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 12:31pm

@Sandi-I'm so jealous of you getting to see the Red/White quilt exhibit -- I ordered the catalog to receive when it is finished being put together. I wish the museum would get permission to have it travel to other states.  It is just amazing that one person owns such a collection ... how many pics did you take ? 

Comment by Deanna Davis on November 21, 2011 at 12:23pm

@Nancy -- your Venice Rose is awesome .. I have that book. I used to work in a quilt shop in VA and I had to have that one when it came in. I haven't started anything from it as I am slowly working on the WHIMMs that are promised to people .. along with doing custom quilts (or trying to - LOL)  I run a Sew-In at our local Hobby Lobby where I teach quilting classes -- the sew in gets all the local girls away from the house for the 'day' and we can work at our own pace on something we have or help someone else. We start @ 9:30 in the morning, break for lunch and probly wind up around 3-4pm. We try to encourage someone who's stuck, give advice while working .. and we giggle all day. 

@Amy-life as you know it changes daily. Quilting became an obsession for me when my kids were small and I stole minutes here and there. You  might want to consider hand piecing small things. Nap times are great. I started machine piecing when my daughter started kindergarten, and it wasn't until they were in school fulltime that I branched out. BUT, this passion changes too as you delve into it deeper. You never stop learning. Good luck --

Comment by Deanna Davis on November 21, 2011 at 12:14pm

I've been reading the posts from the latest to the most current .. and I must say Suzanne's definition of WIP, UFO, WHIMM, WOMBAT and PIZLBs are priceless .. I have got to share that with my quilt guild ! LOL 

So now I have to recount ...


Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 21, 2011 at 12:11pm

Deanna, what a fun design. Log Cabins have such variety in how they are put together. Love the colors. I have lots of UFO's to choose from too, but my Venice Rose is tops in January.

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.

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