Thank you again for all of your thoughts and advice on my New Year’s Resolution post. It was certainly reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one struggling with this issue.
Here are some suggestions readers gave to help me keep my NO NEW QUILTS 2015 resolution.
Make a List of WIP Quilts
Below are photos of 15 quilt blocks from projects I have previously written about. There are many more that I have not written about, so the total is more like 35 WIP quilts in boxes. Most of them have all the pieces cut; some have just a few blocks finished, a few are almost done, and the rest are somewhere in between. I do think this is a helpful way to keep track of my progress, and I’m going to enjoy checking them off the list, or at least moving them to the “quilt top” list.
Machine Quilt the Tops (or have someone else quilt them)
This is just not something I can do. I’ve seen some gorgeous machine quilting, but I’m not good at it, and I don’t enjoy doing it. However, I love hand quilting (both the look of it and the actual stitching), and I think I’m pretty good at it. I guess I agree with Robin on this point — I’m so attached to my quilts after spending months on them that I don’t want anyone else working on them. Instead, I am going to make a serious effort to quilt at least two tops this year. If Tim Latimer can hand quilt what? . . . 50 quilts a year, I should be able to handle two.
Sell Some Tops or Unfinished Projects
I gave my sister two of my half-done quilt projects which she is now finishing for the twin beds in her guest bedroom. I loved both of them, but I am fine with the decision, and it’s been fun watching her do such a great job on them. I don’t think I’m at the point yet where I feel the need to sell stuff, but that’s always a possibility if I lose interest in a project.
Cut Back on Fabric Purchases
This is critical and something I should have been included in the resolution. The less time I spend hunting for vintage fabric that I do not need, the more time I have to work on quilts. Also, it should help curb my desire to make new quilts.
Clicking on the blocks below will take you to a post for that project.