If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Linda Koller on December 17, 2017 at 5:11pm

I finally finished a 4 year old UFO!! This is a 1918 Rag Doll wall hanging for one of my granddaughters.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 17, 2017 at 1:21pm

Barbara and Elizabeth, I'm so glad other people hear their UFOs talking to them.  I guess that means I'm not crazy, but, then again we may all be.  I am finishing up quilting an attic windows quilt for my son for Christmas.  That is the last Christmas project.  

Barbara, your trip to Madison sounds wonderful.  Very interesting to see behind the scenes, but, bitter sweet as you said..  Nancy was a wonderful advocate for quilting and a talented lady.  I learned a lot from watching her.  So interesting to be able to see what her life was like away from the TV.  So many times we see people on TV and we don't think about their life away from there.  We don't think of them as having the every day ups and downs that we have.

Well, I need to get my attic windows done, Grand Daughter's wedding quilt is hollering at me right now.  I can't make it understand that it has to wail until after Christmas and the tree is down to have space for the frame to go back up.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 17, 2017 at 12:28pm

I had a very nice time in Madison yesterday. The Nancy Zieman studio was at the Wisconsin Public Televison building. We were able to view the studio that we see on her program each week and camera men and women who do the work told of how each program was produced. One interesting point was she did not sit right behind her machine like we would normally sit. She sat sideways in  her chair to the side of her machine. But on camera it looks like she is sitting in front like we normally sit. A few of her quilts were displayed. And in the same room were tables and lots of cookies which looked like buttons and measuring tapes etc... and coffee and decaf was set up to help ourselves. They also had some health bars for people that could not eat cookies. 

In another room was the monitors which show the recordings of the show. They edited the shows from there and watched for mistakes that would have to be corrected before they went on the air. Very interesting! In another room (this was the room that we see on television with all the telephones for fund raising.) was a film of Nancy's life from a child to her recent filming of a program with her grand children. This was the most touching film, with her teen life her marriage her children, her adopted son. Her grand children and family times. A cute celebration where she does a cheer with some girls she went to school with. Lots of humor. Nancy telling a blond joke and showing her book of "Blond Joaks"! The joke she told was of a blond women who went into the library and went up the the counter and ordered with a loud voice, "I'll have a Big Mac and order of fries and a small coke." The librarian answered with, "This is a library!" , "Oh", she said and with a whisper said, "I'll have a Big Mac an order of fries and a small coke." cute! They showed her with many wonderful friends who have been with her for many years and the good times they had together. She said the title of her program should no be Sewing with Nancy, but sewing with- then names all the ladies that work with her behind the scenes.They showed lots of bloopers which were very funny. I think it was a bitter sweet time. So happy and joyful and so sad that she is gone. "Well done thou good and faithful servant" is my thought for Nancy. The film ended with a scripture about trusting that the Lord is with you always. 

Comment by Mary Moore on December 16, 2017 at 12:44pm

Wish we could hear the choir.  Are you recorded?

Comment by Ginny Andersen on December 16, 2017 at 11:30am

Beautiful bag, Sue! Your director will love it! So, you are a bell ringer? How fun! Bells are such a wonderful sound. Especially at Christmas! 

Going to Madison sounds like a one of a kind experience, Barbara. So special! 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 16, 2017 at 10:20am


My daughter is coming for a visit today and I am so excited!  We are picking her up from the train station at 4:00 P.M.

I have been dedicated to my UFOs except for a short time making microwavable bowls with my friends.  I am in the midst of pressing the backing for Stepping Stones 2.  The top and batting are ready.  I haven't been distracted by starting something new for quite a while.

Gail, I have some UFOs too that want to be next.  I have Puzzle Box for QOV and 2  Churn Dash quilts with SNW centres.  All legitimate UFOs wanting to be finished soon.  I have seen some nice  patterns but I put them in favourites or in downloads.  They are out of sight there!  I have to play mind games with myself because I am so weak.

Barbara, how nice that you are getting to the Sewing With Nancy show on WPBS.

Comment by Linda Koller on December 15, 2017 at 10:38pm

Barbara, have a wonderful day in Madison! I really enjoyed my time there. Can't wait to hear about the program on Nancy.

Merry Christmas to you too, Gail!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 15, 2017 at 10:09pm

My UFO's screem at me also, when ever I go in my sewing room, Gail. "Pick me!! Pick me!!

I have been working on a Green Bay Packer Dragon Pillow for my son. The Table is wonderful. I could actually do some free motion. It kind of looks like scribbling but I have a better feel of my scribbles. ha ha!! It looks like scribbling cuz I used a light green thread on a light green fabric and I couldn't see what I scribled or where I was going. ha ha! I don't think Nate will even notice it. I can't see it myself. I have the hope of improving now that I have my table.

Tomorrow morning we're going to Madison. I have 2 tickets to visit Wisonsin Public Television where they produced the Sewing with Nancy program. They will have a video of her life and works and we can add something of what she meant to us. My hubby is going cuz they are serving coffee and cookies! ha ha!! Also cuz I don't like driving in Madison and so we can visit with his brother and wife after the event.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 15, 2017 at 3:37pm

Love seeing what everyone is doing, especially what in finished.  I know at Christmas everyone is busy with gift making.  After the holidays it's back to the grindstone working on UFOs.  I am a hand quilter and have quite a few hanging in the closet waiting, and lots of blocks done wanting to be a quilt.  I can almost hear them yelling at me, "what about me."  

I hope every one has a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 15, 2017 at 11:47am

Hi Sue,

very nice hand bell bag!  I've never hear hand bells in person but I've seen them in concert on T.V.  Like Barbara, I'd like to play them too.


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