My mother-in-law came down for an unplanned visit on Friday night: what a treat!
Bella had the best time playing with her grandmother on Saturday morning. She was very affectionate and interactive and enjoying the company. Well, except when grandma tried to take Bella out to play and Bella decided she really wanted to go for a ride in the car. That excursion ended quickly in a meltdown. Excusable, though, because Bella was ready for her nap.
And the visit had an unexpected perk for me too. This week I’d pulled out the sewing machine and brought up my bins of quilting materials from the basement (probably should have waited and let Dom carry those up for me!). So when she asked if I’d been doing an sewing, I told her I’d not done anything since before Bella was born but I was planning to start a quilt for Sophia. Then yesterday afternoon, when she’d gone on to visit other family, I was inspired to get to work. I cut and pieced the quilt top before dinner and so all I have left to do is quilt it.
I’m really happy with the way the top came out. Four of the fabrics in it are also in Bella’s quilt, so there will be a nice common theme. But the pattern is very different, simpler for one thing.
It’s funny but as hard as I try I simply cannot bring myself to make asymmetrical or random quilts. I thought I was going to do so with this one; but as I placed the pieces and moved them around, I found that I’d made a pattern after all. I guess that’s really just my style: I like looking at other people’s crazy quilts but when I make my own, I like order and formality.