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 9, 2018 at 8:09am

I started cutting scraps in my mind when I read 4X15/swiffer. I know I have lots of pieces that size. Thanks Riana

Comment by Linda Koller on January 9, 2018 at 2:46am

Never thought to use leftover batting for my swifter. Thanks for the idea, Riana!

There's a gal in one of my quilt groups that will take all our bits and pieces and stringy things to Goodwill who recycles it all. We aren't allowed to use it for stuffing for shelters either. A lot of my batting leftovers I will piece together for mugrugs and for kennel quilts. I beg the girls from the quilt group for their batting leftovers.

Welcome Dorothee (sorry if I spelled it wrong)! 

Comment by Mary Moore on January 8, 2018 at 11:07pm

Ginny,  You had to ask...I am so embarrassed by what I am reading.  I got hooked on an alternate history series, "Ring of Fire", usually by Eric Flint. No one is really sure what order to read them in as the books wander all over from 1632 in Central Germany to 1637 in Central America sort of following a group of Americans from current time West Virginia.  If you don't count the short stories written by the authors and addicted fans, there are about 25 volumes so far.  I'm reading my 21st. Needless to say the first one, 1632 is free on kindle.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on January 8, 2018 at 7:47pm

Love your Churndash quilt, Elizabeth! Those vibrant colors are very summery and tropical! 

Wow, Linda! You gals really got busy! Such generosity is wonderful! 

Hope you are feeling better, Mary...what are you reading while you are down?

Comment by Karen Newman Brown on January 8, 2018 at 7:12pm

I am always amazed at how creative quilters are with their bits and pieces!  I don't think throwing things away is part of our life style!!!  If we don't want to use it, we will keep sacks of different types of things to pass on to those who will use it!!1

Comment by Riana Noyes on January 8, 2018 at 6:59pm

Our shelter here asks that we don't use batting, threads, or strings as our shelter animals that are frightened/ distressed sometimes tear their bedding, and stringy stuff can be a choking hazard. Instead, we cut our bits into 1 to 1.5 pieces. Thready stuff must be discarded.

But l found a use for batting leftovers ...l use 4 x 15" pieces under my swiffer for a quick disposable cleaner upper...sometime l patch 2 -3 scraps to get to size :-))

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on January 8, 2018 at 3:28pm

Thank you, Gail, Barbara, Riana, and Karen.  I have been following our group on my tablet but it does not allow me to go into the comment area if the comment is longer.  So this afternoon I'm back on my old desktop.  I also can't print from the tablet.

But I'm going back to my sewing.  I watched Bonnie Hunter's live cam this morning and she got me all enthusiastic - she seems to do little else but quilt even when she travels and teaches.

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.  


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