I become convinced I had to tackle the quilt top and backing situation as it was getting close to scary. I took all the tops out of the closet and labeled each of them for size. I took every large piece of yardage (over 2 yards) out and sorted and measured them. I made tags from post it notes that are pinned to the lower right corners so I can just browse throught the closet and see the size. I took all those sizes and descriptions and wrote them down on a legal pad. I am trying to make a spreadsheet in Google docs (learning as I do it) to enter all that info- ode to The Left Handed Quilter who loves spreadsheets.
I am washing every single piece, folding on a hanger, labeling and hanging in the closet. My hope is that I will look at the spreadsheet and see what sizes I have for tops. My goal is to match all tops with backings, sew them and have them in line for the longarm. I have to do it. I don't want to do it. I am doing it.
I have to make a spreadsheet for the tops also. What have I gotten myself into? Almost 3/4 of the fabric is washed and dried and I have run out of plastic hangers. I have to hit the dollar store to get this done.
|To get washed after measuring|
|Backings top rack, quilts bottom rack. Not done yet with backing, still washing|
I buy what I think would make a good backing when I find sales. Sometimes people donate the backing to me for the comfort quilts (Gwen), and sometimes I have to piece them. I am resolved that when a top is done, I am getting a backing together. I have no idea how long this will take, but I am gritting my teeth and getting it done. I pray I don't run out of steam and determination. I know it will be worth it.