Well, first step of reigning in the chaos of my quilting space is assessing what I have. I decided to start with the easiest category – finished tops that need to be quilted. After searching high and low, I was a little bit surprised that I only had four:
So, now it’s time to decide what to do with them!
The Civil War Sampler is a great quilt, and I’m holding on to that one as a wedding present. I’m 95% sure it will be hand quilted, so it will just have to stay in it’s un-quilted state until the time is right.
Side note – am I the only one who grew up with the theory that it’s bad luck to start quilting a wedding quilt until someone is engaged? Maybe I should finally let that superstition go, and just start quilting it… Something to think about.
Jo’s Japanese is a small, but pretty, red, blue, and gold quilt that a friend of mine started years ago. She wanted to try quilting, so we raided my stash and picked out a simple pattern for her. Long story short, she didn’t enjoy it, so she gave the pieces back to me, and I finished the quilt top. My goal is to get the top finished, and give it to her to enjoy. Since it’s a little bit smaller, I want to quilt this one on my home quilting machine.
Round the World is a block of the month quilt from a couple of years ago that I never really fell in love with. But the top is finished, and it would be a good quilt to keep handy for picnics and other spur of the moment uses. I want to send this one out to be professional quilted.
The Ugliest Baby Quilt Known to Man is a baby quilt I made a couple of years ago. I finished the top, looked at it, and knew that there was NO WAY I could gift it to someone. So I folded it up, and made a new quilt for that new baby. 🙂 The UBQNM has been sitting on the shelf for way too long. It’s hideous, I don’t like it, I don’t think I can re-purpose it for any other project. So… *Deep Breath* I’m going to throw it away. (Okay, that sounds melodramatic… really I’m going to donate it to charity when I’m ready to get rid of a bunch of fabric.)
So, that’s the plan with my quilt tops – One for hand quilting, one for at-home machine quilting, one to send to the quilter, and one to just cut my losses on, and get rid of.
Next step – this weekend I’m going to try and inventory all the quilting projects that I have started, but haven’t finished. Wish me luck!