We (meaning I) finally carved pumpkins this afternoon. I decided to set up right on the porch so that Hannah could sit and participate in the fun. I knew she wouldn’t actually be able to help much, but at the very least I thought my enthusiasm would be infectious. But this is Hannah participating:
She was totally icked out by the pumpkin innards (understandably). She was much more interested in my iPad and the Pinterest inspiration I was looking at. I even tried to put one of her movies on to keep her excited about hanging out, but it was too bright out there for her to see it. Eventually she just got up and went in the house to play, leaving me by myself! I thought I had years to go before that started happening.
I was looking through pictures last night and realized that I never posted photos of her first Halloween costume. There really was no Halloween this year, but we did get dressed up to go visit my mom the weekend before the storm. I spent months agonizing over Hannah’s first costume, planning a coordinating theme for the family, and I was so proud of this. I really wanted to show her off, but in the end we had just had a brief photo op in front of my mom’s and a quick tour around a very bizarre Halloween party at the Parks and Rec building in my hometown. It consisted of a hayride around the Little League field and a strange dance-type thing happening inside the building. The hayride line was down the block, and loud dances are not really Hannah’s cup of tea yet.
It’s finished, washed, and being put to good use! Julie’s pattern was great, I do love this one.
Other posts on this project: Hannah’s Halloween Quilt Pt. 1.
I got this quilt sandwiched and quilted last weekend. It’s been an insane week, with Hannah suddenly deciding to wake up every couple of hours. So we’re all a little sleep deprived, and I have not taken many pictures of this quilt in progress. But I love it, I think I’ll be able to finish it this weekend. The binding is already made.
So in between having fits at the sore state of my Nightshade quilt, which just isn’t coming together in a way I’m happy with, I’ve been quietly piecing together a quilt for Hannah’s first Halloween with Sherry Berry’s Costume Clubhouse fabric and Julie’s Radio Way pattern. And making this quilt top I had an epiphany that’s so obvious I can’t believe I didn’t put it into words years ago: I’m an emotional quilter, not a precision quilter. I quilt the exact same way I paint, with lots of enthusiasm and outside the lines. I will never win awards for my neat and tidy piecing and quilting, but I love my janky sewing skills nonetheless. I’m not someone who can spend a year on one quilt. I’m someone who hears about a friend or colleague in the hospital and immediately makes them a quilt–with lots of love and lots of mistakes.