I’m still working on ufo’s. The pile doesn’t seem to get smaller. I spend too much time trying to decide what to do next. The other day, I looked at the ufos on hangers in the closet. There was a lap quilt that I had inherited from a friend’s sewing room. It was layered and pinned with backing and backing. It was a perfect quilt to finish. This quilt is one of two that are just alike. The second quilt is in the pile in the blanket chest. Now, the first quilt is quilted and ready to be bound. One down and many more to go. I should layer the second quilt and finish it.
I have a stack of orphan blocks. Some are from blocks of the month tutorials that I designed. Others are blocks where I wanted to try a new procedure. Most are not color coordinated with each other. I decided to make placemats for Meals On Wheels. Six are pieced, quilted and ready to be bound. The binding has been cut. We expect a big snow storm tomorrow, so I can finish them while I watch the snow fall.
I still have a lot of orphan blocks left to work with. If I put sashing around the blocks and quilt them, I can put the blocks together in the lap quilting method. It would be a quick and easy way to take them out of the ufo pile. An added bonus is practicing new patterns of free motion or ruler quilting. It’s a thought for another snowy winter day.
My blocks have come back from the Block Robin Project. I am so pleased with them. The ladies did a wonderful job. There are a total of 14 blocks to work with. I thought of making some extra ones to complete this project, but I found a picture on Pinterest of a quilt with fourteen blocks. The quilt had a large block in the center. It was perfect. The top is finished. I’m trying to decide if I want to quilt it myself or send it to the long arm quilter.
The Morehead Mystery quilt blocks for December are finished and in the basket waiting for January’s clues. This has been a fun mystery quilt. The clues can be sewn in a day or two and then I don’t have to think about them until the next month.
The little four patches made from the leftover 1 1/2″ squares are adding up. I saw a clever way to put them together and will start making larger blocks with them. I also have some strips that are leftover from projects. I have a plan for the strips also. Every little piece adds up to pretty scrap quilts.
Have a great day and happy quilting.
I have finished three small ufos. Now, I can start a new quilt. That is my new rule for a while. Who knows how long it will be in effect.
The first ufo consists of four samples from my mile a minute class. All four samples were made with the same colors. The sashing and borders were all different colors. This sample was to show that the color of the quilt made with this block with so many different fabrics is determined by the color of the sashing. The sashing color picks up its color from the mile a minute block.
These four little pieces were fun to quilt. I decided to use the built in embroidery pattern on my machine.
One of my favorite embroidery patterns is the briar stitch. I call it chicken scratch. It looks like chicken footprints.
They were quilted using the walking foot. The chickens wandered all over the quilts. It was fun to not have to line up the grid.
The second ufo is part of a jelly roll race quilt. The rows were stitched in the ditch using the walking foot and a built in embroidery pattern. This stitch is a basic utility stitch.
I found these twelve string pieced blocks and made a doll quilt. Fortunately, I found a piece of the turquoise print in my stash. It was a lucky accident. I found another embroidery stitch and quilted with the walking foot.
This is the new quilt. It is a doll quilt made with the leftovers from a mystery quilt. I designed a mystery quilt for the guild. The first two clues have been revealed. I can’t show the end result until after the last clue. I will say that I have made four mystery quilts and have plans for another two. That quilt is addictive.
I’m on a roll with quilting with a walking foot and built in stitches. It’s the quickest and easiest way to finish ufos. There is usually some reason why they weren’t finished when they were pieced. That has to be overlooked and the quilt just has to be finished. Most of the ufos will go into the give away bin. They have to be finished quickly and still look nice. The bin is getting full. It will probably overflow before the pandemic is gone and people can come to visit. In the meantime, I’m going to use my time to finish as much as I can this winter.
Have a great day and happy quilting.