Thursday, June 18, 2015

It Might Be Time . . .

for a NEW quilt.  What?  I'm trying to finish quilts not start them.  Here's the story.

We've lived in our current house for 5 years.  We've redone several things to it.  We decorated the 2 bedrooms based on what was left on the walls and the carpet.  They both look decorated.  We put curtains up in the living room and dining room.  But, we hadn't done anything at all to our own bedroom.  White walls, white mini-blinds, beige carpet.  Ugh.  We hadn't even put pictures on the walls.  So first, we painted the walls. The fancy name for the paint is Mesa Taupe by Behr. Hum, that taupe doesn't look all that taupe in this picture but it really is a lovely shade of grayed brown.  
We've ordered new carpet. (Well, honestly, how long can we live with a hole in the carpet right in front of Miss Kona's bed?  She likes to lick and chew on the carpet there.  Jenny L. you are on notice if she chews a hole in the new carpet!)  And, look, we hung a picture.  This was one from my parent's house and I've always liked it.  That barely-there sunset (or sunrise?) really glows in this pic.  

New curtains were also in order.  Our bedroom faces the east -- we get morning sun full against the wall our bed is on for several hours.  We also get moonshine at night when the moon is doing its thing.  And both heavenly bodies have found the little space between the window frame and the mini-blinds.  I get a shaft of sunlight that hits me full in the face every sunny morning.  ARGH.  Pat, on the other hand, gets the moon shining on him when he's trying to sleep.  Brilliant solution was to get some drapes to put up that would cover the space between the wall and the mini-blinds.  BAM - problem solved.  And, oh how sophisticated the room looks. 
Except, now the quilt doesn't quite go with the rest of the room.  It's the yellow; the blue would be fine.  But the yellow -- blegh.  So, to finish a long story, we need a new quilt for this room.  But wait, I'm not starting any new quilts unless I really can see that they will be done in a short (6 months or less) time.  Not happening with an oversized queen. What's a quilter to do?  

To the UFO list! Well, I didn't really need to go to the UFO list as I knew I had a perfectly good quilt I can pull out and finish pretty quickly.  Take a look at it.  I last worked on it 2 years ago at the FCQ retreat. 

It will go perfectly in the newly redecorated room.  That should get me motivated enough to actually finish it up except I keep measuring it and I'm not sure about the amount of border I want to put on it. Hum, maybe I'll pull it out this weekend and remeasure and decide if I want a little border and then the big border as shown above.  I like the bedrails covered on the bed when made.  I'll also have to find a wide back to go with this.  It is a mix of batiks and regular quilting fabric.  It may jump ahead of my other big quilt that needs quilting.  

So there you have it. I don't really need to start a new quilt.  I just need to make some decisions and finish off an unfinished project.  And that will be a win-win situation.  Of course, I'll have to make some pillow shams too but I have quite a bit of fabric left from the trip around the world.  On the other hand I really don't like making pillow shams but to get the look I want, I'll have to do that. 

That's it for today.  I've got a quilt that needs to be loaded and quilted this week.  I've got some piecing projects I want to move forward.  And, now, I have a top to border.  

I'm connecting up with ****.  Evidently no where right now.  I had a Thursday link up to try but it hasn't been posted yet.  Do you have a favorite linky party?  Please share! 

Happy Quilting All! 


  1. Love the "new" quilt! It will look fabulous with the new window treatment, the carpeting, and the paint.

    The painting reminds me of the Oregon coast.

  2. How perfect that quilt will look in your room! :-)


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