In the process of cleaning out stuff (in general), I came across a partially finished quilt top.
It was finished to the flying geese on the sides.
So it was finished vertically. It just needed the outer borders.
And I knew WHY I had not finished it. I ran out of the right kind of fabric, like 15+ years ago.
I looked at a couple shops (an hour away) and did not see anything that was just right.
Then when I was out of town a month or so ago, I found the blue that ended up being the outer border.
And a friend gave me the blues that are in the 16 patches (on point in the gold/brown border).
So I finished this quilt top, sent it to my machine quilter, bound it, and it went home with oldest in his orange carry on yesterday.
This quilt was king size. We had to fold it several different ways and put it in a plastic bag and squish all the extra air out, but it did fit.
It is going on his bed. He now has six quilts (of mine). And all six are ones he really wanted.
Interestingly, he looked at it and said - there is something funny about the binding. I said - yes, it is machine bound and you are use to hand binding, but it is too hard on my thumbs, I don't do that any more. It was interesting that he noticed that immediately.
Middle has a couple with her name on them (still at home, but hers - feathered star, purple/orange). And I am making pairs of twin quilts for her future children - (2) pink/green and (2) brown bear version 2 and (2) my flag design. And she will take her childhood quilts (below).
Youngest has a few squirreled away (log cabin, yellow/white and bow tie). And she will have her childhood quilts (below). She sort of puts them under her arm and scurries upstairs to hide them in her room, so we don't know exactly how many. Interestingly youngest goes by the feel. She likes the old cool cotton feel. She has to touch them to know what she wants.
And I stuck a white/blue Irish Chain in my closet. It is in emaculate condition. The white is as white as white can be. Beautiful, rich blues. It is not often that I look at a quilt and think - please do not touch it, but when I saw that one, it went in the top of my closet, rolled, not folded. I might make another one and put them on the girls downstairs beds when they have both taken their childhood quilts with them (brown bear version 1 and star quilt, one of each quilt for both of them, 2 each, 4 total).