That would be my basement, Friday night. Again. As my neighbor put it, the second *once in a hundred years* storm in less than three weeks. This time the sump pumps worked fine, despite 20 hours with no electricity. The river of water flowed in through the vent (closed) in one of our glass block windows when the window wells filled with over 10 " of water around 3:00 am. Officially somewhere between 7"-9" of rain fell in several hours. It was some night, but luckily I hadn't returned anything to the basement yet and had just gotten estimates last week to restore the walls and flooring. Still, it was wearying. My sister & BIL visited this week and initially thought it was the city's annual free furniture pick-up week when they noted street after street lined with curbside couches, carpeting and heaps of toys, boxes and other furniture. "No, that would be flood aftermath..."
It's been a little slow here at Be*mused this summer but I can't blame it on weather events, trips or out-of-town company (more this weekend!). I've been in a bit of a rut. When I was thinking about it last week, I realized that I am drowning in handwork projects and really missed my time puttering in the sewing room. Instead of starting something new, I decided to revisit some of my 'marinating' projects, blocks that had been put aside at some point for varying reasons. When I came upon these long forgotten cake blocks, I knew they were just the ticket.
Although I've been busy the last few weeks, there are always a few minutes here or there to cut a few swatches and play with some new combinations. The cake theme is a lot of fun, trying to come up with pastry-like fabrics from the stash and making them work with choices for tablecloths and background/wallpaper. Auditioning. This has always been my favorite part of making quilts.
So while I'm making progress on appliquéd borders and hexagon blocks when I sit down in the evening, I'm having fun with this project during the day. Not wanting to get ahead of myself, I'm trying not to think about sashing and borders yet but I have a few ideas. And fervently hoping this won't get put back in the drawer. It feels great to return to an in-progress project with enthusiasm.
Jennifer knows this feeling. Isn't her medallion quilt project, left for quite a while, looking great this week?!! When Anita started this quilt-along, I had too many other things going to consider it, but once more I'm sorely tempted. For this week, I think I'll just have my cake...and piece it, too.