For a lot of my quilting career I’ve found myself answering the endless question “What’s that one for?” with “I don’t know, I just wanted to make it.” Either that or giving the questioner (i.e my husband) the evil eye.
Many of my quilts have had intended purposes from start to finish, but many more have only found their purpose after being completed. I’ve blogged before about how many quilts I’ve given away, as well as how many I’ve actually kept and use in my home.
I’m reaching a point, though, where I’m starting to wonder the same question as I look at the quilts that are either finished (and not being used) or not finished (and not being used): “What’s that one for?” And I’m starting to wish I had a different answer for some of them. How many bed quilts or lap quilts can one family have before it starts to get ridiculous? I’m sure the line of silliness is different for every person, but I think I’m starting to reach that point in my house. But. Some of the quilts that still aren’t finished aren’t ones that I would be willing to give away: I’m still too attached to them.
How silly is that?
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. I’m not looking for suggestions for places to give away quilts: I know plenty of very deserving service projects, and I’m sure that as time goes on, I’ll be looking at more of them as places to donate.
All of this is to tell you that I finished several quilts over the past few days, all of which have been around in various states of undoneness lately, and I haven’t the faintest clue what I’m going to do with any of them.
First is The Whole Box (of Crayons). Here are a couple of closeups:
Next is Lynn’s Leftovers. Again, these blocks have been around forever, but I was inspired the other day to get them sewn together, throw on the border fabric (which is a leftover from my friend Lynn), and quilt it up. The name of the pattern is Red Hot Leftovers….so the quilt name seemed obvious to me….
Oh for crying out loud. I just realized that my last blog entry (4 days ago!) was partly about this quilt. Duh. Well, you get to see the whole thing this time, so here it is anyway:
Sheesh. Sorry about that. That’s what I get for not blogging for a few days, can’t even remember what I was babbling about.
I also quilted my Lone Star. It still has some blue pen marks.
I marked the spines, and then freehanded the feathers. I’m happy with how the feathers turned out, I’m a little annoyed with the mitered border, though. Someone didn’t do a very good job of applying it, so the quilt really isn’t quite square. Have to fire my piecer, I guess.
My point in all of this: I’ve now got 3 more quilts that are finished (or close to: if the quilting’s done, it’s nearly finished in my book…) that don’t have purposes in life, yet. But I’m not ready or willing to give any of them away yet, for a number of reasons that I won’t bore you with at this time. And in rereading what I’ve already written, it seems that I’ve attempted to make that same exact point in about the same way several times. Are you bored yet?
Well, into the pile they go, while I go work on even more quilts that are partially finished — wonder what I’ll do with all of those?
I’ve got a couple of walls yet that are uncovered.