First, and most importantly, Pumpkin is 14 weeks old, and officially the length of a lemon (3 1/2 inches). I am officially in the 2nd trimester, which is a big relief, too. I feel like I've passed the time when I really could worry about an unexplained misscarriage, and I now have a 6 week grace period before preeclampsia could raise its ugly head again. And that's a good feeling.
Second, I have officially made progress on the Hawaiian quilt!
There will be 4 orange pumpkins at the corners and 4 in the middle section, too. I took a shortcut and used a spray "basting glue," instead of basting the applique down by hand, but whatever. I am hand sewing the applique (and finished the upper right corner last night!) and then hand quilting it all together (hopefully). But I figure if Pumpkin is almost here, and I'm not finished yet, I don't have a problem with doing some finishing by machine. I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't follow the "rules." The hand quilting is nice because, at least at this point when I'm still sewing down the applique, it's portable, so i can take it to Stitch n Bitch, like I did last night. It feels really nice to feel crafty again.