Saturday, December 29, 2007

Getting Things Done

I've been busy trying to make sure my quilts will be done in time for the show in Feb. I'm going to be a featured quilter! Not that I'm such a star quilter, but the position makes its rounds through our guild. Guess it's my turn this year. I've had to spend most of this year finishing UFOs so I'll have something to show. Usually I give away most of what I make. It has been quite fun to see my UFOs turning into completed quilts, although I do miss making the kids' quilts.

This brown quilt is one I made a couple of years ago when my son got a new bed. Even had it machine quilted, and then my son started using it and even washed it. I finally got the binding on it tonight. Whew! It feels great to have it done.

I quilted another top today (no picture yet). It's going to be in the show. I've been experimenting with a new style of machine quilting on my domestic machine and am pleased with how it turned out. I'm happy to say that my requirements for perfection have relaxed, and I am content with what I produce even though it may not be perfect, whatever that means. Tonya has helped me learn to ignore the quilt police.

Right after Christmas I started making Christmas gift bags. If I keep plugging away at them through the year, I'll have a decent collection of them by next Christmas. These are my first attempts. I've made plain bags before, but these are quilted! It's kind of like making a bunch of small to medium size tote bags. These are also inspired by Tonya! She has been a great example and teacher to so many of us.

The tag isn't attached yet. It's just sitting there. I've made several tags and am experimenting with style on those, too. It's fun to play!

I have 15 quilts registered for the show. I think that'll be a good number. They range in size from about 8-inches square to queen size. Not all of them are done yet; some are in production at the machine quilter's, some are waiting for binding, and I still have one left that I need to quilt myself. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, and it feels great. Not that I have completed all my UFOs! I still have many of those to enjoy in the years to come. I'm just feeling relieved that I got done as many as I did and that I think I'll have enough to put on a decent show. I'm sure as the time draws closer I'll be sharing more info and pictures. Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

Carol! Waht a wonderful thing. You are the featured Quilter AND I get to go to the show all the way from CA! You be sure to tell your friends that you have a friend coming all that way just to see your show!!!!!!

Tonya Ricucci said...

So exciting you're the featured quilter - no stress there getting things finished up. You'll have to take lots of pics at the show.

thanks for the sweet compliments - glad you're enjoying your quilting and ignoring the police. your gift bags are great. I love that one that looks like a drawstring bag, but is lined. Very nice. You'll be ready for next year.