Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Last night about 8 PM I finished the 15th quilt top, a quick and easy little number in flannel. I stood still for just a few minutes to savor it before pouring myself a drink and thinking, "Okay, so what is next?" Here are pictures of the last three quilt tops made since my last post:
You can see more pictures of all three in my albums. I am very pleased in how they turned out and that they came so quickly together. I will admit I am feeling a bit "out to sea" today because I do not have a quilt top to rush home to. I suspect I will get over that quickly.
Next comes the embroidery on the backs. I typically embroider my signature and the date, a dedication to the person receiving the quilt and a pertinent quote. Since I do not know who is getting which quilt, I think each one will say, "To my family with love." I put together 15 (short) quotes about Christmas so I am ready in that respect. I think I will put "2013 - the Year of the Christmas Quilt" on each quilt with its respective number 1-15 in the series. The thread for the embroidery is quite pricey so I do not want to get carried away on writing (besides, it is time consuming).
After the embroidery is done, I will start pinning. I have five quilt batts to get me started, three 100% natural cotton and two polyester. For some quilts, I want the traditional flatter look a cotton batt gives; for others, I will want the loft a polyester batt affords. I found a really good deal on cotton quilt batts this weekend at Joann but I did not jump at it (bought only three) because I am not sure how many will be cotton batted. If I can pin them them three batches of five each, that would be very good - less strain on my back than if I pin them all at once and I am not sure I have enough quilting pins for 15 quilts (I have about 7000 pins from "Road to California" the last big quilt I did). No basting these quilts. I just do not have the time.
My sewing room is re-arranged for quilting so I am just about ready to go. I am going to quilt them in the reverse order of which I made the tops so the last will get quilted first - mostly because that is how they are stacked on the table in my quilt room. All quilting will be very simple (again time) and I figure I have to do 2-1/2 quilts per month to meet my target goal of Thanksgiving 2013.
Okay, here we go again!