The colors in daughter’s quilt are playing nicely together. Being me, I have worked in fifteen minute chunks of time here and there and in no time at all the blocks have been pieced together. Being her, the extrovert, the pattern I have chosen is called Party Mix by Elizabeth Hartman.
Now my daughter is not a ‘party girl’ in the sense that most think of when they hear someone likes to ‘party.’ She is instead, someone who is energized by being around other people and likes to have her calendar busy going from one fun event to the next. Her mom, the introvert, is quite the opposite and does not like ‘mixing it up’ as much as she does. I’m not one to go see a movie at 10:00 pm or run out for yogurt. Party Mix is an appropriate quilt for daughter.
My little extrovert grew up in a family of introverts. We used to farm her out to friends for overnighters when we had the need to pull back in and recharge our own batteries. She was the child that, when tucked into bed at night, wanted to know what ‘fun’ things were on the next day’s agenda. It was a very good thing for out introverted family when she became a bookworm because she got caught up in the characters and plot of her book and would read for hours on end — it was the next best thing to having a real life adventure.
The last two years daughter has said, ‘Mom, do you know what I really, really, want for Christmas?’ I really want you to make me a quilt.” A decade earlier she had taken a quilt to college to remind her of home and it was now too worn. I don’t know how you are but when someone tells me they ‘really’ want me to make them something I can hardly resist. You know that item will be appreciated and cherished, right?
So here I am in warm Texas and there she is in cool Colorado and the time is ripe to make her that quilt she wants. With summer quickly approaching cotton sitting on my lap as I quilt will feel a whole lot better than wool sitting in my lap. There is a season for everything…….. summer is for knitting socks, silk shawls and quilting.
All blocks are pieced and the fabric for the sashing has been ordered and will arrive in a few days. I should have the whole quilt pieced before my introvert arrives in a few weeks for a visit.
Party Mix BLOCK LINE UP
It has been nice working with my sewing machine and fabric for a change of pace, not that I’m neglecting the knitting. In fact, I’ve had a bad case of start-itis as of late and have cast an inordinate amount of knitting projects but more about that in my next post.
Happy Quilting (or Knitting)!