Posts Tagged ‘quilting UFOs’

I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

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This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

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I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

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I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

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I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

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Here’s a larger group:

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The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

2Quilt for Nigel

for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I’ve joined the UFO Challenge for 2009 with the Stashbuster group, and tonight I finished the first UFO from my very long list (18 items).   Originally this was going to be a wall hanging in our old house, and it was started in 1999.  The block was 12.5 inches square, with a Friendship Star in the centre of a Log Cabin.

I have a 20-inch square pillow form recycled from an ancient sofa, so I decided to turn this UFO into a cushion cover.  There was enough of the blue background fabric left to enlarge the block to fit the pillow form and to make the backing.  I just did some simple machine quilting, and voila!  One less UFO!

Here are the Before and After pictures.



Happy Sewing!

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If a collection of fabric can be counted as a UFO, then this is one of mine.  I collected patriotic fabrics for many years when I lived in America.  I thought they were really pretty and inspiring, and I dreamed that I would make tablecloths and napkins for 4th of July barbecues, and picnic quilts, and bed quilts and wall hangings and Memorial Day banners…..I don’t know.  Wonderful things.
Well, I never did any of that.  And isn’t it marvelous that fabric does not have a “best before end” date?!  Carefully stored away from sunlight and dust, these fabrics are still good as new, even though some of them date from the early 1990’s.    And now they are finally going to be used for something worthwhile.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I am going to help some members of the HeartStrings Quilt Project make pillowcases for the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  (I think other members might be making pillowcases for other charities.)  It’s my first time to help with a project like this, and I am really excited about it.   The QOV makes quilts for military personnel wounded in the line of duty, and the pillowcases are part of the gift and hold the rolled-up quilts when they are presented to the recipients.

If you are interested in the work of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, here is a link to their website:


If you would like more information on the HeartStrings Quilt Project, here is their link:


And here are three links for excellent Pillowcase sewing instructions:

From Mary Johnson (who I always think is the “Heart” of HeartStrings):

Quiltmaker magazine:

Bee Happy Pillowcase by Mary Lou Weidman at the Benartex site:

I don’t think I can wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start working on these pillowcases.  I want to start sewing right now.  And I surely have enough fabric to start now and still be sewing next weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Happy Sewing!

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Now, this is how my UFO problems always begin.   I haven’t finished my Grandmother’s Flower Garden yet, but it’s less than six weeks until the holidays, and I have promised my teenage daughter that she can have a new quilt for a Christmas present.  So….the GFG will be put aside again in favour of a new and younger rival.  But not abandoned.  I’ll be back!  I promise.

Teenage daughter has chosen red and black as her colour theme.  Not my favourite colours, a bit dark and dramatic for me, so I wanted a pattern that would go together quickly, look modern and young and cool, but still be a nice quilt that will stand the test of time.

I found the perfect pattern at one of my favourite blogs.  The pattern is called Stash Buster Quilt, and here is the link to the tutorial:


(note: link updated 30-8-2011)

I’ve started cutting the fabrics and laying the pieces out on the kitchen table to audition them for the final cut (excuse the pun).  I use sticky notes to identify the different size pieces.


Components for Quilt Blocks

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to a fabric stash.  For someone who isn’t keen on red and black together, I seem to have a very good collection of fabrics in this colourway.  I’ll be able to make this quilt top totally from stash and still have enough left over for backing and binding.


Black Palette


Red Palette

I’ll have to be really sly (and tidy!) and put everything away when I finish for the day because I don’t want my daughter to see it until it’s finished.  (She doesn’t know yet that I have a blog.)  She knows that she has a quilt coming, and she knows the colour scheme.  The “little” surprise will be the pattern — and the BIG surprise will be if it’s actually finished and under the tree in time for Christmas!  Bless her heart, she’s lived with me for a very long time.   😉

Happy Sewing today!

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