I've fallen in love with this thread, Mettler Metrosene, for piecing.
This is a spool from my mom's thread stash. Must buy more!
One could look at it from the perspective, I suppose, of something along the lines of chain-piecing. Chain-finishing? Whether it's making good use of my time by nudging everything toward the same end, or frittering my energy away, I don't know. It's how I roll.
I bought some fabric for the backing of the Sudoku quilt. All prewashed now and waiting for me.
The last PhD project to be completed is this New Wave quilt that I pieced last year. As in, a whole year ago (where does the time go?). I lacked the skills to free-motion quilt it decently then, but thanks to a bit of learning and practicing, I'm there now. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.*
I had picked up a vintage muslin sheet at a thrift store several months ago, still in its original package, which looked to be about as old as I am. I'm using that for the backing. It wasn't quite wide enough though (it was a twin fitted sheet), so I'm having to piece it. Like the quilt top, I'm using both vintage and contemporary fabric for the strip I'm adding in, and I like how it's coming together.
The muslin sheet has been great to work with—soft, yet it presses and sews like a dream, as if there were a bit of starch to it, even after prewashing. I hope it quilts just as smoothly. I won't hesitate to snap up more of these if I see them in the thrifts.
Also in the to-be-quilted queue are the black and white quilt and the H2H quilt.
Ideally, I would crank these out systematically, one right after another. I am hopeful that will happen, but...
The other thing that's clamoring for my attention now is my neglected flower beds and other containers that are usually planted by now. We've had a long, cool spring but it looks like things are finally turning around this week. So, do I sew in my basement or work outside? Hm, let's see...
*Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack.