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 Barbara Hughes on January 8, 2018 at 3:08pm

Stuffing with trimmings is a good idea, Gail.

Comment by Gail Brown on January 8, 2018 at 12:57pm

Elizabeth, I love the churn dash, one of my favorite patterns.  You sure dressed it up in its city outfit with those center blocks, from country mouse to city mouse.  I am making one for one of my Grandsons in red, white and blue with pinwheels in the center.  Congrats on the finish!

Linda that's very impressive to have enough people interested to make those cuddles for the little doggies and kitties.

I make dog and kitty beds and stuff them with my trimmings.  I keep a trash can lined with muslin by my cutting table and all the trimmings go into it, when it's full I just sew it closed and put a fleece cover on it.  When they start to accumulate I take them to local animal control shelter and they are very glad to get them.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 7, 2018 at 11:07pm

I like patterns that I can do embroidery in,Riana, but I think my fabric is to busy for the embroidery this time. I'll try to show you when I get the first block made.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 7, 2018 at 7:35pm

Barbara, your niece might like it if you embroidered squares for the churndash centers.

Elizabeth, love the black sashing on your churndash... makes the flowers pop. I got 2 more leaf octagons done on our SNW :-)) Glad your daughter can recouperate at home.

Linda, great job! Here we make stuffed beds for shelter animals using doubled pillowcases and scraps of fabrics.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on January 7, 2018 at 6:19pm

Eliabeth, I love your churn dash. I just purchased two layer cakes "Dutchess" by Timeless Treasures. And I saw a churn dash in that style fabric which is the perfect color scheme for my neice Bethany. I think I will give the churn dash a try. I don't know if I will put a pinwheel in the center or a square. I was going to use the pattern by the MSQC. Can't wait to get started. So sorry about what your daughter is going through. OUCH!! 

Linda, Nice team of workers. I'll bet you all have loads of fun making Kennel Quilts together.

Comment by Karen Newman Brown on January 7, 2018 at 4:36pm

Nice job, Linda.  I am sure the pets will enjoy the quilts!

Mary, feel better soon!

Elizabeth, I love your quilt. It is so colorful and cheery!  The stack and Whack added so great interest to the Churn Dash!!!

Gail, the quilt is just Army Star block.  All the secondary patterns are created by the colors I choose.  Thanks for the great comments!

Comment by Mary Moore on January 7, 2018 at 1:57pm

Linda, what an accomplishment!  Knowing how my critter love blankies with people smell on them, what a bunch of happy critters there will be.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 7, 2018 at 12:57pm

Hi Linda,

Nice to see the photo of the women who helped you make all those kennel quilts!  What a successful day!

The border fabric is one I bought a few years ago when I took a workshop in which I made a Stack 'n Whack quilt composed of rectangles.  I had a strip still pinned with 4 layers so I cut out the triangles to make the 3 1/2" SNW squares.  Then I put these away with the leftover fabric.  I read in one of Bethany Reynolds books that I could make Churn Dash blocks and use the squares as centres.  So I did and I had enough squares for 2 quilts.  Then, I discovered the leftover fabric and cut the border and the binding for the smaller quilt which I have finished.  So now I'm working on the larger quilt.  I may not have enough fabric left for the binding - it is all used up.  I had fun choosing fabrics for the Churn Dashes that coordinated with the centres.  So the quilts are very colourful - just as I like!

My daughter had surgery on her ankle and is home recouperating.  She messaged me this morning so I wouldn't worry about her.

Comment by Linda Koller on January 7, 2018 at 12:16pm

Oh no! Elizabeth, hope your daughter's ankle heals ok. Love that church dash! I love the fabric in the border. Is that what you used for the block centers?

Yesterday I had a kennel quilt workshop in conjunction with TQPM Kennel Quilt Team and Thrivent (Financial) Action Team to benefit Parma Animal Shelter. They operate totally on donations and do not receive any subsidies from county or state. So the kennel quilts are luxury items. Had volunteers from the shelter, my church Our Redeemer Lutheran, and one of my neighbors. Thrivent provided seed money for materials and lunch. We made 71 kennel quilts!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 7, 2018 at 10:24am

Get well soon, Mary!

I just finished my Churn Dash with the centre Stack 'n Whack - first UFO completion for 2018.

My daughter in B.C. fell down the stairs to the basement and broke her ankle.  It took days to have it mended in hospital because she lives so far from a Dr. and a hospital.  She told me not to worry because she is recovering now at home.


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