My sewing room is always pretty much a disaster and probably always will be. When Shirley was here to try out my Millennium, she asked me how many quilt tops I have waiting to be quilted. I didn’t have a clue. Seriously, I didn’t know if I have 5 or 10 or 20 . . I just don’t know.
A funny or weird thing is that I don’t use the longarm often (don’t mention that to Vince, please, or he’ll start his debate with me again about why I needed a new one). The last top I quilted was Nicole’s big quilt and that was the last week in February. But with it gone, it’s like I miss it . . I keep wanting to load a quilt and get it quilted and I kinda feel obsessed about all the quilts not quilted so yesterday I decided to match up backings and get bindings done for all my tops that need quilting. Some just need to be quilted and bound and donated. Some are for us to keep or for gifts but I’m going to make a real effort to get these tops quilted and finished.
When doing the quilts for the books, I often did them at least twice to make sure I had the directions correct. This is one from the first book, Nine Patch Extravaganza. The top is 6 or 7 years old . . time to get it quilted. Unless someone in my family claims it, I’ll probably send it to my friends in Houma, LA to donate to the children’s home there.
This is what I chose for the backing.
Believe it or not, there was still enough of the brown dotted fabric to make the binding.
Next was a top I worked on when we were in the rental here so it isn’t very old. It’s from the indigo challenge. It will probably also go to the Houma, LA ladies for the children’s home they support.
The backing for this one was already pieced and the binding was already made.
Next is the Texas quilt I made for Vince. This is just like the one I made for the United Way auction at 3M.
In my stash was the perfect backing for this quilt.
Sometimes with these “perfect” backing fabrics, I have to just hurry up and do it before I talk myself out of it. I kept thinking about tops I could make with this fabric instead of “wasting” it for a backing. There was plenty to piece it and make the whole backing using this fabric but I decided to use a brown tone on tone (kinda like Texas dirt!), so I could save part of the Texas fabric.
I’ll get the binding made for this one today. The pieces are cut and just need sewing together.
The last package I put together yesterday was for my Road to Round Rock quilt.
The backing for this one was another one I had to make myself use. It’s probably something I bought for a Stack & Whack and I liked it a lot but I don’t need another S&W so I added some of the green with squiggly lines from the top to make the backing large enough, made the binding and now . . all I need is a longarm!
That’s four “packages” that I got ready yesterday. If I can get four more done today, I’ll have a better understanding of how many tops I have here to quilt.
Do you have tops sitting around that need quilting? Or do you have quilts sitting around that need binding? Why do we do that?
How many tops do you have waiting to be quilted? How many quilts do you have waiting to be bound?