Friday, May 3, 2013

HOW MUCH IS TOO MANY?

I have not kept track of how many quilts I have made since starting in 1990.  That is twenty-three years of quilt making.  Many have been given away.  A few sold.  But just how many quilts is too many to still have in my collection?
This is one cabinet of quilts and a large basket full.
Another cabinet and a rack of quilts.
A floor rack.  The top quilt has needed binding for quite some time.
Wall displays.  There is a quilt hidden underneath the one showing.
A spring quilt that needs to come down.
Above the family room sofa.
Above the fireplace.  Who needs a fireplace in Florida?  We have never used it.
In a wood box.
In the hallway.  I know it is a Christmas themed quilt but I love the design.
Bedroom wall rack.
Another bedroom wall rack.
On the back of a chair.  A quilt on the top waiting for binding.
Quilt tops waiting for quilting.
Quilts waiting for quilting or some UFO's waiting for the final touches.
Fabric waiting to be made into quilts (and a couple quilt kits).  Everyone worries about the leaning cubicles.  They have been that way for years.
And last, a sofa full of quilts waiting to be sorted.  My husband shampooed the carpet recently and stacked quilts from a couple piles on the living room floor onto the sofa.  I want to sort all the quilts in the cabinets along with these into seasons.  In other words, Christmas quilts all in one place for storage, spring quilts together, etc.  (That is a wall of mirror behind the sofa.)

There is a quilt tucked in here and there that I have not shown but you get the idea.  So what do you think?  How many is too much?

Karen

83 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

LOL - OMG -- you have way more than I do and I have been quilting a lot longer - tack on about another 10 years to yours. I have a lot but I have given a lot away to family, donations, and sold some too - I don't have as many waiting to be quilted thank heavens.

Never too many - excess can always be given to someone.

sunny said...

Nope. No such thing as too many. But if you feel bad about the excess, please feel free to send a couple my way!

NanaNor's said...

Oh how I love all your quilts-in fact, I bet if you were my neighbor I wouldn't be such a slow poke. During the spring and summer, I tend to put quilting away. Can you move to Colorado please-lol. I give most of mine away too. I have been quilting for about 12 yrs seriously but not proficient as I'd like. I do love your cabinets though.
Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Noreen

Wonky Girl said...

Aw heck, just sort and rotate. Keep the ones you like the best nearby to pet and gaze upon. Don't feel guilty. I envy your quilt stash and want to someday have as many stacked and hung about my home as you do. LOL
Oh, and I want that pattern for the quilt above your sofa (looks like big sunflower shapes). Where might I find it? Ugh, sounds demanding but I really like your quilt and have seen another one under construction that makes me want to try one. How about if I say pretty please, where may I find the pattern?

Radka said...

Is there such a thing as "too many quilt"?
I wish... :-))

Monica said...

Ooooooo...i can't believe how many quilts you have! I feel like a major underachiever now. I could spend all day looking at admiring all your quilts.

I'm going to show my husband this post to help give him some perspective. He jokingly gives me a hard time about how much I have accumulated and I don't have half what you do.

PS what are the best quilt shops o visit in your area? I am heading up that way soon and want to make sure I don't miss anything.

Terry said...

Wow! That's a lot of quilts! I've been asking myself the same question lately, and I don't have nearly as many as you have.

Karen said...

No good answer to that one. You do have a bunch. As long as they still bring you joy, keep them. I do love your style.

Deb said...

I don't think that you can ever have too many! I don't have nearly as many as you, but I'm certainly trying!

Nancy said...

Holy Cow! - One thing for sure I feel al whole lot better about my collection of quilts in all stages of completion now. I don't think you can ever have too many of anything you enjoy making.

WoolenSails said...

Yes, you do have quite the collection, lol.
I don't have very many and still need them for my ladders and bedrooms, so I have a long ways to go;)

Debbie

cucki said...

Wow they all so cute..can I have one ??? ❤❤❤
I am so thrilled to see so many lovely quilts..
Big hugs x

Anonymous said...

Wow! You have a lot! But you can still move around in your house, so keep making more! LOL There is no such thing as too many.

Linda said...

Yes - how much is too many! You have many gorgeous quilts by looking at the pictures! My main reason to write is to tell you what you already know - you are not alone! I even have leaning shelves too!

Loris said...

A wealth of art and comfort!
Have fun with the sorting. It's a lovely group of quilts :-)

Rosa said...

Love all your pics,Don´t know when is too many but any woudd be welcome.

Have a great weekend!!

Kaaren said...

You can never have too many quilts. Keep sewing, Karen and keep 'em coming!

belarmina said...

esto es maravilloso!!!! como me gustaría poder acariciarlas todas una a una...... y disfrutar admirándolas
saludos

Libby said...

No such thing as TOO much!

Anonymous said...

You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and the fingers just won't work anymore.

......and I'll be happy to take them and that stash off your hands! Lol!!!

Our poor husbands!

Aunt 'Reen said...

So this is what Quilter's Heaven looks like! lol
I can only dream of having that many quilts! Thanks for sharing!

audrey said...

Oh my goodness! I want to be you when I grow up!:) Great idea to store the quilts together by season and rotate them out through the year. I don't have nearly as many as you, but I decided to give my kids a couple a piece when they move out and kind of go from there.:) Thanks for sharing. Now I have a goal.*wink

YankeeQuilter said...

I thought I had a lot of quilts! You've got me beat for sure!

Brenda said...

You do have a lot of quilts. Wish I was in your family!Love that so many are out.

Kathie said...

Your doing what you love make quilts. I donate a lot of quilts. I give a lot to friends. I know you do too maybe it's time to send a few more to family or friends! I know you will figure it out!
Kathie

Terry Truesdale said...

I have only been quilting for over a year and do not have one finished quilt to keep as my own in my house. I only own 2 quilts. One from my mom and one from my great grandma. I am actually making one for my son. So that will be the first kept in my house! You are very talented!!!!!!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Defintely, you have a lot of quilts. I've been quilting a couple decades longer than you and have many fewer, although I hand quilted for the first couple decades [which could explain why I have so many fewer).
Until I saw all you have I would definitely have said, "there's no such thing as too many quilts." Now I guess I'd have to say, "as many as you can have and still be happy to have them."

em's scrapbag said...

You can never have enough. Love all your beautiful quilts!

Pen Pen said...

I want my house to look like that!! Love it!

Nancy said...

You are an amazingly prolific quilter! I think you should photograph every one of them and post them here. It looks like there would be lots of inspiration for quilters in your quilts.

Anonymous said...

there might be to many..... but it is you that has to decide if still love each and every one of those quilts as a keeper..... so as you put in piles take some time to look at each quilt in a say christmas pile and see if you want to keep it.... pile by pile and see if there are some that are ready to move on....

Kyle said...

You have a fantastic collection. Just keep enjoying what you're doing. I bet Picasso didn't worry about having too many painting. :0)

Julee said...

No you can not have toooooo many quilts! I have mine stack in 2 closets, on a daybed, lined up on the hallway walls (that is my gallery)& stuck on wall thru out the house. I have gone thru them and gave some of the older ones away. I need to deep clean my sewing room, can't get around it.....guess we are all alike in many ways. Keep quilting!!!

Anonymous said...

Never too many ... unless you have to leave home to make room for more!

Sometimes it is nice to be able to just grab one when somebody needs a quilt, not have to start making one!

Diane said...

oh I thought by the title of your post you were going to tell US how many is too many!! I got all excited. I was just thinking (while refolding and organizing my quilts) that I perhaps have too many. But since I don't think I have as many as you so I think I'll make some more! I do try to keep mine by season-it helps if nothing else, me to remember what I have.

Kerry Burke said...

Wow! You have been very productive!!
Kerry
simplebirdapplique

Yvette said...

It can never be too many. It is what we enjoy doing. They are all wonderful. Keep on sewing!

Samantha said...

Wow! You can never have to many quilts. I find that I can't seem to build up a good supply. People keep saying they like this one or that one so I give it to them. Hubby says no more giving them away for a while until we have a big, BIG stack for us. :D

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh wow! Wonderful post! I love all the quilts~ too many? I don't think there is such a thing. :-) I need to organize by season's too, but it is just too fun pulling them out when I'm looking for a certain one. Of course, I don't have near as many as you do. Have a happy weekend!

Lori said...

Only when they aren't bringing you joy anymore...just storage headaches! lol

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

There is no such thing as too many...and I'm coming to your house to play!! OH MY!!

Colleen said...

A question to ponder.... they are all your works of art. It is very hard to part with quilts you love. You should keep what you love. You put in the time and effort and you deserve them! They are all beautiful. Sort them nicely by seasons/holidays and rotate, rotate, rotate! It is your art. It is like asking an artist not to paint anymore pictures! Not possible!

Darlene said...

Beautiful quilts displayed and stored in your home. I don't think we can have too many quilts.

That being said, I've been asking myself the same question. It's been troubling me so much that it's keeping me from quilting.

paulette said...

As long as you still find joy in making quilts, then keep them coming!! They are all so beautiful!! Must go back for another look!! Thanks for sharing!
P

Lida said...

Wow!!! What a lot! Never seen someone with that many! But to much...??? I don't know, I would love to have as many as you have, but this is your live and your growth and that is not to be think lightly about, maybe you can put some in the attic, but you must start finishing the ones that are waiting just for bindings, than the ones that are waiting for finished tops and than you take a year of 60 to quilt them all! LOL! Hugs,
Lida

betweens said...

never too many, ever!
I love all your quilts and would suggest you do some guest speaking at some guilds and show your treasures. it would be a fabulous show. you can come to Ontario would love to have you and bring you to all the guilds for show.
There is a reason for those quilts it makes you happy and look at all that happiness!

Michelle said...

Well you should never be cold! I love the Robyn Pandolf fabric (pink, green and yellow quilt)even after all the years I think it's still one os my favorite fabric ranges.

corinne said...

Women's shelters, Quilts for Kids, there are many more. They would love your beautiful quilts.

Barb said...

You can never have too many! especially when you have so many wonderful ways to display them!
thanks for the tour.
wow thats a lot of tops!!

Melanie said...

I like what someone said--- Quilter's Heaven!!! It's your hobby-- cycle through a few for your favorite charity. Keep Selling(God knows you are talented enough!)others can support your habit. I love your home BTW-- It's the first pics we've seen I can remember... Always keep in mind-- You're Quilter....That's a gift in itself.

Silly Goose said...

We wouldn't dream of asking a painter to stop painting because 'he'd done too many'.

Art is art. Do it as long as you enjoy it - that's my motto.

Your works is beautiful.

Suzie

Teresa said...

OMG...you should post on how you get so much DONE, and so beautifully. Good luck with your sorting...I love decorating with quilts!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

MooseStash Quilting said...

Welcome to my world! So glad I am not alone in this! :-) Never will there be too many, as long as you can walk in paths thru the house! My hubby had the nerve to ask me a few years back if we were going to have a yard sale with all my quilts. It was the last time he asked that stupid question! hahahaha PS: he is still alive!
:-)

Sue Bennett said...

Your rooms look like mine. I have been quilting for 37 years. It got to the point that now if I don't just love the quilt I pass on making it. . I have given some away as gifts. I have given to the women's shelter, and have donated to the cancer walks to raffle. You get to the point that you have so many that you can't enjoy the ones you have. I would say start going thru and weed the ones that you really liked making but DON'T love ones out of your collection. I fell better about mine after doing so.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

OMG!!! Can I come help you sort! My goodness! I love the way you have them everywhere in your home for people to see...so beautiful!!

andsewon said...

Yes you have too many! Now pack up half and send to me! hahaha! If you enjoy making them and having them then there is never too many!Ok now give us a quilt show post!

Dawn said...

Never too many!!
You have a wonderful assortment of theme, color etc.
I love your pie safe too - what a great place for stacks of quilts.
I like your idea of sorting theme by a theme to help with rotating the displays. I'd love to help you sort them ;-)
Beautiful post!!

julieQ said...

You know, I too worry about this...I have tons of quilts that I have made. My son and DIL have said NO MORE! They have a minimalist home and a bunch of quilts just don't fit it. I do think that this prolificity is Ok, though...it keeps me sane, out of the therapists office, and I am making something useful that someone will use someday. I have started giving away quilts to patients and friends...that feels great! Bottom line...I am going to quilt until I wilt!! Hugs!

Quilter Kathy said...

OH my goodness Karen! Your home is a quilting mecca!
Lucky you (and your family!)

Cheryl said...

OMG, you do have a lot of quilts! You win.

Me and My Stitches said...

No such thing as too many. You go girl! Love all that I see - and the leaning tower of fabric is awesome!

Sharon said...

Is the Hoarders TV crew parked in your driveway? heheheh If not, then don't worry about it, I'm sure once you fold and reorganize, it will all be manageable. In my dreams I have quilts like this!

Wendy said...

You have a awesome collect. I agree with everyone here, you can never have too many. Enjoy displaying and rearranging your quilts. I'm so happy I have one of your quilts...I treasure it.

Crispy said...

Well you certainly have more than just a few LOL. I'm sure once you sort through them all you will get a better handle on what to keep handy and what to put in deep storage. My personal favorite you showed was the blue bedroom quilt...just beautiful :0)

Crispy

Pilar Garcia de la Cueva said...

Tienes un blog precioso,¡que de trabajos lindos! cuantas mantas, y telitas que maravilla, me alegro mucho de conocer tu blog.
un abrazo.

Jeanne said...

What a productive quilter you've been! I don't think you can have too many as long as they brought you satisfaction while making them.

Christelle said...

Ha,ha I feel a lot better!
I started to feel guilty about 3 quilts that needed quilting (I hand quilt in the evening so I need more time to complete a quilt) .
...No such thing as too many but if you run out of space you can organise something like "adopt a quilt" I sure you will find a lot of loving homes :)

Teresa F. said...

to a true quilter fabric and quilts are never too many. On the other hand I could easily relieve you of some of your stuff.

Cathy said...

I love it. I don't have quite that many but I do have my share. The way I look at it.....Fabric and Quilts are like Shoes....A girl can never have too many...LOL Hugs

Carole said...

Tell you what, as a friend, let me help you. I'll take them off your hands. It's a sacrifice, I know, but I'm willing to make it for you. No need to thank me! What are friends for! I'll send you my address! Cheers! ;o)

Maureen said...

Great post! I guess it's just what you are comfortable with. I love how you display your quilts. I just stacked some on a chair for display last week.

laurel said...

Hi Karen......what a wonderful collection - and what a marvelous quiltmaker you are!! Thanks so very much for sharing your collection with us here....you are an inspiration and - in my opinion - you can never have too many quilts - particularly if you have made them yourself - you should be very proud of your workmanship and gift of a very special talent!

Carrie P. said...

Boy! you do have a lot of quilts but it is because you are so fast at making them. Great ways to display them!

Sheila said...

Hi Karen,
Thought I would add to your long list of comments for this blog entry - your body of work is amazing and I mean that in a good way. Wish I could come over and you could give me a personal quilt show!
Sheila

Ageeth Dorsman said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my
blog! I envy you for your white Featherweight, but I do own a 222 my-
self, and am so proud of it. It was
a day totally addicted to the Feather-
weights and their owners and it was
really lovely. By the way, I also envy
you for your amount of quilts and
fabricstash. And too many? Never!
Kind regards from Ageeth from Holland.

Denise said...

"Too much" doesn't exist! :)
Is a pleasure for eyes see this photos.

Appalachian Quilts said...

I think we are kindred spirits! I have quilts everywhere from all of the class samples/shop/personal/etc. Hundreds of quilts and now we are MOVING! Argh! I have started using the table runners and small quilts to pad dishes while I pack. Getting two kinds of packing done at once and it will definitely feel like Christmas when I unpack my dishes! (Ever had a realtor tell you that you need to find a way to hide 200 quilts from view????) It could always be worse! ROFL

Mary said...

YOU WIN, you have the most quilts I have ever seen! I could take some off your hands....LOL
Hugs, Mary

Vicky said...

Nope, not too many at all! And think of all of the hours of joy making them! I'd say keep going doing what you love to do!!

Anja.M said...

I've never seen so many quilts at someone's home.
A great collection.
Just go ahead and enjoy it.

Quilt groetjes Anja.

Rose Marie said...

I have always admired each quilt that you finished and to see all of them displayed is wonderful. Nope, we can never have enough.

Carin said...

OMG... so many quilts .... so many fabrics !! You lucky girl ... you never can have too much :-)

black bear cabin said...

WOW...my daughter has two of my quilts and my husband has one...but thats it...ive given the rest all away! I am totally in awe of your collection! :)