Well, today is the first day of the second half of 2017.
I thought I’d check in and give you an update on those 25 scrap quilts I’m planning to finish by the end of the year!
It’s evident that I’m going great guns at piecing, but I have no time to actually quilt my own quilts once the tops are finished. This is highly discouraging, since a large part of the reason for purchasing a longarm machine was so that I could quilt my own quilts. I’ve kinda let the customer stuff take over!
I have 42 quilt tops in my to-be-quilted pile, but while my customer backlog is still in the double digits, I don’t feel right taking the time to work on things of my own, unless they have a firm deadline, which these scrap quilts do not.
Thirteen of these 42 quilt tops are true scrappy quilts, so if I could finish those, I’d be over halfway finished with my 25 scrap quilts for the year. They also don’t need fancy quilting, so once I can justify a little bit of quilting time for myself, they shouldn’t take long.
Here’s the only scrap quilt I’ve completely finished so far this year:
It’s my first version of the Scrappy Irish Chain quilt by Jesse Fincham. This used up a lot of my 2 1/2″ squares I had cut, and even the background fabric came from my stash.
(You can see four other scrap quilt tops I finished and get the information on the Scrappy Irish Chain free pattern by checking out yesterday’s post.)
Here’s some pictures of a few other scrap quilt tops I have ready to be quilted.
This one is Scrap Jar Stars from a free tutorial by Amber at Gigi’s Thimble. I used up a lot of red and blue print scraps making this one. It’s been done for a long time, just not quilted yet . . .
This one is a 36-Patch from a quilt-along/free tutorial by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. This one used up lots of fun scraps, and I’ve had it finished even longer than the Scrap Jar Stars quilt. Will it ever get quilted?
This one is also from a tutorial by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, called Straightforward:
I’ve made two of these in different colors. I just made these two this past January, so they haven’t marinated quite as long as some of the tops I have in the pile!
So that’s just a sampling of the scrap quilts I plan to finish by the end of the year. The other 12 quilts are all very close to becoming finished tops, and if I can just have another productive retreat like the last one, I might get them all finished.
It will remain to be seen if I can find the time to squeeze them into my quilting schedule!
I also had a goal of making 50 pillowcases this year, and so far, I’ve managed to eek out 9 finished ones. But our guild is having a pillowcase drive soon, so I hope to step up my efforts on those pretty soon — meaning, after my nearest looming deadline is past!
Did you make any quilting goals at the beginning of the year?
How are you coming along on them, now that we’re at the halfway point?