This weekend was Hunter's Widow Weekend - for me at least. I had to work for the Sewing Center on Friday night and Saturday, with a meeting on Sunday. The kids went with Paul so my dad and his wife could watch them with the other grand kids while Paul and my brother and SIL went hunting. I felt like a free woman! Friday night I worked, spent time with my MIL catching up, and then started sewing about 10:30. I put together this Christmas Coins quilt of my moms. It was one of the UFO's on my list to finish.
Here's a close up of the fabrics. It was from the beginning of her quilting time because there are some good fabrics and some not so good ones mixed together. My grandma made one as well. It became the top and this one is the back. I lined it up perfectly, however the backing was a good 6" bigger. So the top matches on both sides, but the bottom just ends with the coins. Would you fix it? It wouldn't take much to take off the bottom border on the backing and put it higher up and re-quilt that last row. Would you do that or just leave it? I feel like it's unfinished because the back doesn't have the bottom border.
Saturday night I got home around 8 and was exhausted, but I knew I needed to get this quilt top quilted before Mikaela got home. I started quilting and had it done by 10pm! I was so relaxed and picked up a couple totes to clean out and two hours later I had completely cleaned up my stash between the two bedrooms and re-organized it. I have a huge tote of Batiks full now. I have only one drawer with UFO's and fabric kits that need to be done. I emptied out 8 plastic project bags and 5 project boxes.
I even emptied this tote to make it a scrap container. Everything smaller than a fat quarter or half yard went in to this container. It will be cut up into usable pieces during the quarter break next month. This is a great project for lunch when I do not have schoolwork. I cut up some blue scraps and matched up a jellyroll to make it into a quilt for my MIL for Christmas. Around 1 AM I called it a night.
I didn't set an alarm AND slept in! It's probably the first time in over a year I have slept until 10 AM. I got up and ready for the day, then started quilting the Christmas quilt. I was able to finish quilting it and had time to load a little wall hanging/UFO I found when cleaning the night before. I ran out of time to quilt it before heading to my teacher meeting.
Last night after supper I quilted up the wall hanging. Mikaela "helped" me quilt it, by holding the handle. A few of the swirls are not quite circles, because it really doesn't matter. I actually took some pictures of her helping me and she smiled for the camera. She did however get in trouble for cutting into the wall hanging with scissors and we had a little lesson on cutting with scissors.
Last night I realized after I was in bed that this was #100 for my finishes for the year, so I got out of bed and put the binding and hanging sleeve on it. It's now ready to hang in the kids bedroom. I've finished more UFO's than new this year, but they are pretty close. Anyone want to take a gander at how many UFO's I've finished? I will say I'm excited for the new year to work on some "new" and "big" quilts.
It's amazing how much I can accomplish when the rest of the family is gone and I have some time to myself. Looking forward to retreat in January.