I was craving patchwork... I had basted all those hexagons... I had starred this project months ago... So I put it all together!
I purchased and downloaded the Sleepy Time Animal Pals pattern which I think is beautiful as is, but I had to tweak it to work with the hexagons. I also changed the embroidery a bit to match my daughter's favorite storybook characters. And I don't keep nearly enough pretty trims on hand to mimic Amy's finishing touches. But in the end, it works well as a little cuddle quilt for car rides. OK, I just cracked myself up because it truly is 'lap quilt' size for my little 8 month old which is funny because it's so tiny.
As we made our commute, I asked my older two if the baby liked her new little quilt and my daughter said, "I think so. She's chewing on it."
Aaaanyway, as I was sewing along it occurred to me that this would be a sweet project for aspiring quilters of any age. It would be a great way to teach or learn all the proper techniques (and a bit of embroidery). Plus, what little girl wouldn't love to go through her mom's stash and pick out her favorite prints? My 12yo, actually, but I don't understand why. Perhaps your daughter is more sensible.
In between taking crummy photos of the little quilt (my least favorite thing to photograph!) I made a cake for my daughter, who was feeling a little under the weather. Lemon cake, for the vitamin C, you see. I found this decorating technique via Pinterest and it's my new favorite way to frost a cake - super simple and fun.
ETA: I'm linking up with Elizabeth's Needle and ThRead today, but alas... still not reading anything myself. I have heard good things about The Launguage of Flowers and also The House at Tyneford but I can't handle anything that might make me weepy.