal again.

Sunday was a wash. No church. No trip to the playground. No getting a head start on meals for the week. I caught up on laundry until I crashed hard and fast before noon.

This was not a day for sewing. When your brain function is as low as mine was, playing with pins, needles, and rotary blades is not advisable. But come midafternoon I was starting to feel like a real person again.

I passed on my top-priority project at hand, which involves manipulating fiddly 2.5-inch squares and matching many seams, for some super-easy piecing. Sewing a straight seam? Yeah, that’s about all I could handle.

Lucky for me (and for the safety of my fingers), I had already cut many strips in preparation for a rail fence quilt. This project was originally slated for Stitched in Color’s purge initiative, but that deadline came and went. Then, inspired by 100 Quilts 4 Kids, I decided to donate the finished project to charity. That is not going to happen: the 100 Quilts 4 Kids deadline is a week away, plus I’m considering keeping this quilt for my own family. (It’s a decision that would make me feel guilty if I hadn’t just made this quilt for charity!)

I’m following Amanda Jean’s instructions for this project. Most of the fabrics have been languishing in my scrap pile; I recognize a bunch of them as leftovers from my rainbow pencil roll. Others, like the orange frogs and yellow-backed snails from Rae Hoestra’s Lotus Pond line, are from my stash. I bought the moose and raccoons—both from Robert Kaufman’s Woodland Pals line—to flesh out the palette of mustard, orange, aqua, and brown.

I have 99 6-inch blocks, enough for a substantial throw-size quilt. I’d love to keep going with this, but my brain activity is back to normal. It’s time to tackle those 2.5-inch squares, fiddly or not.

BTW: My son is just fine! He is not symptomatic for sleep issues, but he is at higher-than-average risk for them. I’m hoping that the study results show he’s sleeping A-OK.

Update: You can view the final quilt here.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday, Let’s Bee Social, and Needle and Thread Thursday ...


  1. Oh, no! I hope everything turns out okay with the sleep study! :( I had intended to make a quilt for 100QfK too, but alas, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to start and finish a quilt this week. Good luck with your piecing!

  2. I really like this quilt. The raccoons are adorable!

  3. I'm sorry you and your little guy had to go through that. That does not sound like fun for anyone. . . I can't believe you managed to do any sewing on so little sleep, let alone make so much progress! Good luck with the results of the study and with the rest of the quilt!

  4. sounds like you need some serious quilt therapy . . . after rest, that is.

  5. Love those moose and raccoons! The other colours you pulled to go with them work really well!

  6. Sorry to hear of your tough time dealing with sleep issues and praying all will work out fine. Your mindless sewing has turned out beautifully. Sometimes we all could use this kind of soothing, therapeutic work to ease our mind. Looks sew cute!

  7. I hate to hear that. Hope your little one's sleep problems get figured out soon. Your quilt is lovely though!

    Thank you so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Those novelty prints are scrumptious, this'll be an awesome quilt!

  9. ah, sewing for health... know it well. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  10. Sorry you and your son had to go through that and I glad you had a simple project to have a little with. I love the combination of prints you used.

  11. Boy that does not sound like a lot of fun for a little guy nor you. I hope you both get some well deserved rest.

    I love the quilt you're going to keep for yourself. No reason to feel guilty, everyone deserves a cuddly quilt. I think quilts give away way more quilts than they ever make for themselves. Finish it and it'll be wonderful for the next nap you need.


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