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 carla j walton on February 11, 2019 at 10:07pm

Riana thats a great idea to use pillow cases like that. I love it. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 11, 2019 at 9:58pm

Elizabeth and Gail , normally if triangles or pieces are too small to be of use l put them aside in a grocery tote until l have enough to fill 1/2 pillowcase . I turn pillowcase inside out, place scraps in, sew across at the half way mark, then bring the top half of case back over it & sew shut. The result is a bed that fits the cages for cats or small dogs at our local no kill shelter. I add no batting, thread or stringy pieces as from time to time a stressed out pooch can chew/ tear his bed , and those would be a choking hazzard. I use my oldest orphaned pillowcases or use donated ones.Not much goes to waste basket around here, lol.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 11, 2019 at 9:48pm

Do people still send postcards? All is  now photo shots or notes sent by email these days. Did you know my grandkids are NOT even being taught cursive writing? They'll never be able to read a hand written note or grandma's journal :-((

Comment by Mary Moore on February 11, 2019 at 8:36pm

Just spent $1.30 to have postal postcards shipped to my post office, so I can get them.  What is wrong with this picture.

Comment by Gail Brown on February 11, 2019 at 12:04pm

At one time I had five gallon bags stuffed full of 2 inch half square triangle squares.  I finally gave themto a much more energetic quilter than myself.  She made 2 quilts from them all and I wished that I had done the same.  The quilts went to Head Start and the funny part was that my Great Grandson got one of them.  He had to show it to me because the dogs in a couple of places on it were the same dogs that were on a quilt I had made for him.  He thought that was funny.  Little did he know that they were from his quilt.

I still have a hard time not saving the tiniest scraps.


Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on February 11, 2019 at 11:13am

"Leaders & Enders" - that was the word I was searching for - Riana and Ginny - thank you!  Riana, I don't usually save triangles cut from 2 1/2" connectors because I don't measure or sew the extra seam.  I've been making 6" snowballs so I threw out lots of little triangles.  I felt a little guilty but not too bad. LOL

I bought 15 Joanne BOM blocks at QOV for $20. for a quilt called "Tulip Twist".  It is made up of 6 pieced and 6 applique blocks .  I don't have the setting package and the blocks are 12" and 18" and I don't want to make a large quilt - too difficult for me to quilt - so I'll just content myself with making the blocks for now.

Mary, I think what you do is so nice!  Think of all the quilters you make so happy with a bag of scraps.  I used to cut my scraps into different size squares (and I still have a big box of those with the size marked on each baggy) but don't have to with my new method.

Comment by Riana Noyes on February 10, 2019 at 9:47pm

Oh boy, Elizabeth, l couldn't do that,lol. I have to play with them, pet them as l sort into like colours whether for front or backs. Then l have a colour combo in mind before putting them together. I have a leader/ ender project back's my tiny " bonus" triangles from dd's huge autumn leaves quilt l made 4 yr.ago. They become 1" square after seams. Crazy, l know, sigh...but that fabric was SO expensive!

Comment by Linda Koller on February 10, 2019 at 2:48pm

Mary, I must confess I have a similar process except I throw mine into drawers.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on February 10, 2019 at 2:28pm

I love "crumb"piecing. I use it for Leaders & Enders and get lots of "built" fabric/blocks from it. We are kindred spirits, Elizabeth! 

Comment by Mary Moore on February 10, 2019 at 1:32pm

Elizabeth, You are a genius!  Here I have been just throwing scraps in a bag to to cut into squares some day...then giving them away when it gets overwhelming.


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