Originally uploaded by jmilikow
So I finished my first super basic quilting project. Well, not project even LOL. I made a coaster. Maybe doesn't seem so exciting, but I had to use a walking foot, which I'd never heard of until I started reading about quilting. The pattern is from "Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts" (which is a beautiful book - it was a gift from my sister for my birthday). The fabric is "Ingredients" by Lecien. I did the stitches that go around and around in concentric squares. They're not perfect, but they're fairly close to it. I'm going to make six as a housewarming present for my cousin - I think I'll get more used the the quilting guide on the walking foot as I do more. It's really cute and I'm very happy with it.
On a parenting note (for once - I know I've been so obsessed with sewing of late!), Yoav has almost, if not completely, given up tantrums. He had a spell for months (did I even take the time to post about this?) of throwing tantrums when things weren't going perfectly - the phrase I heard more than any other for weeks on end was, "Put it back together!" UGH and "Untore it!" I know he hasn't had any this week. I can't remember the last one, but I think it was less than a month ago. Sometimes it would literally go on for an hour. Me just doing my Aldort impression (validation). "Aah, you really want it back together. You wish it hadn't torn." In the last six months or so, I'd been playing with a phrase from Aldort's book, "How would you be without that thought that you want it back together?" The first time, it "worked" beautifully (worked in quotes since I know it's ok and healthy and all for him to cry and tantrum if that's what he's needing to do) and he said what he'd do if he didn't have the thought and decided to give up the crying and do *that*. But most of the time, he'd say what he'd do if he didn't have the thought, for example, "I'd just make a new one." or "I'd just eat it anyway." But he wouldn't want to do that. He'd choose to stay in the tantrum. UGH!!! But finally, I think we're through it. Probably should say that in writing or I'll jinx things, but I'm hoping!