It's gloriously sunny so it seemed like an ideal time to take my hexie quilt for the HAL outside so you could see how it's slowly growing.
I'm pleased with how it's progressing, but I suspect it won't be finished this side of Christmas. This is probably less than a quarter of the size it needs to be and even when it's all pieced I'll need good weather outside so I have a large enough space to baste it. All that's got to be done before I can even think about quilting and binding.
A more achievable quilt might be either the lap or baby sized quilt in the Across the Sea QAL which I've just joined. Sorting out my FQ sized cuts at the weekend made me realise I have far far too many with no definite purpose in mind and this might be a good stash busting project. I've already decided that my fabric has to be housed in that chest and not in other places as well so that will mean using up stuff before buying more...not just finding somewhere else to home new purchases.
This brings me onto a question about quilt giving/making that I hope you will help me out with. I wonder at what point I will have too many quilts. I actually don't have that many' However, every time I make a new one Chief asks what it's for. The subtext clearly being: Another Quilt? Why do you need another quilt. I feel caught between wanting to try out new block/quilt designs and reluctancy to just make quilts for the sake of it.
In an ideal world I'd have a tonne of friends and associates having babies and in need of a baby quilt. They are great ways to try something different without committing a lot of time and fabric and seem more manageable than, the more useful double bed sized quilt - which I confess terrifies me on so many levels! And unlike a mini quilt they have a more practical side to them. I had considered giving quilts as Christmas presents, as a lovely lap quilt on a cold winters night would be my idea of bliss. However, I really have few likely candidates for quilts. The last thing I'd want to do give them to someone who had no idea of the value in terms of raw materials - let alone appreciate how much of my time and love had gone into it.
A friend suggested making with a view to selling. However, I feel at this stage there are too many people out their doing this already - and doing it far better than I could and it would become a huge pressure.
How do you all reconcile the volume of quilts you make? Do you have friends and family begging you for quilts or do you make baby quilts just in case there is a sudden rush of babies born around you? I'd love to hear your thoughts before I become to guilty to make any more new quilts.