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 Deanna Davis on November 21, 2011 at 12:01pm

This is the latest UFO I am working on -- have had it since '06 when my sister purchased the fabric. I put it together in March and it's been sitting (all blocks done) while our first grandson was due to be born and I had to 'whip up' something  LOL  So I whipped up two new quilts. And as a practice quilt I whipped up one for my niece for her new daughter (now a year old) in pinks and butterflies while the grandson's was in blues and sailboats. So now back to this one. I did put the 2nd half together and am now adding borders. The back to this will be an offet log cabin block made from the extra fabrics  as I have so much. I do both pieced backs with 1/2" seams and press open for the longarm quilter. I save different projects for myself to handquilt -- 2 are antiques since I don't think they should go on the longarm (altho' they would get done quicker!)

@Kathleen -log cabins are my favorite block of all time .. you did a great job! And I am printing out Linda Hahn's mystery cuz I love the center block -- watch out - it's going to become another UFO /!

Comment by Amy Christianson on November 21, 2011 at 10:35am

Thank you for the kind words and reminding me my girls are most important right now. I love to start a new hobby but I can learn a lot for now and work on quilt in the little time I get to myself. I'm going to finish the mystery some day. Which is no longer a mysery because I looked. But it is beautiful and I would have never thought I could make something that detailed. I love it being broken down for us. All have a wonderful day. Can't wait to see some pictures!

Comment by Debi Montgomery on November 21, 2011 at 12:44am
Welcome Rilda, glad to see you here. Can't wait to see those photos!
Comment by Rilda Manley on November 20, 2011 at 9:35pm

I'm glad to join your group.  I am hoping to gain some insights on how to finish my UFO's.  I will post some photos when I figure out how to do it!!

Comment by Sandi Schadt on November 20, 2011 at 6:46pm

Wow..I am MIA for a couple days and this is what happens.  I have been entertained, educated, and facinated reading the conversation here.  I have a number of all the acronym listed and I too wrote them down.....great stuff.  I love the photos....I want to do them all.  @Mary....your blocks tend to remind me of some of the red and white quilts I saw at the show in NYC,  They were antiques with red work (I think that is what they called it) blocks that they added to red and white blocks. Just a thought.  I want to do a venice rose after seeing the finished ones.  This group may not be the best for me.  I have found a couple patterns I would like to do and if I have anymore UFO's in my pile....I just can't imagine. ....since I have lost count.

Comment by Debi Montgomery on November 20, 2011 at 10:32am
Amy, I try to tell my grown children not to blink, because tomorrow their children will be grown. It seems life goes that fast. Please enjoy them, for tomorrow they are grown. I know exactly how you feel, I had three under four that I ended up home schooling all the way through. All three received scholarships to college, that's what it's all about...raising those precious children. All this can wait! I have all the time in the world, now. I use it to work on those UFOs...and to create new ones. Sews during naps and other times you might get to yourself, make those times count for your sewing.
Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 20, 2011 at 10:05am

Amy, these years with your little ones are irreplaceable. Enjoy every minute of it. Your time is fulfilled with the joys of motherhood. This place is a great place to learn and be inspired. Perhaps collecting favorite patterns and fabrics that you love will fill the need until your baby is off to preschool. I have a long list of to dos and love reading here too.

Comment by Amy Christianson on November 20, 2011 at 7:19am

I am so new a quitling that I love to hear (read) everything everyone has to say. I wish I had the time to quilt more. But with my two little ones running around and needing me I don't get much me time. I hate to rush their time/life away so I won't say I can't wait for them to be in school. But I do think it will be nice to get some time to myself. So 2 more year and my baby will be in pre-school and I'll get at least 3 hours twice a week to me. In the meantime, I will be reading and trying to find time to work.

Comment by Linda J. Hahn on November 19, 2011 at 4:02pm

Wow, you guys have been busy today!  I got up early, did a double size quilt on the long arm, went to do a half day class, and have been home since working on my mag quilt - going to head out with hubby for dinner and then come back to do some work.  We're away from the 11th through the 23rd of December - and besides quilty deadlines have to finish xmas shopping and get the house ready for the Amber's "sitter".  Found a nice couple who are retired and can stay the whole time so she is not lonely. 

A quick glance through the messages look like there's some UFO quilting questions - I'll put my 2 cents in here - and this is what I share with students/customers - not every quilt requires custom or dense quilting.  Ask yourself - what is the end use?  Is it going to be just for the couch to throw over you - will you be sharing it with your pet?  If you are sending it out to be quilted, which is your budget?  Custom work is pretty much priced (around here - prices vary in different parts of the country) - starting at 4 cents to 6 cents per square inch versus overall quilting (and there's plenty of gorgeous overalls) which can start at 1 cent per square inch.  Some designs scream for some intense custom work!  Fabric used can also dictate the quilting.  Will you see the quilting stitches?  A quilt that (for instance) is all of the Westminster/Rowan prints of busy florals could be done just as an overall - as no matter what color thread you use may not even be seen.  On Monday, I'll share how I finished the mystery quilt after the Big Reveal. 

Looking forward to tomorrow - I get to change gears and work on a BOM quilt that I volunteered to do for one of our local shops - just because I like the fabric and pattern.  It will give me a nice break.  Hubby will go to work in the early afternoon - so I'll basically have the day to myself!!  Just me & Amber!

I saw mention of working from home - yes, it does get lonely.  Amber's "job" is to keep me company - though sometimes I feel that my vocabulary is limited to "NO", "COOKIE", "OUTSIDE?"  I have a regular lunch date with my BFF's on Thurs at noon at our local TGIF.  It's funny, they know we're coming - save the table and they even order for us.   Phew, I've been wordy today!  Time for dinner - gotta get there early around here to get a table!  Less than 48 hours till the Big Reveal!  I'll be so excited to see your guesses and your own quilts (guess that should be on the mystery list??)  I know there's a bunch of you on here! 

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 19, 2011 at 2:39pm

Debi, There's lots about quilting I have to learn.  But, the Mystery Quilt which you have constructed includes many techniques that I think are a bit more complex that basics.  This is a good thing.  I say this so you realize you have learned more than you give yourself credit for.  I'm only discovering this myself.  (Example: the small star blocks with 1/4 square triangles is a bit complex for me because of the precision of matching all those seams. But, I think that skill is what would be used to piece Cynthia's Friendship Star & Kathleen's quilt.)  I loved Linda's great directions; there were several techniques I'd never done before.  I may have frogged a bit, but I learned a lot!

I'd say the backing is your personal preference.  It gets pieced simply because the quilt top is larger than your 40" - 44" wide fabric, unless you buy the extra-wide (108" ?) fabric.  I have seen quilts backed with other tops; or with bed sheets; or even single fabric where the quilting on the top creates a beautiful image on the back side.  One quilt I loved was a pictoral on the front & the quilter carried the backing fabric over to a corner of the front so it looked like it had blown around. 

I'd point out, though, that a lot of piecing on the back makes additional seams = bulk, so that's a consideration especially for hand quilting.  Also, you've taken the trouble to make the other quilt top, so maybe it deserves just as much attention of its own.  Just something to consider.  I hope some other quilters jump in with more info on this.


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