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 rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 5, 2012 at 6:25pm
messin' around here...:(( waiting for the phone to ring. ...and looky what i found. so...this makes it official...i cannot have ufo's ..not my nature as a quilting Taurus :)) ...tho i don't think the artist thing fits. i have given away all but two mini experiments. and the quilt i just sent to friend...she is a beautiful quilter, but still..she kept repeating about my little tiny quilt stitches :)).

so...guess i should stop playing and do some stitching on my applique borders before i acquire my first UFO. ..lollollol
this comes from a quilters horoscope i found here...

"Taurus – April 21 to May 20 Taurus is the quilter who always finishes a project, as they are persistent and determined. When attending workshops or using a pattern they will follow every instruction to the letter. They can be greedy when it comes to their stash, as they know the value of material. They save every bit of scrap. However, they are warmhearted and loving to such a degree that they have given away nearly every quilt they have ever made. They are gifted artists, excelling at sewing, patchwork and quilting. The stitching in their quilts is of such high quality that their quilts will endure for eons."
Comment by Beth A. North on September 5, 2012 at 12:18pm

Yes Ginny, that is the way I just finished up a couple of quilts and wow what a difference.  I did not have the glue to use, but I did follow the starching at pressing and then the three fold thing was so informative.  Wow, it sure did make a difference on both sides coming out the same.  Now my binding was full, even and actually pretty easy to stitch.  I definitely did the ladder stitch and she is right, you can hardly see where you stitched it down and it did not seem to go slower that much.  When you just do a whip stitch it seems a bit faster, but rather take the time to do it right and look good.  had fun showing the gals in my group last night how I do my bindings and my suspicions were correct, one gal in our group does do her bindings this way already.  She is so accurate at her work.  She is the gal I did the bright RR with.  I did learn a lot on that quilt from her.  I have the bindings out for the three table runners so I can count them done on my ufo list and since I am not going to get that DQ on the longarm anytime soon, goind to sid on it, use the embroidery machine to do a couple easy quilt designs for it, since its an Amish theme, and get it to the person who I swapped with.  That one was to be done in August and canning took over.  Last night I was up late to do pickles, the boss gave me his cukes that they did not want to use, so did 14 pints and 4 quarts of bread and butter pickle chips.  Lost one jar, glass split.  yep that kept me up later because had to start the water over.  Oh well, they rest sealed and are on shelf.  Thank you Lord.  Today I am sore, stiff, hurt, and tired.  A full day of work and will do the bindings tonight and the dq to relax.  I may crash before then. 

Comment by Deanna Davis on September 4, 2012 at 5:22pm

Congrats Beth on your ribbons. Fair week is NEXT week and I don't have a THING done I can enter .. oh well .. might be the feed sack tote  LOL

Just got home from school, subbed in HS Band/Choir today -- dogs are sure happy to see me  hahaha

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 4, 2012 at 11:52am

Rebecca,don't put  pressure on yourself. Do the gifts. That will get you in a positive frame of mind.Come Newyear, THEN make yourself a "hit list":

Congtats on the ribbons, Beth. Now that you are a "prize-winning" quilter you'll get even more customers! l hope that's a good thing:)

Comment by Rebecca Tellez on September 4, 2012 at 10:21am

Have missed a lot of posts for a few days. My goodness you wonderful ladies are so busy and such a fun bunch.

Beth, congratulations on your ribbons!  That is just wonderful. I am glad you got some good information on binding and I am sure it will help you get that Best of Show.

Deanna, love that you are going to teach 4H girls the feed sack tote. I would love to have a group of girls to teach how to sew.

Elizabeth, I will be interested to see your UFO count go down.

I am going to count min and get down to business getting them done. The only problem, I need to start Christmas gifts and none of my UFO's fit what I have in mind for everyone.  I am going to finish my grandson Alex's quilt for this birthday in November.  I started it last year and managed to get the middle finished and all I have had to do is put the borders on and it has been sitting now for almost a year waiting for that to happen.  I have been very blessed with customers and tops to quilt all year and that has been my excuse. Well I am down to a giant full custom job and then I have a little lull so will pull Alex quilt out and make that #1 for September.

Thank you all for sharing on this forum. I may not post often but I so enjoy reading all your comments every day.

Comment by Ginny Lunsford on September 3, 2012 at 1:46pm

I went to you tube videos by Sharon Schamber, thanks. very informative.I like the way she does bindings, is that the way  you're going to do yours  Beth?

I'm going to have DH make a pressing board,

to fit my antique one, so I'll have 2. I forgot I wanted it, haha, but my birthday is Fri. so he has all week.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 3, 2012 at 11:19am

Hi Beth,

A number of years ago, I took a week of classes from Libby Lehmann and I learned so much from her.  She does a lot of judging and knows how to win ribbons too.  She took us to the quilt show and told us what a judge would look for on each quilt.  It was so informative and interesting!

So much depends too on how points are allocated.  A  Canadian quilter whom I know of entered a wall hanging in one show and it was refused for being too adaptive (not original enough, I guess).  In another show, equally prestigeous, she won a prize for it.







Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on September 3, 2012 at 11:08am

Hi Everyone,

Deanna, I think the homeschoolers will like to learn how to make the feed sack tote.  In the American guild that I belong to, the ladies have access to feed sacks when they buy bird seed.  We also had a class in how to make the totes.

Beth, I do have a method in place to deal with my UFOs.  Every month I post a list of projects that I want to complete in that month.  I only put a reasonable  munber of projects so I can get my list accomplished every month.  This way I direct my energy and do not lose my focus.  This is better for me than having an annual list.  I'm well on my way to completing the first 2 items on my list of 6 this month.

Comment by Deanna Davis on September 2, 2012 at 11:03pm

I didn't get to sew too much today, too many chores. Doug home from OK and trying to catch up on mowing, trimming, yard, chicken coop -- and I had one of the hen's eggs hatch before I went to church, and the @#!? hen killed it before I got back from church .. so tonight Momma hen was moved to baby pen with doors and separated from the rest until babies get to walk by 2 or 3 days old. Should only be a couple more days now. So tonight I worked on a feed sack tote from a feed bag -- I've been asked by a friend to teach 3 homeschoolers how to make this to submit to 4-H fair coming up -- so next week it is !

Comment by Beth A. North on September 2, 2012 at 10:56pm

Well Elizabeth, you are with me on the UFO count although I am on a roll on getting them done.  Some have been altered to finish them because they did not make sense and Best of Class on my Churn Dash quilt, a first on the RR, and a second on the dresdan, second on bow tie DQ, and a first on my coat.  Not bad I'd say, I got counted down on the binding so missed Best of SHow.  Better luck next year at tha tfair.  I am ripping it out right now and redoing so can put in the other fair.  THen it will be right and ready for the show in October.  I hope all will go well.  My future quilts will have better binding.  A gal there at the fair showed me what I needed to do and it coordinated with what Deana said and Scharon Schambers videos.  So off to bindings.


Now Elizabeth, you have a plan for tackling some of those UFOs?

Oh yeah, I only finished six for August which puts me at 76 for year.  I have now already finished, going to get binding done, six so far for September, short that binding which I will be putting on tomorrow since I am tired and the longarm has the star log cabin on it, and it just seems good to sit and relax with the binding tonight.  I will post photos when i get a chance. 


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