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 Beth A. North on August 23, 2012 at 12:15pm

@ Elizabeth - That may happen along the way with me or I may just change them up a bit, my problem is that I already cut them up years ago and now they are committed.  If it is just fabric and a couple of blocks done, yeah go for it and discard and move on.  Speaking of which, I did cut up one that I had half sewn anyway on part of the blocks, so I did finish the snowball blocks yesterday and then sewed up the other pinwheel blocks.  that was my goal for this project, but you know what, now that I have gotten past the part of the pattern that is so tedious, I am excited about finishing it.  So much so, that I even came in work early, where I have it set up, and just had to start making my blocks up so can get top done today during lunch.  I have figured out that the 588 little squares is what I did not like, snowballs and pinwheel blocks.  I hopefully will at least post the top when I am done today.  Yep, going to get it done today on my birthday, won't that be a big reason to celebrate being 49.  Finally finishing a project, at least the top, that I started 11-12 years ago.  It is my oldest project that has sat around.  I have two more that are around 10 years or so, and one is y seams.  Guess will be challenged when I do that one.

Comment by Rebecca Tellez on August 23, 2012 at 9:48am

Welcome Laura and Hope. 

I haven't been posting much lately and no it is not because I have been so busy with my UFO"s. I took on a project of testing a new paper piecing pattern for a designer and have two totally custom quilt tops I am working on for customers and my DH keeps interrupting my schedule.

Deanna, I love your schedule and may try that and see if I can get a little more accomplished in my day.  I hope you take care of yourself and at least call the doctor about your swelling.

Elizabeth what fun to be able to spend time with grandkids.  Our grandchildren all live far away so we don't get the privilege of seeing them very often. In fact, we have several grandchildren we have never met.

Ladies you are all such an inspiration.  Keep on sewing.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 23, 2012 at 9:27am

Hi Rose,

About those UFOs that you do not want to finish, I have those too.  I use what is done for my 12 1/2" backing squares and, as Riana said, the fabric is added to my "hoard".  Life is too short to spend time on something you do not like to do.  Blocks that do not turn out well end up as backing too. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 23, 2012 at 9:27am

Hi Rose,

About those UFOs that you do not want to finish, I have those too.  I use what is done for my 12 1/2" backing squares and, as Riana said, the fabric is added to my "hoard".  Life is too short to spend time on something you do not like to do.  Blocks that do not turn out well end up as backing too. 

Comment by Deanna Davis on August 23, 2012 at 9:24am

@Elizabeth - how wonderful! Our newest grandson just turned a year, but son/wife live in CT and we don't get back there often enough. This is our first, but for now we keep up in pix.

I'm swelling more with this poison ?? ivy/sumac garbage .. may have to break down and call the doctor for a shot !

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on August 23, 2012 at 9:19am

Hi Everyone,

Just got back from 3 days at my son's trailer park.  He rented a 5th wheel for us.  I took my raised seat along for the bathroom and I was fine.  My son and his girlfriend did all the cooking,  It was so nice to be with our 2 grandchildren.  When my husband went fishing with our son and grandson, I stayed on the deck with the girlfriend and my grand daughter.  This was the first time I had met Lisa so we chatted lots.  My grand daughter and I played with a puzzle book taking turns finding a word.  Both evenings we played cards, Old Maid and Chasing the Aces.  Good games!

Comment by Riana Noyes on August 23, 2012 at 8:34am

I was so happy yesterday, when I finally moved to the outer edge units and 1/2's of my Flower G. that I'm still at, hand quilting:)

Then I took the time to count what was left, and discovered there are almost as many in the circumferance left to do as I've already done in center:(

Hope I can get it done by fair entry date.

Comment by Laura on August 22, 2012 at 2:31pm

Thanks for the advice!  I'll re-look at those UFOs and see if the addition of a fabric or maybe a new block will make them more interesting to work on.  I did buy some fabric  to make one more interesting--and now I'm excited to get to work on it!    I will have to wait until after my sister visits this weekend...we're going to a Ricky Nelson Tribute concert!  Should be a hoot!  I remember sitting right in front of the tv watching The Ozzie and Harriet Show --waiting for Rick Nelson to sing.   Now that was waaaay back in the day!!

Comment by Deanna Davis on August 22, 2012 at 1:13pm

@ Rogue, a pallet garden is made of pallets, with fabric cloth on bottom and dirt filled - then plant :D Uses less water and space. You can see them at  She's got lots of cool ideas.

Welcome Hope ! You will find us inspiring -- Beth is our #1 finisher .. we follow her ! I was hoping to have something done for fair, but am not sure now. I an enter a finished top w/o it being quilted. Got a call from a local homeschool mom, wants me to do a workshop for 3 of her 4-Hers on a recycle bag that was on Fresh Eggs Daily webblog .. I cleaned out my feed shed to find the prettiest bags so I can make a couple for myself. So that was neat :D

Now back outside to empty the trailer from the garden mess -- I also picked up some poison sumac which I was doing that garden -- so have got to be careful when I empty this. The right side of my face swelled up like the mumps -- less today but didn't leave the house yesterday. Now off to the hayshed to get it emtpied and ready for a new batch of hay.

I am trying to portion my day to work outside, sew, work back outside, sew .. and I must remember to EAT ! That can sometimes be a problem .. altho' I have plenty of EGGS !  LOL



Comment by Beth A. North on August 22, 2012 at 12:22pm

You ladies have been chatting a bit here and I missed it, was quilting in garage in 98 degree conditions, then back decided to act up, then had stomach attack last night so not in real great shape.  Must be stressing on hitting my 10 for the month and I am still at one.  Great news though cooler weather hit us so I can get out and do some fun quilting.  Loaded Shekenah's round robin finally and going to ge tthat quilted starting tonight and working on it everyday till done.  That will be #2, marking the designs on my BOM Star in Garden quilt, and then got the swag figured out on the log cabin star so will be booking on quilting this week, getting ready for fairs and shows.  These are the last three entries I am putting in.  I pray to win a ribbon. 

Welcome Hope, come on in and join the group. 

Laura, stop the lurking, you could end up worse than your mil and be like me having more than 130 to deal with.  So girl, bite the bullet.  If you have to add a little variation to them to get them done, so be it.  I am proud of you for not having any till recently.  That is a great step in the proper direction.  Ok, repeat after me, "Hi, my name is Laura, I have UFOs".  We all say, Hi Laura, and welcome aboard with us and now lets get them done.

I wonder since we are tired of certain UFOs, what would happen if we mailed each other one of our boredom UFOs and then did the others instead of ours.  Something new to look at, we will have to do them and they all should be approximately the same size, then mail them back, at least the tops.  maybe we discussed that once, I don't know, oh well, onward ho and away we go.  I am going to get more than one this month, I am sure of it. 


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