Category Archives: UFO Quilting

UFO Decisions: The Red Spider Web

I’ve been going through my UFO cabinet.  One by one I am asking the hard questions.  Will I REALLY ever complete this?  Would it better if I let this go and give it to a charitable organization?  Today I am tackling my red Spider Web quilt.

This project came to me via the thrift store.  I was thrilled to get it.  The bag cost $10 and had these unfinished blocks…


and one finished blocks.  I was so excited as  there were a lot of finished ones.  I thought I had plenty…WRONG.  There weren’t nearly as many as I needed.


I didn’t think it was a big deal at all.  I’d grab some red fabric and make more blocks.  Well…that didn’t work as planned.  All the reds were wrong.

I blogged about it and readers were so encouraging and told me to cut more reds from the fabrics I had and to not worry about it.  Well, that’s not me.  The different colors or the reds would have very much bothered me.

Well fast forward to a couple weeks ago.  I was working on some organizing.  One of the things I was doing was sorting thrifted fabric.  In there was a red.  It seemed like it was the shade of red I needed.  I dug out the spiderweb quilt and happily it matched.  The problem, it was only a fat quarters worth of fabric.  I got out my template and started cutting.

This is what I discovered. Continue reading

UFO Decisions: Tribute to Judie

I’ve told you a few time this month that I am trying to tackle my sewing room.  It seems a little tedious in the method that I’m using but it’s working for me and that’s all I care about.  In the past I’ve opened the UFO cabinet, I’ve said -Yep, those are the UFO’s..and moved on.

This time around I’m going through everything.  I am asking, “Are you REALLY ever going to finish this or is this just a dream?”

It doesn’t bother me to part with things as much as it used to.  I think there are several reasons why…
1-Money isn’t as tight as it used to be
2-I have a whole network of people who are willing to finish UFO’s and pass them on to charity.
3-I have a STRONG desire to take control of my space.

Over the next while (however long it takes) I’m tackling that UFO cabinet and asking the hard questions and then if I decide to keep it, I’m going to see what the project needs that might move it along or what might make the project more desirable to grab the next time I’m in need of a project.

Today’s project:  Tribute to Judie

This is likely one of my oldest UFO’s.  I I started it a LONG time ago.  Seeing this photo is what enticed me to want to make it.


Oh I loved it and the happy news is that I still love it.  I knew immediately that this is a project I want to keep and find room for.

I looked and figured out that I started this back in February of 2010.  Oh my.  It’s almost nine years old.

So where am I at and what can I do to get me willing to grab this project?
Well…the project at some point and time must have gotten tipped over because pieces are everywhere and not matched.  I know if it’s like this, I won’t grab it.

So after a little sorting… Continue reading

UFO Challenge

Well…this happened….

I didn’t get a chance to get pictures of the quilt taken.  I can tell you that it’s finished….well the quilt is finished.  I didn’t clean up the leftovers and put the project box away yet.  I can’t tell you happy I am to have this one DONE!!!  I’m hoping to get some pictures soon.

After this got done I didn’t pull a new UFO yet.  Instead I pulled someone else’s….  People have sent me scraps and orphan blocks and I’ve started building them up into doll quilts.  These first ones must have been left overs from a baby quilt.  The center fabric must have been a panel…I just added scrap to enlarge it.

Here was #2 of the same fabric.

I was out of the scraps by the time I got to the third one so I pulled some other donated fabric.


This big bow was an orphan block.  I added a white border and then the outer red border.   I think it’s cute…don’t you? Continue reading

UFO Challenge

Well I worked on UFO…not by choice though.  After I finished my Scrap Crystals top I loaded it onto the frame and there it sat.  I did everything I could to avoid it.  EVERYTHING!  I think I was stuck on what quilting motif to do.  I really do wish I was better at just picking a motif and moving forward, but I’m not.  Oh well.  Busy quilts I should know by now don’t need any custom quilting.

There the quilt sat…it was on the frame more than two weeks.

Then I realized that the quilt was on the frame and I NEEDED to get Lucy’s quilt done so this HAD to get off the frame and I wasn’t going to unload it.  So…away I went.

I ended up doing a simple loopy loop motif.  It really isn’t much at all, but I like it.

It’s off the frame now…Lucy’s quilt is off the frame too.  Binding and it will be done.  Plans are that I’ll have Lucy’s quilt finished and I’ll show it off to you on Friday.  The binding on this will wait.  Hopefully not too long.  I did pick out the binding so at least that decision is made.

I didn’t get any more UFO progress done.  Lucy’s quilt had taken over this week…that and cleaning.  Little by little that spring cleaning is REALLY happening…I guess cleaning is an unfinished object…right?