Tuesday, May 17, 2022

CAMP is a Baby Word

Convenience culture seduces us into imagining that we might find room for everything important by eliminating only life’s tedious tasks. But it’s a lie. You have to choose a few things, sacrifice everything else, and deal with the inevitable sense of loss that results.
~Oliver Burkeman in Four Thousand Weeks

Quilting


So many things have happened here. Many have been long expected though long delayed. At first I simply stopped blogging but still kept mindlessly sewing Coins in the evenings. They were a good way to meditate. I made more than I planned; the stack was enormous. Then I injured my arm. Physical therapy is almost done so I am turning the comments on again although typing is still hard. I may not answer everything. Sorry.

Our niece is expecting. The adorable wallpaper/mural for the room has a row of  stylized deer, fox, bear, and rabbit so I chose these colors. Then discussed words with my sister: Wild, Free, Camp, Hunt... Wild and free sounds great together but not so good individually. I wouldn't want anyone to think the baby was either free for the taking or a wild one.

CAMP baby quilt

There are quite a few browns in my stash but I had to work to soften them.

And the binding was supposed to be the dark green on the left. However, the brown on the bottom looks so much better. I can't tell you how long that piece has been in my stash. I had to buy it but could never find a home for it. Who'd have thought it could be a binding?

Two binding choices for CAMP baby quilt


The back is mostly two greens: a half yard and a yard. Of course, that wasn't quite wide enough so the dark brown print makes a good inset.

Back of CAMP baby quilt

Quilt Specifics
Size: 46" x 46"
Design: Coin or String quilt
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose cotton batting
Thread: Metler tan cotton thread
Quilting: Spiral with walking foot
Approximate yardage: 5.5 yds

Reading

Perhaps because I'm from Texas, I read about Admiral McRaven's address to the 2014 graduating class at UT. Here are his ten suggestions in a short book starting with the admonition to make your bed well every day. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

14 comments:

  1. I am glad you are still sewing and you're doing better. The CAMP quilt is so cute! I love all these word baby quilts you have made. Each one is unique and special.

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    1. It's good to be on the mend. I enjoy making baby quilts from the leftovers and scraps. They look cute but not too precious so hopefully they are used. And it's fun to figure out how to make something from the bits and bobs hanging around.

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  2. So, so pleased to read that things are improving now for you Ann!
    Coins are therapeutic indeed and your latest baby quilt is a delight.

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    1. I was glad I had them on hand. I'm learning new ways to work.

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  3. Glad you are better and able to sew again. God's blessings in the coming days. Love your camp baby quilt.

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  4. Love the colours in your latest quilt! I find making smaller quilts is an great way to go, still trying out ideas, being creative, using up littlebits & bobs, with not too much angst!

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    1. I have enough large quilts. Small is the way to go now.

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  5. How lovely to find your blog post and be able to comment! I'm glad you are here. Camp seems a lovely word to have chosen - full of future possibilities.

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    1. Thanks, Kaja. Glad I can type better. I like "future possibilities." Isn't that what we hope for all our children.

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  6. It's been very enjoyable watching your creativity with this coin strip series. How fun that each project is small enough to keep the energy going and propel you right into the next one! And very forward thinking to have enough coin strips to plan the next one so easily.:)

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. I was lucky to have mindlessly made so many Coins. They were all supposed to be in one quilt but this is much better.

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  7. So nice to read a new post from you. Hope your arm has healed. "Camp" is a wonderful wish for a newborn. It can take many, many years for a fabric to find its use.

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    1. It's good to be back. My arm is better but still gives me some issues. CAMP turned out better than expected.

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