Friday, September 25, 2015

Poulsen Peanut - an Overdue Finish

Remember way back in May when I started two elephant quilts? And then in July when I finished the mini version first? Even though the baby quilt size was for a baby that was already born?

Yeah - I thought you were keeping track of my procrastination and distraction. But now - NOW - I'm done with the baby quilt. (Hurray, yippee, wahoo,  etc. etc.)


 Yes, I know the baby is already like six months old. But I'm really hoping mama (who is a dear friend of mine from our time in Turkey) will forgive me.
So just to refresh your memory, in case you don't have time to click through those previous posts, the fabric line is Figures by Zen Chic and the free pdf download pattern is Paisley Splash by Windham Fabric and is available (still, I checked) at this link.

I always like to try something new with each project and my goal for this one was to get comfortable with graffiti quilting. The result might be on the severely over-quilted side but it was super fun.  Actually, I'm thinking of starting up a support group for over-quilters. The addiction is real, people!
It was super fun to work on fitting different quilting designs and fillers together into all that delicious negative space. And also around and between the splashes.


I found the most darling peanut fabric for the backing. It goes well with the quilt's name which is Poulsen Peanut.  My friend's last name is Poulsen and she has called each of her babies a little peanut.

This is my favorite shot.  I was all done taking pictures and had placed the folded quilt on top of a chair. I came into the room a bit later and found the sun shining onto the backing and lighting up all that gorgeous texture. This shot has no filter.

Poulsen Peanut will be going into a mailing box on Monday along with these three minis that I made over the summer for peanut's older siblings.
If you want to see more detailed shots of these, just search Oliver, Violet, or Henry in my search bar. There is a post for each.

One last thing that will be going in the box:
Once upon a time, I was the mama of a very difficult toddler. So difficult that I sometimes got very angry. Have you heard the expression, "You will never know the depths of your anger until you become a mother." Of course you also learn much about the depths of your love, which is why I never wanted to hurt my difficult son.  So sometimes I would put my darling little hellion to bed and then take a plate from the cupboard and smash in on the back porch concrete as hard as I could. Then I would get the broom and sweep up the mess. Hey - don't judge. It worked.

Well, Peanut's mama is also the mama of a darling, but difficult little boy. So I shared my secret parenting tip with her. And just in case she wants to save her nice dishes - I'm sending her a couple of ugly, Goodwill plates. Just for emergencies.

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear your best parenting or coping tips in the comments.

Linking with Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday and
Amanda's Finish It Up Friday

17 comments:

  1. My best parenting advice is to remember that the days are long and the years are short!

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  2. Congratulations on the finish! I think the newest peanut and siblings are all going to enjoy your beautiful work.

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  3. Your elephant quilt is absolutely gorgeous and I adore elephants so that makes me love it even more. What a great idea about the plates, I may have to stock up - will it work with teenagers? My son just turned 14 and is very good at being a stroppy teen!

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  4. It may be late but it is worth the wait! The quilting is gorgeous

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  5. It may be late but it is worth the wait! The quilting is gorgeous

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  6. You should have "trumpeted "!thus finish .
    Well done Ida
    They are both gorgeous

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  7. visiting from crazy mum quilts. What a fantastic pattern, you have certainly done it justice

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  8. Wow! Love this quilt! It's so cool, and then the close up with the quilting is just awesome! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow! Love this quilt! It's so cool, and then the close up with the quilting is just awesome! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  10. Hey Ida! Beautiful work and congrats on the finish! Your quilting is amazing and while it does certainly look like an addiction for you, we won't be coming for an intervention any time soon! Have at it, Girl! I have been eyeing this elephant pattern for so long! I've go to bitte the bullet and just do it!!! I know your friend will be over the top happy with the quilts! Good job!!

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  11. It was worth the wait - the texture you've created with the quilting is amazing. As for parenting, well I enjoyed taking an hour or two away from children to do some digging! Definitely spend time with other parents, we need to be supporting each other!

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  12. One overquilter here signing up \o Your quilt is lovely and I envy your quilting. (aivosolunajatukset@gmail.com)

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  13. I loved your mini quilt and this one is just as spectacular!

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  14. YAY!!!! I love it!! I am sure Mama Poulsen loves it and didn't mind waiting for it one bit! That quilting ~ DANG, Girl!
    Very thoughtful of you to send her dishes to break (although - I think they are kinda cute, actually). I don't very often give advice, parenting or otherwise - as the older I get, the more I realize I don't know a thing! But, since you asked, I suppose I would say: Take some time to 'feed' yourself, Mama. For so many of my mothering years (and with 8 kids spread 22 years apart, I've had more mothering years than most...) I failed to do that, feeling like it was selfish of me to do anything for myself. Like the 'put your oxygen mask on yourself first, then help others' principle of the airlines, I have learned that there is more of me to go around when I tend to my own needs, too. Like most things, it's a balancing act... Best wishes ~ Tracy

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  15. Where can I get the pattern for you gorgeous elephant quilt? You did an excellent job. And don't feel bad about the timing....my daughter's wedding quilt isn't quite done and their wedding was eight months ago.

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  16. Where can I get the pattern for you gorgeous elephant quilt? You did an excellent job. And don't feel bad about the timing....my daughter's wedding quilt isn't quite done and their wedding was eight months ago.

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