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 Linda Koller on December 13, 2012 at 10:28pm

Deanna I will be giving IOU for Christmas gifts. I haven't even started any baking.

Thanks Rebecca. I have no immune system so I'll probably be fighting all winter. This is my first winter back in Ohio in 12 years.Hope my lungs can handle it.

Comment by Rebecca Tellez on December 13, 2012 at 10:16pm

I sure hope all of you that have been fighting the flu bug or whatever else is going around, are feeling better.

Comment by Deanna Davis on December 13, 2012 at 6:07pm

Linda -- I want YOUR schedule ! 

Mine is get up, dogs out, cat out and in .. feed dogs and cat .. feed horses, check, let flock out, bread + sunflower/garlic .. and then it's MY turn ! And if I have school, I'm out the door by 7:15 am ..  

Today I had school for 1/2 day, got more meds -- praying they kick in through the weekend so I can breathe ! It would be a plus !

Now to do the pm horse/chickens as the dogs + cat are done .. then I will have soup + an apple.

I sent horse quilt off to nephew +  wife this am -- one more out the door !  woo hoo ...

Now to get my butt in gear to start stitching the applique one !

Comment by Linda Koller on December 13, 2012 at 9:33am

I also use scrapbooking boxes and envelopes. I get them on sale. I've also bought clear vinyl and made my own project bags. When I cut out a project I use snack and sandwich bags to keep all the pieces separated.

Hope everyone feels better soon. I just don't have any energy back and stil have problems with my vocal chords. So I'm on voice rest most of the time. I'm still taking meds for my cough. My day consists of nap, sew, nap,sew, take Indy out, nap, etc. Exciting, huh? I think every December is like this. Indy is doing well and received his service dog certificaiton. Now the training begins after the holidays for specific things he can do for me. He already reminds me to take my meds. And I hadn't even taught him that. Smart one that Indy.

It's time for breakfast. Then I think  might go back to bed for a while. Hugs.

Comment by Deanna Davis on December 13, 2012 at 9:16am

@Rianna -- don't have a barn here hahahaha For my water trough I do have a water heater in the bottom of the tank but I haven't plugged it in yet as it's 50's during the day and it's s'posed to warm up this week. I'm sure I'll be plugging it in by the weekend. I keep it on a timer so it's comes on overnight to keep the water from freezing, and it's a game on when to fill the trough when it's the warmest during the day.
I love sheet/blanket bags for projects .. in fact I have people that contribute them to me. So when I send a quilt out to it's new owner, I carefully make sure I still have a supply but I use one to bag it in the box too :D
Binding on, quilt washed, and today is send another one !
Have 1/2 day @ HS today in math, so I've got to leave the house -- and the post office is on the way to school ..

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 13, 2012 at 9:06am

Dee, if it's getting that cold, I hope you have a "warming" cable wrapped around your water pipe in barn/outbuilding. When we had horses, that's a life saver. Of course, city folk don't realize that without power in the country, you also don't have use of pump for water. I was glad we had a pond with a spring & stream that seldom froze.

Cheri, I use those too as well as clear plastic shoe box sized bins to put my notions & projects in for travelling.

Comment by Cheri Foster on December 12, 2012 at 12:46pm

When I start on a project the pattern, fabric and thread is all put in a bag.  I use those zip up bags that you get when you buy comforters or sheets at the store.  They are cheap and very handy and a great way to recycle. When i travel to a retreat or crafting bee I just pick up the bags that house the projects I will be working on that day and put them in a large bin that is easy to carry 

Comment by Deanna Davis on December 12, 2012 at 11:51am

@Linda - I have a closet in which I have a wire shelf unit. In that unit, the top shelf has the fabrics that I am using in my log cabin I'm designing (I have enough fabric for another 3-4 quilts once I finish mine LOL), then two shelves have projects in ziploc and/or pillow/sheet bags that include pattern, fabric, parts that may be made. These are those that are intended for someone else (and me too). The next two shelves have fabrics that are coded by color:  whites, tone on tones, reds, blues, greens, backgrounds, christmas ..

Then under the shelf unit I have a bin with fabrics that don't fit the above  LOL I also have bins that I have emptied to go into these shelves that have a few more projects that can now fit on the shelves  ..

This room used to be a mother-in-law quarter type, so this closet is huge ! I have a shelf for batting and pillows, a floor to ceiling shelf that holds all my books,  my scrapbooking is under another section .. I'm lucky for now, but when we move ?  who knows ..

Good luck !


Comment by Linda McClanahan on December 12, 2012 at 11:37am

I hope all of you ladies get to feeling better soon.  It isn't fun to be sick when there is so much to do and having the stress of the holidays as well. 

I have a silly does everyone keep their UFO projects together and then out of the way?  My organization is becoming more and more chaotic and I think I need a system.....I know I need one better than the one I have now.  When I started I was foolish enough to think I would finish every project and wouldn't have any UFO's!  I'm embarrassed to tell you I have more ideas, patterns, and fabric than finished projects.

Again, I hope each of you feel better soon.  I sure enjoy reading the comments and feel part of the group, even though I hover most of the time.

Comment by Deanna Davis on December 12, 2012 at 10:34am

Overnight we got down to 15F .. water trough had 1/2" of ice on it ... I turn the chicken waters upside down to keep the flow open and we lost power this morning @ 6:30. Thankfully my heat comes on at 5:30 to warm up the house. However, I feel like I'm right back to where I was when I went to the doctor in the first place 3 wks ago, and why is that? So he gets another $110 for me to go back to get more meds. I'm pissed. I felt so good last week and had 3 assignments. And now ? I've got an assignment tomorrow for 1/2 day, that shouldn't kill me -- but I have got to kick this !

Binding finished and quilt ready to wash -- now that the power is back on I can do it.  Now -- on to machine quilting the applique quilt --

And I'm waiting anxiously for daughter to let me know if she got her box !



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