Wee Wander

Poor, poor little blog.  I would say I can’t believe it’s been 2 1/2 weeks since I’ve posted, but I can believe it.  We’ve had another little event with BigDaddy and we’ve had lots of hospital time in the last few weeks.  This time hasn’t been as dire as last time, but it’s still been worrisome.  After 16 days in the ICU, BigDaddy was finally moved to a regular hospital room today and hopefully he’ll be able to go to a rehab hospital sometime this week.  Just like last time, we’ve been lucky to have a visit from our Aunt Ann to help keep MeMum occupied.  Unfortunately, she’ll be leaving tomorrow and we’ll be on our own. We’ll manage, just like we did last time, but it’s a full time job for MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I, and it leaves little time for anything else.  We’re thinking BigDaddy’s recovery will be a little easier this time, so that’s something to be grateful for!

In the meantime, just before this latest hospital marathon, the Wee Wander fabric line arrived here in ThimbleannaLand.  I LOVE this adorable fabric line.  Each night I came home from the hospital and had about an hour before bedtime, so I stitched a few blocks at the kitchen table.  Sewing is a great way to pass the time when you’re worrying a LOT.  All those nights added up and before I knew it, I had a new little quilt top (it looks like it’s crooked, but it’s not — it’s on a design wall that leans back, so the top is farther away from the camera):

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

I LOVE this sweet fabric line.  Sarah Jane has once again captured some of the sweetest moments of childhood.  I love the horses and those super cute lightning bugs.  I have such fun memories of catching lightning bugs in glass jars when I was a little girl.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

And the Deer!  The deer are what really sucked me in to this fabric line.  You know how people always ask if you remember where you were when President Kennedy was shot, or when the space shuttle blew up?  Well, do you remember where you were when Bambi’s father told Bambi that a hunter had killed his mother???  DO you???  I remember sitting in a movie theater, looking up at that huge movie screen in the dark, with tears running down my face.  It was such a tramatic event in my over-protected childhood.

And then there was The Yearling.  I loooooved that book.  What a tear-jerker!!!  So, I love deer.  Here’s my favorite block in my little quilt:

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

Yup, that’s Bambi, right there!  Here’s another favorite — look at that cute little girl!

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

In case you feel the need for some Wee Wander fabric, I have some in my little Etsy shop.  Unfortunately, the cute blue border fabric is already sold out.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

In addition to yardage, I have some half-yard bundles that also contain some coordinating Moda Bella solid fabrics.  I wanted to add some yellow for the lightning bug glow and some green to coordinate with the pretty green leaves on the horse print.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Stack

Posting will probably be a little sparse around here while we help BigDaddy get better. One good thing about all this hospital waiting is that it’s good knitting time. I’m betting my next post will contain a finished knitting project.  ;-D


46 Thoughts on “Wee Wander

  1. Anna, so sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. The little quilt is very cute. I may have to look into that fabric :) You take good care of yourself while you’re taking care of everyone else.

  2. Hope your daddy is better soon :(
    I just saw on FB where a local quilt shop (Among Friends) is carrying this same fabric and I think I need to go fondle it. There is a flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/2518277@N24/ that you should post to ! So cute!

  3. Oh, Anna, I’m sorry. I do know how it is. But so glad your Dad is recovering. And yes, sewing, stitching of most any kind is wonderfully theraputic. It really does help. And your quilt is magical! I love it. Can’t wait to see what you’re knitting, since I have to do that vicariously through you. ;)

  4. brigita on March 31, 2014 at 12:14 am said:

    love love love your quilt and that fabric is to die for!
    thanks for getting some for the rest of us as well.
    fingers crossed for bigdaddy and getting him the care he needs to recover. i hope you and MDLMBS can hang in there and get it all done… it’s so overwhelming sometimes when you’re holding up the fort at home, working, and then caring for others at the same time. i hope you have time to get a little sleep in there somewhere. let us know how everyone is holding up. we’ll keep bd in our prayers and you keep up the good work.

  5. Sorry to hear that you have been having some difficult times, I hope that things improve soon. Take care. xx

  6. trash on March 31, 2014 at 2:52 am said:

    Much love to you all in Thimbleannaland and sending get better vibes to Big Daddy.

  7. LOVELY boarder fabric – is it as glorious as the photo? Cameras can play tricks… but gee it looks lovely.

  8. Oh I hope your dad gets better very soon. The quilt looks so quaint in those fabrics.

  9. I hope your dad makes a speedy recovery, Anna. The quilt is beautiful. Great job! :o)

  10. I hope BigDaddy continues to get better quickly and that you manage to get some rest while caring for him and your mum. Sending lots of love xxx
    p.s your quilt is gorgeous!

  11. Mind yourself Anna.Thinking of you and your lovely Dad. Mine was 82 on Saturday.Lots of love. Mary

  12. hope your dad will be fine, spending time in the hospital is hard on the whole family isn’t it. I remember Bambi! I still remember tears running down my little brothers face and to think he grew up enjoying hunting deer!

  13. thinking of you Anna x

  14. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way. Hope your Dad feels much better soon. What a great quilt! This is a darling fabric line.

  15. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s latest health set back. I hope he’s on the mend and wish him a speedy recovering. Cute quilt!

  16. So sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he’s doing well and on a road to recovery. What a great idea to set up a fun sewing project to do when you come home. and now you have a super sweet quilt! The fabrics are lovely and remind me too of my favorite childhood books. I remember well when “man came into the forest”
    it’s snowing here today, is it spring in IN yet?

  17. Karen S. on March 31, 2014 at 7:37 am said:

    Sorry to hear about your dad…here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. Loved the quilt…especially the border. As for Bambi…I cried when I was little and I cried when took my kids to see it!

  18. Oh Anna I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad…sending lots of good thoughts and prayers for him and for all of you. Love your sweet quilt…it’s full of long ago memories…LOVE!

  19. Oh Anna I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s recent health issue. When it got to be so long between postings i worried that something was wrong. We’ll all be sending him spiritual healing hugs. Poor daddy. Wish I could send you some cookies to keep your strength up.
    The quilt is adorable! So sweet. I hope you will keep it for any future little babes around your home. Too cute!!! And as always, amazing that you could squeeze that in with everything else. Take care my dear.

  20. Oh no, sorry to hear about Big Daddy. I know times like this are hard for sure. I’ll be thinking of you all Anna. xop

  21. dear Anna, I am so sorry to hear about BigDaddy, but he and MeMum are fortunate to have their girls. Lots of love and don’t bother to respond to this email!

  22. Hi Anna, fingers crossed for healing, and better days ahead for your dad.

    This is really adorable fabric too. Wouldn’t pieces of it look cute decoupaged onto a composition journal for a child (with pockets on the inside)?

    That’s how my mind works when I see fabric-lol.

  23. Anna, im sorry to hear about bigdaddy. is there anything i can do for you?
    your quilt is sweet as honey…i just love that deeply saturated blue color of the border print…ill be sorry i didnt get any of this line…but i still have nearly every thread of Children At Play i overbought!!

  24. Best wishes for your Dad. I hope he makes a swift recovery.
    Thank goodness for quilting (and knitting) to help us get through worrisome times.
    Take care of yourself too.

    Love your new quilt! That border fabric is amazing!! A perfect finish to your quilt!

  25. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but am glad you’re there to help nurse him back to health and keep his spirits up. What an adorable quilt you’ve made, my dear! I love that deer square too. I remember Bambi very well. I cried.

    I’ll send up a prayer for Dad.

  26. Prayers for BigDaddy. And you too. Hang in there. Maybe the silver lining will have to be knitting. Love your quilt. The fabric tells such a story and it’s so cheerful.

  27. Mary ann on March 31, 2014 at 10:29 pm said:

    Hugs for Big Daddy. Gosh its been a really crappy winter there hasn’t it.

  28. MJ Smith on March 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm said:

    Glad to hear Big Daddy is on the mend!!! Hugs to you!

  29. Krista lohmar on April 1, 2014 at 9:11 am said:

    What the heck!! I haven’t done anything but sit on my fat butt-I don’t know how you do all of this-especially now! This is so cute. I am assuming that it is going to go to the first grandchild in the family (which could quite possibly be mine!)

  30. Hoping things get better for all of you each day.

  31. Hugs to you; sorry it’s been a rough time! Since you insist, I WILL get some fabric!!

  32. I hope your Dad continues to recover – I know what a tough time it is when a parent is poorly.
    On a lighter note ……. I have never seen Bambi!! I love the fabrics, but must resist, must resist, must resist!!
    Anne xoxo

  33. Oh ANNA! Stop showing off! A few blocks every night – of hospital visiting and general worrying – and you throw together something like that! Hmm. I won’t tell you how my little cot quilt is progressing. I won’t mention that I forgot that I’d cut out the 6 and a half inch blocks some time previously (before the kitchen painting) and did them all over again, thus leaving me (possibly) not enough material for the (lots of) 3 and a half inch ones. No, no, you have enough to worry you without my telling you this… .

    It might be ok. I just haven’t got back to it yet. And meanwhile you do something like that, just to put me to shame.

    I do hope BigDaddy is going from strength to strength. Hugs.

  34. Anna – so sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he is on the mend. This parents getting older thing is so stressful. My dad was 80 recently and it really does hit home.

    Love the quilt and I am glad that you have some stress-busting passion to help during these times.

    Oh and the question about the pompoms – made the good old fashioned way of course and given haircuts after ;-)

  35. I hope Big Daddy is well and home soon. ;p

    Thank goodness for busy work like sewing or knitting. :P

  36. Wow, those fabrics are so lovely and it must have been so therapeutic for you to work on this sweet project. It is beautiful! You must have angled the corners for the border to wrap around like that? So lovely and yes I remember Bambi and the Yearling!! The girl on the pony is so lovely, I’m tempted to get my hands on some of this fabric, too! Nice work and I hope that healing is in the air for all involved. Best wishes

  37. Sorry to hear things have been up in the air. I’ll keep you in my thoughts that things settle down soon. ((hugs))

  38. Oh dear, I was happy to see that I had company in my BNC (Blog Neglect Club), but am now sadden by what has been happening in your life, it’s not the excuse I wanted to read :(. I do hope that your dad recovers soon.

    On a different note, you my dear, have created a monster! Guess what, I’m attempting to knit a pair of socks and I’m enjoying it! As you probably know, I was an avid knitting in my 20’s. That would barely be 10 years ago! ;o) Although I have knitted many complex sweaters, never a pair of socks. And …. I’m using an English pattern. It’s slowing me down! lol But, I guess it’s time I learn to read English! lol

    Well, I best be getting off this computer and start getting ready for work. I wanted to touch base with you, glad I did! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Do remember to take good care of yourself. Hugs xox

  39. I hope Big Daddy is better soon. I know what a trying time it can be when someone in the family is terribly ill.
    The fabric is darling, and what a comfort to have something light-hearted and lovely to distract you now and then.

  40. First of all… Get well wishes for Big Daddy…all the way from Sweden…and then a hug to all of your family members…worrying is so hard…happy you were able to sew some to keep your worries away…and the sewing you did is marvelous…so so pretty…I also love the deer print ..haven’t gotten my hands on some of these lovely fabrics …yet…might miss out on them…but have promised myself…save money…lol… Take care Anna…a big hug to you too!!

  41. I hope your dad is getting better Anna.

    Your quilt is so beautiful. This fabric line is so gorgeous! I LOVE the outer (sold out) border, it adds a real magical glow to the quilt

    Take care, Berglind

  42. Anna – so very sorry to read about your dad. Here’s wishing you all a stress-free time of speedy recovery for him. What a gorgeous quilt top, it’s so pretty. Don’t forget to take care of you, along with your time spent taking care of others. x

  43. Anna, I was just catching up on months of your blog. First, I hope all is well with your dad. I know how dear he is to you. As for the many quilts you’ve finished recently, beautiful. This one in particular is very sweet.

  44. I’m only just catching up with everyone and had missed your news … I do hope the patient is mending fast.

    Love the little quilt … you have such a way with colour :)

  45. Robin Brown on April 13, 2014 at 8:05 am said:

    As always, you are a committed artist even in dark times…. your mojo keeps keepin’ on. Thinking good thoughts for your Father and family. Be sure to take care of your self too. Nice comforting memories with your beautiful quilt. Always, Robin

  46. I have read SO much about this fabric – but I haven’t seen anything as stunning as this yet – this is GORGEOUS Anna – gorgeous – the border just utterly makes it and seals the deal … how are you going to quilt it? (and I know I should have typed best wishes to your papa first – but the pictures got me over excited) x

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