Do you have them, too? Those quilt tops that turned out just "blah"? What do *YOU* do with them?
I had an email conversation with my longarm quilter - her business is beginning to pick up now that she is retired from her 9-5 job (plus, I have given her a number of referrals), and she is trying to work on some sort of scheduling system so she can make sure and accommodate her best customers. That led me to evaluate my stack of quilt tops to try and prioritize what I wanted to bring her after she finishes my orange quilt.
I really don't have that many finished tops - I am not that prolific a quilter, but along with the 8 or 9 that I would like to take for quilting, there were 4 or 5 that are just total duds and to me, not worth the expense of having machine quilted, nor the time it would take for me to do it myself. So what to do with these tops? Is there some organization that I could donate the quilt tops to?
Funny story, I daydreamed all day yesterday about one of my tops that I worked on early in my quilting career. It was called Mail Order Star, and was, I think, a queen sized top. The center of the stars were pieced 25-patch blocks - this quilt took me forever, but I really liked it and was anxious to buy some wide backing fabric and get this one quilted.
Yesterday I came home from work and went to my pile of tops in the spare bedroom. I could not find the Mail Order Star quilt. I dug through the pile again, then checked the rest of the closet and still could not find the quilt. Then it dawned on me that perhaps I had put it in the cedar chest upstairs. Bingo - there it was! I started to unfold the quilt and OMG, it is the most boring and unimaginative quilt I have ever seen - a definite DUD! I made it during my Debbie Mumm period - 100% DM fabrics, which, nothing wrong with that, but there is no interest, no spark. It truly is the most boring quilt ever. Oh and my piecing was so amateur too - star points cut off everywhere. I guess I could use it as an example of "what not to do." But it is kind of fun to revisit one's quilting past.
Another of my earlier quilts is already layered and basted and ready for quilting, although I haven't decided yet if I will take it apart (basted with those plastic tacks) and have the longarm quilter do it instead of me just stitching in the ditch on my machine. I haven't looked closely at the piecing to see how bad it is, but it's still a pattern and fabrics I love (Lady of the Lake blocks with old-old-old K.P. Kids veggie fabrics), so it's a keeper!