OK, if there was really a crown for most UFO’s, I be in serious contention for Queen! I’ve been making quilts for about 35 years now and, while I’ve finished a bunch…there are a lot of UFO’s in my area. My biggest UFO, however, is about 450 square feet and it’s not exactly a quilt. It’s a quilting room! When I bought my house, I loved the third floor bonus room space. I claimed one end of it for my quilting area and the other two ends hosted a seating/play area for the kids and some workout gear. When my older daughter was in school, the seating area hosted post-football-game viewings of “The Princess Bride”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Disney movies. My younger daughter is busier with friends outside the house and I finally decided to do a “non-hostile” takeover of the rest of the space. I went from being smushed into this
To creating a “sewing machine and pressing station” here
Much more breathing space! Now, there’s a ton of sorting and pitching to do and, just for fun, I pulled some random UFO’s out to see the light of day. I was kind of thinking of doing a poll to see which one readers thought I should finish first (not counting one in progress for my daughter that is on the top of the heap.)
First up, here’s an oldie but a goody from a Sister’s Quilt Show Mystery Quilt Class with Lawry Thorn.
A red paper-pieced block of the month from Carol Doak
A start on the first Aiming for Accuracy Quilt Along with Michelle Foster, a triangle-along that I didn’t like the colors and I keep meaning to sew it up as a back, a hot rod quilt and a mini that was a Carol Doak challenge.
Now, just so you know, these are just the tip of the UFO iceberg. I started making a list of them once and when I got close to 70, I realized that if I didn’t stop I’d scare myself off entirely! Why do I have so many UFO’s? I put it down mostly to my perfectionism…I’m always a little worried that something won’t come out as well as I hoped and so things languish. With 55 in my sights this summer, I beginning to seriously think about starting less and finishing more…well, except for the four blog hops I’m signed up for…LOL. (You didn’t think I really meant it, did you?)
Now, I did finish (well, OK, the binding isn’t done yet) a huge UFO for the heart blog hop. This one was just the center and was over 20 years old. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to finish it. I designed this for a class I taught and hope that I’ll find the instructions when I sort out the bookcases. If so, I’ll post them or do a quilt along if there is an interest.
So, with nearly triple digits in UFO’s, I think I must be close to the crown, don’t you? Don’t worry, though, my UFO’s and I like hanging out together and they don’t mind if I add to the stacks. I am, however, hoping to show you a completely different looking sewing room by next year’s hop. With the craziness of my current schedule, I want a calm and relaxing sewing space.
Now, we have to thank some people and the wonderful Marian at Seams to Be Sew for making all this happen. She’s also rounded up awesome prizes from The Fat Quarter Shop, Aurifil, Timeless Treasures, Studio 180, Quilter’s Dream and more!
To Enter to win the Fat Quarter Shop’s amazing $150 gift certificate giveaway click here to go to the rafflecopter giveaway. (My click here is weird right now, you have to click on the word and then the blue link that appears below it.)
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