Currently, I reside in a 2200 square foot single level home. At the moment, I'm doing everything I can to stay in said house, although its going to surely require some adjustments if I wish to keep the house and to travel (and I do). Occasionally I wonder how one woman, two dogs and a college student manage to stretch out into so much space. Most of the time though, I love this house. It has a covered patio, a yard large enough to both hold a garden and a container patio.....the list goes on. So while I'm downsizing possessions I'm looking to keep the house without being house poor.
This became apparent to me as I was attempting to bring some organization to my space today. As I look around the room, hanging on the iron board is an antique partially finished quilt top that was donated as is. everything is hand pieced, and belonged to the grandmother of a friend who is my age. I've trimmed and pressed as best I could and will now add borders and machine quilting to the top. The donor is not interested in having any of the projects back, but I will make a label and perhaps her grandchildren may want one.
On a mini quilt hanger is a partially finished album block quilt for a priest who left my church during the summer. To say I'm behind on this one is an understatement, and yes, the blocks do not perfectly mesh. Who knew signatures in ink could have anything to do with shrinkage at all?
The test "block" I made to see if I liked the look of this layer cake and the measurements of the block before I go further..................
the Plano High School quilt that is in progress for a new freshman..............
or the valentine fabric ready to be made into coasters.
I think I have enough to keep me busy for a while, don't you? In the interest of accuracy, these are just the quilts I am working on now. Not included are all the UFOS (or unfinished objects to the uninitiated), the three bags of t-shirts that need to be cut for a sorority quilt, or the twenty bags of Crown Royal bags for the requested quilt (my mental computer is still at work on this one).
None of these quilts will languish for too long or be ignored. On any given day, depending on my energies and interests, I may work on from one two three of these. I expect the purple squares and the modern table topper to be done next week at the latest. It's not that I don't work, it's just that I need a variety of work to hold my interest. Sometimes I walk away and do something else in the house, don't get me wrong. But many times, I want to keep sewing, I just want to work on something "different"
I'll just be grateful that I have such a room, use it as much as I can, and keep on quilting those quilts!