March 04, 2010

All in the Details

As I write, it is 12:30, I should be in bed!  But I'm getting details together.  I likened writing a book to planning a wedding, to Natalia the other day.  So many little details that will never be perfect, but the day comes and you go through with the plans.  I'm so thankful for editors who know what they are doing!

I have 12 finished quilts, bound and washed.  I love each and every one!  Picking a favorite will be impossible - sadly you all will have to wait quite a while to see them - sorry.  I've actually pieced 15 tops in the last two months - there were a couple of fabric choices that I made, and did not love.  And so, I started over!  I figure I must LOVE it for it to make the cut :)  In that way the book is a living thing too.  It's constantly changing - hopefully for the good!

I have been double checking all my math this evening, and figured out the binding details --

I've tacked down 90 yards of binding - in a months time.  two thirds of it was done in the last week!  I have a rhythm :)  And I love hand quilting thread for bindings, like gutterman or yli - good stuff that I paid $4 a spool for.  It glides through the fabric and doesn't knot up as much as regular thread.  I just use 2, well maybe 3 neutral spools - and they will last forever!

I have 6 - 7 items on my to do list for my Thursday - but I'm excited!  It's coming together!!  All those little details that I hope, make it a great book!

Have a great day!  I'm (hopefully) crossing things off my list, after I get some sleep.
Amy
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39 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

Goodness! You've been a busy bee! I can't wait to see the quilts and of course the book!! I have no doubt it'll be amazing :)

Make Do & Mend said...

Oh I am excited about seeing your book, i'm sure it will be fab! Love your blog.

Natalia said...

Wow! Seriously 90 yards of binding in that short of time is AMAZING!

amylouwho said...

90 yards? Woah. I can't wait to see them all finished! Glad you are happy with every single one!

Jackie said...

The excitement continues!! I am sure all your hard work will pay off in the end. The book will be fabulous. We are all looking forward to seeing it and the lovely quilts.

Cris A said...

Oh my gosh! I feel accomplished when I get the dishes done before noon! :) I will definately be one of the first to get my hands on that book!

Jessica said...

Doesn't it feel amazing to write down all that you've done like that--I love reading over lists of what I have done when it feels like the days have been so full and realize exactly how productive I have been. Bravo to you!

Terriaw said...

Wow, 15 quilts? 90 yards of binding in a month? That is crazy sewing! Sounds much more fun that going to my day job. Happy to know your book is about quilting.

Leslie said...

you are one busy lady, and it all sounds so exciting.

Purple Paisley Patch said...

Can't wait to see all your hard work come to fruition with the publication of this book. It's great that you love each and every quilt that's made the cut, that way it's truly been a labour of love. Do try to get some sleep, sleep deprivation is not good when trying to get through all those last minute things on your list. ;-)

Amy said...

You have been busy, but how exciting for you!

2miracles/Tove said...

So your definately your a busy beaver! So the lurking question is how big it the laundry mountain this weeK?
i bet everyone around there is pitching in to help and are all get excited for mom. thanks for sharing.
Were still praying.

Lisa said...

WOW! That is a lot of quilt tops and a lot of binding. You are going to work your fingertips down to little nubs. ;) I hope you were able to sleep well after such a busy day.

Mary said...

Wow - you are a quilt making MACHINE! :-) Can't wait to see the fruits of your labor!

Elizabeth said...

15 tops in 2 months -- AMAZING! Congratulations on making it to the end. You book sounds like a true labor of love. Can't wait!

jaybird said...

that is a lot of binding!!!

Candied Fabrics said...

Amy, this is so exciting! Know that we're all squealing, so see that big stack of quilts waiting to get mailed! And a HUGE relief!

zarina said...

not sure how long my bindings are (two lap quilts and a small table center). one lap quilt almost finish.

Natalie said...

Really proud of you and so excited to see God bless you for all of the hard work and love you've put into this book.
Love ya!

Trudi said...

Wow Amy, you have been working yourself hard, I hope you'll be taking a breather after it's all done and out of your hands for a while! So excited for you though, can't wait to see the final product too! Have a great Thursday ticking off the list as you go!

Nina... said...

I am so excited for you! What an accomplishment! Can't wait to see your beautiful quilts and your book. Good luck!!!

Amber said...

I'm so excited for you too - what an accomplishment...et me know if you need any help testing :-)

mom said...

You are one amazing gal, Amy!

Good tip on quilting thread...I hope I can remember those names!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great going Amy. Can't wait to see your book and your quilts!

Diane J. Evans said...

How on earth did you piece 15 tops in 2 months AND take care of a family at the same time??!! Seriously, how did you do it?? I am in awe!

Diane

Amy said...

I'm so proud to be your friend! You always did like big projects :) I would like to hear about this hand quilting binding stuff

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Exciting! Can't wait to add your book to the "library" :-) There can never be too many quits or too much inspiration.

MomBrose said...

I am so excited for you! I have no idea how you did it (well of course we know you had a little help from the Lord but still....)! You are an inspiration and I'm praying you are feeling better soon. I also hope you guys are planning a weekend away after you meet your deadline. You so deserve it!

Whosies said...

ok. that is some massive amounts of binding. you are either a pro now, or hate the sight of it. :)

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Georgina said...

Cor Blimey - you must be taking your vitamins!!

Jenny said...

Amazing, sister! I can't wait to read more about it all. I love your blog, you've taught me so much and inspired me even more.

Barbara said...

YOU have been busy!!!! Can't wait to see the book and all those lovely quilts. Have a great weekend.

WendyLou said...

90 yards of binding??!! Holy smokes!! That's makes my little stack look like child's play! What a joy this book will be to you - I am so happy for you!!!!!

Dresden Quilter said...

Glad to hear you are doing well. I will be anxiously awaiting the book. Thanks about the tip for the hand quilting thread. I would never have thought about it. I am going to have to try it.

Vicki said...

way to go! you are awesome. now that you are almost done with the hard part you have me rethinking... maybe I will go ahead and submit my proposal idea. Maybe not this month, but maybe some day.

Tipper said...

I'm so excited for you!! I know it'll be great!

Andrea said...

Wow, that's incredible Amy. When this is all said and done, normal life as it is will seem slow and lazy! LOL Can't wait to hear more about your progress...take it easy!

Anonymous said...

yeh, Sweetie! I wish I were there with you; so glad for Joe! Love all of you, Mom

audreypawdrey said...

I am so impressed that you pieced together 15 tops in two months and I can't even imagine sewing that much binding down within a two month period let alone a week or so. Great job!