Here are the before and after shots...
|Tessellating Leaves pattern by Jackie Robinson|
I really didn't feel like tackling the junk drawers, so I decided to pull out all of my unquilted quilt tops. To my surprise there were 11. 11!! Four of them were already basted and ready to go. That's a lot of quilting. And now it's confession time. Despite all of the projects I've made, I've never sent out a quilt to be machine quilted. Can you believe it! Why, you ask? Part of it may be procrastination and part of it is the hope that my husband will someday surprise me with a long arm quilting machine, but I think the biggest reason is a fear of giving up ownership of the process and risking the outcome.
But as I sat on the floor surrounded by my work, I realized that if I didn't get some help, these quilts were probably never going to be finished. And since I was pretty sure my husband wasn't going to pony up the long arm quilting machine any time soon, I decided it was finally time to contact a long arm quilter.
So now I've got appointments with two quilters to have 4 of my quilts done and to be honest, I can't wait! I'm looking forward to finishing up some old projects and freeing up time to work on some new ones. Don't get me wrong, I still want to hand quilt a lot of my work; I love how it looks and I love feeling connected to my quilting "foremothers" (if such a word exists); but I think it's time I entered the 21st century and I'm excited about the possibilities.
I still haven't gotten to the "cleaning" part of my spring cleaning yet, but I'm feeling pretty good about the items I've crossed off my to-do list. It's amazing what you can accomplish when window washing is impending!