Denial, or OMG two weeks?!?

Kim or Matt related , Quilting & sewing August 17th, 2012

So I had a momentary freak-out yesterday when I looked at my calendar and realized, OMG, school starts in two weeks.  Two weeks is about my usual gear-up period; I start heading to school in the morning and come home later and later to accustom the dogs to the idea that I do, in fact, work.  Usually I notice much earlier and go through my pouty phase  prior to the gear-up period.  I think this  year I was so busy with Sophie I didn’t notice.  The possible upside is that I have to speed through the pouty period to get geared up.  I guess that’s something.

Another reason I didn’t notice is because I’ve been quilting like mad.  I currently have three finished quilts sitting in the laundry bin, waiting to be washed, but I don’t have pictures of them.  Although this is the binding of one:

In addition to the three finished quilts, I have two finished tops.  One of them is pretty big, and I don’t even know if I have enough room in the kitchen (my customary basting area) to pin it, plus I don’t know what I want to back it with, so it’s just hanging out.  Probably until next year. Or later.  The other one I made in a fit of inspiration.

I have a substantial stash of batik fabrics, which I love but don’t often use.  For one thing, scrappy quilts are a lot of work, and I’m lazy.  For another, I have a non-productive aversion to using up my precious collection.  And finally, I’m currently obsessed with baby quilts and modern fabric, and batiks don’t always play nicely with either.

I found a nice big 12 x 12″ block pattern, though, sketched out a color scheme, and went on my merry way.  My plan was to make nine, for a 3 x 3′ quilt, which, with borders, would be a decent baby size.  That plan went out the window after I made one of the blocks and decided eight more just weren’t going to happen.  (At least I’m in touch with reality.)  So then I had a “genius” idea.  I blew up the whole block to four times its size, and made one giant 4 x 4′ block.  I like it a lot, but it has the same problem as the other unfinished top: no backing, awfully big. So how did I deal with that?

I left it piled on top of the first one and dug through my stash until I found fabric for a quilt I knew I could bind in the kitchen and that I had backing for.  That one’s done, quilting and all, except for the binding.  I hate binding.

So I’ve really been very productive, in a completely unproductive sort of way.  Although I have all of these fabulous quilts (at the moment, I have something like seven in reserve), I still don’t have the one that I was really committed to this summer, for a colleague.  I have the perfect fabric, but not an accompanying pattern, and thus, no quilt.  So, school gear-up time notwithstanding, I don’t think I’m quite done with the quilting kick yet.

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