One major benefit of my annual March-A-Long is that often times to help fulfill my self requirement of 15 minutes of sewing a day, that I dive onto Quilter’s Cache or into EQ7 and start looking at new quilts, new blocks, new ides, new patterns.
Also, working on the long-ago formed Weave Quilt last month, made me think about other quilts that I have been close on. Figuring out what steps need to be done to finally finish those that are close or “oh so close” that sit in the corner unused, unadmired.
I have been wanting to get back to work on the longarm again, but to do that, I needed a quilt that was ready with a finished backing. I end up piecing like “all” of my backs for some reason or another, I don’t like buying backing fabric.
And I have been about 16 inches short on a back for my samurai Sudoku quilt for a few years now. So close. I have the pattern for the quilting picked out, I have the hours prepaid for renting time on the long arm.
But my aversion to phones & appointments, and the not finished back has kept me down, kept me from getting another bed sized quilt done.
Until this past weekend. Whoo! The back of this monster is done!
This does not fit in my living room.
Luckily, I just had to make the backing a little larger. I hope it is square enough.
I even sewed the zippers on because I knew I wanted to quilt this one next.
As much fun as it would be to do custom quilting on this quilt, I don’t have the time or energy to do so, I have a large pantograph for this quilt that I bought a few years ago when I finished the border.
And finally I had an open day off with nothing else planned, and so decided to call to rent time on the long-arm.
Thanks to the guild for having a long-arm panel this last month and opening up the conversation to getting quilts done that way.
And I have an appointment for friday. I hope I remember it all! I think I will!
And then since I was on a “finishing up borders kick” I decided to stop where I was on the gemini sky quilt, which in my mind I had been wanting something else on the borders than what I had already done.
And I finished pieces for the backing on this quilt too. since I was thinking about backings.
So I have another quilt ready for the quilting stage. :)
And then thought of 2 other things to do to other quilts, other ideas for new quilts. Neither of which are matched up yet, and I misplaced something I need for one thing. My hand appliqued hot air balloon has the perfect backdrop once I figure out where I stashed it.
I am excited to get these old items done & done. Then I can say I completed more than like 1 quilt in 2015.
I would like to do more of these. Maybe as a series.
And since I wanted a “dice bag” for my carcassonne tiles. I made 2. One for me and one to sell at the quilt show. 2nd one is the same, but not pictured here.
Anyway, wish me luck. I am heading friday to quilt the samarai sudoku quilt, and then saturday to play tabletop games for tabletop day. Looking forward to my long weekend of fun!