Catching up, looking forward…

Part One: Catching Up…

I know it has been an incredibly long time since I have posted here; things have been hectic in all kinds of wonderful ways. Since early July we went to England, came home, got sick, and took off for Cape Cod. It would take forever to chronicle everything in detail, but I do want to play just a wee bit of catch up…


England was amazing. Bee had an incredible time, as did K and I. What was really the most remarkable was seeing Bee grow up right before our eyes; she always make enormous linguistic and cognitive leaps when she spends all of her time with the two of us, and this trip was no exception. It feels like she really made the final change from toddler to little girl.

Unfortunately, our return home was not quite so wonderful as our three weeks in England. Bee’s beloved Flopsy Bunny was lost in the Toronto Airport. Not going to go into the details, but it was epicly tragic.


And since Flopsy was a custom production shop for a small customer in the Netherlands, the company had no more in stock (hadn’t even when we tried to find another way back when Bee first really started to attach to Flopsy). We even offered to pay one of their prototypers to make one last bunny, but it was a no go. We had searched everywhere online, but no Flopsy Bunnys were to be found, but then Bee’s brilliant and wonderful godfather had the idea to start searching in Dutch and French and he located what was probably the last Flopsy for sale in the world. Granted this one still has arms and soft fur, but Bee has already given us the outline of a story that makes sense of that.

The thing is that Bee is okay with Flopsy being gone, for the most part, but K and I miss him. He was and is such a part of Bee’s story and the stories she makes up about the world. He is more than a ragged bit of cloth; he is a highly significant symbolic object. He means so much more than he is. In so many ways he reminds me of a quilt, but that is something to write about later.

And if that weren’t enough, the day after we arrive home Bee developed a fever that got worse and worse. Eventually she was diagnosed with pneumonia, which she passed on to K. I spiked a fever, but avoided the familial pneumonia. And then we were off to Cape Cod, Bee mostly recovered, K still in terrible shape, but that hasn’t stopped the fun too much, and has definitely not made a dent in Bee’s adorableness…


After a trip to the ER for K and a couple of follow ups at urgent care she is now properly on the mend as well. There are daily beach trips, and Bee is even old enough to fly the kite on her own (to her great delight), even if she did let go once, forcing me to sprint across the beach in ways reminiscent of my old track and field days…


I think we’re finally getting through it all, and are very much looking forward to returning home in a few days and settling down to some simple normalcy. Well, normalcy may be a bit of an overstatement considering what’s in front of us…

Part Two: Looking Forward…

It’s going to be an insane next few months. Scratch that, next year…

Let’s start small:

Pretty soon the fabulous Savanna Bop flannel will be hitting stores all over the place. I am so excited about the flannel; it is so insanely and incredibly soft. There are a lot of minky backed winter quilts that are going to be made, along with pyjamas and sleep sacks and all kinds of stuff…


And before too much longer Frippery will be hitting stores as well. I feel like this is my real coming out collection, like I have really stopped designing prints for paper that I translate to fabric, and have really and truly begun to design fabric. I am already having so much fun playing with it, and can’t wait to see all of the awesome that gets made with it…


And then I am still hoping to get sample yardage of Asbury in time for Market, because I will be doing a schoolhouse again this fall. This time I am getting a half-hour so I may get to do more than just say hello, though I would feel so much better with a two-hour session. Speaking of two-hour sessions, of course I am teaching at Sewing Summit a couple of weeks before Market.

But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg…

You see, I’m writing a book. Not going to say anything more about it (totally not allowed to), but I am freaking giddy. Remember that pic of Frippery early in this post? Well, that is a bit of in-progress action for one of the quilts for the book. You see, when I started talking about doing this book I thought I had a quiet-ish fall ahead of me, but the second the book started going forward a million other things happened. You know what they say: When it rains it really effing pisses down on you…

But wait, you may have noticed a little something else that I slipped in early in the post, a small bit of burying the lead. Did anyone catch the mention of making sleep sacks???

Well, I don’t make anything without a reason (though my mother is currently making the flannel sleep sacks). Yep, Bee is going to be a big sister. K is due in late January/early February, so get ready for some heavy-duty chaos next year. We are unbelievably excited, and you all should brace yourself for an even more ridiculous influx of photos next year.

Now to figure out how to get it all done. Where is that cloning machine when I need it???

So, I think that just about covers everything, or at least the highlights. Now that we are heading home at last I will start posting more regularly, and shall return to all of the social media venues. My visits may be a little less frequent than they used to be, but I’ll be there. I can’t wait to see how all of this goes, and to share it all with my fabric/sewing community.

Yay chaos!!!


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22 Responses to Catching up, looking forward…

  1. 1
    rachael says:

    congrats on the new babe and the book!! glad everyone is on the mend, and i for one can’t wait for your class at SS 🙂

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    Dan says:

    Fantastic news Thomas! Congratulations!

  3. 3
    Rae says:

    Congrats to you, K, and Bee!

    (P.S., I can now say with certainty that the off-brand Minky we were discussing quilts up rather nicely)

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    Lynn says:

    Congratulations on the new baby!
    Lots of excitement at your house. I can hardly wait to get my hands on some of the new Frippery. I’d love to make a Washi dress to wear at fall market!

  5. 5
    Nicole says:

    Wow that’s a lot of news, congrats to you all!

  6. 6
    Jacqueline says:

    Congratulations!!! Bee will make a wonderful big sister. =) And I <3 flannel!

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    Jamie Cooley says:

    Wow, a big sister! That’s huge news. Congratulations, Bee!!! And congrats on the book, TK.

  8. 8

    Great news about baby number 2! x

  9. 9

    I was only thinking last night about the timing of a playmate for Bee and then you announce this! I am ridiculously happy for all of you.

    Just remember the pacing plan and if you overdo it, rest. I am more than happy to help you in any way (long distance) to achieve your goals for the next year.

    Hugs from the Cheerleading Section (UK crips branch)

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    Amanda W says:

    Sorry to hear you all got sick. Bee is so adorable! Can’t wait for your book. Congratulations on the new little one! So excited for you all!

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    Maggie Magee says:

    Such wonderful news–especially about the new baby! Bee will be a very good big sister! All of your news was great–and super to hear about the book!

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    Konda says:

    You are overflowing with exciting things happening. Miss Bee looks like she will be a great big sister. I love seeing my older kids with the new baby. Congratulations!

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    Cathy Kizerian says:

    It is great to have you back in Blogland; you have been missed. WOWsers, what great news you have! Congrats on the book and all, but most of all congrats on Knauerkid #2!!! Bee will be an awesome older sister. Hang on and enjoy the ride!!

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    Sally says:

    Well, you’ve certainly got a full plate! Glad everyone is mended. We had “jingle bear” who was like your Flopsy; technically he still exists but he doesn’t look much like a bear anymore! Congratulations o the babe and the book; if you need someone to test-drive Frippery (or the flannels!) give me a holler; I would love to play with more of your fabrics. Hope to bump into you at Summit too.

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    Congratulations on all fronts!!!
    Poor K, being so sick and pregnant at the same time.
    I do hope you can get your book done before baby comes. Speaking from some very painful experience it is VERY difficult on everyone to try and have a newborn and finish a book at the same time.

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    Erin says:

    big big BIG congrats to you! So exciting. It’s always held true in my life as well that when it rains it pours! But it sounds like it’s all good stuff! 🙂

  17. 17
    Mary ann says:

    Such wonderful news after the last few weeks, loading a beloved friend and illness followed by illness…and now all the exciting and joyful news!

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    Congrats on all the good news, and I’m happy to hear you came out of your illness (which I kept hearing of on Twitter). We can’t wait for your new lines and your book — and I very much hope I get to meet you at Sewing Summit!

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    Pétra says:

    Wow that’s a lot going on! I hope K is better soon I had pneumonia awhile ago and it really really wipes you out.
    Oh I can’t wait to see Frippery in person it looks great!

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    Teresa Lynn Hoagland says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming Fatherhood again. Love the Frippery pics and can’t wait to see it and the flannel as well. I may be a week late at reading your blog but then I have never ever been accused of hurrying to do anything! I may be slow but I am Persistent. ( my husband calls it stubborn).

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    Dana says:

    Great big giant congratulations…on everything,

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    Amanda says:

    Hi, I’ve never been to your blog before, but I’ve loved your Sew, Daddy, sew! posts and thought I’d take a look. Congrats on a new one! And as to your lost bunny situation, you must read the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems. Seriously, run to your library (although these are popular books, so they might be out) or you local book store and get these. There are three, and they are wonderful. You will find the third book particularly fitting for your current situation (although you really must read all of them), and additionally, it is extremely touching (you will cry, but they will be happy tears, I promise). Seriously, Knuffle Bunny, trust me.

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