Thursday, July 31, 2008

Anyone want to laugh at me????

I'm not even sure where to start! I have been in the bedroom cleaning my fabric mess! Anyone want to take pity on me and quilt some of my tops for FREE??? Giggle...I found 77 quilt tops!!! Yes, you read it correctly....77!! I'll have to tell the story behind that. See I few years ago we decided we would build a new house. I decided then and there as soon as we got in the new house I would buy a quilting machine. So instead of sending them off to the longarmer to be quilted I just started piling them up for me to do when I bought my quilter. Then we decided we would buckle down and pay off our land first before starting the house, so more time and more tops started piling up. so now we are building our house but honestly we are doing it all ourselves and paying for it as we go so we will not have a payment when it is finished but it is a slow process. It will probably be another year or so before we have it finished. So now I have 77 tops piled up waiting to be quilted. I would say 20 or more are baby quilts, so I could do those on my little machine and get those out of the way. I'm thinking that may be a project for Winter, to get some of these baby tops out of the way.

I had to laugh at myself, I have fabric stuck everywhere....I even found some in a suitcase!!! :)

Here are a bunch of quilts that I have in a wardrobe. I got all of them out, refolded them and put them back. I think there were 15 quilts in there.

Here is the pile of quilts that I usually have stacked agains one wall. Hubby calls it my wall of quilts. I threw them all on the bed, refolded them, and stacked them back up. I don't have a clue how many are there, I didn't even count them. But there is another stack behind these that you can't even see in the photo!
This is a tote full of seersucker and other odd fabrics that were given to me. I wasn't sure about quilting with the seersucker, but I asked a couple of people and everyone seems to think it will work just fine. So back into storage it all went. There are several yards of each of them.

This is a tote full of "everythings" I just started throwing bits and pieces of everything in it. I finally sorted through it and ended up with the photo below.
Here is what I ended up with after sorting through the tote. Just mostly solids with a few other odds and ends.
This is an old Army trunk that I bought several years ago at a thrift store. Open it up and there are 27 quilt tops in it.
Here is is opened. I counted 27 tops here. I also have tops in a huge box and another cabinet. So in all I counted 77! I'm sure if I kept digging, I would find more.
Another tote of yardage, I think there is a total of 3. This is not counting my fabric that is under 1 yard. I also found 19+ backings! I don't think I got a photo of that, but I didn't realize I had that many. Storage is so limited and I have everything in totes, I think I just go buy backings instead of digging for what I do have.
And I ran on to this. This is a quilt that I started hand quilting a few years ago and put it back in a box. I left it out so maybe I can get to work on it soon.
This is a photo of the top of my closet. 1000+ Historical Romance novels that I haven't even read yet! I plan on sorting through them in a few days since I have boxes of them stacked in the corner too. Just don't have room to store them all. But I do read, so I don't want to get rid of all of them. Giggle...and to think I bought a new book last nigh! CRAZY!
I think before I start on new projects I will quilt a baby quilt or something. Like I said there are several of those and little by little that will take my stack down. I plan on donating most of the baby quilts anyway. Most of the baby tops came from UFO's that I didn't want to finish so I would make them crib size and call it done. I figured that would be better than not getting them pieced together.
I think all this has something to do with my OCD! Or at least I will blame it on that. I never buy just one of anything. Didn't realize that until the other day, hubby mentioned it to me and after we started talking about it, it is true! He laughed because I found some little wire baskets on clearance the other day and I thought they would be great for scraps or blocks so instead of buying one, I bought 9!!!!
Well, break time is over so I really need to get back to cleaning!!!!! If you don't hear from me for a few days, you'll know I'm buried under the mess!!!
Kristie











27 comments:

Suzan said...

I am surely not going to laugh at you but OH MY GOODNESS! 77 quilt tops all ready to be quilted?! If I manage 50 in my lifetime I will be happy!! :)

Ann J said...

WOW! What a wonderful collection of quilts !! And I thought I had a problem with 6 to finish off !!!

Regina said...

Oh my!!!

But what a wonderful thing to have -they are all so beautiful - at least the edges I could see in the stack.

Hazel said...

Wow 77 have you ever thought of going in business for yourself .Or you could always send a couple my way LOL . After seeing your work I'm sure they're all beautiful and if they make you happy ,why not ,enjoy your craft .

vtquilter said...

Oh My Goodness! I thought I was bad with the 8 tops that I have needing to be quilted. Your quilts are always so beautiful - you pick such good colors and do a wonderful job piecing.

Amelia said...

Wow...77 is a lot of quilt tops to have on hand...will cost a small fortune to have them all machine quilted...perhaps you had better get your own quilting machine after all.

I have lots of fabric also...and keep telling myself I won't get any more --- but then today bought two pieces at Hancocks...cheater pieces for baby quilts.

Enjoy life...

Amelia

Pati said...

Laugh? No....I'm right there with you. I have 9 bookcases full of fabric, a closet full of fabric and 20 totes of fabric in the garage. I have BOMs that I've not even started and 3 large bookcases full of quilting books. At least we have safe habits!!!

Moneik said...

WOW! I can't believe you have all of those quilt tops. It's really hard to believe, but you are definately prolific! You'll get to them all some day.

Guðrún said...

You are amazing :) I am not surprised that you have 77 tops you are always sewing. It must feel like you own a treasure.

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

Wow that's alot of tops. One day you'll be in your new house and quilting away. Of course by then who knows what the number will be.

Julia said...

Oh my gosh!
77 tops Kristie, and to think i stress at having 3-4 to finish.
It would pay you to invest in a long armer when you can afford it, I'm sure you would do beautiful LAQ quilting, your work is so lovely.
You'll get them done one day.
Hugs julia

Floss said...

I think quilting the baby quilts will make the pile seem a lot smaller, and at least when you get your long arm you will have lots of quilts to practice on.

Sara said...

WoW! 77 tops is amazing. I love looking at the pictures and seeing your work. You have some very beautiful ones in there!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Kristie, I thought I had a lot of UFO's. I think you win. I like piecing better than quilting, so I think that's my excuse. Gorgeous quilts.
We can laugh, because most of us are right with you.
Bonnie

Michelle said...

Kristie,
We would never laugh at you. You are a sweetie, and I think probably most of us envy your zest for making quilts. However.....I might just be right up there with you on your fabric stash. I have a closet full of big plastic drawers full of fabric, a library card catalog drawer system half full of fat quarters, fronts of a seed packet cupboard with fatt quarters, and I have a STACK of suitcases, filled with all sorts of fabric. Suitcases are a wonderful place to store fabric.

Your quilt tops are beautiful. Keep stitching, sweetie!
Michelle

KyQuiltlady said...

Wow! It would take me all day to fold that many quilts. I don't have near that many but got fabric stuck everywhere. It would take you a year to quilt all those. You do such good work. I know they are a lot of blue ribbons in those.

Carol VR said...

At least if you were ever 'sent packing" you've already got it in the suitcase. That still cracks me up.

Inger Lise in Norway said...

My oh my Kristie What are you going to do with them all when they are finish quilting? You have really done a faboulos work making them I must say. Hope you get your machine soon so we can see them well done and you can start a challange like Peg did. 77 finished by christmas 2009 LOL Good luck and have fun

The Quilting Pirate said...

Kristie, you AMAZE ME!! I can not ever imagine making soo many quilts in my life time!! You are a serious quilter! Do you sell your quilts--if not you should!! At least your hubby can't complain about your stash, you definitely USE it!!

As for the 77 flimsies...they'll get done in time!!

Thanks for sharing your addiction!

QuiltedSimple said...

77 tops? I see some very beautiful ones in there - I'd rather do quilting than piecing, so I never have that many (I think I have 2 that are done and ready to quilt). Your fabric choices are beautiful - although I'd like to see pics of all your backing fabrics.
Kris

Lurline's Place said...

Oh, Kristie, I just love you - you make me feel like a saint and i am not really!
Quilty hugs - Lurline.

countrychicken said...

Wow!! Just think about all that decorating you will be able to do in that new house. You will have enough to change with every season.

Gina said...

Oh my God Kristie. If ever Mal mons about all my fabric and quilts I'm going to show him this post.

Love and hugs gina xxx

Jen said...

Just think about all the practice you'll get on your frame!

jillytacy said...

Wow 77 quilt tops! Once you get all your tops quilted you can have your own quilt show!! We all want to see the pictures of the quilts!
Just think once you get your long arm quilter you'll have a full time job quilting all of your tops. With all that practice you'll be ready to open your own shop and quilt for everyone else too.

Jen said...

You know what's great about the 77 tops? You'll get all your practice in at once! You should start buying batting by the bolt though; it will be way cheaper!

jillquilts said...

Holy mackeral! That's a lot! Send them to me! I can quilt them! :)