Throughout my quarantine time I was at the machine most every moment I was able. There were so many quilts here…Quilt tops were coming out my ears!! There were 27 charity quilts here…and 25 of mine and Kelli’s (ALL VERY LARGE) quilts and 4 of my cousin Donna’s quilts.
After that experience I can tell you a few things for sure…
1- I will never let the stack of quilt tops around here EVER get as high again.
2- I am not going postpone doing quilt because I ‘m afraid to pick thread color or quilting motif.
3-I made a new page about charity quilts and hopefully that will help with the influx. I love doing charity quilts but only a few at a time. I did make a Frequently Ask Question page to help with that.
4-I found a couple of other people willing to bind and machine quilt some of the charity quilts so I am going to share the load. Thanks to all who offered to help.
As my quarantine was ending I counted up my quilts that were left here….
I have 3 charity quilts.
I have 7 of mine and Kelli’s.
I had 4 of Donna’s.
Comparing the numbers..no wonder I was pooped out. A LOT of quilts got out of here!!!
Just about then my cousin Donna messaged me and asked if I could finish up her quilts and mail them to her. Donna lives in Alaska and typically doesn’t like to spring for postage (I don’t blame her) so she picks them up when she’s here in the lower 48 states. She mentioned that she wanted to get a couple finished and donated to people who had a fire her way. Although I was VERY tired of my life attached to the quilting machine, I decided what’s another two more days at the machine??
She had some very nice quilts.
My favorite was this one.
The colors of it while on the frame were more of the true colors….really bright and pretty. I have enjoyed doing Donna’s quilt. They take me a bit out of my comfort zone. I debated a long time what to do with this. I finally ended up doing a flame design with a swirl now and then. I kind of reminded me a the wind blowing a storm in. I debated about the black along the bottom too. I ended up not quilting it.
Maybe I should have…who knows. In the end it can be done on a domestic machine if she decides she wants it.
I finished the quilts up and found boxes for them so they are off and on to Alaska.
It’s so hard quilting other people’s quilts. I always feel so uncomfortable not knowing what people want….or what my capabilities are. I’m truly not a professional machine quilter. I always feel like I’m not quite good enough..I do know for sure that I NEVER want to be a professional long armer.
There you have it. That’s what has been happening on the quilting machine over the last few weeks. I feel completely happy with what’s left here for me to finish. It’s finally closer to a manageable number…I think 10 all together. I plan to keep working on them though. I want to have even fewer quilt tops here. Wouldn’t if be truly amazing if I got completely caught up with my quilts….ah, that might be unrealistic…but it’s nice to think about. Hopefully I’ll get one more done this weekend….little by little….