We moved from a large house in Nebraska - 4+ years ago - to a very small condo here on the Oregon coast. I'm a quilter - and we have stuffed the condos to the max to get in my treasures!!! Don't tell DH I admitted this!!
I was going thru quilt storage last month ... okay, I admit it - I was looking for a certain quilt and couldn't find it. I had to unstack; sort thru and cuss a little [a lot] before I stumbled on the right pillowcase filled with summer wall quilts! Yes, a pillow case STUFFED! Too much!
So when I was putting them all away, trying to come up with a better storage system I made a pile of "I don't love you any mores." What to do with them? These are obviously not my favorites - and boy, are they in the way.
My daughter always said she wanted all my quilts because 'I made her sit quietly during tv shows when I was working on them' LOL!!! ... but seriously, with a 'thrifting hobby' in a house with little storage; a sweet husband, 2 adorable preschoolers and 2 rambunctious dogs ... I don't think she's interested in the ones I don't want ... we DO have the same tastes!!
The bulkiest were some old pillow shams I made to go with my sunflower quilt. Here is the picture of this wonderful ensemble in our bedroom in Nebraska ...
We now have a lovely soft blue bed. The yellows and olive greens do not look lovely on it. I love the quilt - but it's the quilt under the bedspread now. Those shams were never going to be used again!
And, man, were they weird-looking things off the bed! They were king-sized and that double ruffle was awkward. They looked like, well - coffin covers! Enough to give you nightmares. Nobody was going to want them - ever!
Maybe I could put them together to make a wall quilt? I ruthlessly cut the ruffled edges off - whack - with a rotary cutter. But then, laying on our green kitchen table, I noticed it was a nice size for a table runner!!
So back to the drawing board ... prepare seam ripper!! I ripped all those strips of ruffle apart. I saved the eyelet for Miss P's kindergarten quilt's matching pillow! And I un-ruffled yards of the green; ironed it flat, trimmed it and used it for the binding. TaDa! Two table runners. One's on the kitchen table and one's on the coffee table - for now! I remember how much I love those sunflowers - and I feel soooo triumphant getting them out of the closet and usable again!!
Now if I can just figure out what to do with the rest of them!!! Anyone interested in a 'doni original'??
On a side note - is anyone watching "Boss" on Starz?? Just read about it in a magazine FIVE days before it gets wiped off "On Demand". There's only 8 episodes in the first season - easy peasy without commercials - if you're retired!! The second season is starting next month. It was pretty good! If you have the technology - watch it!!
Playing in my strings
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