I have not been shouting this from the treetops, but my goal for this year was to sew one humidicrib cover a month, as I did in 2015.
I had a plan for the rest of the year. I was going to sew animals from Elizabeth Hartman’s ‘Fancy Forest’ pattern and challenge myself to use colours I do not normally choose, like purple. I had bought and cut up pieces of quilt wadding to the right size, and I also bought several background fabrics in grey, taupe, lilac and chambray to push myself away from white, my go-to background colour.
It is July, and although I was a little behind on completing seven little quilts, my progress report earlier this week looked like this:
- three quilts completed
- three quilts unfinished (binding)
- one top sewn.
Then, this week at my local guild meeting, I heard shocking news: the hospital that takes most of these tiny quilts does not want them any longer!
In a panic, I dashed up to the guild’s community quilts coordinator to check I had heard correctly. Sadly, yes, but she also reassured me that the guild will take any that I have made and find good homes for them, perhaps with a different hospital that also has a neonatal unit.
This weekend, I finished binding two. I will try to find time to hand sew the binding on the third unfinished quilt in the next week or so, and I will donate these as planned.
The two I finished this week feature hedgehogs and foxes from Elizabeth Hartman’s ‘Fancy Forest’ pattern.
The foxes had to be brown and yellow when I discovered this fox print in my stash. I decided that dog paws and fox paws were not so dissimilar, so I added paw prints in the quilting.
The purple hedgehogs/porcupines/echidnas even have a pale purple background. See! I told you I was pushing my boundaries of colour choices!
I quilted them with a pale pink thread, however, because that was the closest suitable colour I had.
For what was to be my seventh humidicrib quilt, I used Alyce’s pattern for foundation paper pieced kokeshi dolls. I bought it as soon as it was released in May but procrastinated in indecision about fabric choices. Nothing I pulled from my stash seemed quite right. Then, tidying my cupboard, I found some fabric scraps I bought in Japan. Yes, I had completely forgotten about fabric I owned! The scraps were perfect!
I chose the laziest options on the pattern: the one-colour obi and the simpler hairstyles that could be sewn in one piece. Even the simplest version of this pattern is adorable. I am really happy with it, and I do not want this little panel to go to waste.
But what to do with it, this unquilted top? Do I carry on and finish one more humidicrib quilt or do I make a rectangular cushion cover out of it? And now that I have sewn the top, how will I quilt it? Perhaps I can use perle cotton, a little in the style of sashiko.
With my humidicrib plans now cancelled for the rest of the year, I might be pushed back to my block-a-month plan. If I cannot make humidicrib quilts, perhaps I will restart the projects that have fallen behind among study and work and caring commitments.
This will not be my last humidicrib quilt post, however. I still have to show you the one humidicrib quilt that I have not finished binding and the finished kokeshi doll quilt or cushion.