Works in Progress: Occupied by other things

I didn’t have a particularly productive sewing week this week.  My time has been occupied by organizing a silent auction fundraiser for my older daughter’s preschool and trying (as yet, still unsuccessfully) to remove dry erase marker that my 2-year-old decided to use to decorate my beautiful mini quilt, which is for a swap.  First time I have cried over a quilt.  Sigh.  This is how the worst of it looks after oxyclean, rubbing alcohol, acetone, higher concentrations of oxyclean, and hair spray.

Meanwhile, big news regarding my biggest non-sewing WiP: our third child, due end of March …
Baby Girl #3!  Whatever will we do with ourselves?!

Here’s what I did manage to accomplish from The List last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: create back.  Finished.  This is a pretty big deal for me; this quilt has been a long time in the making.  Now to quilt it.  I’m very nervous because it is a bed sized quilt and I have never attempting something that large on my home sewing machine before!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top.  Minimal progress.  I did manage to cut a few scraps that I will use in the outside border.

3.  Quilt for Brian.  Minimal progress.  And no progress by me.  I did receive a few blocks in the mail from my mom.  Thanks, Mom!

4.  Equilateral triangle hexagon block tutorial.  Finished!  This was a bit of an undertaking.  I put a lot of time into putting the photos together for this one.  I’m calling the block “Multiples of 3”, and the tutorial is now available if you want to try this block!
5. Gathered clutches.  No progress.  
6.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote.  No progress.
7.  Ba{M}S mini quilt.  AAAUUGH!!!  Wish I were telling you that this was finished, but I got it all done except for the binding and then the marker-weilding tiny terrorist attacked.  So, no, it’s not finished, but it is causing me a lot of angst.

Hmm, now that I wrote that out, I’m feeling better.  I actually did more than I realized last week.  Moving on.  Here’s The List now:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: quilt that baby!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4. Gathered clutches.
5.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
6.  Ba{M}S mini quilt: remove stain or come up with a creative alternative solution.  Sigh.

(Hey!  Look how short my list is!  There are actually at least 3-4 projects in my head, or way on the back burner, but until I begin them/pick them up again, they are staying hidden from the published List.)

There’s a lot happening in the sewing world.  Go see what’s going on at Freshly Pieced!


5 replies
  1. mamaraby
    mamaraby says:

    Oh no! I have had my share of messes made by tiny hands to clean up, but I would have a hard time not being a teary, blubbering mess over something like that. I have two quilts sitting on my ironing board and a not quite three year old that I have creative differences with (as in I would like her to be creative somewhere else…like paper) and now I’m second guessing letting them sit there. Have you tried taking it in to a professional cleaner, telling them that it’s dry erase marker, and seeing if they can get it out?

  2. Monica
    Monica says:

    Congrats on girl #3. You’re going to be a pro at girls! It just made sense for you to have 3 girls since you’re one of 3 girls. It’s just in your blood. Hope you can get more of the marker out of the quilt. I would have cried too and probably sworn a lot.

  3. duff
    duff says:

    OH, I hate when I read stories like that! And you just found that perfect quilting for the bird, too. what a let down! It’s still quite beautiful, though…
    Alright, so it’s on mostly the white–can you use a bit of bleach on a q-tip?
    Another idea I had was that there is whiteboard cleaner–it gets the marker off of the board–perhaps that has properties to dissolve the marks?
    BEst of luck–I hope you find answer!

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