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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Confession.......

I am a topper. Starting is the best part for me. Looking at and choosing fabric is so much fun! I love to start on a quilt - it's so exciting! I even love the piecing. But from there it's all downhill. I really hate basting quilts and quilting........? I'm not sure. I haven't got past the basting stage that often to really know. At the moment I am working on two quilt tops and I thought that I would baste both of them after dinner tonight. As I collected them together I found another two quilt tops floating around.


Pile of three quilts, ready to baste.

That's when I realised that I really am a topper. I have quilt tops just lying around in my sewing room! So, no basting was actually done. (I'll have to do another post entitled "Confession..... I am a procrastinator"!) Instead I collected together and cut out tops, backing and batting for four small quilts. Once I had done that it was really bedtime.

This is the fourth quilt spread out on the table in front of my Bradley. (Lucky we have a huge table! Room for everyone!) It wasn't until I put it on the table that I remembered that I need to piece the back for this quilt. The back is pieced now, so tomorrow morning I will be basting. And basting. And basting. And basting.

8 comments:

Suzanne said...

I'm a starter too. I have a huge pile of tops, most with the backing, just waiting....and waiting...and waiting

Karen said...

My friend read that having a quilt top collection takes up a lot less space than having a quilt collection.

Mary said...

Having basted those two quilts a few weeks ago (and then left them to collect dust in the corner) I feel your pain on the basting!

nicolette said...

Nice to meet another Topper! I really dislike the basting part too.

Amanda said...

ARRRH the rush of a new project, for me it is the fabric collecting that gets me. How much fabric do you need for a quilt must be about 10 to 20 m lol. Well it was in the days when I worked in a quilt shop now I am more conservative. But I confess to finding at least 7 finished quilt tops in my sewing room clean up a couple of months ago, that doesn't include all the blocks I found to ready to put together as quilts. Oh well in my retirement I won't have to buy a thing.

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

I don't like the basting either, the quilting is OK if it goes well, if it doesn't then it's a drag. I like sewing the binding on because I know the quilt is nearly finished then. I wish the iron-on batting was cheaper then it would be good for larger quilts.

Jo in TAS said...

I've decided to send my tops to be quilted as I know I'll never finish them!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Pip had me at iron on batting...there HAS to be a way to make that work with larger quilts. Surely the collective genius of your followers can solve that little conundrum and out us out of our basting misery.

I also confess that I like the rush of developing the concept, choosing and cutting fabric, cutting it all up , only to sew it back together again to be far more creatively satisfying than basting , sewing a back and quilting. Maybe if I can ever sew anything besides straight line quilting I will change my opinion but I doubt it.

Does your husband always look that dapper?