As you can see, I've been getting carried away. This is my closet, filled with tops needing to be quilted. And this is only the recent stuff. The rest of the tops are in the basement, in bins. I have run out of hangers big enough for the tops.
There are several sensible things I could do to solve this problem. I could get some more hangers. There are probably some in my husband's side of our closet. (After all, he's retired, what does he need with neat unwrinkled clothes?) Or I could send some of these quilts, especially the large ones, out to be quilted by a longarmer. Or I could buckle down and get some quilting done.
Buckling down is the mature answer. Plus it's cheap. I already have everything I need to quilt at least a few of these.
It's called I Spy. Here's a link to their pattern page, which currently has 4 quilts. If you click on the I Spy quilt, a pdf will come up that you can print. As you probably know, Quilts for Kids is a charity that gives quilts to kids in hospitals.
Quilts for Kids Patterns
As with all the Quilts for Kids patterns, the directions are very clear. If you follow the directions, you won't need to piece either the borders or the backing.
Honestly, I like quilting. Really. Piecing just seems to lure me away.
When I quilt these smaller quilts, I like to use a package of Queen Sized Warm and Natural batting. It will usually make 4 quilts. It's nice and flat, easy to quilt, and I can quilt a little further apart than with 100% cotton. When it's on sale (which is a lot of the time) I usually buy a couple packages. I ran out of the Soft Touch batting, and I don't know if I can get any more.
I get a little carried away when it comes to things I love, like books and quilts. So every once in while I have to calm things down a little--take some books to the library for the book sale. Or finish a few quilts. Putting in the last stitches is very rewarding.
And then I'll be ready to get carried away again.
Have a wonderful quilty week, whatever you do.