Friday, March 20, 2020

Plans for Social Distancing or How to Clean a Closet

We are about to start week 2 of social distancing isolation, or semi isolation. Last Friday we hit the grocery store and then came home.  Except to walk in the neighborhood I haven't gone anywhere except to the grocery store on Wednesday.  Until we run out of milk or fruits and veggies there isn't any reason to go anywhere else. So, I'm staying home. 

Here's my plan for keeping entertained and productive during isolation. For years I have hung finished tops in my closet next to the studio.  My thought has been it's less bulk to store tops than quilts.  I've decided to quilt as many tops as I can find backs for to clear out the tops. I'm hoping to quilt one per week. I don't expect to quilt all of these tops but I'll probably get half done.  Some have backings saved with them, some have binding fabric saved. 
Of these 7 tops about 3 have backings. 
Four of these have backings ready to prep.  
That pink and print one on the far right is a donation quilt I volunteered to quilt for Virginia Star Quilters.  I'm sorry to say I've had it for over a year -- it is made with poly cotton and I just don't like it.  But I found a semi-OK fabric to back it so it may be the next one up. 

Here's the quilt I finished quilting last evening.  The fabric except the darker purple are all flannels I found in my stash.  I bought a purple mottled flannel for the backing when JoAnn's had flannel for less than $2 a yard this winter.  My friend Marlyn made the top.  She said she'd bind it.  (Not my favorite job!) It will go to Virginia Star Quilters and eventually to a senior.  (Is it just me or is it pretty ironic that seniors are making quilts for other seniors?) 

Pattern: Sweet Indigo; Thread: Omni light olive green.
And a close up.  The one issue I had is the flannel back shrank a bit. There was
only about 1.5" on each side to attache the clamps.  Not the easiest way to quilt.
My other plan for the next few weeks is to try to finish UFOs.  I show 60 UFO projects on my Excel spreadsheet.  Some have been languishing as shiny new projects grab my attention. Some have been slowly accumulating units until I have enough to put the top together. I'm hoping to finish a few of the older ones.   

But come back this weekend when I'll offer a couple of UFOs to anyone who wants them. (I'll mail them within the USA. But, it may be a while before I can get them in the mail.)  I'd like to find good homes for these projects. 

That's it for me today.  I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?and Beauties Pagent 73

Happy Quilting and Stay Safe! Bonnie  


  1. Sounds like a good plan - I hope you get lots and lots finished!!

  2. good luck with your plan - staying busy will help I'm sure!

  3. Quilters seldom have idle hands. Have fun working through your closet of quilt tops.

  4. Get that one you don't like quilted. You'll feel so much better after you get it off your plate.

  5. Having a plan feels like a bit of control, doesn't it? I'm also working on getting UFOs quilted. And I'm with you on the poly cotton. Not as nice as 100% cotton!

  6. Great plans. I really like that idea of putting the backing and binding ready with the quilt - often what causes me to leave a project and move on to the next one.


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