Can you believe that Christmas is just a few days away? At my house, Santa's little elves are busy quilting and binding. And they are almost done! Essentially, all that's left to get done before Christmas is to finish writing my Christmas cards. I know - I'm late. But better to be late than never.
The T-shirt quilt is on the long arm, and I need to make the binding and quilt it later today. It likely won't get picked up until after Christmas due to the pandemic, but I'll meet my commitment. I have the last of the three quilts for the same customer to bind today, and then they can be picked up later today.
That's it - one quilt to quilt and bind, and one quilt to bind. There are still loads that I need to get done by the end of the year, but that's for next week!
So what got done yesterday? I quilted this customer quilt.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
The stars (or in the case of the Winter Solstice - the planets) were aligned, and the pattern was the EXACT length it was supposed to be. Sometimes, it's a bit longer. And guess what? The days are going to start getting longer now!! That's awesome news.
|The quilting design didn't run off the edge of the quilt|
Then I got busy and made the binding, and it's now on the quilt.
|The quilt is also bound|
I made the binding and sewed it on this quilt. So that one is also done.
|One more binding - DONE|
Then at some point in the afternoon, I had a visitor. Oh yes - Bear, of course, was there to visit. He loves to snuggle in anything soft! This was the bag of leftover scraps from the T-shirts.
|Bear snuggled in a bag of T-shirt scraps|
But his handler also came to visit, and she had a mission. She wanted to make Bear his own quilt. It has to be made from Minky. UGGG -- all that fluff in the studio. Oh well, it's for Bear. She went through the buckets of Minky and did all the rotary cutting. I've swept MANY times, and I'm still finding bits.
|M serging Bear's quilt|
We had a great visit while she sewed, and I thought I heard her say, "This is actually fun. Just making stuff." Oh my - is there a sparkling of hope in there? She did an outstanding job as I don't think she ever used the serger before, and Minky is horrible to work with.
|Bear and M watching his quilt get quilted|
I see Bear got a new scarf from the scraps of Minky! But you got to watch that little devil. He chewed the top off one of my earbuds. Thankfully, they still work just fine! Bad boy, BEAR!!!!
|Hanging out on the sewing table|
|Bear testing out the yoga bag|
|Harry Potter fabric|
And then there's the bundle of camping themed fabric. That went into the same box.
And I also found a jelly roll with two pieces of fabric. That went in the same spot.
|Red and white fabric|
So that's a HUGE thing - how much stuff got purchased and never found a home? Lots, it would appear. A few patterns got filed into the pattern area, and I found a book.
Then I found this tray which contains bits and pieces of stuff. Mostly half-square triangles that are sewn and need to be trimmed. Good grief - how many of these do I have in the house? LOTS!!! And notice the small green and orange ones in the bottom corner. I've started to sew those together! Those were the cut-offs from making a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.
|A tray of scraps to sew|
|Fabric triangles to sew|
I do have a stack of stuff to sort through later today. Not the sewing machine that's on the bottom of the pile. That needs to be opened up and played with, but not today.
|Stuff to sort through today|
|The stuff still to sort|
All I can say is that it was sure easy to just wing something into a bag if I didn't know what to do with it. It's way harder to actually put it away! What a concept that is!!!
|The pile of current projects|
|The other side of the current projects table|
The trick for me is to NOT add anything to the table that shouldn't be there. I've very good at sneaking in an extra project or two. And then it piles up. I will be adding a couple of things to this table that I have committed to finishing. They are currently sitting on the other table but need to be done, not shelved.
|Fabric for masks|