I know I've been absent again. I keep thinking "I should blog about that" and then continue to sit on the couch under a pile of cats. (In their defense, they're really warm and snuggly and purry in this crappy winter weather!)
I've been periodically reading blogs and cheering you all on to quilt-quilt-quilt, but haven't been saying much. Reading them on my "smart" phone is easy...replying, not so much.
One I used to read a lot was Patchwork Times. Judy made a ton of really incredible, inspiring quilts, but then she moved on to other hobbies (knitting, chickens, etc) and I didn't read much. Well, about a week ago, she announced the quilting bug had bit her again and she's doing her UFO challenge again - with quilts! I don't really have that many UFOs (there are a few I'm ignoring because I have no desire to work on them, so we're not going to talk about those, okay?), but I do have a lot of quilt tops. So this year I'm joining with a list of tops to be quilted. Quilting is where the procrastination happens most with me (there's so many ways to quilt it and I feel bad if I don't custom-fancy quilt every one and then I start second-guessing my choices no matter what I choose), so this challenge will (sorta) force me to just dig in. Think less.
So I went into the Closet of Shame where the tops hang in waiting - with a notebook - and made a list. There are 30. Then I took photos. Crappy photos. But if Judy can post her quilts folded up, so can I! (If I can find better photos, I'll use those, but I'll be searching the blog, so who knows what I'll find!)
#0 (to be done this week!) Elephant Parade
This is not the completed top, just the elephant layout. The top is done and today I bought backing:
They're circus elephants, so why not? The quilt is brighter than in the photo anyways.
#1 Farm Girl Vintage
I have today off, so I bought the back (hello clearance!) for this one today, too:
#2 Weathervane/Blowin' in the Wind
I have a Detroit Tigers fabric ready for the back of this one.
#3 Christmas Pickle
For this I have both the back and binding ready.
#4 "Twist of Lime"
#5 APQ Blogging Buddies Signature Block Swap
This one is truly pathetic that it's still just a top. It does have borders now and I have binding ready.
#6 Origins Charm Square Quilt
Binding is ready!
#7 Science Geek Hexies
#8 Garden Variety
Binding is ready!
#9 Retro Triangles
Binding is ready!
#10 French Kiss
This one has wavy borders that will have to come off and be re-done, but it's the only one on the list that needs any construction/deconstruction. It also has binding waiting.
#11 Mandarin Express
(this is the first one I haven't found a photo on my blog for...no idea what's up with that!)
There are so many other things I could share, but I'm trying to keep this post on topic so when I link up over at Patchwork Times, the newbies don't have to wade through my nonsense. (If they like what they see...and I keep blogging...they'll get that when they come back later!)
But seeing my list and my quilts (particularly posted here, not folded up on hangars in a closet) has me a little more motivated. That longarm STILL scares me, but I'm never going to get over that if I don't use it. (And please don't let my hubby into the Closet of Shame or I may not be allowed to buy any more fabric or go to quilts shows or generally leave the house until a lot of quilts are finished!)
If I finish all of these, my list will be nearly half done.
In my search, I found a few that I no longer care for, so there may be a charity donation or two in my future...
And now I need to stop procrastinating and go piece the back for the elephant quilt. (It was slated to be quilted today, too, but alas, the batting was still rolled up snug in a bag, so maybe tomorrow? How many days can a quilt be on the longarm, waiting for me to return home from work, before the cats find The World's Most Expensive Hammock again?)
PS Emma has made a lap while I'm at my desktop computer. I guess at least I'm blogging while sitting under a cat, right? She's always helpful...like yesterday when I was trying to sew my elephants together and she paced circles around my sewing machine. P.E.S.T.