Never look a gift horse in the mouth. And that's what happened earlier this week. I FOUND FIVE DAYS. I know - who can believe it? Not that I was getting stressed because Christmas is coming and I still have a few quilts to make and quilt. Nope not at all. It is just the norm for this time of year and yes I know that I say - "next year will be better" and it never is. But in my heart - I believe next year will be better as I have less and less customer stuff to do so there won't be the same rush. I would never rush and meet a deadline for my own stuff.
Let's just say that there are five days that got freed up between now and the end of the year. So sewing machine and long-arm - WATCH OUT. I'm going to treat each and every one of those days with great care - they are a gift and I intend to use every minute to the max.
Speaking of using every minute - I got this customer quilt done last night - it's trimmed up and ready to go and just barely in time when you look at the theme of the quilt.
|Customer quilt - DONE!|
And then the question was what design???? I found the most adorable gingerbread quilting design when I was in Houston so I bought the pattern - it arrived about 10 days ago (OK - more like 2 weeks) and here it is.
|Gingerbread overall design|
A couple of things to consider - the thread color - you MUST choose your thread wisely with this situation. The thread has to match the quilt - I know that is an obvious statement, but choose the wrong tone, the wrong shade and the quilt is toast. Well that's a bit of an exageration - but it doesn't look as nice. Choose a thread that will blend in equally with the light and dark. If I have to see the thread on the dark - then I might as well see it on the light - mid-tones work wonders in these situations. And then the thread for the back - I didn't choose red as I had a mid-tone taupe on the top - so I chose a slighter darker tone taupe for the back and it all looks wonderful.
Anyway - I'm very happy with it - it's a bit of a fiddly design because it makes an image as opposed to a more abstract type of pattern. It's all hand guided and I'm really really happy with the way the quilt turned out. Hope the customer is too!!!!!
Tonight - I'm onto the next urgent Christmas stuff. One that I agreed to, but customer didn't tell me they (tablerunners) were Christmas presents until after they were in my hands. Yep - that happens!
If things go well - I should have my backlog pretty much cleared up by the end of the year and then - well let's see what happens for next year. I have loads of my own stuff and loads of things I want to experiment with Northcott stuff, We'll all just have to sit back and watch.
This gingerbread quilt was a block of the month by Sue Garman a while back. I have the same quilt and we were working on them together and then - well stuff got in the way for me. I still have about 3 blocks to applique. I think all the piecing is done. I know - I should make it a priority.
Let's chat a moment about your clean-up spot. I heard from a couple of people that they have a spot or two small spots picked. What about the rest of you????? Find one - we all have one or two or three. Choose it and then write down those items that you can easily and quickly do or get rid of. That's very important - divide and conquer!!!!!! I wish I could take one of my FOUND days and work on the room, but NO - this is a chance to play catch up and I'm taking 100 percent advantage of that opportunity. Why not take a picture or two so you can really appreciate how the room looks when you are done.
On that note - I'm out of here. Don't forget to pick that room!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!