Drop Shadow, Baby!

Things have been kind of weird lately!  For a while, when I recommitted to exercise and work went crazy, I wasn't quilting at all. Some nights I didn't even knit.  Sad times.  Then, work settled down, but the kids went crazy, and I found myself, a few nights ago, gearing up to exercise at 10:40pm.  Not great!

Then yesterday, we were home for part of the day, and I made significant progress on this quilt while also minding the children.  They are big enough that they can entertain themselves for some stretches of time now.  Before, I might get a seam here or there, but really the only significant progress was during quiet time/nap time, and sometimes even that went by the wayside.  Also sad times.

I read several quilting blogs of people with young children, and I can't fathom how they churn out finished quilts. 

Block O-hio Star Quilt

Above is where we were yesterday, and below is where we are this morning. (I also may have stayed up waaay too late working on it.)  

Drawing this out was pretty easy.  Making the blocks has involved a LOT of thinking with my tongue sticking out.  And seam ripping.  It should probably get a border, just a couple of solids around the outside, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to hack that. 

After Thanksgiving, I'd pretty much given up on getting this done by Christmas, but now it's seeming possible.  If I do little else.  And if work and the kids remain under a certain calmness threshold.

In what's becoming a very enjoyable little tradition, I got some super-cheap yardage at the Connecting Threads Black Cyber Sale.  The green big-print will probably be used for backing, and the gray may be used in this Ohio Star quilt or maybe not.  I also got a couple reds for it, but those went straight into the washing machine, then into the quilt.

The green right under the gray was a little Local Fabric Store purchase on my Thanksgiving trip.

Christmas Aaugh
In some ways I'm in good shape for Christmas - finished several things early.  Then I hid some of them very well, so well that I'll spend precious Making Stuff time tearing apart all the places I might've hidden them because I cannot find them.

Breaking News!!1!
I found one!  And now I remember the kiddo "wrapping" it and hiding it there.  While writing this, I spied a box under the table and thought to myself, "ooh, did I order fabric and then forget about it?"  Sadly no, but I will still chalk this up as a win.

Happy crafting, and may you always find your ridiculous hiding places before your gift-giving occasions. 

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