Oh my --- I am getting to like this quiet pace. No deadlines, yet I'm still getting lots done -- well, I"m getting stuff done, I don't know about lots. I'm reading, relaxing (yet still walking), and well -- it's positively grand! However, I don't think I'm quite ready to retire yet! I've got so much to learn, and teaching (or leading a group) helps me to learn, so I can't give that up entirely!
But what day is it? Oh yes -- Sunday!
My days are positively starting to be like Groundhog Day! Yep -- I got two more community project quilts done.
|Community Project quilt - DONE|
|The second community project quilt is done!|
Both are trimmed and ready for binding whenever I get to that point. My focus is to quilt as many of those small quilts as I can. I am making that roll of batting stretch far. I think there's still enough for another six quilts? I'm losing count. Don't worry -- there are still at least six more small quilts. Then I decided I must check my batting closet to see if there was any other polyester batting. Let's get it all used up!
I found one piece last week, which is included in the batting count for six more quilts. But look what I found. A HUGE batt at 120" square. Good grief --- well, that's OK, as there are a "few" more small quilts to quilt. So now my goal is to use up ALL the polyester batting, and then I focus on something else.
|A large poly batt|
My goals these days are to use up, finish up, and make a dent in those quilts that Diane has made! I have a system going. I try to have one quilt on the long arm before bed. That's done! Then the second quilt of the day has the backing made (if it didn't come with a backing) and that it's ironed, as well as the top. That is done.
I took the small quilts and paired them up, and those pairs are lying on the floor. Once I have the quilts for the day prepped, I take one of the pairs and put it on the ironing board so I can prep that as I'm quilting the quilts of the day. The stack of paired quilts is rapidly diminishing. I didn't take a picture, but I will for tomorrow.
It's all about focus! I know I won't have this same flexibility starting in October, so I'm taking advantage of the time now.
All is good! And then someday. I must start on those bindings!
I did a quick perusal of my bookshelves to see if I had any of the other titles of quilt history books I bought at the used book sale, and NOPE -- I don't seem to see them. I thought of starting to pull books but got sidetracked. But I did find this book on Durham Quilting from the Durham region in England. Guess what? That's where my Mom's side of the family came from. Perhaps a trip to England is in order!
|Durham Quilting book|
|A complete row at the top using Basic Mode|
|Partial row at the top|
|Partial row at the bottom|
|Hexagon block for Green Tea|
|Hey Lexi -- get up! I want to play|
|I mean it -- get up, or I'll attack you!|
|You asked for it! Attack!|
|Hey Lexi -- I'm going to chew your face off!|