by Daughter Fish

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything personal here. The combo of a good amount of work, the intense experience of being pregnant and becoming a parent, podcasting, and life in general just hasn’t left me with a lot of time or energy for sewing this past year. Now that I have my body back to myself, I’m looking forward to making some new things. But right now what I’m really excited about is this appliqued quilt sampler.

Mama Fish has been visiting since the beginning of the month, and we’ve hidden ourselves away in a little paradise an hour or so out of the city where there are trees and lakes and rivers and you can breath a big lungful of air without that particular summer city potion of hot garbage fumes and sticky exhaust. Let me tell you, I am digging “upstate” New York this summer. Mama Fish brought along this quilt, which she’s finishing for Baby Fish, that she started way back in 2007.

I first glimpsed this handy work a couple years back, on a visit to my grandmother’s house in Idaho.  I fell hard for this quilt the second I saw it. Mama Fish said, with a wink, that she was making it for a grandkid. I got the hint. I won’t deny that I was a little motivated to have a kiddo just so I could have this beauty in my possession. She machine stitched the wreaths and vines, but all of the leaves and flowers are hand appliqued.

Before little minnow arrived, I’d planned on making a Gee’s Bend-style quilt for her, but I nixed that after we received a dowry-worth of handmade quilts and knitted blankets. This kid is never going to lack for something soft and made with love to wrap up in. I’ll have to share some of those here once I’m back in the city. For now, I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of summer, upstate style. I hope you’re having a good one, too.

A sewing blogger is only as good as her cats. Maybe that’s why I haven’t gotten anything done…