Monday, April 13, 2009

The Invasion

This is the state of my living room at 7 a.m. this morning. My oldest (19 going on 20) is moving in with us for a few months. We will be moving out in June...he'll be renting this from us...the problem...a two month overlap and trying to fit all of his possessions (junk, crap, etc) and him into our little townhome in the meantime. Allow me a bit of whining...
... how long can you stretch out a move...days, weeks...
...it had to rain..which means wet shoes and mud...
...how many times can you bump into a wall carrying a dresser?
...i know those sheets he brought over stuffed into a box haven't been washed since he moved out...
...how many t shirts does one boy need?
...i'm biting my tongue trying not to say those 'mom' things I promised him I wouldn't say...
wish me luck.
In the midst of this I did manage one small finish. A very late birthday present for a friend. She picked the colors the fabrics and even requested the quilting. Made it easy for me. I'm happy to have it done for her. It's a combination of vintage sheets and Kona cotton in pink and pomegranate.

I made this block for Project Improv from some leftover Lush. I haven't contributed to the blue/green colorway yet, so I did.
The final deadline for me to receive your blocks is Friday. Please make sure they arrive here by then. After that I can't guarantee that they will be in a quilt. I've finished one more red/aqua, two more orange/pink and one more blue/green top. (I'll take pictures when the sun comes out!) There will be 3 more tops (one in each colorway). To make it all come out even, I have a group of quilters who have volunteered to make blocks to fill in the last 3 tops. I will contact them on Friday. Volunteers: look for an email or a flickr mail from me on Friday.

Meanwhile these blocks have arrived. Do they belong to you? The first are from Oregon...this quilter made 4 great blocks. I need your first name. Please drop me a comment or an email.
This one is from Minnesota...your last name starts with a K. I need your first name. Help!
Other blocks that arrived:
Jill NY - 2 blocks and the cutest little pin. Thanks!
Jessica B OR - 1 block
Liz T - AZ 1 block

Overall I've been pretty fortunate...I've only had a few block incidents, a crazy cat ate two blocks, and I punctured a couple with my trimming scissors. I think we may have had one lost in the mail. Karen, I have searched high and low for your block. It's not in a quilt and I can't find it. I'm so sorry. Drop me an email and we can talk about what to do.

Please check your name in the sidebar....if I have your block you have a star by your name. Drop me an email if it's not right. Thanks!

37 comments:

Alissa said...

Good luck with the next two months of a very full house!! I love the finished quilt by the way - beautiful!!

shellysquilts said...

Jacquie, Wow, that's alot of stuff. Good luck curbing all the mom comments. It's a hard thing to do.
Luv the pink and red. Well done as usual. Have a great week!

Marie' said...

Good luck with the full house and your move.
Your Improv block is a killer.

Anina said...

Good luck! I hope you're moving somewhere really nice.

Stephanie said...

I just love the simplicity of the pretty pink/red quilt.

connie said...

Hang in there. I love the birthday present. It is very nice. So are you moving someplace exciting?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I understand how difficult it can be to NOT say those motherly things. At least you have an end date of the visit(?) to help measure your patience.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I just found those Kona cottons tucked in a corner of one local shop. I never considered solids before, but these were nice.

Good luck living. It isn't easy, I know!

Jackie said...

Unbelievable, you are a force to be reckoned with! I can't believe that you completed a quilt with all that you have going on, go girl! Not to mention the fact that is absolutely lovely. By the way, I received 6 Project Improv quilts, to be quilted. And your most wonderful quilt to be quilted as well. I will be contacting you probably in a few days just to discuss some quilting details on your quilt. Hope your Easter was great!

Beth said...

How is it you are actually completing things...while I have about 30 WIPs and half of what you have going on!?! You are a force to be reckoned with!!

True Blue Nana said...

Been there done that! our daughter and her boy friend moved in with us last May for a couple of months. I have never seen so much stuff in one house in my life. We made it although she dumped the boy friend later!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What will happen, you will get used to having him and then miss him, but I am sure not the mess, hang in there~~

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

ugh! at least it's not your studio :/ I wish you lots of luck dealing with the overflow! Of all people you are allowed to whine a little - you are doing so much right now for the rest of us!

Love your finish - red and pink is a favorite combo here :)

nicolette said...

You have all the right to whine! Good luck with moving, to I hope a wonderful new place!

becca said...

we have a 19 going on 20 and when she returns from school- oh the mess- the chaos- the disruption to our routine and our sleep. And when she leaves- the empty space and quietness echo throughout the house...amazing isn't it??.............and i ALWAYS manage to say the mom things I meant not to...:and so it goes....hang in there :)

Laurie said...

OH BOY...good luck with the transition! And great new projects!
laurie

Victoria said...

Lovely quilt, Jackie!

As for the moving transition and the next 2 months... I wish you much patience, a strong tongue that can withstand you biting down on it, and a big bottle of extra strength Tylenol! Good luck!

Taylor said...

what a beautiful colorful quilt for your friend! What a lucky girl!

MightyMom said...

I shall have to remember you in my rosary prayers.




may the Lord put his arm around your shoulders....and his hand over your mouth.

One Little Thread said...

A quilter on one my lists this week said her teen asked if she was ever going to tidy up her fabric and c*@p before she died as she certainly didn't want to have to do it!
Alison

Shari said...

You'll love having your boy around for a while! The other is just 'stuff'. Let him show off how 'grown up' he is now... make sure he helps out! Especially with cooking...

Cher said...

fabulous quilting on your friends gift-and being a fellow mom of grown up boys...I hear you! feel free to whine away...and where are you moving on to? my 3 blocks went out yesterday so should make your Friday deadline. I think I put a note in with them...but photos of them are on my blog otherwise. these tops and quilts and blocks continue to delight and inspire me-what a fun project that continues to be!

Wendy said...

I wish I had found your blog sooner, would have loved to joined in on this fun project!
Good luck on your upcoming move!

belinda said...

First Photo:...Oh My....Oh MY..My Oh My!!
Other Photos:...Yummy...Yummy Goodness!!

MightyMom said...

ooo ooo ooooo!!!

2 more finishes! come and see!

Owens Family Adventures said...

I am sending you some wine you poor sweetie!! You just remind him that when you are old and creaky that he will be the one to take care of you!!!
Hang in there!!!
dawn

Dragonfire said...

I just recently started sewing and I love all of your improv quilts and the idea behind Project Improv. I just might have to make a quilt for myself. I would also love to do a block for a quilt for the project, do you have another one coming up soon?

Bekhy said...

Really? I have to hear more about the cat eating two blocks: not being a cat owner (seriously allergic)--a cat that eats fabric?!?! LOL.

I know what you are saying about t-shirts and boys though. My brother (recently married thank goodness) filled out about 3/4 of his walk-in closet with some variation of white t-shirt w/ logo--on HANGERS! And when I cleaned out his house a couple of times, he refused to let me even THINK about tossing any. Good grief. BTW, the remaining 1/4 of his walk-in closet was filled with white short & long-sleeved dress shirts. Unbelievable.

Good luck with the move, and I can't believe you're doing all this project improv stuff in the midst of a move!

amandajean said...

i love the quilting on your new piece!

Rebekah said...

good luck with the next two months...I remember those days of squishing back into my parent's house for the summer.

Love the new quilt that you did...that quilting is so beautiful on it

Tammy said...

does it help to know you made someone else feel better. we're living parallel lives, tho with a time lapse of about one month. In May, our oldest, age 21, will be moving back in for two months. I told him HE may, his stuff needs to go to storage. He's above average messy (understatement). He's like Pigpen from Peanuts, instead of dust and dirt swirling, it's stuff and junk and fast food leavings, and it drops all around him as he moves about. I'd sure love it if you'd write little bits in your posts here and there about how it's going so I can see my future.

em's scrapbag said...

Wishing you luck. You are a saint.

sewtakeahike said...

it seems like your life is in hyper speed right now Jacquie with all the stuff going on! that can be soooooo exciting! so are you moving far far away, or not so much?

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Duh! Im so stupid! Those Amy Butler and Blue Cherry blocks are from Me:
Rachel at 2nd Ave Studio.
Sorry I just mailed them with no note.
I started quilting the top you sent me and posted status on my blog. I hope to finish tomorrow and will send back next Tuesday after I take it to guild. :) that's okay right?

Amy said...

Good luck. Try and let go of all that stuff and enjoy him!

QuiltedSimple said...

Have you gotten my blocks yet? Oh I hope so. Let me know if you need more made....
Kris

Liz said...

All your not-said mom things have me giggling...