Remember that old Girl Scout song? 'Make new friends, but keep the old...' That's kind of the plan for my quilting this year. If you're a long-time reader (or maybe, not so long), you know I've started many projects that have never made the finish line. While some of these fell by the wayside at critical decision points, many were wall quilt-sized and planned for particular spots in my home. But as you also probably know, I've moved unexpectedly a few times over the last eight years and that's really the reason why many projects have not been revisited ~ they weren't really going to fit in the new place.
So now we're in a home that could really take a number of wall quilts and what do I have? Lots in progress and few of interest to hang. When preparing the house for the wedding festivities last summer, we had most of the interior painted my favorite Dover White, and I was reluctant to hang things on my pristine walls while still considering some furniture purchases. I joked that we were going for a spare, Scandinavian look around here for summer. But once late fall rolled around, for the umpteenth year I regretted not having at least one red & green quilt to hang.
Over the last week, I've done an inventory of all of my in-progress quilts, large and small. Some hold no current interest and I packed those away for future consideration. But many really need to be finished ~ I want them finished ~ so they're back in the queue. Some need another block or two to be appliquéed, like this one. Several need borders to be designed. A couple are waiting to be basted and marked for quilting and one is so close to being finished that, although it needs some surface embroidery, the edges are already bound! You may be surprised to see what pops up around here in the next few months. Finished.
Speaking of which ~ Molly's wedding quilt. Yeah, I know, you probably thought they've been sleeping under it this winter. I gifted them the top in July but I've been putting off the layering and basting. A queen sized quilt is a daunting task. However, today the backing is being washed and prepped and I'm going to dedicate a couple of hours a day to it until it's finished. I'll be hand-quilting this, fairly closely and hope to get it finished before the weather gets warm, a distant dream this week!
Although I had decided on a batting for this (my usual Quilter's Dream Request), I'm open to recommendations. Do you have a favorite, thin batting preference? I've been hearing a lot of recent chatter about the Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting. Any thoughts?