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 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?

Comment by Mary Moore on November 18, 2011 at 1:25pm

Jeanne, I should have mentioned that the Wombat Pictures are made with couched cotton yarn.  As I work with them the yarn is shredding..I should have used very narrow bias tape-and may get around to it yet.  I don't like redoing.

The hexagon and star stack and whack has no destination...when it gets one, I hope to just get going (I loved working with the Japanese themed fabric-that is almost an interest group of its own).

Comment by Kathleen Clendennen on November 18, 2011 at 1:01pm

At the moment, this is my only UFO.  I can't decide how I want it quilted. It is so big that it will have to be longarm

Comment by Debi Montgomery on November 18, 2011 at 11:31am
After seeing everyone's UFO's in here, I think I am way out of my league here. You all are so fantastic with your tops. I have never attempted some of the things I see here...great job, keep up the good work. I can't wait to see them finished. I am inspired!
Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 18, 2011 at 10:55am

Nancy, OMG, how absolutely gorgeous!

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 18, 2011 at 10:35am

Well here is my UFO - I promise myself it will be my project in 2012. This is a link to some beautifully completed Venice Rose Quilts.

I love the fabrics my daughter chose - now I need to finish it. Here it is.


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