Sweet Sixteen?

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project is taking up almost all of my quilting time lately. Between work, the holidays and dealing with some of the challenges life put in our path this fall and early winter, the Parkinson’s Comfort quilts in my care got a little behind.

16 quilts to bind
16 quilts to bind

So faced with the prospect of some “free” time between Christmas and New Year’s, I got myself organized to tackle three piles: Completed quilts that just needed to have their pictures taken and inventory numbers assigned; Quilts that needed to be bound and then photographed and inventoried; and quilt tops in various stages from complete to needs-a-little sewing.

And then I went to make myself a cup of tea because, whew, there’s some might piles in my studio!!

The first and most obvious to tackle was the complete quilts. Here’s a couple of the 17 quilts in that pile just to show you what dazzlers our quilting friends are. The first one was made by Marianne Kotch of Barre, Vermont and the second was made by Joanne Shapp of Pomfret, Vermont.

Quilt by Marianne Kotch
Quilt by Marianne Kotch
Quilt by Joanne Shapp
Quilt by Joanne Shapp

Stunning, aren’t they?

The second pile was the quilts to be bound. I had 15 Parkinson’s quilts in that one plus another that was originally made for my mother that needs to be rebound for a total of sixteen.

I usually machine stitch a binding on the front of a quilt and then hand stitch it on the back. But with so many quilts to do, and because I’ve been practicing, I decided to do all of these by machine.

So far, I’ve been able to whittle that pile down to nine.

Quilt top by Jane Buskey
Quilt top by Jane Buskey
Quilt by Bob Johnson
Quilt by Bob Johnson

 

And I’m happy with the bindings. Here’s a sample of the ones I’ve finished so far.

As for the unfinished tops, **sigh**, those are going to take a lot more time.

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