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TWiP: Thinking about quilting

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I’ve been thinking about quilting. Mainly I’ve been thinking about it in the way I always do – abstractly, with ideas for finished projects and where I’d put them, but no actual plans to pull out the sewing machine and make any of it happen.

I’ve got two quilt tops that I made for my kids in 2011 that are still waiting to be put together into something useful. I’ve got a baby blanket (for a niece who hasn’t been a baby in some time) that I abandoned when I didn’t like the way the quilting was coming out. I’ve got a pile of designer fat quarters in shades of aqua, mint, pink, and red that I’ve been saving for a quilt for my bed.

All of this, but no real drive to finish anything.

To be honest, I’m thinking a lot about that last pile of fabrics, and how nice it would be in my room. I love to use our beach quilt in the spring and summer (as you will see below), but it’s got a few problems. For one thing, it’s not quite big enough for a queen size bed, so it’s a challenge to keep ourselves covered the whole night. But perhaps more importantly, it is a beach quilt, and as such I have to take it off of the bed whenever we go down the shore. And then I have to wash the sand out of it before I can put it back on the bed when we return.

So, not exactly convenient.

I wonder if this will be the summer I finally snap and decide to make that minty bedroom quilt once and for all? If history is any indication, I will probably just sit around and daydream about it instead of taking action. I enjoy the daydreaming, though, so I suppose that’s something πŸ™‚

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot with my DSLR for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some phone snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…


365: 2016 107/366 – I had a rare unobstructed view of the moon tonight. Usually when I think to take a picture, there are too many trees in the way. Tonight it was in the perfect spot, and the sky was a perfecct shade of blue.

Instagram: Hmmm. I may not have thought this out very well, pouring myself a drink this close to bedtime… Hello, 3 am pee break.


Instagram: What a beautiful day! @aidan.226 and I are enjoying some homemade iced coffee on the patio. I’m back to work on this #pdcmodfloralmandala finally. I was stalled due to yarn shortages and indecision πŸ˜‰

Instagram: It’s finished! It still needs some blocking, but other than that, I’m done 😊 I can’t wait to write up this pattern and share! πŸ’Ÿ #pdc #pdcmodfloralmandala

365: 2016 108/366 – I’m working on a new crochet tutorial for my blog, and I started shooting the step-by-step photos this afternoon, sitting by the open back door, where there was the best lighting. [Taken with my phone]


Instagram: It’s been a few years since I used my favorite quilt on my bed. Technically, it’s a beach blanket, but I took it out of the car this morning and I’m throwing it in the laundry to get rid of the sand. I know it’s a bit silly, but this cheery quilt makes me happy. Can’t wait to put it back on the bed this afternoon! 😊

Instagram: One of these days, I will have to actually make the bedroom quilt that I’ve been collecting fabrics for since 2010… For now, though, I love having the beach quilt I made the year before that on the bed in the spring (as long as I wash the sand out of it first, of course πŸ˜„)

Instagram: Do I *have* to start supper now? Because I kinda want to just doze off here on the bed with the late afternoon window breeze blowing over me… πŸ’ŸπŸ˜΄

365: 2016 109/366 – It’s just not spring unless the kitchen is crawling with tiny ants. Sigh. I was hoping to deter them by killing every scout I saw over the last few weeks, but today they’ve been arriving in a heavy trickle, and I’ve purchased ant traps.


Instagram: Sometimes I need to remind myself that crocheting in the middle of the day is not “goofing off” if I’m doing it for pattern designing purposes. It still feels like I ought to be doing something else, though. Like laundry. Or the dishes. #pdc #pdcmodfloralmandala

365: 2016 110/366 – It’s a beautiful day for blocking your crochet work on the floor in front of an open door.


Instagram: Good morning, Instagram! Are you tired of this project yet? The good news is that the #crochet work is all finished, as is (I think) the photography. Today will be all about translating my notes into a readable pattern. Three patterns, in fact: a coaster, a mini mandala, and a mega mandala. Also, I think it’s been far too long since I had a giveaway, so let’s do that, too. I’ll announce it all here, when I’m ready, so be sure to follow me 😊 #pdc #pdcmodfloralmandala

365: 2016 111/366 – Aidan and his little cousin Kailey having a chat. [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]


365: 2016 112/366 – Self Portrait Thursday. I finally, finally got the hair cut I’ve been putting off. I feel much better now πŸ™‚

Instagram: My vintage sheet pajamas are blending in with my vintage sheet quilt. I feel like a 1970’s bedtime chameleon πŸ˜†. New project on the hook, BTW. It’s a #dorischan #lightandlacytop I hope to wear to the beach next month. Counting the days to that trip!


365: 2016 113/366 – I’ve been moving stuff around the family room today, trying to figure out the best place to put this mandala, if not permanently, then at least for the ebook photos. I do think it’s going to live on this table, though. It’s all of the stuff I put around it that will probably not stay there…

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!


This Week in Pictures

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3 thoughts on “TWiP: Thinking about quilting

  1. Aww, cute baby! Love the haircut, too!

    1. Thanks! 😊

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