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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 Debi Montgomery on November 19, 2011 at 1:32pm
Jeanne, thanks for the encouragement. We are here I think, to be inspired to finish those UFO's, but for me, it is the inspiration to try something new. I see the Kathleen's and Cynthia's quilt tops and think could never accomplish something of that calibre. Guess with years of practice, I might get it!

Cynthia mentioned a "pieced backing", is this what I do (put two or three smaller pieces of fabric together) or would this make it reversible? Seems like this might help with my quilt tops that are finished, if they are the same size, to put one the front and one on the back. Or is this a BAD idea? If I quilted with an all over design....???
Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 19, 2011 at 12:51pm

Sorry, everyone, if I've talked too much this morning.  @Debi, you're in the right place; your workmanship is lovely! I bet you know more about quilting than you realize.  @Nancy, Thank you for the link to the Venice Rose.  This may not be the place for me - Aren't we supposed to be finishing a quilt instead of finding new ones to make?    ;-)

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 19, 2011 at 12:43pm

@Cynthia, your Friendship Star is beautiful!  I really enjoy seeing the prototype for the details of the blocks.  I can see there's a lot of work involved & enjoy hearing how you have progressed.  I'd have no idea how to quilt it, so I hope you'll post a picture when it's finished & back from your professional quilter.

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 19, 2011 at 12:37pm

@Mary, On your Wombat:  I'm sorry that you will have to re-do all the couching.  Could you re-couch it with a short zig-zag (not quite a satin stitch, unless that might work, too?) and what about using a variegated thread? Or even 2 threads, or a heavier weight one?  Just an idea;  you will know what will work best for your project & the look you want.  I'm looking forward to seeing both projects as you work on them.

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 19, 2011 at 12:29pm

@Kathleen, Your UFO is gorgeous! Love the colors.  Is it a difficult pattern to construct?  I could envision it quilted in an overall design with something different for the borders.  I don't know why that came to me when I saw it, because deciding how a top should be quilted is the hardest part for me.  Especially if I like the blocks, because I am always afraid I will lose something when quilting over the seams.  Maybe that's why it's easier for me in an art quilt design, since I seem to already know where I want to quilt to amplify the design.  Earlier on in the Mystery Quilt group, Linda Hahn & other "groupies" offered some suggestions to help in deciding how to quilt the top; maybe you could check there?  (It's several days into the start, so maybe 10 pages from the end?)  

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 19, 2011 at 9:00am

Cynthia I love the details of each block. I can see why it has taken you lots of time and dedication to completing it. I think you are right, a 21 year old guy may not appreciate it as much now as when he is older. This is one to show and take care of and when he is older and has a family, then perhaps you could pass it to him and his family. Rest and we will see you in our UFO sharing.

Comment by Cynthia Warren on November 19, 2011 at 3:47am

Over in the Mystery Quilt group, I talked about my monster UFO, the log cabin on steroids.  I thought I would post pictures here for others to see as well!  About two or three months ago my log cabin quilt was a stalled UFO.  I started it sometime during my nephew's sophomore or junior year in high school and promised it to him by graduation.  He's 21+ now!  I hadn't touched it in probably two years.  A friend asked me when I quilt.  I was stumped.  Realized that being tired was no excuse for not working on my quilting.  After we hung up our phones, I went into my sewing room and worked on this quilt for two hours.  I put in five hours on it the next day.  And so on and so on.  I was almost done with it.  There are 18 small blocks in the quilt and 50 large blocks.  Except for the large block done in the beginning so I'd have a prototype, they were constructed assembly line style.  When I picked it up to work on this fall, I was working on second to last blue row.  I worked hours and hours on it.  Spent a lot of time pressing it!  And tacking triangles on corners of blocks after each series of logs was added.  Oh.  Did I mention every triangle in this quilt is a loose folded edge.  (And starched!)  Well, last week I had finished all the blocks and put them into diagonally set rows.  And this week I put the rows together and completed the top.  And today I took it into a professional machine quilter for an idea of how to quilt it and an estimate.  She was very nice about my quilt.  Called it an heirloom even in it's unquilted state and recommended that I show it to one of the local quilt guilds.  I've never had a quilt quilted professionally before.  I have done whatever quilting has been done on my projects myself.  I have a stack of about a dozen completed tops because while I enjoy quilting, I don't have the appropriate equipment to do it properly.  So while I save my loose change over the next few months, I will construct a pieced backing for it and otherwise prepare it for Nancy to quilt !  And I suspect that my beloved nephew won't be possessing this quilt any time soon.  While he might appreciate it, I don't know that he will give it the care and respect that it deserves!  (Don't even ask me, or him, about the cowboy boot wall hanging I made him about ten years ago!)  I will figure out a different, quicker, quilt to make for him.  Or perhaps quilt one of my UFOs and give it to him!  I have attached pictures of the finished quilt top on my lumpy bed as well as a picture of the prototype block that shows more detail of the blocks!  I have been up for 20 hours . . . it's my long work day.  So if this seems disjointed or anything, chalk it up to that!  

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 18, 2011 at 10:11pm

Kathleen I love the colors of your quilt. How to quilt is always a dilemma and takes some thought and wait time. I can't wait to see it all completed.

Comment by Mary Moore on November 18, 2011 at 1:33pm

Jeanne,  I just wrote to you and the comment disappeared-I think.  The Wombat is made of shredding cotton yarn couched onto the fabric.  I should redo it in skinny bias.  It is meant for a community fundraiser.  I agree that more color will make it more interesting.

The hexagon-star SAW(did I see that on the list?) doesn't have a destination.  When it does I will be good and finish.

Comment by Mary Moore on November 18, 2011 at 1:28pm

Kathleen-no quilt is too big to be hand quilted, you just have to be masochistic enough.  Think how nice and warm you would be under a lap hoop?

 

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