Crafting, Quilting

Taking Care of Those Pesky UFO’s

We all have those pesky UFO’s (DIY-ese for Unfinished Objects.)  I’m hoping that one of the unintended consequences of writing this blog will be that my long list of UFO’s will start to shrink.

It’s a little embarrassing.  But it’s one of the drawbacks of being a Jack Of All Trades – there are so many cool things out there to do!

A few years ago I bought a box of 100 pieces of wall tile intent on making coasters for Christmas presents.

I made 4.  Sad.  Pretty, but still sad.

We usually have a good explanation for why a project languished.  The coasters were neglected because I couldn’t decide what material to put on the bottom.  I had to choose between felt, cork, or those little rubber stick-on feet.  Now that I reflect on it, the ease of sticking on the little circles should have made it a no-brainer.

It actually helps to have these around the house, because I have these ready-to-finish projects that I can share with you!

However, I’m most embarrassed about one of my unfinished quilting projects.  It’s a wall hanging that I began decades ago.  It’s not even my decorating style any longer!  But, friends, my 2017 New Blog Resolution is to finish that quilt!   It’s actually very pretty and it has a lot of hand quilting on it.

Not that I’ve made that many quilts.  Full disclosure – I’ve quilted several pillows, helped quilt other ladies’ quilts, have a couple of tops ready to go, but have myself completed only one full-size quilt.  It took me a year to hand quilt it.  In my family room.  On a full size frame.  Now I have a quilting hoop stand and have not used it enough to get comfortable.

Flower basket quilted wall hanging -
Flower basket quilted wall hanging –

Check out the photo of the quilt.  That red checked material around the outside is basted on to enable me to quilt all the way to the edges.  If it wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be able to get it in the hoop.  So, try to picture it without that fabric.  I have always struggled with how to transfer designs to my quilts and the lines I’ve been quilting in the background of the blocks go every which way.  Not my greatest effort.  I keep bringing the quilt stand up to the living room and then moving it to the basement when company comes over.  My plan, now that I have a nice, comfy den in the basement, is to set it up down there and leave it in place.  Now that the kiddos are gone, it won’t get in anyone’s way.

It’s been so long that I don’t remember how I was going to bind it.  Wish me luck!






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