I can’t do much more on my adoption paperwork right now besides wait. Which, of course, means it’s nesting time!
When DH is stressed, he shoots things on the computer. When I’m stressed, I work. It drives him crazy. Once, I was painting the living room (which I had decided to do on a whim; I had the paint and everything, was feeling down, and decided to paint the room that night instead of at some later date). “I feel so much better!” I commented as I got going, admiring the new, non-off-white shade on the walls. “What am I going to do when I run out of rooms to paint?”
DH ducked behind the paper and muttered, “Take up drinking?” Thanks, dear.
No, usually what I do is crafting.
So, we’re getting a toddler sometime before the end of the year. That means he’ll need a quilt for his toddler bed. I pulled out the scraps of Chinese-themed fabrics I have and started messing around…
(Why did WordPress just eat my first four photos and the comments under each? Beats me, but I hate rewriting!)
The geometric batik and the dragons at the top are leftovers from the Storm at Sea quilt I did for my bed. It’s gorgeous, so I thought I should try to use it. Then I thought of the Chinese legend of the Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate. The carp worked really hard and finally succeeded in jumping the huge Dragon Gate and was rewarded by being turned into a dragon. (Empress got the reference and remembered the story right away.) So, there’s sort of a hint of an elaborately patterned gate at the top, with dragons in the sky beyond.
Strips of diamonds are coming along, but I’m still not sure I like all those wild patterns right next to each other…
Maybe the gate should be more than a hint; it needs side posts.
More tweaking on gate shape (angled roof instead of straight), more experimenting with borders.
Does a narrower gate roof help? Not really…
Maybe the bamboo should extend above the gate to tie it more to the carp pool?
Wait! Instead of a vague reference to a gate, let’s make it a proper gate with roof tile edging (the gold). And add a calmer green-on-green edge around the carp pool.
There we go. The calmer prints set off and sort of calm down (a little) the wild variety of patterns, while emphasizing the carp pool and the gate, then the sky of free dragons stretches all the way across.
Quilted, backed with a section of symbolic Chinese kites and all of my remaining red fabric with calligraphy good wishes words (which was going to be the red corner blocks way back in the original plan; the fabric is the main border on Empress’s toddler quilt). Edged in red, of course, the color of happiness and celebration in Chinese culture.
Now I just need a particular little boy to wrap in it.