Sunday, November 27, 2016

Shopping - Or Not!

Hey all!

So, did any of you score any Black Friday quilty deals???  I was going to, but, then I had second, third and fourth thoughts!

I had my shopping cart filled out, and, ready to click check out; and, then, I turned around and looked at my very ample stash.  Those overflowing bins of fabric that I have been trying to deplete for a few years - sigh.

Next, I went into the next room where my quilt closet is.  You know, that area where you hang all your finished quilt tops that are ready to be quilted??  I do all my own quilting so I have hangers and hangers of quilt tops.  I also have stacks of wide-backs and a whole roll of batting all ready for these quilts.  Some of them I have even already prepared the binding for.  Some of these quilt tops have been hanging there for years.  Double sigh!!

I came back out into my quilt studio and saw a quilt that has been on my machine quilting frame for a VERY LONG time!!!!  Triple sigh!!!


So, I emptied my shopping cart - delete, delete, delete.  I walked over to my machine quilting frame and got to work.


I worked steadily through the last few rows of my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Urban Abacus, quilt and finished the quilting last night!!!  Wahoo!!!  I quilted this quilt in two colours of Fil Tech Glide thread.  The motifs are Ribbon Twist and Pebbling.  (I NEED to lay off the Pebbling for a while now LOL!)  The quilt is squared up, the hanging sleeve is attached, and, the binding is prepared.

I have to say, even though I wanted the fabric in my shopping cart, I didn't need any of it.  All it would have done is add to something that causes me stress!  I know that not everyone is like that but I am :-(  When I get stressed - I avoid.  And avoiding stresses me out.  So, I have decided to get going on what I have :-)  And frankly, I really like what I have to do!

The only thing that I will allow myself to purchase is any thread that I need and maybe backing fabrics ;-)  Sound fair??

Next up - two charity quilts that I can load together and probably finish today with a loose, easy  all over pattern.

Wahoo for renewed determination and purpose!!


Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Good for you for showing such restraint! I used my mom's long arm yesterday and ran into nothing but problems with it which pretty much always douses my determination to get my many UFOs done...

Ariane said...

That's so great! I've been trying really hard not to buy too many new things either and finish the projects I started. I have a lot of fabric in my stash. So I can probably make a dozen quilt tops without any purchases. I don't have much backing fabric, but I don't mind buying that, the batting and thread. Good for you for recognizing that you needed to use what you have and finish your projects. It's the first step to freedom of creativity.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I did the same thing over the weekend! Your quilt looks great!!!!

Gene Black said...

You could use one top as a back for another quilt and "get two birds with one stone" as the saying goes.