I like to have a piecing project and a quilt on the frame. I work better this way, when I get tired of standing, I can go sit and piece:
This quilt top needs a lot of pinning and careful stitching to make sure all these points a sharp and meet perfectly. It's tedious work....so I take a break and do some fun freehand quilting in this fun top I am quilting for my sister-in-law for one of her granddaughters.
I know it's not everyone's style of work, but I get a lot more done this way if I pace myself between projects.
Yesterday, I finished quilting my 20th top made by Al Lind. Several years ago, I sent Al a large box of scraps and a couple cones of thread for piecing. I lived in Idaho at the time; now, I live in Ohio. When one of the QOV coordinators sent me this top a couple months ago, I put it in the drawer until I had time to quilt it. As I was quilting it I noticed some fabric I once had, and them saw some more fabric I recognized, and then some more. By the time I had finished, I found 30 different fabrics I had once use to make quilts. I knew it was not simply a coincidence when I found 2 pieces of "African Mud Cloth" I had purchased at HMQS several years ago for a special commissioned project. Lots of memories and thoughts of Al as I was quilting this top.