Like most quilters I have UFO’s—lots of UFO’s. When I started quilting I took classes every chance I had. I learned many techniques but didn’t always finish the projects. During the years I was a quilt shop owner I continued to take classes as well as teaching classes and clubs and making shop samples. A very conservative estimate is that I started two quilts a week for over twelve years. Since closing the shop I’ve started many more projects and have loads of kits that are still in packages. Over the past twenty years I’ve finished hundreds of quilts but I still have hundreds of unfinished ones. I’ve got to start working through my bins of UFO’s and get rid of them one way or another—finish them, trash them or give them to someone else to finish. I’ve been donating lots of quilts and this will give me more donation quilts without a huge additional cash outlay.
I’ve had a laundry basket under my sewing table for a few years. It’s filled with UFO’s but I don’t even remember what’s in there. In this post, I’ll start going through this basket and listing what I have and what needs to be done to finish the quilt. It should be fun to see what’s in there. I’m sure it will end up being a little trip down memory lane! It will take a few posts to get through everything in the basket, but here’s a start.
THE BASKET—you can see it’s overflowing. More than time to root through it to see what’s there!
I dumped it out so I can work from bottom to top. I know there are some new things in it because I just cleaned my sewing room and crammed a couple of current projects on top!
Project #1: This was a project from Thimbleberries Club. Each year we would work on a large block of the month quilt as the main project. Usually there was an additional project each month that would use fabrics from a current Thimbleberries line. I think this quilt is called Flying Dutchman. The reason I quit on it is because the border is wrong for the quilt. Even when you look at the picture you can barely see the border—it just fades out. A lot of the quilting is complete. To finish it, I think I’ll remove both the inner and out borders, finish the quilting and bind it. It really doesn’t need the additional borders.
Project #2: This quilt was a from a Debbie Caffrey mystery I taught several years ago. I hadn’t set the blocks together, but last year finished the top. It needs to be quilted and bound. I really should finish this—I love the quilt (even if it does have metallic fabric!).
Project #3: This is another Thimbleberries project. One year the main quilt centered around these calendar blocks. For this bonus project, I colored in the blocks with crayons. This quilt just needs a little more quilting. It’s already bound, so a hour or two of work will get it out of here!
Project #4: This table runner is from a free pattern we gave away. The pattern is from Quilt Retailer magazine. I made two or three of these already. I started this one in a class I taught using the Tri-Recs tools. This just needs to be quilted and bound.
Project #5: I can’t believe this wall hanging has been sitting around for years unfinished. It will take about 15 minutes to complete. It just needs some beads sewn on the snowman for eyes and buttons to embellish the mittens.
Project #6: This is a relatively new project. I started it last year. It’s simply sashed squares. I have the border fabric with it and I think the backing is somewhere around here. It needs the outer border, quilting and binding. I need to finish it and put it up for sale on Etsy before Christmas!
That’s the first batch of projects from the basket. Let’s see how I do in making progress on them! Of course, I’ve also got several current quilts I’m working on but I really need to get moving on some of these old UFO’s.