Phew! Sorry I've been MIA for a few days. Life is still crazy around here as we're still at the in laws and my husband just took off for a much needed break with some friends. (it's okay because I abandoned him to go on my quilting retreat weekend when we were packing up the house the week before we moved.) I know that some of you think I am crazy...and I probably am...but I swear that quilting makes me feel just a slight bit more in control.
So I have been doing a lot of it. A lot.
I've been baking up a little something Moda style that I hope to share with you soon. It's yummy! And there's a little Baby fever GOing around that I will share soon too. (I told you it's been nuts! Oh and don't misinterpret...that wasn't announcement that my family will be growing!)
But today, I get to share with you another quilt that I finished up and just this hour handed over to its new owner, my darling Sister-in-law. She has always been there to help us when we really need it, flying across the country to help us out. I've been wanting to get a quilt to her for over a year! So I can check that off my list as of today. Woohoo!
I give you Circulation.
Some of you may recall from when I finished the quilt top that I mentioned that this quilt was made up of rows from my very first online bee! I had very mixed feelings about how the bee ended up, so I put this aside for a few years. And I can honestly say now that I love it.
It ended up the length of a twin sized quilt but not quite the width...my math went wrong somewhere. ;) But that's okay because it actually makes for a perfect quilt to snuggle with on the couch! I didn't realize that the width of a quilt can make it a little cumbersome when trying to snuggle (at least for me) but I always want the length. No lap quilts for me! I need my whole body to be covered.
It all started with the double wedding ring row that I made, and then went around the world with new rows being created by each person. I put them all together, quilted it on the now (in my mind) infamous long arm machine, and finally bound it here back in Indiana. It's been on quite a journey.
The binding I had intended to be a solid green...but with all of the moving I simply cannot find the box that I put that fabric in. I know I put it some place odd, but I thought I knew. Oh well. I refused to buy any new fabric for a binding, so I simply had to find another green that worked. This print was about as close to a solid as I could get from my stash and I think I love it more than I do the solid! Yay for happy accidents!
So I had a very fulfilling couple of weeks of finishing off a number of quilts. And two of them are already given away. But I had to capture this never to be seen again moment of a pile of completed quilts! These have been such a long time coming. I feel like a weight has been lifted.
I hope to be able to start putting together more of my bee quilts now. I have all these blocks made just waiting to be put together into quilts! Let's see, the Ravishing in Red Bee, the Busy Bees, the Bee Modern Too, my blocks from the upcoming book (I made all of them twice...one in a set of coordinating fabrics), my 3 x 6 Bee blocks, my Bottled Rainbow blocks... the quilt along quilt I'm doing with you all... You see why I'm so happy to have some finally finished?! That's 7 quilts already begun. And don't let me fool you. There's more. I'll be honest.
So don't laugh. But I really want to get back to a place where I only have a couple of projects going.
I hear you laughing.
Come on...I mean it! So hopefully I can keep up a bit of the quilting hyper drive and knock off some of these projects. Hmmm...isn't quilting supposed to be a slow and ponderous craft?