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 Riana Noyes on December 25, 2017 at 10:29pm

You  definitely deserve to be a a proud grandma, Elizabeth! The med/ science world is very competative ( l know since my eldest dd is a medical scientist, though currently enjoying motherhood). The gals here in tight quarters use the fuzzy backs of those Walmart vinyl tablecloths to lay out their projects on spare bed or floor...then roll 'em up and the pieces really stay in place for when unrolled during next sewing session. I still have a lineup of isolette covers to topstitch before Feb. I'm the last one standing, as the 2 other midarm/ frame stitchers here are currently unable to use their machines. But when those are delivered to hospital, l'm taking time to work on the projects l brought along. I have a couple started, but put aside for Christmas sewing. 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on December 25, 2017 at 1:51pm

Wishing all of you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!, Dear Friends!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 25, 2017 at 12:05pm


Good advice for Gail (and for me too).  I don't have a design board but I have a cutting table and the projects that should be next in line are there lined up across the back of the cutting board.  Last project I gave up on entirely was Joan Ford's table topper from her latest book that I started at a retreat.  I gave up on retreats too.

Hubby and I are spending Christmas Day together.  He is making a turkey breast  for dinner with all the fixings.  Our next door neighbour gave us 2 small bottles of rose my favourite wine.  She also made me a hat with purple velvet yarn and a pair of socks for Hubby.  He loves her socks.

My grandson, William, phoned me and filled me in on his life.  He is in 2nd year medical school and just finished 2 exams before Christmas.  He also worked on a research project that will be published in 2 articles in a prestigious international medical journal.  He was hoping to win a prize for his work but it didn't happen.  That's O.K. I love him to bits!

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 25, 2017 at 9:28am

Gail, l hope you make the deadline! I find that it's when l'm " stalled" on a project is when l get tempted to start new ones. After a while, that original project is forgotten, until it resurfaces while  hunting for something else. So my strategy has been to LEAVE IT ON THE DESIGN BOARD..., even just part of it.Then l see it all the while l'm on the next project ( l allow myself 3 at a time...1 in planning, 2nd in piecing/ construction, 3rd in top stitching.)At some point, l reach that " aha!" moment, and can complete it. Once or twice, l've thrown in the towel on a project that will never " work" or suit it's purpose. At that point, the uncut fabrics return to stash, & the pieces are relegated to the scrap drawer or even( gasp!) Chopped to " doggy bag fill". Done.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 24, 2017 at 2:17pm

Still working on the attic windows quilt for my youngest son for Christmas.  I have until tomorrow at noon to finish, I can do this, I know I can, I know I can.  After the holidays it's back to the UFOs.  Please, God give me the strength to control myself and don't let me start ten new projects, maybe just five.  Well, maybe ten if they are small.  

Merry Christmas girls and a very Happy New Year.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 24, 2017 at 8:43am

Love your quilts, Linda and Indy seems to know it's his.Love the bones. Great work!

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 23, 2017 at 7:23pm

Linda, l see you didn't make Indy wait until Christmas to give him his new quilt. So perfect for him!

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 23, 2017 at 7:20pm

Elizabeth, the Brother 770 is an embroidery only machine...l was referring to the high cost of an embroidery module for your Bernina...the 770 would cost less than that. Maybe your techie son can resurrect your computor :))

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 23, 2017 at 3:18pm

Riana, I have a Brother store really close to me.  I tried out their sit down quilting machine once.  It didn't seem much different than using my Bernina sewing machine.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on December 23, 2017 at 3:15pm

The Church bazaars are selling the microwavable bowls for $7.  But I wonder whether the makers used 100% cotton batting which is more expensive than the 80-20%.

When I had my 2 classes in the party room we took 3 hours to make one but that was because we were sharing my machine and tools.  Later I was taking about an hour to do one.  My friends want another class.  I have suggested I will put together the supplies for a fabric tray.  It is easier than a bowl.  They get bored just colouring.


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