Posts Tagged ‘Unfinished Business’

It’s time to get back to the business of UFOs.   My stats page tells me that people searching for “Roswell” (New Mexico) are sometimes directed to this blog by their search engines.  Poor people — what a surprise they must get if they are not expecting Close Encounters with Unfinished Objects of the Quilting Kind!

This is not about extraterrestrial UFOs, of course — just the quilty ones!

When I was making up my Christmas gift list recently, I remembered a Roman Stripe project that I started about 10 years ago.  My sister-in-law recently redecorated her living room with black sofa and chairs, and she wears a lot of black clothes with bright accents, so I am hoping this lap quilt will suit her taste.


How lucky is this?  The original pattern was in the box with the fabric.  That doesn’t happen to me very often! 😉  This pattern is called “Roaming Stripes” and came from a book called Quilts So Quick, published by Oxmoor House in 1995.  Mary Johnson has a similar pattern on her website, called “Amish Stripes and Strings.”


Double lucky — the backing fabric was in the same box!  This fabric is from a line called “Erte Revisited”, from my favourite-ever designer,  The Woodrow Studios, London.


I mail-ordered a dark batting — Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black — and it arrived this morning.  Now I have everything I need!

Ready… Steady… Go!

Happy Sewing!

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I have many irons in the fire this week.

Quilt as You Go blocks for Jan’s Australian Bush Fire quilt project:



Jan has a two-part tutorial on how to make these blocks with strings and scrap pieces of batting: (more…)

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My husband said, “you’re supposed to be finishing things!” When I was looking for fabrics for Judy’s Quilt-Along, I found several (actually five) more UFO’s in a big plastic storage box. They looked so tempting — I just had to pull them out and work on each one for a little while.  I feel like I am going down the buffet line at a UFO banquet — just have to try a little bit of this, and a tiny bit of that, and maybe some of that, too.

Oh, dear, I can see that I still have a long way to go before I am a reformed character in the UFO department. 😉

I’m amazed at how many blocks I have made. Stacks and stacks. Some of them I don’t even remember working on, although I always remember the fabrics. Making blocks is always my favourite part of the quilt-making process. Assembling blocks into tops is okay, maybe a bit tedious sometimes, but doing the quilting (more…)

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What a week! A little bit of sewing, a little bit of baking, and a whole lot of snow.

My sewing things are still unorganised from last week’s room shifting, so this week I sewed on projects that I could find easily and didn’t have lots of small pieces that had to be laid out.  I found a quilt top that was nearly finished and just needed another border.  This will be a donation quilt for QOV-UK.   I hope it doesn’t look too ’70s with that Harvest Gold and Avocado!  I didn’t notice that until I saw the photograph.  I’ve always called this quilt “Harvest Festival,” and  I was really thinking of golden Amber grain and cornfields when I chose the fabrics.


I also put the binding on a purple wall hanging that I started several years ago with the scraps from a quilt that I made for my niece.  I couldn’t find any more of the background fabric to make the binding, so I used a coordinating purple from my stash.  I just need to make the hanging tabs and hand-sew the binding down, and it will be finished.  This is one of the UFOs for my Stashbuster UFO Challenge.


We had so much snow this week that we couldn’t get the cars out, and school was even cancelled one day.  My husband and little girl had a great time sledging in the snow.


Here’s my little Nigel dog in the back garden.


I stayed inside where it was warm and did baking.  I made three loaves of white bread, two loaves of wholemeal seedy bread, two pans of yeast rolls, and a batch of Snicker Doodle cookies.


The other days when school was open again, we just put on our boots and walked.  It’s only about a mile.  It sure is different from walking to school in the old days in Southeast Texas!  😉

I also had plenty of time to do Web Surfing.  Here are two sites I found that are new to me and have lots of lovely quilt patterns with clear instructions:

San Fernando Valley Quilting Association

Andover Fabrics Quilt Designs

Here are my totals for Stash Report Week 6:

  • Bought    0
  • Used        1/2 yd for binding and hanging tabs
  • YTD Bought    6 yds
  • YTD Used         29 yds

Happy Sewing!

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Our older daughter had to move back in with us this week, so we’ve been busy rearranging furniture and setting up a bedroom for her.  I didn’t get to sew as much as I had hoped, but I did make 43 blocks for my Quilts of Valor-UK quilt.  It won’t take long to finish now.

With all the house cleaning and moving things around, I made some happy discoveries.  I was pleased to find two more nice UFOs, like old friends I was happy to see again.  🙂  I also found these cute 1/2 yard cuts of Michael Miller fabric that I misplaced some time ago.   The design is called Giddy Dot.  I love that name!  It makes me feel happy to look at this fabric.


My Stash Report totals for Week 5 are the same as last week, I’m afraid.  Fingers crossed for better progress next week!

  • Total bought this week:  0
  • Total used this week:  0
  • Year-to-Date Bought:  6 yds
  • Year-to-Date Used:  28.5 yds

Happy Sewing!

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I originally thought I would only count fabric cut for new projects finished in 2009 for my Stash Buster report.  But, my husband asked me last night, how would I count fabric used in 2009 for UFO’s started in 2008 or earlier?  If I don’t count that fabric now, doesn’t that leave my large stack of UFO’s in a sort of Stash Limbo, neither counted nor discounted?

I’ve decided to change my method and will now count all my projects that are finished in 2009.  The fabric won’t have been counted before, as this is my first year to participate in this project.  By “finished”, I mean quilted, bound, labelled and ready to use or give away (except for charity quilts where I am only supposed to make a top) .

So…my revised Stash Buster report for 2009 is this:

Fabric used:

  • 20.5 yards for large quilt and 4 pillowcases for teenage daughter, finished Jan 2009;
  • 6 yards for QOV quilt top;  and
  • 2 yards for UFO cushion cover.

Total stash used to date in 2009:  28.5 yards.

  • New fabric bought year-to-date:  Still  0 Correction: Ooops, I forgot, I bought 6 yards of backing fabric for that black and red quilt.

Just out of curiousity, I thought I would try to remember how much fabric  from stash I used in 2008.

  • 13.5 yards for twin size quilt for younger daughter;
  • 16 yards for QOV pillowcases;
  • 1.5 yards for a wallhanging; and
  • 8.5 yards for Christmas stockings.

That makes a total of 39.5 yards used during the year for a few projects that come to mind at the moment.  Just goes to show how quickly the fabric gets used up even when you’re not being careful about counting!  I only bought fabric on two holidays in Northumberland and Surrey, and that was about 20 yards total, including two recycled 100% cotton duvet covers from charity shops that I have cut up to use as yard goods.

I’m really glad I have a blog now to use as my quilt journal.  I’ve never been so organised, ever.

Happy Sewing!

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Quilters use several terms to describe abandoned or forgotten projects. UFOs — Unfinished Objects. PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks. At what point does a WIP (Work in Progress) become a UFO?

Sometimes we put something aside if we make a mistake and feel frustrated. Or get bored with the fabric or pattern, or disappointed if it’s ugly, or the colours don’t go well together, or the pattern doesn’t work with the fabric. Maybe the pattern is too difficult for our skill level. Maybe we’ve just seen an exciting new pattern or a lovely fabric that shouts to us: “stop what you’re doing and sew me now!”

Sometimes sewing projects get packed away when we need to tidy the house when company is coming over. Out of sight, out of mind. We forget what we were working on. Or, we’ve put it away so well that we can’t find it again.

I have so many unfinished projects that I am afraid to count them. I feel guilty about this. Now is the time to do something about it. Time to get busy.

My first project to complete — a fun quilt for my daughter that I started in 2006.

My first UFO project to complete!  A quilt for my daughter.

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